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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.