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November 2019 University of Colorado Regent, Chance Hill.  His presentation is titled: A Conservative War Cry: Why Free Speech on Campus Matters To Our Nation's Future!

Chance will discuss the problems associated with a lack of free speech on many college campuses nationwide juxtaposed by an abundance of Leftist indoctrination and extreme political correctness,  Americans of all ages and demographics should care about viewpoint diversity on campus undergirded by a culture that sincerely values freedom of speech--so that students can explore a variety of perspectives and decide for themselves as they forge their own belief systems.


Chance Hill

Regent
University of Colorado

Bio:

Chance Hill is a University of Colorado Regent and Colorado Springs employment attorney, working as an associate with the law firm Sherman & Howard LLC. 

Before becoming an attorney, he served for three years as an officer and analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), including a brief undercover assignment in the Middle East. While working at the agency, Hill also wrote analytical products for the president and the National Security Council, and briefed senior State Department officials.

Hill served six years in the Navy, including a one-year deployment to north-central Iraq. Although he had fulfilled his active-duty military commitment as a naval intelligence officer, Hill deferred his acceptance to graduate school and volunteered to serve in Iraq.

Previously, Hill was the intelligence officer with an F-18 strike-fighter squadron. His first of two deployments took him throughout Asia and the Middle East aboard the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier before supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom; the second, to Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan, to help maintain a regional U.S. presence in the event that conflict broke out on the Korean peninsula or between China and Taiwan. In both instances, Hill briefed pilots regarding possible enemy threats and helped plan missions for real-world operations. The Navy then ordered Hill to United States Forces, Korea, in Seoul as the Theater Ballistic Missile/Weapons of Mass Destruction Analyst, charged with assessing North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.

Hill earned two Exceptional Performance Awards while with the CIA. As a military officer, he earned two Joint Service Commendation Medals and a Navy Achievement Medal, among other awards. He also was nominated twice by his Commanding Officer to be Navy Intelligence Officer of the Year for the entire U.S. Navy.

Hill graduated in 2001 from Dartmouth College, where he served as student body vice president. He also graduated with honors from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in 2010 and from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015 as a selected member of the editorial board of the law review.
October 2019 Randy Welsch, local entrepreneur, Co-founder and President of Jibu  His presentation is titled: How Entrepreneurs are Solving One of the World's Gnarliest Problems.

Randy founded Jibu to bring clean water to Africa through local entrepreneurship. His presentation shared how Jibu is using entrepreneurship and capitalism to change life in Africa

Randy's powerpoint: Jibu - Local owners driving lasting solutions



Randy Welsch

President, Co-Founder
Jibu


Bio:
Randy is Co-founder and President of Jibu, which equips and capitalizes emerging market entrepreneurs to sell affordable drinking water to underserved urban communities using a franchise model. Jibu’s quick scaling (launching about one new business owner per week across 6 African countries and over 2,000 points of sale since 2014) is fueled by a contextualized integration of franchisor and banking services that is pioneering a more powerful way to blend capital from private investors, charities, and governments for more profitable and lasting outcomes.


Randy is a leader and entrepreneur with highly diverse experience and perspective. He also is an impact investor with a broad international portfolio. His past experience includes launching successful software and space industry businesses, C-suite executive management, significant non-profit work, professorships, and extensive mentoring.

Randy lives in Colorado Springs but has spent significant time in Africa and other continents the last few decades.
August 2019 Our August speaker was Tammy Fields from the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC will be our presenter. Her presentation is titled: A City Rising: Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

There are many areas of our region that are excelling and Tammy shared her insights into the economic growth we are currently experiencing as well as the goals for the future. She also gave an update on the familiarization tour (aka FAM Tour), which are national site selection consultants that Colorado Springs will be hosting the 1st week of August. They will be scoring our region for site locations for potential employers looking nationwide.



Tammy Fields
Senior Vice President
Economic Development
Co Springs Chamber of Commerce & EDC

Bio:
Tammy has 25 years of experience working economic development in Colorado Springs.  For the past 17 years Tammy has been one of the top “faces” of economic development in Colorado Springs and has been instrumental in helping to attract over 28,000 jobs to the Colorado Springs community.  As a native of Colorado Springs, she has a passion and love for the community she promotes every day to key employers considering Colorado Springs as a place to grow their business.  Tammy was selected as a 2009 Women of Influence by the Colorado Springs Business Journal. She currently serves as the Board Chair for the Economic Development Council of Colorado, is a member of the Board of Directors for the Southern Colorado Commercial Brokers, a graduate of the Leadership Pikes Peak 2013 Signature Class and the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute Class of 2019.

Tammy has been married to her husband Dan for 39 years and lives in Falcon, CO.  She enjoys riding and showing reining horses, helping run their small cattle operation, and spending time with her 8-year-old grandson.
May 2019

Our presentation this month was a panel discussion titled, Employees vs. Volunteers.

We are pleased to have three professionals from the non-profit sector to discuss how we can better attract, encourage and retain our employees. The techniques for attracting volunteers for organizations that require a non-paid work force must use a variety of methods to keep those volunteers. As business owners and professionals there are many ways we can learn how to do the same thing with our employees. Being able to keep qualified, trained staff is much less expensive than looking for new staff. We'll discuss the best ways to do this and how we can improve the morale in our work place environments.

Panelists:
-Jon Karroll, former TV anchor for KRDO 13,  has recently moved to the organization Special Kids, Special Families, He has worked with volunteers and has been a volunteer over the course of the last two decades. He has many insights into this topic.
-Charlotte Long, Alzheimer's Association of Central Colorado, depends almost completely on volunteers for all of their services. She has been a volunteer herself in a variety of roles and now depends on them. Her suggestions will be quite helpful.
-Barbara Barfield, is the Zone Coordinator for the combined Federal Campaign. A United Way-like fundraising drive on behalf of military and federal employees. She would not be able to raise the funds on behalf of our military families without the resources from the volunteers who assist her with her duties.

We hope you can join us!"


 

   
Jon Karroll   Charlotte Long   Barbara Barfield
Special Kids, Special Families   Alzheimer's Assoc of Central Colorado   Zone Coordinator
Federal Campaign

Bios:
Jon Karroll
After more than 25 years of broadcasting news at KRDO TV, Jon Karroll left the anchor desk to embark on a new career in the nonprofit sector. Jon was hired on March 4 to be the Development & Communications Manager for Special Kids Special Families. SKSF provides services for children and adults with disabilities and respite care for their families and caregivers. Jon’s role focuses primarily on raising funds and awareness to help support SKSF in its mission to promote, strengthen and support individuals with disabilities.

Charlotte Long
Charlotte is the Development Manager at the Central Colorado Alzheimer’s Association where she and her team of volunteers raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s and other dementias through signature events. Charlotte leads volunteers to increase awareness, holding events throughout the year encouraging local community members to participate in fundraising events that double as public awareness campaigns. 

Charlotte started out as a four-year volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. She started working with those that had the disease in an early onset group, then became a Chair for the Memories in the Making Art Gala and a Co-Chair for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. At the same time, she was a volunteer with the Senior Center as a Chair for the Friends of Senior Center fund-raising group, SOS.

Barbara Barfield
Barbara Barfield has been the Executive Director of the Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain, Three Rivers - Western Pennsylvania and Northern California Combined Federal Campaigns, the annual government employee fundraising drive.  Ms. Barfield’s responsibilities include strategic planning, fundraising support, volunteer coordination, charity engagement, communications, public relations, and administration.  Presently she manages the Mountain States CFC, a consolidated five state campaign zone.  Since 2001, her campaign leadership has resulted in over 85 million dollars raised for local, national and international human health and welfare charities.  She has been recognized at White House awards ceremonies for outstanding campaign leadership and has served as a national mentor and trainer on behalf of the Office of Personnel Management.
April 2019 An update on the state of the city of Colorado Springs, by newly re-elected Mayor John Suthers.


Mayor John Suthers
City of Colorado Springs


Bio:
John Suthers was elected the 41st mayor of Colorado Springs by an overwhelming majority on May 19, 2015.

Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management to the City of Colorado Springs.  Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015.  Under Suthers’ leadership, the Colorado Attorney General’s office earned a national reputation for excellence.  In 2012, he was awarded the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.  In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million.

In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties.  For the next eight years he managed the largest and most productive prosecution office in the state of Colorado.  During that time he also served as President of the Colorado District Attorney’s Association and President of the El Paso Country Bar Association.

A lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, Suthers attended grade school here and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and in the top quarter of his law school class at the University of Colorado.  After graduation he returned home and became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs before spending ten years at the law firm of Sparks, Dix and Enoch.

John's wife Janet also grew up in Colorado Springs, earned her MBA from UCCS and is retired from Agilent Technologies.  She is a lifelong community volunteer including service on the District 12 School Board and the City Planning Commission.  John and Janet have two accomplished daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

March 2019 Mr. Alex Berenson, author of Tell Your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

This event will be our chapter's March event.

There is no cost to attend this event.  Please register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tell-your-children-the-truth-about-marijuana-mental-illness-and-violence-tickets-58376411418

February 2019 A panel discussion titled: Techniques to Master Networking.

Networking needs slight adjustments based on the industry a person may be working in, they will each offer tips of their trade based on their clientele and years of experience using successful techniques in their specific areas. The rest of the time will be given to encourage attendees to practice these ideas and to provide better and more effective connections within our own group.


Creed Spillane
Managing Broker, Principal
Quantum Residential Group, LLC

Kevin Spotts
Senior Account Executive
Comcast Business

Steve Haney
President
Provident Lending Corp


Bios:

Creed Spillane:
Creed Spillane is a Principal and Managing Broker of Quantum Residential Group, LLC, a one-stop marketing solution for builders, sellers, and buyers. Their team brings a level of expertise and service above and beyond what you would find in the average real estate sales representation, from the original concept to the final closing. His experience and knowledge of the Front Range real estate market allows him to offer clients the best counsel and guidance appropriate to their needs today and to the needs they anticipate in their future.

After 3 years in Sales & Marketing with The Broadmoor Hotel, Creed volunteered for 2 years of missionary work in Albania for his church, during which time he also facilitated them in their land development needs. Upon his return, he began working with the Broadmoor Development Company as a Marketing Specialist selling the upcoming luxury projects of The Broadmoor Brownstones and The Broadmoor West Residences. These projects met unprecedented success being completely sold-out before completion. He worked 3 years with Broadmoor Development Company for the duration of these projects, in conjunction with the real estate agency Broadmoor Properties. Creed then participated in the creation of Flying Horse Realty in January 2007 and managed their marketing needs until July 2016, exclusively marketing the developments of Flying Horse and Forest Lakes.

Creed and his wife are raising their five children in the city they love, Colorado Springs.

Kevin Spotts:
Kevin  graduated from Ricks College and Brigham Young University and has served in many areas of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints including Bishopric, Young Men’s President, Boy Scout leader, Elder’s Quorum President and Employment Specialist.   Kevin ran a successful insurance agency for several years and sold life and health insurance before coming to Comcast Business.  Kevin has been one of the top sales representatives with Comcast for the past 7 years and he is currently a trainer and mentor for the company.  He is consistently in the top 3% of sales reps nationwide.  He is married to Lori and they have 4 children.  The oldest is currently attending BYU-Idaho.

