August 23, 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

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:-Jenn Kolk, President; Tara Irons-Past President; Chris Waldron-Vice President; Stephanie Horton-Secretary; 

Diana Thate-Treasurer; Todd Matia; Larry Blevins; Karen Heun; Kody Miller

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August 30, 2023

Brooke Orist-Sasquatch Cookies, with guest presenter (mom!), Lisa Vaughn. 

Today, Jenn’s question of the day was ‘Do you use social media in your business and if so, which one/s?’  Well, if you weren’t present, it generated a lot of funny comments about ‘older’ people not being with the times!   Come next week to hear from Brooke’s mom, Lisa, the ‘old’ lady running Sasquatch’s social media campaigns.  She will teach us some things she has learned along the way.  She says, “If I can do it, you can too!” 


Greeter-Michael Garrow, Garden of the Gods Club and Resort


August 23, 2023

Have you been on the Western Museum of Mining & Industry (WMMI) campus recently?  After 53 years of serving the community as an educational non-profit, they still meet people every week who “had driven by for years” and finally ventured in to be pleasantly surprised by the “hidden gem”, pun intended.  Today, the WMMI came to us (thank you, Kim, for hosting them!)  They shared a bit of their story which continues to represent the past, present, and future of Colorado. 




Chris Peloso– Aaron Forman, American Door Service

Kim Griffis– Grant Dewey-WMMI and Holly Taylor, VisitCOS

Todd Matia– Matt Hiner, Hiner Outdoor Living; Kyle Manson, Alpine Auto Detailing; John Mark Weaver, JMW Plumbing

Nancy Kelly– Tim Betssch, new owner of Syntrak International




August 23-Mark Copelin, OS Offices

August 25-Bill Huffor, Furry Friends and Bernard Sandoval, Sandia Advertising

August 26-John Gatto, Crestone Development and Mark Rohn, Rohn CPA Group



Congrats to Diana Thate who won a $25 Execs gift certificate.

Congrats also, to Brenda Speer, Nancy Kelly and Karen Heun who won tickets to events at the Western Museum of Mining and Industry.




Notes from your executive director:


Help us grow our membership!  The board would like to grow by 15 members this fiscal year (July to June!)  Have a best in class company in mind?  Please get w/ Tricia as a first ‘stop’ to make sure the category can be opened.  Note, per the bylaws, when a company wants to apply for membership in a certain category, business from the category must be at least 75% of their annual income.  Please understand, there is crossover with almost every single member’s category.  It’s a big sandbox and we have to place nicely if we wish to grow. Rarely do companies today offer only one product or service.  The key in Execs is the percentage!  Often times (I have so many examples) members who are skeptical of a new company actually end up partnering with or referring to the new member.  Please keep this in mind as we try to grow and move forward. (Oh, and earn $100 Execs gift certificate for each member you sponsor through the end of October.)


Here are some potential categories we can fill!  If you know of a best in class company who might like to be a part of Execs, bring them as a guest!

Flower shop/florist; Carpet cleaning company; Plumber; Landscape Architect; Handyman

There are MANY MANY other possibilities!  Please reach out if you think of a category that we should consider!


I need a presenter for Sept. 13.  Who wants to seize the opportunity?!



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Scoop Creative will be coming out this week to begin filming “The Journey of the Microgreen”. This will be a story of the microgreen from the beginning to the harvest. (KEVIN HOLT)
  2. 11-month CD- 5.65% APY. New Money to Ent. Still have 3-5 mo. CDs at 5.00% APY and 6-11 mo. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  3. Powder Daze begins tomorrow at Christy Sports Denver Event Center. Find some great deals on ski and snowboard equipment, clothing and accessories. (MIKE LLOYD)
  4. Did you know TECC Painting can coat your garage floor or your industrial concrete floor. 719-577-9300. Schedule your exterior painting project prior to this winter! (TONY ELLIS)


  1. Tammy Fogall-call me about the senior expo! (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  2. Greg/Swartz Electric-I would like to get your contact for someone looking into your trade. Call me. (MARK COPELIN)
  3. Mike Edde, please call me. I need a solution to an HVAC issue in our home. 719-310-9506. (TODD MATIA)


  1. Peak View Baptist Church (my church) is hosting a First Responders day to those who serve the community at 10:30am on 9/10. Lunch, service and a gift! 2001 County Rd 31, Florissant CO 80816. (JESSY VANDYNE)

