In just 18 months after opening an international headquarters in Colorado Springs, John Watson, CEO of Orvis/Cushman & Wakefield, and his team have already closed $44 million worth of ranch and recreational land transactions.
The longtime Westcliffe resident and land broker owned his own company prior to approaching Cushman-Wakefield owners John and Lou Cushman about starting a new enterprise. Continue Reading Watson takes global view of real estate market
As a professor and director of work force training, job satisfaction for Jaki Taggart is reflected in reports from students who have graduated from Pikes Peak Community College.
Taggart says that her proudest moment was reading a story in the Pikes Peak News, the student newspaper, about a student who returned to the classroom after a 30 years’ absence and described Taggart’s influence.
But Taggart is more than a professor — she’s also an entrepreneur. She operates an Internet-based business, Blackberry Boutique, and she and her husband recently bought The Alumni Bar, which will open Jan. 13. Continue Reading Taggart practices the business skills she teaches
As chairwoman of the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors, Rosalinda Montemayor Chaney is connected to a lot of people.
PPAR represents almost 4,000 real estate professionals who practice all aspects of residential and commercial real estate. PPAR is also part of the National Association of Realtors, which has a membership of more than 1.3 million.
When she’s not wearing her PPAR hat, Chaney is CEO and part owner of the Colorado Springs’ Keller Williams, which is the fourth largest and the fastest growing company in the nation. Continue Reading Chaney building real ties at Realtor association
Ent Federal Credit Union is the largest financial institution in the Pikes Peak region and the largest credit union in the state.
As CEO and president, Charles Emmer has seen the financial institution’s assets double during the past decade. In 1995, the credit union reported $1 billion in assets. It reached the $2 billion mark last month. Continue Reading Emmer leading Ent to prominence in city, state
From being a nurse at Stanford University to becoming a medical malpractice attorney, Patricia Peterson’s career has taken many turns. And as the new president of the Memorial Health System Foundation, her career is now focused on philanthropy.
She is responsible for raising money — with a goal of at least $25 million during the next nine years — to help Memorial treat patients. Continue Reading Peterson took long, winding path to philanthropy
John Herrington has had some unique experiences.
He has visited the International Space Station and is the first American Indian to journey into space, logging more than 300 hours.
Those unique experiences made him the perfect candidate to lead the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ Center for Space Studies. Continue Reading Herrington taking the helm of UCCS space studies
Dan Johnson wasn’t always sure he wanted to pursue economics as a career.
But a year of graduate studies in England cemented his decision and he hasn’t looked back. When he isn’t juggling multiple research projects, he’s teaching classes and staying involved on the campus and in the community. Continue Reading Johnson in tune with Springs’ finer economic points
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