Steve Haney:
Steve is known as The Mortgage Doctor.  He is an expert in the field of mortgage lending and is the go-to guy in Colorado.  He has often been described as a true professional, a man of integrity, and someone who always does the right things for the right reasons.  Steve is a regular guest speaker on several local radio shows and is endorsed by the Consumer Advocate.

A lot of people think that Steve is just in the business of loaning money, but he doesn't see it that way.  He is helping his clients to create the largest single debt that most of them will ever have in their lives.  He feels both a professional and moral obligation to help them manage that debt to fit into their short and long-term investment goals.  As a result, he takes a financial planning approach to the mortgage business.

While he is an expert on all types of loans, his passion is for The Reverse Mortgage Program, because of what it can do to help seniors and their families.  Because of his expertise in this unique area of banking, many banks refer their reverse mortgage clients to him.  He is recognized as an expert and sought after by financial planners and seniors from all over the country to help solve their needs.

Steve earned a business degree at Brigham Young University.  He has four adult sons, two of whom have served in the military.  He believes strongly that America can be strengthened by returning to core Christian values and by strengthening families.

He loves fishing, hunting, camping and helping  young men by working with the Boy Scouts of America.

January 2018

Daniel R Ricks, CPA of Marc A. Boyce, CPA and Associates, PC.  His presentation was titled: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – A brief explanation of the new tax law and how it might affect charitable giving.

The new tax law has significant changes for both businesses and individuals.  Over 46 million taxpayers itemized their deductions for 2017, this number is expected to drop to around 18 million taxpayers for 2018.  Without itemized deductions many taxpayers will lose the tax benefits of charitable giving.  A few strategies will be presented to maximize the tax benefit of charitable giving.              


Daniel R Ricks, CPA
Marc A. Boyce, CPA and Associates, PC


Bio:
Daniel R Ricks was born in Rexburg Idaho.  He served a mission at the age of 19 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Texas Houston South Mission.  Daniel graduated with an associates degree from Ricks College, a bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.  Daniel has been married to Katie Burgess for 11 years.  They have four children ranging from nine months old to eight years old.
 
Daniel has worked for Marc A. Boyce, CPA and Associates PC (formerly Wiechmann Boyce & Associates, LLP) since January 2013.  He became a licensed Certified Public Accountant in February 2015.  Daniel focuses on taxation for small and medium size businesses and individuals.
December 2018 President Daniel K Stevenson, President of the Colorado Springs Mission.  His presentation was titled: Give as He Gave—Living a Christlike life in the business world.


President Daniel K Stevenson
Colorado Colorado Springs Mission


Bio:
Daniel K. Stevenson was born in Henderson, Nevada and livedin North Las Vegas until the age of 14, at which time his family moved to southern California where he went to high school. He served a mission at age 19 for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Switzerland Zurich Mission.  In 1983 he graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Accountancy degree, with an emphasis in Taxation.  He was a licensed CPA in the state of California and spent most of his career doing international corporate tax planning for multinational corporations.  He began his career with the public accounting firm of Arthur Andersen but spent most of his career in private industry.  He was Vice President of Tax of Beckman Coulter, Inc., a medical device company and became a Tax Director of Danaher Corporation, a Fortune 100 company, when Danaher acquired Beckman Coulter in 2011.

President Stevenson retired from Danaher in June 2017 to accept a three-year assignment as the president of the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  In the church he has previously served as astake president, bishop, high councilor, stake mission president,and seminary teacher.

In 1980 he married Ann Marie Elizabeth Karg and they have been married for 38 years. They have five children, all of whom are now married, and have 16 grandchildren. They raised their family in Chino Hills, California.

 

November 2018 A panel discussion titled: Collateral Damage: The Unintended Consequences of the Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado.

On November 7, 2000, Colorado voters approved Amendment 20, which amended the State Constitution to allow the use of marijuana in the state for approved patients with written medical consent.  The enactment of Colorado Amendment 64 in November 2012 allows limited sale and recreational use of marijuana in the state. Recreational sales began on January 1, 2014. Marijuana remains a federal schedule I controlled substance and is illegal to possess or sell per federal law and the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).

What have been the unintended consequences since Colorado legalized marijuana?  In 2017, the Colorado Springs Chapter of the BYU Management Society held an event to explore these issues.  On November 15th, we will examine these issues in greater detail.  Our panelists will share their expertise and perspectives regarding the impact of the legalization of marijuana in the following areas:

  • Public health -   health effects of marijuana, the cost to society and the effects on our citizens
  • Public safety – law enforcement challenges, the black market, criminal activity, and the illegal exporting of Colorado marijuana domestically and internationally
  • The harmful effects of high potency marijuana on our children.  Teen drug use and suicide.  How do we protect and educate them?
  • Politics, taxes and collateral damage

Please join us for this very important event!

Panelists:

-Diane Carlson Robinson, Co-Founder, Smart Colorado
-Sheriff Bill Elder, El Paso County Sheriff's Office – Colorado
-Ken Finn, M.D., President and Founder, Springs Rehabilitation, P.C.

Moderator:  Scott Pann

 

Diane Carlson-Robinson
Co-Founder, SMART Colorado
Sherriff Bill Elder
El Paso County Sheriff
Ken Finn, M.D.
President and Founder
Springs Rehabilitation


Bios:
Diane Carlson-Robinson, Founding Leader of Smart Colorado:
Diane is a founding leader of Smart Colorado, a citizen led nonprofit organization, that formed after marijuana was legalized for recreational adult use.

Smart Colorado has been the primary voice advocating for and securing important protections for Colorado kids. These include:  limits on marketing and advertising, requirements on childproof packaging, labeling and warnings, identification and marking of marijuana edibles, and securing funding and support for youth education and prevention, and data collection on youth impacts.

Diane has participated in all aspects of the policy and regulatory-making process.  And she continues to serve on Colorado’s statewide marijuana education committee. Diane’s past work experience includes: financial and policy analyst at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and building and running a successful human resources company in New York City.

For years, Diane has been actively involved in Colorado public schools.  She has held executive positions in organizations focused on youth success while championing and challenging policies impacting K-12 education, and the health and welfare of Colorado youth.  She is the mother of five children ages 17 to 28, including a child that suffered from intractable epilepsy.   

Diane has a B.A. in History/Economics from the University of Maryland, and a Masters of Public Policy from Harvard.

Sheriff Bill Elder, El Paso County Sheriff's Office – Colorado:
Bill Elder was raised in Colorado Springs, attended Russell Middle School, graduated from Palmer High School in 1975, and attended Pikes Peak Community College (EPCC at the time) and UCCS.


He began his career in public service in 1976 working with E&E and Mountain Valley Ambulance Services as a dispatcher and Emergency Medical Technician.  His law enforcement career started as a volunteer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1978.  He was hired full time in January 1979 and graduated from the CSPD Police Academy later that year. Bill spent the next 20 years serving under four different Sheriff’s, holding assignments from Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Along with many years as a patrol deputy, he was assigned to the Investigations Division, managed the Communications Center and both Civil & Fugitive Divisions.  After his promotion to Lieutenant, he served as a Patrol Shift Commander. His last assignment was in the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division.  As a Lieutenant and an acting Captain, he supervised one of the largest multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the state of Colorado.

During his 20 year career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, he received numerous awards and commendations.  He has also served on many boards and committees to include 9-1-1 Emergency Response Policy Board of Directors, Not One More Child Coalition, Regional Elder Abuse Task Force and Domestic Violence Coalition of the Pikes Peak Region.

After leaving the Sheriff’s Office, Bill obtained his Colorado Real Estate License.  He built and ran a highly successful real estate business.  In 2010, Bill joined the Fountain Police Department as the Commander of Police Operations and subsequently was appointed as Deputy Chief of Police, supervising all Law Enforcement functions for the agency.

Bill Elder was elected as the 28th Sheriff of El Paso County in November 2014.

Ken Finn, M.D., President and Founder, Springs Rehabilitation, P.C.:
Dr. Finn graduated from SMU in 1986 and UT-Houston Medical School 1990.  He is a graduate of the University of Utah PMR Residency program and has been a practicing Pain Medicine physician in Colorado Springs for 24 years.

Dr. Finn served on the Colorado Governor’s Task Force on Amendment 64, Consumer Safety and Social Issues Work Group and Colorado’s Medical Marijuana Scientific Advisory Council for 4 years.  Currently he serves on the American Board of Pain Medicine’s Exam Council (2001) and Executive Board (2012).  He is also involved with the Colorado Pain Society and Colorado Medical Society which have been helpful in passing recent legislation pushing back on the opioid epidemic.  Locally, he has been involved on the El Paso County Medical Society Board of Directors for 4 years. He works with our local law enforcement, DEA, and has also worked with Tom Gorman at Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

Dr. Finn has been speaking publicly on the Colorado experience with marijuana, particularly in the face of the opioid epidemic and was fortunate enough to have testified to the Canadian Senate a few months ago on their marijuana bill, followed by an invite to speak to the Georgetown School of Medicine.  He had an article printed in both Missouri Medicine and Utah Physician last month that will also be printed in Colorado Medicine and Practical Pain Management in the coming months.  This article was also sent to the 50,000 members of the Texas Medical Association.  He finds it critical that medical providers understand the evidence and sequelae of this new “addiction-for-profit” industry and what Colorado has learned over time. He believes we need to what we can to protect the citizens of our state from a public health and safety perspective.

Sponsored by:



Riverwoods Mill, Inc. is a high-end architectural millwork and casework manufacturer for commercial, civic, religious, healthcare, and residential building projects.  We specialize in the design, manufacture, finish, and installation of custom casework, passage doors, moldings, and millwork.  As a complementary retail component to our manufacturing business, we are an authorized dealer for Sierra Pacific Windows, Wolf & SubZero appliances, Trustile Doors, and Emtek, Rocky Mountain, and Ashley Norton hardware.  Recently completed and notable projects include the doTerra Corporate Campus for Jacobsen Construction, Carbon County Courthouse for Ascent Construction, and the Jordan River and Suvi Fiji LDS Temple Renovations for Westland Construction.

Tom Trythall
Riverwoods Mill
1795 Jet Stream Dr. Suite 102
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
719-244-3199
tom@riverwoodsmill.com

September 2018 Pastor Jeff Anderson, Senior Advisor - Faith Outreach for the Office of Congressman Doug Lamborn.  His presentation was titled: “The Church as the Salt of the Earth”


Pastor Jeff Anderson
Senior Advisor - Faith Outreach

Office of Congressman Doug Lamborn

Bio:
Pastor Jeff Anderson was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1969 but his parents moved to Colorado shortly after his birth. He has lived in various parts of Southern Colorado ever since. Pastor Jeff and his family moved to Colorado Springs after a youth group in the area greatly impacted his life, and God used that to call him into ministry.


