June 14, 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

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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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June 28, 2023

June 28 is our annual meeting and our board of directors election.  Please do not bring guests to this meeting.  We will be playing a fun game of team Jeopardy (game show host, Kody Miller for some laughs!) as well as covering a brief overview of our organization. 


June 14, 2023

Thank you to Trevor Dierdorff, Amnet, for today’s presentation on AI (artificial intelligence).  Trevor engaged Chat GPT for some live content to show members how it could be used in business to stay one foot in front of the competition.  If you are interested in learning more, Trevor is available to speak on it at meetings.  (See his entry below.) 





Eddie Hurt– Michael Garrow, Garden of the Gods Club

Trevor Dierdorff– Kevin Davis, Guerrilla Media

Spencer Swann– Corliss Palmer, Director of The Girls of The West and Makenna Norton, 2023 Girl of The West

Brooke Orist– Addy Rodriguez, Wardhouse (copywriting and email marketing)

Mark Copelin– Jack Blees, intern at OS Offices

Todd Matia– Michael Krueger, Krueger Bros Construction



June 14-Bob Gillis, Retired

June 20-David Perez, Waste Management


DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Eddie Hurt who won a $25 gift card to spend with any Exec’s business.



Notes from your executive director:

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

Approved Primary membership for Michael Krueger, Krueger Brothers Construction, category of ‘Siding and Decks.’ Michael is sponsored by Todd Matia, Harvey Investment Management.  Welcome, Michael!  And thank you for sponsoring him, Todd.


Opened the category of ‘Country Club’ for Michael Garrow, Garden of the Gods Club.  Michael is sponsored by Eddie Hurt, the Blessing Hurt team at ERA Shields.  Should you know of another country club who might like to compete for the category, please bring them as a guest.  As always, it is the intention of Execs to bring in the best in class in each category.


Approved Associate membership for Cole Dougherty, Adam and Son Auto Repair.  Cole replaces Brian Simpson.  Welcome, Cole!

Approved Associate membership for Jon Taylor, Switchbacks FC.  Welcome Jon!  (You will remember Jon as a previous member with the Broadmoor World Arena!)





The following members have agreed to run for a position on the board.  I am still working on an eighth member for the ballot and will let you know once I have all eight in place.  Thank you to the following (in no particular order!) for being willing to run:  Chris Waldron; Jesse Van Dyne; Todd Matia; Caroline Fleming; Diana Thate; Jeff Tarbert; Bill Huffor.



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Father’s Day is this weekend and we have a special 4-pack of cookies to celebrate! (BROOKE ORIST)
  2. Remember to nominate yourself or someone you know for The Gazette’s Best Workplaces. (TAMMY FOGALL)
  3. We still have great short-term CD rates. 3-5months, 5.0% APY. 6-11months, 5.20% APY. (CANDY VANDENBERG)


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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 Windshields Express. (EDDIE HURT)
  2. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies. (EDDIE HURT)
  3. Direct lead to Chris Peloso for biz cards. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  4. Direct lead to Chris Peloso. Thanks. (JOE WILSON)
  5. Direct lead to Brooke with Sasquatch Cookies. Took all three of my minions to devour some cookies. (DIANA THATE)
  6. Direct lead to Josh Middleton, USI event suite tickets to the Switchbacks! (BEN WOJCHIK)
  7. Direct lead to Pikes Peak Center, tix to Taylor Tomlinson. (MICHAEL GARNER)
  8. Direct lead to Dave/Waste Management. (GREG SWARTZ)
  9. Direct lead to Brandon and Jenn Kolk, Brightway Insurance, personal home and auto renewal. (GREG SWARTZ)
  10. Direct lead to Mike Eschler to replace our windshield. (KAREN HEUN)
  11. Direct lead to The Gazette. (JIM LITTLE)
  12. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (SPENCER SWANN)
  13. Direct lead to Joe Wilson. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  14. Direct lead to Coaltrain for a 6-pack. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  15. Direct lead to Wendy’s for a strawberry frosty. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  16. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  17. Direct lead to Furry Friends, Inc. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  18. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies. (DON MOON)
  19. Direct lead to Brooke, Sasquatch Cookies. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  20. Direct lead to Weathercraft.  Thank you for sending Bob out so quickly.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  21. Direct lead (again!) to Swartz Electric.  We have another light out.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)


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  1. Great cookies from Sasquatch Cookies. Delicious! (SPENCER SWANN)                    


  1. Thank you to Josh Middleton for your hat order. (KAREN HUEN)
  2. Thank you Kevin Holt for your order. (KAREN HEUN)
  3. Thanks Chris Peloso and American Printing. (SPENCER SWANN)
  4. Thank you Weathercraft for the prompt response. (DON MOON)
  5. Thank you to Eddie Hurt. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  6. Thank you to Karen Huen; thanks for coming to us for your windshield replacement. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  7. Spencer, thanks for an awesome job on my new sign. It looks fantastic! (KEVIN HOLT)
  8. Karen, thanks for a fantastic job on my shirts, coat and hat. I will wear them proudly. (KEVIN HOLT)
  9. Thanks Spencer. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  10. Thanks to Kevin for the plants. I’ll keep you posted on the growth. (MARK COPELIN)
  11. Jeff, thanks for hooking me up with Brandon for the tickets to the concert. (MARK COPELIN)
  12. Thanks Dan for reaching out and checking in on your recent service! (TODD MATIA)
  13. JP, thanks for the time helping to troubleshoot our rental damage remediation. (TODD MATIA)
  14. Thanks Paulette and David for shopping at The Colorado Running Company! (JEFF TARBERT)
  15. Belated thank you to Mark Potter for the birthday wishes. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. Happy B-Day Bobalouie! See you on the Peak. (SPENCER SWANN)
  2. Interesting, Trevor, I wish we had more time! Say hey to Todd, I wish him well. (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Happy Birthday to Cowboy Bob! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  4. I’m running for the board of CSEA. Vote for me!! (CHRIS WALDRON)
  5. Mark, I enjoyed chatting with you over lunch. (TODD MATIA)
  6. I have been visiting with Dewey and Jeanne often. Dewey is working hard to gain walking strength and hopes to see Execs soon! (JEFF TARBERT)


  1. Just got back from a fantastic trip to NY, NJ, Long Island and Columbus.  Great to be with family and friends. Glad we were there before the bad air! (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  2. Does anyone have a name of a good consignment store in CS?  If so, call me at 719-598-7004 home phone or email me at dpgreenberg1@msn.com. Thanks :) (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  3. Just celebrated our 53rd anniversary yesterday…time goes by quickly when having fun. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. Whataburger is opening its 5th local restaurant today at 2550 Montebello Square Drive West. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  2. A McDonald’s restaurant is planned at Barnes and Marksheffel Roads. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  3. New store coming to University Village where Stein Mart used to be, by Christy Sports…”Sportsmans Warehouse”. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. If you liked today’s presentation and have a group of business owners who would benefit from seeing it, let me know. I’m looking to give some presentations on AI/chat GPT, company culture, or cyber security. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  2. Very good program. Lots of fun. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  3. Trevor, very interesting presentation. The world as we know it has changed forever. Exciting but at the same time, very scary. (KEVIN HOLT)
  4. Trevor, terrific program! (NANCY KELLY)
  5. Great presentation, Trevor! (KIM GRIFFIS)
  6. Trevor, great presentation! (TODD MATIA)
  7. Good program Trevor, thank you! (TREVOR DIERDORFF)