CSEA Newsletter April 3, 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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April 10, 2024

Come next week and hear from Carissa Smith, Forbush Legal.  It is Carissa’s debut presentation on estate
planning and the services she can provide to Execs members and their networks.

April 3, 2024

Thank you to Eddie Hurt for bringing District Attorney Michael Allen as
today’s presenter.  Michael brought us up
to speed on crime trends in our state and specifically our county. 





– Lewis Cox and Steven Havard, C&H Asphalt

– David Wininger, Vocational Training Supervisor, Springs Rescue




DOORPRIZE: Congrats to Diana Thate who won a $25 Execs gift
certificate from Eddie Hurt.




Notes from your executive director:

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

Opened the category of Landscape & Outdoor Living
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

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


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. 


Mayor Yemi Mobalade will present on April 24.  Watch for an email tomorrow that will
require an RSVP
as we have a 90 person attendance cap.  Please respond via the link when I send it so that all RSVPs are received in the same
Please do not text, call, or email to RSVP.  Kindly use the link so all RSVPs are in one place. I will let you know when/if we hit the 90 person max.  Note, the west door will be locked that morning, and the El Paso Club will use the RSVP list for check in.  If you show up but didn’t RSVP, there may not
be room for you.  Thank you for understanding. Note, we will start promptly and will not do announcements on that day.  Kindly put all
announcements in the newsletter. 


There will be a board of directors meeting after next week’s breakfast.



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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

  1. Play the exclusive
    Sanctuary golf course! Less than 1,500 people play this private course
    each year. Springs Rescue Mission is one of thirty organizations chosen to
    participate. Foursomes start at $5,2500 but there is an exclusive discount
    for Execs members. Email Travis Williams or Tina at
  2. Peak season, beginning
    the end of May, is fast approaching. If you know anyone who plans on
    moving this summer, please give me a call! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  3. I will be meeting with
    Picnic Basket on Thursday to help with their growing catering needs
    involving microgreens. (KEVIN HOLT)


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  1. Remember, April 6th from 7-11pm, Angels Against
    Alzheimer’s Fundraiser is at Doubletree Hotel. Casino night, dancing and
    fundraising for a great cause! Join us:
    www.angelsagainstalzheimers.com. (CANDY VANDENBERG)
  2. Two Economists Walk into a Bar. April 5th at 7am @
    https://www.peakexec.org/etn/two-economists-walk-into-a-bar-4-24/ (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  3. The Greenberg Center for
    Learning and Tolerance is doing another free program on April 25th called
    Beyond Bars, the Reality of Reentry. It will be at D11 Tesla Professional
    Development Center at 2560 International Circle in Colorado Springs. One
    of our board members, Casey Bush works with people who have been in prison
    and she gets them back into the workforce. It’ll be amazing to hear the
    speakers and the difficulty people face upon release from prison.  Doors open at 6 pm and the program is
    from 6:30-8pm. Register at www.thegreenbergcenter.org. If you have any
    questions, feel free to call me at 719-598-7004. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)
  4. Pikes Peak Philharmonic
    concert at 3 pm, Sunday, April 7, at the Ent Center for the Arts. Tickets
    available online (
    click here) or at the door.  Performing: Rossini: William Tell
    Overture, Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture, Brahms: Symphony No.
    1, Wieniawski: Violin Concerto #2, 3rd Movement, performed by our 2024
    Youth Concerto Competition Winner, Joshua Wu, a student at Discovery
    Canyon High School in Colorado Springs, and Perfecting the Moon by UCCS
    student composer Jadon Cruzan. Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 pm.  (BRENDA SPEER)

