Aug
10
5:00 pm17:00

Tamara Banks | Emmy Award Winning Journalist, Talk Show Host, Documentary Filmmaker

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For Emmy Award winning journalist, Tamara Banks, the statement, “One Person Can Make a Difference,” is more than just words. Her life experiences, connectibility and sense of humor have made her a sought after keynote speaker and emcee.

Tamara is a freelance journalist, talk show host and documentary filmmaker, dedicated to creating transformative social change through excellence in journalism.

Her areas of expertise include: social justice and political issues, nationally and internationally, particularly in South Sudan and Darfur, and other parts of the globe where there is little or no news coverage about crimes against humanity and genocide. Her documentary short film, “The Long Journey Home,” was accepted into the 2009 Hollywood Film Festival, “HollyShorts.”

Her work has been featured on numerous news networks including CNN, ABC News, HDNet’s World Report, BBC, Al Jazeera America, WB 2 News, FOX News, as well on as a number of radio stations and newspapers over the past 20 years.

As a correspondent she has extensive experience in covering a variety of historical issues and stories like the Columbine massacre and the Aurora Movie Theater shootings to the massive floods in Colorado the summer of 2013. She’s also experienced in covering major hot button topics like the gun rights debate and marriage equality.

Tamara has also traveled to Uganda to interview child soldiers as well as to Rwanda where she reported on that country’s post genocide challenges and successes.

She covered the devastating earthquake in Haiti and embedded with U.S. Army and Iraqi Security forces to report on yet another untold story: U.S. and Coalition Forces training, mentoring and empowering Iraqis before the U.S. pulled out of the war torn country.

Her challenging relationship with her father who was gone most of her childhood helped her develop her independent, tenacious character. Tamara learned that with commitment, hard work and integrity one person can make a difference. She also learned the hard way to not let “perfection be the enemy of the good.”

Currently, Tamara is also the Video Producer at the University of Denver.

Tamara is an accomplished equestrian, riding since 4 years old. She plays polo, the sport of kings (and queens.) Her nickname is “Taz” – not as in Tasmanian devil, rather Tasmanian angel! 

Sep
14
5:00 pm17:00

Rick White | President | The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball

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Rick White is the President of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball Clubs, where he supervises the activities of baseball’s leading independent professional league. During his time with the League, Mr. White has overhauled league financial affairs, instituted sponsorship and retail licensing programs and led Pace of Play efforts (reducing average time of game from 3:01 to 2:41) while influencing Major League Baseball to take similar steps.  Due to Mr. White’s efforts, the Atlantic League enjoys the only Working Agreement of its kind with MLB.

He is a former Partner at Strategic Marketing Affiliates, a full-service licensing agency representing a portfolio of over 400 North American collegiate properties, recently acquired by Learfield Sports.

Mr. White was formerly President and CEO of Imperial Headwear, a top headwear provider to the golf, collegiate and outdoor industries. He led the company to the dominant share of the golf green grass market, with distribution in 98 of North America’s top 100 courses, while driving revenues from $19M to $35M, with EBITDA growth from $1M to over $3M.

White founded Major League Baseball Properties which oversaw trademark licensing, corporate sponsorship, publishing, international and special events. He originated sports’ first head-to-toe authentic fan apparel (“Diamond Collection”), pioneered vintage products (“Cooperstown Collection”), created sports fan festivals (“All-Star FanFest”) and launched MLB Clubhouse Shops. He led licensed product sales from $200M to $2B and was the first non-Commissioner to be conferred the Baseball Alumni Team’s Big Bat Award.

Mr. White founded Strategic Merchandising Associates (precursor to Strategic Marketing Affiliates), a lifestyle-market consulting firm, serving clients such as the Dallas Cowboys, Ivy League, Purdue University and other professional and collegiate teams, leagues, conferences and athletic departments. He was architect of the largest sponsorship in U.S. team sports history ($109M) between Adidas and the New York Yankees. After SMA, Mr. White headed subsidiary brands for Nike, including Cole Haan, Nike Team Sports and Bauer-Nike Hockey. Under Mr. White’s direction, revenues grew from $630M to $750M.

White also served as CEO of Reed Exhibitions, the largest trade show and conference production company in North America and later as CEO of the Phoenix Footwear Group, where he led sales from $40M to $160M in just two years.

Mr. White is a native of Los Angeles, California. He attended Chapman University, where he was student body president and played on the school’s nationally ranked baseball team. Mr. White was graduating class speaker and was awarded the prestigious International Rotary Fellowship for graduate study abroad. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Psychology. He later attended Purdue University’s Krannert School where he earned his MBA.

Mr. White has been named Boy Scout Man of the Year and has been awarded the Colorado PGA’s President’s Award.  He is married to Lynne Cribari.  The couple has a daughter, Madison. 

Oct
12
5:00 pm17:00

Margaret Kelly | Former CEO | RE/MAX

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Margaret Kelly was responsible for the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of RE/MAX across North America and in more than 95 countries around the world. During her 28 years at RE/MAX, the company grew from 14,000 to nearly 100,000 sales professionals. She has been recognized by countless organizations for her exceptional leadership skills and commitment to community involvement, and likewise she has been recognized for being an advocate for businesswomen around the globe. Most people know Margaret as the CEO who talked candidly about the real estate market on television with guest appearances on CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and Fox programs and as the spokesperson on the RE/MAX television commercials during the real estate recession.

Joining RE/MAX in 1987 as a financial analyst, Margaret rose through the ranks of company. She was named SVP in 1997, president/COO in 2002 and CEO in 2004. In 2013, Margaret was the lead on the RE/MAX IPO, which began publicly trading on the New York Stock Exchange as RMAX in October 2013.

In January 2010, Margaret was appointed director of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, Denver Branch and became chairman in January 2015. Margaret is mindful of her humble roots, learning business basics working in her family's machine shop in Detroit, Michigan.

Nov
9
5:00 pm17:00

George Brauchler | District Attorney | Colorado’s 18th Judicial District

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George Brauchler became District Attorney of the 18th Judicial District on Jan. 7, 2013. He was sworn in for his second term Jan. 10, 2017. Mr. Brauchler is an experienced prosecutor and civil trial attorney, national speaker, and JAG officer. He brings a new vision to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office with a focus on modernization, efficiency and community safety.

Mr. Brauchler began his career in 1995 at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted domestic violence, homicide, larceny and narcotics cases and most notably the only two felonies arising out of the Columbine High School shootings.

The District Attorney is a colonel in the Colorado Army National Guard and has served his country in the JAG corps since 1996. In 2011, he saw active duty as chief of military justice for the 4th Infantry Division, US Division-North, Task Force Ironhorse in Tikrit, Iraq.

Mr. Brauchler worked in private practice 2008-2010 and from 2011 until December 2012, during which time he handled complex civil litigation and represented veterans.

Mr. Brauchler has taught criminal procedure and advanced trial advocacy at the University Of Denver Sturm College of Law and the University of Colorado Law School. He has earned recognition and awards throughout his legal career for his accomplishments.

He obtained both his B.A. and law degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He and his wife have four children.

Dec
14
5:00 pm17:00

Charles S. McNeil, P.E. – Chairman & CEO of NexGen Resources Corporation

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Charles S. McNeil has broad experience in the coal, oil and gas, mining and power industries.  He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1971 and was honored with the Mines Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1998.  At Mines, he is a member of the Foundation Board of Governors, the President’s Council, the Guggenheim Society, and a previous director of the CSM Foundation Property Management Corporation.

Since 1993 he has been Chief Executive Officer of NexGen Resources Corporation, a natural resources company he founded, which supplies all of the coal requirements for Xcel Energy’s Texas power plants, provides alternative fuel and clean coal technology commercialization, explores and develops oil and gas resources and provides mine development and operations. NexGen also manages a diverse portfolio of real estate assets it has developed for its own account. Under Mr. McNeil’s leadership, NexGen has been involved in over 15 company start-ups.

Prior to forming his company, Mr. McNeil held Board, CEO, and senior executive positions with Kaiser Steel, Kaiser Oil & Gas, Kaiser Coal, Kaiser Power, Perma Resources and Consol Energy.  His experience includes responsibility for planning and operations of major companies, overall profitability of energy and industrial operations, start-up of new oil and gas, mining, and power companies, acquisitions and divestitures, investments in diversified industries and both corporate and project financing.

Mr. McNeil is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado and a member of the Society of Mining Engineers of AIME.  He was previously nominated by the Secretary of Energy to the National Coal Council and is a former director of the National Coal Association and the Colorado Mining Association.  He is also a member of the American Coal Council, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Society, Council of Energy Advisors, the National Coal Transportation Association, the Rocky Mountain Coal Mining Institute, the Western Energy Alliance and the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

He is also active in serving the Denver community as a member of the Board of Trustees and President Elect of the Denver Area Boy Scouts, Mountain States Employers Council Board, Craig Hospital Foundation Board, Common Sense Policy Roundtable Board,  Cherry Hills Farm Board, Arapahoe House for Substance Abuse Board, (honored as 2007 Pillars of the Community), Sewall Childhood Development Center, Kempe Foundation for Abused Children, Children’s Diabetes Foundation (honoree at 2011 Carousel Ball), the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the 2010 Villager of the Year, and the Denver Eagle Scout Association.

