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Dealing with insurance companies can sometimes be tedious, to put it kindly. When you’re a contractor, it’s not just a matter of frustration. Getting it wrong can cost real money and jeapardize one’s business. There is a new company in town whose goal is to help contractors in dealings and negotiations with insurance companies. They are In House Adjuster Staffing (IHAS). Their adjusters handle insurance supplements, billing, and negotiations on behalf of contractors.  Their fee is based on the amount they get for the contractor over and above the original estimate.

Founder, Corey Pate has been in the construction industry for over 30 years and he has been a general contractor since 1983. His staff of adjusters are fully licensed in many states. In 2008,  as yet another recession was well underway, he decided to share his experience assisting other contractors. He realized one of the biggest obstacles of doing insurance restoration work was dealing with the insurance companies. He started small, helping local contractors with the invoicing and negotiations of their insurance jobs. Recently the company expanded, and now assists contractors all over the United States.

In March of 2012, Corey started planning for the nationwide expansion. He hired  Elaine Giardini, a former insurance agent, as the office manager. She has been assisting Corey to get IHAS running full steam. In March and April IHAS hired several additional office staff including several licensed adjusters and created an accounting department. They also took on a full time Sales and Marketing Director, Greg Wickherst, a former general contractor. 

So what exactly does In House Adjuster Staffing do? Mr. Pate explains, “We save contractors time, money and the headaches of dealing with insurance companies. The phone calls and paperwork are no longer on the contractors’ shoulders. This frees them up to do what they do best, sales and marketing. Think of it this way. Who would you rather have doing your taxes: a ten dollar an hour employee on your staff, or a team of ex-IRS agents, CPA’s and financial investors with years of experience that work only on commission?”

For more information  IHAS can be reached at 800-775-8667. You can also find them on the web at IHASLLC.COM, and on Facebook - InHouse AdjusterStaffing.

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Her Story Cafe, a popular Colorado Springs food truck, is now also an actual cafe. Liz Rozenbaum, owner and operator, recently outgrew her share of the kitchen space at the Gotta Love It kitchen in Old Colorado City and decided to open a sit down location on S. Academy Blvd.

Her Story Cafe features home-made soups with themes related to famous women throughout history. They serve breakfast as well as lunch and use locally sourced foods during Farmers Market season.

The new location is at 2356 S. Academy Blvd (Astrozon and Academy) and is open Tuesday through Friday from 6am to 2pm and on Saturday from 8am to 2pm.

Don’t worry, the lunch truck (Alice) is still truckin’. Check www.HerStoryCafe for the truck schedule and a printable menu.

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Press Release (Bondurant.com)

Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving and Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) today announced a new business venture that will strengthen Colorado’s attraction as a destination for corporate and participant motorsports events. The new partnership, Bondurant Performance Driving at Pikes Peak International Raceway, combines one of the most versatile motorsports venues with the most respected advanced driver training programs in the country.

The Bondurant School, based in Phoenix, is the largest purpose-built driving school in the world, with courses in high-performance driving, advanced road racing, teen driving, karting, highway safety, military training and executive protection. The school is celebrating its 44th year under the direction of Bob Bondurant, world champion driver and internationally recognized leader in advanced driver training.

Pikes Peak International Raceway, in Fountain, CO., just south of Colorado Springs, opened in 1997 as a venue for international motorsports events. Today the famed raceway hosts year-round racing, high performance testing, and participant events that appeal to all level of motorsports enthusiasts.
"After site visits and a meeting with my team, we voted with enthusiastic high-fives that Pikes Peak International Raceway is the beginning of the Bondurant expansion plan," Bob Bondurant said. "The five-star facility has all the parallel benefits of our Phoenix home base, including the ability to race year-round, but to add the opportunity of an oval to our programs is absolutely fantastic!" he said.

Pikes Peak International Raceway CEO and co-owner John Molloy said, "Attracting Bondurant to PPIR puts a crown jewel of the motorsports industry in the heart of Colorado. By working together, we truly offer a one stop shop for corporations, event planners, team building leaders and individuals looking for exhilarating motorsports entertainment and educational programs,” Molloy said.

