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Bob Chastain is CEO of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Working at a zoo wasn’t his dream job originally, but after an internship at one, he said he began to realize their value. Now, he’s overseeing the largest habitat expansion in the Colorado Springs zoo’s history. The $13.5 million Encounter Africa exhibit, which will be home… Continue Reading Chastain overseeing Encounter Africa zoo addition

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On Oct. 3, the city’s second Honda dealership, Freedom Honda, opened its doors in the Powers Auto Park at Woodmen Road and Powers Boulevard. California-based Piercey Automotive Group had planned to open the dealership three years ago, but when the economy soured, plans were delayed. Piercey operates three other Honda dealerships and one Toyota dealership,… Continue Reading Piercey hopes to drive sales with Honda dealership

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Beavers serves up fresh ideas at Conscious Table

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Brent Beavers has loved to cook since he was small, watching his great-grandmother in the kitchen. He also discovered that cooking food was better than cleaning up after the meal, he said. While his childhood meals weren’t fancy, his lifelong love of food has led him to create the Conscious Table, born of his desire… Continue Reading Beavers serves up fresh ideas at Conscious Table

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Melcher preparing for his new job as city attorney

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Mayor Steve Bach recently appointed Chris Melcher as city attorney. Melcher, who graduated from Yale Law School, has been in Colorado Springs since 2006. When he begins his new job in a couple of weeks, he’ll be stepping into a position that had been occupied by the same person for the last 25 years. Melcher… Continue Reading Melcher preparing for his new job as city attorney

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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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