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Alicia McConnell, director of athlete services and programs for the U.S. Olympic Committee, was recently selected as board chairwoman for the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. She replaces former chairman John Washko, vice president of marketing for The Broadmoor. McConnell will help cultivate partnerships with community organizations throughout the U.S., and provide additional resources,… Continue Reading McConnell bringing championship perspective to CVB

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Felsen is king of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort

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Todd Felsen is the new vice president and general manager of Cheyenne Mountain Resort, a 316-room hotel and conference center that includes an 18-hole Pete Dye Golf Course and 40,000 square feet of meeting space. He takes the reins from former manager Laura Neumann, who recently retired. Felsen took some time recently to talk with… Continue Reading Felsen is king of the Cheyenne Mountain Resort

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Shawn Hunter, CEO and co-chair of the upcoming USA Pro Cycling Challenge, is planning a statewide event that has attracted the world’s top cycling athletes, is bringing 150 media representatives from around the world and is expected to be watched by hundreds of thousands of cycling fans. Hunter, former president of AEG Sports, helped run… Continue Reading Hunter’s racing insight guiding Pro Cycling Challenge

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Jill Tiefenthaler recently began her new job as Colorado College’s 13th president. Tiefenthaler was most recently a provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Ind., in 1987; her master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from Duke University in 1989… Continue Reading Tiefenthaler takes the helm at Colorado College

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Buck Blessing is CEO of Griffis Blessing real estate company, which manages office and residential properties. The business has grown to become one of the largest local employers. Blessing took some time recently to talk to the CSBJ. How did Griffis/Blessing get its start? Ian Griffis and I started the company in 1985 during our senior… Continue Reading Blessing’s business among city’s prominent employers

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Dr. Lance Bolton is the new president of Pikes Peak Community College. The position has sat vacant since September, when former president Tony Kinkel resigned unexpectedly. Bolton will now oversee the second largest community college in the state, which offers 150 degree, career and technical programs through its four campuses. This year, the college has… Continue Reading New PPCC president Bolton in sync with business needs

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Pat Ruffini is executive director of the Colorado Springs Teen Court, a program that lets teens charged with minor offenses plead guilty and throw themselves on the mercy of a court of their peers. Teen court trials bring together a judge, teen attorneys backed by a pair of mentor attorneys, the guilty parties and a… Continue Reading One on One: Ruffini managing Teen Court, growing list of needs

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The Housing and Building Association of Colorado Springs will present the 2011 Parade of Homes Aug. 5-21, and HBA President Kyle Campbell said this year’s event will feature work from some new homebuilders. When was the Colorado Springs Parade of Homes created? How did it get its start and what is its goal? The HBA… Continue Reading Campbell overseeing HBA’s 2011 Parade of Homes

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Roy Clennan is president and founder of Freedom Financial Services and Mortgage Solutions. He took some time recently to talk with the Business Journal about his business and the mortgage industry. How did you come to establish Freedom Financial Services and Mortgage Solutions? I had been a partner in another mortgage banking firm here in… Continue Reading Clennan’s Freedom Financial a growing success

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Editor’s note: The Young Professional One on One is a new feature. Each week the Business Journal will interview an up-and-comer from the Springs business community. Know someone who should be featured? Send suggestions to editorial@csbj.com. Etienne Hardre spent years working in several large accounting and finance businesses, where he honed his financial management and… Continue Reading Success and stability have Hardre staying put

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