December 13, 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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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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December 20, 2023

Come next week for our final meeting of the year!

Jenn Kolk, our lovely President, will be conducting a ‘speed dating’ session for us!  It is a wonderful and fun/high energy way for us to get to know eachother better.  Be prepared to NOT sit in the same seats.  :)  Also, we will be having our board elections!  Don’t miss it!

December 13, 2023

Thank you to Coaltrain (Peggy and Jim!) for today’s presentation on whiskey and bourbon!  What an education his guests gave us that tied into America’s history!  There is still plenty of time to pick up food and specialty items as well as alcohol of all types, for the holidays!





Trevor Dierdorff– Rebecca Hawkins, Tina Dewy

Diana Thate– Sally Avent, ADDA Infusion

Dana Rocha– Brian Baker

Jay Gust– Sebastian Ertelt

Mike Lloyd– Kathryn Gaby

Jim Little-three guests



December 15-Tom Reinhard, Wendy’s of Colorado Springs

December 17-Ed Bailey and Greg Baron, Retired members


Congrats to Steve Nyrhinen who won today’s gift set from Coaltrain!



Notes from your executive director:

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

      Approved Primary membership for Sally Avent, ADDA Infusion.  Category-Human Resources.  Sally is sponsored by Diana Thate, Payroll City!  Welcome, Sally!  And thank you for sponsoring her, Diana! 

      Approved Associate membership for Katie Ogden, Amnet.  Welcome Katie!


There is still time to contribute to the El Paso Club holiday fund.  Please make your contribution by Dec. 17.  Click here!  No amount is too small or too large!  All funds get divided among all the El Paso Club workers as a thank you for their great service this year!


Board elections will take place next week at the final meeting of the year!  Thank you to the following members who have agreed to run, in alphabetical order:  Jesse Carillo, Scoop Creative; Mark Copelin, OS Offices; Michael Garrow, Garden of the Gods Club; John Gatto, Crestone Development; Bill Huffor, Furry Friends; Mat LaFleur, Arrow Moving and Storage; Brooke Orist, Sasquatch Cookies; Al Todd, Infront Webworks

Four members will be elected next week to a one year term beginning in January 2024.  Thank you to all eight who agreed to be on the ballot!


NO MEETING ON DECEMBER 27!  Next week will be our last meeting of the year.  Then we’ll meet up again for a successful 2024 on January 3, 2024!



  1. KFC/A&W has closed restaurants near Chapel Hills Mall and at Academy Blvd. and Austin Bluffs Pkwy. (WAYNE HEILMAN)

BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Still need cookies for Santa? We got you! (BROOKE ORIST)
  2. Remember to vote for the Best of The Springs at Gazette.com. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  3. Underline is running a holiday promo. Sign up by the end of year to get your first month free! (MICHAEL GARNER)
  4. Do you have a special herb or microgreen that you would like me to grow? Please call me at 719-960-6829. Everything at Ute Pass Gardens is always harvested fresh. Please see the list of available microgreens on my site at www.utepassgardens.com. (KEVIN HOLT)
  5. Remember the Best Western Plus-Fillmore Inn for your holiday guests. New suites with fireplaces, full kitchens, and jacuzzi baths. Execs discount available. (JOHN GATTO)
  6. PACFA (the state agency that regulates ALL grooming facilities) has not had ANY reported cases of the ‘new’ dog illness come out of a grooming facility in the entire state! Dogs cannot be co-mingled in facilities! (BILL HUFFOR)
  7. Watch our Instagram and Facebook listings for great gifts for your group of outdoor friends and family from The Colorado Running Company! 10% discount for our CRC customers from Execs! Thanks for a great year! (JEFF TARBERT)
  8. Best of Gazette 2023: Best Catering Company and Best Event Caterer-Gold-Picnic Basket and Silver-Buffalo Gals. Thanks for your vote! Happy holidays and thanks to all Execs who have had Picnic Basket cater your events. So appreciated! Don’t forget we give Execs 10% off your holiday parties and family gatherings. (KATHY DREILING)
  9. Come see us for Christmas gifts! (PEGGY MCKINLAY)


