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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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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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Glen Thayer’s latest project is the SoCo Social Club. Glenn Thayer is personality for hire. He incorporates his voice, smile and knack for knowing people into his business that provides a variety of entertainment services. Whether it’s a business awards ceremony, a wedding or a dance party, Thayer is offering to be a front man… Continue Reading Thayer makes it his business to be out front

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Johnson, Habitat building a better future

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Paul Johnson knows there’s no place like home. As executive director for Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity, he searches for land where volunteers can use hard work, hammers and nails to mete out homes for low-income families. He also oversees the search for funding, as well as project development, monitoring the building and permit process,… Continue Reading Johnson, Habitat building a better future

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Linda Weise leads a troupe of instructors that train the Mozarts and Shakespeares of tomorrow. She founded the Colorado Springs Conservatory in 1994, a preparatory school for young performing artists, and many of her graduates have attended some of the nation’s most esteemed performing arts schools. For Weise, finding her current career in the arts… Continue Reading One on One—Weise's calling is nurturing the arts

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No kicking back for this La-Z-Boy

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Jim Hendron left a 20-year career in software and financial services to purchase a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery in Colorado Springs. When Jim Hendren decided to get into the La-Z-Boy business a few months ago, he thought it would be a sleepy little venture. He soon realized, however, that the job offered little time to kick… Continue Reading No kicking back for this La-Z-Boy

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When George Martin and his business partners formed the newer, better Benefit Resources Inc., their intention was to give small companies the same opportunities that larger companies usually have. Benefit Resources uses technology to enable small businesses to access and manage insurance benefit information online. Martin, his partners and their employees do their best to… Continue Reading Martin and associates make business more manageable

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