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Six and a half years ago Richard Gentile opened his office furniture and supply business with a unique approach to management. At Total Office Solutions, 931 S. Tejon St., he leads employees with positive reinforcement and encourages them to think more about their interactions with customers and co-workers. A “13 points of culture” document serves… Continue Reading One on One

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Axton keeps busy with a lot of irons in the fire

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Brett Axton’s first business venture came at an early age. In grade school, he sold bubble gum to fellow students. Pieces of gum he bought for 10 cents he sold for 25 cents. That was the first of many business endeavors to come. Axton now owns 11 businesses and is looking to add another. A… Continue Reading Axton keeps busy with a lot of irons in the fire

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Thomas right at home in School District 11

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Sharon Thomas came to Colorado Springs in 1983 after she finished her doctoral studies at UCLA. She stayed until 2002. She returned this year to become superintendent for Colorado Springs School District 11. While she was in Colorado Springs, she completed the requirements for her administrative certificate from the University of Denver. Her first job… Continue Reading Thomas right at home in School District 11

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Tighe mixes business and community service

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John Tighe has a keen eye for business and a strong passion for community. Tighe left the East Coast and a successful job in sales and marketing to come to Colorado Springs, and after a few years, he started his own real estate brokerage company, Tighe and Associates Inc. That was less than three years… Continue Reading Tighe mixes business and community service

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McCormack picking up the reins

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He left the life of a law man to come to Colorado and help preserve the country’s cowboy heritage. A former California police officer and candidate for sheriff, Larry McCormack is now the new executive director of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy. His plan to lasso the organization out… Continue Reading McCormack picking up the reins

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Technology key to postal future

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Imagine for a minute what business would be like without the post office. Kyle Collinsworth can’t. As postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service in Colorado Springs, it’s his job to oversee mail delivery service – to business and residential communities – through rain, sleet or snow. And as a former letter carrier, Collinsworth knows the… Continue Reading Technology key to postal future

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Chastain rides herd over mountain kingdom

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It’s a little like being king of the jungle. Bob Chastain will take over as Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s president and CEO on Oct. 1. He’ll succeed Susan Engfer, who is retiring after 17 years as the zoo’s CEO. Chastain most recently held the position of zoo vice president and chief operating officer. He’s worked at… Continue Reading Chastain rides herd over mountain kingdom

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Gilson sees role of BBB expanding

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When individuals or businesses are looking for a Grade A company, they look to the BBB stamp of approval. Mary Jane Gilson, the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado’s director of membership development, helps businesses understand just how important that stamp is. She not only works to retain members but also envisions a day when… Continue Reading Gilson sees role of BBB expanding

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Marketing Manitou top priority for Lewis

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Head four miles west of Colorado Springs and you’ll find yourself in Manitou Springs. It’s a trip Leslie Lewis wants everyone to take, and she wants them to bring their wallets. As executive director of the Manitou Springs Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, it’s her job to market the town. And with attractions like… Continue Reading Marketing Manitou top priority for Lewis

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If great minds think alike, then it makes sense for them to have a place to think together. Karen Mitchell is the local chair for an organization that provides just that. The Executive Committee is a think tank for local CEOs and business leaders. It’s a place where business leaders brainstorm and problem solve. While… Continue Reading Mitchell facilitates the meetings of the minds

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