March 13, 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 20, 2024

Jim Smith, retired member, with guest presenter, Bella Serna, Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention

Bella will share an overview of the services that Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention provides, and also shed some background light on what suicide is looking like in El Paso County. Don’t miss this important presentation/message. 


Greeter-Paul Hasty, Tint Technologies


March 13, 2024

Thank you to Tim Betsch for today’s presentation on Syntrak International!  Tim is passionate about learning and helping businesses develop effective teams and grow their businesses.  His services include: executive coaching and consulting, accurate hiring using the PDP Survey and leadership and communication workshops. 

Tim extended an offer for a free PDP Behavioral Assessment.  Contact him at tim@syntrakinternational.com






Michael Garner– Cathy McKinley

Greg Swartz– Drew Lints, Confluence Marketing

Diana Thate-Amanda Quesada

Drop in guests, Doug and Nashanna-Nothing Bundt Cakes

Al Todd-?






Congrats to Angie Peters and Michael Garner who each won a dozen Sasquatch cookies from Tim Betsch at Syntrak.



Notes from your executive director:

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

Approved Primary membership for Sebastian Ertelt, Fargo Patent & Business Law.  Category-Patent & Intellectual Property attorney firm.  Sebastian is sponsored by Jay Gust, Ascent Restaurant Group.  Thank you, Jay, for sponsoring him. And welcome Sebastian!


Approved Primary membership for Drew Lints, Confluence Marketing io. 

Category-Sales Software.  Drew is sponsored by Greg Swartz, Swartz Electric.  Thank you, Greg, for sponsoring Drew.  And welcome Drew!


Opened the category of Landscape & Outdoor Living Designer for Matt Hiner, Hiner Outdoor Living.  Matt is sponsored by Todd Matia, Harvey Investment Management.  Should you know of any best in class companies who might desire to compete for this category, please bring them as a guest before the April board meeting.


Opened the category of Business Law for Amanda Quesada, Stinar Zendejas Burrell & Wilhelmi, PLLC.  Amanda is sponsored by Diana Thate, Payroll City.  Should you know of any best in class companies who might desire to compete for this category, please bring them as a guest before the April board meeting.



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. On Aug 2-3, Focus on the Family is celebrating our 1,000 episode of our 36-yr running of Adventures in Odyssey Radio theater. Six thousand people are coming from all over the US to celebrate with us. This also includes a very special Make A Wish child joining us from Oklahoma. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  2. Stubby’s Dog Grooming is expanding to Monument! Stay tuned! (BILL HUFFOR)
  3. Everything is now on sale at Christy Sports. Patio furniture is already arriving and will soon push out all the ski gear. (MIKE LLOYD)
  4. Let me know if I can help your business with trash! Current site or a new one. I can quote and let you know fast! Dperez4@wm.com (DAVID PEREZ)


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  1. Save the Date: KCME/Jazz 93.5 Talent Show Sept. 6th. (STEPHANIE HORTON)

