March 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

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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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March 15, 2023

Todd Matia, Harvey Investment Management
Todd will be sharing his not so straight path to where he is today, while helping to define what it means to truly be a wealth fiduciary.


Greeter (7am-7:40)-Caroline Fleming, Weathercraft Roofing

March 8, 2023

Thank you to John Gatto for today’s presentation on his real estate/development career!  It was fascinating to learn about John and his passions in life (family!  sailing!  skiing!) and equally fascinating to learn of John’s career as a developer complete with drone footage of many of his projects (by Trevor Dierdorff!)





Brooke Orist– Jesse Carrillo, Scoop Creative

Michelle Blessing– Mike Garrow, Garden of the Gods Resort

Tammy Fogall– Dana Rocha, Greccio Housing

JP West-Ben Wojchik, USI

Diana Thate

John Gatto-Tyler Walters & Samantha Hendricks, Best Western Plus Fillmore Inn


BIRTHDAYS: March 8-Travis Williams, Springs Rescue Mission

March 10-Alice Robinson, Retired

March 12-Bill Johannsen, Retired


DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Mat LaFleur who won a $50 gift certificate to any Execs business from Crestone Development!



Notes from your executive director:

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

  • Approved Primary membership for Tyler Walters, Best Western Plus, Fillmore Inn, and Associate membership for Samantha Hendricks, category-Hotel.  Tyler/Samantha are sponsored by John Gatto. Welcome Tyler and Samantha! And thank you, John, for sponsoring them. 

  • Approved Primary membership for Benjamin Wojchik, USI Insurance Solutions, category-Employee Health Benefits. Benjamin is sponsored by JP West.  Welcome Benjamin.  And thank you, JP, for sponsoring him! 
  • Opened the category of ‘Affordable Housing’ for Dana Rocha, Greccio Housing.  Dana is sponsored by Tammy Fogall, the Gazette. 
  • Officially approved Retired membership for Cathy D’Agostino.  Cathy has retired from Grayline. 


Please note:  Kimberly Moore, Executive Systems, Jeff Weinzierl, US Lawns, Chuck Murphy, Grayline and Michael Peltier, Integrity Device Repair, are no longer members. 

We are in need of a presenter on March 22, 2023.  Please get with Tricia if you would like to seize the great opportunity!



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Recycle!! Mardi Gras 2023 had a big recycle push on aluminum cans! Big changes to GFL as a company coming soon. (DAVID PEREZ)
  2. It is definitely political season. I am making signs for several candidates including our own Michelle Talarico (Picnic Basket) for city council and previous member Dave Leinweber (Angler’s Covey) who is also running for city council. (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Are your work-at-home employees now returning to the office? Show them you care by upgrading the washroom fixtures. Call me. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  4. JetEx supplies both original name brand and remanufactured cartridges.  All members of Execs receive a discount! Free delivery available! Call  or email me. 719-578-5533 kristine.simon@jetexinc.com.  (KRISTINE SIMON)


  1. Simon and Miramont, please call me. Have someone looking for a commercial lease agent. (CANDY VANDENBERG)


  1. Once Upon a Musical (a Broadway revue) opens March 17 at First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave. Other performances: March 18,19,24,25 and 26. Tickets at www.fumc-CS.org/fc. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  2. Pikes Peak Philharmonic concert on March 26, Sunday at 3pm at the Ent Center, featuring the Planets by Holst. (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 Jonmarc Radspinner, Cultivate House Detailing!  Expect a call from JB (member!) for window cleaning.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  2. Direct lead to Bill H. and Furry Friends for joint supplement for Hudson. He’s bouncing like a puppy :) (JENN KOLK)
  3. Direct lead to Dr. Joe Wilson. (JIM SMITH)
  4. Direct lead to Mike Eschler. (TODD MATIA)
  5. Direct lead to Spencer Swann. I sent your contact to someone needing some signs. (DIANA THATE)
  6. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  7. Direct lead to Sasquatch. (CAROLINE FLEMIG)
  8. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies. It is always delightful to have your cookies instead of a cake at a birthday party. (DEBORA IRELAND YOUNG)
  9. Direct lead to Amnet. I sent Diason(?) to you yesterday. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  10. Direct lead to The Gazette for the upcoming event and small business network group. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  11. Direct lead to Spencer. Add a sign to my sign. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  12. Direct lead to JetEx and The Gazette. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  13. Direct lead to Furry Friends. Visited your store twice over the weekend :) (LESLIE CARTER)
  14. Direct lead, ongoing, with Payroll City. (KAREN HEUN)
  15. Direct lead to Lisa with Colorado Running Company. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  16. Direct lead to Broadmoor World Arena. (TARA IRONS)
  17. Direct lead to City Glass. (MICHELLE BLESSING)
  18. Direct lead to Arrow Moving. (MICHELLE BLESSING)
  19. Direct lead to Colorado Running Club (a client). (MICHELLE BLESSING)
  20. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (SPENCER SWANN)
  21. Direct lead to ADD STAFF. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)