The addition of Bondurant’s presence at PPIR elevates the motorsports industry within the cluster of impressive international and national sports organizations in the Pikes Peak Region. “This partnership represents a collaboration of the best in motorsports and fuels enthusiasm and energy for the entire area,” Greater Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation Board Chairman Doug Quimby said.

About Bondurant
Bondurant Enterprises provides a full range of driving training, from grooming future race stars to helping families improve their driving skills to hosting unique corporate events. Bob Bondurant, an internationally recognized leader in advanced driving training, opened Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in 1968. The largest purpose-built driving school in the world, it features a 15-turn, 1.6-mile road course, an eight-acre asphalt pad for advanced training and more than 200 race-prepared vehicles, sedans and open-wheel cars. Situated on Firebird Raceway's 600 acres of excitement in Phoenix, Ariz., the purpose-built facility has access to three additional race tracks, a watersports lake and three skid pads. Bondurant SuperKart School offers two karting tracks with state-of-the-art equipment and training. Bondurant Trackside is the premier leader in OEM events, showcasing manufacturer's vehicles.

About PPIR
Pikes Peak International Raceway is a legendary motorsports entertainment venue located south of Colorado Springs in Fountain, CO. With a variety of track surfaces, including a banked one-mile oval, a professionally designed 1.3-mile interior road course and a 12-acre paved autocross lot, PPIR, the “Exhilaration Destination,” provides endless options for professional testing and motorsports events, and serves as an excellent venue for corporate driving programs. For more information visit www.ppir.com

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Press Release (Ybarra's)

This past weekend the State Junior Olympics were held Aurora CO, where Ybarras Boxing Club had two Junior boxers compete.

Luisjoe Ybarra Jr, is a fifth grader at French Elementary in Security CO.  Luisjoe competed in the 11-12 yr old 80lb div. Luijoe took his third straight title by defeating  Anthony Soto of Pueblo CO. Luisjoe now has three titles In three different weight classes. Luisjoe also had won his thrid title in the State Golden Gloves this past March. His next stop will be in  Mesquite NV,  to compete in the Junior Golden Gloves Nationals tournament  where he placed 2nd in 2011.

The second boxer is Luis Ramirez an 8yr old 3rd grader from  Stratton Meadows Elementary, Luis competed in the 8-9yr old 70lb div, and was the unopposed Champion for 2012. Congratulations to both.

For more Information Contact : Ybarras boxibg Club at 719-237-6982 or E-mail  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Website:  www.ybarrasboxingclub.com

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Press Release (Gain-Stovall) Matt Colligan has opened American Water Damage, a water damage restoration company. He brings years of experience in the home improvement industry with a strong emphasis on exceptional customer service.

Most recently he was Division Manager of Champion Windows of Colorado Springs, where he set national sales records and earned the BBB’s Excellence in Customer Service award for three years in a row. In his new endeavor, Matt has adapted his proven customer service systems for the restoration industry by using stringent internal systems and processes.

“American Water Damage is the kind of business that everyone hopes they will never need but are glad that it’s there when they need it,” says Matt. “Dealing with water damage is a very stressful situation. It is important to us to make this process as worry free as possible for our customers. All of our technicians are certified to provide a professional and top-notch experience.”

About American Water Damage – “You Relax, We Rescue”℠

Matt Colligan of Colorado Springs, CO, and David Lopez of Dallas Fort Worth, TX founded American Water Damage in 2011. The company’s mission is to provide a consistently remarkable customer experience while becoming the leader in the emergency service and restoration industry. Each American Water Damage technician is certified and experienced in all requisite fields.

Both founders bring years of experience in the home improvement industry with a strong emphasis on exceptional customer service, adapted for the restoration industry using stringent internal systems and processes. These are backed externally by Guild Quality third party surveys and the effective performance metrics adopting measuring analytics of Net Promoter Score (NPS).

The Colorado Springs location is at 3385 Fillmore Heights Ridge, Unit A, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Contact them at 719-452-3000 or go to www.americanwaterdamage.com for more information.