K.J. McCorry is the founder of eco-officiency which offers sustainability consulting services to small and medium businesses. She specializes in sustainability planning, assessments and employee training. K.J. is also a current instructor for the Sustainability Practices program at the University of Colorado Boulder Environmental Center, and serves on the University of Colorado Denver Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council. She is a contributing author to Simple Path to Sustainability; Green Business Strategies for Small and Medium Sized Businesses released in 2011. Additionally, she currently serves as co-President of CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy) (www.corecolorado.org) and as Board of Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org). She has been avid environmentalist for over 25 years cultivating sustainability within her own personal and professional lives.
Terri Hayes is Executive Director of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center located in Monument, Colorado. As the owner of 10 ‘til 2, a part-time staffing company, Hayes says she has seen first-hand how both businesses and community can benefit from the many avenues a Chamber membership offers to make valuable connections and partnerships.
A resource partner with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. The Denver Chapter of SCORE provides counseling, workshops and other resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses in locations throughout Colorado.
The Colorado SBDC Network is a partnership between the Small Business Administration and the State of Colorado. The Colorado SBDC Network is comprised of 14 Centers around the state that provide free confidential one-on-one counseling and free or low-cost training programs to small businesses. The Colorado SBDC Network has been servicing the Colorado small business community since 1984.
Principal of BRC Real Estate Corporation since founding the company in 2007, Michael Bright serves as a member of the company’s Commercial Sales Team. Bright’s primary focus is on sales and leasing in the retail industry, as well as working with individuals, small companies and large firms in both selling and securing retail sites. Among his specialties, Bright also assists with lease negotiations, environmental remediation, supply contract negotiation and compliance issues. He also has extensive experience in dealing with foreign investors, specifically those from Korea.
The mission of Mi Casa Resource Center is “to advance the economic success of Latino families.” Through entrepreneurial training, business counseling, and mentoring, the Mi Casa’s Denver Women’s Business Center assists socially and economically disadvantaged women and other populations of Denver and its surroundings cities achieve lasting economic stability."
Celebrating 90 years of forging business relationships, the South Metro Denver Chamber offers unprecedented benefits and opportunities to help regional businesses prosper. Through its 70+ programs, committees, and major events offered annually, our Investors reap the benefits of building strong ties among the South Metro Denver area business community. The energetic membership, combined as one, is a significant force and part of successfully shaping the Colorado lifestyle we love. We welcome this opportunity to present our perspective regarding the current business climate.
Steve Dyer, President of the Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce, has served the community in his present role for the past four years. Dyer’s expertise includes Retail Management, Marketing, Sales and Economic Development. Before joining the Chamber, he was Vice President and Membership Director for the Garden City Area Chamber of Commerce, serving in each position for five years.
Pam Ridler has served as the President/CEO of the Castle Rock (CO) Chamber of Commerce for twelve years. Prior to her position with the Castle Rock Chamber, she served for six years as the Vice President of the Fort Collins (CO) Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dan Rodriguez is a bestselling author, small business expert and executive director of the Parker Chamber of Commerce.
Jennie Nevin founded Green Spaces in 2009 in New York City. Green Spaces provides flexible and collaborative work space for socially and environmentally conscious start-ups. She now runs the Colorado location, and has launched the Green Route, an outreach initiative of Green Spaces to showcase the top green businesses in the Front Range.
As the Executive Vice President of Operation for Forté Human Resources for the last 12 years, Amy Hertling-Johnson has been responsible for delivering a full service, outsourced Human Resources Department service to over 70 Colorado organizations ranging in size from 3 to 750 employees.
Andrew Hudson, founder of Andrew Hudson's Job List, is considered an expert in helping people manage their careers and in assisting job seekers to find the career of their dreams. Hudson is a full-time job-seeking consultant and has advised hundreds of job seekers as they navigate their way through job listings, networking strategies, resumes, cover letters, head hunters, interviews and job negotiations. Previously he served as the Director of Advertising and Marketing for Frontier Airlines. From 1995-2003, he served as the Director of Communications for the City of Denver under Mayor Wellington E. Webb and from 1991-1995 was the Director of Public Affairs for the Regional Transportation District.
