February 1, 2023

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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:Tara Irons-President; Kim Griffis-Past President; Larry Blevins-Vice President; Jenn Kolk-Secretary; JP West-Treasurer; Angie Peters; Jim Little; Karen Heun; Kody Miller


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February 8, 2023

Josh Middleton, Switchbacks FC with guest presenter, Yariv Ben-Naim

Get a special, inside look at the Switchbacks FC Unified Team.  You will hear from Yariv, the Switchbacks FC Unified Team manager/player, about his role in creating and playing for this team.  Come out and see how this amazing program has created an impact in both our community and in the individuals that are part of the experience of inclusion.   


Greeter:  Mark Copelin, OfficeScapes


February 1, 2023

Thank you to Brooke Orist, Sasquatch Cookies, for today’s presentation.  Brooke brought cookies as a treat, and shared her business, from dream to inception, into growth (three locations!) and plans for the future.  Brooke has studied the impact of corporate gifts and believes Sasquatch Cookies (delivered by a Sasquatch!) is a great corporate gift.  As a new member of Execs, she looks forward to helping members with all things cookies…even dog cookies and ice cream sandwiches. 





John Gatto– Tyler Walters, General Manager at Best Western, Fillmore Inn

David Horwitz– Kyle Blackwell

JP West– Todd Matia, Ben Wojchik

Brenda Speer– Altus Wealth Management: Dustin Bench, Brenda Lammers, Norman Alvis

Wayne Heilman– Greg Garcia, Michael Garcia

Spencer Swann– John Eden, Financial Planner D.A. Davidson (submitting application for membership)


BIRTHDAYS: none this week

DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Diana Thate who won today’s gift certificate to Sasquatch Cookies!



Notes from your executive director:

At the January 18 board meeting, the board:

The board opened the classification of ‘Wealth Fiduciary’ for Todd Matia, Harvey Investment Management.  Todd is sponsored by JP West, WestCo Insurance.  Should you know of anyone who desires to compete for this category, please bring them as a guest.  All applications submitted by next week’s board meeting (February 8) will be voted on, on that day.  Applicants will need to interview on February 8 after the breakfast meeting.  Interviews will happen in the order of applications received.  Applicants should wait in the grill area, as the meeting will take place in the room to the right as you enter the El Paso Club.  Currently, we have four applicants:  Todd Matia, Harvey Investment Management; Dustin Bench, Altus Wealth Group; Michael Garcia, Garcia Wealth Advisory Group and John Eden D.A. Davidson


I would like to schedule greeters for the next several weeks!  Who wants to greet?  7am-7:40 each week.  Let me know and I’ll sign you up!


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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Underline is now active in the Old North End, west of Patty Jewett and down to Platte. Have you signed up yet? (MICHAEL GARNER)
  2. Peak moving season begins in May and ends in September. It’s time to begin planning relocation now. (MAT LAFLEUR)
  3. Colorado Springs Cleaning Supply continues to grow new customers…this week: H and B building at Constitution and Circle, Springs Trampoline, MGA Home Healthcare, Weber Professional Building. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  4. Next weekend kicks off the largest zero waste event, the WM Phoenix Open. The Super Bowl and the WM Phoenix Open are both in Phoenix on the same weekend. Stay away from Phoenix. (MIKE DALTON)
  5. Winter special: Free paint up to 10% of the job…call TECC Painting at 719-577-9300. (TONY ELLIS)
  6. News! If you are planning on buying a Kia or Hyundai get a quote first on that specific VIN. Some models are blacklisted as ‘easy to steal’. It may not be incurable or it will cost you a considerable amount per month to obtain coverage on certain models. (BRANDON KOLK)


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  1. Pikes Peak Philharmonic Concert, Sunday February 12th at 3pm at the Ent Center for the Arts. Featuring Pictures at an Exhibition, Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun, and Pines of Rome. (BRENDA SPEER)

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 JP West for business insurance. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  2. Direct lead to Payroll City, ongoing. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  3. Direct lead to Windshields Express/Mike Eschler for a windshield for my dear friend.  Thanks for helping her.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  4. Direct lead to Chris Peloso with American Printing & Copying, business cards. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  5. Direct lead to Waldrons Family Studio. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  6. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  7. Direct lead to JP West for Swartz Electric’s insurance. (GREG SWARTZ)
  8. Direct lead to Spencer Swann. (BRENDA SPEER)
  9. Direct lead to Sasquatch…I want to place an order. (MARK COPELIN)
  10. Direct lead to Brooke Orist at Sasquatch Cookies. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  11. Direct lead to Switchbacks. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  12. Direct lead to Sasquatch. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  13. Direct lead to Ent. I am a long-time customer. More than 30 years. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  14. Direct lead to Swartz Electric.  Thank you so very much for your speedy attention to our electric needs.  I appreciate you taking care of us even though you were already slammed today with the cold weather.  I am grateful for your expertise.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  15. Direct lead to Colorado Running Co. (EDDIE HURT)
  16. Direct lead to Climate Design. (EDDIE HURT)
  17. Direct lead to Guaranteed Rate. (EDDIE HURT)
  18. Direct lead to Christy Sports. (EDDIE HURT)
  19. Direct lead to Joe Wilson at A Healthy Smile Dental Center. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  20. Direct lead to Canyon Signs. I need to replace the logos on my truck doors. (TONY ELLIS)
  21. Direct lead to Sasquatch cookies for marketing at Sunny Vista. (CHRIS SOMMER)
  22. Direct lead to Furry Friends. Will be grooming our furry son! (BRANDON KOLK)
  23. Direct lead to Allan Todd, InFront Webworks. (DIANA THATE)
  24. Direct lead to City Glass.  (KRISTINE SIMON)


