Reinvent to Win

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Reinvent to Win
Maintaining Leadership in a Rapidly Changing Business Environment

Please note our change in date, time and location:

The Warehouse Restaurant and Gallery
(25 W. Cimarron Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903)
Thursday, May 31, 2018
11:30 am – 1:15 pm

Peak Executive Forum 2017-2018 Breakfast Panel Series Presents:

A panel discussion by area business owners about identifying opportunities to transform your businesses, exploit  your unique differentiators and develop market leadership.

Please note that seating is limited, and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Registration will close on or before May 29th.

Our Panelists:


Ron Chernak 
The FBB Group, Ltd.


Shawnee Huckstep



Tom Neppl
Springs Fabrication

Established The FBB Group, Ltd. in 1982. CBI, M&AMI, Fellow of the IBBA. The FBB Group is one of Colorado’s largest and most successful brokerage companies representing privately owned businesses. The FBB Group deals exclusively with the sale of privately held businesses located primarily in the Rocky Mountain Region and has completed over 1,000 business sales covering a wide variety of industries.

The FBB Group, Ltd., assists with the complex legal, accounting, and negotiating issues involved with the sale of a business. The firm’s strength lies in its professional approach and customized strategy to each and every business transfer.  The FBB Group, Ltd., understands what building the business has meant to the seller and what opportunity, through acquisition, is perceived by the buyer.

The FBB Group, Ltd., offers professional assistance at every phase of the business sale transaction, including: valuation, preparation of a detailed business presentation package, development of a sound marketing strategy, pre-screening of potential purchasers, negotiating the structure of the transaction, and interfacing with accountants, attorneys, and bankers during the closing process.

Shawnee is a respected mentor, visionary and leader who is responsible for TechWise worldwide. Shawnee co-founded TechWise in 1994 and has grown it to 8 locations in North America and two locations in the Middle East.

“Shawnee Huckstep is a perfect example of the ingenuity and innovation that small firms possess here in Colorado and the nation” said Elton Ringsak, SBA’s Region VIII Administrator.

Shawnee’s leadership through the ups and downs of the economy has been paramount in the continued success of TechWise over the past 23 years. Shawnee found ways to leverage the firm’s excellent past performance in technology, training, and consulting into new growth areas. She has been able to provide innovation to many military training events by incorporating efficient ways to use technology throughout training exercises as well as helping customers evaluate their return on investment for the training. 

She has positioned her company as the best professional service company to have on the team to increase the performance level of not only the individuals but of the collective group. She leads teams that integrate training, technology, and process… to ultimately create capability within organizations. 


While growing up on a farm in Iowa, raising cattle, Tom Neppl assumed he would stay involved in the family business as an adult. But after studying industrial electronics in college, he moved to Colorado Springs in 1985. Neppl, who likes to build and create things, was “driven” to work for himself, so he co-founded Springs Fabrication Inc. in 1986, taking over full ownership about a year later.

Springs Fab has grown to become the region’s largest manufacturing company. With recent acquisitions, the company includes manufacturing facilities in Colorado Springs, Loveland, and Broomfield, specializing in energy, new technology and heavy industrial equipment manufacturing.

In 2014, Neppl was elected chairman of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance board of directors. Neppl previously served on the boards of the Business Alliance, The Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, Pikes Peak Workforce Center, and Pikes Peak Community College Advisory Board. He is currently serving on the board of the local Legatus Chapter and was Vice Chair of the Business Alliance Board in 2013.


The Peak Executive Forum
Peak Executive Forum contributes to the success of small to medium-size businesses by engaging their executives in an exchange of relevant ideas. Our group consists of business owners and senior level executives.
Our five bi-monthly events are highly tailored and interactive panel forums. Subject matter experts, from academia, professional services, and actual business application, are drawn from our local CEO and trusted advisor community.
Attendees stay current with leading edge business practices, intelligent collaborate with their peers and establish or renew business relationships with like-minded business people.

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