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Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events has promoted Cortney Quintero from Integrated Media Manager to Public Relations Director. In her new role, Cortney will oversee agency operations, business development, and provide creative direction and strategy for a variety of client accounts in the nonprofit, real estate, healthcare, entertainment and hospitality industries.

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Bestway Disposal, Springs-based waste management and single stream recycling company, has expanded their Transfer Station at 543 Air Lane, Colorado Springs, CO 80929.

Located east of the main entrance to Peterson Air Force Base, Bestway’s state-of-the-art Transfer Station is a paved indoor dumpsite where Springs residents can drop off extra-large loads of waste.

“Adding a second scale is going to significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to get the public in and out of the Transfer Station,” said Bestway Disposal’s President Phil Kiemel. “With the equipment expansion, we anticipate that the time it takes to get customers in and out will be cut in half,” said Kiemel.

In addition to collecting solid waste, the Transfer Station also offers a drop-off location for household recyclable items including: newspapers, junk mail, glass bottles and jars, plastics (types #1 - #7), aluminum cans, steel cans, paperboard and cardboard boxes.

The Transfer Station is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Bestway Disposal Transfer Station at (719) 574-8989 or visit

About Bestway Disposal
Since 1950, Bestway has been the leader in solid waste collection and recycling for the businesses and residents of the greater Colorado Springs area. The Kiemel name is well known in the waste removal and recycling business, from the early days in Chicago until today, as two fourth-generation garbage men, Tom and Phil Kiemel, still work in the disposal business with the same work ethic and dedication to service as their great-grandfather.

Now, they operate modern equipment and service thousands of residents in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs and the Fountain Valley. The Kiemel family has owned Bestway since 1967. Tom and Phil’s father began with three trucks and a few hundred customers. Colorado Springs grew throughout the ’60s and ’70s and Bestway Disposal grew along with the city to become the state-of-the-art rubbish removal and recycling operation that it is today serving more than 10,000 homes each day.

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Since their June opening, WhirlyBall had to close temporarily for repairs due to a defective sprinkler head but the facility is now fully operational and ready to host guests this fall.

• Sunday, September 17 - Family Day: 50% off bowling for families and will receive a free one topping pizza with lane rental.

• Monday, September 18 - Industry Day: Free bowling and 1 game of WhirlyBall per person. 50% off food and beverage. Must show proof of employment with pay-stub or business card.

• Tuesday, September 19 - Military Day: Free bowling and 1 game of WhirlyBall per person. 50% off food and beverage. Must show government ID. 10% off discount any other time.

• Wednesday, September 20 - WhirlyFan Day: Free bowling and 1 game of WhirlyBall per person. 50% off food and beverage. Must show e-blast or LIKE us Facebook for discount.

• Thursday, September 21 - Craft Beer Day: Calling all craft beers fans. All 24 drafts for the entire day at WhirlyBall will be ONLY $3 and FREE bowling for all fans.

• Friday, September 22 - King of the Court Starts at 6 p.m.: Bring your team and challenge others to a game of WhirlyBall. The last team standing will be crowned King of the Court.

Open to all ages and athletic skill-levels, WhirlyBall offers indoor entertainment where guests can bowl, play games of WhirlyBall and watch
sports broadcasted on TV monitors located throughout the space. In addition to activities, WhirlyBall offers elevated food and beverage programs for guests to enjoy while playing in the high-energy atmosphere or for a sit-down meal in the open dining space. WhirlyBall’s chefdriven menu showcases classic American bar fare perfect for sharing with a focus on seasonal ingredients and quality products.

WhirlyBall’s carefully curated beer program offers a unique selection of 24 rotating craft beers on draft featuring local breweries such as Bristol Brewing Company and Pikes Peak Brewing Co. In addition to the introduction of the new sport and venue to the area, WhirlyBall has hired more than 40 full-time and part-time employees for its operations. “Colorado Springs offers a highly-qualified talent pool for our operations,” said Vice President of Strategic Planning, Adam Elias. “We have a great team in place to provide our guests with an outstanding entertainment experience. We can’t wait for the local community to fall in love with WhirlyBall”.

About WhirlyBall

The game of WhirlyBall combines lacrosse, hockey, basketball and bumper cars in a game of skill coupled with chance. While maneuvering bumper cars, two teams of five use hand-held scoops to pass a whiffle ball to each other – and ultimately at a scoring target. Offering a premium social experience, each WhirlyBall location presents an exceptional food and beverage program, spacious dining areas and private and semi-private event spaces to accommodate groups of any size. From friendly competition and entertainment to exceptional food and drink offerings, WhirlyBall provides the perfect venue and customizable packages for all ages and events including birthday parties, corporate outings, team building exercises and family gatherings. Owner Sam Elias founded the first WhirlyBall location more than 20 years ago in Lombard, IL and has since opened three other locations in Lombard, Vernon Hills and Chicago. WhirlyBall has expanded with the opening of the first Colorado location in Colorado Springs and plans to continue expansion nationwide with WhirlyBall-owned facilities and
franchise locations.