After graduating from Rampart High School, he attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina where he received his undergraduate degree in Pastoral Studies and a master’s degree in Bible.  Pastor Jeff served at Grace Bible Church in Colorado Springs from 1993 – 2016.  He is the President of International Bible Conference, a ministry which has exposed tens of thousands of indigenous pastors (mostly in the third world of Africa and Asia) to expository, verse-by-verse Bible preaching. Jeff also serves the 5th Congressional District as Senior Advisor to Congressman Doug Lamborn, leading the faith outreach effort.

Jeff and Nancy have been married since 1992 and have five wonderful children, Ashley (1992), Brandon (1994), Jason (1995), Alyssa (1995), and Zeb (1999). They are thrilled to have added their second daughter-in-law in July!”


Sponsored by:


Dave Kraszewski
Marketing Manager
SERVPRO of South Colorado Springs
SERVPRO of Northern Colorado Springs/Tri-Lakes
(719) 574-2789 office

We are a local disaster restoration company that has served the Pike’s Peak region since 1996.  We specialize in fire, water, and mold cleanup and restoration for residential and commercial buildings as well as other services such as storm cleanup (including window board-ups for hail), building deodorization, biohazard and vandalism cleanup, and HVAC cleaning.  Some of our more prominent projects this year included the fire cleanup at the Colorado Springs Airport and a mudslide cleanup at Memorial Hospital North.

We are capable of handling any size loss, whether it be a residential home or a large commercial building.  SERVPRO holds national contracts with most major insurance companies making claims handling easier for our customers. We operate 24/7/365 for emergencies and offer free inspections and estimates for suspected issues.  Our company is proud to support the BYU Management Society.
August 2018

Our presenter this month was Dr. Dilip Joseph, Director for Morning Star Development.  His presentation was titled: Breaking Cultural Paradigms

"My unintended time with the Taliban has lead me to think deeply about my own cultural, religious, and ethnic paradigms especially in context to my medical work in Afghanistan but just as importantly, about the way I view the world around me. We live in a global village that is still being defined by divisive categories that does not naturally unite us. An unexpected but meaningful conversation with a 19-year old Taliban veteran has challenged me to think through my own virtues that add fulfillment to life here on earth."


Dr. Dilip Joseph, MPH, M.D.
Director

Morning Star Development

Bio:
Dr. Dilip Joseph, MPH, M.D., serves as the medical Director for Morning Star Development (MSDEV) and oversees the public health, preventive health, and clinical projects that MSDEV operates through its rural medical clinics in Afghanistan. In particular he is responsible for training the medical staff, evaluating and improving our medical services, and expanding our medical efforts through networking and fundraising so that we can cater to many more Afghans who do not have access to health care.

Dr. Joseph is the author of “Kidnapped by the Taliban - A Story of Terror, Hope, and Rescue by SEAL Team Six” published by Thomas Nelson, Oct. 2014.

Dr. Joseph completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Azusa Pacific University, his graduate degree in International Public Health from Loma Linda University, and his medical degree from England. His medical work spans both the developing and developed countries with internships and work experiences in both public health and clinical medicine. His interest lies in incorporating his medical experiences for the betterment of rural communities in the developing world.

Dr. Joseph has a passion to develop communities that would invest into a ‘wholistic’ perspective on health – physical wholeness as a result of a healthy interaction between an individual’s body, soul, and spirit! It is his desire to see a shift in the conventional paradigm of physical wellness into one that is a natural result of a healthy physical, social, mental, and spiritual interaction.

May 2018 Chuck Kocher.  His presentation was titled: The 5 Levels of Transformational Leadership.

As leader’s in today’s global business environment, we now face tumultuous and unprecedented change. Whether you are leader of an organization/small business or a team within an organization, it is virtually impossible to scale the growth your organization beyond your own level of leadership. Chuck Kocher has been working on his own leadership and coaching others to develop their leadership for the past 37 years. He will share insights/ideas/best practices on the “5 Levels of Leadership” as taught by John Maxwell who is global leadership thought leader on leadership.



Chuck Kocher
Executive Business Coach, Owner
The Transformation Company


Bio:
Chuck has coached, trained, and spoken to thousands of businesses leaders from a wide variety of industries across the globe and has helped them successfully transform, face the specific challenges high-growth companies face, and to embrace the changes they need to make to succeed

In addition to his 36 years of experience helping entrepreneurial leaders successfully change the way they operate, Chuck is also a passionate learner himself. Each year he commits more than 250 hours to improving his own knowledge and skills so that he can pass that on to businesses that don’t just want to be good, but want to be great!

To do that, Chuck has earned certifications and accreditations from some of the best high-growth business training organizations in the world, including Gazelles International Coaches, John Maxwell Leadership Coaches, Wiley (DISC & 5 Cohesive Behaviors) and Flippen Leadership Profiles. He is a voracious reader and also attends four learning and development conferences every year. That means you can expect the best and most current thinking and insights to help you grow your team, and to transform your business.

36 years of significant business experience and continual learning has built Chuck Kocher into an award-winning global business coach, best practice educator, synergist and strategist, energetic high-impact keynote speaker with a proven high growth platform that enable clients to achieve transformational results!
April 2018 Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers.

Mayor John Suthers provided an update on the City’s unique political climate, infrastructure, and economic plans for improvement. There was also an open Q&A at the end.


Mayor John Suthers
City of Colorado Springs


Bio:
John Suthers was elected the 41st mayor of Colorado Springs by an overwhelming majority on May 19, 2015.

Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management to the City of Colorado Springs.  Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015.  Under Suthers’ leadership, the Colorado Attorney General’s office earned a national reputation for excellence.  In 2012, he was awarded the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.  In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million.

In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties.  For the next eight years he managed the largest and most productive prosecution office in the state of Colorado.  During that time he also served as President of the Colorado District Attorney’s Association and President of the El Paso Country Bar Association.

A lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, Suthers attended grade school here and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and in the top quarter of his law school class at the University of Colorado.  After graduation he returned home and became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs before spending ten years at the law firm of Sparks, Dix and Enoch.

John's wife Janet also grew up in Colorado Springs, earned her MBA from UCCS and is retired from Agilent Technologies.  She is a lifelong community volunteer including service on the District 12 School Board and the City Planning Commission.  John and Janet have two accomplished daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.
March 2018 Sheriff Bill Elder, El Paso County Sheriff

He discussed the concerns our county faces and what we can look forward to in the coming years.


Sheriff Bill Elder
El Paso County


Bio:
Bill Elder was raised in Colorado Springs, attended Russell Middle School, graduated from Palmer High School in 1975, and attended Pikes Peak Community College (EPCC at the time) and UCCS.

He began his career in public service in 1976 working with E&E and Mountain Valley Ambulance Services as a dispatcher and Emergency Medical Technician.  His law enforcement career started as a volunteer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1978.  He was hired full time in January 1979 and graduated from the CSPD Police Academy later that year. Bill spent the next 20 years serving under four different Sheriff’s, holding assignments from Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. Along with many years as a patrol deputy, he was assigned to the Investigations Division, managed the Communications Center and both Civil & Fugitive Divisions.  After his promotion to Lieutenant, he served as a Patrol Shift Commander. His last assignment was in the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division.  As a Lieutenant and an acting Captain, he supervised one of the largest multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in the state of Colorado. 

During his 20 year career with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, he received numerous awards and commendations.  He has also served on many boards and committees to include 9-1-1 Emergency Response Policy Board of Directors, Not One More Child Coalition, Regional Elder Abuse Task Force and Domestic Violence Coalition of the Pikes Peak Region.

After leaving the Sheriff’s Office, Bill obtained his Colorado Real Estate License.  He built and ran a highly successful real estate business.  In 2010, Bill joined the Fountain Police Department as the Commander of Police Operations and subsequently was appointed as Deputy Chief of Police, supervising all Law Enforcement functions for the agency.

Bill Elder was elected as the 28th Sheriff of El Paso County in November 2014.
December 2017 David G. McConkie, President of the Colorado Springs East Stake.  His presentation was titled: Presenting Your Case: A Trial Lawyer’s Perspective.

"No matter what our profession, we all carry a burden of proof—to satisfy investors, customers, clients, colleagues, governments, etc.  Come hear a trial attorney’s perspective and ponder how you can “present your case” effectively without abandoning 'just and holy principles'."



President David G. McConkie
Attorney
Torbet Tuft & McConkie

David G. McConkie was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  He graduated in 2002 from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in saxophone performance.  Before entering George Mason University School of Law in Washington, D.C., Mr. McConkie worked as a saxophonist, and later, as a legislative assistant with two of Colorado’s United States Senators.  

In law school, worked as a law clerk with Carey & Allende, a law firm in Santiago, Chile, and with several United States government agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate, and the White House.  Before returning to Colorado, Mr. McConkie worked in The Hague, Netherlands, assisting a practice group with representation of the Ethiopian government before an international claims commission.  

Mr. McConkie served as Deputy District Attorney in Colorado’s Fourth Judicial District from 2008 to 2011.  As a prosecutor, Mr. McConkie managed all aspects of heavy misdemeanor and felony caseloads.  He tried over 50 jury trials, including several high-level felony trials in two and half years.  Thereafter he entered private practice and established a small law firm, Torbet Tuft & McConkie, in 2013.  In private practice, Mr. McConkie has helped hundreds of clients obtain favorable dispute resolution through negotiation, litigation, mediation, arbitration and trial in a variety of business, real estate and personal injury matters.  He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, and he is a member of the Colorado and El Paso County Bar Associations.  

Mr. McConkie and his wife, a cellist, have five children.  In his spare time, he serenades them with jazz riffs, lugs them to the tops of the mountains and cheers them on as coach and fan of their sporting feats.

November 2017 A panel discussion titled: The Unintended Consequences of the Legalization of Marijuana

On November 7, 2000, Colorado voters approved Amendment 20, which amended the State Constitution to allow the use of marijuana in the state for approved patients with written medical consent.  The enactment of Colorado Amendment 64 in November 2012 allows limited sale and recreational use of marijuana in the state. Recreational sales began on January 1, 2014. Marijuana remains a federal schedule I controlled substance and is illegal to possess or sell per federal law and the Controlled Substance Act (CSA).

What have been the unintended consequences since Colorado legalized marijuana?  Our panelists shared their expertise and perspectives regarding the impact of the legalization of marijuana in the following areas:

  • Public health -   health effects of marijuana and the cost to society
  • Public safety – law enforcement challenges, black market and criminal activity
  • The money trail – revenues, taxes and costs
  • Protecting and educating children


You can watch the video of the panel here: https://youtu.be/h-nsq7uXKq0

Articles written by Tatiana Bailey:
The Economic Impact of the Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado - 07-21-2017
The Economic Impact of the Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado Part 2 - 08-18-2017
The Health Effects of the Legalization of Marijuana - 09-15-2017
The Safety-Related Impacts of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Part A - 10-27-2017
The Safety-Related Impacts of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana Part B - 11-17-2017



 

Bios:

Commander Sean Mandel, Colorado Springs Police Department:
Commander Sean Mandel joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1992. As an officer he worked as a Patrol Officer, a Narcotics Detective and a Homicide Detective. Commander Mandel was promoted to sergeant in 2004 and served in Patrol, Internal Affairs and the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. In 2008, Commander Mandel was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned to Patrol and the Specialized Enforcement Division before being promoted to commander in 2013. As a commander, Commander Mandel has been assigned to the Specialized Enforcement Division and the Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence Division. Commander Mandel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Mary’s College and is a graduate of the Center for Creative Leadership’s “Leadership Development Program” and the FBI National Academy. Commander Mandel is a native of Colorado Springs and is a graduate of William Mitchell High School.

