CSEA Newsletter March 20, 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:-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 27, 2024

Ben Wojchik, USI

Come next week to hear from Ben/USI.  He will educate us on the services USI can provide to Execs and each of our networks! 



March 20, 2024

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

Bella shared an overview of the services that Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention provides, and also shed some background light on suicide stats in El Paso County. 

To get involved and/or learn more:  https://www.pikespeaksuicideprevention.org/

704 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903






Diana Thate– Amanda Quesada, Stinar & Zendejas-business law

Jim Smith-Bella Serna




March 22, our Sheriff, Joe Roybal

March 24, David Horwitz

March 26, Nancy Kelly, Syntrak International


Congrats to Ben Wojchik who won a $25 gift certificate to spend with any Exec, from Jim Smith!



Notes from your executive director:

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

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.


Watch for a brief survey requested by the board. 

It will go out by email soon!


We have some unique guest presenters coming soon:  District Attorney Michael Allen on April 3 and Mayor Yemi Mobalade on April 24.  We will likely require an RSVP for the Mayor’s presentation so watch your email box so you can RSVP!



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Call me for your moving and storage projects. We move household goods as well as office and industrial goods. Arrow Moving and Storage is changing ownership. We will continue to be locally owned and operated by a Colorado Springs native. (MAT LAFLEUR)
  2. So pumped to be powered by Cross Country Mortgage! Looking forward to sharing all that we can do for you! (KODY MILLER)
  3. TECC Painting Company does high performance floor coatings for commercial buildings and residential garage floors. Call 719-577-9300 or teccpainting.com. (TONY ELLIS)
  4. Love the snow, but time to start your summer training with ‘stuff’ to support your feet and body. Stop by the Colorado Running Company and shop, shop, shop! Remind the staff of your Execs discount! (JEFF TARBERT)
  5. Humble thanks for welcoming me and Fargo Patent and Business Law into CSEA. We look forward to building meaningful relationships with each member and to building strong legal foundations for the local and broader business community to protect their intellectual property. (SEBASTIAN ERTELT)


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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 Chris Waldron. I need an updated headshot. (MAT LAFLEUR)
  2. Direct lead to Switchbacks. I’ll be purchasing tickets to raffle off to our clients! (BEN WOJCHIK)
  3. Direct lead to JP West with WestCo Insurance. (DIANA THATE)
  4. Direct lead to Jenn Kolk. Thanks for saving us some money and for being such a good customer. (JIM LITTLE)
  5. Direct lead to Karen at Advanced Impressions for t-shirts for Christy’s Tacos. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  6. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (SPENCER SWANN)
  7. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. Thank you! (DIANA INGOLIA)
  8. Direct lead to Picnic Basket. Yummy! (DIANE INGOLIA)
  9. Direct lead to Christy Sports. Mike Lloyd, thanks for all of the time and expertise in getting my family set up! Great deal! (TODD MATIA)
  10. Direct lead to Best Western. Thanks for the pizza! Bailee was great! (TODD MATIA)
  11. Direct lead to American Printing. (TARA IRONS)
  12. Direct lead to Kevin Holt and Mark Peniston. Thanks for the business. (JOE WILSON)
  13. Direct lead to Coaltrain, x2. (JOE WILSON)
  14. Direct lead to Brightway…Mandi Wilson. (KODY MILLER)
  15. Direct lead to Windshields Express/Mike Eschler. (PAUL HASTY)
  16. Direct lead to Ent. (KAREN HEUN)
  17. Direct lead to Arrow Moving and Storage, ongoing. Thanks for helping Dr. Railey. (KAREN HEUN)
  18. Direct lead to Chris with American Printing. Jory Loss needs business cards and he has your information. (CHRIS WALDRON)
  19. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (MIKE GARROW)
  20. Direct lead to City Glass. TECC Painting is adding two windows and a storefront glass door to the front of our building. (TONY ELLIS)
  21. Direct lead to Adam and Son Auto Repair. No work done yet but I’m very pleased with the intake process. (SEBASTIAN ERTELT)
  22. Direct lead/s to TECC Painting.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)


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  1. Congrats to Brooke Orist, soon to be married!  Hope your wedding and honeymoon are fabulous!  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)       


  1. Big THANK YOU to Mike and Garden of the Gods Resort for hosting our March Madness event. (BEN WOJCHIK)
  2. Mark Peniston, thanks again for fighting the good tax fight. (TODD MATIA)
  3. Christy Sports, thank you for helping my hubby with ski boots. (TARA IRONS)
  4. Thank you to Kevin Holt for keeping me healthy with micro greens. (PAUL HASTY)
  5. Thank you to Diane Ingolia for your order for Focus on the Family. (KAREN HEUN)
  6. Thank you to Jesse Carillo for your order. (KAREN HEUN)
  7. Thank you to Dan Adam, Adam and Son Auto. My wife took one of our vehicles to you. I appreciate your staff’s honesty. (GREG SWARTZ)
  8. Angie with City Glass, thank you for trusting Swartz Electric for your electrical needs. (GREG SWARTZ)
  9. Tricia, thank you for trusting Swartz Electric for your electrical needs. (GREG SWARTZ)
  10. Don Moon, thank you for trusting Swartz Electric for your electrical needs. (GREG SWARTZ)
  11. Mike at Christy Sports-thanks for helping me out with some gloves and socks for my wife and myself. (MARK COPELIN)
  12. Thank you TECC Painting. (CAROLINE FLEMING)


  1. Great to see you at the store yesterday, Spencer. Thanks for your business! (JIM LITTLE)
  2. My mom and dad’s house goes on the market this week!  Beautiful home in Manitou, four bedroom, three bath.  Amazing views of the Peak and Garden of the Gods.  Eddie-hoping you can bring a buyer!  :)  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  3. For lease soon:  102 W. Colorado Ave.  It’s the little building in the parking lot of the Paul Mitchell School just behind the Antlers.  I think it would be an amazing coffee shop or floral shop!  Garage doors can be opened!  Let me know if you are interested or know someone who might be!  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  4. I’m looking for a reputable hot tub technician? (SPENCER SWANN)
  5. Happy Birthday Joe and David. (SPENCER SWANN)
  6. I wish you all well. See you in a few weeks as I head to Mexico to build houses. (GREG SWARTZ)
  7. Drew and Sebastian, welcome to the group. (MIKE GARROW)
  8. Chris Waldron, I’m looking forward to seeing the fix on the old photo. (MARK COPELIN)
  9. Happy Spring! (JOHN GATTO)
  10. Paul Hasty, I hope you enjoy the microgreens. Always the best. (KEVIN HOLT)
  11. Don Moon, I hope you heal quickly and you feel better soon. (KEVIN HOLT)
  12. Don–we have missed you the last two weeks!  Heal quickly and high tail it back here!  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  13. Welcome to the group, Sebastian! (CARISSA SMITH)


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  1. Good presentation! I’ve lost a few friends this way. Thanks for all of the work you are doing! (TODD MATIA)
  2. Very informative presentation. Thank you, Jim for bringing them! (KODY MILLER)
  3. Thank you for the presentation. Great message. (MIKE GARROW)
  4. Jim, very informative program! (JEFF TARBERT)
  5. Very interesting program. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  6. Thank you Jim for bringing Isabella to educate us. (BRENDA SPEER)
  7. Thanks Bella for your interesting and informative presentation! (JIM SMITH)