Feb
8
5:00 pm17:00

Darrell Scott | International Speaker & Author | Rachel's Challenge

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Darrell Scott is an international speaker and author of 8 published books.  Darrell lost his daughter, Rachel, in the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999. 

He is the co-founder of Rachel's Challenge, a nonprofit organization that has reached over 28 million people in the last 18 years in live presentations and trainings.  Rachel's Challenge  currently prevents an average of 3 suicides a week and 7 school shootings have been aborted.   

His organization has won 3 television Emmy awards because of Rachel's story.  He has appeared on Oprah, Larry King Live, Anderson Cooper, Dateline, Good Morning America, O'Rielly Factor, Hannity, and many other television programs.  Darrell has personally spoken to over 5 million people in audiences around the world.

Mar
8
5:00 pm17:00

Lloyd Lewis | President & CEO | Arc Thrift Stores

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Lloyd Lewis has served as president and CEO for Arc Thrift Stores since December 2005. Arc Thrift Stores operates 25 thrift stores and 16 donation stations throughout Colorado. Store operations provide funding to Arc Chapters, which in turn provide advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. arc Thrift Stores is one of the largest employers of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado. http://www.arcthrift.org. This also includes Arc’s additional line of business, Vehicles for Charity.

Lewis is responsible for generating funding to support advocacy for persons with developmental disabilities in the state of Colorado for all Arc chapters. Disabilities include Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, autism, and other forms of cognitive deficit. Lewis’ role includes oversight and management of arc’s 25 retail stores, corporate and support operations and a staff of over 1,600 employees. Arc Thrift Stores is one of the largest employers of people with developmental disabilities in the State of Colorado, and since Lewis’ tenure, has been an employer of other significantly challenged populations as needs arise, including refugees, people from substance abuse programs, people from homeless programs, women from safe houses, etc. Under Lewis’ leadership and partnership with Volunteers of America, Arc’s annual food drive to supply Meals on Wheels and soup kitchens and food pantries has grown to the second largest in the State, and this year over 160 Tons of food were collected and distributed. Under Lewis’ tenure, revenue has grown from $30 million to $80 million annually, and earned income from $2 million to $12 million annually.

He is the father of five children, including a nearly 14-year-old with Down syndrome, and an 12-year-old who has a learning disability.

Lewis currently serves as board chair of the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition and of the Atlantis Community Foundation. 

He was the past chair of the Rocky Mountain Downs Syndrome Association Other past committees/boards include the marketing and resource committee for the Arc of the United States and the Arc of Colorado. He was involved as a board member of Health Team Works and the Stout Street Foundation.

Lewis was the recipient of the Civil Rights Award from NewsEd Corporation for his work with challenged communities. 2006 Outstanding Vision & Leadership Award from the Arc Thrift Stores board of directors; the Arc of Pikes Peak 2007 President’s Award; and a Civil Rights Award from NewsEd Corporation for his work with challenged communities in 2008. He is also the recipient of an award as one of Denver’s “unsung heroes” in celebration of Denver’s 150th anniversary in 2009, and Lloyd and Arc have been named as a 2010 “Change Maker” for the City of Denver Change Maker program sponsored by Ashoka and the City of Denver.

Lewis holds a masters degree from the University of Chicago Graduate Business School, and has prior corporate experience with companies including IBM and Smith Barney. Prior to Arc, Lewis had extensive financial experience, including serving as director of finance for a publicly traded company, and as controller and CFO for a high tech start-up company.


Jul
13
5:00 pm17:00

Wayne Hagin | Award-winning Sportscaster and Former “Voice” of the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals

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Wayne Hagin is an award-winning sports broadcaster with a range of experience unequalled in its scope and variety.  As one of the original sportscasters for ESPN, Mr. Hagin was in the studio the day SPORTSCENTER first aired on 7 September, 1979.  Fulfilling his lifelong dream, Hagin became the youngest broadcaster in Major League Baseball, where his career spanned 28 years, beginning with the Oakland A’s in 1981.  He went on to become the original “Voice of the Colorado Rockies” for their first ten seasons, and after a nation-wide search, Hagin was selected to replace legendary hall of fame broadcaster Jack Buck for the St. Louis Cardinals.

By merit of his work, he was selected by ESPN to broadcast post-season divisional series on numerous occasions. Hagin's experience also includes play-by-play broadcasting for the Golden State Warriors, Colorado State Football, ESPN college basketball, hosting pre and postgame shows for the San Francisco 49ers, as well as being featuring as the voice-over for multiple national commercial campaigns, including Ford and Boeing.  Personally, Mr. Hagin has launched school programs such as"Hagin's Heroes" and "Field of Opportunities", visiting schools while donating computers, holding school assemblies and delivering motivational speeches to students and faculty, and even providing "day at the ballpark" experiences for several students.

Currently, Hagin free lances as a broadcaster, delivers keynote speeches to corporations such as IBM, Century 21, U.S. Air Force Academy, and moderates numerous speaking engagements with professional athletes nationally.

Hagin resides in Colorado with his wife Valerie.

Jun
8
5:00 pm17:00

Joe Ellis | Chairman, President, & CEO | The Denver Broncos

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Joe Ellis is in his sixth season as President of the Denver Broncos in 2016 and his third year as Chief Executive Officer after adding those responsibilities in 2014.

In his 22nd season with the Broncos, Ellis owns extensive experience and expertise at both the club and league level through his 29 seasons in the NFL. Having worked with Owner Pat Bowlen for nearly three decades, Ellis has been entrusted to operate the team with full authority while serving as the Broncos’ representation for all league matters.

Ellis’ leadership skills and business knowledge have helped the Broncos strengthen their reputation as one of the most successful and fan-friendly franchises in all of professional sports. He has earned significant recognition from his peers and throughout the Rocky Mountain Region for the Broncos’ emphasis on community involvement and civic responsibility.

Calling Colorado his home for more than 20 years, Ellis brings a comprehensive understanding of what the Denver Broncos mean to the state and surrounding community. The Broncos’ positive presence and impact in the region during Ellis’ tenure with the team has evoked inspiration and action through numerous flagship partnerships and other community initiatives.

The Broncos enjoyed their 45th consecutive season of sellouts in 2014—the longest active streak in the NFL—as their record-setting home attendance mark at Sports Authority Field at Mile High was complemented by impressive local television rating figures.

On a national level, the Broncos were recognized by a 2014 Harris poll that named the franchise “America’s Team.” Denver’s six national-televised games reached a total of 128 million viewers while more than 1.5 million fans—home and away—watched the team play in person.

The club has made its gameday experience a priority under Ellis, embracing innovation and technology to improve fan engagement, satisfaction and safety. Ellis worked to secure a $30 million investment in Sports Authority Field at Mile High during the 2013 offseason that increased the size of its scoreboard by three times while enhancing all stadium audio/visual elements, suites and concourses.

Ellis also oversaw more than $35 million in major expansions and renovations at the team’s Dove Valley headquarters in 2014. The capital improvement project, which included the construction of a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility, provides the Broncos with one of the most elite training centers in all of sports.

Widely respected within the NFL and the sports industry, Ellis has cultivated strong relationships both locally with community leaders as well as nationally with key league executives and business partners. He has established a solid structure at the top of the organization along with an overall direction that has poised the Broncos for sustained success both on and off the field.

Ellis worked closely with Mr. Bowlen to hire Executive Vice President of Football Operations/ General Manager John Elway in January 2011, bringing back the Broncos’ Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and giving him the responsibility of building a championship football team. He maintains daily communication with Elway as well as Head Coach Gary Kubiak regarding all football matters.

With comprehensive experience in the areas of stadium operations and personnel management, Ellis’ numerous responsibilities with the club’s business operations include overseeing its financial management, marketing and sales, media relations, community relations, ticket operations and facilities.

A driving force behind the opening of Sports Authority Field at Mile High in 2001, Ellis oversees Stadium Management Company (SMC), which operates and manages the state-of-the-art facility.

During his participation in all aspects of the stadium’s administration and development, he has worked very closely with important members of the political, business and civic communities that comprise the cultural fabric of Denver.

Before he was named team president, Ellis spent 2008-10 as the Broncos’ chief operating officer and 1998-2007 as the club’s executive vice president of business operations. He began his 20-year relationship with the Broncos in 1983 as their director of marketing, leading the club’s marketing and promotional efforts for three seasons.

A representative of the Broncos on numerous boards and civic organizations in the metropolitan area, Ellis received his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College in 1980.

Joe and his wife, Ann, have three children: sons Si and Zander, and daughter Catherine.

May
25
5:00 pm17:00

Pete Coors | Chairman | Molson Coors Brewing Company

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Peter H. Coors is vice chairman and chief customer relations officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company.  Pete is a native of the state of Colorado.  He was born on September 20, 1946, in Golden, Colorado.

He graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., in 1965, attended Cornell University where he received his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1969.  He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1970.  He also has received honorary doctorates from Regis University in 1991, Wilberforce University in 1992, Johnson & Wales University in 1997, and Colorado State University in 2011. 