Diane Carlson-Robinson, Founding Leader of Smart Colorado:
Diane is a founding leader of Smart Colorado, a citizen led nonprofit organization, that formed after marijuana was legalized for recreational purposes.  

Smart Colorado’s sole focus is minimizing the unintended consequences for Colorado kids, as marijuana becomes increasingly commercialized and available. The organization has been the primary voice advocating for and securing important protections.  These include:  limits and restrictions on marketing and advertising, requirements around childproof packaging, labeling and warnings,  identification and marking of marijuana edibles, and securing of state funding and support for youth education and prevention, and data collection on youth impacts.

Smart Colorado’s education efforts have focused on highlighting the types and strength of today’s marijuana (THC potency), and why it matters, when it comes to protecting kids and communities.

Diane has participated in all aspects of the education, policy and regulatory making process. Appointed by the Governor, Diane continues to serve on the statewide marijuana education committee.  She remains a trusted information source for policy makers, media, youth, parent groups and community members.   She and the organization remain committed to ensuring that Coloradans, from all walks of life, can have a voice on an issue impacting kids and communities throughout the state.

Diane’s past work experience includes work as a financial and policy analyst on banking oversight and regulations at the New York Federal Reserve Bank.  After getting the entrepreneurial itch, Diane went on to build and run a successful staffing company that served major fortune 500 companies in New York City for over ten years.

For the past twenty years, Diane has been actively involved in Colorado public schools.  She has held executive positions in organizations focused on youth engagement and empowerment while championing and challenging policies impacting K-12 education, and the health and welfare of Colorado youth.  She is the mother of five children ages 16 to 26.

Diane has a B.A. in History/Economics from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard.

Tatiana Bailey, Ph.D., Director of UCCS Economic Forum in the  College of Business:
Tatiana Bailey has her Master’s in economics and her doctorate in public health, both from the University of Michigan. In the health care arena, Dr. Bailey has focused on programs that aim to increase access and quality while reducing costs particularly for at-risk populations. She also presents to audiences who wish to be better informed about the general framework of the health care system in the U.S.. In the economic development field, she has focused upon economic growth initiatives primarily through the venues of entrepreneurship and innovation. Currently, she is the Director of the UCCS Economic Forum within the College of Business and serves as an economic development resource to local businesses and government. She aims to inform audiences about our national and local economy and participates in initiatives that leverage the region's many assets.


Lucas Hennings, MD, FACEP, UC Health Memorial Hospital and UC School of Medicine:

Professional Work History

Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine     09/2016--current
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Colorado Springs, Colorado
I serve as clinical faculty and directly supervise medical students and residents in Emergency Medicine.  I also participate in education activities such as classroom lectures, simulation sessions, skills workshops, and others.  

Emergency Medicine Physician     06/2016--current
UC Health Memorial Hospital
Colorado Springs, Colorado
High volume, high acuity department which sees over 100,000 patients annually.  

Physician     05/2017--current
Hyperbaric Oxygen Medical Department
UC Health Memorial Hospital
Colorado Springs, Colorado
I provide advanced Hyperbaric treatment for patients with complex wounds, carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness, cerebral arterial gas embolism, skin grafts, retinal artery occlusion, and other approved conditions.

Emergency Physician     06/2016--current
Memorial Hospital North
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Emergency Department which sees approximately 35,000 patients annually.

Emergency Physician     12/2016--current
Grandview Hospital
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Postgraduate Medical Training

Residency     07/2009—06/2012
Emergency Medicine
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Shreveport, Louisiana
Chief Resident 2011-2012

Internship     07/2009—06/2010
Emergency Medicine
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Shreveport, Louisiana

Education

Doctor of Medicine     09/2005—05/2009
Ross University School of Medicine
Graduated with high honors

Bachelor of Science Business Administration/Finance     08/2000—05/2004
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO
Cum Laude

Board Certification

American Board of Emergency Physicians     2013-current

Professional Awards

Master Clinician     2013
This award is given to physicians with a proven track record of outstanding clinical performance and honors those who are consistently leaders in both productivity and in patient satisfaction.  It is given by Emergency Medicine Physicians, a large national physician-owned company that staffs Emergency Departments throughout the United States

 

October 2017

A panel discussion titled: Women in Business -- Balancing Life, Career, and Faith.

This month we are pleased to offer a panel of professional business women to discuss the unique challenges women face in the work force. This is an important topic for women who are currently working in the business world and those who may be re-entering the work force soon. However, this is intended for MEN and WOMEN. The implications are important for everyone as we move forward to address and improve the working relationships between business professionals and raise the bar for best practices across our fields. Janet Perreault, Lori Morgan and Summer Galceran have a wide breadth of experience and expertise that will offer suggestions, advice and inspiration on how we can bridge the gaps in our staffing needs within our businesses.



Bios:


Janet Perreault:
Janet Perreault served the Colorado Springs senior community long before she joined their ranks. She worked in healthcare marketing and administration in senior facilities, hospitals, and home health care, both in California and Colorado, before retiring in 2010. As a working mother, she co-authored a newspaper column for nine years in Burbank, CA. The Home/Work Dilemma was an advice column for working women who were juggling home and family. During her career, Janet served on the Board of Directors of the Senior Resource Council, including a term as President of the Board. In 2011, the SRC presented Janet with the prestigious Joe Henjum Award for her commitment to enhancing the lives of seniors in the community. It was during this time that she also joined the Sandwich Generation when she and her husband built an addition onto their home to assist and help care for her mother-in-law who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  It was a season of challenge as she and her husband struggled to assist parents, while raising two young daughters. Janet continued to hold down a full-time job as well. Janet has been married to her husband, Rene, for 44 years; is the mother of two married daughters, and grandmother to five grandchildren. “My family, my speaking business, and dark chocolate continue to provide fulfillment in these retirement years,” Janet says, “but not necessarily in that order.”


Lori Morgan:
Co - Business Owner Kitchen Tuneup® of Colorado Springs since 1994. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married 34 years. Parents of 5 children; 2 sons-in-law; 1 daughter-in-law and 2 grandsons. She has served as a National Advisory Council Board Member:  Served two 3-year terms representing franchise owners from 14 different States. In 2012, she and Bruce lost their home in the Waldo Canyon fire and despite all the personal loss it also negatively impacted their business as their office was mostly based in the home. However, they have been able to build the business back from where they were to even greater success since 2012. She has earned her CHIP certification recognition (Certified Home Improvement Professional) and Master CHIP; Certified Custom Kitchen Designer. Her responsibilities within Kitchen Tuneup® of Colorado Springs include:  Sales, New Kitchen Designs, Marketing, social media, office management, customer relations/service, HR, payroll & taxes. She also has volunteered within in the LDS church as Primary President, Relief Society President, councilor in Young Women and Stake Primary and her ward compassionate service coordinator. Some of the awards she and Bruce have earned in their franchise system are: Angie’s List Super Service Award recipient: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; National Regional Customer Service Awards: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; National Top Franchise for Customer Service 2016 and Prestigious FRANNY Award, selected as the Top Franchise of the year in 2004 out of 300 franchises worldwide by Kitchen Tune Up®.


Summer Glaceran:
Summer Galceran is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Rocky Mountain Health Care Services.  She worked for fourteen years in the marketing research industry, with automotive and consumer products like Volvo Cars, Toyota, Lenscrafters and Earthgrains.  She also has ten years’ experience working in sales/marketing of Time Warner Advertising and Grand Canyon University.  Summer serves as the Vice President of the Colorado Springs Parents of Multiples, a local non-profit that focuses on education and outreach for parents that have had twins, triplets or more.
She has been married for five years to Eric, and has twin three year old daughters, plus two awesome bonus kids.  In her free time she enjoys catching a movie or sleeping.

September 2017

Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers.  He presented on The State of the City

When John Suthers last joined us, he was Attorney General of Colorado with his sights on becoming the Mayor of Colorado Springs. After his win in May 2015, Mayor Suthers has worked tirelessly with state officials, community organizations, and local business leaders. Mayor Suthers will be joining us again to now provide the status of the local economy, business development and community initiatives,  with a question and answer period immediately following his remarks.


John Suthers
Mayor

City of Colorado Springs

Bio:


John Suthers was elected the 41st mayor of Colorado Springs by an overwhelming majority on May 19, 2015.

Suthers brings decades of experience in government and management to the City of Colorado Springs.  Before being elected Mayor, Suthers served as Attorney General of Colorado from 2005 to 2015.  Under Suthers’ leadership, the Colorado Attorney General’s office earned a national reputation for excellence.  In 2012, he was awarded the Kelly-Wyman Award, the highest honor given by the National Association of Attorneys General.

Prior to being Attorney General, he was named by President George W. Bush in 2001to be United States Attorney for Colorado and he was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate.  In 1999, Suthers was appointed by Governor Bill Owens as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, based in Colorado Springs. In that position he managed an organization with 6,000 employees and a budget in excess of $500 million.

In 1988, he was elected District Attorney of the 4th Judicial District, which includes El Paso and Teller Counties.  For the next eight years he managed the largest and most productive prosecution office in the state of Colorado.  During that time he also served as President of the Colorado District Attorney’s Association and President of the El Paso Country Bar Association.

A lifelong resident of Colorado Springs, Suthers attended grade school here and graduated from St. Mary’s High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and in the top quarter of his law school class at the University of Colorado.  After graduation he returned home and became a Deputy District Attorney in Colorado Springs before spending ten years at the law firm of Sparks, Dix and Enoch.

He is married to Janet Suthers, who also grew up in Colorado Springs. Janet is retired from Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies.  She is a lifelong community volunteer, including service on the Cheyenne Mountain School Board and the City Planning Commission. They have two adult daughters, Alison and Kate.

August 2017 Venkateshwar ‘Venkat’ Reddy, Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  His presentation was titled: Higher education today and the role of UCCS.

UCCS Chancellor Venkat Reddy shared his thoughts on higher education in southern Colorado and explained how UCCS fills a vital role in Colorado. Reddy became UCCS’ seventh chancellor in May and articulated his vision of academic excellence, strong community ties and growth for the campus.


Venkateshwar ‘Venkat’ Reddy
Chancellor, University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Bio:


Dr. Venkat Reddy has been a member of the UCCS community for over twenty five years.  He currently serves as the Chancellor and Professor of Finance at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).  Prior to being appointed to the Interim Chancellor position in February 2017, he served as the Dean of the College of Business at UCCS and as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Education and Initiatives.
 