  1. I know the most amazing, positive human looking for temporary part time or full time work.  He does own a company but it is slow during the cold months and mostly operates on weekends.  He was delivering packages for UPS during Christmas but that has slowed down as well.  If you would like to learn more about him or have something in mind, please call/email/text me.  He is a hardworking, joyful human with a heart to serve.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)


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  1. Thanks Trevor for the interview on Peak Executive Forum. (JESSY VAN DYNE)
  2. Thanks Brenda for the interview on Who Did What?! (JESSY VAN DYNE)
  3. Thanks for the cool trivia, Nancy! (BRENDA SPEER)
  4. Thanks for the decal stickers, Spencer! (BRENDA SPEER)
  5. Thank you to Dan Adam for trusting Brightway with your insurance portfolio! (BRANDON KOLK)
  6. Thank you, Jessy Van Dyne, for interviewing me and considering my game Who Did What?! for an article in the Gazette (whether it makes it to print or not)! (BRENDA SPEER)
  7. Thanks, Sasquatch, for the cookie. You have great products. (DON MOON)
  8. Thank you Coaltrain for your recent order! We appreciate you!  (KRISTINE SIMON)


  1. Dear Friends…We are writing to let you know that our beloved Mama (Mary Mashburn) died last Saturday evening after a fall at home on Wednesday morning.  The doctors at Memorial did a scan of her head injuries and saw that she had massive brain bleeds that meant she would not recover. They stabilized her until Melissa and I could get to CO Wednesday night, and then we started the equivalent of hospice in the hospital.   Saturday afternoon we could tell she was entering the final stage of leaving us. (Only such a wonderful Mama would time it so we could go home to sleep in our old bedrooms and not be out on the roads once the snow started.)  We wanted to share that over the last few weeks Mama spent a lot of time thinking about her life, prompted by Mary Helsaple nominating her for an honor from the Girl Scouts of Colorado. She reminisced about her time as a Girl Scout in North Carolina and especially about her Colorado Springs community. You all meant so much to her and to our father; thank you for sharing your talents, your friendship, your love.  We should note that Mama’s Girl Scout camp counselor name was Happy. Even though she was devastated by our father’s death, she was looking forward and remembering that life always held new adventures and the loving embrace of community. We’re including this photo Deborah Thornton took of her just last week, smiling as she showed off her new blue glasses. We were planning to hold a memorial service for our father in May, their shared birthday month; now we will make it a memorial celebration for both of them. We would love it if you wanted to send along a few words of remembrance that we can include in that celebration. And it would do our hearts good to know that Mama and Daddy live on in the hearts of their beloved friends.
    All our love, Daughters Mary and Melissa Mashburn
    We’ll be at 2224 Sussex Lane, 80909 for a bit, and also: Mary’s information: mgmaryland@gmail.com    443-629-0128
    Melissa’s information: mm.mashburn@gmail.com    978-376-1883

  1. Hello! Glad to be back :) (CANDY VANDENBERG)  (Candy-we are so glad to have you back! Trish)
  2. I am selling my 2002 F250, long bed super cab Ford. All maintenance by Leonard, Clint and Codie Vahsholtz (kings of Ford guys!). Give me a call. (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Execs-I am a part of a prayer group for small business owners/managers that meets once a month. There are currently nine businesses in the group. We are meeting next week, Thursday, Feb. 9th at 8 AM at Pikes Perk Coffee and Tea House off Academy. We meet for an hour and usually go around sharing what is going on in our businesses and then pray for each other. We’d love to have you join us!  Let me know if you would like any more information.  (BROOKE ORIST)


  1. A friend of mine and local architect, Brian Risley, is running for an at-large seat for Colorado Springs City Council. He would greatly appreciate your support and vote. (BILL HUFFOR)
  2. As many of you know, past member of CSEA, Mary Mashburn, founder of The Imagination Celebration, now the Imagination Celebration Place with Deborah Thornton as the Executive Director passed away on Saturday. My husband and I were so lucky to have had her daughters call us last Friday, so that we could come to the ICU at Memorial Hospital to say good bye to our dear friend Mary. I had named Mary The Fairy Godmother of Colorado Springs. She was an unbelievable person that made such a difference in our world, even receiving an award from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. When you visit the Fine Arts Center, you will see the tribute to Mary and Wayne Mashburn in the first exhibit hall on the right.  (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


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  1. Brooke Orist-congratulations on your drive to achieve and your fascinating background in traveling around the world to work. (NANCY KELLY)   
  2. Interesting program…thanks! (JIM SMITH)
  3. Thanks for the fun presentation! (JONMARC RADSPINNER)
  4. Thank you Brooke for your presentation and welcome! (BRENDA SPEER)
  5. Good presentation. We have experienced the cookies with friends. A great treat! (MARK COPELIN)
  6. Yummy! Thank you for the presentation. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  7. I only like two kinds of cookies. Hot and cold! (JEFF TARBERT)
  8. Great cookies! (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  9. Very sweet program. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  10. Thanks for the presentation. Fun and tasty! (SPENCER SWANN)
  11. Thank you for the presentation and cookies Brooke! (DIANA THATE)