Pete’s professional career in the brewing business follows a Coors tradition that has spanned more than a century and five generations of Coors family members.  He has served in a number of positions at the company.  In 2002, Pete was named Chairman, Coors Brewing Company and Chairman of Adolph Coors Company.  Currently, Pete is Chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company.  In addition, in July, 2008, Pete was named Chairman of MillerCoors, now a division of Molson Coors Brewing Company.

Pete’s outside corporate board of director membership includes Energy Corporation of America and American Enterprise Institute.  He is president and a trustee of the Adolph Coors Foundation.  His numerous and diverse civic responsibilities include serving as a trustee and member of the executive board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the National Western Stock Show Association executive committee.   

Pete is also a member of the International Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, and the Denver Art Museum Foundation.  

Pete is an avid outdoorsman.  Active in wildlife conservation, he serves on the boards of several conservation groups.  Peter is currently a national trustee and also is a former national president and chairman of Ducks Unlimited. 

Pete is the son of Joseph and Holly Coors, and is a great-grandson of Adolph Coors, who founded the Golden brewery in 1873. He and his wife, Marilyn, have six children and thirteen grandchildren.

Apr
27
5:00 pm17:00

Janice Sinden | President & CEO | The Denver Center for the Performing Arts

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Janice Sinden was named President & CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) in August 2016. Janice leads the 300 artisans and administrators who have made the 40-year-old cultural gem the largest non-profit theatre organization in the nation. She will work to welcome the greater Denver community to engage with the six pillars of the DCPA: Broadway, Theatre Company, Cabaret, Off-Center, Education and Event Services.

Previously, she served as Chief of Staff for Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock for five years where she oversaw 60 appointees and 26 departments. Additionally, she served as a lead member of the city’s collective bargaining team, managed the day-to-day complexities of running a major metropolitan city, and raised funds for the Administration’s priority initiatives.

Prior to joining the Hancock Administration, Janice served as the Executive Director of Colorado Concern, an alliance of top executives from across the state with a common interest in enhancing and protecting Colorado’s business climate. She oversaw the organization’s comprehensive legislative agenda, involvement with numerous ballot campaigns and supported a targeted list of statewide candidate elections.

Janice continually draws from her dynamic professional experiences, integrating her personal passion for rich, cultural experiences and access to education with her interest in politics and desire to give back to the community. Her career includes co-founding Pinnacle Public Affairs, a Denver-based political and non-profit consulting firm and serving as the Manager of Community Relations, Corporate Communications for Sharp HealthCare in San Diego. Recognized for her ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, she has coordinated dozens of large public events, facilitated two constitutional challenges to the Colorado Supreme Court, co-founded EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children) and co-led the effort to establish the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline.

Her love for community building and public services began upon her graduation from the University of Northern Colorado when she moved to Washington, D.C. to work for newly-elected U.S. Senator Wayne Allard. In this role, she managed the Senate Renewable and Energy Efficiency Caucus, and served as the Senator’s state lead for the introduction of federal legislation to designate Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site as a National Wildlife Refuge. This legislation passed by Congress and was signed by the President in 2002.

Janice has been recognized by 5280 magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in Denver, by the Colorado Women’s Foundation as one of the 25 most influential women in Colorado, by the Girl Scouts of Colorado as a Woman of Distinction, and by the University of Northern Colorado Department of Political Science and International Affairs as Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. During her career, she has been actively involved with more than ten nonprofits, and currently serves on the boards of Visit Denver, the American Transplant Foundation, the Denver Preschool Program, Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC), ONE Colorado and Mental Health Colorado.

She is a fourth-generation Coloradan who was born and raised in Fort Collins, and she enjoys skiing, hiking, traveling the world, as well as enjoying arts and culture with her friends and family. 

Mar
9
5:00 pm17:00

Paul Andrews | President & CEO | National Western Stock Show and Complex

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Paul Andrews was named President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show and Complex in November of 2010.   Andrews oversees the business operations, staff and venue development for this multi-year event complex and home of the National Western Stock Show, held every January.  Andrews, along with his management team, staff and volunteers, has increased revenues by nearly 9 million dollars and grown the yearly number of events at the complex to 250, up from 120 in 2010.   The National Western Stock Show, 16 day event, has a $100 million dollar economic impact to the Denver Metro area, making it one of the most important events to the state of Colorado and surrounding Rocky Mountain region. The annual agriculture, entertainment and educational event is deemed the super bowl of livestock shows and host to over 42 states and 34 counties in agricultural trade, sales and education.  Andrews leadership of the National Western Stock Show as a non-profit 501©(3) provides over 80 scholarships each year to students in the field of agriculture and rural medicine. 

Andrews and his team are poised for the future of the NW complex as it evolves into a global agricultural and event facility called the National Western Center. The new center will be a 365 day a year celebration of agricultural education and our Western way of life.  Equity partners in the National Western Center include the National Western Stock Show, Colorado State University and the City of Denver. 

A Colorado native, Andrews was born in Denver, Colorado in 1964.  Andrews completed his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wyoming.  Andrews began his career with the Denver Nuggets as an account executive in 1990 at McNichols Sports Arena.  He quickly rose through the ranks and became the Chief Marketing Officer overseeing KSE properties including the Pepsi Center, built in 1999, NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche, NLL Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team and Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids.  In 2005, Andrews was named Executive Vice President of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment.   Andrews is no stranger to breaking ground on major entertainment venues.  He was an intricate part of the development of the Pepsi Center and Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, as well as the Altitude television sports network. Andrews’ innovative business tactics helped create TicketHorse, the in-house ticketing provider for all of Kroenke Sports Enterprises which sells millions of tickets to events each year. Under Andrews’s leadership, the Avalanche sold out an NHL record 487 home game streak and the Nuggets had their most successful sellout streak in franchise history.   

Andrews currently serves on the Western Stock Show Association Board of Directors, Visit Denver Board of Directors, and the Gold Crown Foundation. 

Feb
9
5:00 pm17:00

Philip B. Kalin, President and CEO of Pinnacol Assurance

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Philip Kalin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading provider of workers compensation insurance. Pinnacol is among the country’s largest 25 insurers in the workers compensation marketplace. Mr. Kalin has served as the chief executive of organizations in both public and privately backed companies including large hospital systems as well as healthcare data and technology start-ups. He has been active nationally on healthcare topics related to insurance, data analytics, technology innovation, cost improvement and risk mitigation.

Kalin began his career as a hospital system executive with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. He then served as executive vice president and chief operating officer with Mt. Sinai Health Care System in Cleveland before moving to Colorado to serve as president and CEO of Denver’s Rose Health Care System.

Following his 20 year career operating hospitals, Mr. Kalin was Chairman/CEO of privately funded CustomMed Solutions, a healthcare technology company which was sold to Phycom Corp in 2001. He also served as CEO of the Center for Improving Value in Healthcare (CIVHC). The company received national attention for its work in developing databases and analytic tools designed to bring market forces into healthcare. Additionally, he has served as a leader of a private school and developed senior living communities.

Mr. Kalin received his BS in General Science from the University of Iowa and a MHSA in the Department of Hospital Administration from the University of Michigan.

Mr. Kalin has been active on numerous local and national boards. He is also a proud father/grandfather and a very active road and mountain biker. 

Jan
12
5:00 pm17:00

Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

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Tom Clark is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and Executive Vice President of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Clark’s career spans four decades from Director of Commercial and Industrial Development for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs, through positions with the Fort Collins, Colorado Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Denver Corporation, the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, the Jefferson Economic Council, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Clark’s recent accolades include the 2012 and 2016 Denver Business Journal’s Power Book Award in the Economic Development and Government category and being named the 2012 Denver Post Business Person of the Year.

He holds bachelors degrees in speech and psychology from Minnesota State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Illinois. Mr. Clark was the founder and first president of the Metro Denver Network, the Metro Denver region's first economic development program, for which he received the Arthur D. Little Award for Excellence in Economic Development. In 2007 Clark was awarded the Business Person of the Year by the Colorado Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Dec
15
5:00 pm17:00

Thomas Frey, Founder, Executive Director, and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute

  • Innovation Pavilion

"The greatest value in understanding the future comes from spotting the major cultural, demographic, societal, and economic shifts early and translating them into viable business opportunities," says Tom.

As the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, he has developed original research studies, which enables him to speak on unusual topics, translating trends into unique opportunities.

Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 100 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and many more.

Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, the Boulder Daily Camera has referred to him as the "Father of Invention". The Denver Post and Seattle Post Intelligence have referred to him as the "Dean of Futurists".

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High I.Q. society over 99.9 percentile).

Tom has been a columnist for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, and Boulder County Business Report, and is the author of the 1998 book "Inventions of Impact". He currently writes a newsletter entitled "News from the Future" and has written numerous articles on a wide range of futurist topics. He has also been a contributing writer for The Futurist Magazine and is the Editor of the Impact Lab, an online emerging technology blog which was recently rated by Popular Science Magazine as one of the "top five science blogs in the known universe".

Click here to learn more about Tom.

