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Colorado Springs Sports Corp. CEO Tom Osborne’s concept for state and national amateur games was patterned after Olympic events. The 2010 Rocky Mountain State Games is expected to bring more than 7,000 people to the Pikes Peak region from July 30 through Aug. 1. The former Montana State University basketball player recently weighed in the… Continue Reading Osborne: A team captain for the local sports industry

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As executive director of Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care, Martha Barton deals with more than her fair share of life’s challenges. Barton’s plate is especially full these days, thanks to some of the uncertainty surrounding health care reform, still-developing plans to a move to a new location and serving on the Memorial Health System… Continue Reading Hospice chief dealing with a full plate and more

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Ten years ago local attorney Scott Blackmun, who had been named interim CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, was passed over for the top job. Blackmun took the setback in stride, and moved on with his life. Meanwhile, the USOC became, in the opinion of many observers, a dsysfunctional mess. After a tumultuous year under… Continue Reading US Olympic Committee chief: We have a lot of work to do

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As chief executive of Catholic Charities of Colorado Springs since 2007, Jason Christensen has overseen the renovation of both The Marion House Soup Kitchen, which serves an average of 450 hot meals per day, and The Hanifen Center, which houses the SET Medical Clinic, family immigration services and other emergency and basic life-support services. Christensen,… Continue Reading Readying to take fight against poverty on the road

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His mission: Global communications

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Chris Forseth is taking on some big competitors in the global communications arena. A 1987 graduate of the Air Force Academy, Forsyth retired two years ago after 22 years in the Air Force to start a government communications division of Harris Corp. He’s expanding the multibillion-dollar company’s reach in Colorado Springs to compete with global… Continue Reading His mission: Global communications

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Conditioned to weather turbulent times

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Jim Steward never expected to get his multimillion-dollar heating, ventilation and cooling business back when he sold it to a national company in 1998 in a cash and stock deal. He was ready to move on. The third generation sheet metal and HVAC industry operator wanted to help deserving local nonprofits — and to devote… Continue Reading Conditioned to weather turbulent times

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Cary Blanchette has more than 20 years experience as a fund-raising executive for health care organizations, and he’s now using that expertise as executive director of the Memorial Foundation. Family connections brought him to Colorado Springs, where he recently oversaw the foundation’s annual gala, its largest fund-raising event of the year. Blanchette took over for… Continue Reading Meet Memorial Foundation’s new repositioning man

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Diane Price: Working to shore up our families

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Colorado Springs Child Nursery Centers President and CEO Diane Price was caught by surprise last month when Gov. Bill Ritter appointed her to the newly formed 30-member Early Childhood Leadership Commission. “I had no idea I was being considered; it’s not something you apply for,” she said. The lifelong early education advocate knew as early… Continue Reading Diane Price: Working to shore up our families

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Michelle Mercer, a resident of Colorado Springs since 2007, recently published a biography of Joni Mitchell, “Will You Take Me as I Am: Joni Mitchell’s Blue Period.” The book was the second such biography for Mercer, who also authored “Footprints: The Life and Work of Wayne Shorter.” Mercer’s books have attracted glowing reviews and have… Continue Reading Yes, of course, you can earn a living as an author

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Aguilar led contracting breakthrough

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Jason Aguilar, the owner of StealthCom Solutions Inc., studied computers and electronics at DeVry University in California. While still in school, he was hired in 1999 by Spectrum Communications to pull cable and dig trenches, installing underground cable in Southern California schools. “It was a good niche for me — I loved it,” he said.… Continue Reading Aguilar led contracting breakthrough

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