Michael Norton is the former president of the motivational and personal development training company Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of www.candogo.com, a sales productivity tool that helps salespeople close more sales—and close them faster. He is a resident of Highlands Ranch.
NavPoint Real Estate Group is a comprehensive commercial real estate services firm providing wide array of services including Exclusive Brokerage Representation, Property/Asset Management, Consulting, and Investment Services throughout Colorado and the Western U.S. covering all commercial property types. NavPoint will bring an acute local knowledge combined with national reach to every client assignment.
Patricia Silverstein is the president and chief economist of Development Research Partners, a Jefferson County, Colorado-based company specializing in economic research and analysis for local and state government and private-sector businesses.
Vickie Thomas, President of The Thomas Group, is a speaker, trainer and coach in the areas of branding, marketing and leadership. For over 20 years she has worked with small businesses, professionals and non-profit organizations to harness the power of their brand.
Stephen Wiggs is the Owner of Colorado Tax Solutions, Inc., a full service tax and accounting firm specializing in assisting tax payers that are in trouble with the IRS since 1996.
David Miller is president of The Denver Foundation. Established in 1925, The Denver Foundation is a community foundation dedicated to inspiring people and mobilizing resources to strengthen the seven-county Metro Denver area.
Maureen Shul, elected first mayor of the City of Castle Pines after leading the effort to incorporate Colorado's newest city, now serves as president of the Castle Pines Economic Development Council. Shul brings to the Castle Pines Economic Development Council the same foundational goals she brought to the new city as mayor; a responsiveness to the needs of existing businesses as well as an innovative approach in attracting new development through partnerships and collaborative solutions.
Patricia Kummer has been an independent certified financial planner for 25 years and is president of Kummer Financial Strategies Inc., a registered investment advisor in Highlands Ranch.
Tad Lyle is president of Planning Resources, Inc., a Denver-based company specializing in business exit planning and wealth management. Tad has been working with business owners of many sizes and types for more than 25 years and has been recognized as a top wealth planner in Colorado by publications such as 5280 Magazine and ColoradoBiz.
Susan Grattino is the owner of Korat Marketing, LLC. She is a strategist and writer in Denver. Her firm specializes in market research, marketing plan development, marketing communications, and providing sales enablement services for technology companies.
Edward F. "Ned" Frazier is president of Frazier International with more than 30 years worth of HR experience. Frazier International manages the HR function on an outsourced basis for business owners so they can focus on growing their business and do what they do best.
Debbie Evercloud, president of Aspenheart Economics, is an economist who teaches at the University of Colorado Denver and Webster University. For the past 15 years, she has been working as an instructor, author, and curriculum consultant in economics education.
Goodwill Industries of Denver seeks to reverse the cycle of poverty through career preparation and skills training for at-risk youth, struggling families and individuals with disabilities. Through its thrift retail operations and community programs, Goodwill is ensuring that every individual in our community has the opportunity to live to their fullest potential and overcome barriers to success and self-sufficiency.
Rohn Goldstein is the CEO of the nearly 3,000 member South Metro Denver REALTOR® Association. He previously sold real estate in the south metro area for many years and became the Managing Broker of some of the area's largest brokerages.
Tom Binnings, a senior partner with Summit Economics, has been practicing in the field of applied economics since the late 1970s. In addition to a strong background in analytics, he brings strategic perspectives to all of his work, especially public/private initiatives and business and real estate projects. Today he gives speeches taking the macro-economic and global picture down to the micro industry or regional level and teaches at Regis University as an adjunct professor.
Jeffrey Campos is a Partner at DNS Solutions a full service professional staffing firm that specializes in consulting, contract, and permanent recruiting for companies nationwide. A seasoned industry executive, his knowledge of corporate cultures and emerging markets, along with his trusted network, he is able to bring client companies an unmatched talent pool of candidates.
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