February 28, 2024 Execs Newsletter

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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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March 6, 2024

Tyler Walters and Brittnie Seip-Best Western PLUS Fillmore Inn

Come next week to Tyler and Brittnie’s debut presentation for Execs!  Note…  It is OFFSITE at their location.  Remind any guests you are bringing as well as your fellow Execs friends!  Put a reminder in your device, now! 

Address:  3150 N Chestnut St, Colorado Springs, CO 80907


February 28, 2024

Brenda Speer, Stamford Orange, creator of Who Did What?! game

Brenda gave us a reprise on her new venture, Stamford Orange Ltd, and the game Who Did What?! She engaged the membership in a live play demonstration! Indeed it was a redo from a year ago when she got snowed out and only about a dozen people showed! There were some fun laughs!  Contact Brenda today if you would like to purchase a game or if you know some stores/locations that would be interested in selling her game!





Todd Matia– Matt Hiner, Hiner Outdoor Living

Mat LaFleur– Ray Whitcomb Junk Removal

Carissa Smith– Amanda Quesada

Greg Swartz-Drew Lints



March 3-Cole Dougherty, Adam and Son

DOORPRIZE:  Congrats to Spencer Swann who won game expansion packs and to KC Spencer who won a game!






Notes from your executive director:


At this month’s board meeting, the board:

      Approved Primary membership for Pilar Chavarria, the Happy Plumber.  He is sponsored by Paul Hasty, Tint Technologies. Category-plumbing. Welcome, Pilar!  And thank you, Paul, for sponsoring him!

      Opened the category of ‘Patent and Intellectual Property Attorney’ for Sebastian Ertelt, Fargo Patent & Business Law.  Sebastian is sponsored by Jay Gust, Ascent Restaurant Group.  Should you know anyone who might like to compete for this category, please bring them as a guest.  As always, it is the goal of Execs to engage with best in class companies.

      Opened the category of ‘Sales Software’ for Drew Lints, Confluence Marketing.  Drew is sponsored by Greg Swartz, Swartz Electric.  Should you know anyone who might like to compete for this category, please bring them as a guest.  As always, it is the goal of Execs to engage with best in class companies.

     Approved Associate membership for Ash Burden, Brightway Insurance.  Welcome Ash!

Meeting next week is OFFSITE, at the Best Western PLUS Fillmore Inn


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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Have you had a Wendy’s burrito yet? (DIANE DOYLE)
  2. Don’t forget tomorrow 2/29; join Underline at Mash Mechanix from 5-7pm. No presentation, just socialization. (MICHAEL GARNER)
  3. The Surgeon General of the Air Force requested more training sessions at the Pentagon. We are thrilled! (NANCY KELLY)
  4. New CD Special: 5 months at 5.25% APY. I’ll be gone in March. If Ent can help you with anything, please email bankerservice@ent.com. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  5. We’re on sale in all departments at Christy Sports. (MIKE LLOYD)
  6. TECC Painting has a hot water power washer that we use to clean homes and buildings and to remove graffiti from concrete and rock surfaces. We can apply an anti-graffiti coating. This coating makes graffiti much easier to remove. Call us at 719-577-9300. (TONY ELLIS)


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  1. Remember, April 6th is Angels Against Alzheimer’s Casino Night. Come have fun and support a great cause! (CANDY VANDENBERG)

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 Ent. (EDDIE HURT)
  2. Direct lead to Furry Friends. (DIANE DOYLE)
  3. Direct lead to Spencer Swann for window decorations. (KAREN HEUN)
  4. Direct lead to American Printing. Justin had more business cards made. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  5. Direct lead to Coaltrain wine. (PAUL HASTY)
  6. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (MIKE GARROW)
  7. Direct lead to Christy Sports. (MIKE GARROW)
  8. Direct lead to Karen. TECC Painting needs a bid for our company uniform shirts, sweatshirts, hats and embroidery on jackets. We will email a list. (TONY ELLIS)
  9. Direct lead to Kody. Thanks for keeping Ash busy and quoting. (JENN KOLK)
  10. Direct lead to Bill Huffor for Hudson’s dog grooming. (JENN KOLK)
  11. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies. Thank you Brooke! (KODY MILLER)


  1. If anyone knows anyone who needs a job and can get on the military bases, we landed Peterson and are preparing to double our business this year. Should enable us to service more residential customers as well. (KC SPENCER)


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  1. Thanks to Angie Peters for your tablecloth order. (KAREN HEUN)
  2. Thanks to Mike with Windshields Express for prompt service. (PILAR CHAVARRIA)
  3. Jesse Carillo, thanks for a great lunch last week. (TODD MATIA)
  4. Mark Copelin, thanks for a great lunch! So good to finally connect! (TODD MATIA)
  5. Thanks to the folks in the financial focus group! If you want to join us sometime, please reach out to me. (TODD MATIA)
  6. Thanks for the referral from Mark Peniston. (JOE WILSON)
  7. Thanks Joe Wilson for visiting Christy Sports. (MIKE LLOYD)
  8. Thank you Chris with American Printing. (MIKE GARROW)
  9. Thank you Michael Garrow for the graffiti removal project. (TONY ELLIS)
  10. Big thank you to Tim Betsch for doing business with InFront! Look forward to working with you! (ALLAN TODD)
  11. Thanks Candy for thinking of me. (CARISSA SMITH)
  12. Thank you to Todd. I appreciate you! (CARISSA SMITH)
  13. Thanks Bill and Janet Huffor for the “Furry Friends” and “Stubby’s” signs. (SPENCER SWANN)
  14. Thank you Karen and Tom Heun. Your window perf signs are ready to install! Good weather? (SPENCER SWANN)
  15. Thanks Diana Thate for the visit to my shop on Tuesday! (SPENCER SWANN)
  16. Thanks Chris Waldron and Doug Berwick for the good lunch at “The Union Station”. (SPENCER SWANN)
  17. Thank you Brooke Orist, Diane Doyle, Todd Matia, and Peggy McKinley for buying Who Did What?! games and expansion packs! I greatly appreciate your support. I hope you have fun playing and would welcome your feedback.  (BRENDA SPEER)


  1. Diane Doyle, I’d love to connect! Let’s do coffee. (TODD MATIA)
  2. John G, looking forward to connecting. (TODD MATIA)
  3. Jim Little, how are the heated gloves working? (MIKE LLOYD)


  1. Diafuku Services America is laying off 89 employees in COS and 108 in Aurora and Thornton after losing a maintenance contract for Amazon’s Colorado fulfillment centers. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  2. Kevin O’Neil and JW Roth have acquired the rights to publish the Colorado Springs Independent and Business Journal after both shut down in December. (WAYNE HEILMAN)


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  1. Your game sounds fun! Thanks, Brenda! (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  2. Brenda, great job audibling! (MIKE LLOYD)
  3. “Who Did What?!” is awesome! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  4. Fun game, Brenda! Thanks for the fun presentation! (BROOKE ORIST)
  5. Brenda, excellent program! Thanks for not getting discouraged with the tech issues. “Who Did What?!” sounds like a blast and I can’t wait to play it! (KODY MILLER)
  6. Thanks Brenda. My three kids’ families love playing your game! (SPENCER SWANN)