Nov
10
5:00 pm17:00

Jamie Van Leeuwen, Executive Director of the Global Livingston Institute and Senior Advisor to Governor Hickenlooper

  • Innovation Pavilion

Jamie Van Leeuwen currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Governor Hickenlooper after almost four years as Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Community Partnerships.  Leading up to the Hickenlooper administration, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign.  He is also the founder and CEO of the Global Livingston Institute, a non- governmental organization in East Africa designed to engage students and community leaders to develop innovative solutions to poverty and is a Senior Research Fellow with the Buechner Institute at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs.  He became a Fulbright Scholar in 2013.

Prior to his role in the public sector, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as the Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, a Colorado non-profit agency serving homeless and at-risk youth.  During his tenure at Urban Peak he was appointed to serve a two-year term on the National Council for Youth Policy for the National Network of Youth.   He is a graduate of Leadership Denver (2002), Emerging Leaders (2003), and Leadership Arts (2004) and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University of Denver, University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver.  Jamie was selected in 2005 as a Livingston Fellow by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Board to cultivate his leadership in the non-profit community in Colorado and in 2006 was named one of “Forty Under Forty” by the Denver Business Journal.  

Since 2009, he has worked to develop a research and learning institute for students and community leaders in Uganda and Rwanda.  He is the recipient of the 2009 “Judy Kaufman Civic Entrepreneurship Award” from the Denver Foundation, the 2010 Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Alumnus of the Year, and named in the 2011 Power Issue of the Out Front magazine as a leader in Lesbian & Gay community.

Oct
20
5:00 pm17:00

Stuart Sanderson and Stan Dempsey, Jr. – the Colorado Mining Association (CMA)

  • Innovation Pavilion

The Opportunity Coalition is pleased to have Stuart Sanderson, Consultant to the Colorado Mining Association (CMA), and Stan Dempsey, Jr., the current President of CMA, as our featured Speakers for the month of October!

Join us for an educational and informative night about the industry that accounts for more than $8.8 billion in revenue for Colorado and more than 73,000 jobs statewide.  See you there!

Stuart Sanderson, Consultant to the Colorado Mining Association

Stuart Sanderson, Consultant to the Colorado Mining Association

Stan Dempsey Jr., Consultant to the Colorado Mining Association

Stan Dempsey Jr., Consultant to the Colorado Mining Association

Sep
15
5:00 pm17:00

Cynthia Coffman, Colorado Attorney General

  • Innovation Pavilion

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman serves as the State’s 38th Attorney General and is the second woman to hold this office.  Since being elected in November of 2014, General Coffman has focused on community outreach, consumer protection and protecting pulic safety and Colorado’s sovereignty.

General Coffman began her tenure at the Colorado Department of Law in March of 2005 when she was appointed Chief Deputy Attorney General. She proudly served in this role for 10 years, acting as chief of staff and chief operating officer for the largest law firm in the State of Colorado. While performing as Chief Deputy, Colorado Law Week recognized General Coffman’s accomplishments by naming her as the Best Public Sector Lawyer in September 2012.

In 1997, General Coffman’s first job in Denver was working for the Colorado General Assembly’s Office of Legislative Council. She staffed the Senate Judiciary Committee and assisted with a study of the state’s adult parole system. After a brief time in private practice, Coffman joined the senior management team at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There she served first as the agency’s Director of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and later as its Deputy Executive Director. She gained extensive experience with environmental issues related to air and water quality, hazardous waste regulation, environmental health and with health issues including disease control and epidemiology, chronic disease prevention and public health systems. General Coffman moved to the State Capitol in 2004, where she had the honor of serving as Chief Counsel to Colorado Governor Bill Owens.

Coffman’s legal career began more than 25 years ago in the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. As a courtroom attorney, she defended the state’s juvenile justice system and public health department. Later working as attorney for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, she acted as the primary liaison with the victims and their families following the 1996 domestic terror attack in Olympic Park.

A native Missourian, General Coffman graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked in development for children’s hospitals and pediatric research for several years before completing law school at Georgia State University in Atlanta.

As Colorado’s 38th Attorney General, Cynthia H. Coffman maintains a commitment to her office’s mission of providing ethical, professional and independent legal services to the State of Colorado and all of its citizens.

Aug
11
5:00 pm17:00

Richard L. Monfort, Owner/Chairman & CEO of the Colorado Rockies

  • Innovation Pavilion

Dick Monfort enters his 19th season with the Rockies franchise and in 2016 he continues in his role as Owner/Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the club. A Colorado native, Monfort and the Colorado Rockies Ownership Group have established the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club as a leading organization in the Rocky Mountain Region in both the sport and business of baseball.

Brothers Dick and Charlie Monfort have done extensive community outreach through their family-directed Monfort Family Foundation. In September 2004, the Monfort Family Foundation, gifted $10 million dollars to Children's Hospital Colorado for the construction of a new medical facility in Aurora, Colo. The oncology floor of the new hospital is named in memory of Rick Wilson, a cousin of the Monfort family. In addition, the family funded an artwork, photo and Rockies memorabilia display to enhance the seventh floor of the hospital. The foundation is a longtime provider of funding and endorsement for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Denver and Weld County. In 2012, they matched dollar for dollar on fans' collected contributions for Coloradoans devastated by summer wildfires. Also active in higher education, the Monfort family supports the Monfort School of Business at the University of Northern Colorado and the Monfort Excellence Fund at Colorado State University; both impact students, faculty and the Northern Colorado community through scholarships for exceptional students and support of outstanding faculty. Other organizations that have benefited from the Monfort family's years of philanthropic work include CU Cancer Center, Craig Hospital, United Way, the Denver Art Museum and Habitat for Humanity.

In January 2012, the Monfort brothers headed an investment group that purchased the Casper Ghosts, the Rockies affiliate in the Pioneer League now located in Grand Junction, Colo. Individually, Monfort was the 2008 recipient of the United Way of Weld County Humanitarian of the Year Award-an award his father, Kenny Monfort, received twenty years earlier. Monfort is currently the Chairman of the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of Directors of University of Colorado Health and Chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission.

Monfort spent 25 years in the cattle business, primarily with his family's company. He became president of Monfort of Colorado, Inc., in 1987 and joined ConAgra Red Meats in 1991 as the president & CEO. After retiring from ConAgra in 1995, he helped launch the Montera Cattle Co. in 1996. Currently, he owns the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. 

A 1976 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Monfort has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. In May 2012, Colorado State University President Tony Frank awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Monfort in recognition of his significant contributions to Colorado industry and higher education. Also in May 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship by Johnson & Wales University.

Born April 27, 1954, Monfort makes his home in Greeley, Colo., and he has three children: daughter Lyndsey (and son-in-law Aaron Graber) and sons Walker and Sterling.
 

Jul
14
5:00 pm17:00

Brian Vogt, CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens

  • Innovation Pavilion

Brian Vogt has been the CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens since April 2007.  His 25 years of community leadership and an extensive background in fundraising, organizational management, communications and branding, cultural development and volunteer coordination have proven invaluable as the Gardens engages in a historic capital campaign and the subsequent build-out of its new Master Development Plan.  By the end of 2010, over 30 construction projects and nearly $50 million dollars worth of investments will have been made, in just over two years, at the Gardens, including the Mordecai Children’s Garden, the new parking complex, the Bonfils-Stanton Visitor Center and the Greenhouse Complex.   

Brian served in three Cabinet positions for the State of Colorado from 2004 through January of 2007, including all three years as Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT). In these positions, he oversaw a wide range of economic development activities, including domestic and international business development, small business programs, as well as the Colorado Tourism Office, Colorado Council on the Arts and the Colorado Economic Development Commission. Under his watch, services offered by OEDIT supported the creation of over 30,000 new jobs in Colorado.  He also led a statewide branding initiative, worked with the State Legislature to pass historic economic development legislation in 2006, created the Advance Colorado Center and built a statewide communications system.

Brian also served as a member of the Governor’s Commission on Science and Technology, and as the Governor’s designee on the Colorado Economic Development Commission and the Financial Review Committee.  Simultaneous to his role as Director of OEDIT, he served for over a year as the Acting Secretary of Technology and as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.  He was a member of the Governor’s Homeland Security and All-Hazards Senior Advisory Committee.

Brian is a second-generation Colorado native and holds a BA degree in Classical Antiquity from the University of Colorado.  Prior to working for the State, Brian spent 14 years as the President of the South Metro Chamber of Commerce and four years prior as its Vice President for Economic Development. 

He is a writer, painter and hiker.  In his career, he has delivered over 1,000 speeches, written numerous columns and articles, and traveled to all 50 states and 30 countries. 

Jun
16
5:00 pm17:00

Aaron Harber, Host, The Aaron Harber Show

  • Innovation Pavilion

Aaron Harber hosts “The Aaron Harber Show TM” (HarberTV.com and bit.ly/ShowDemo) and “The Aaron Harber ShowColorado Business News TM” --- seen on KCDO-TV (K3 Colorado --- Channel 3), COMCAST Entertainment Television (CET), KPXC-TV (ION Television, ION Media Networks), other cable and satellite channels, and the Web.  

