As associate administrator of business and government affairs at Memorial Health Systems, John Suits wears many hats. His favorite: working as an advocate for Memorial with the state legislature.
Suits said he has always been interested in the political arena, and is thrilled to be working on Memorial’s behalf. His efforts have paid off: this session, the legislature passed a mandatory “report card” for hospitals, and Gov. Bill Owens signed the bill into law earlier this month.
“It’s a challenge,” Suits said. “But we’re making progress; we’re gaining ground. Memorial is growing as a health care leader throughout the state; our voice is louder and being heard. I feel very good about what we’ve accomplished legislatively.” Continue Reading Suits plays politics to advocate for health care
For a number of national sports organizations, Colorado Springs is not only on the map, it’s a common destination point for meeting, training and competing.
Runners, wrestlers, swimmers, divers, bikers and ice skaters are among the many athletes the U.S. Olympic Training Center brings to the state. And, along with the athletes come their money, pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy each year.
Well aware of this, Mike Moran works to attract and retain sporting organizations to the city as communications director for the Colorado Springs Sports Corp. Continue Reading Moran leading offense to lure sports to Springs
City director of planning and community development, Bill Healy, believes in a vibrant downtown and in careful residential planning to ensure the area’s economic health.
The former Oregon resident also admits a preference for greenery, trees and rolling topography. Since arriving in Colorado Springs three years ago, he has embraced the challenges that come with burgeoning growth. Continue Reading Healy handles challenges associated with growth
As an increasing number of Colorado Springs residents are choosing downtown jobs and lifestyles, businesspeople like Gretchen Moran stand ready to serve them.
Moran is the manager of Tejon Street Grocery Deli, which opened the first week of May and caters to young professionals, loft owners and people on the go.
The former New York native who appreciates access to gourmet foods, fine cheeses, prepared deli meals as well as everyday milk-bread-and-snack fare, says she looks forward to growing with the downtown community. Continue Reading Moran providing slice of Big Apple in downtown
During the 2000 presidential election, Clay Turner targeted Al Gore – and was instrumental in helping defeat the former vice president in two key states: Arkansas and Tennessee.
As advertising director for the National Rifle Association during the election, Turner put together television ads and campaign materials directed at defeating the candidate in his home state.
Turner, senior vice president and managing director of Ackerman McQueen Advertising Agency, said his work with the NRA is some of the most enjoyable time he’s had at the office – putting together a magazine that is sent to about 700,000 NRA members.
When Turner isn’t putting together advertising campaigns and magazines for the NRA, he’s in his 1988 BMW M roadster, autocross racing at local and state events. Continue Reading Turner rode shotgun for NRA in Gore country
B.J. Hybl is the new president and chief operating officer of one of Colorado Springs’ most recognizable real estate services firms, Griffis/Blessing Inc.
While Hybl is not a newcomer to the company, some things about his department are.
In order to better serve its clients, Griffis/Blessing restructured its operations, giving greater separation to its property and investment divisions.
Hybl will oversee the Property Services Group. Continue Reading Hybl heading property services at Griffis/Blessing
J.E. Dunn Construction and Kevin O’Gara have their cranes in everyone’s business.
A survey of the city, the state and even the Rocky Mountain region will turn up numerous projects that have J.E. Dunn to thank for their construction.
Closer to home, the construction company is working on three schools for Falcon School District 49 and facilities for Memorial Health Systems north and south campuses.
All the local work is done under the direction of O’Gara. Continue Reading J.E. Dunn, O’Gara riding boom in building industry
Government contracts mean good business to small companies that provide a variety of business-to-business services.
The contracts have been good to Byron Spinney and his technology support business, Periapsis, which provides technology, design analysis and support.
Attaining subcontract work for lucrative government contracts requires good relationships with a number of larger companies that bid for the work.
Knowing this, Spinney said his top priority is maintaining close relationships with those businesses that have the power to tap Periapsis into government contract work. Continue Reading Value of government contracts not lost on Spinney
If David Twibell’s name looks familiar in print, it’s for good reason.
Twibell is director of wealth management for Colorado Capital Bank and has established himself as a local authority on financial matters and as the go-to guy for a number of financial publications.
He’s weighed in on stories for the Wall Street Journal as well as national trade publications such as The Journal of Financial Planning and Better Investing. He also is a contributing writer for the Rocky Mountain News and various local business publications.
Twibell hasn’t always focused on a career in finances. He started doing that full time after he decided to quit practicing law. Continue Reading Twibell pushes financial plans for Colorado Capital
Jan Peto is likely Wells Fargo’s newest vice president. Peto, who is also senior business relationship manager for the bank, received word of her promotion last week.
Peto has 24 years of financial services experience, and prior to trying her hand at business banking team, she was a personal banker with Wells Fargo. Continue Reading Peto's job is reaching out to Springs businesses