May 1, 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

May 8, 2024

Jesse Carillo from Scoop Creative Co. will host John Henry from The National Museum of WWII Aviation next week. John will share the rich history behind the museum, boasting operational WWII planes, warbird restoration, monthly historical presentations, and expert-led docent tours. The Museum is also hosting the Pikes Peak Air Show in August 2024.

Greeter-to be determined

May 1, 2024

Thank you to D-11 Superintendent, Michael Gaal for presenting today!  

People were really listening based on the small number of completed leadslips we collected!

Superintendent Gaal discussed the ways in which The Colorado Springs School District 11 is leading the way in innovating public education. He spoke on various ongoing initiatives including shifting their accountability model from K-12 to PreK through graduation, re-envisioning Career Education, High-Quality Instruction, and their portfolio of schools. His hopes were for us to hear how District 11 is giving public education back to the public. It is their ambition to work with us to grow a strong, thriving community where every family has a place to succeed.




Don Moon– Haley Johnson and Julie Bland, KKTV Channel 11

Todd Matia– Steven Havard, C&H Asphalt


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DOORPRIZE:  Congrats to Mike Eschler who won multiple tickets to any D-11 sporting event!


Notes from your executive director:

At last month’s board meeting, the board pened the classification of Asphalt/Concrete Company for Steven Havard, C & H Asphalt.  Steven is sponsored by Todd Matia, Harvey Investment Management.  Should you know of any asphalt/concrete companies who might like to compete for the spot in Execs, please bring them as a guest by next week!  It is always our goal to bring in the very best in class!  The board meeting will take place after breakfast.


ANNUAL GRADUATE BREAKFAST!  May 29 will be our annual graduate recognition breakfast!  For those of you who are new and don’t know about this long standing tradition, here’s the scoop…Every year CSEA honors graduates of fellow Execs (spouses, children or grandchildren at the high school or college level. This includes associate, bachelor, masters and doctorate levels.)  Our presentation of the week will showcase these graduates.  Each graduate will be recognized, whether or not they are present, and will receive an Execs gift certificate.  Complete the graduate questionnaire here!  A gigantic thank you to Tara and Kody for emceeing this for the last several years!  I appreciate you!  (We all appreciate you!) 


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BUSINESS INFORMATION (information pertaining to members’ businesses):

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  1. Sunday night, May 5th at 7 pm there will be a program at CC for their 34th Annual Holocaust Commemoration Service of Remembrance. Gene Schwarz, a Polish Catholic Holocaust survivor who was in Auschwitz Concentration camp with his family when he was three years old will be a speaker. There are not many holocaust survivors left in our world. Eleven million were killed in the Holocaust.  Program starts at 7pm at the South Hall Commons at CC. Parking is available in the Ed Robson Arena Parking Garage off Dale Street.  Chaplain Kate Holbrook is in charge of the program.  The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance will have a table of Holocaust stories of survivors who have lived in Colorado Springs. See the invitation below. Feel free to contact me at dpgreenberg1@msn.com with any questions or call me at 719-598-7004. See flier at end of newsletter. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)

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 Al Todd, InFront Webworks. (MIKE ESCHLER)

  2. Direct lead to the Pikes Peak Center. (MIKE ESCHLER)

  3. Direct lead to Dan Adam. (TODD MATIA)

  4. Direct lead to Michael Garrow. (TODD MATIA)

  5. Direct lead to Tara Irons. (TODD MATIA)

  6. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (TODD MATIA)

  7. Direct lead to Bill with Furry Friends. Your staff is always so helpful and so sweet. (DIANA THATE)

  8. Direct lead to Spencer at Colorado Canyon Signs. (CHRIS PELOSO)

  9. Direct lead to American Printing. (TARA IRONS)

  10. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (ED HURT)

  11. Direct lead to Ascent Restaurant Group. Tapateria is great! (MAT LAFLEUR)

  12. Direct lead to Coaltrain. (TREVOR DIERDORFF)

  13. Direct lead to Dr. Wilson! I’m switching after twenty years. My dentist retired! (SPENCER SWANN)

  14. Direct lead to Chris Peloso. (MIKE GARROW)


  1. Garden of the Gods Club is hiring summer staff. High school and college students are great pool attendants. Enjoy working outdoors all summer. (MIKE GARROW)


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  1. Thank you to Chris Waldron for the introduction to Justin Forbis with Front Range Backflow. (PILAR CHAVARRIA)

  2. Thank you to Dan Adam for closed business! (SEBASTIAN ERTELT)

  3. Thank you to David Horwitz for a direct referral! (SEBASTIAN ERTELT)

  4. Thank you to Steve Nyrhinen. (MIKE ESCHLER)

  5. Thank you Scott with KCME for meeting with me so I could get to know more about you. (DIANA THATE)

  6. Thanks Tony Ellis! CSCS signs! (SPENCER SWANN)

  7. Thank you again to Weathercraft CO. for their excellent service. (PAULETTE GREENBERG)


  1. Don’t forget the Kentucky Derby Party May 4th. See bottom of newsletter for details/QR code to get tickets. (DON MOON)

  2. Michael Garrow and I want to organize a golf outing for CSEA. Please send us an email expressing interest. Todd.matia@RIAgroups.com or mgarrow@gardenofthegodsresort.com. (TODD MATIA)

  3. Great to get to know you a bit, Drew! (TODD MATIA)

  4. I enjoyed the Coaltrain wine dinner at Pizza Rustica. (ED HURT)


  1. Did you see the article “Proposed Wage Theft Law Would Hurt Small Contractors” in the Thursday April 25 Gazette on page A—11?   If not, see it at the end of today’s newsletter! The ladies who wrote the article made a good case to defeat the “HB24-1008” proposed new law!  Since our Association is made up of many small businesses, to expand on their article, the new law would be very detrimental to both general contractors and subcontractors. What would happen is the general contractors, to avoid more liabilities, would wind up hiring the most qualified workmen/women currently employed by the subcontractors and purchase the material to accomplish the necessary work to be done! This would put many small companies out of business!!! The contractors have the ability to perform most of the trades that are required, other than electrical, mechanical, glazers, sprinkler system, and a few others which would need to have “surety bonds” on same to protect themselves from default of the subcontractor! The general has no control of how the subcontractors manage or mismanage the monthly payments provided to the subcontractors as they progress through the construction process.  If you have any contact with legislators, please request they vote “no” on HB24-1008 to protect our many small businesses!  As a former general contractor and construction consultant, this is my opinion!  (JIM SMITH)


  1. Omni Federal has opened an office in the Interquest area and plans to hire 500 people during the next two years. (WAYNE HEILMAN)

  2. Dutch Bros coffee opened a new location Friday at 1826 S. Academy Blvd. (WAYNE HEILMAN)


  1. Thank you District 11. Great presentation. (CANDY VANDENBERG)

  2. Very interesting program. (LARRY BLEVINS)

  3. Thank you Michael Gaal for a great program. Keep it up! (JIM SMITH)

  4. Great presentation, Mr. Gaal. (ED HURT)

  5. Thanks for the update on D11. Keep up the good work! (SPENCER SWANN)