March 6, 2024 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 13,  2024

Tim Betcsh, Syntrak International

Come next week to hear from Tim Betsch, the new owner of Syntrak International!  It is his debut presentation to Execs!  Come learn and support Tim as he grows his business through Execs!


March 6, 2024

Thank you to Tyler Walters and Brittani Seip at the Best Western Plus Fillmore Inn for today’s ‘field trip’ to the hotel!  They are thrilled to be superiorly ranked on Trip Advisor and pride themselves on excellent customer service! 





Greg Swartz– Drew Lints, Confluence Sales Software

Carissa Smith

Jay Gust-Sebastian Ertelt



March 8-Travis Williams, Springs Rescue Mission

March 10-Alice Robinson, Retired

March 12-Bill Johannsen, Retired


Congrats to Caroline Fleming who won dinner for two from the Best Western Plus Fillmore Inn.



Notes from your executive director:

Next week, the board of directors will meet after breakfast.


At last month’s board of directors meeting, the board:

      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. 

      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 these categories, please bring them next week. If they are interested in applying, they will need to do so before Wed. and will need to stay after the breakfast for an interview.  As always, it is the goal of Execs to engage with best in class companies.


I am need of a presenter for March 20.  Who would like to grab the stage and promote your company?!



  1. Hobby Lobby is moving from South 8th Street to Broadmoor Towne Center, off Southgate Rd. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  2. Newmont has put its Cripple Creek and Victor Gold Mine on the market. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  3. The Loft Coffee and Bagels has moved from the Manitou Spa building to Canon Avenue in Manitou. (SPENCER SWANN)

BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. We are now Cross Country Mortgage! Same team, but new company and a ton of additional products. Can’t wait to share more with you all! (KODY MILLER)
  2. TECC Painting offers maintenance programs for residential and commercial customers. Let us help you keep your home and facilities looking new and updated. (TONY ELLIS)
  3. Canyon Signs just made another 30, 4’x8’ campaign signs for Congressman Richard Holtort CD4. (SPENCER SWANN)


  1. Kathy, please give me a call and let me know when I can meet with your chef to talk about microgreens. (KEVIN HOLT)


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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 Dr. Joe for a dental appointment! (JIM SMITH)
  2. Direct lead to Jim Smith! (JOE WILSON)
  3. Direct lead to Pikes Peak Center for dinner and the Philharmonic concert. (GARY ALTMAN)
  4. Direct lead to Bill at Furry Friends. Mitzi is loving his duck-based dog food. (DIANA THATE)
  5. Direct lead to Windshields Express. (PAUL HASTY)
  6. Direct lead to Tint Technologies. (MICHAEL GARNER)
  7. Direct lead to Joe Wilson. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  8. Direct lead to Brightway Insurance…Steve S…thanks Ash! (KODY MILLER)
  9. Direct lead to Ent. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  10. Direct lead to Wendy’s. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  11. Direct lead to Kody. (STEVE NYRHINEN)
  12. Direct lead to The Happy Plumber. (TONY ELLIS)
  13. Direct lead for American Printing. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  14. Direct lead to InFront Webworks. Referred Galactic Sweeps. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  15. Direct lead to Underline. Michael had a great crew to our house last week to set up our home internet. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  16. Direct lead to Payroll City, ongoing. (KAREN HEUN)
  17. Direct lead to Ent Credit Union. (KAREN HEUN)
  18. Direct lead to Dana at Greccio Housing. (ANGIE PETERS)
  19. Direct lead to Karen at Advanced Impressions. (ANGIE PETERS)
  20. Direct lead to Coaltrain for Kentucky Bourbon. (DON MOON)
  21. Direct lead to ADD STAFF. (DIANE DOYLE)
  22. Direct lead to Carissa, business referral. (SALLY AVENT)
  23. Direct lead from Kody Miller. (ASH BURDEN)
  24. Direct lead to Brooke Orist, Sasquatch. (MIKE GARROW)
  25. Direct lead to Arrow Moving and Storage. (CAROLINE FLEMING)
  26. Direct lead to Mark Peniston, x3. Thanks so much for taking great care of several of my clients and friends. (TODD MATIA)
  27. Direct lead to Paul at Tint Technologies for helping my friend Jack. (MARK COPELIN)
  28. Direct lead to JonMarc with Cultivate for home improvement. (KIM GRIFFIS)
  29. Direct lead to Tara Irons. (SPENCER SWANN)


