“I think a lot of people are afraid to leverage and are afraid to fail when it comes to the hiring process. Even though I didn’t have any money, what I did have available to me was the ability to influence people into joining forces with me because people need money to survive, and they can’t put time into your products.” – Brandon
“As an entrepreneur, as a business person, your business is a direct reflection of your life and your mental health.” – Brandon
Today’s guest is Brandon Espino, also known as “The Tall Guy.” He is the owner of Tall Guy Real Estate LLC and an Associate Broker and the listings manager at The Williams Team under Keller Williams Partners in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served for six years in the United States Air Force under Space Command until realizing that his calling is a human-centered, analytical, advocacy-heavy, and team-based environment. Today, he will share his journey from soldier to real estate broker. Stay tuned!
“When I started off in airports, it became pretty clear to me that yes, this is where I want to be. This is what I love to do. And this is where I’m going to throw my hat in the ring and keep it there.” – Greg
“Every one of the airports had something unique about it. And they’re not many airports where somebody can say that they’ve had a bear go through the terminal building.” – Greg
Colorado Springs Airport has the 5th largest runway in the entire US and is the same size or bigger than other well known airports like Chicago’s O’Hare International! Greg graduated from West Point and quickly fell in love with aviation allowing him to be an integral leader at five different airports. He was even on the team that built DIA and explains why there is so much land around it. Greg’s passion for COS shines through as he talks about a new program called ‘Small Surprises’ and their largest tenant who is a huge cornerstone to our community. Keep your ears perked for the hottest zip code in the entire US and what it means to the airport’s growth.
“The best leading you can do is listening and following the advice of your people.” – Kari
Kari Gonzales is the President and CEO of the Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI). Headquartered in Pueblo, Colorado, TTCI is a world-class transportation research and testing organization, providing emerging technology solutions for the railway industry throughout North America and the world. TTCI was established to support the development and deployment of innovative technologies to increase the railroad industry’s safety, reliability, and efficiency. Today, Kari shares all about TTCI and how they are shaping the future of the railroad industry.
In this episode of the Wake-Up Colorado Podcast, our guest is Adrienne Larrew, owner and operator of Corner Post Meats. Her company offers mindfully raised meats from their ranch in Black Forest, made from sustainable grazing, clean water, open areas, and plenty of sunshine. Adrienne shares her knowledge in taking care of animals to provide good quality meat and the unique land arrangement with the Audubon Society.
In this episode of the Wake Up Colorado Podcast, our guest is Andy Vick. He is the Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, a non-profit, local arts agency whose mission is to connect residents and visitors with arts & culture to enrich the Pikes Peak region. Andy has extensive project management capabilities, strong financial skills, a history of accomplishments in marketing, development, and human resources, and is an excellent public speaker and written communicator.
In this episode of the Wake-Up Colorado Podcast, our guest is Greg Pedroza. He is the Interim Director of Aviation at City of Pueblo – Dept. of Aviation. Greg started out as an entry-level city employee on the airport’s operations and maintenance team and worked his way up to Interim Director at Pueblo Memorial Airport. Today, Greg discusses airlines, aviation operations, and managing a commercial use airport.
In this episode of the Wake-Up Colorado Podcast, our guests are Josh and Nick Wagner of Nola Natural Farms. Both Josh and Nick started out in the culinary world and Nick then became interested in raising poultry and so began their journey of creating their pastured poultry operation for the last 7 years. They believe that growing their own food is essential to feeding their entire family. They’ve also opened their home to the community to educate people and share their life experiences.
In this episode of the Wake Up Colorado Podcast, our guests are Nathan Stern and Zach Cytryn, Real Estate Associates and founders of the Fuel & Iron Project. Zach grew up wanting to be a real estate broker, while Nathan focused on real estate in grad school. Zach and Nathan met each other at the same commercial brokerage and developed camaraderie which amplified each other’s strengths in helping their clients in the food and beverage industry.
In this episode of the Wake Up Colorado Podcast, our guest is Dot Lischick, General Manager for the Broadmoor World Arena, Ice Hall and Pikes Peak Center. Since the inception of the arena, Dot witnessed and spearheaded its humble beginnings until it rose to what it is today. The arena hosts different events and is deeply involved with its community.