February 8, 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 15, 2023

Brenda Speer, Stamford Orange Ltd. (Who Did What?! game)

Now that
she’s retired from law practice, Brenda Speer will fill us in on her newventure, Stamford Orange Ltd, with a reprise of how the game Who Did What?!
came to be, and engage some brave volunteers in a live play demonstration! Brenda is hopeful that someday she’ll be ‘The First Toymaker to the King’!
(Quote credit to the classic, stop motion Christmas television special, “SantaClaus Is Coming to Town.”)

Greeter-Chris Waldron

February 8, 2023

Thank you to Josh/Switchbacks for today’s presentation from Yariv Ber-Naim!  What
an inspiration he was to us.  Congrats on such a special and goal-oriented Unified Team! 
We’ll be anxious to hear from you again down the road as you successfully
grow!  Go Switchbacks!  Keep doing good things for this city! 





– Jon Taylor and Yariv BerNaim

– Greg Garcia, Michael Garcia

Don Moon– Maile
Foster, Mcalpin Foster Advisors

– Altus Wealth Group: Dustin Bench, Brenda Lammers, Norman Alvis

– John Eden, DA Davidson, Certified Professional Financial Planner

Guests: Jody Ilett, Nicole Reynolds, Affordable Flags (Tricia’s invitees)

Chris Sommer-Faith

JP West-Todd



Today, February 8-JP West, WestCo Insurance

February 12-Mike
Lloyd, Christy Sports


DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Caroline Fleming, Weathercraft Roofing and
Wayne Heilman who each won tickets to the Switchbacks Spring opener!




Notes from your executive director:

At today’s
board of directors meeting, the board:

Primary membership for Todd Matia, Harvey Investment Management.  Todd is sponsored by JP West, WestCo Insurance. 

A heartfelt thank you to all of you for bringing such qualified candidates to the table.  The board had a very difficult
job today and they are confident in their choice of Todd for the Wealth Fiduciary category.  Thank you to JP for sponsoring him. 
Todd—Welcome to Execs! 



The board opened two additional categories:

‘Hotel’ for Tyler Walters, Best Western, Fillmore Inn. Tyler is sponsored by John Gatto. 

Also, ‘Employee Benefits’ for Benjamin Wojchik, USI Insurance Solutions. Benjamin is sponsored by JP West. Should you know of any qualified, best in
class companies who might like to compete for these categories, please bring them as a guest between now and March 8. 
All interviews will take place on March 8 and the board will vote on this day as well.


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INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. We
    are having a thirteen-month CD Special at Ent: minimum $500, annual
    percentage yield 4.65%, offer expires 2-18-23. Call me :) 719-550-6382.
  2. Miramont
    Commercial can help you and your business make good decisions about lease
    and lease renewal terms. (SIMON PENNER)
  3. A couple of events you
    can join CRC for (not running): Mats and Mimosas, Sat 8:45am. Learn some
    tips and tricks on using your foam roller! Sign up on our facebook or
    instagram! Kinship Landing Social, Wed 2/22, a great evening connecting
    with outdoor adventurers and companies! (LISA COE)
  4. Wine Festival at The
    Broadmoor, Fri. March 3rd Grand Tasting. Benefits the Colorado Springs
    Conservatory. Discounted room rates for attendees. (DAN OSINSKI)      
  5. TECC
    Painting Winter Special: Free paint on all projects booked and completed
    by March 15th. 719-577-9300. TECC Painting will be painting the interior
    of the reptile facility at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo! (TONY ELLIS)     
  6. Valentine’s
    is coming and Sasquatch has lots of gifts for your loved ones. (BROOKE
  7. I’m
    happy to provide printing quotes to members and referrals; we printed
    custom name tags for Diana Thate’s referral. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  8. Moving
    consultations and estimates are free of charges! (MAT LAFLEUR)      
  9. Get out and enjoy the
    ‘Great Colorado Outdoors’! CRC helps with gear and advice and fun! (JEFF


  1. Would love to get a
    group of residents to a Switchbacks game. Call Faith Hopper at
    719-246-5262. (CHRIS SOMMER)


  1. Pikes Peak Philharmonic concert on Sunday at 3pm at
    the Ent Center, featuring Pictures at Exhibition, Prelude to Afternoon of
    a Faun, and Pines of Rome. Tickets at the door or online:
    www.entcenterforthearts.com. (BRENDA SPEER)

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 Overhead Door for a garage door
    service. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  2. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  3. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (CAROLINE
  4. Direct lead to Ent Credit Union. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  5. Direct lead to Kelly at ADDSTAFF. (ANGIE PETERS)
  6. Direct lead to Karen at Advanced Impressions. (ANGIE PETERS)
  7. Direct lead to Swartz Electric. (NANCY KELLY)
  8. Direct lead to TECC Painting. (NANCY KELLY)
  9. Direct lead to COS Visitors Center. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  10. Direct lead to Integrity Device Repair.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  11. Direct lead to Switchbacks, Unified sponsor. (DIANE
  12. Direct lead to KCME. Sponsor. (JIM LITTLE)
  13. Direct lead to Tony Ellis, TECC Painting. (SIMON
  14. Direct lead to Spencer Swann. (SIMON PENNER)
  15. Direct lead to Dan Adam for vehicle maintenance.
  16. Direct lead to Mark Rohn. I would like to see if you
    can help with our taxes! (KODY MILLER)
  17. Direct lead to Coaltrain Wine and Liquor. (JANET
  18. Direct lead to Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak
    Center. (JANET BURNS)
  19. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (DAN OSINSKI)
  20. Direct lead to Joe Wilson. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  21. Direct lead to Eddie Hurt. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  22. Direct lead to Canyon Signs (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  23. Direct lead to Brooke Orist with Sasquatch Cookies.
  24. Direct lead to Coaltrain. Thanks for the reminder on
    the Welsh Whiskey. (JOE WILSON)
  25. Direct lead to Mark Rohn. (MIKE ESCHLER)


