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Jameson “Jamie” Smith has traveled around the country, but he says Colorado Springs has everything he needs in a city. Smith is chief operating officer of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and is busy juggling limited financial resources with the demands of operating a health care system that encompasses three campuses. Smith recently took time to… Continue Reading Smith took a circuitous path to Penrose-St. Francis system

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Tariana Navas-Nieves lives in Denver, but her passion for art brings her to Colorado Springs every day. As curator of Hispanic and Native American art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, she focuses on creating permanent exhibits that display art from around the United States and Latin America. “These important collections are built on… Continue Reading Navas-Nieves preserving Hispanic, Native American art legacy

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Wendy Wilkinson moved from southern California to Manitou Springs 11 years ago. When Wendy Wilkinson and her family arrived in Manitou Springs 11 years ago, the professional publicist wasn’t prepared for what she found. A southern California transplant, Wilkinson was then president of Wilkinson House Much, a Beverly Hills public relations company with celebrity clients… Continue Reading Pikes Peak region attracts, challenges former West Coast entrepreneur

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Merv Bennett knows all the YMCA programs – and he should, he’s been working for the organization in the Pikes Peak region for more than 36 years. He moved to Colorado Springs during 1972 to take a job as assistant director of physical education – and he’s never left. Bennett recently took time to tell… Continue Reading Bennett has been growing along with the YMCA for three decades

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Judy Ingels combines her prior experience in fashion as a buyer at The Broadmoor Hotel and 15 years of print and runway modeling in Denver when she helps clients with a mortgage or refinance. Finding the right product for clients is similar to being a personal shopper — they need the right fit and style… Continue Reading Ingels’ focus has always been on helping others

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Bettina Swigger began her career in arts administration with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. Bettina Swigger, an Albuquerque native and a graduate of Colorado College, was most recently director of the Summer Arts Festival at Colorado College. She left her alma mater to become the first executive director of COPPeR, the Cultural Office of the Pikes… Continue Reading Swigger sees Springs in the midst of cultural renaissance

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Scott Bryan has staked his success on a three-pronged business model that includes federal, commercial and facilities services construction work. The son of a Colorado Springs homebuilder, Bryan started his multi-million dollar operation by winning U.S. Army Corps of Engineers military jobs during the 1980s and 1990s — “back before it was big.” His crews… Continue Reading Bryan has been helping to reshape the Springs for three decades

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Gregory Welch intended to earn a degree in psychology, but during his sophomore year in college he was in an economics class and a “light bulb came on.” The appeal of economics — “a social science, combined with math, which is a lot of black and white, not as gray as psychology” — was enough… Continue Reading Welch sees opportunities among banking challenges

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Despite successes in the courtroom — including a $300 million settlement in a national class action suit — Bill Maywhort’s fondest wish is success on the golf course. Maywhort, an associate at Holland & Hart in Colorado Springs, specializes in product liability, corporate securities and environmental law. He has tried more than 100 cases that… Continue Reading Maywhort’s focus on eagles not limited to legal matters

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