March 27, 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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April 3, 2024

District Attorney, Michael Allen, guest of Eddie Hurt, ERA Shields Real Estate (Blessing/Hurt Team)

Come next week to hear from District Attorney, Michael Allen who will share 2023 statistics and outcomes. 

Greeter-to be determined

March 27, 2024

Thank you to Ben Wojchik, for today’s presentation around healthcare.  Ben/USI is happy to help you build benefit packages for your employees.  Although Ben concentrates on larger companies, he is willing to help any of our fellow Execs navigate the healthcare maize and better educate us on healthcare in general.  





Larry Blevins– Sue Holmes

Diana Thate-Amanda Quesada

Todd Matia-Jerry Matia and Jeane, Salvation Army




March 28-Todd Dierdorff, Retired member

March 31-Kevin Holt, Ute Pass Gardens



Congrats to Mat Lafleur who won today’s $50 gift certificate from Ben Wojchik/USI!




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.


Thank you to those who have completed the brief survey regarding one of our current bylaws.  If you haven’t completed it, please do so now.  Kindly give detail in your answer as it will help the board understand why you do or don’t agree with it.  Thanks.


We have some unique guest presenters coming soon:  District Attorney Michael Allen next week and Mayor Yemi Mobalade on April 24.  Watch for an RSVP request for the Mayor’s presentation as we will have an attendance cap.  Please respond via the link when I send it so that all RSVPs are received in the same manner. 



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. We have new customers at Vanguard Charter Academy. We supply washroom supplies, cleaning machines, instruction for employees, chemicals and cleaning tools. Buy local! (DAVID HORWITZ)
  2. Tons of springtime runs/hikes in our area! Also, tons of options on shoes, nutrition, all your needs for a comfortable outdoor experience. (JEFF TARBERT)
  3. The Happy Plumber Co is now licensed to serve Pueblo County. (PILAR CHAVARRIA)
  4. Don’t know what wine to serve for Easter brunch? Come see us at Coaltrain and we’ll help you. (PEGGY MCKINLAY)
  5. Stubby’s Dog Grooming will open its second location April 1st in Monument! We purchased Dirty Dogs Grooming and are excited to grow our brand. Please refer your friends and family to Stubby’s! (BILL HUFFOR)
  6. If you play KCME/Jazz at your place of business I’d like to record your testimony. Email shorton@kcme.org. Also, I’m looking for donated gift cards for our upcoming April fundraising. Email shorton@kcme.org. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  7. The spring market is alive and well! Contact me if you or someone you know is interested in purchasing a new home! (KODY MILLER)


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  1. Colorado Renaissance Festival auditions will be held April 6,7, and 13th by appointment only. Contact Eric.mindykowski@gmail..com for acting and musicians. (CHRIS PELOSO)

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 Larry! (SPENCER SWANN)
  2. Direct lead to Swartz Electric and City Glass.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  3. Direct lead to Colorado Running Company…my son-in-law bought some new running shoes!  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  4. Direct lead to Payroll City, ongoing. Thanks for taking such good care of us! (KAREN HEUN)
  5. Direct lead to Carissa Smith, for trust. (SALLY AVENT)
  6. Direct lead to Carissa Smith…referral of a family member for potential assistance. (BRENDA SPEER)
  7. Direct lead to Advanced Impressions. Thank you for the Whit’s End Apron Printing! (DIANE INGOLIA)
  8. Direct lead to Colorado Canyon Signs. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  9. Direct lead to Buffalo Gals/Picnic Basket. (DIANE INGOLIA)
  10. Direct lead to Mike Edde for home furnace repair. (ALLAN TODD)
  11. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (EDDIE HURT)
  12. Direct lead to Todd Matia. (STEPHANIE HORTON)
  13. Direct lead to C.S. Cleaning Supply. Thanks David! Enjoy those new electric gloves! (MIKE LLOYD)
  14. Direct lead to Colorado Running Company. Thanks Jeff for the wonderful experience! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  15. Direct lead to Brightway Insurance. (ANGIE PETERS)
  16. Direct lead to Tara Irons, to assist small business. (DANA ROCHA)
  17. Direct lead to Mark/CPA for Jorge and Nicole. (KODY MILLER)
  18. Direct lead to Brightway Insurance for Jorge and Nicole. (KODY MILLER)
  19. Direct lead x2 to Dr. Joe for Gerry’s and my dental appointments, Monday March 25th. (JAMES SMITH)


