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From athlete to restaurateur, Travins has made his mark

Luke Travins has done much during his 24-year stay in Colorado Springs to shape the restaurant scene that so many residents hold dear. A native of New York City, Travins moved here in 1990 to train on the U.S. National Team for team handball. He continued to live and train at the Olympic Training Center… Continue Reading From athlete to restaurateur, Travins has made his mark

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Burns finds rewards in improving seniors’ lives

Janet Burns, CEO of Sunny Vista Living Center, grew up in Illinois and studied architecture before moving to Alaska, then Hawaii, working along the way as a stockbroker, emergency medical technician, dental assistant and scuba instructor. Later, she earned a bachelor’s of business administration from California State University in Sacramento. When she was in high… Continue Reading Burns finds rewards in improving seniors’ lives

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Friedman turns battlefield experience into beauty for clients

Halle Friedman grew up watching her dad practice medicine as the only doctor and surgeon in a rural area in Washington. He eventually lost his business because of insurance laws and other factors, and thus Friedman learned compassion for doctors, not knowing what a huge part that would later play in her life. In high… Continue Reading Friedman turns battlefield experience into beauty for clients

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Speiser shares optimism from GE Johnson’s view

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Speiser shares optimism from GE Johnson’s view

Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Peter Speiser planned to be a physical therapist and work in sports medicine — but as is often the case, life took him in a different direction. After competing on the wrestling team at St. Mary’s High School and playing some hockey and football on the side, he enrolled… Continue Reading Speiser shares optimism from GE Johnson’s view

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Ervin works to improve access to services

David Ervin, CEO of The Resource Exchange since 2005, grew up in a small community north of Philadelphia and began playing soccer at an early age. Although he wanted to go into forestry as a kid, the requisite biology courses turned out not to be his strong suit. After taking a psychology class in high… Continue Reading Ervin works to improve access to services

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Hayes brings energy to Tri-Lakes Chamber role

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Hayes brings energy to Tri-Lakes Chamber role

Terri Hayes, executive director of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce since July 2011, has settled into the greater Colorado Springs area, after growing up in Seattle, Portland and eastern Oregon, and living 16 years in Arizona (where it’s “too hot”), Southern California and several years in England. Hayes, who lives in Black Forest and enjoys… Continue Reading Hayes brings energy to Tri-Lakes Chamber role

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Yeager leads by example at Independence Center

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Yeager leads by example at Independence Center

Losing and regaining her hearing has had a profound effect on Patricia Yeager’s life. Yeager, now CEO of The Independence Center, lost about 50 percent of her hearing at age 2, but wasn’t given a hearing aid until she was 5. By then, the West Virginia native’s speech was affected, leading to 12 years of… Continue Reading Yeager leads by example at Independence Center

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Strunk brings broad experience to Sanders’ company

Steve Strunk, president and CEO of newly formed PRS Holdings LLC., grew up in Schenectady, N.Y., and has decades of experience in the banking industry, including an appointment as Colorado state bank commissioner in 2010. After living in Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., Dallas and Houston, in 2006 Strunk researched various cities,… Continue Reading Strunk brings broad experience to Sanders’ company

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Turner finds joy in clients’ success

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Turner finds joy in clients’ success

Born in Sacramento, Calif., Scott M. Turner, commercial loan officer at Pikes Peak National Bank, grew up in an Air Force family, living in Fairfax County, Va.; Montgomery, Ala.; San Antonio; and the Air Force Academy for five years in the ’60s. After attending school at the University of Houston, he sold commercial audio equipment… Continue Reading Turner finds joy in clients’ success

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Hardin leads Arts Council in ‘serious business’

Nora Hardin, the new executive director of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, moved last month into the top spot of the organization that’s been supporting the local arts since 1968. Prior to becoming executive director, Hardin served as board vice president. She also held a number of diverse positions in manufacturing, publishing, film and video… Continue Reading Hardin leads Arts Council in ‘serious business’

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