September 27, 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:-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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October 4, 2023

Chris Waldron, Waldrons Family Studio

Chris Waldron has been a professional Photographer since 1984, capturing most types of photography including Real Estate, Detective/Surveillance, Small Business Marketing and Web Content, Roofing and Property Aerial Photography.  Most recently, he started a drone business called Big Dog Drone Services. 

On a personal level, Chris loves boating, snow skiing and motorcycling!  Come next week to learn about Chris and his company!



September 27, 2023

Thank you to Candy Vandenberg, Ent Credit Union, for bringing Kris Lewis, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity CEO as our presenter today.  Kris shared information about the affiliate’s history, programs qualifications, community impact, and some myth busting about how and why their mission is centered around sustainable affordable workforce housing and how it benefits our entire growing El Paso County Community.





Candy Vandenberg-Kris Lewis, Executive Director, Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity

Stephanie Horton

Don Moon-Carissa Smith, Forbush Legal



September 28-Brett Simon, Swan Law Funeral Directors

October 2-Jim Smith, Retired


DOORPRIZE:  Congrats to Trevor Dierdorff who won a $25 gift certificate to Execs!



Notes from your executive director:

 At this month’s board meeting, the board Opened the category of ‘Estate Estate Planning/Probate and Trust Administration Attorney’ for Carissa Smith, Forbush Legal.  Should you know of anyone wanting to compete for this category in Execs, please bring them as a guest.  All applications submitted will be considered at the October 11 board meeting.



  1. King Soopers will reopen its South Academy store (closed for asbestos removal) on Nov. 1st. (WAYNE HEILMAN)

BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. It’s holiday light season! If you get your lights installed by Oct 15th, there is an additional 10% discount on top of the 10% Exes discount for a total of 20% off! (JONMARC RADSPINNER)
  2. Saturday is the last day to buy ice cream sandwiches for the season. (BROOKE ORIST)
  3. It was great to see everyone this morning. Great questions around what we build and focus on. Our team is focused on exterior remodeling. We do a lot of design build of decks and outdoor living space. We also install the fireproof siding called James Hardie. It is a beautiful product that lasts 20-30 years. Call with any questions. 719-358-0753. (MICHAEL KREUGER)


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  1. Save the date….November 3rd for Mt. Carmel’s Veterans Service Center’s Fundraiser, Hoedown for Heroes at the Boot Barn. Support your veterans with a sponsorship and have a fabulous time with a silent auction, program about our veterans, dancing, delicious dinner and a lot of social interaction with wonderful attendees. Contact Lynda Cin at lcink@mtcarmelcenter.org or 719-309-4789.  As a board member of Mt. Carmel, I’ll be putting together a table.  Join my table..just contact me …..dpgreenberg1@msn.com or call me at 719-598-7004. Retired member Paulette Greenberg, member of CSEA for over 40 years!! (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  2. Tickets are on sale for First Company’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher’ at fumc-CS.org/firstcompany. Performances are Nov 3-5 and 10-12. (WAYNE HEILMAN)

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 Jenn Kolk, Brightway Insurance, for personal insurance. (GREG SWARTZ)
  2. Direct lead to Furry Friends. Excellent dog food! (JANET BURNS)
  3. Direct lead to Kevin Holt. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  4. Direct lead to Ben with USI. Sent an email introduction. (DIANA THATE)
  5. Direct lead to David Horwitz. (SPENCER SWANN)
  6. Direct lead to Coaltrain…breakfast juice! (SPENCER SWANN)
  7. Direct lead to Payroll City. Thanks for handling our paychecks! (CHRIS PELOSO)
  8. Direct lead to Jonmarc. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  9. Direct lead to Dan Adam. (TODD MATIA)


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  1. Thankyou JohnMarc for your team’s cleaning of the exterior of our home. (MIKE GARROW)
  2. Thank you Swartz Electric for helping with lighting issues at my house. (JP WEST)
  3. Thank you Dr. Joe for my new tooth! I’ll try not to crunch this one. (JP WEST)
  4. Ben, thanks for the supplementary health quotes. (TODD MATIA)


  1. Welcome back, Paul! (JP WEST)
  2. Happy Birthday ‘new member’ Mark, CPA. (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Happy B-day Jim!! (CHRIS WALDRON)
  4. JP-next week is white chocolate strawberry, haha. (BROOKE ORIST)
  5. Connecting Jess Carrillo to Deb S. with Timberline for quality videos to create record of historical company knowledge. Important for ownership transitions.  (TODD MATIA)
  6. Looking forward to connecting with Tim Betsch! Excited to get to know you. (TODD MATIA)
  7. Brooke, thanks so much for supporting Children’s Hospital golf scramble. Great cookie boost for the round. (TODD MATIA)
  8. If you received Chief Royal’s contact info, please invite him personally to be an honorary member. (TODD MATIA)


  1. Garden of the Gods Club is happy to host Execs for breakfast on October 25th. Mark your calendar!  (MIKE GARROW)
  2. A week ago, The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance had an outstanding program at CC, Remembering For The Future “The Holocaust, uniting against hate and building a more compassionate tomorrow.”  We brought in Father John Pawlikowski to speak . He was appointed by three Presidents four times to be on the board of the Holocaust Museum in DC. He and Holocaust Survivor, Eli Wiesel made the Museum a reality. Go on our website, www.thegreenbergcenter.org to see the interview of Father John at the East Library on 5550 N. Union Blvd. with newscaster Dianne Derby from KOAA . “Americans and The Holocaust” is a free exhibit and will be at the library til October 11th. Only 50 libraries in the United States were picked to have this exhibit…lucky Colorado Springs. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  3. Halloween Fun: The drive through “Haunted Forest’’ is coming along. We have many skeletons, animatronics and cool things for this year’s Halloween. Pumpkin giveaway will be before the 20th and 21st. (KEVIN HOLT)
  4. The leaves are in full bloom in the mountains. (CHRIS WALDRON)


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  1. Excellent presentation! (MICHAEL GARNER)
  2. Thanks for a very interesting  and informative presentation! (JIM SMITH)
  3. Excellent program, thank you. (JANET BURNS)
  4. Very informative program. Great organization. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  5. Thanks for what PPHFH does. Thanks Kris for the presentation. (SPENCER SWANN)
  6. Interesting program. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  7. Thanks for teaching us about Habitat For Humanity. (CHRIS PELOSO)