From 2002 to 2009, Aaron served as the host of “The Aaron Harber Show” on KBDI-TV Channel 12 (Colorado Public Television) -- a meticulous look at the issues of the day --- and its “Capitol Report” special editions.  He also has developed the concept for “Blind Justice” --- a critical examination of America’s Legal System --- which is expected to be in development for some time due to his other commitments.  

Due to the national and international focus of his program, “The Aaron Harber Show ,” in 2010 Aaron also was named the host of a new KCDO-TV (K3 Colorado Channel 3) series, titled “The Aaron Harber Show: Colorado Now!” which had  a focus on Colorado opinion- and thought-leaders, events, and organizations.

In 2014, Aaron was the moderator of “Colorado Election 2014,” the nation’s first such joint venture between a major newspaper (The Denver Post) and an over-the-air commercial television station (KCDO-TV Channel3).  The public affairs series was formally announced by The Denver Post (bit.ly/CO2014) and also was broadcast by COMCAST Entertainment Television and ION television (KPXC-TV).  To inform citizens, a record-setting total of 75 half-hour public affairs programs were produced and broadcast in the series.

In 2015, Aaron began serving as the moderator of a second statewide weekly program, “The Aaron Harber Show: Colorado Business News” on KCDO-TV Channel 3, COMCAST Entertainment Television, and ION Television.  While his regular weekly program continued to concentrate on national and international guests and issues, the focus of “Colorado Business News” was on business activity in the Rocky Mountain region, with an emphasis on economic and financial issues and stories in Colorado.  This was done in conjunction with the Denver Business Journal, the State’s primary business publication, which was a content partner in the broadcast initiative.

Aaron also is an occasional columnist for the State’s major political publication, “The Colorado Statesman,” and served in the same capacity previously for The Denver Daily News.  His writings are available on the television program’s Website -- HarberTV.com as well as at The Huffington Post (HuffingtonPost.com/aaron-harber).  His columns have been distributed by numerous publications, including The Washington Post online.

May
19
5:00 pm17:00

Jerry Healey, Owner, Publisher, & CEO of Colorado Community Media

  • Innovation Pavilion

Jerry Healey is Owner, Publisher and CEO of Colorado Community Media. Colorado Community Media builds stronger communities by helping people enjoy a better life through creating relevant and useful connections. It does this by delivering hyper-local content to 16 Denver-metro communities through its 17 print publications, websites, social media and digital offerings. It has more than 300,000 weekly readers and is Colorado’s largest Local Community Media Outlet.

Jerry has been involved in publishing on and off since graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in marketing. His first positions were with The Miami Herald and then The Providence Journal.  In 1990, he purchased his first weekly newspaper with his wife, Ann, and through acquisitions built it to three. In 1997, he sold the newspapers and Jerry worked with the new owners helping create Colorado Community Newspapers.

In 2000, Jerry received a Master of Science in Management degree from the University of Denver where he later became an adjunct professor. He owned a Vail-based, high-end glass-and-mirror shop, was a Mergers and Acquisitions advisor and a volunteer with the Rocky Mountain Cleantech Open. At the Cleantech Open, he trained startups how to succeed with their solar, wind, biofuels, battery storage, air and water businesses and helped launch more than 50 startups that have raised millions of dollars.

In 2012, he formed Colorado Community Media. During the past four years, the company has integrated operations, launched new websites, redesigned the print products, rolled out many digital advertising offerings and increased Colorado Press Association awards fourfold. A little-known fact is that Colorado Community Media has five newspapers more than 100 years old with the oldest — the Golden Transcript — celebrating its 150th birthday this year.

Jerry and his wife, Ann, have a son who is a freshman at Montana State University and two daughters — one who lives in the area working for corporate at Floyds 99 Barbershops and another working for ESPN in Connecticut. Jerry enjoys his family time, skiing, boating, body surfing, travel, good music and his restored 1972 red MGB.

Apr
14
5:00 pm17:00

Katie Behnke & Kristin Strohm, The Starboard Group

  • Innovation Pavilion

The Starboard Group is a premier political and non-profit consulting firm with offices in Colorado and Washington D.C. Whether tasked with raising millions of dollars for candidates seeking federal office or breathing new life into dynamic non-profits, the Starboard Group has delivered.

Katie Behnke

As comfortable practicing her shot on the family ranch in Moffat County as she is on the campaign trail, Managing Partner Katie Behnke has never been one to mince words. This straight-shooting style has served Katie well as she executed a number of successful political and fundraising campaigns throughout her career.

Katie has advised a veritable who’s who of Colorado politics. Senator Elect Cory Gardner, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Lt. Gov. Jane Norton, Congressman Mike Coffman, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, State Senate Majority Leader Mark Hillman, Aurora Mayor Ed Tauer, U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Gov. Bill Owens have all, at one time or another, counted on Katie for her sage advice and hard work. Most recently, Katie served as the Finance Director and Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Cory Gardner’s U.S. Senate race.

Katie’s independent Western spirit, combined with her love of Colorado, led her to co-found The Starboard Group in 2008. A fourth-generation Coloradan, Katie serves as the Denver board chair for the March of Dimes, the Regional Chair for Teneo, the Colorado Leadership Board for Maverick PAC and is on the National Thought Leaders Advisory Council for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. She also volunteers her time with several non-profits in the region.

Kristin Strohm

Known for her ability to maintain grace under pressure, Managing Partner Kristin Strohm’s poise, confidence, and creativity give her an edge in the fast-paced world of politics. These attributes, combined with Kristin capacity to take the fifty-thousand view of any situations and quickly craft a thoughtful and effective strategy, have served her well throughout her career.

After working as the director of development for the Metro Denver Sports Commission, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing premier sporting events to the Mile High City, Kristin co-founded the Starboard Group in 2008 to marry her love of politics with her desire to give back to the community.

Kristin is intimately acquainted with Colorado’s local businesses, foundations, and non-profits. Kristin is past board chair and was a six-year board member of the Women’s Bean Project, an organization dedicated to helping lift women out of poverty and unemployment. She also serves as co-chair of the Seed to Sprout fundraising campaign for the Bean Project. In 2015, she joined the Boy Scouts of America Executive Board of the Denver Area Council. In addition, Kristin serves on the board of the Strohm-Link Family Foundation. 

In 2013, Kristin received the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award, which recognized her as one of Denver’s young, dynamic, up-and-coming leaders under age 40. 

Mar
17
5:00 pm17:00

Media Industry Panel

  • Innovation Pavilion

The Opportunity Coalition is pleased to host a panel featuring the following three media industry moguls at This Month's Event on Thursday, March 17th. 

JOHN STRASSNER - Former Senior Vice President at Fox 31 News
HOLLY GAUNTT - Vice President of News for KDVR/KWGN
BYRON GRANDY - Former General Manager for KMGH ABC 7

With 80+ years of combined experience, Strassner, Gauntt, and Grandy are sure to capture your attention with their behind-the-scenes look at the industry that keeps us informed.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Feb
25
5:00 pm17:00

Walker Stapleton, Colorado State Treasurer

  • Innovation Pavilion

Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton's roots run deep in Colorado, his family has been actively involved in Colorado since the early 1900’s. As Colorado Treasurer, Walker continues this proud family tradition of community leadership.  

Until being sworn in as Colorado’s 43rd State Treasurer on January 11, 2011, Treasurer Stapleton served as CEO and CFO of various private and publicly traded companies. His extensive private sector background in finance has uniquely prepared him for the job of State Treasurer.

The duties of the Colorado Treasurer’s office include, investing Colorado’s tax dollars, overseeing the unclaimed property division, which distributes property back to its lawful owners, and serving on the board of our Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA).

Walker envisions a more fiscally responsible and effective state government.  His priorities as Colorado’s Treasurer are to safely and prudently invest Colorado’s tax dollars, reform Colorado’s PERA, and bring a higher level of accountability and transparency to government.  

In 2014 Treasurer Stapleton was named one of America's top 24 rising political stars by the Aspen Institute. He received the Aspen Institute's prestigious Rodel Fellowship, a program designed to bring together elected officials who have demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse.

Walker, his wife Jenna, son Craig, and daughters Colette and Olivia live in Arapahoe county. Treasurer Stapleton's community efforts include serving on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and the Denver Metro Council of the El Pomar Foundation. His wife Jenna is on the Board of Advisors of ACE Scholarships. Together, on a volunteer basis, they are involved in many other Colorado charities.

Walker graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts, and he holds a graduate degree in business economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jan
13
5:00 pm17:00

Jared Wright, CEO & Publisher of The Colorado Statesman, Featured Cartoonist, and Former GOP State Representative

  • Innovation Pavilion

Passionate about the art form of cartooning and its unique and powerful form of expression since childhood, Jared Wright currently serves as the CEO and Publisher for The Colorado Statesman. While he is now quite happy to be an outside observer of the process, Jared is also quite experienced inside the career of politics. He started down the political track when he obtained his B.A. in political science from Colorado Mesa University in 2006, and served as the elected student body president in his junior year at the institution. Out of college, he went on to work in politics at both the state and federal levels, serving on a U.S. Congressman's staff. Jared was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2012 and served one term as member of Colorado's 69th General Assembly from 2013-2014. Jared is happily married with a young child. He prefers to spend every spare moment he can with his family. He is also a seasoned outdoorsman and thoroughly enjoys the wonderful environment Colorado has to offer.