Dr. Reddy received his PhD in Finance (1992) and MS in Agricultural Economics (1987) from the Pennsylvania State University.  At UCCS, his primary teaching and research were in the areas of Corporate Finance and Investments.  He was recognized twice with the Outstanding Teacher Award in the College of Business. His research was primarily in the areas of Finance and Strategy.  

Dr. Reddy worked closely with faculty, staff, campus, and system leaders in accomplishing: advancing innovative academic programs; renovation of Dwire Hall; building and strengthening alumni and community relations;  launching the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative; expansion of career development and study abroad opportunities; taking the College of Business twice through the maintenance of AACSB International accreditation, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; ranking of several programs in the US News and World Report and; launching and promoting five fully online undergraduate degree programs on the campus.

In January of this year, he was recognized as one of the 17 leaders to watch in 2017 by the Colorado Springs Business Journal.  Under his leadership, the College of Business engaged actively with the community through the Career Development Center, Alumni Office, Office of Professional and Executive programs, and the UCCS Economic Forum.  In his current role as Chancellor, he works closely with the Vice Chancellors, the President’s office, campus and community leaders in continuing the positive trajectory of UCCS, supporting faculty and staff work, online and cybersecurity initiatives and ensuring robust progress of ongoing capital construction projects.
May 2017

Rabbi Joe Charnes.  His presentation was titled The Scriptures and How They Apply to Business Ethics.

Rabbi Joe Charnes and his wife Rabbi Sarah Schechter, a current chaplain at the Air Force Academy, are our good Jewish friends.  They have shared with us many wonderful insights into the Jewish faith and community.  Joe will share some thoughtful insights with us on applying the scriptures, and its teachings into our business practices.  Sarah is being reassigned in June and this will be our last opportunity to hear from this highly educated and thoughtful brother.


Rabbi Joe Charnes



Bio:

Joe Charnes received his Bachelor in Arts in psychology from California State University, Northridge.  He then went on to study in traditional Jewish seminaries in Los Angeles, California, Brooklyn, New York, and Jerusalem, Israel, ultimately receiving his rabbinical ordination in Los Angeles.  He has studied Judaism and Christianity comparatively for over twenty years, and has been involved in numerous Jewish-Christian interfaith and multi-faith events.  Since moving to Colorado four years ago, Rabbi Charnes has been a frequent guest lecturer at many educational and religious institutions including:  Denver Seminary; Colorado College; University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; United States Air Force Academy; Peterson Air Force Base; Benet Hill Monastery; First Congregational Church; First United Methodist Church; New Life, Downtown; Temple Shalom, and the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.  

Subjects lectured on include:
Some of the subjects I've lectured on are: Comparative Theologies of Judaism and Christianity; Rabbinic and Pauline Understandings of Jewish Law; The Spirituality of Jewish Law; Insights into Jewish Spiritual Practices; Understanding the Hebrew Bible Through the Prism of the Rabbis: An Introduction to Judaism for Christians; Genesis: A New Beginning; The Relevance of Ritual; The Universal Sabbath; Death and the Afterlife in Jewish Thought; Analyzing the Theologies of Passover in Judaism and Christianity; Sin, Law, Faith and Grace in Jewish and Christian Thought; The Rabbis, The Pharisees, and Jesus.

Rabbi Charnes is married to Rabbi Sarah Schechter, a Chaplain and Major in the United States Air Force, currently stationed at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado.  Together they have an eleven-year-old daughter.

April 2017 Doug Robinson, businessman, community and non profit leader, and potential candidate for Colorado Governor 2018.  His presentation was titled: Vision for Colorado

Doug discussed the challenges and opportunities in the Centennial State and his vision for how we turn Colorado into the best state in the country to live, work and raise a family.

Doug Robinson
Father, Community Leader,
Education Activist, Businessman, BYU Alum) 
Considering Run for Colorado Governor 2018


Bio:

Doug Robinson lives in Arapahoe County Colorado and is the father of 5 children, ages 15 to 26, and has been married to Diane Carlson for 29 years.  He is the co-founder of KidsTek (teaching over 12,000 inner city kids technology skills in during and after school classes) and Smart Colorado (the only non-profit solely focused on protecting and educating youth as marijuana is commercialized in Colorado). Doug also currently serves on the Boards of The Boy Scouts of America – Denver Area Council, Colorado Academy, Colorado GOP Elect Republican Governor in 2018 Committee, and is a leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Professionally, he is a co-founder of St. Charles Capital, which became Colorado’s leading Corporate Finance advisor and was purchased by KPMG in 2014.  For over 25 years he has been advising technology companies on capital raising, growth and merger and acquisition strategies and is a national leader in this space.  He was Colorado State Chair of the Romney for President 2012 campaign.

March 2017

Our presentation this month was titled: Career Coaching – An Opportunity for Young Adults to Jumpstart their Careers

Young Adults often struggle with the transition from their formal education years to a substantive career.  They may do well in school, but oftentimes have difficulty connecting with professionals in their chosen career field of interest.  This disconnect can cause young adults to not realize their full career and earning potential.  In addition, they may also put off critical life decisions, such as serious dating or marriage, because of concerns about supporting a family.


This month's luncheon will focus on how free career coaching through the LDS Young Adult Career Engagement Program can help young adults to successfully transition from their academic years into rewarding white and blue collar careers.  We will also discuss how the UCCS College of Business Career Coaching Program served as a template to develop this program. Finally, we will explain how volunteering as a Career Coach allows one to "give back" to his or her profession by helping the next generation to achieve their career goals.  
This program is available to single and married members and friends of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ages 16-30.  See www.YSACareerEngagment.com for details.




Presenters:

Scott Pann, Director of the LDS Young Adult Career Engagement Program

Special Guest: Norman Morse, Chair, Alumni Association, College of Business, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

A panel of young adults and Career Coaches



Bios:

Scott Pann:
Scott is a senior partner with Pann/DeYoung Wealth Management. He began his financial services career in 1986. Scott provides holistic, multi-generational wealth management services to middle market business owners, corporate executives, medical professionals and select high-net-worth families. He has advanced credentials created specifically for wealth managers who work with high-net-worth clients on the life cycle of wealth: accumulation, preservation and distribution. He identifies and analyzes challenges facing high net worth clients and develops specific strategies to minimize taxes, monetize and protect assets, maximize growth and transfer wealth.

Scott received an Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration with a concentration on Finance from Colorado State University. He has also received specialized training in areas including: behavioral finance, charitable and estate planning, planning for closely held business owners, planning for executives, portfolio management, retirement planning, risk management and tax planning.

Scott and his wife, Debi, reside in Colorado and have four children. For 10 years they served as a Sponsor Family for a number of cadets at the United States Air Force Academy. He actively serves his community by serving in a number of leadership positions within his church and volunteers for local charitable organizations. Scott also enjoys snow skiing, Krav Maga, scuba diving and hiking in his spare time.

– Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®)
– Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®)
– Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®)
– Member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA
– President, Colorado Springs Charter of the BYU Management Society
– Board of Directors, Middle Market Entrepreneurs, Colorado Springs
– Member of the Purposeful Planning Institute
– Served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC)
– Co-Chair of APIC’s 2008 Educational Conference

Norman Morse:
Norman is a profit-driven, senior sales and marketing executive with over 30 years experience in the consumer products industry.  He is an insightful, analytical, and results-driven executive with demonstrated turn-around success.

His corporate background encompasses consumer businesses with Fortune 500 top leading companies. Norman has led sales teams as Executive Vice President of the 1928 Costume Jewelry Company, Vice President of Yves Saint Laurent perfumes and cosmetics, Vice President of Royal Doulton China, Vice President of Portmeirion USA Gift and Tabletop, Vice President of Learning Curve International; Director of Sales and Marketing Parker Pen USA.  

He has been recognized as a growth leader with expertise in planning, implementing and executing national marketing and tactical sales strategies.  His proven channel management in the analysis of markets, products, and competitive situations, includes the design and leadership of sales and marketing initiatives and achievements that identified new profitability strategies while enhancing existing revenue streams.   

Norman has a successful track record for increasing sales, revenues, and market share by creating innovative revenue streams utilizing multiple distribution channels that improve margins while promoting cost containment strategies.

His ability to reengineer sales divisions has been built on the philosophy of creating “winning strategies” to consistently increase productivity and profitability. He has exceptional communication/presentation skills and the innate ability to influence and interact across multiple cross functional groups, including board-level interaction and presentations.

In 2012, Norman joined the Leadership Team for the Business School at UCCS.  He was selected to co-chair the Student Outreach Ccommittee.  In this position he developed and along with his team members implemented a Coaching Mentoring Program for both students and Alumni.  Currently, Norman is Chair, Alumni Association for the College of Business.

Since 2008, Norman has been providing consulting services to numerous start-up companies and entrepreneurial businesses.

Norman attended Northeastern Illinois University majoring in Art History.  He is an avid art collector in various media including fine prints, cut and art glass, water color paintings, bronze and acrylic sculptures. In addition, he also enjoys playing golf and various other sports. 
February 2017 A panel discussion titled: The Intersection of Faith, Family and Business.

We all know that life can be challenging.  When one combines family and Church obligations with a full business calendar, life can at times seem outright overwhelming. Our panel consists of members of our chapter's Executive Committee who represent our current president, president-elect and past president.  Each of these individuals has experience with juggling time-consuming Church assignments, successful careers and busy personal lives. This panel discussion will explore strategies one can implement to lead a happy, well-balanced life.

Chapter President Chapter President-Elect Past Chapter President
Michael B. Law
CIMA®, CRPC®, C(k)P®
Creed Spillane L. Scott Pann
CIMA®, CPWA®, AAMS®
Vice President
Wealth Management Advisor
The M&M Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
Principal and the Managing Broker
Quantum Residential Group, LLC
Sr Vice President-Wealth Management
Wealth Advisor
Pann/DeYoung Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services Inc.


 

Bios:

Mike Law
Michael B. Law, was born and raised in Calgary, Canada, the middle son in a family of six children. Reared with a strong, pioneer work ethic, Mike learned the value of hard work. As a family man, Mike considers his greatest accomplishment to be that of husband to his wife, Debbie, father to two children, and grandfather of ten grandkids and counting.

Next to his family, Mike’s greatest happiness comes from serving the Lord and His people. As a young man, he left Canada and completed a two-year mission in the California, Los Angeles/Ventura Missions. His current Church assignments are in the Colorado Springs North Stake, and within the surrounding area. 
In the Colorado Springs community, Mike currently officiates as President of the BYU Management Society. He also concurrently sits on the Board of the National Space Science and Technology Institute (having served on the Executive Committee), and on the Board of the Tri-Lakes Economic Development Corporation (having served as the Chair of that Board for three years). Mike also previously served four years on the Board of Directors, and also the Executive Committee, of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association (HBA) where he was named associate member of the year.  Additionally, Mike also filled a five-year term on the Board of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce chairing the Board for one of those years.

