October 28, 2019

Announcing our 2019 Industry Awards nominees

We’re proud to announce the nominees for our 2019 Industry Awards.

The Industry Awards celebrate the remarkable achievements, innovations, and successes happening in our business community. There are three categories within the Industry Awards: Company, New Business, and Community Investment. We will announce the three recipients, along with the 2019 Business Citizen of the Year, at our annual GALA on Saturday, Nov. 9 at The Antlers Hotel. Registration closes Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

Sponsors include The O’Neil Group, US Bank, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, Employers Council, Luisa Graff Jewelers, Olive Real Estate Group, Inc., UCHealth, KOAA5, and The Gazette.

2019 Industry Award Nominees

All Native Group
From IT and cybersecurity to health services and military training, All Native Group’s diversified portfolio of services both support the DoD and stimulate economic growth for the Winnebago (Ho Chunk) Native American tribe. New to Colorado Springs, their team is adding to our region’s robust defense sector.

Bender-Carey Group
Kristie Bender-Carey marries her extensive background in commercial real estate and banking with the Bender-Carey Group. Right out of the gate, the firm snagged The Gazette’s Best Workplaces 2018 award and they’re quickly gaining recognition among community members for their strategic consultation services.

This downtown DoD software firm has been busy securing noteworthy contracts and serious industry recognition this year. Case in point, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Directorate of Special Programs awarded them a contract earlier this year to develop the Space Situational Awareness Marketplace program under the auspices of AFWERX.

Children’s Hospital Colorado Springs
What’s not to love about this $160 million project? The new medical facility employs an impressive 850 people and includes a 50-bed neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) plus a host of other pediatric departments. Not to mention, they contracted with fellow member GE Johnson Construction Co. to build the facility. During construction, they invited pediatric patients to tour the site and speak with construction crews about the importance of the hospital, tying their work to the mission of the hospital.

This point-of-sale software company was the talk of the town this summer when they moved into 16,000 square feet of open office space at 2424 Garden of the Gods. They added 22 new employees in 2018 and they’re currently adding another 29 with expected growth to reach 125 employees, plus they’re already looking to expand another 10,000 square feet.

Colorado Springs Conservatory
The CSC is investing our region’s most up-and-coming talent through Project 4A, an innovative program that addresses bullying and suicide prevention while fostering empathy, resilience, self-awareness, and social connectedness. CSC’s adept understanding of our community’s needs and keen ability to creatively address them helps feed a pipeline of local talent that will have the necessary skills to succeed in tomorrow’s workplace.

Davidson Technologies, Inc.
When it comes to sought-after DoD services, DTI checks all the boxes: missiles, aerospace, cyber, and intelligence. After having a presence in Colorado Springs for 12 years, the woman-owned business opened a new Colorado Springs office last year, officially setting down longterm roots and expanding upon their commitment to invest in the local community and contribute to our unique defense industry sector.

Ent Credit Union
Colorado’s largest credit union and Southern Colorado’s largest overall financial institution already services communities from Cañon City to Fort Collins, but they’re just getting started. They recently broke ground on their new headquarters, a 300,000 square foot, seven-story facility on the north side of the city.

GPS Source
We love a good startup story and this one doesn’t disappoint. Started by two veterans, GPS Source caught the attention of defense powerhouse General Dynamics Mission Systems in 2017. The subsequent acquisition paved the way for GPS Source to double their team and move their headquarters to a new 18,500 square foot facility in Colorado Springs earlier this year.

A trusted software platform for some of the largest mutual funds, banks, insurance companies, rating agencies, and more, Chicago-based Investortools opened a Colorado Springs office in early 2017 on Tech Center Drive. The new location created highly-qualified jobs in the region and underscores the region’s attractiveness to tech companies, including those in the financial services industry.

Kratos RT Logic
When it comes to defense security solutions, Kratos pretty much covers it all: satellite communications, cybersecurity, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, combat systems – the list goes on. The product of a merger between Kratos and RT Logic, the company has been rapidly expanding – both space and staff – in Colorado Springs for the past few years.

Another defense heavyweight to recently open a Colorado Springs office, nouSystems specializes in missile defense, cybersecurity, space control, radio frequency engineering, and hardware/software development. The opening of their Colorado Springs office taps into our region’s skilled and unique workforce.

Peak Vista Community Health Centers
Serving over 94,000 patients– 84% of which are at or below the federal poverty level – at 26 locations, Peak Vista Community Health Centers recently increased efforts in their Homeless Program. Through their Mobile Health Services van and a close working relationship with Springs Rescue Mission, an increased number of our homeless community members are receiving medical and dental care.

Precision Services
A thriving tech scene means an ongoing need for IT professionals. Enter Precision Services. Their focus on helping local companies recruit highly-skilled talent keeps our tech industry moving forward.

Titan Robotics
It doesn’t get much more startup than accidentally building a 3D printer in your garage. But that’s just what Clay Guillory with Titan Robotics did. Now the company is leading the way in 3D printing and manufacturing, making everything from prosthetics to footwear to car parts.

UCHealth’s mission is to help us all live extraordinary lives – which is quite fitting given the extraordinary setting we call home. They’re also an extraordinary economic engine, too: UCHealth Memorial alone has a total economic impact of more than $1.8 billion (yes, with a “b”) including direct, indirect, and induced impact. Not to mention, the system contributed $190 million in total community benefits, including $102 million in uncompensated care for our region’s uninsured and underinsured.

USAA Colorado Springs has been a major employer for our community since 1988. They recently worked with local contractors to complete multi-million-dollar renovations of their 430,000 square-foot local campus, allowing them to significantly expand their team. The economic powerhouse now employs approximately 1,900 people, an 80% increase over the past 10 years, making them one of the city’s largest private employers.