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Grease Monkey International, LLC (GMI LLC), one of the nation’s largest independent franchisors of automotive quick lube centers, not owned by an oil company, announced it will now use a new business name, FullSpeed Automotive™. “This new name better reflects the diversity of the Company’s automotive service brands and continues to inspire its terrific growth trajectory”, remarked John B. Adams, GMI LLC President and CEO.

While the Company’s business name has changed, its Mission remains the same: “Driven to perform, so our customers and their vehicles can too!”. The brands covered by FullSpeed Automotive include: Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee®, LubePro’s® and Monkey Shine®, as well as 40+ Havoline® xpress lube® locations “Driven by Grease Monkey” in Georgia, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida. To celebrate the new name, along with its recent relocation of its Franchise Support Center, FullSpeed Automotive hosted an Open House yesterday.

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About FullSpeed Automotive™

Grease Monkey International, LLC, headquartered in the Denver, Colorado area, is now doing business as FullSpeed Automotive and is parent company to: the Grease Monkey®, SpeeDee® and LubePro’s® quick lube brands as well as the Monkey Shine car wash brand.

FullSpeed Automotive also operates Havoline® xpress lube® locations as part of its Retail Operations Division. In total, the company serves millions of customers globally, with over 450 units within North & South America and overseas. The new parent company name draws on the customer appeal of its quick lube brands, all of which emphasize speed of professional service while also providing expert recommendations for additional automotive maintenance and repair needs.

About Grease Monkey®

Founded in 1978 and, part the FullSpeed Automotive™ family of brands, Grease Monkey is one of the largest automotive quick lube franchisors – not owned by a major oil company – with more than 300 centers currently located in the United States, Mexico, South America, China, and Saudi Arabia. Grease Monkey centers focus on providing a “less hassle, more hustle” customer experience to fit the busy lives of the driving public by meeting their vehicle maintenance needs. Grease Monkey is also proud to have received the VetFran 5‐Star rating demonstrating its extraordinary commitment to “provide access and opportunities in franchising to our Nation’s Veterans and their Spouses”. For more information, go to

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Griffis/Blessing, Inc., in partnership with Freshwater Investments, finalized the acquisition of Lamplight Square at the Park Apartments in Colorado Springs on September 6th.

“Lamplight Square at The Park presents a well-located, value-add opportunity within the highly sought after northern submarket of Colorado Springs. Situated along Erindale Park, the community provides a park-like setting with unobstructed mountain views, while conveniently located off of N. Academy Boulevard for immediate access to shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation,” says William J. Hybl Jr., President and COO of Griffis/Blessing. “Due to its favorable location, market positioning and our management team's focus on operations and capital improvements, Lamplight should prove a solid investment for our partners.”

Alex Rozenfeld, Principle of Freshwater Investments, states: “We have a long-standing relationship with Griffis/Blessing and rely on them to manage all of our Colorado properties. The Lamplight Square acquisition, however, has marked the beginning of a new level of partnership between our firms as we combined our resources to buy this property. This is certainly a milestone worth noting and celebrating by our investors as it puts Freshwater on a trajectory towards bigger and better acquisitions. High-potential properties like Lamplight are unique and rare, so adding it to our portfolio is a huge accomplishment, but we’re not resting on our laurels and are already seeking new opportunities for our investors.”

Built in 1984, Lamplight Square at The Park consists of 280 apartment homes with four floor plans and an average unit size of 723 square feet. One bedrooms range in size from 550-685 SF, while two bedrooms range from 805-960 SF. Each apartment home has a washer and dryer, central air conditioning, a private balcony or patio, walk-in closets, ample storage and a vaulted ceiling in select units. Community amenities include a clubhouse with leasing office and business center, 24-hr fitness center, coffee bar, swimming pool, spa, bbq/picnic area, courtyard and ample covered parking. Additionally, the property sits adjacent to Erindale Park with biking and walking trails, adding to the appeal of the site.

Gary Winegar, President of Investment Services of Griffis/Blessing states, “This community is ideally positioned for our value-add strategies of unit interior improvements including new appliances, fixtures and countertops in the kitchen and bath as well as the replacement of carpet with plank flooring in select areas. We plan to upgrade the indoor/outdoor pool area to a more resort-style atmosphere and update the fitness area and equipment. We will also be renaming the community as part of the rebranding plan.”

Penny Gettler, CAM will serve as the District Manager for the community, with day-to-day operations headed by the on-site manager, Jennifer Ruth.

The property was purchased for $41.1 million. CB was the listing broker, and Brady O’Donnell of CBRE arranged the FMAC mortgage.

Freshwater Investments is a California based real estate investment firm creating opportunities for private and institutional investors to diversify portfolios and gain attractive returns through co-ownership of multifamily housing properties.

Griffis/Blessing, Inc., is the only Accredited Management Organization, AMO, headquartered in Colorado Springs, CO, with additional offices in Denver. Griffis/Blessing currently manages over four and a half million square feet of commercial space and more than 8,700 apartment units. The company has provided award-winning property management and real estate investment services since 1985. For more information, visit