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 Sasquatch Cookies. Thank you for the amazing cookies, Brooke! It opened a door for a very hard-to-get meeting :) (MICHAEL GARNER)
  2. Direct lead to Greg at Swartz Electric. (ANGIE PETERS)
  3. Direct lead to Mike Eschler. Thanks for helping our clients. (JENN KOLK)
  4. Direct lead to Mark Peniston for tax prep and planning. (ROBERT MARTIN)
  5. Direct lead to American Printing. (TARA IRONS)
  6. Direct lead to Mark Peniston. “Tax time”. (SPENCER SWANN)
  7. Direct lead to to Payroll City. (BROOKE ORIST)
  8. Direct lead to Mike Edde for furnace repair. (ALLAN TODD)
  9. Direct lead to Chris Waldron for photos at my art unveiling party. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  10. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (MIKE GARROW)
  11. Direct lead to Matt with Arrow Moving. (EDDIE HURT)
  12. Direct lead to The Gazette. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  13. Direct lead to Wendy’s. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  14. Direct lead to Jesse Carillo at Scoop Creative. (DIANA THATE)
  15. Direct lead to Sally Avent with Adda Infusion. (DIANA THATE)
  16. Direct lead to World Arena and Jeff, for the popcorn, pretzel, t-shirt etc. and a great Toby Mac concert. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  17. Direct lead to Buffalo Gals Catering. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  18. Direct lead to City Glass. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  19. Direct lead to Todd Matia. (MARK PENISTON)
  20. Direct lead to Diana Thate, x2. (MARK PENISTON)
  21. Direct lead to Carissa Smith. (MARK PENISTON)
  22. Direct lead to Colorado Springs Cleaning Supply. (JIM LITTLE)
  23. Direct lead to Jenn at Brightway. (JP WEST)
  24. Direct lead to Colorado Canyon Signs. Excellent job on my sandwich board signs and big banner. (BILL HUFFOR)
  25. Direct lead to the Colorado Running Company for new running shoes!  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  26. Direct lead to Mike/Windshiels Expres!  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  27. Direct lead to Windshields Express! Thank you for fixing my daughter’s chipped windshield! (BILL HUFFOR)
  28. Direct lead to Michael Krueger, Krueger Brothers Construction.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  29. Direct lead to Christy Sports. (JANET BURNS)


  1. We’re looking for an Operations/Field Manager. (KC SPENCER)
  2. Switchbacks are hiring for an Event Sales Director. If you know anyone interesting, reach out. (JON TAYLOR)


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  1. Greg Swartz, thanks for servicing our shop lights in a timely manner (ANGIE PETERS)
  2. Thanks Kody for sending Mandi Wilson our way! (JENN KOLK)
  3. Jesse Carillo, thanks for reaching out to Sarah with Dog Works for her filming needs. (JENN KOLK)
  4. Thanks Tim. You betcha! (SPENCER SWANN)
  5. Thank you VisitCOS for the magazines for our out of town wedding guests! (BROOKE ORIST)
  6. Thank you to Bernard Sandoval for helping with a lead. (ALLAN TODD)
  7. Thank you to Mike at Underline for successfully installing new internet service at SANDIA Advertising Offices. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  8. Thank you American Printing for the business cards. (MIKE GARROW)
  9. Thank you Michael for hosting a great happy hour two weeks ago. (EDDIE HURT)
  10. Thank you Bill Huffor, Tricia Muehlbauer, and Chris Peloso. (MIKE ESCHLER)
  11. I’d like to thank Todd Matia for setting up a meeting for us. (KC SPENCER)
  12. Thanks for the recent print orders from PhilanthroCorp and Garden of the Gods Resort. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  13. Thanks Eddie Hurt for the interstate lead and business from the Olson family! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  14. Thank you Mark Peniston for introducing me to your clients, D & J. I appreciate the trust and confidence. (CARISSA SMITH)
  15. Thank you Mark P. for taking a meeting with us. (PILAR CHAVARRIA)
  16. Thanks to Adam and Son for fixing up my wife’s brakes. (JESSE CARILLO)
  17. Thanks to Jen Kolk for the lead to Sarah around dog training videos. (JESSE CARILLO)
  18. Thanks to Diana Thate for the opportunity to provide a proposal to Payroll City for video work. (JESSE CARILLO)


  1. Bill/Furry Friends – reach out to me about a potential partnership on National Pet Day April 11th.  (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  2. If anyone has or knows of someone with hip dysplasia, email me at shorton@kcme.org. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  3. Sebastian, great to get together! I enjoyed our coffee! (TODD MATIA)


  1. Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods prints are available at www.bernardsandoval.com. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  2. When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent! (CHRIS WALDRON)


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  1. Thanks for the great presentation, Tim! (JONMARC RADSPINNER)
  2. Tim, great presentation! What a career path. Love it! (TODD MATIA)
  3. Thanks Tim, very interesting and informative! (JIM SMITH)
  4. Great presentation Tim! (JESSE CARILLO)