January 10, 2024

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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:-Chris Waldron, President; JennKolk-Past President; John Gatto-Vice President; Michael Garrow-Secretary; Diana
Thate-Treasurer; Todd Matia; Brooke Orist; Stephanie Horton; Jesse Carillo


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January 17, 2024

Come next week to hear from Paul Hasty, Tint Technologies!  He will bring us up to speed on the world of tinted glass!

Greeter-Scott Bradley, KCME


January 10, 2024

Thank you to Tara Irons, PhilanthroCorp for bringing Alyssa Lee, City of Colorado Springs as our presenter today. 

Alyssa Lee is a Senior Buyer for the City of Colorado Springs. She shared an overview of how to do business with the City covering what annual City spending looks like; the types of contracts/services/materials they procure; how to find business opportunities; how to interpret City solicitations and proposal requirements and how to become an “approved vendor.”





Michael Garner– Brandon Delgrosso

Paul Hasty– Pilar, The Happy Plumber

Greg Swartz– Drew Lintz, Confluence Marketing

Kevin Holtz– Ron Rubin

Jenn Kolk-Ash


BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday on January 13 to Jesse Carillo, Scoop Creative!


Congrats to Michael Garner who won today’s $25 Execs gift certificate from PhilanthroCorp.






Notes from your executive director:

 Welcome to our newest board members:  John Gatto, Jesse Carillo, Michael Garrow and Brooke Orist.

Thank you to our outgoing board members:  Tara Irons, Kody Miller, Larry Blevins and Karen Heun.

Thank you to our continuing board members:  Jenn Kolk (as past president), Chris Waldron, Stephanie Horton, Diana Thate and Todd Matia.


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

Elected Chris Waldron, Waldrons Family Studio, as president

Elected John Gatto, Crestone Development, as vice president

Elected Michael Garrow, Garden of the Gods Club, as secretary.

Diana Thate, Payroll City, will continue on as treasurer through June 2024.


Opened the category of ‘Plumber’ for Pilar Chavarria, the Happy Plumber.  Pilar is sponsored by Paul Hasty, Tint Technologies.


Approved a change in membership where David Perez is now the Primary member for Waste Management, replacing Michael Dalton. 


Mark Peniston, our CPA, will be presenting to Execs soon.  He would like to hear from you….what do you want to know about taxes?!  Please email me and let me know so he can begin tailoring a presentation on the most requested topic!  Email:  director@csea.biz


Who would like to present on January 24 and February 7?!



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. As we get into the New Year, we are helping folks do home and commercial property inspections for hail damage, estimates for repairs, or reports that there is no damage and you’re good to go! Call to set up a time and let us know how we can help at 719-358-7053. (MICHAEL KRUEGER)
  2. Battery recycle is becoming an issue. Batteries are not just trash and should be kept out of house/landfill trash. AAA, Button, EV, all batteries. (DAVID PEREZ)
  3. Be prepared to see rates coming down and home prices going up! (KODY MILLER)
  4. Early planting has started for outdoor gardens. Call me with your plant and micro green desires at 719-960-6829. (KEVIN HOLT)
  5. Visit The Colorado Running Company next Tuesday at 6:30pm to hear the journeys of eight Olympic trial marathon runners heading to Florida February 3rd! (JEFF TARBERT)
  6. Tax returns for S-corps and partnerships are due March 15th. (MARK PENISTON)


  1. In need of brakes! Dan Adam…call me. (JON TAYLOR)


  1. The Fly Fishing Film tour will be in COS at the Stargazers Theatre on February 3rd. Proceeds support the Morning Hatch Foundation, a 501c3 to assist those in need of mental health services, through outdoor activities. If you would like to donate items for the silent auction, please contact me. (JANET BURNS)
  2. Rotary Club of Colorado Springs’ World Peace and Understanding Luncheon is set for Feb. 2!  It will sell out!  Register here. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)

