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“I’ve always been an early adapter,” said local social media guru Tonya Hall, “so I signed up for MySpace when it was launched in 2003 — and I saw then that social media would change marketing in ways that no one could imagine.” A self-described military brat, Hall was born in Kansas and grew up… Continue Reading Hall making company connections through social media

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While some entrepreneurs saw disaster during the recession, Michael Schlierf saw opportunity. He left his job of 29 years at Intel, working in the “great cubeland of corporate USA” to follow his passion: green energy alternatives. For the past seven months he has been working with a company called Solargreen and has been the driving… Continue Reading Recession provided Schlierf with green opportunity

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When you need an accountant, you need someone who is meticulous, organized and regimented. Tad Goodenbour, CPA and tax partner for BKD LLP, is nothing if not regimented and precise. He runs six miles each morning at 4:30 a.m. and works seven days per week. By way of apology for being a workaholic, he says,… Continue Reading BKD tax partner Goodenbour just one of the family

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Southern California native Ron Butlin came to Colorado Springs as a result of two fortuitously linked hiring decisions, which he calls his two ‘biggest breaks.’ “In 1985, I was lucky enough to be hired by Wells Fargo in Orange County,” Butlin said, “and then I hired a guy named Jeff Smith to come work with… Continue Reading Ron Butlin: Eyes on a great downtown, heart for the great outdoors

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One on One: Roberto Agnolini brings treasures

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Editor’s note: This week the One on One feature changes from a question/answer format to a story/profile format. Like Marco Polo, Bryan and Scott Jewelers Ltd. owner Roberto Agnolini has traveled the world, rubbed shoulders with the rich and famous, viewed the work of fabulous artisans and gathered a wealth of treasures offered at his… Continue Reading One on One: Roberto Agnolini brings treasures

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Matt Colligan isn’t a psychiatrist, but he is an expert at dealing with people. As the division manager for Champion Windows of Colorado Springs, Colligan works with a variety of people — from sales managers to contract installers — during the course of a normal day at work. He relies on a strong customer service… Continue Reading Colligan’s perspective honed by his unique window on the world

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By fifth grade, while living in Japan, James M. Stewart knew he would join the Air Force and fly helicopters. But Stewart actually “fell in love with airplanes and speed” during his training, and ended up flying fighters — including F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam War — throughout his 23-year Air Force career, before retiring… Continue Reading Stewart leading charge to ensure opportunities for all

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Michael S. Koren grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Minsk, Belarus. After a childhood spent living under communism, he said he found self-determination when the Berlin Wall fell. He also found education — and his life’s work — in Belarus and in the United States. After graduating from medical school in his native country,… Continue Reading Koren travels international route to Colorado Springs

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Shawnee Huckstep started TechWise eight years ago in Colorado Springs as an IT training company. Within a few years, she had to refocus and restructure the company, while struggling to pay down $1 million in debt. Today, the company is vibrant and debt-free, with a dramatically different focus. “We used to teach people how to… Continue Reading Huckstep not afraid to completely change business plan

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From an early career with the Ford Motor Co. to today’s role as head of a national advertising and marketing agency, Kirk Oleson has mastered the art of results-oriented communication. The upbeat CEO expects to not only weather the current economic storm, but to increase Graham Advertising’s market share nationally and in the Pikes Peak… Continue Reading Oleson weathering economic downturn by expanding base

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