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  1. Diana with Payroll City, thank you for coming by this week and for the quote. (TARA IRONS)
  2. Thank you Fillmore Inn for hosting us today. Loved the green chili! (TARA IRONS)
  3. Thank you Happy Plumber. Great job repairing and replacing a leaky faucet. (TONY ELLIS)
  4. Karen, thank you for the proposal for our company uniforms. We will be calling in our next order. Look forward to doing business with you. (TONY ELLIS)
  5. Thank you Spencer for our new window decal. (KAREN HEUN)
  6. Thank you Angie Peters for your ongoing business via your webstore and recent tee order. (KAREN HEUN)
  7. Thank you Pilar Chavarria for your order for The Happy Plumber. (KAREN HEUN)
  8. Thank you Chris Peloso for the referral. (ALLAN TODD)
  9. Greg Swartz, thanks so much for coming up and fixing my heating issue in my greenhouse. (KEVIN HOLT)
  10. Todd, thank you for meeting with me to discuss business and what I need to do to survive. (KEVIN HOLT)
  11. JP, thanks for taking care of my clients! (TODD MATIA)
  12. Thank you Jesse Carillo for the referral. (PILAR CHAVARRIA)
  13. Thank you Paul Hasty for the business guidance. (PILAR CHAVARRIA)
  14. Thank you Chris Waldron for the business referral. (PILAR CHAVARRIA)
  15. Thank you Robert at TMR for the nice job on the direct mail piece for my father’s house sale. (BRENDA SPEER)
  16. Thank you, Jenn, for the insurance quotes for my father. (BRENDA SPEER)
  17. Thank you to Primary member applicant Sebastian Ertelt for buying a Who Did What?! game and expansion decks. (BRENDA SPEER)
  18. Thanks Advanced Impressions for the window perf job. (SPENCER SWANN)
  19. Thanks Tyler.  Very nice venue! Good to visit with you. (SPENCER SWANN)


  1. I’m looking to connect with Best Western Regional or National for the best rates for Switchback Unified Special Olympic Team. (JON TAYLOR)
  2. John G-looking forward to getting to know you. (TODD MATIA)
  3. Happy Birthday Bill Johannsen! (TODD MATIA)
  4. Paul, I’ll check the 30th for that morning field trip. (MARK COPELIN)
  5. Referral (possible member?) for Execs:  Cathay Berdon, Carriage House Designs (flower shop).  DANA ROCHA


  1. “What does corn say when it gets a compliment?” “Aw shucks.” “Why are spiders so smart?” “They can find everything on the web.” (CHRIS WALDRON)
  2. I have four tickets to the Broadway Show Little Women April 16th for the 7:30pm show. (MIKE EDDE)


  1. Mountain Pets Veterinary Clinic has recently opened on S 21st next to Alfonso’s Mexican Restaurant. (SPENCER SWANN)


  1. Best Western is a great hotel. It is clean, beautiful and convenient. (LARRY BLEVINS)    
  2. Great program. Great breakfast. Great location. Thank you! (KODY MILLER)        
  3. Best Western Hotel-very impressive! Great job John Gatto! (TONY ELLIS) 
  4. Wonderful breakfast. Thank you! (CARISSA SMITH)
  5. Great breakfast and presentation! (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  6. Thanks for a great breakfast. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  7. Absolutely great presentation. Thank you for a superb breakfast. (DIANE DOYLE)
  8. Thank you Brittani and Best Western for hosting us. (MIKE GARRROW)
  9. Thank you Best Western for hosting us. (BRENDA SPEER)
  10. Thank you to Tyler, Brittani and John for a wonderful breakfast. (KIM GRIFFIS)