Whether he’s flying cross-country in his Cessna Turbo 182, wheeling and dealing for water rights with local developers or planning new communities in eastern El Paso County, Rodney Preisser brings almost 40 years of experience to his multiple enterprises.
A partner in a new downtown hotel mixed-use complex with Ray O’Sullivan, Allen Brown and Sam Guadagnoli, he got his start in ranching. Continue Reading Preisser wants to slow down, after 1 more big deal
Wine is Alan Manley’s business.
A former restaurant owner, he now operates Colorado Cellar Consulting, a business that designs, builds and manages wine cellars for homes, bars and restaurants around the state.
Now, Manley is branching out. His company has launched a retail Web site, coloradocellarconsulting.com, which sells a variety of wines — from the very affordable to the very expensive. Continue Reading Manley more than happy to spend time in the cellar
The Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce was looking for someone with a fast-paced, big business background. They’ve found that someone in Bill Roach, the organization’s new executive director.
Roach is a former chairman of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), and when he’s not leading things at the chamber now, he’s an IT consultant for Bucharest, Romania. Continue Reading Roach not willing to settle for a subtle chamber
As the city’s transit services division manager, Sherre Ritenour has seen Colorado Springs public transportation options grow.
Since becoming director, Ritenour has helped create the Front Range Commuter Bus Service, the bus system from Fountain to Denver, and hopes to oversee the creation of light rail system in Colorado Springs. She believes public transit should be used by everyone and is committed to seeing Colorado Springs’ public transportation offerings grow. Continue Reading Ritenour driving Colorado Springs transportation
Cadee Condit’s business deals in the healing power of touch.
She runs the Toccare Massage Clinic at 9475 Briar Village Point. Condit said she chose the unique name for the clinic because “toccare” means to touch in Italian.
She opened her clinic nearly two years ago with eight therapists, and today the business has grown to include 35 employees. Continue Reading Condit turns healing touch into thriving business
Attorney Jeff Colerick has a thing for giving back to the community.
When he’s not volunteering his time sitting on numerous community boards, which include the Boys & Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region, the District 49 Education Foundation and the Colorado Springs Independence Center, he’s involved in other things, like coaching youth baseball. Continue Reading Colerick’s giving gets the president’s attention
Jessica Urban, last year’s Miss Colorado, started Jazzed on Java with money she saved while working at a bed and breakfast during high school.
The used coffee kiosk she purchased on eBay has developed into a growing business, which is helping pay her way through college.
Her newest location in Spring Creek has 180 degree views of Pikes Peak and the Front Range and room for business meetings, special events and wedding receptions.
With a heart for giving, Urban donates a portion of all purchases to World Orphans, a nonprofit organization that provides housing. Continue Reading Urban growing coffee business one cup at a time
Dan Davies has been named a 2006 laureate by the Tech Museum of Innovation.
He’s one of 25 individuals who were selected from 951 nominees who live in 98 countries.
The Tech Museum selects laureates based on how their work serves humanitarian needs.
Davies is the CEO of AbleLink Technologies and has worked on several projects that help those with cognitive disabilities use computers, cell phones and PDAs. Continue Reading Davies using technology to better life for disabled
Michelle Egbert specializes in peeling back the layers of a business to see how performance can be improved.
And she’s obviously pretty good at what she does, because the American Business Women’s Association has selected her as one of its top 10 women of 2006.
The ABWA makes its selection every year based professional growth and career advancement. Continue Reading Egbert’s focus is boosting business performance
Bill Ruskin is no stranger to economic development, so he should have no trouble adapting to his new position at The Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp.
Ruskin worked with the city for more than two decades, and spent eight of those years in the city’s economic development office. He left his post in 1999 to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors, including running a golf touring business.
Now, he’s getting back into the economic development game at the EDC as a local industry program coordinator. Continue Reading Ruskin making economic development comeback