December 7, 2022

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Tricia Muehlbauer, Executive Director

 PO Box 7585 Colorado Springs, CO 80933-7585
Telephone: 719-291-5545; Fax: 719-213-2693
Email: director@csea.biz
Website: www.csea.biz

Current Board of Directors: Kim Griffis-President; Brenda Speer Past President; Tara Irons-Vice President; Angie Peters-Secretary;

JP West-Treasurer; Spencer Swann; Dan Adam; Jim Little and Jenn Kolk


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December 14, 2022

Come next week to hear from Michael Gaal, School District 11!  It is Michael’s first presentation to Execs!

Greeter:  to be determined


December 7, 2022

Thank you to Al Todd for today’s presentation on Infront Webworks.  Al shared a bit about himself as the new primary member for Infront.  He then talked about important components for a website’s homepage and SEO.  Should you need help with your website, contact Al! 





Michael Greene– Tammy Fogall 

Wayne Heilman– Sallie Clark

Mike Gaal– Kris Odom (attended in his place)



December 9-Mike Eschler, Windshields Express


DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Wayne Heilman who won a $25 gift certificate to Starbucks from Infront Webworks.




Notes from your executive director:

At last month’s board of director’s meeting, the board:

      Opened the category of ‘Window & Gutter Cleaning’ for Jonmarc Radspinner, Cultivate House Detailing.  Jonmarc is sponsored by Trevor Dierdorff.

      Opened the category of ‘Game and Toy Creator’ for Brenda Speer, Stamford Orange, Ltd.  Brenda will be retiring from law at the end of 2022 and wishes to stay on as a Primary member in this new category with her game ‘Who Did What?!’

Should you know of any best in class companies who might like to compete for these categories, please bring them as a guest and have them apply before the December 14 board meeting.


We need to begin booking presentations for 2023!  Please get with Tricia to sign up for any of the four weeks in January.


If you haven’t had a chance to contribute to the annual holiday fund for the El Paso Club staff, there is still time.  Get with Tricia or visit our website at csea.biz.  There is a link in the middle of the homepage.  Or, simply click here. 


Thank you to the following members who have agreed to run for a seat on our board of directors.  In no particular order:  Mark Rohn; Jenn Kolk; Karen Heun; Kody Miller; Michael Garner; Jeff Lapsansky; Larry Blevins and Kathy Dreiling.  The voting will take place on December 21, before Coaltrain’s presentation.  And, YES WE ARE MEETING ON DECEMBER 28. 


Who has a keyboard and would be willing to play some Christmas carols on Dec. 21 (one of them being the 12 days of Christmas for Coaltrain’s tradition song….)


There will be a board meeting after next week’s breakfast.  



  1. Wildwood Casino and Hotel has been sold to Fertita Entertainment and has been rebranded as the Golden Nugget. (WAYNE HEILMAN)

BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. The first week of January is when the voting for Best of the Springs begins! Support your fellow Execs. (MICHAEL GREENE)
  2. Recycle mandate is coming!! Walmart 1/23 no more single use plastic bags. Colorado is going GREEN!! (DAVID PEREZ)
  3. Coaltrain’s Christmas presentation is Dec. 21st this year. We’ll be tasting some great scotches. You won’t want to miss it! Plus we’ll probably sing a few holiday carols. See you then! (JIM LITTLE)
  4. On December 15th we are having a holiday open house at VisitCOS! Please come and join us from 3-6pm. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  5. New customers include: Pikes Peak Christian Church, Coperni 2 Charter Academy, Restoration Church Assembly, CRM Building Services, Victory Church. What’s missing? Your company! Call us to upgrade your washrooms. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  6. Winter discounts! TECC Painting is offering winter discounts. Call 719-577-9300 and schedule a free consultation and estimate. (TONY ELLIS)
  7. Let JetEx save you 30% to 50% on your ink and toner cartridges! Call or email me for a quote. 719-578-5533. kristine.simon@jetexinc.com. We offer FREE same day and next day delivery! (KRISTINE SIMON)


  1. Chris, give me a call. I need to pay for the headshot. Love the photo! (JP WEST)


  1. Job’s Daughters is having their holiday pajama party on Friday December 16th at 7pm. Families are welcome for cookie decorating and reindeer games. (CHRIS PELOSO)

DIRECT LEADS (when you yourself do business w/ a member or someone you referred to a member does business with that member) AND REFERRALS:

  1. Direct lead to Mike at Christy Sports, for helping me with some ski gear for gifts. (MARK COPELIN)
  2. Direct lead to Arrow Moving and Storage. (DIANA THATE)
  3. Direct lead to Brightway Insurance. (DIANA THATE)
  4. Direct lead to The Gazette, ongoing. (MICHAEL GARNER)
  5. Direct lead to Pikes Peak Glass…work is done at James Irwin School and they are happy! (GREG SWARTZ)
  6. Direct lead to Mark Rohn this week. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  7. Direct lead to Windshields Express. (JIM LITTLE)
  8. Direct lead to Furry Friends. Thanks for Hudson’s food and the special treats. He loved them :) (JENN KOLK)
  9. Direct lead to JP West at Westco Insurance. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  10. Direct lead to Spencer Swann at Colorado Canyon Signs. (LARRY BLEVINS) 
  11. Direct lead to Mark Copelin, Office Scapes. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  12. Direct lead to Brightway Insurance for their homeowners coverage; I referred an associate. (MARK ROHN)
  13. Direct lead to Mark Rohn. (NANCY KELLY)
  14. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (NANCY KELLY)
  15. Direct lead to Dr. Joe Wilson. (GARY ALTMAN)
  16. Direct lead to Furry Friends. (JOSH MIDDLETON)
  17. Direct lead to Picnic Basket Catering. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  18. Direct lead to Switchbacks…Special Olympics Switchbacks Unified Team. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  19. Direct lead to Payroll City, ongoing. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  20. Direct lead to Tony Ellis at TECC Painting for drywall repair and painting offices at SANDIA. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  21. Direct lead to David Horwitz for keeping TECC stocked. (TONY ELLIS)
  22. Direct lead to Coaltrain for keeping me stocked. (TONY ELLIS)
  23. Direct lead to Paul Hasty, Tint Technologies. (KRISTINE SIMON)


  1. Colorado Springs D11 has employee vacancies at schools for special ed assistants, bus drivers and custodians. D11.org. (MIKE GAAL)


  1. Congrats to Larry Blevins on your new life! (NANCY KELLY)                                


  1. Thank you to Jim Little & Jenn Kolk for today’s mimosas!  Everyone loved the festive, holiday cheer you both brought to the table!  (TRISH) 
  2. Thank you Larry for the referral! (JP WEST)
  3. Thank you Bernard for letting me review your business insurance. (JP WEST)
  4. Thank you Karen Heun for the logo pens and pads. (JP WEST)
  5. Thanks to Jim Little for allowing us to do his windshield and sunroof. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  6. Thanks to David Horwitz for allowing us to do his windshield. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  7. Thanks for the great ‘holiday party’! (SPENCER SWANN)
  8. Thanks to the El Paso Club for the terrific food and party as well! (SPENCER SWANN)
  9. Thank you Candy at Ent for the efficient handling of my new vehicle purchase. (DON MOON)
  10. Thanks to Coaltrain for the holiday cheer! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  11. Thanks to Trish! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  12. Thank you to Adam and Son Auto Repair for the new brakes on my car. (ALLAN TODD)
  13. Thank you JP…business portrait. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  14. Mike Edde, thanks so much for coming up to the house and servicing our furnace to ensure we are safe and warm throughout the winter. (KEVIN HOLT)
  15. Thanks Stephanie for the opportunity to bid on your family transportation. (CATHY D’AGOSTINO)
  16. Thanks Kody Miller for referring Jacob Lents. (JENN KOLK)
  17. Thanks to JP West for getting required insurance for my client. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  18. Thanks for a lovely holiday party! (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  19. Thank you to all CSEA members who contributed to The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance for Tuesday’s Colorado Gives Day. Never too late to still donate at http://www.thegreenbergcenter.org. Over 2 million people have seen our programs and exhibits. Three of our exhibits (Holocaust, Genocide 1900-Darfur and Native American Exhibit) can be checked out at the library on Union. Visit our website and you’ll be AMAZED. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  20. A big thank you to Coaltrain and Skyway Creations for your recent cartridge purchase! We appreciate you and your business. (KRISTINE SIMON)
  21. Thank you Skyway Creations for the beautiful poinsettia! It looks great on my desk! (KRISTINE SIMON)
  22. Thank you Trish for organizing such a fun holiday party! It was a great time! (KRISTINE SIMON)


  1. Great holiday party! The magician was so good!! (TARA IRONS)
  2. Happy holidays everybody! :) (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  3. The holiday party was the best. Thanks to the board of directors and El Paso Club. Thanks to Jim and Jenn for the mimosas! (CATHY D’AGOSTINO)
  4. Love the new setup today. More audience to interact. Plus the fire going on a cold morning is welcoming. (CATHY D’AGOSTINO)
  5. Great Christmas party. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  6. I’m looking to borrow twenty folding chairs for Christmas as I’m hosting 41 members for Christmas dinner. (STEPHANIE HORTON)


  1. December 7. The day that will live in infamy. (GREG SWARTZ)
  2. Pearl Harbor Day! (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. The 2023 color of the year is viva magenta. Lots of red in design, fashion and accessories. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  4. Remember the brave men and women who were killed saving our country. 2,335 at Pearl Harbor 81 years ago on Dec. 7th. (TERRENCE VANSANT)


  1. Buffalo Wild Wings is opening a third location today in COS at First and Main on Powers Blvd. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  2. Chick-Fil-A has opened its 8th local restaurant at Citadel Crossing. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  3. Chipotle and First Cup (coffee shop chain) both plan to open next year in Falcon. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  4. Big R of Pueblo is expanding within CS. Two stores are coming. Contact Adam. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  5. New Buffalo Wild Wings location to open at 3005 New Center Pt. (JESSY SNOUWAERT)


  1. Trevor, thanks so much for your presentation on cyber security. I am almost finished with changing all my passwords. I should be ready soon for your dark probe into seeing if you can find my passwords. Thanks again for all you do. (KEVIN HOLT)
  2. Allan Todd, very interesting presentation. I would be interested in talking with you about my three companies. Please call me at 719-960-6829. Thanks much. (KEVIN HOLT)