Marks father was a career military officer starting in the Navy and serving in the Pacific in WWII. Mark enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1967 and served in a Marine Rifle Platoon (D/1/7) in Vietnam. He graduated from Purdue University in 1974 with the help of the GI Bill and moved to Colorado Springs. He is currently Chairman of the Crestone Company. He has been married to his lovely wife, Cheryl, for 39 years with 3 children and 5 grandchildren. Mark is involved with the Thanks Troops Foundation because he has a great empathy for what our troops are experiencing and want to support their transition back into a culture that has become foreign to them.
Sundance is a graduate of the School of Mines and additionally holds an MBA from Regis University. He has lived in Colorado Springs since 1997 and currently works for Siemens Industry, Inc. Water Technologies as their Global Director of Engineering & Products. Although his life-path has not led him to direct military service, he feels debited to those who choose service and protect it. He is dedicated to seeing Thanks Troops make a significant impact within the Colorado Springs community. Thanks Troops is his means by which to serve and show his gratitude to those who serve the US in our armed forces.
Scott is a native of Colorado growing up in the Fountain area. He is President of the Cornerstone Retail and Management Team, is married to wife Jennifer and has 4 children. Scott grew up around troops and wanted to give back to our warriors so he came up with the idea of creating Thanks Troops Foundation. Several of Scott’s family members and friends are currently serving in the War on Terror and he feels without these men and women in the military, we would not have all the opportunities we do. His goal is to see Thanks Troops get to a point where we do not have to turn away any legitimate request for help.
Eddie is a native of the Colorado Springs area and is currently the owner of the Crestone Company. He is married to wife, Megan and together they have a daughter, Rilee. Eddie got involved with Thanks Troops because he didn’t feel the armed forces were getting the credit they deserved. He just wanted to say thank you in some way and let them know they are highly appreciated.
Jack grew up in Colorado Springs and attended Colorado College receiving his BA in Political Science. He served 3 years in the Army with the last year in Vietnam as Commanding Officer for the American Forces Radio and Televesion Service. Since then he has owned numerous businesses in construction and real estate. He is currently self-employed within the real estate business. He has been married to his wife Sue for 39 years and together they have raised their three boys John, Jordan and Jesse. Jack got involved with Thanks Troops because he could not imagine the difficulty of multiple deployments and living through injuries that normally killed soldiers in previous times. He feels in debt to these men and women and count it pure priviledge to help them in any way he can.
Larry served in the US Army in Vietnam, went to colleget in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Colorado Springs to become an Information Technology Systems Progrmmer for FedEx in 1978. He is married to wife Mary, has two children and is now enjoying life with their three granddaughters. Larry got involved with Thanks Troops because as a Vietnam veteran, he saw first hand upon returning how our military wasn’t respected. He did not ever want to see that happen again in our country. He would like to eventually see Thanks Troops spread nationally to support more troops and their specific needs.
Mike “Coach” Mairurro was born and raised in the Colorado Springs area. upon receiving his MA from the University of Northern Colorado, he went on to earn a BA in Social Studies/Education from the University of Wyoming. Mike recently retired after teaching and coaching at Fountian Fort Carson High School after 24 years. He is married to wife Terry and together they have 3 children. Mike got involved with Thanks Troops for many reasons. One of the primary reasons for his involvment was due to the loss of a close friend (former student/athlete), CPT. Ian Weikel, in 2006 in Iraq. Mike wanted to be a part of an organization that would honor the sacrifice of Ian and others like him. Having grown up and worked in a military community, Mike has seen first hand the cost of freedom from parents of students and students themselves who have grown up to serve. Mike has had three former students who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their nation (CPT. Weikel, SGT Wilkerson, and PFC Tucker). He feels he has a responsibility to use his time and talents to help those that have made similar sacrifices and need support as they transition back into civilian life.
LTG (Ret.) Edward Soriano