April 5, 2023

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Tricia Muehlbauer, Executive Director

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

The information herein is privileged and is furnished by and for the members of the Colorado Springs Executives Association. Any claim of damage resulting from others having access hereto is the sole responsibility of the members or firm permitting such and is not the responsibility of the Association. Information in the newsletter has been obtained and listed with care from sources deemed reliable, but its correctness is not guaranteed.

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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April 12, 2023

Ben Wojchik, USI

Come hear from one of our newest members, Ben Wojchik with USI, in his debut presentation.  Learn about his family and what led him to the health insurance industry. Ben will share how he grew his own agency and why he decided to take that over to USI.   You will leave understanding what  USI does and what the differentiators are between them and their competition.  Ben will also share information on his volunteer involvement in the community.


Greeter-Diane Doyle, Wendy’s of Colorado Springs

April 5, 2023

Tara Irons, PhilanthroCorp

PhilanthroCorp partners with faith-based organizations to provide will and estate planning services to their donors. In the 25 plus years of being in business, they have helped thousands of families and had a hand in creating over $4billion in gifts to charities near and dear to these families. Tara shared details of how PhilanthroCorp partners with organizations and what a good lead is for PhilanthroCorp. She also shared a personal testimony about what her family went through in settling her grandparent’s estate.  (Consider an Executor who is not related to the family!)




Trevor Dierdorff– Sasha Swift

Todd Matia– Dave Thompson, Winds of Change Remodeling (interior)


April 11-Jeff Tarbert, Colorado Running Company

DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Allan Todd, Infront, for winning a $25 gift certificate from PhilanthroCorp, to spend with any Exec’s business!



Notes from your executive director:

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

      Opened the category of ‘Affordable Housing’ for Dana Rocha, Greccio Housing.  Dana is sponsored by Tammy Fogall, the Gazette.

Dana’s application will be voted on at the April 12 board meeting.


I am in need of presenters in April and May.  Please step to the plate if you have not presented in a long while.  :)  Many of our newer members do not know what your company does or who you are until you present!  Thank you.


Please note, Bob Louden, Retired member, has dropped his membership.  Thank you for being a valuable, long-time member, Bob.  We will miss you.

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



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Underline is now in the central part of town (Memorial Hospital area). Have you expressed interest on our website for your home and business? (MICHAEL GARNER)
  2. Are you planning an outdoor project at your home or business and need wall block, pavers, edgers, fire pits and other items? Please call me at 719-960-6829. (KEVIN HOLT)
  3. Spring cleaning is around the corner! Order a dumpster/rolloff. (DAVID PEREZ)
  4. Announcement: I have one office suite available for month-to-month lease. It is fully furnished with monitors, two desks and internet. Approx 300 sqft. Call Brandon at 719-439-3779. (BRANDON KOLK)
  5. For those that love sugar cookies, we’ve added a sugar cookie to our menu. (BROOKE ORIST)
  6. We have so many classes and tastings coming up that I can’t list them all. Make sure you are on our email list if you are interested in participating in any of them. (JIM LITTLE)
  7. JetEx carries remanufactured and original name brand cartridges at a low price! Call or email me for a quote. kristine.simon@jetexinc.com 719-578-5533. Free same-day delivery available! (KRISTINE SIMON)


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  1. The Shivers Concert Series is having their 30th Anniversary celebrating with a Spring Concert on Friday, April 21st at 7pm at the Ent Center for the Arts. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased at www.tinyurl.com/shivers-ent or by calling 719-255-8181.  The concert Fund is at the Pikes Peak Library District.  (PAULETTE GREENBERG)

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 Furry Friends; I bought more puppy food. (DIANE DOYLE)
  2. Direct lead to Chris Waldron. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  3. Direct lead to Diana Thate. (BENJAMIN WOJCHIK)
  4. Direct lead to JP West. (BENJAMIN WOJCHIK)
  5. Direct lead to Dan Adam…Alden Chatham-Ford F150 issues. (MAT LAFLEUR)
  6. Direct lead to Candy, Ent Credit Union. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  7. Direct lead to Christy Sports. (EDDIE HURT)
  8. Direct lead to Adam and Son. (MICHELLE BLESSING)
  9. Direct lead to Furry Friends. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  10. Direct lead to Karen Heun at Advanced Impressions. (DIANA THATE)
  11. Direct lead to PhilanthroCorp. (KRIS ODOM)
  12. Direct lead to Greg at Swartz Electric. (ANGIE PETERS)
  13. Direct lead to Furry Friends. I picked up new, fresh dog food this week. (JP WEST)
  14. Direct lead, ongoing, with Ent. (KAREN HEUN)
  15. Direct lead to Todd Matia for a consult meeting. (JIM LITTLE)
  16. Direct lead to American Printing. (TARA IRONS)
  17. Direct lead to Ent. (TARA IRONS)
  18. Direct lead to Matt Palis and thank you for your help! (SPENCER SWANN)
  19. Direct lead to Jim and Peggy at Coaltrain. (SPENCER SWANN)
  20. Direct lead to Kolk Insurance. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  21. Direct lead to Wendy’s. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  22. Direct lead to Coaltrain for several bottles of Portugal wine. (ALLAN TODD)
  23. Direct lead to Brenda Speer. (ALLAN TODD)


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  1. Thank you Colorado Running Company for the great shoes! (JONMARC RADSPINNER)
  2. Thanks Mike for my fixed windshield! (JP WEST)
  3. Thanks for your order, Diane Doyle and Trevor Dierdorff. (KAREN HEUN)
  4. Thanks Chris Peloso! (SPENCER SWANN)
  5. Thanks to Ent Credit Union. Keep that direct mail coming. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  6. Thank you to Brooke Orist for meeting to discuss local SEO. (ALLAN TODD)
  7. A big thank you to Bernard Sandoval with Sandia Advertising, Coaltrain and Larry Blevins for your recent cartridge purchase! We appreciate you! (KRISTINE SIMON)


  1. I’m willing to present next week! (BENJAMIN WOJCHIK)
  2. Happy Passover! (DAVID HORWITZ)
  3. Congratulations Karen on the birth of your grandson, Loch! (BRENDA SPEER)
  4. Happy Birthday Jeff! (BRENDA SPEER)
  5. Trevor, please send me more info about the mayoral debate on 4/21. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  6. Hope all of my friends at the CSEA have a wonderful Passover and Easter (Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you!!) Passover starts tonight, Wednesday and ends at noon on Thursday, April 13th. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. New Horizons Band of Colorado Springs presented The Concert Band and Symphonic Band Spring Concert at the Ent Center last Sunday.  They were amazing.  And it was nice to see some of our CSEA members playing in the concert. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  2. The liquor store next to King Soopers at Woodmen Road and Academy Blvd went out of business.  Sorry this small business owner was not able to compete with wine now being sold at our grocery stores. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


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  1. What a wonderful informative presentation. (DIANE DOYLE)
  2. Great presentation Tara!! You’re a rockstar! (KODY MILLER)
  3. Very informative program. Thank you Tara. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  4. Great informative program Tara! (ANGIE PETERS)
  5. Thank you for your informative presentation Tara. (BRENDA SPEER)
  6. Thanks Tara. Good for you! (SPENCER SWANN)
  7. Great program Tara! Thanks for warm-hearted personal feelings. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  8. Tara, thank you for your presentation. Great information. (KIM GRIFFIS)