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Elyo designs career his way without architectural training

11. December 2014

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Brian Elyo is not your typical young professional. Without a college degree or formal training, he has cultivated an architectural career by building relationships and keeping his passion for the trade on its toes. Elyo, 38, is originally from El Paso, Texas, but has lived in the Springs since his short stint in the U.S. […]

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Kinlaw brings legal, business expertise to Colorado Springs firm

8. December 2014

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With the word “law” in his name and a number behind it, Joe D. Kinlaw II seems to have been born to become an attorney. Kinlaw, 28, is a transactional lawyer practicing business law and estate planning for Mulliken Weiner Berg & Jolivet, where he started in July. Originally from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Kinlaw […]

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Heffentrager follows his calling to position with Navigators

26. November 2014

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Mark Heffentrager is a man of God — both personally and professionally. When he moved to Colorado from Arizona in 1998, he started work as an Eagle Lake Camps counselor for the Navigators and has been with them ever since. Now 40, Heffentrager serves the faith-based nonprofit as director of camping ministries both on the […]

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Hitchcock uses role at UpaDowna to find solutions on the trail

24. November 2014

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Steve Hitchcock and his nonprofit UpaDowna are on a mission to slow people down and show them the value of community. The 37-year-old Florida native serves as executive director of the organization, which aims to provide access to outdoor adventures and bring all walks of life together on the trail. Hitchcock, also known as “Yeti,” […]

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Inspired by humor, Johnston helps BBB in communication

14. November 2014

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Crystal Johnston is a funny girl, and one who cares about the Colorado Springs business community. The 30-year-old Denver native works as director of marketing and events for the Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado and runs an Improv comedy company on the side. In the year since she started at the BBB, Johnston said […]

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Kensinger sees big year coming for Colorado Springs

31. October 2014

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From his position as a Colorado Springs commercial real estate broker, Stanton Kensinger says 2015 looks to be a good year. Kensinger, 31, has been a broker for Olive Real Estate Group for three years and specializes in tenant representation. He said he is hopeful that as industry and commerce continue to boom in Denver […]

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Popular local artist goes from starving to thriving

20. October 2014

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Phil Lear has made quite the impression on the local arts scene since he arrived in Colorado Springs 15 years ago. The Canadian-born painter has commissioned works for The Mining Exchange hotel and several restaurants throughout the community, including one of his largest works, an Alice in Wonderland-themed piece, displayed at the Rabbit Hole in […]

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Health and fitness help O’Brien feel at home in Colorado

2. October 2014

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Beth O’Brien doesn’t look back — a trait she has acquired through her role as a triathlete, and one she carries with her to work at Colorado Springs Health Partners. O’Brien, 33, came to Colorado Springs seven years ago after growing up in upstate New York and graduating from Savannah College of Art and Design […]

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UCCS group helps Elliott find business future in innovation

24. September 2014

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Sam Elliott never imagined being anything other than an athlete. But after breaking his back in two places as a teen and then later leaving the UCCS golf team, he found another passion. Elliott, a 20-year-old junior from rural Iowa, overcame his social anxiety with help from the UCCS Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club, which he […]

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Advisor Chris Long ‘cut his teeth’ during nation’s financial crisis

29. August 2014

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It took Florida native Chris Long, 31, a couple years of college to figure out what he wanted to be when he grew up. Scared off by the earning potential of earth sciences -— his first love — Long instead chose to pursue a degree in the science of numbers. Now a certified financial planner […]

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