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  1. Thank
    you Caroline and John Fleming, Weathercraft, for all your photography and
    drone work. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  2. Thank
    you Michelle and Eddie, ERA. (DAN OSINSKI)
  3. Thank
    you Kody Miller for the ‘funny’ compliment. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  4. Big
    thanks to Ent Credit Union. They are keeping TMR Direct and The Post
    Office in business! (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  5. Thank
    you Kody Miller. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  6. Thank
    you Tricia Muehlbauer. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  7. Thank
    you to Adam and Son Auto Repair for taking care of my Subaru. (ALLAN TODD)
  8. Thank
    you Mark, Diane, Bill and Kim for the leads! (BROOKE ORIST)
  9. Thank
    you to Doug Berwick! I am exceedingly honored and grateful. (GREG SWARTZ)
  10. Thank
    you to Trish for trusting Swartz with your electrical. (GREG SWARTZ)
  11. Thank
    you, Diane Ingolia, for assisting me with getting a review from Focus on
    the Family for the game “Who Did What?!”. (BRENDA SPEER)
  12. Thank
    you Jeff Lapansky for the lead :). (DEBORA IRELAND YOUNG)
  13. Thanks
    to Dave Horwitz for letting us help with replacing the flue vent on your
    heating system. (MIKE EDDE)
  14. Thanks
    Candy with Ent for helping my daughter with her car. (MIKE EDDE)
  15. Thanks
    to Jeff’s Running Company for shoes. (MIKE EDDE)
  16. Thanks
    Eddie Hurt for the furnace lead. (MIKE EDDE)
  17. Thanks
    Kevin Holt for the furnace inspection. (MIKE EDDE)


  1. Brooke with Sasquatch, I ordered some cookies. Great
    experience; easy to order and great taste! We’ll order again! (MARK
  2. Josh-Call me about Ent’s “yes” grants for youth.
    Might be opportunities for funding for the Unified Team. (CANDY
  3. Kim Griffis-let’s get together this week! (LISA COE)
  4. I’m getting quotes for a backyard patio. If anyone
    can recommend an excellent contractor, I’d appreciate it. (ALLAN TODD)
  5. It is nice to see the interest in Execs from all the
    wealth fiduciary category candidates! (BRENDA SPEER)
  6. Happy Birthday to Mike Lloyd and JP West! (BRENDA


  1. The Rotary Club of COS is hosting all twelve mayoral
    candidates for a forum this Friday. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  2. Michelle Talarico and Dave Lienweber are both running
    for city council; more to come? (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Our sons will be coming in from London and Vegas and
    want to go skiing in Breckenridge. If you could recommend a rental place
    let me know. The dates would be March 11,12,13th. Any suggestions are
    appreciated. Either email me at dpgreenberg1@msn.com or call me at
    719-598-7004. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated. (PAULETTE


  1. Dave and Busters is
    coming to The Highlands at Briargate, just east of Focus on the Family.
  2. Liberty Sash and Door
    has moved into a building on N. Nevada Ave. (TONY ELLIS)


  1. Amazing presentation! (WAYNE
  2. Josh-good program. The Switchbacks
    are having a good impact on our local community, a great asset to our
    great city and today we see a special side of the Switchback organization
    through the Unified team. (MARK COPELIN)
  3. Great presentation today. Thank you.
  4. Fabulous program! (JIM LITTLE)
  5. Absolutely incredible program today!
  6. Great program! The Unified Team is a
    wonderful idea! (JANET BURNS)
  7. Great program. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  8. Good going Yariv. It was great
    meeting you. Nice program. Thanks Josh! (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  9. Great presentation today. Thanks
    Josh for bringing Yariv to share his story. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  10. Josh, thanks for the special
    presentation today! (JIM SMITH)
  11. Congratulations to Yariv! Great
    presentation! Go Switchbacks! (TONY ELLIS)
  12. Good job Yariv. (SPENCER SWANN)
  13. Josh, great program! Keep up the
    beautiful work with the Special Olympics! (JEFF TARBERT)

14. We just
landed great deals for these popular arena events! Many have been asking
me about these. 
share this information and let me know if there’s any questions.  MONSTER JAM – Multiple Shows,
4/28-30/23 – Broadmoor World Arena – Save $5 per
 Promo code: COMMUNITY23 The most unexpected,
unscripted and unforgettable motorsports experience for families and fans in
the world today returns to Colorado Springs for an adrenaline-charged weekend
at The Broadmoor World Arena from April 28-30, 2023.  At Monster Jam®,
world champion athletes and their 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt
in wide-open competitions of speed and skill.  COMIC CON – 8/25-27/23 – Broadmoor
World Arena – Save 10% per
 Promo code: COMMUNITY23 Get ready, Colorado
Springs, for the biggest and best pop culture convention in the Springs. This
3-day event will feature celebrities from all genres of TV, movies and
cartoons, some of the best names in the comic art community, as well as some
the greatest vendors in the area with those hard-to-find toys, comics, and
collectibles. Be sure to stop by and finish that wish list and even meet some
of your favorite celebrities and get their autographs and have your picture
taken with them at this amazing event. Visit cscomiccon.com for more info.  The member promo code COMMUNITY23 will work
for any event with a SUPER GROUP button on this website – broadmoorworldarena.com/supergroup.
If you have a group of 10 or more, call Brandon Ellis directly and he’ll help
get tickets for shows at The Broadmoor World Arena and Pikes Peak Center! 719-477-2102.  (JEFF LAPSANSKY)