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When Ron Chernak was looking for a place to start a business, he considered several cities but chose Colorado Springs. He moved here and opened First Business Brokers, which specializes in assisting with buying and selling businesses. The Colorado Springs lifestyle and market offerings seemed ideal, and apparently worked in his favor. This month he’s… Continue Reading Chernak, First Business Brokers celebrating 30 years

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Mutch hammering out policy issues for Springs HBA

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William Mutch is the new director of government affairs and public policy for the Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs. And while he’s in a new position, he’s no stranger to politics, the sate’s key policy makers, the building industry or Colorado Springs. Mutch took some time to talk with the CSBJ about himself,… Continue Reading Mutch hammering out policy issues for Springs HBA

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Kent Fortune is vice president and general manager of USAA’s operations in Colorado Springs. He began his work at USAA in 1989 after graduating from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a bachelor’s degree in business. He went on to work in other markets but returned to USAA about a year ago. Since… Continue Reading USAA’s Fortune overseeing insurance company’s growth

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Jackson sees auto sales jump from idle to roar

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Colorado Automobile Dealers Association Tim Jackson has a lot of good news. His organization released a report recently that said 2011 registrations of new cars and light trucks in Colorado rose 15.5 percent since 2010. The report also indicates that auto sales might be on the rise for while because registrations were up 20.8 percent… Continue Reading Jackson sees auto sales jump from idle to roar

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Adam Thesing is president of the southern Colorado chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Late last year the chapter launched a community based effort to consider how the Pikes Peak region can focus on sustainable design with future construction. Thesing took some time this week to talk to the Business Journal about that effort… Continue Reading AIA’s Thesing overseeing focus on sustainable design

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Colorado Springs artist Douglas Rouse has been busy. The list of businesses and attractions that feature his murals is steadily growing. His work can be seen in the Garden of the Gods Visitors’ Center and on the Warehouse restaurant in southwest downtown. He’s finishing work on a mural at Corepower Yoga and was recently commissioned… Continue Reading One-on-One with Springs mural artist Douglas Rouse

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Memorial Health System Respiratory Therapist Rick Weaver was recently honored for mentoring other therapists and encouraging activity in the American Association for Respiratory Care. Respiratory therapists work with lung-disease and lung-injuries patients, but Weaver has made it his mission to look out for not only his patients, but also his fellow therapists as well. Weaver… Continue Reading Weaver’s practice is to look after patients and colleagues

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Maj. John Bennett leads The Salvation Army in El Paso County. Those who volunteer to serve in the army teach the Bible and work to meet basic human needs such as food, clothing and shelter. Each holiday season, those servants ring the bells that call attention to The Salvation Army’s iconic red kettles, and call… Continue Reading The Salvation Army’s Bennett ringing in the sheaves

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John and Margot Lane played a large role in the Colorado Springs community for decades. John was president of Lane Affiliated companies and expanding the family’s Pepsi Cola bottling franchise in Colorado Springs, Arizona and New Mexico. Their son Phil Lane is chairman of the Regional Leadership Forum, an offshoot of the Operation 6035 economic… Continue Reading Lane’s $4 million will fund UCCS/Peak Vista project

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Dr. Gary Coulter, a retired Air Force Colonel, has been named director of education for the National Museum of World War II Aviation, a massive project to create the nation’s first museum dedicated to WWII flight. The musem project is a partnership between WestPac Restorations and several local businessmen and pilots. It’s an effort to… Continue Reading Coulter leading WW II Aviation Museum education effort

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