Dec
16
5:00 pm17:00

Tim Jackson, President/CEO of the Colorado Dealer's Association

  • Colorado Automobile Dealers Association

Tim Jackson serves as president/CEO of the Colorado Auto Dealers Association, the trade association for 260 new car and truck dealers across the state.  As the chief staff officer of CADA, Tim advocates for issues of importance to franchised new car dealers, business and employment issues and fights for entrepreneurial freedom in the legislative process.  

CADA provides training and education, legislative and regulatory advocacy, member services and legal compliance support for Colorado’s auto dealer community.   For the prior seven years, Tim served as state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), small business advocacy organization, with 600,000 members nationally. 

Tim has a personal goal to visit as many Rotary Clubs as possible in the US.  So far he has spoken to 120 of the Colorado’s 140+ Rotary Clubs, some as many as four times and presented, recently, to Rotary Clubs, in Long Beach, CA and in Washington, DC.  Tim offers one of the most popular Rotary presentations.

Tim and his wife, Beverly, reside in Denver.  They have two grown children – a daughter, who is a private practice attorney, and a son, who relocated to Japan for five years to teach German and English to Japanese students.

Tim is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a frequent speaker on business and auto industry issues

Nov
19
5:00 pm17:00

Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion

  • Innovation Pavilion
Lindell Pic 2015.jpg

Maj Gen retired Jay Lindell is the Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. His responsibility is to promote aerospace and defense industry economic development in Colorado. He has been in his current position since November 2013.

Gen Lindell is a 1978 graduate of the Air Force Academy and went on to serve over 33 years in the Air Force retiring 1 January 2012. His graduate education includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University and numerous professional military and executive education programs. 

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Oct
15
5:00 pm17:00

Are Your Employees On Fire At Work?

  • Innovation Pavilion

Eric Chester, Award-Winning Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author

There is a war for talent taking place on a global scale, and the future belongs to forward-thinking organizations that are focused on creating and sustaining a dynamic and compelling workplace culture.

Since 1998, Eric Chester has been the leading voice in attracting, managing, motivating, and retaining the emerging workforce. As an in-the-trenches workplace researcher and thought-leader, Chester, has now cracked the code on the tactics and strategies today’s companies that are recognized as “best places to work” in their respective industries are using to win the talent wars.

On Fire at Work: How Great Companies Ignite Passion in Their People Without Burning Them Out is Eric’s 4th leadership book.  His previous release, Reviving Work Ethic – A Leader’s Guide to Ending Entitlement and Restoring Pride in the Workforce (2012) is the first business book on developing soft skills core work ethic values since 1904.  He is the Founder of The Center for Work Ethic Development and created a work ethic training curriculum that is being taught at hundreds of schools, colleges, workforce centers, and organizations all over the world.

Eric Chester has delivered more than 2000 paid keynote speeches on three continents and is a 2004 inductee into the National Speakers Association’s acclaimed Hall of Fame.  Companies that have invited Eric back multiple times to keynote annual conventions and meetings include Harley Davidson, McDonald’s, Sprint, Great Clips, and Wells Fargo, to name a few.

DATE: Thursday, October 15th, 2015
TIME: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
LOCATION: The Innovation Pavilion
9200 E. Mineral Avenue, Centennial, CO 80112

Sep
24
5:00 pm17:00

Bob Schaffer, Principal of Liberty Common, Chairman of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and former Congressman

Bob is the Principal at Liberty Common High School (grades 7 – 12) – a charter high school and junior-high school in Fort Collins, Colorado.  The school is ranked as Colorado’s top-performing high school.  

Since 2003, Bob has been Chairman of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, a non-profit corporation providing economic education and civic-leadership training in Colorado.  He is a Trustee of Yorktown University.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado League of Charter Schools.

Bob is the immediate past Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education, representing Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District from 2006 to 2013.

From 1997 until early 2003, Bob represented Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.  Upon his retirement from the Congress, Schaffer was awarded the Benemerenti Medal by Pope John Paul II.  

Bob left the Congress to honor a voluntary term-limit pledge he had taken when he first ran.  Thereafter he became vice-president for business development at a Denver-based energy company where he was involved in a variety of conventional and renewable-energy, mining and education projects.  Bob was the Republican nominee for a United States Senate race in 2008.  

From 1989 to 1995, Bob owned and operated Northern Front Range Marketing and Distribution, a small marketing business serving Colorado’s tourism industry.  

Beginning in 1987, Bob served nine years as an elected Colorado State Senator, where he was Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman of the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee, and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Education Committee. Having just turned 25 when he was sworn in, Bob was the youngest person to serve in the Colorado State Senate.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Bob graduated from Archbishop Moeller High School and the University of Dayton.  He received an honorary doctorate in Management from Colorado Technical University.  He holds a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do conferred by Grandmaster Jhoon Rhee.  

By appointment of Pope John Paul II, Bob is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Northern Lieutenancy.  He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 1214 in Fort Collins. Bob and his wife Dr. Maureen Schaffer (electrical engineer) have five children.  Three are warriors – Jenny Schaffer is a Captain in the US Army.  Her twin sister Emily Allen is a Captain in the US Air Force, as is her husband Casey Allen.  Justin Schaffer was recently honorably discharged upon completing service in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer. Sarah and Mary attend Liberty Common High School where their dad is the principal.  The Schaffers are Roman Catholic and members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Aug
20
5:00 pm17:00

William J. Hybl, Chairman & CEO of The El Pomar Foundation

  • 9200 E Mineral Ave Centennial, CO, 80112 United States

William J. Hybl is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of El Pomar Foundation.  Hybl has also been engaged in a variety of public service activities. He is Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (Senior). In 2008, Hybl was confirmed by the United States Senate as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on Public Diplomacy, a position he was appointed to by President George W. Bush. He was reappointed by President Barack Obama on June 1, 2011. Hybl was originally appointed to serve on the Commission from 1990-92 by President George H.W. Bush. He was reappointed by President William J. Clinton and served from 1993-1997, including four years as Vice Chairman.

In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Hybl as U.S. Representative to the 56th General Assembly of the United Nations. In addition, Hybl was Chairman of the Board of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) from 2003-2009 and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Chairman.

Hybl has also held many positions in international sport. He is President Emeritus of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). He served twice as President and led the United States Olympic Team Delegations at the 1992 Olympic Games in Albertville, France, and Barcelona, Spain. In 1998, he led the U.S. Team at the Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan and in 2000 in Sydney, Australia. Hybl also serves as Chairman of the U.S. Olympic Endowment. He was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

Hybl is Vice Chairman of the Board of BROADMOOR Hotel, Inc., and Chairman of the Air Force Academy Foundation and The Hundred Club of Colorado Springs. He is a Life Trustee for Colorado College,and serves on the boards for Garden City Company, FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado, and Mountain States Employers Council.

In 2003, he was named Citizen of the West by the National Western Stock Show of Denver.

Hybl is a graduate of Colorado College, and earned his J.D. at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder. He was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 1972-73, and was Special Counsel to President Ronald Reagan in 1981. He and his wife Kathleen have two sons and six grandchildren.

Jul
30
5:00 pm17:00

Joe Hodas, CMO of Dixie Brands

With 20 years of experience in consumer marketing tactics and a cross-functional approach to brand leadership, Joe has a broad skill set across media relations, channel strategy, branding, marketing, advertising, social media, investor relations, crisis communications, events development and community relations. And one day he decided that it might be fun to put those skills to use in helping to build the future of cannabis with Dixie Brands as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). 

As CMO, in addition to fielding thousands of pot jokes and requests for volunteer “tasters,” he heads up an organization of professionals who are helping to define what adult use marketing of marijuana can and should be.  Before his adventures on the green side, Joe served as a partner and Executive Vice President of Channel Management at Vladimir Jones (VJ), one of the largest and oldest independently held advertising agencies in Colorado. While at VJ, Joe managed a team of 20 paid, owned and earned media experts that brought brands to life for clients in market segments such as energy, healthcare, tourism and retail with cumulative budgets in excess of $20 million.

Prior to joining VJ, Joe served as VP, communications for private equity firm Consumer Capital Partners (CCP), where he oversaw communications for emerging brands like Smashburger, as well as established names like Quiznos. Joe honed his PR chops as senior director of corporate communications for Frontier Airlines. As Frontier’s primary spokesperson, he was the public face for the airline, coordinating all of Frontier’s unpaid or “earned” media efforts. In addition, he oversaw Frontier’s internal communications, investor relations, government relations and community relations efforts.


Disclaimer: 
The Opportunity Coalition was formed as an educational forum to advance open dialogue and communication on important and relevant topics focused on free enterprise, entrepreneurship and business collaboration. The views or opinions expressed at the forums are solely those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent the views of The Opportunity Coalition, the Founder & CEO, and/or members of our Advisory Board. The presentations at the forums, or the presence of speakers, panelists or vendors, do not constitute an endorsement of the vendor or speaker's views, products or services.

