Tim Watson loves the Buckeyes.
After moving to Colorado Springs, he and his wife were searching for ways to meet new people and decided to create the area’s first Ohio State Alumni Association chapter.
From an initial 15 members, the organization has grown to more than 150, with a strong community and philanthropic presence. Continue Reading Tim Watson
Becky Farrar is the youngest employee of the City of Colorado Springs with a professional job title, public communications specialist. She joined the city in November 2004, a few months after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado.
It was, Farrar said with an amused laugh, her first job.
Since her first day at work, Farrar has rarely slowed down. Continue Reading Becky Farrar
Megan Harmon is a busy lady. In addition to holding the position of regional president at Garden of the Gods Bank, she also is a new mom (to baby daughter Allison) and active on several community boards.
Harmon oversees the efforts of 10 branch employees, while trying to acquire new customers, retain existing customers, manage the branch’s finances, conduct training and serve on a variety of committees. Continue Reading Megan Harmon
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
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
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
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
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
With the business in his blood, Kelly Shaffer knows every corner of Add Staff.
Shaffer started working for the company 13 years ago as a technical recruiter, then director of public relations and in 1999 became vice president, continuing as front office manager and director of public relations.
“I am happy with how it has gone this far,” Shaffer said.
As chief operating officer he also maintains the in-house computer systems, for which he selected and implemented the hardware and software. Continue Reading Kelly M. Shaffer
As government affairs director for the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors since 2003, Clarissa Arellano is deeply involved in the government and business issues of the Pikes Peak region.
At 34, Arellano already has a decade of high-level political experience, beginning in 1997 when she worked for U.S. Rep. Joel Hefley. She’s been an independent political consultant and spent four years as a policy analyst with the Bighorn Center for Public Policy in Denver. Continue Reading Clarissa Arellano