Mike received a Presidential Scholarship to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, and gained valuable leadership skills as he acted in a Student Government capacity. Upon graduation, Mike earned a dual degree in Business Management at the Marriott School of Business, in combination with a degree in Business Education which included student teaching at what is now Utah Valley University. 

Mike has labored in the Financial Services Industry since 1986 when he first made his way to Austin, Texas. In Austin, Mike worked as a National Director of Consulting Services for a national financial firm, and was assigned to cover 36 states.  An opportunity to start and own an overnight express and courier service with a sibling later brought Mike to Denver, Colorado. For the last nearly seventeen years, Mike has worked as a Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Colorado Springs. 

While at Merrill, Mike has earned several advanced certifications. That list includes the CIMA® (Certified Investment Management Analyst) from the executive education at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  The CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor) from the College for Financial Planning, and the C(k)P® (Certified 401(k) Professional) designation, administered by The Retirement Advisor University in collaboration with UCLA Anderson School of Management Executive Education.  Mike is currently working on completing his CFP® designation.
Yet “all work and no play” was never an issue for Mike. A sports enthusiast of all kinds, Mike has played and participated in a wide variety of sports including hockey, curling, badminton, football, rugby, racquetball, golf, track, basketball, volleyball, hiking, biking, fishing, ping pong, pool, and both snow and water skiing, just to name a few.

Creed Spillane:
Creed Spillane is a Principal and the Managing Broker of Quantum Residential Group, LLC, a one-stop marketing solution for builders, sellers, and buyers. Their team brings a level of expertise and service above and beyond what you would find in the average real estate sales representation, from the original concept to the final closing. His experience and knowledge of the Front Range real estate market allows him to offer clients the best counsel and guidance appropriate to their needs today and to the needs they anticipate in their future.

After 3 years in Sales & Marketing with The Broadmoor Hotel, Creed volunteered for 2 years of missionary work in Albania for the church, during which time he also facilitated them in their land development needs.  Upon his return, he began working with the Broadmoor Development Company as a Marketing Specialist selling the upcoming luxury projects of The Broadmoor Brownstones and The Broadmoor West Residences.  He worked 3 years with Broadmoor Development Company for the duration of these projects, in conjunction with the real estate agency Broadmoor Properties.  Creed then participated in the creation of Flying Horse Realty in January 2007 and managed their marketing needs until July 2016, exclusively marketing the developments of Flying Horse and Forest Lakes.

Creed & Jacqueline are raising their five children in the city they love, Colorado Springs. He has served in the Church as a Primary Teacher, Ward Missionary, Ward Mission Leader, Elders Quorum President, Early-Morning Seminary Teacher, Bishopric Second Counselor, Bishopric First Counselor, and currently serves as Bishop of the Palmer Park Ward, Colorado Springs Stake.

Scott Pann:
Scott is a senior partner with Pann/DeYoung Wealth Management. He began his financial services career in 1986. Scott provides holistic, multi-generational wealth management services to middle market business owners, corporate executives, medical professionals and select high-net-worth families. He has advanced credentials created specifically for wealth managers who work with high-net-worth clients on the life cycle of wealth: accumulation, preservation and distribution. He identifies and analyzes challenges facing high net worth clients and develops specific strategies to minimize taxes, monetize and protect assets, maximize growth and transfer wealth.

Scott received an Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration with a concentration on Finance from Colorado State University. He has also received specialized training in areas including: behavioral finance, charitable and estate planning, planning for closely held business owners, planning for executives, portfolio management, retirement planning, risk management and tax planning.

Scott and his wife, Debi, reside in Colorado and have four children. For 10 years they served as a Sponsor Family for a number of cadets at the United States Air Force Academy. He actively serves his community by serving in a number of leadership positions within his church and volunteers for local charitable organizations. Scott also enjoys snow skiing, Krav Maga, scuba diving and hiking in his spare time.

– Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®)
– Certified Private Wealth Advisor (CPWA®)
– Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®)
– Member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA
– President, Colorado Springs Charter of the BYU Management Society
– Board of Directors, Middle Market Entrepreneurs, Colorado Springs
– Member of the Purposeful Planning Institute
– Served on the board of directors of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC)
– Co-Chair of APIC’s 2008 Educational Conference

January 2017 Kelly Ikenberry, Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF).  Her presentation was titled, "Create your 2017 Make More Play More Mission".


Kelly Ikenberry

Kelly Ikenberry Coaching, LLC

Bio:
Kelly believes that everyone can make more and play more. She educates, encourages, challenges and empowers clients to develop and leverage what they do best. She collaborates with them to build a customized, results-oriented game plan and then helps them implement each step.

Kelly uses coaching, consulting and training skills interchangeably depending on what her clients need in the moment. She specializes in strategic business growth and team engagement.

She graduated from Coach U in 2010 and is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Founded in 1995, the International Coach Federation (ICF) is the leading global organization dedicated to advancing the coaching profession. The ICF offers the only globally recognized, independent credentialing program. In 2014, she obtained certification as a DISC trainer through PeopleSmart World. 
December 2016 President Jay Carroll, from the Colorado Springs High Plains Stake.  His presentation was titled: Creating a Legacy


President Jay Carroll

Colorado Springs High Plains Stake

Bio:
Jay Carroll and his wife, Shantell moved to Colorado Springs in 2011 from Queen Creek, Arizona. Jay and Shantell have been married for 26 years, have seven children (5 sons, 2 daughters, ages 12 – 25) and one granddaughter. The Carroll’s love to hike (14ers are a favorite) and be outdoors--rock climbing has been a family favorite since moving to Colorado Springs. Shantell serves as an early morning seminary teacher and Jay serves as the Stake President of the Colorado Springs High Plains Stake. Jay has worked as a civilian for the Department of Defense since 1991. He is currently with the Missile Defense Agency at Schriever AFB and works as a Program Manager/Contracts Manager. In Arizona Jay worked with the Air Force Research Laboratory. He has also periodically worked as a consultant in Government Contracting. Jay has a MBA from West Coast University with an undergraduate degree in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University. Jay served in the England London Mission from 1987 – 1989.
November 2016 A Panel Discussion titled: The Spirit of the Entrepreneur

The entrepreneurial spirit is a mindset or approach to thinking that welcomes change, critical questioning, innovation and improvement.  Those that adopt an entrepreneurial spirit throw off the cloak of complacency and seek our new opportunities and challenges for themselves and for their companies.  They evaluate risk and seek success and reward. 

The panel discussion featured three local businessmen who have achieved great success by closely following their entrepreneurial spirit.

We discussed topics such as:


• Why an entrepreneur?
• Identifying your passion and building a successful business
• Defining your mission, calculating acceptable levels of risk, and building a business plan
• Magnifying your competitive advantage
• Overcoming challenges and staying optimistic in the face of adversity and competition

Our panelists:
-Trevor Dierdorff, Founder/CEO, Amnet – The IT Department for Your Business
-Rich Headrick, President, Fountain Valley Electrical, LLC
-Don DeYoung, Franchise Owner, Phenix Salon Suites franchises

Moderator:
-Scott Pann, Senior Vice President – Pann/DeYoung Wealth Management

October 2016 Ron Chernak, President of The FBB Group, Ltd.  His presentation was titled, The Basics of Buying and Selling a Business
Are you interested in learning more about the basics of buying or selling a business? 
Are you considering the benefits and risks of becoming your own boss?
 
Ron Chernak, the President of The FBB Group, LTD, an investment banking/ business brokerage firm based in downtown Colorado Springs will share his insights into a broad range of issues including:
• What are the key things I should know about buying or selling a business?
• What are the current market conditions for sellers and buyers?
• What are the biggest mistakes sellers make that hurt their chance of successfully completing the sale of their company?
• How much can I expect to pay for a company?
• What factors drive the value of a business?

 
The staff at The FBB Group has completed over 1,000 business sales covering a range of industries.

 

Ron Chernak
P
resident
The FBB Group, Ltd.

 

Bio:

DESIGNATIONS:

     Attorney
     Certified Public Accountant
     Real Estate Broker – Colorado
     Certified Business Intermediary
     M&AMI (Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary)
     Fellow of the IBBA
     FINRA Series 79 Investment Banking License

EXPERIENCE: 

Feb 1982 – Present     President of The FBB Group, Ltd., Colorado’s premier business brokerage company.  The staff at The FBB Group has completed over 1,000 business sales covering a wide variety of industries.

June 2005 – Present    Managing Director and Principal of CFA Colorado, LLC, providing investment banking services for larger, more complex transactions.  CFA Colorado, LLC is affiliated with Corporate Finance Associates, an international network of investment banking firms with offices in the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, India, and Hong Kong.

May 1977 – Feb 1982  Vice President and General Counsel of an affiliated terminal, transportation, and energy-oriented group of companies. Responsibilities included: Chief Operating Officer for terminal operations (two shipyard facilities and a coal terminal), contract and lease negotiations, including multi-million dollar equipment sales and financing.

May 1974 – May 1977  Attorney with 175-member law firm in Chicago specializing in tax planning.

EDUCATION:

University of Notre Dame; Class of 1971: BBA in Accounting (Honors)
Duke Law School; Class of 1974: Juris Doctorate

MEMBERSHIPS:  

     International Business Brokers Association (IBBA): Former Chairman
     Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce: Former Chairman
     M & A Source: Former Chairman
     Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA): Former Member
     Nation-List Affiliate: Member
     Colorado Bar Association: Member
     Association for Corporate Growth (ACG): Member

September 2016 Wendy Farr, Programs and Events director for the LDS Business Lunch Group.  Her presentation was on the new church program "Just Serve"
Wendy presented information about the available community service providers and how we can implement possible service projects for personal and business use by signing on to the "Just Serve" program.

 

Wendy Farr
Senior Care Specialist

 

Bio:

"Wendy Farr has been working within the nonprofit sector of our community for the last 8 years. Her main focus had been with the elderly population within the region. She and her husband began working with seniors and their families in 2004 when they bought a non-medical home care business. Since then she had become very involved in our community. She has served on the Pikes Peak Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council and is currently the membership chair. She was the chairman of the Senior Expo for the Senior Resource Council for over 5 years and still serves on several of their committees. Wendy serves as a Board member for the local chapter of the Case Management Society of America. She's also heavily involved in Senior Law Day through the El Paso County Bar Association. In 2009, she began serving on the Board for Rocky Mountain Health Care Services, a local nonprofit serving seniors and brain injured individuals. Within 6 months she was offered a full time position as the Community Relations Specialist. Through that position she has been involved with dozens of other nonprofits in the community. For the most part she has been able to influence those with lower income needs with assistance with Medicaid and information in health care. She is grateful for the opportunity to serve our community. She's enjoys sharing the knowledge she has gained about our wonderful community and hopes to share how we can impact our businesses, families, and personal lives by involving ourselves more within our community."

August 2016

Terilyn Snell, BANK certified and licensed trainer.  Her presentation was titled: "The Secret, the Science and the System to Supercharge Your Sales".

 

Have you ever heard that sales is a number game and that in order to get more YES’S, you have to get more NO’S?  Actually, you have to get more YES’S to get more YES’S!