  1. Job opportunity: Receptionist, $18-22/hr, Wholistic Healing Exp…massage and other services…serve VA. Contact me for link. (TODD MATIA)


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  1. Thanks to Trish for letting us quote autos. (JENN KOLK)
  2. Thank you Kody for sending Chris Franquemont our way. (JENN KOLK)
  3. Thanks for recent orders from ADD STAFF and Ute Pass Gardens. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  4. Thank you Palmer High School (District 11) for your recent cartridge order! We appreciate you!  (KRISTINE SIMON)
  5. Thank you Chris with American Printing and Copying. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  6. Thank you to City Glass for a lead to us. (GREG SWARTZ)
  7. Thanks to Ent Credit Union for the mail biz! (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  8. Thank you Trevor Dierdorff for your order. (KAREN HEUN)
  9. Thank you Caroline Fleming for your order. (KAREN HEUN)
  10. Diana Thate, thanks for giving me a call last week. (TARA IRONS)
  11. Thank you Nancy, for walking me through what you do with your PDP scan! (JONMARC RADSPINNER)
  12. Thanks for the weekly referrals Eddie Hurt and Michelle Blessing! (MATHEW LAFLEUR)
  13. Thank you to Kathy Dreiling and Michelle Talarico for the delicious food at the Wine Tasting at the Broadmoor last Friday evening.  As always, Cravings, Picnic Basket, Buffalo Gals Grilling Co made our evening special with warm, friendly staff and yummy appetizers that were really a dinner!!! (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. Business prayer group is March 16th at 8am at Pikes Perk off Academy. (BROOKE ORIST)
  2. It was nice seeing you David Horwitz! Thank you for your business too!  (KRISTINE SIMON)
  3. Tara, what a fun question of the day! (BRENDA SPEER)
  4. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour as we move forward with daylight savings time. (KEVIN HOLT)
  5. Wines of Colorado has started a special event, wine pairings. Call me for details. (KEVIN HOLT)
  6. Jim Little, your staff at Coaltrain were super helpful. (JOSH MIDDLETON)
  7. Spencer-we need more CRC stickers! I’ll email you! (LISA COE)
  8. Coaltrain, great event at the Grand Tasting! (LESLIE CARTER)
  9. Looking for contacts at Colorado Springs School. Please call me at 719-502-6075. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  10. The Wine Tasting Event at the Broadmoor Hotel was amazing…Friday March 3rd. The monies raised at all of the wine events went to the Colorado Springs Conservatory which is an outstanding organization with so many talented students. Hats off to Coaltrain Wine & Liquor/Peggy McKinlay and Jim Little for organizing The FABULOUS Wine weekend.  Lots of events and an overwhelming attendance. Peggy and Jim need to open up an event planning service :) (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  11. Nice to taste the delicious cookies from Sasquatch Cookies at the wine tasting event at the Broadmoor last Friday.  Great meeting your staff. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


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  1. A King Sooper’s Marketplace (very large store) is planned in Fountain…to open in 2025. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  2. Cafe Rio Mexican Grill will replace Steak and Shake just outside the Chapel Hills Mall. (WAYNE HEILMAN)


  1. Excellent presentation John! (BRENDA SPEER)
  2. Good job John, great show! (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. John Gatto-very interesting bio you have! Super! Rocky Mtn High! (NANCY KELLY)
  4. Thanks John Gatto-fascinating and inspirational presentation! (SIMON PENNER)
  5. John Gatto.  A heck of a presentation, I enjoyed seeing your projects and learning about your personal life. Good job for being the eye in the sky Trevor! (STEVE NYRHINEN)