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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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A knack for knowing top-level executives leads to bottom-line results for Chris Straka’s clients. He runs Straka Marketing and Sales from his home and says he draws on his deep Colorado Springs roots to bring business marketing ideas to fruition. Having spent his entire marketing career at the foot of Pikes Peak has meant making… Continue Reading Connections key to Straka's, clients' success

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From the tip of Pikes Peak to the city’s rocky bluffs, and the Broadmoor’s golf greens and the Olympic facilities in between, Terry Sullivan knows all the city’s sweet spots. As president and CEO of Experience Colorado Springs, formerly the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, he specializes in pointing tourists in the right direction.… Continue Reading Promoting Colorado Springs a never ending story

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Financial planner in rare company

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Financial Planner Paul Clarkin of New England Financial is the 2005 recipient of the Fred E. Provenzano award, formerly known as the Distinguished Life Underwriters Award. Clarkin is the third New England Financial Employee to win the award since it was created in 1972. Financial planner Paul Clarkin says it’s nice to be recognized for… Continue Reading Financial planner in rare company

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* Name: Randy Geving * Organization: Six and Geving Insurance Inc., 3630 Sinton Road, Colorado Springs * Position: Co-owner * Hometown: Walker, Minn. (population 900) * Education: Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn. * A few words about your company: Six and Geving Insurance started in 1991 as an independent insurance… Continue Reading Geving evolving both personally, professionally

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