According to salesforce.com, 87% of sales professionals don’t feel prepared for their appointments and 66% of customers feel turned off by the sales presentation. How many tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars could this be costing you per year?

Terilyn Snell is a certified and licensed trainer with the program called BANK. This company, now in over 40 countries, uses revolutionary methodology that has just been validated by San Francisco State University. A recently published white paper proves that their system can predict buying behavior and increase sales immediately.

If you are ready to turn your NO’S into YES’S and make more money in less time, come let Terilyn show you how to “Let your prospect determine your presentation.” (Tony Robbins).

 

Terilyn Snell
Certified, Licensed Trainer
BANK

 

Bio:

Terilyn Snell has been a resident of Colorado Springs since Aug 1998.  She is the mother of five adult children. In addition to being a full time homemaker for 25 years; her community involvement included but was not limited to volunteering, fund raising, teaching pre-school, directing children’s theater, and advocating for the unborn.

In 2009, she returned to school to earn her BAAS in occupational therapy. As an independent contractor, she has been practicing OT in local school districts for the last four years.

During her research to find tools and develop ways to meet the challenges of her profession, she was introduced to the BANK methodology created for the sales industry.  She immediately recognized the value and impact it would also have in the healthcare market.

Now as a certified and licensed trainer she also teaches these principles to those in sales and business for which the methodology was created.

As the daughter of an entrepreneur, she would like to ‘pay it forward’ by showing you how to increase your sales and take it to the BANK!
May 2016

Mary Kelly, author and speaker.  Her presentation was titled: "Why Leaders Fail".

"The news is full of leadership failures. Many good people, when they rise to leadership positions, fail. Good leadership seems easy in theory but actually living, executing, and fostering strong, effective leadership in corporations and organizations is tough."

She discussed:

  • Insight into behaviors that may be sabotaging the loyalty of your direct reports
  • Understanding about why your top talent may not be performing up to their potential
  • Tools to align team goals with organizational mission
  • Awareness of how you are perceived by your direct reports, peers, and supervisors
  • The 49 Prescriptions for Success
  • A personalized leadership assessment to help identify leadership strengths and weaknesses

 

Mary C. Kelly
Author, Speaker
PhD, CSP,
Commander, US Navy (retired)

 

Bio:

Raised in Texas, Mary Kelly is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and spent over 20 years on active duty in intelligence and logistics. She retired from the Navy as a commander. Mary has Masters degrees in history and economics, and a PhD in economics. With over 20 years combined experience at the Naval Academy, Hawaii Pacific University, and the Air Force Academy, she taught economics, finance, history and management. She has experience in business development, human resources, finance and organizational leadership. Mary has a track record of success as a leadership expert and executive coach.

Through her work in college teaching and in the military, Mary discovered the need to make the principles of leadership and communication available to all types of businesses. Her book, Master Your World, became a bestseller and launched her career as an author and speaker. 

After publishing additional books on leadership, productivity, communication, business growth, and organization, Mary desired to make leadership fun and fulfilling. Mary’s clients affectionately call her the “fun leadership economist.” Using her experience as a Naval commander, Mary learned how to create productive, happy work environments, even in the most stressful situations. Mary believes in leadership that boosts the morale of those she supports makes them want to perform better at their jobs. Today she spends her time showing business owners, CEO’s, managers, and team leaders how to do the same. “Great leadership can be learned.”- Mary Kelly

April 2016 Justin Fish, owner of Justin Fish Legal.  His presentation was titled: "You have an estate. Do you have a plan? Practical tips for creating an effective Estate Plan".

Have you ever thought…
“I’m not wealthy. I don’t need an estate plan.”
“Why do I care what happens to my estate when I die? I’ll let my kids figure it out.”
“Estate planning is too expensive.”
“It can’t be that hard. I’ll just do it myself.”
“I’ll do it when I get older.”


You’re not alone. The majority of Americans die without an estate plan in place. No matter the size of your estate, one thing is certain when you die: you can’t take anything with you.  For this reason, you need to provide instructions to ensure that your estate is distributed to the people and organizations most important to you.  In addition to directing the distribution of your estate at death, a good estate plan should also:


• Provide instructions for your financial and medical care if you become incapacitated;
• Name a guardian for minor children;
• Impart your values to your descendants;
• Ensure family members with special needs are properly cared for;
• Protect your beneficiaries from creditors, divorce and lawsuits;
• Address business succession at disability and death;
• Provide asset protection

 


Justin Fish, Esq.
Owner, Justin Fish Legal

Justin Fish is the owner of Justin Fish Legal. His legal practice focuses on estate planning, wills and trusts, special needs planning and elder law issues. Justin grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Doherty High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law. He spent the first five years of his career as a litigator in San Francisco. After moving back to Colorado Springs, he spent three years with an estate planning firm in town before starting his own firm. Justin is a strong advocate of creating estate plans that are custom-tailored to fit each person’s unique situation.

March 2016 Bart Combs, founder and President of SOLKOA Inc.  His presentation was titled:

Overview:  Today’s executive travelers and high net worth individuals are at greater risk from targeting threats than anytime in modern history. Violent crime and terror-style attacks are spilling beyond the remote war-zones and are now closer to home. New virtual vulnerabilities have arisen as hyper-connected networks and technologies spread rapidly worldwide. Kidnap and ransom statistics alone have broken records every year since 2012 and many financially strained governments seem unable or unwilling to counter these trends. We will explore the emerging threats, recent public policy changes, and adaptive options to mitigate risks and increase resilience for you, the modern business traveler.

Highlights:

  • Gain insight on today’s growing hazards and threats facing executive travelers and their families while away.
  • U.S. national policy changes and how they might affect your business’ contingency planning and recovery strategies.
  • Assess and mitigate your current vulnerabilities at home and abroad that heighten the risks of a targeting event.
  • Develop a heightened sense of holistic situational awareness, personal resilience, and responsiveness to crisis events.
  • Introduce new skills and tools to survive and egress emergencies abroad using the latest technologies, or none at all.

 

Bart Combs
President
SOLKOA, Inc

Bio:

Bart Combs is the founder and President of SOLKOA Inc., a discreet security services firm that has trained and prepared more than 20,000 at-risk travelers from the public and private sector in situational awareness, personal resilience and self recovery. A 20 year veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Combs has been a US Army Special Warfare Survival, Evasion, Resistance & Escape (SERE) Instructor since 1985. Prior to retiring in 2004 from the US Army Special Operations Command as a Lieutenant Colonel, including 6 years of operational service with 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – DELTA, (aka Delta Force) he was recognized as the Army’s most senior subject matter expert in Personnel Recovery (PR) and SERE, having developed numerous training programs and contingency plans at all levels of the Department of Defense and its strategic interagency partners. His operational experience spans 30 years and across six continents, both on the ground as well as a special operations rotary wing and fixed wing pilot. A distinguished graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Mr. Combs also holds a Masters of Business Administration degree.

January 2016 Jason Daniels, Realtor and Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Millennium and Jason Daniels & Associates. His presentation was titled: Achieving More Success in Business by Doing Less.

Jason discussed setting and achieving business goals based on his experience with growing his business year over year for over 12 years while reviewing the timeless principles presented in "Essentialism" by Greg McKeown and "The One Thing" by Gary Keller.



Jason Daniels
Realtor and Broker/Owner
RE/MAX Millennium and
Jason Daniels & Associates

Jason is a Colorado native and has lived in Colorado Springs for over 27 years. Jason and his team have sold over six hundred homes over the past 12 years in Colorado Springs. He enjoys all types of outdoor activities. Jason graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor's degree in Construction Management. He is married with five children and enjoys spending time with family. Jason and his team specialize with first time buyers, investors, golf course properties, luxury homes, military relocation, and new home construction. He is also a member of the Elite 25, and exclusive group of top luxury agents in the Colorado Springs area.
December 2015 President David Powell, 2nd Counselor in the Colorado Springs North Stake Presidency and Business Owner.  His presentation was titled: Balancing Profession, Service, & Fishing.

President Powell will draw on his years as a business owner in the insurance industry to show how you can achieve success professionally while still flourishing spiritually. His path demonstrates the ability to build a thriving profession, serve the Lord, and still make time for fishing trips.


President David A. Powell
2nd Counselor, Colorado Springs Stake Presidency
Business Owner


Bio:

David Albert Powell (born 29 August 1951) is a former insurance executive for a Fortune 500 Company, a business owner and employer, and a religious leader. He currently serves as Second Counselor in the Colorado Springs North Stake Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

David Powell was born in Spanish Fork, Utah and lived in Payson Utah as a youth. He is the oldest of ten children. He served a two year LDS Mission in the Texas North Mission (speaking Spanish) from 1970 to 1972. He attended Brigham Young University where he earn a BA in English graduating in 1976.

Powell married Connie Jean Owen in 1975 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are parents to four children and have 14 grandchildren.

Powell has spent 37 years working in the insurance and financial services industry for State Farm Insurance Companies. He has traveled extensively in his work assignments. His work focused on market development and agency growth. State Farm is a mutual company that makes its primary focus its policyholders. State Farm provides employment for over 65,000 people and more than 18,000 agents and services more than 82 million policies and accounts throughout the U. S. Powell also has served as President of the Payson, Utah Chamber of Commerce.
November 2015 Dr. Tatiana Bailey, PhD.  Her presentation was titled: Health Care in the U.S. Today – A Bird’s Eye View.

As part of her presentation, she addressed the following topics:
-Health Care Expenditures in Perspective
-Sources of Funding
-How the Money is Spent
-Health Care Outcomes
-Uniqueness of Health Care
-Confounding Factors
-Efforts at Reform
-Brief Overview of the Affordable Care Act

 


Tatiana Bailey, PhD


Bio:

Tatiana Bailey has her Master’s in economics and her doctorate in public health, both from the University of Michigan. Since obtaining her doctorate, she has taught micro and macroeconomics as well as health economics and policy at the University of Michigan and Walsh College. She is now also teaching a health policy class to MBA students at the University of Colorado.

Dr. Bailey currently works in the health care and economic development fields. In the health care arena, she has focused on programs that aim to increase access and quality while reducing costs particularly for at-risk populations. She is also doing presentations to audiences who wish to be better informed about the general framework of the health care system in the U.S. and the particulars of the Affordable Care Act. In the economic development field, she has focused upon economic growth initiatives primarily through the venues of entrepreneurship and innovation. Dr. Bailey is one of the lead evaluators for a $100 million, philanthropic initiative aimed at improving economic development in the City of Detroit primarily through entrepreneurial training and support.

As Director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum, Dr. Bailey serves as an economic development resource to businesses and government within Southern Colorado. She aims to inform audiences about our national and local economy as well as assist the region with leveraging its many assets.
October 2015 Conor McCluskey, CEO of BombBomb. His presentation was titled: Values + Action = Culture.



