December 14, 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 21, 2022

Peggy McKinlay and Jim Little, Coaltrain

Next week is Coaltrain week!  Don’t miss tasting different scotches and singing their traditional (hysterical) 12 Days of Christmas song!  We’ll also have our board of directors election.

And then, YES, we will meet on December 28!  Two more meetings in the year!  See you next week and then for our final meeting on the 28th. 


Greeter-to be determined


December 14, 2022

Thank you to Michael Gaal, School District 11, for today’s excellent presentation on the future of District 11!  Michael addressed many of their current struggles and how he and his team are poised to fix them.  He is passionate about helping kids learn skills (hands on) and wants to continue building partnerships with local businesses!  If you would like to be a part of this, please contact Michael today! 


JP West– Brooke Orist and Todd Matia
Michael Greene– Tammy Fogall
December 15-Tom Reinhard, Wendy’s of COS
December 17-Ed Bailey, Retired and Greg Baron, Retired
December 19-Leslie Carter, Unified Title
December 20-Kevin Guttman, C2 Financial
DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Kathy Dreiling for winning the 150 years t-shirt from Michael Gaal/D11.

Notes from your executive director:
At today’s board meeting, the board:
Approved Primary membership for Jonmarc Radspinner, Cultivate House Detailing, category of ‘Window & Gutter Cleaning.’  Jonmarc is sponsored by Trevor Dierdorff. Welcome, Jonmarc!  And thank you, Trevor, for sponsoring him! 
Approved Associate membership for Kris Odom, School District 11.  Welcome Kris!
The board also approved Primary membership for Brenda Speer, Stamford Orange, Ltd., category of ‘Game and Toy Creator.’  Brenda will continue in Execs in this new category promoting her game, Who Did What?!  The category of ‘lawyer’ can now be reopened.  Should you know of any attorneys who might like to apply, please bring them as a guest.
The board opened the classification of ‘Bakery’ for Brooke Orist, Sasquatch Cookies.  Brooke is sponsored by JP West, Westco Insurance.  Should you know of any top notch companies wanting to compete for the bakery category, please bring them as a guest.  All applications received will be voted on at the January board meeting (third Wed. instead of the standing second Wednesday.)
If you haven’t had a chance to contribute to the annual holiday fund for the El Paso Club staff, there is still time.  Click here!  
If you haven’t created a password for the new website, please do so!  Matt Palis/Infront and I have been working weekly on tweaking things and we are almost there!  There is a featured member each week….and it rotates through the Primary and Associate members.  If you don’t have a picture up there or a description about you and your company, it will not show well!  Update now.  :)  Make sure in the ‘about me’ part you talk about you, personally.  Then under business description, write about your business and the services you offer relating to your category in Execs.  Matt and I will continue to work on the site fixing the template issues and addressing limitations. 
I am in need of a presenter on January 4 as well as January 25!  Who wants to seize the opportunity?  Please let me know ASAP.
Someone other than Michael Greene gave me cash today to put toward the holiday fund!  Please let me know if it was you!  It got crazy at the end and I forgot to record it.  If I don’t figure it out, it’ll still go toward the fund, but will be listed as an anonymous contribution.  Thank you.
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. 

