Ron is a web guy. He'd like to just leave it at that, but since you asked, here goes: he's a web designer, front-end web developer and internet marketer; occasional entrepreneur; guitar player and singer; SCUBA diver; blue-ribbon-winning-brownie-maker; photography and darkroom hobbyist; and 5K runner. He thinks the grandiose and presumptuous titles that web marketers give themselves such as "expert" and "guru" are ridiculous, and instead prefers to just be called a marketing "dude." He's from California, but loves living in Colorado Springs, hence his involvement in COSthink—he likes to help build the community he's raising his five kids in. Oh yeah, did we mention he's a Mac?
Chris Straka is a lifelong marketer. In addition to helping clients as the owner of Straka Marketing & Sales, Chris develops speech therapy apps for the iPad. A long time resident of Colorado Springs, Chris helps commercial and non-profit organizations develop and implement marketing strategies to build identity, communicate values and grow lasting relationships. A graduate of Penn State University. Chris also earned an MBA from Phillips University, OK and has taught marketing at Regis University and University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
Chelsie recently moved back to her hometown of Colorado Springs from Southern California and has a background in social media, internet marketing, public relations, market research, journalism, radio broadcasting, and video production. Wanting to get more involved in the Colorado Springs community, she joined COSThink to become active with non-profits in the area and utilize her marketing background. Chelsie is part of the marketing team at Infront Webworks and is also involved in Leadership Pikes Peak and The Rising Professionals.
Jeff is a social media junkie who decided to embrace his addiction in 2011 and founded Rocky Mountain Media Group to help organizations more effectively share their brand story. Jeff comes from a non-profit and education background where he specialized in building community and teams in real life. Today he helps organizations build online community and develop relationships with clients and customers. Jeff and his wife, Julie, moved to Colorado Springs from the east coast in 1997 and they have embraced the Rocky Mountain lifestyle ever since. When not attached to his iStuff (he's a bit of a tech nerd and wanna be photographer) you can find Jeff, Julie and the kids in the mountains either hiking or taking on a trail in "Ruby," their Jeep.
Kira is a Colorado Springs native. She has a Bachelor Degree in Small Business Management and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Kira works as a High School Admissions Representative at Everest College and was a recipient of the organization's "Parthenon Award", earned by the top performers in the company. She is looking forward to expanding her marketing skills with COSthink. Kira is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak’s Leadership NOW! Program and likes to volunteer with Lucky Dog Rescue and Junior Achievement of Southern Colorado. In her free time Kira enjoys camping, snowboarding, reading, and music.
After falling in love with Colorado Springs on a weekend road trip, Christina moved to Colorado Springs in 2009 with her husband Aaron and their dog Max. They enjoy playing golf, hiking, traveling, dining, watching Arizona basketball (go Wildcats!), and staying connected with their church community at Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel. Christina is serves as the director of communications at Garden of the Gods Club, a private country club and golf resort, where she manages the property’s social media program. Outside the office, Christina is involved in several community organizations, including co-charing a committee with the Junior League of Colorado Springs.