  1. Jonmarc-give me a call and we can review this week. (JP WEST)


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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 The Gazette. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  2. Direct lead to Kolk Insurance. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  3. Direct lead to Pikes Peak Center. (STEVE NYRHIN)
  4. Direct lead to Chris Peloso, printing of door hangers. (PAUL HASTY)
  5. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (ANGIE PETERS)
  6. Direct lead to Karen at Advanced Impressions. (ANGIE PETERS)
  7. Direct lead to Ent for a checking account. (DON MOON)
  8. Direct lead to Jonmarc. (MAT LAFLEUR)
  9. Direct lead to Kevin Holt. (MAT LAFLEUR)
  10. Direct lead to American Printing. (TARA IRONS)
  11. Direct lead to Mark Peniston. Thanks for helping with my taxes! (BROOKE ORIST)
  12. Direct lead to Ent Credit Union, longtime continuing customers. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  13. Direct lead to Pikes Peak Center/Broadmoor World Arena. Getting some tickets for an upcoming concert in March. (MARK COPELIN)
  14. Direct lead to Chris Waldron. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  15. Direct lead to Chris Peloso. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  16. Direct lead to Picnic Basket. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  17. Direct lead to Bernard Sandoval and SANDIA. (MIKE GARROW)
  18. Direct lead to Chris Peloso with American Printing. (MIKE GARROW)
  19. Direct lead to Coaltrain for Christmas presents. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  20. Direct lead to Windshields Express, chip repair. (BRENDA SPEER)
  21. Direct lead to Paul Hasty with Tint Technologies. (DIANA THATE)
  22. Direct lead to Overhead Door. (KAREN HEUN)
  23. Direct lead to Christy Sports. Thanks Mike. (JANET BURNS)
  24. Direct lead to Joe Wilson at A Healthy Smile Dental Care. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  25. Direct lead to Chris Waldron at Waldrons Family Studio. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  26. Direct lead to Spencer Swann. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  27. Direct lead to Jonmarc, for tree lighting. The 40-ft tree in my front yard that you lit is awesome. People come by to admire it! (NANCY KELLY)
  28. Direct lead to Furry Friends. (JONMARC RADPSINNER)
  29. Direct lead to Paul Hasty at Tint Technologies. Exponential Impact could use some window tinting. Will connect. (Guest of Jay Gust, SEBASTIAN ERTELT)


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  1. Kudos to Dan Adam and his team. Had knowledge of a key issue my vehicle was dealing with and directed me to Corbin to do the warranty work. Thanks for saving me $6k! (TODD MATIA)           
  2. Cheers to Michael Krueger and his company. (TODD MATIA)   


  1. Thanks for my special treatment at the Christmas party. It made it more enjoyable and it was a great party. (You are so welcome, Steve. Always happy to help you!-Trish)  (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  2. Thank you Karen for our sweatshirts you did for the Festival of Lights parade. They look wonderful and everyone loved them! (ANGIE PETERS)
  3. Thank you to everyone at Execs for your support you’ve shown towards Make a Wish Foundation of CO. I appreciate you all! (ANGIE PETERS)
  4. Thank you Michael Garrow for the great lunch at the Garden of the Gods Club. (DON MOON)
  5. Thank you Jim at Coaltrain for helping me with a bottle of wine last week. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  6. Thank you Jeff Lapansky for donating tickets for Ent’s United Way campaign! (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  7. Thanks to Greg Swartz for your grocery bag order (pending). (KAREN HEUN)
  8. Thank you Brooke for the meeting. Looking forward to working with you. (MARK PENISTON)
  9. Janet Burns, thanks for visiting Christy Sports. (MIKE LLOYD)
  10. Thanks for your help Mark P. (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  11. Thanks Steve. (TERRENCE VANSANT)


  1. Garden of the Gods Resort-we had a great spa day! (TARA IRONS)
  2. Picnic Basket, great job on the Norwood Holiday Party. Everything was delicious! (TARA IRONS)
  3. Sasquatch Cookies- I need to order two dozen Christmas cookies for pickup on Saturday 12-23. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  4. Peakexec.org to RSVP for this Friday’s panel with local elected officials discussing legislation in 2024 that may impact small businesses. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  5. Happy holidays to all Execs! (BRENDA SPEER)
  6. Great lunch Greg, Spencer and Chris! (TODD MATIA)
  7. Fun lunch with Todd Matia, Doug Berwick and Chris Waldron at Green Line Grill last Friday. (SPENCER SWANN)


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  1. Church at the corner of Maizeland and Circle is nearing completion. Total interior rebuild. Contact Lincoln Hoover. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  2. King Soopers has started construction on a store in Flying Horse at Colorado 83 and Northgate Boulevard. (WAYNE HEILMAN)


  1. Jim and Peggy- always a delightful program! (NANCY KELLY)
  2. Thank you to Coaltrain for the gift ideas. (BEN WOJCHIK)
  3. Thanks Coaltrain for the libations. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  4. Thank you Jim and Peggy for the tasting! (BRENDA SPEER)
  5. Great program Jim and Peggy! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  6. Thanks Jim and Peggy! Merry Christmas. (SPENCER SWANN)