  1. Safelite Auto Glass purchased Premium Auto Glass. (MIKE ESCHLER)
BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):
  1. We’re still available to cater for Christmas and New Year’s, open houses, employee appreciations, and family celebrations. (KATHY DREILING)
  2. TECC Painting works for the D11 facilities. They have a lot of facilities. (TONY ELLIS)
  3. Canyon Signs just made all the banners and decals for ‘Ukraine Power’. (SPENCER SWANN)
  4. Reminder, Best of the Springs voting starts January 6th and runs through Feb 5th. Vote for your fellow Execs. Another reminder: The Gazette digital team can help with all your digital marketing needs. (MICHAEL GREENE)
  5. Underline is expanding into Old North End and Patty Jewett neighborhoods. Make sure you’re registered on the website! (MICHAEL GARNER)
  6. Call us or come in and order your gift boxes filled with wine, beer or liquor and your choice of cheese, chocolates, popcorn, nuts, etc. They make great gifts! Also, don’t miss our Christmas presentation next week. We’re featuring scotch! (PEGGY MCKINLAY)
  7. I am looking at getting electrical curriculum into high schools, specifically PTEC. (GREG SWARTZ)
  8. We’ve got many great holiday gifts for active families from The Colorado Running Company! (JEFF TARBERT)
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  1. Photos with the Grinch at Cutting Edge Real Estate in Woodland Park this Saturday. (SPENCER SWANN)
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 Coaltrain. (KATHY DREILING)
  2. Direct lead to Berwick Electric. (KATHY DREILING)
  3. Direct lead to Michael Peltier; getting my 1st iPad. Yay! (KAREN HEUN)
  4. Direct lead to Waldron’s Family Studio. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  5. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  6. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  7. Direct lead to Adam and Son. My employee was in. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  8. Direct lead to Peggy at Coaltrain. I need several gift baskets again this year. (TONY ELLIS)
  9. Direct lead to Mark Rohn with Rohn CPA. (DIANA THATE)
  10. Direct lead to Coaltrain…wonderful gift boxes. (NANCY KELLY)
  11. Direct lead to JP West. (KEVIN GUTTMAN)
  12. Direct lead to Picnic Basket. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  13. Direct lead to Tint Technologies. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  14. Direct lead to City Glass. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  15. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (SPENCER SWANN)
  16. Direct lead to Arrow Moving. Working on a commercial move and some labor help. (MARK COPELIN)
  1. I am hiring a part-time admin assistant. Please let me know if you have a good candidate. (TARA IRONS)
  1. Christy Sports did a GREAT job fitting our son from Las Vegas, Dr HL Greenberg, with new ski bindings and boots. Staff was FABULOUS and they had everything ready for him to take to the mountains in 4 hours!! Way to go!! Mike Lloyd you can be proud of your team!!! (PAULETTE GREENBERG)                   
  1. Thanks to the Switchbacks for the lead on transportation for all visiting teams. (CATHY D’AGOSTINO)
  2. Thanks to Coaltrain for including us in your annual holiday tasting. (KATHY DREILING)
  3. Thanks to Diane Ingolia and FOTF for all your business. (KATHY DREILING)
  4. Thank you JP West…business portrait. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  5. Thank you to all the CSEA members who had TECC Painting  paint your homes and businesses. (TONY ELLIS)
  6. Thank you to Ent Credit Union for the massive amount of mailings. TMR and I appreciate the business. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  7. Thanks Colorado Running Company! Come get ‘em Jeff. (SPENCER SWANN)
  8. Thanks to Ent Credit Union for making my total banking experience so painless. (DON MOON)
  9. Thanks Mark Copelin for ordering your granddaughter’s jacket. (MIKE LLOYD)
  10. Thank you Jeff for two delightful events: Christmas Joy and The AirForce Academy Holly and Ivy at the Pikes Peak Center. (DEBORA IRELAND-YOUNG)
  11. Thank you Nancy Kelly for buying gift boxes year after year from Coaltrain. (PEGGY MCKINLAY)
  12. Thank you to Doug Berwick. (GREG SWARTZ)
  13. Mike at Christy Sports- thanks for helping me with a couple gifts for Christmas. (MARK COPELIN)
  14. To the Execs that shop in The Colorado Running Company, hanks for the great year! (JEFF TARBERT)
  1. Michelle Talarico has accepted a position on the Colorado Springs Chamber Board. (KATHY DREILING)
  2. Welcome to Execs, Mike! (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Merry Christmas everybody. Let’s have a great 2023. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  4. Nancy Kelly, table parts have been ordered. (MIKE LLOYD)
  5. Dani and I had a great time at the holiday party. Thanks to the EPC. (MIKE LLOYD)
  6. Update on Heath Deutschmark, my right-hand man at Amnet. His colon cancer has spread to his liver, spleen, stomach and lungs. He’s on home hospice care and may not make it to Christmas. Thanks for your prayers and contributions to gofundme. If you didn’t know, he was ‘fine’ five weeks ago. He’s 45 and his wife doesn’t work nor does he have life insurance. God Bless! ….update from Trevor as of early this evening.  Health passed away at 3:35 this afternoon.  Please remember Heath’s wife and family in your prayers.  And please remember Trevor and his team at Amnet in your prayers as well.  Heath was a huge part of their team.  (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
    8.  Great to see Steve Nyrhinen back at Execs. (DOUG BERWICK)               
    9.  Great to see Steve Nyrhinen today. May your health improve and your pain subside. Merry Christmas my friend. (KEVIN HOLT)
  1. Never too late to donate to The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance. Go on our website and you’ll see all of the outstanding programs that we have done. Just hit the donate button to help us continue our great work. http://www.thegreenbergcenter.org. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  2. Looking for a car for my granddaughter; maybe someone has an older Toyota/Honda/Chevy? A 2010-2015 that you are trying or dying to part with…call or text Bob Gillis 719-661-1362. Thanks! (BOB GILLIS)
  3. Received some delicious Sasquatch cookies from one of our great customers. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  4. The lighting project is going well. Take a look on the east side of highway 24 across from The Wines of Colorado. Lights come on around 5pm. (KEVIN HOLT)
  1. Lululemon, a sport clothing store, is opening in the Creekwalk center. (DON GOEDE)
  2. Fruitlandia will open next month at 107 E. Pikes Peak Ave. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  1. Great insightful program. (CATHY D’AGOSTINO)   
  2. Very good presentation. Great energy and vision. Would love to see D11 become one of the best school districts. Need to pass the bond. (TONY ELLIS)
  3. Michael Gaal-excellent presentation. Your energy and commitment to raise the bar is refreshing! I support you! (NANCY KELLY)
  4. Great program! (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  5. Great presentation Michael Gaal. Thank you for your passion and vision for our youth! (KIM GRIFFIS)
  6. Great presentation! (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  7. Great presentation! (JOSH MIDDLETON)
  8. Great program. (TERRENCE VANSANT)