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 Chris Waldron, Drone Dog. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  2. Direct lead to Furry Friends. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  3. Direct lead to Syntrak. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  4. Direct lead to JP-next year’s insurance needs. (TONY ELLIS)
  5. Direct lead to Canyon Signs. QR codes, street signs and three new trucks. (TONY ELLIS)
  6. Direct lead to Benjamin Wojcick. USI-next year’s insurance needs. (TONY ELLIS)
  7. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies…catered order for lunch! Thanks. (BEN WOJCHIK)
  8. Direct lead to Canyon Signs/Spence. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  9. Direct lead to City Glass. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  10. Direct lead to Coaltrain. Coffee sweetener time! (SPENCER SWANN)
  11. Direct lead to Bill Huffor of Furry Friends. Thanks!! (KAREN HEUN)
  12. Direct lead to Brooke, Sasquatch Cookies. (NANCY KELLY)
  13. Direct lead to Cultivate House Detailing…gave Kelly your info for window cleaning and screen repair. (JENN KOLK)
  14. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies. (BRENDA SPEER)
  15. Direct lead to Windshields Express. (BRENDA SPEER)
  16. Direct lead to Windshields Express.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  17. Direct lead (number three in two weeks!) to City Glass.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  18. Direct lead to Mark Rohn CPA for bookkeeping. (DIANA THATE)


  1. Amnet is hiring for a Systems Administrator who can be a team lead. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)


  1. Congratulations Nancy on the sale of your biz. (BILL JOHANNSON)
  2. Congratulations to Nancy on her business sale! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  3. Congratulations Nancy on selling Syntrak! (BRENDA SPEER)       


  1. Diana and Payroll City-thanks for shopping The Colorado Running Company! (JEFF TARBERT)
  2. Todd Matia, thanks for the intro to Kyle Manson. (JEFF TARBERT)
  3. Thank you everyone who has stopped by the bakery or sent people our way! We appreciate your support! (BROOKE ORIST)
  4. Thank you Jesse Carrillo for allowing me to help you navigate the business insurance process! (JP WEST)
  5. Thanks to JP West for hooking me up with biz insurance and life insurance. (JESSE CARILLO)
  6. Thank you Tricia Muehlbauer. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  7. Special thanks to Mark Rohn. (TERRENCE VAN SANT)
  8. Thanks Spencer for more signs. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  9. Thank you Mike for the info on ski boots. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  10. Thanks for the coffee Karen! Enjoyed getting to know you a bit better. (TODD MATIA)
  11. Brooke, thanks for the great cookie! Kids loved their dad date treat! (TODD MATIA)
  12. Thank you Todd Matia-It was great getting to know you and your company. Very impressive. (TONY ELLIS)
  13. Thank you Todd Matia-champion of new member candidates.  Keep them coming! (TONY ELLIS)
  14. Thanks Kevin Holt for your order. (KAREN HEUN)
  15. Thank you Caroline Fleming for your order. (KAREN HEUN)
  16. Thanks Spencer Swann for being awesome! I appreciate having you in my corner! (KAREN HEUN)


  1. Happy Birthday, Execs! (MICHAEL GARNER)
  2. Great to see Bill J. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  3. Happy Birthday Execs! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  4. Tony, great to connect this week. Enjoyed getting to know you and enjoy a great lunch. (TODD MATIA)
  5. Happy Birthday to all the execs with birthdays this week. (TONY ELLIS)
  6. Happy Birthday Mark, Bernard, John and Mark. (SPENCER SWANN)
  7. HBD Mark COPELIN, Bill, Bernard, John and Mark Rohn! (BRENDA SPEER)



  1. We had our catalytic converter stolen from our car while it was parked at DIA. Be careful out there! (TARA IRONS)
  2. We spent a week at a dude ranch outside of Durango called Majestic Dude Ranch. It was a great family vacation destination and I highly recommend it! (TARA IRONS)


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  1. WMMI-Great presentation-Thank you. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  2. Thank you for the great presentation on the mining museum. (MICHAEL GARROW)
  3. Kim/Grant, thanks for the interesting and informative presentation. (JIM SMITH)
  4. Great program. It is very interesting learning of our history here in Colorado Springs. (MARK ROHN)
  5. Great program Kim. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  6. Thanks Grant. Good to know! (SPENCER SWANN)
  7. Kim, very informative program. (NANCY KELLY)
  8. Great presentation! (BRENDA SPEER)