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 Bill Huffor for Stubby’s grooming and
    boarding. (DIANA THATE)
  2. Direct lead to Ent Credit Union (CD special). (BRENDA
  3. Direct lead to Larry Blevins. (SPENCER SWANN)
  4. Direct lead to Ent for a CD.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  5. Direct lead to Swartz Electric.  (TRICIA MUEHLBAUER)
  6. Direct lead to Matt at Arrow for moving opportunity.
    Hope you win that deal. (MARK COPELIN)
  7. Direct lead to The Happy Plumber. (EDDIE HURT)
  8. Direct lead to Cultivate. (EDDIE HURT)
  9. Direct lead to Spencer. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)
  10. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (DON MOON)
  11. Direct lead to Sasquatch Cookies. (DON MOON)
  12. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  13. Direct lead to Payroll City. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  14. Direct lead to The Gazette. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  15. Direct lead to WestCo. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  16. Direct lead to Waste Management. (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  17. Direct lead to Arrow Moving and Storage. (CAROLINE
  18. Direct lead to The Gazette for digital subscription
    renewal. (GARY ALTMAN)
  19. Direct lead to Christy Sports. Thanks Mike. I love my
    new board and boots! (JANET BURNS)


  1. Need certified
    employees? Springs Rescue Mission may have a qualified candidate. Email


  1. Congrats
    to Brooke Orist (Makenzie) on her beautiful wedding last Saturday! (JESSE


  1. Michael
    Garrow, thanks for all you do with making GOG Club an amazing club! (TODD
  2. Thanks
    Mark Peniston for doing my taxes! (JESSE CARILLO)
  3. Ash
    and Brandon at Brightway Insurance acted quickly to get me started on some
    term life insurance. When the first option didn’t pan out as expected,
    Brandon quickly pivoted to another option. Thank you! (SEBASTIAN ERTELT)
  4. Thanks
    for the opportunity to quote Lexus of Colorado Springs relocation, Mark
    Copelin! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  5. Thanks
    for closed business, Caroline Fleming! (MAT LAFLEUR)
  6. Karen
    at Advanced Impressions, thank you!! (DIANE INGOLIA)
  7. Thanks
    Spencer for the referral. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  8. Paul
    Hasty, thanks for the morning activity this past Saturday. Looking forward
    to doing that again! (MARK COPELIN)
  9. Thank
    you Swartz Electric and Greg Swartz for the excellent and professional
    work at my home.
    It is very reassuring that I have competent, reliable and fast
    professionals available to me.
    (DON MOON)


  1. It is so good to see you, Terry Van Sant. Welcome
    back. (TARA IRONS)
  2. Looking forward to sponsoring the Springs Rescue
    Mission golf tournament this year! (JP WEST)
  3. I had a nice meeting with David at Springs Rescue
    Mission this week. (CHRIS PELOSO)
  4. It’s great to be back. Missed everyone. (TERRENCE VAN
  5. Does any member have a contact at The Underground Co?
  6. Great to see Don Moon back. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  7. Check out my fine art website: www.bernardsandoval.com. Buy
    art from someone you know! (BERNARD SANDOVAL)
  8. The moon and stars did not align properly for
    me to attend CSEA for the past couple of weeks. I try not to have
    scheduling conflicts on Wednesdays. Carpal tunnel surgery went well, and
    stitches came out April 1st. (DON MOON)


  1. David and I were very
    lucky to be invited to the re-opening of the downtown Urban Egg at 28 B
    South Tejon on Saturday, March 30th. 
    Liz and Randy Price did an amazing job redoing the inside of the
    restaurant and the food was outstanding. 
    Congratulations to the Priceless Prices!!!  Call 719-471-2311 to make a reservation
    and see if we know how to critique a restaurant. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


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  1. Thanks
    DA Michael Allen for the interesting and informative presentation. (JIM
  2. Great presentation Eddie. (TERRENCE
  3. Great program. (LARRY BLEVINS)
  4. Thank you Michael for an eye-opening
    presentation. (BRENDA SPEER)
  5. Good to see Michael Allen DA. Thanks
    for what you do! (SPENCER SWANN)
  6. Thank you for a great and
    informative presentation. (CAROLINE FLEMING)