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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After only three months at Vectra Bank Colorado, Vice President/Commercial Loan Officer Jesse Spaeth is already serving as relationship manager for a $20 million loan portfolio.
“Working here has been great”, Spaeth said. “There is a strong team atmosphere where everyone really wants everyone else around them to succeed.”
Management is committed to helping you reach your goals and supporting different ways of doing so.”
The cornerstone of Andrew Oyler’s career is built on the relationships he has established through integrity and market knowledge.
Oyler has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design in architecture, with an emphasis in real estate and planning from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is working toward his Certified Commercial Investment Member and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors designation, in order to better serve his clients.