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Kate Faricy

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Kate Faricy loves to sew and used to have a purse making company with her best friend until it started taking up too much of their time. Continue Reading Kate Faricy

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Ali Nagel

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Allison Nagel was a Red Cross volunteer at ground zero the week of Sept. 11, 2001.
One can usually find her where people need help. She developed and facilitates the only support group for families of suicide attempters in the county. She is the county’s specialist for the media on a variety of relevant injury and violence topics. Continue Reading Ali Nagel

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Donna Billek

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Donna Billek has been taking tap dance lessons for 18 months with a good friend.
But, when she’s not dancing, she is a senior deputy district attorney for the 4th Judicial District and supervises a team of 12 attorneys. Continue Reading Donna Billek

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Kathie Spurling

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Kathie Spurling lives on a ranch in eastern Colorado with horses and cattle and enjoys wakeboarding, water skiing and snowboarding. Continue Reading Kathie Spurling

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Wendy Habert

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e Public Trustee is responsible for processing documents pertaining to Foreclosures of Deeds of Trust.
As Deputy Public Trustee, Wendy performs all office management duties, including payroll and benefit administration. She ensures compliance with federal state and local laws related to the Colorado Foreclosure Protection Act. Continue Reading Wendy Habert

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Barbara Horst

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After 10 years of working for substantial divisions of major companies, Barbara Horst did what many mid-career senior managers dream about doing: she went into business for herself.
Horst, who left a position as CFO of a $50 million division of Centura Health Systems to start Sunbelt Business Advisors two years ago, hasn’t regretted her decision for a moment.
“I always wanted to own a business,” she said. “I looked around for one to buy, and eventually decided to start my own.” Continue Reading Barbara Horst

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Cory E. Leppert

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As if managing a loan portfolio of more than $35 million and a deposit portfolio exceeding $25 million wasn’t enough, Wells Fargo Bank Vice President and Principal Business Relationship Manager Cory E. Leppert also is an active community leader and outdoorsman.
He is chairman of the Pikes Peak United Way Stewardship Committee, a member of the Pikes Peak United Way Investment Task Force and board member of the Ronald McDonald House. Continue Reading Cory E. Leppert

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Mark Lester

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A systems engineer with a winning track record for proposal writing and team leadership, Mark Lester thrives on competition.
During his seven-year career with Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., the space industry professional has led or significantly contributed to his company’s winning several major contracts valued at more than $2 billion. Continue Reading Mark Lester

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Carrie Lorraine Riffee

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Carrie Riffee “epitomizes what the power a personal vision can do,” said nominator Jon Stepleton, executive director of the Pikes Peak Community College Foundation. He met Riffee while she was working as an administrative assistant and attending college.
A non-traditional student who was at one time an abused, homeless, single mother of three children, Riffee began pursing her education at PPCC in 2003. Continue Reading Carrie Lorraine Riffee

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2007 Rising Stars

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The Rising Stars program recognizes business leaders under 40 who have made significant contributions to their chosen industries and community.
On the following pages you will get the chance to learn more about 15 Rising Stars that are making Colorado Springs a better place to live and work. Continue Reading 2007 Rising Stars

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