Jun
25
5:00 pm17:00

Entrepreneurial Panel featuring Gayle Dendinger (Founder & CEO of Cap Logistics & Icosa Magazine), Robin Wise (President & CEO of Junior Achievement) and Vic Ahmed (Founder of the Innovation Pavilion)

GAYLE DENDINGER
President & CEO of Cap Logistics and Icosa Magazine

Gayle Dendinger is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of CAP Logistics.  He has been in the expedited freight services industry more than 30 years.  Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, CAP Logistics operates one of the most extensive and comprehensive domestic and international heavyweight and emergency transportation and distribution networks.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska and has done post-graduate work in entrepreneurship at the University of Denver.
 
Recognizing the need for a venue for Colorado leaders to better work with each other, he founded The Colorado Business Roundtable in conjunction with the twenty-three state roundtables and the Business Roundtable in Washington.
 
A great believer in the power of collaboration, he has established ICOSA Media, a media services company entailing publishing, video production and a radio program. Those services are made available to ICOSA collaborative partners to promote leadership, share the message of collaboration, and to empower business leaders.
  
Gayle was recognized with the 2011 Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year Award from the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce. CAP Logistics received the 2008 Denver Metro Chamber Small Business of the Year award, the Governor’s Export Award in 2008, and the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Corporate Stewardship Recognition in 2007.  In 2005 they earned the U.S. Department of Commerce Export Achievement Certificate and the Colorado Ethics in Business Award.
In 2004 the company earned the Colorado Performance Excellence Foothills Award (State-level Baldrige Award for Excellence in Approach).


ROBIN WISE
President & CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain

As the President & CEO of Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc., Robin Wise provides leadership and vision for the largest economics education organization in the region. Under her direction, the organization inspires student success through three vital pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and workforce readiness.

Since Robin took the helm in 1992, the organization has grown from reaching just 8,000 students in the 1990/91 school year to reaching over 125,000 students in the 2014/15 school year. Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc. is currently the 8th largest JA operation in the nation. JA’s hands-on, K-12 programs, utilize nearly 6,000 business volunteers throughout Metro Denver, Northern Colorado and Wyoming.
JA has logged several top honors under Robin’s leadership, as well.

2013, 2011, 2006, 2004 Entrepreneurial Achievement Award, MetLife
2012 Top Company of the Year Winner – Nonprofit Sector, ColoradoBiz Magazine
2010 Ethics in Business Award Winner, Samaritan Institute
2008 Top Company of the Year Winner – Nonprofit Sector, ColoradoBiz Magazine
2004-2012 Peak Performance Award, Junior Achievement USA
2001 Nonprofit of the Year, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Robin honed her skills over 29 years in leadership and management positions at major corporations and nonprofit organizations. Prior to JA, Robin held executive positions at Northern Natural Gas and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Robin has been selected as one of the 2016 Top 25 Most Powerful Women by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Robin was nominated as a brave leader in Colorado business and politics through the Leadercast Series. In 2012 the Denver Business Journal named Robin the top newsmaker in Foundations and Education, and in 2007 named her “Outstanding Woman in Business”. Robin was recognized as a 2011 Athena Award Finalist by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  In 2006, Robin won the prestigious “Charles R. Hook” award, which recognizes outstanding leadership in the growth and development of a JA area, and in 2003 was named a Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts Mile-Hi Council.

Other notable memberships and involvements include:

  • Vice Chair, Colorado Lottery Commission
  • Board member, Public Education and Business Coalition
  • Board member, Commerce Bank
  • Director Emeritus, Colorado Open Foundation
  • Women’s Forum
  • Past Gubernatorial appointee Consumer Credit Code Commission
  • Past Gubernatorial appointee to Colorado’s Workforce Development Council
  • Delegate, Colorado gubernatorial trade missions to Great Britain, South America and the Czech Republic
  • Dean’s Leadership Council for the UNC Monfort College of Business (2008-2013)

Robin received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  When she’s not working with educators, business leaders and JA’s talented staff to achieve JA’s mission, Robin likes to golf and spend time with her husband and two sons.

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VIC AHMED
Founder & CEO of Innovation Pavilion

Vic Ahmed is a serial entrepreneur that has built several companies from scratch with his unique ability to translate ideas into sizable business opportunities. He has consistently demonstrated the commitment and energy required to raise angel, venture and private equity funding with world-class teams.

In both large corporations and startups alike, Mr. Ahmed formed a reputation as a visionary by articulating concepts and plans to investors, employees, partners, and customers alike. A leader that is hands-on, results-oriented, technically skilled and experienced, he is at home in a high-growth, high-tech business environment. He has raised tens of millions of dollars and managed hundreds of employees, with the ability to quickly adjust to market changes by balancing between strategic planning and focused execution.

Mr. Ahmed is currently the Founder and Chairman of the Innovation Pavilion, an 80,000 sq ft entrepreneurial incubator that has already helped launch over 80 companies, he is the CEO of BusinessGenetics, the world’s first scientific methodology and tool for describing business to gain a precise understanding of an organization.

He serves on the boards of the Colorado Governor’s Innovation Commission, he Secretary of Technology of Colorado’s IT Commission, ICAST – a nonprofit focused on sustainable development in under served communities, as well as ACE the joint venture between CAMT, NASA and NREL. He is a Co-Founder and Chairman of TiE-Rockies and the former Chairman of the Colorado Technology Association (CTA). Vic earned BSC degrees in Computer Science and Systems Engineering from Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, and has participated in numerous management programs including Stanford University’s Executive Leadership program.

May
14
5:00 pm17:00

Susan Morrice, Founder & Chairwoman of Belize Natural Energy

  • 9200 E Mineral Ave Centennial, CO, 80112 United States

SUSAN MORRICE
Founder & Chairwoman, Belize Natural Energy

Grounded by her love of nature Susan Morrice lives to create positive change in the world. As an experienced geologist, explorer and dealmaker Morrice is renowned for her down-to-earth approach. She has a passion for the protection of our precious environment and a vision of uncovering the true potential of everyone with whom she meets and works.

Belize Natural Energy (BNE) has grown from just a dream seven years ago to today being a global oil industry beacon that has transformed a nation in Central America - an amazing success story when you consider that 96% of the BNE workforce are Belizean and just seven short years ago there was no infrastructure or skilled oil industry labour in the country.

After 50 unsuccessful dry holes by leading oil explorers, BNE is today the No.1 revenue generator in Belize and has become recognised as a international beacon for its Holistic Business Model.

The BNE Trust has invested in schools, community projects and infrastructure as well as creating a culture of business innovation, supporting many Belizeans by co-signing for loans for business start-up.

Recently international award include: GetEnergy Global Education and Training in Exploration (2013), competing against 40 other countries and companies, Green Company of the Year (2011) and Employer of the Year (2012).

Morrice has also applied this same Holistic Business Model to her investment in XJet in Denver, a 7-star service private jet company which, under the direction of Josh Stewart, has been awarded No.1 Private Aviation Company in the Americas. XJet has also just been given the coveted licence in the New Dubai Airport beating all the long established industry players.

Apr
16
5:00 pm17:00

Chris Wright, CEO of Liberty Resources

  • 9200 E Mineral Ave Centennial, CO, 80112 United States

CHRIS WRIGHT
CEO, Liberty Resources

Chris Wright is CEO of Liberty Resources, a Bakken-focused E&P company with unique expertise in well completion and stimulation technologies and CEO of Liberty Oilfield Services, LLC, an oilfield service company specializing in hydraulic fracturing with operations in North Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming.

Chris completed an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and then performed graduate work in Electrical Engineering at both UC Berkeley and MIT. Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and for 14 years served as CEO and Chairman. Pinnacle created the hydraulic fracture mapping industry via its success in developing and commercializing tiltmeter fracture mapping and microseismic fracture mapping. Pinnacle also sold and developed the world's most widely used fracture modeling system, FracproPT, and provided consulting services. Pinnacle's most significant achievement was its lead role in the innovation of fracturing practices that led to commercialization of shale gas production -- initially the Barnett Shale with Mitchell Energy.

Chris has consulted and taught courses on all six inhabited continents and authored or co-authored over 60 technical papers and articles. He has received numerous industry awards and several U.S. patents. Chris was Chairman of Stroud Energy prior to its sale to Range Resources in 2006. Chris is a director of TAS (industrial energy technology company), Kerogen Exploration, PyraMax Ceramics, Liberty Oilfield Services, and Liberty Resources.

Mar
19
5:00 pm17:00

"Women to Watch in Colorado" - Special Q&A Panel

  • 9200 E Mineral Ave Centennial, CO, 80112 United States

MODERATOR:
DEBBIE BROWN | 
Director, Colorado Women's Alliance

PANELISTS:

HEIDI GANAHLFounder & CEO, Camp Bow Wow

BETH BOWLEN WALLACE
Special Projects Director, Denver Broncos

TAMRA WARD | President & CEO, Colorado Concern


MODERATOR: DEBBIE BROWN
Director, Colorado Women's Alliance

Debbie Brown, a marketing and communication strategist, directs her expertise to political opportunities with a reputation for clarity of purpose and results. Debbie has directed the strategic plan, messaging, marketing and collateral material production efforts for advocacy organizations and candidates. 
 
