June 7, 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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 June 14, 2023

We will be statring at 7:30 next week to accommodate the Pikes Peak or Bust Girl of the West AND Trevor’s presentation.  Please come early so you don’t miss introductions/announcements, etc.

Trevor Dierdorff, Amnet

Don’t let your competition outpace you! The rise of AI tools like ChatGPT is transforming the business landscape faster than the Internet did, and those who don’t embrace this change risk falling behind.

Come join us for a powerful breakfast session on Wednesday, June 14th, where we’ll delve into the potential of ChatGPT and other AI tools. Gain insights into how you can leverage these tools to boost your business, and keep your competitive edge razor-sharp.

Turn disruption into opportunity and accelerate your business journey with us! See you next week.

**This was written by ChatGPT**

June 7, 2023

Thank you to Jeff Lapsansky who brought the El Paso County Fair to present to us today!  The fair takes place in Calhan, just 30 minutes from the Colorado Springs, from July 15 to July 22.  To learn more:  https://www.elpasocountyfair.com/p/fair-information/fair-schedule



Eddie Hurt-Garden of the Gods Club

Jeff Lapsansky-three guests from El Paso County 


June 10-Dave Brackett, Retired

June 11-Merv Bennett, Retired

June 12-Jenn Kolk, Brightway Insurance

DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Chris Waldron who won a family four pack to the El Paso County Fair.

Notes from your executive director:

At our May board meeting, the board opened the category of ‘Roofing, Siding & Decks’ for Michael Krueger, Kruger Brothers Construction.  Michael is sponsored by Todd Matia. Since that time, we have altered his category to be ‘Siding and Decks.’  Should you know of any best in class companies who might like to compete for the ‘Siding and Decks’ classification, please bring them as a guest.  As always, it is the goal of Execs to invite competition for the best in class.  All applications will be considered at next week’s board meeting.

Please note we will NOT meet on June 21 (Street Breakfast) and July 5 (El Paso Club closed for the day). 

Next week we will be starting our meeting at 7:30 instead of 7:40 as the Girl of the West will present before Trevor’s full presentation. 

Also, June 28 is our annual meeting.  No guests at this meeting please.  It is also the week we will have elections for our next board of directors.  The nominating committee met today and chose a slate of potential candidates.  I will begin calling the list tomorrow and will announce the slate of nominees once all eight are in place!  


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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. We still have our CD specials: 3-5mos, APY 5.00% and 6-11mos, APY 5.20%. (CANDY VANDENBERG)

  2. We are pleased to have new customers in Peak City Church and International Salon and Spa Academy. How can we help you? (DAVID HORWITZ)

  3. Run, walk! Get outside! Great gear at Colorado Running Co. Thanks for shopping with locally owned companies! (JEFF TARBERT)

  4. Peak Performances is a new program on KCME 88.7, every Sunday at 3pm. Local performances highlighting local musicians. Sponsorship available. (STEPHANIE HORTON)

  5. Best workplaces nominations in full swing. It just takes one nomination to get things started. (TAMMY FOGALL)


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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 Ent…5.7%…I will be in. (CHRIS WALDRON)

  2. Direct lead to Jeff Lapsansky with Broadmoor World Arena. (KIM GRIFFIS)

  3. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (CAROLINE FLEMING)

  4. Direct lead to American Printing and Copying. (CAROLINE FLEMING)

  5. Direct lead to Greg Swartz at Swartz Electric. (ANGIE PETERS)

  6. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (ANGIE PETERS)

  7. Direct lead to Ent. (JP WEST)

  8. Direct lead to Brooke from Sasquatch cookies. USI purchased cookies for our weekly sales meeting and they were amazing! (BEN WOJCHIK)

  9. Direct lead to American Printing, Chris Peloso. (SPENCER SWANN)

  10. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (JOSH MIDDLETON)

  11. Direct lead to Sasquatch x2. (EDDIE HURT)

  12. Direct lead to Colorado Running Co…bought work tennis shoes that fit and feel excellent. (TONY ELLIS)

  13. Direct lead to the Colorado Running Co…sent my sister and her family to buy comfy shoes. (DIANA THATE)

  14. Direct lead to Mark Rohn. I gave a potential client your contact info. (DIANA THATE)

  15. Direct lead to Pikes Peak Center for some tickets to an August show. (MARK COPELIN)

  16. Direct lead to The Gazette, ongoing. (STEPHANIE HORTON)

  17. Direct lead to Coaltrain Wine and Liquor. You have Sju! Yea! (JANET BURNS)

  18. Direct lead to Jenn Kolk. (JONMARC RADSPINNER)

  19. Direct lead to American Printing and Copying. (TARA IRONS)


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  1. Kudos to Angie Peters and her crew at City Glass. Fixed our issue with our frameless shower last second and saved the day for our AirBnb. (TODD MATIA)                     


  1. Thank to Jim and Peggy for some great beer! (TODD MATIA)

  2. Thank you Kevin Holt for your apparel order. (KAREN HEUN)

  3. Thank you Caroline Fleming for your swag orders. (KAREN HEUN)

  4. Thank you Josh Middleton for your hat order. (KAREN HEUN)

  5. Thanks Stephanie Horton for your ongoing direct lead with Ent. (KAREN HEUN)

  6. Thanks for your input for the tourism story, Josh! (JESSY VANDYNE)

  7. Thank you Don Moon. (CAROLINE FLEMING)

  8. Thank you Todd Matia for your continued business. (ANGIE PETERS)

  9. Trish, thank you for letting me review your business insurance. (JP WEST)

  10. Thanks Kevin Holt. Come get it! (SPENCER SWANN)

  11. Thank you Bernard Sandoval for the referral to work on the art project at UCCS. (TONY ELLIS)

  12. Thanks for the help City Glass! (MAT LAFLEUR)

  13. Thank you to Kevin Holt for some plants. I can’t wait to plant them! (MARK COPELIN)

  14. Mark Copelin, thanks for asking me for kale. I hope you enjoy the plants. (KEVIN HOLT)

  15. Karen Heun, thanks for taking such good care of me on my shirts, coat and hat. (KEVIN HOLT)

  16. Thanks for recent print orders from Dr. Joe Wilson and David Horwitz. (CHRIS PELOSO)


  1. I’m looking for someone who repairs broken tile. (CANDY VANDENBERG)

  2. Jonmarc, talk to Jenn about your insurance. (JP WEST)

  3. Please come next week and meet the Pikes Peak or Bust 2023 Girl of the West! (SPENCER SWANN)

  4. Thoughts out to Lou Mellini’s family. Huge loss to our community! (JEFF TALBERT)

  5. I was saddened to hear former exec Laura Muir’s husband Lou Mellini died earlier this week. (MIKE LLOYD)


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  1. Please reach out if I can help answer any questions about the fair. I hope you’ll join us! (JEFF LAPSANSKY)

  2. Very interesting and informative, thanks! (JIM SMITH)

  3. Great program. (LARRY BLEVINS)

  4. Great presentation! I will definitely bring my seven grandkids to the fair this year. (ALLAN TODD)