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  1. I received wonderful service at Adam and Son Auto Repair and Service! Thorough inspection, not pushy, worked late to better serve customers, and great communication and service. (SEBASTIAN ERTELT)               


  1. Thanks for the info Ben! (SPENCER SWANN)
  2. Thanks Jeff Tarbert at Colorado Running Company. (SPENCER SWANN)
  3. Thanks again Karen and Tom Heun. (SPENCER SWANN)
  4. Thank you Pilar at The Happy Plumber for your pending apparel order. (KAREN HEUN)
  5. Mat, thanks for shopping at The Colorado Running Company! Happy Trails! (JEFF TARBERT)
  6. Mark Peniston, thanks for taking great care of my clients. (TODD MATIA)
  7. Thanks Kody Miller for sending leads. (ASH BURDEN)
  8. Thank you to Chris and American Printing and Copying for the print work. (JOHN COLE)
  9. Thank you for the referral, David Horwitz. I will let you know how it goes. (TARA IRONS)
  10. Thank you Tim Betsch for the free leadership evaluation meeting. (JON TAYLOR)
  11. Thank you Todd for our conversation last week. I am enjoying getting to know you! (CARISSA SMITH)
  12. Todd Matia-thanks for visiting Christy Sports. (MIKE LLOYD)
  13. Janet Burns-thanks for visiting Christy Sports. (MIKE LLOYD)
  14. Thanks for the headshot Chris! Great experience! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  15. Thank you Tricia for the opportunity to quote your windows on your building. (ANGIE PETERS)
  16. Jen at Brightway-thank you for helping my employee Aimee with her insurance needs. (ANGIE PETERS)
  17. A big “thank you” to Dr. Joe for taking my golf clubs off my hands! (JAMES SMITH)
  18. Thank you to so many who came by my table last week with complements regarding Bella Serna’s presentation on the Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention Partnership! Nice, smart young lady! (JAMES SMITH)


  1. I’d like to RSVP to see Michael Allen, our District Attorney! (SPENCER SWANN)
  2. Do you know anyone working or owning Rocky Mountain Eye Centers of Pueblo? Please contact me at 719-502-6075. (DAVID HORWITZ)
  3. Never in my life have I ever looked forward to something happening in 12 months. Medicare!!! (KEVIN HOLT)
  4. Don-where are you?  I miss you and your hugs! (CARISSA SMITH)
  5. Paul-I need to speak to you about the product you spoke about regarding Jeep windshields! (CARISSA SMITH)
  6. Please let my fellow Execs know I was sent home yesterday after successful back surgery and will be continuing my recovery at home. (WAYNE HEILMAN)
  7. Just wanted to wish my CSEA friends who celebrate Easter a Happy Easter and I hope the Easter bunny is good to you.  (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. Collaboration with Jeanne Turner, guest. (DANA ROCHA)


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  1. Thank you for your presentation Ben, and for being a good sport about the question of the day! (BRENDA SPEER)
  2. Excellent and informative program. Thanks Ben. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  3. Ben, great presentation and great event last week. Love seeing you kill it! (TODD MATIA)
  4. Ben, great informative program. (MARK COPELIN)
  5. Thank you for your presentation, Ben. (TARA IRONS)
  6. Great presentation, thank you! (ROBERT MARTIN)
  7. Great presentation Ben! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  8. Great presentation, Ben! (KODY MILLER)