As the Executive Director of the Colorado Women’s Alliance, she develops strategies, messaging and infrastructure focusing on issues that matter most to women. Her work has been featured on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, BBC News World Have Your Say, SkyNews, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, and the New York Times.
 
Debbie is a consultant for Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, working to provide state-wide outreach and coalition-building strategies to educate on the importance of abundant, responsible and affordable energy development in Colorado at a time when energy innovations, like fracking, are misunderstood and under attack. 


PANELIST: HEIDI GANAHL
Founder & CEO, Camp Bow Wow

Heidi Ganahl is the founder and CEO of Camp Bow Wow, the largest pet care franchise in North America. Through her personal and professional tragedies, from the loss of her young husband to losing a million dollar insurance settlement, Ganahl has faced extraordinary adversity. She responded by turning her life-long passion for dogs into Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s largest pet care franchise company, and created the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and health of dogs. Ganahl and her first husband Bion conceived the idea of starting a doggy day and overnight care business born out of their love for dogs and the need for a market alternative to the bleak conditions of the traditional kennel environment. Unfortunately, shortly after Heidi and Bion finished developing the Camp Bow Wow business plan, Bion was killed in a tragic plane crash, while in an open cockpit stunt plane for his 25th birthday.
 
The untimely death had a paralyzing effect on Heidi and sent her into a downward spiral – albeit temporary.  She then lost almost the entire $1 million settlement from Bion’s crash in a complicated custody battle for her daughter, unreturned loans to friends and family, a series of bad investments, and the failure of two start-up businesses. Finally, in 2000, as a single mom with only $83,000 of the dwindling settlement left, Heidi was encouraged by her brother to take a leap of faith and start Camp Bow Wow. She invested the last of her savings -- $83,000 -- and opened the first camp in Denver in the Fall of 2000.  In 2003 Ganahl started franchising the concept and has sold over 150 franchises! Today, Camp Bow Wow is one of the largest woman led franchise companies, one of the largest and fastest growing brands in the pet industry, the largest pet care company in the world and an $80 million leader in the $53 billion United States pet sector.  Outside of leading Camp Bow Wow, Heidi is involved in many programs at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Leadership Program of the Rockies, and runs Moms Fight Back, a nonprofit empowering moms to make social change, and the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, Camp Bow Wow’s 501c3 focused on lending a paw to animals in need.  Heidi is also the proud mom of Tori, Hollie and toddler twins, Jack and Jenna!


PANELIST: BETH BOWLEN WALLACE
Special Projects Director, Denver Broncos

Beth Bowlen Wallace, Director of Special Projects for the Denver Broncos, has a passion to support the community that has been so loyal to the Denver Broncos. Her work includes supporting Colorado based nonprofits and charitable foundations. Beth played an integral role indevelopment of the Ring of Fame Plaza at Sports Authority Field and the recently commemorated statute of her father, Pat Bowlen.
 
Prior to her work at the Denver Broncos, Beth owned and operated Social Butterfly, LLC, an event planning and management firm located in Honolulu, HI. Her company earned the nod for "Best of" by Honolulu Magazine in 2007 and 2008. Additionally, while in Honolulu, Beth worked for Team Unlimited, LLC, assisting in the creation and operation of the first ever XTERRA mountain bike and triathlon event which has now grown to an international event represented in over 30 countries. From 1998-2000, Beth worked for Nike, Inc., directing marketing and event planning services for Niketown in the Denver metro area.  Beth received a BS in Sociology from the University of Colorado and is currently completing her final year of law school at the University of Denver. 

Beth has embraced various public speaking opportunities in Denver and feels a call to encourage young adults and women. Beth is a member of the Greenwood Community Church, and she serves on the following boards: Colorado Uplift, Urban Youth Ministries, Tennyson Center for Children, and the Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation. She most recently has become involved with the Alzheimer's Association and other related nonprofitssupporting the research for the disease.
 
Beth is an avid equestrian, showing in the hunter and jumper disciplines throughout the western United States.  She also enjoys running, hiking, skiing, yoga, and water sports. Beth is married to John R. Wallace.


PANELIST: TAMRA WARD
President & CEO, Colorado Concern

Tamra Ward is the President and CEO of Colorado Concern, a business advocacy association of more than 100 chief executives from across the state.    
 
Before joining Colorado Concern, Tamra was the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce where she was responsible for the development and execution of a local, state and federal government relations and political strategy that met the needs of the organization’s 3,000 member businesses, as well as executing an organization-wide internal and external communications plan that benefitted the Chamber and all its affiliates.  Ward also is known for her work as the business community lead on statewide ballot measures. Since 2005 she has led efforts to raise $18.8 million for three successful campaigns to support or defeat measures viewed as helpful or harmful to Colorado’s economic climate.  While at the Chamber Ward also provided oversight and management of the Colorado Competitive Council (C3), a separately funded statewide business advocacy affiliate created by the organization in 2006.
 
A 1990 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Journalism and Slavic Studies, Tamra’s career began on Capitol Hill, where she served as Assistant Press Secretary for Senator Alan Simpson, Press Secretary for Representative Craig Thomas, and Deputy Chief of Staff following Thomas’ election to the Senate in 1994.  Prior to moving to Denver, the Wyoming native served as the Vice President of Marketing and Development for Columbia Hospital for Women, a private, not-for-profit hospital in Washington, D.C.
 
Building on a personal interest in serving Colorado, Tamra has been involved with the Daniels Career Coaching Program, the Junior League of Denver,  and served on the Board of Directors of Hope Communities, Inc, an affordable housing provide in Northeast Denver.  She is a graduate of the Chamber’s Leadership Denver Program, and was named by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s “40 Under 40” – an annual list of Denver’s up and coming business leaders.   Tamra also represented  the First Congressional District (Denver) on the State Board for Community Colleges and Occupational Education and served on the City of Denver’s Commission to End Homelessness.  Ward is Chair of the Foundation Board of Porter Adventist Hospital, is a member of the History Colorado Board of Directors as well as Mile High United Way, and was named a 2006 ”Women of Distinction” by the Mile High Chapter of the Girl Scouts.

Feb
19
5:00 pm17:00

Douglas Jackson, President & CEO of Project C.U.R.E.

  • 9200 E Mineral Ave Centennial, CO, 80112 United States

Douglas Jackson, PhD, JD
President & CEO

Dr. Douglas Jackson serves as the President/CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately three semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Project C.U.R.E. is consistently recognized with the highest Four Star ranking from Charity Navigator, and was named by Forbes as one of the top 200 charities in America.

In addition, Project C.U.R.E. sends teams of medical professionals to assist partner hospitals and clinics through the successful C.U.R.E. Clinic program, and provides hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical supplies to traveling doctors and nurses in the form of C.U.R.E. Kits. Recently, Project C.U.R.E. pioneered the design of Kits for Kids, a backpack filled with the items that mom’s in developing countries need to care for their children. More than 15,000 people volunteer with Project C.U.R.E. every year, making the organization one of the most efficient and effective grass-roots organizations in the country.

In addition to his work at Project C.U.R.E., Dr. Jackson has taught at the university level in the disciplines of finance, investments, leadership development, legal and international issues. Most recently at the Korbel School for International Studies, Douglas designed and implimented a graduate course entitled “From Disaster to Development: The Appropriate Response to International Crises.” He is a frequent speaker and lecturer to colleges and universities, as well as civic, corporate and community organizations.

Dr. Jackson is a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, and was the President of the Denver Rotary Club #31. He serves on the Board of Directors for InterAction, WorldDenver, The Nanda Center for International and Comparitive Law at the University of Denver, and the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professionals at Regis University. He is a member of the National Who’s Who, Registry #57689, and a graduate of leadership program LEAD San Diego. Past service includes the Institute for International Education which administers Fulbright Scholarships, Leader’s Challenge, and a Ruling Elder of Cherry Hills Community Church (EPC). Dr. Jackson received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Healthcare from the American Red Cross, the Civis Princeps recognition from Regis University, the 5280 Magazine Philanthropist of the Year, and accepted the CoBiz “Best Places to Work” and Colorado Ethics in Business Award on behalf of the team at Project C.U.R.E.

Douglas graduated magna cum laude from Northwest Nazarene University in 1982, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. In 1985, he earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the study of law. In 1992, he was awarded a Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance and econometrics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, authoring a dissertation on leveraged buyouts and secondary public offerings.  Douglas is a member of the Alpha Delta Sigma and the Beta Gamma Sigma national honor societies.

Following his admission to the bar, Douglas administered the legal affairs for the international agricultural firm of CTB, Inc., a Birkshire Hathaway company. Upon the completion of his Ph.D., Douglas opened the Fermanian Business Center at Point Loma University in San Diego, California. As Executive Director, Douglas developed and implemented numerous programs and seminars to advance business opportunities for college students and business professionals in the San Diego community and abroad. In 1995, Dr. Jackson assumed the role of Provost at Colorado Christian University. In this capacity, he oversaw the academic, financial, operational, advancement and student life functions of the university.

Douglas lives in a converted warehouse in LoDo, Denver. He is dad to three beautiful daughters and is the son of Chief Uzoma of Nkume, a Nigerian honor bestowed on his father for Project C.U.R.E.’s work in Africa.