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 Coaltrain. (MICHEAL GARNER)
  2. Direct lead to The Gazette for subscription renewal. (GARY ALTMAN)
  3. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies for a thank you gift. (DON MOON)
  4. Direct lead to Mark Peniston, CPA. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  5. Direct lead to Picnic Basket. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  6. Direct lead to Visit COS, Kim. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  7. Direct lead to Mike Edde. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  8. Direct lead to The Gazette, ongoing. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  9. Direct lead to The Pikes Peak Center. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  10. Direct lead to Coaltrain. Thank you for the wine guidance and helping me get through the holidays! (KODY MILLER)
  11. Direct lead to Coaltrain Wine and Spirits. (JANET BURNS)
  12. Direct lead to Chris Peloso. (MIKE GARROW)
  13. Direct lead to Dan Adam, Adam and Son. Thank you for taking care of two trucks. (GREG SWARTZ)
  14. Direct lead to David at Waste Management. Thank you for the locks and keys. (GREG SWARTZ)
  15. Direct lead to guest/potential member, the Happy Plumber. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  16. Direct lead to The Gazette, ongoing. (BRENDA SPEER)
  17. Direct lead to KCME, ongoing. (BRENDA SPEER)
  18. Direct lead to Focus on the Family. (ANGIE PETERS)
  19. Direct lead to Karen Heun, a quote request. (SPENCER SWANN)
  20. Direct lead to Weathercraft. (KAREN HEUN)
  21. Direct lead to American Printing. (TARA IRONS)
  22. Direct lead to TECC Painting. (SALLY AVENT)
  23. Direct lead to Colorado Springs Cleaning Supply. (SALLY AVENT)


  1. We are hiring a Development and Marketing Director for KCME/Jazz 93.5. Email gm@kcme.org. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  2. We are hiring a Catering Sales Manager. (MIKE GARROW)


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  1. A thousand thanks to Mike Edde and his company. He always goes above and beyond in his service company. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  2. Thank you to Dan Adam and his team at Adam and Son for a great car maintenance experience. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  3. Michael Garrow, thanks for being such a valued member of our club and this association… the epitome of service! (TODD MATIA)
  4. Mark Peniston, thank you for being a responsive and qualified person to work alongside of! (TODD MATIA)
  5. Carissa, thanks for being a great resource! (TODD MATIA)
  6. Thank you to Coaltrain for New Year’s baskets for clients. (BEN WOJCHIK)
  7. Thanks Todd for your patience and guidance working with my mother-in-laws accounts. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  8. Thank you JP West for helping me with worker’s comp insurance! (TIM BETSCH)
  9. Thank you Focus on the Family for your continued business. (ANGIE PETERS)
  10. Thank you Caroline Fleming for your order of coats. (KAREN HEUN)
  11. Thank you Stephanie Horton for a pending order. (KAREN HEUN)
  12. Big thank you to Candy V. I sent a client to her and she was so quick to jump into action and make things easier on my client. I am so appreciative. (CARISSA SMITH)
  13. Thanks to Don Moon. You were great to my grandkids! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  14. Thanks again Jeff Tarbert! (SPENCER SWANN)
  15. Thanks Tony at TECC Painting for the QR codes! I’m ready for the sign fix and box van letters. (SPENCER SWANN)
  16. Thank you to Mike Lloyd at Christy Sports.  You really know how to make your customers feel valued and you make sure that we get the right equipment for skiing.  You are #1 in our books!!! -Paulette, David and our son, HL. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. Happy New Year! (KATHY DREILING)
  2. Jim and Peggy, please thank your staff for their excellent service and knowledge! (TODD MATIA)
  3. Bernard, thanks for getting together! Love your office space and quality art! You need to show off your art to the group! Bernard is a phenomenal artist! (TODD MATIA)
  4. Happy New Year to all Execs. (JOE WILSON)
  5. My birthday is 1/13 for the record! Haha. (JESSE CARILLO)
  6. Thankful to be a part of COS Executives Association, officially! I am looking forward to learning more about COS businesses and community opportunities. (KATIE OGDEN)
  7. Happy anniversary Spencer and Jane! (TERRENCE VANSANT)
  8. Karen Heun, I have your ‘window perf’ estimate! (SPENCER SWANN)


  1. Whitney Ahmie bought our past CSEA member Tiffany’s beauty shop and moved it to 118 Pueblo Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80903.  Whitney is now the owner, extension specialist and master colorist. 719-362-6988. She is amazing and you know me, I’m not easy to please!!! Tell her I sent you!! You’ll be pleased with her amazing work. She also has three other stylists and a licensed esthetician. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  2. Congratulations to the U of Michigan’s Football Team winning the National College Football Championship in Houston Monday night.  Both of my boys went to the U of Michigan and went to the game Monday night. Darren flew in from London, England and Dr. HL flew in from Las Vegas.  What an amazing win…Go Blue :) (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


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  1. Great presentation! (ROBERT MARTIN)
  2. Thanks for the purchasing info, Tara! (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Tara Irons, great program for Execs to garner more business with the city. (NANCY KELLY)
  4. Great program to see how CSEA members can generate more business with the city! (JIM SMITH)
  5. Thanks for a great presentation. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  6. Thanks, Alyssa, for presenting to us and letting us know of opportunities with the city. (BRENDA SPEER)
  7. Very informative program Tara. (TERRENCE VANSANT)