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
Shawn Keehn has a lot of irons in the fire.
He received the 2003 Coldwell Banker Shooting Star award and helped the Coldwell Banker Dave Brown Team receive the International President’s Elite Team award. Continue Reading Shawn Keehn
The Rising Stars program recognizes business leaders under 40 who have made significant contributions to their chosen industries and to the community.
On the following pages you will get the chance to learn more about 20 Rising Stars that are making Colorado Springs a better place to live and work. Continue Reading 2006 Rising Stars Nominees
Amy Kirlin has developed the Chancellor’s Leader-ship Class into the premier leadership development program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
That’s according to Marta Erhard, co-founder and partner at CorVirtus, who nominated Kirlin as a Rising Star. Continue Reading Amy M. Kirlin
As an associate vice president of the El Pomar Foundation, Gary Butterworth is responsible for the leadership and professional development of about 25 select college graduates.
He also is responsible for managing grants activity in areas of education and amateur athletics. Continue Reading Gary A. Butterworth
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. Continue Reading Andrew C. Oyler
Every Kid. Every Time. Goosebumps is the vision statement of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and the goal of Bob Chastain, president and CEO.
Combining his passion, vision, knowledge and leadership persona, Chastain stands to change the face of the zoo in this community. Continue Reading Bob Chastain
In her various roles with Agilent Technologies, Kelly Parthen has spearheaded many award-winning product launches around the world. The largest international product launch resulted in more than 100 articles in 13 countries.
Parthen also is the author of the nationally syndicated column Cinematters, which uses newly released family films to provide parents with creative and simple ideas that spark family bonding. The column appears in more than 30 parenting publications nationwide and reaches more than 3 million readers. Continue Reading Kelly Parthen
Ellie Collinson uses her skills and ideas to bring new programs to the Citizens Project. In her first year as executive director, she increased fundraising by 20 percent and dramatically raised the organization’s profile.
Her success stems from her previous work at Citizens Project as a program director. She gained hands-on experience supervising staff and about six volunteers for special events and other program areas. Continue Reading Ellie Collinson
Mark Patterson can be seen on television explaining new tax laws, or found speaking to various groups about business and tax issues. He has helped implement several tax planning strategies involving significant tax savings for clients of closely held businesses and their owners, and large publicly traded corporations.
Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and information systems from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and received a master’s degree in taxation from the University of Denver. Continue Reading Mark Patterson