Conor McCluskey, CEO
BombBomb

Bio:

Conor has more than 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. He co-founded a service company in the multi-family housing industry and grew its annual revenue from $50K to $1.7M. In just 4 years, he took a set of outdoor advertising accounts and grew revenue 660%. He is also an owner in a vineyard and winery called “Proper Wines” in Walla Walla, Washington where Proper was recently named Best New Winery by Seattle Mag. In addition, his passion and purpose is to raise money for the development of small businesses and communities in Kenya.

About BombBomb:

Video Email using Gmail, Mobile, and Web

In 1998, it started off with the one thing all great stories begin with... a relationship. Just two guys from the same small town in Michigan meeting for the first time 1,265 miles away in Colorado... With a broken bike and a $100 repair bill.

Sales guys at heart, Conor McCluskey and Darin Dawson knew they communicated best with their clients face to face. But, even back then so much communication had become "faceless" lacking personality, lacking clarity, lacking connection.

In 2006, Conor experimented by sending a video email to his client list. The response? Overwhelming. The result? BombBomb launches.
September 2015 Hartley Goldstone, an author and retired estate-planning attorney.  His presentation was titled: The role of trust and communication in creating an estate plan.

"The adage: “shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves in three generations” is, unfortunately, the fate for most families in business. How can you avoid this all-too-common fate? An important consideration is to take into account trust and communication when designing an estate plan."


Hartley Goldstone
Author and Columnist
Retired JD, MBA

Following 25 years as attorney, senior trust officer, and senior staff of a multifamily office, today Hartley consults with clients to build estate plans that harness the best in people for the greatest good. As an advisor, he offers field-tested approaches and tools to identify―and then achieve―positive possibilities in the relationship between beneficiary and trustee. He is the co-author of TrustWorthy – New Angles on Trusts from Beneficiaries and Trustees (Trustscape 2012) and the soon to be released Family Trusts―A Guide for Beneficiaries, Trustees, Trust Creators and Trust Protectors (Bloomberg Press 2016).
June 2015 Ryan Frost. His presentation was titled, "Having Success In Business and Life through Networking, Change and Education".

"During my 13 year career in dentistry there are a few pearls that have guided my approach to building my businesses. During my presentation, I will share the things that I feel have had the biggest impact on my career and my success as a dentist. These tips are universal to anyone who works with customers. I will discuss how gospel principles have guided my decision making in my business and my decisions about education, how I better communicate with my customers (patients) after a simple mindset shift, and what customer service areas I focus on the most."


Ryan Frost
Orthodontist

I was raised in Southern California near the Pasadena area of Los Angeles, CA with interests in sports of all kinds (especially volleyball). In 1990, I attended Brigham Young University and then left to serve a two year mission in the Australia Perth Mission with 7 months served in the newly formed Chinese Program within that mission. Upon returning, I resumed my studies at BYU, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business Management. I married in 1994 and moved to St. Louis, MO where my wife began her medical school training. In 1995 I began work on a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) and graduated in 1998, but I soon found more interest in patient care which led me to later enroll in dental school at the University of North Carolina. Upon graduation in 2002, my wife and I moved with our 2 children to Colorado Springs where I worked in Monument as an associate dentist for 6 months, and then I purchased my own practice in April 2003. While practicing I also spent 2 years working as a dental consultant. I owned my own practice until 2011 when I started a 3 year residency in orthodontics at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, NY. Upon completion, I joined Pine Top Orthodontics in Colorado Springs where I am a currently a partner. My wife Stefani and I have 6 wonderful children, and I still enjoy sports of all kinds (especially volleyball!!)
May 2015 Toby Gannett, Independent Consultant.  His topic was: Moving Forward: The economic outlook for Colorado Springs.

Toby will discuss the current landscape of our local community, the possible new items on the horizon and announcement of the newly hired CEO/President of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.”



Thomas Brattle "Toby" Gannett
Independent Consultant

Toby Gannett is an independent consultant in the areas of innovation management, leadership coaching and development, management optimization, and strategic planning. He has served in leadership positions on numerous boards of directors for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and as the Interim CEO/President of the CSRBA while a permanent placement was selected. Under Toby's leadership, companies have earned over 30 National, State and Local awards.
April 2015 President Lynn Fredrickson, President of the Colorado Springs Stake.  He discussed 'How our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation can help us be better employees, colleagues, managers, and employers.'



President Lynn Fredrickson
Colorado Spring Stake

Lynn Fredrickson worked for 31 years for the Hewlett-Packard Company in a wide variety of Finance and Controllership roles in the United States and internationally.

Over the years, Lynn managed accounting operations, planning and reporting activities, finance process and system development, mergers and acquisitions, operational quality, business continuity, information security, and data privacy. He finished his career in 2012 as director of HP's worldwide compliance and control organization.

Lynn holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Utah (a school so nice, he went there twice!)

In the Church, Lynn served as a full time missionary in the Switzerland Zurich mission. Since his mission he has served as a teacher, priesthood quorum leader, bishop's counselor, stake high councilor, bishop, and now as stake president of the Colorado Springs Colorado Stake.

Lynn is married to Julie Harris, and they have three children and two grandchildren.
March 2015 Our meeting this month was a little different than normal.  Our topic was "Branding Your Business Through the LDS Business Group – Presenting Your Business in One Minute or Less."

The luncheon meeting was focused primarily on networking.  We had a short presentation on marketing from Rhonda Smolarek, Online Marketing Professional, then we opened the floor to any of our members that wanted to tell us about their company/business.

This was your opportunity to explain your business to our membership and to generate new business relationships. 




Rhonda Smolarek
Online Marketing Professional

Rhonda Smolarek (said as: Smo-lar-ek) is an online marketing professional with a background as a computer programmer, trained in web design and multimedia graphics. Rhonda holds certifications in online directory marketing, social media marketing and is an online marketing partner with Google, adept in the strategies of Google's powerful online marketing tools.
February 2015 A panel of successful business people, titled, A Look at Business Through Good and Tough Times .

Are some types of businesses insulated from tough times more than others? Come learn from a panel discussion from Tom Perkins, Perkins Motors and Jeff Tapparo, Chief Engineering Development Manager of DePuy Synthes.
 

Panelists:
 

Jeff Taparo Tom Perkins
Chief Engineering President
Development Manager Perkins Motor Company
DuPuy Synthes  

Moderator:

Mike Law
Vice President
Wealth Management Advisor
The M&M Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

January 2015 James Krainock, Cyber/Digital Forensics Investigator. His presentation was titled, "Cybercrime and Long Walks on the Breach".

He shared case studies from cyber investigations involving Hacking, Intellectual Property Theft, Corporate Espionage, and Child Exploitation. He also discussed tips on how to secure your business and family.



James Krainock, FCE
Cyber/Digital Forensics Investigator
ASI, Inc.
and Owner of Millstone Digital Investigations

Bio:
A 12-year resident of Colorado Springs, Mr. Krainock has extensive experience in the field of digital forensics and digital investigations working with law enforcement at the International, Federal, State and Local levels.

In addition to being an accredited forensic computer examiner he has worked in development of specialized digital forensic hardware and software for law enforcement, and has trained hundreds of forensic examiners. As a private sector partner he has worked closely with government and law enforcement officials on international projects and initiatives to advance the capability of international child exploitation investigation. He is currently a participant in Project VIC, an international public/private sector initiative lead by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

In recent years Mr. Krainock’s work has been focused on consultancy in child exploitation investigations with forensic task forces from Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Dept. of Justice ICAC Task Force, U.S. Marshals Service, Secret Service, U.S. Dept. of Defense, Task Force Argos Australia, Canadian Police, London Metropolitan Police, Thai Police, German Police, and Interpol Specialists Group on Crimes Against Children.

Mr. Krainock is a member of the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists, an internationally accredited forensic certification and training organization. 3

“In Sheep’s Clothing” and “Real Dangers in a Virtual World” are youth and family internet and social media safety programs that Mr. Krainock teaches in local high schools and church youth groups.

Mr. Krainock owns Millstone Digital Investigations and works with ASI, Inc. a Colorado based Security and Investigations company.
December 2014 Elder Brent Hillier, Area Seventy. His presentation was titled "The Intersection of Business, Family and Faith – Applying Gospel Principles in All Aspects of One’s Life."




Brent J. Hillier
Area Seventy
6th Quorum of the Seventy


Born May 7, 1960, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Robert and Virginia Hillier. Wife, Klaudette Hillier; parents of six children.

Received Bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in the field of marketing. Was President of Intermountain Benefit Administrators from 1988 to 2004. From 2004 to 2008, He was President of Client Relations and Business Development for Meritain Health, a privately held health care administration company. Currently President of Benefit Health Advisor located in Centennial, Colorado.

He served a fulltime mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1979 to 1981 in the Michigan Lansing Mission. During the summer of 1980 he received a call to serve in Nauvoo, Illinois. He served as Bishop in the Parker Ward for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1994 to 1999. He has also served as a counselor in the Parker Colorado Stake Presidency from 2001 to 2004 and as then as Stake President for the Parker, Colorado Stake from 2004 to 2010, presiding over 12 congregations and approximately 5300 members in the Parker and Elizabeth area. Currently he serves as an Area Seventy in the 6th Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
November 2014 Colorado Springs Mayor, Steve Bach. His presentation was titled "Making Colorado Springs a Successful City."

He assessed what lies ahead in the stormwater arena, now that Amendment 68 failed in the recent election. He will also cover the issues surrounding the "City of Champions" project.

There was no discussion on whether Mayor Bach would run for re-election.


Steve Bach
Mayor
Colorado Springs

Stephen G. (Steve) Bach was elected by an overwhelming majority on May 17, 2011. He was one of two top vote getters in the initial municipal election held April 5, 2011. The City Charter was revised to change the municipal government from a City Manager-Council form of government to Mayor-Council in the November 2, 2010 election. Bach's term will end in 2015.

For 45 years Mayor Steve Bach has lived in Colorado Springs, where he graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has created many business successes in the private sector.

Mayor Bach’s full professional background includes: Product Management for the Proctor & Gamble Company, Vice President and Director of Marketing for Current, Inc.. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer for several large corporations, and as a commercial real estate broker.

Throughout his career, Mayor Bach has given back to the region by serving on a wide range of community and industry organizations. He was named Business Citizen of the Year by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He has served multiple terms on the board of directors for the Chamber, where he helped co-found the Business Climate Initiatives Group. He has provided his time and efforts for the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation, Housing and Building Association, Pikes Peak United Way, Pikes Peak YMCA, Community Corrections of the Pikes Peak Region, and University of Colorado Foundation.

Bach served in the United States Army artillery from 1964 to 1966, including service at Fort Carson, CO. He was honorably discharged and awarded the Army Commendation medal.

He received a B.S. degree with highest honors in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in 1968.
October 2014 John Suthers, Attorney General of the State of Colorado. His presentation is titled: Hot Legal Topics in Colorado.

He will discuss fracking, the legalization of marijuana, gay marriage, recent legislative actions and lawsuits surrounding guns, and the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) suit.

Information from John on Marijuana: Marijuana Experiment

The notes are from a speech that Mr. Suthers gave at Columbia University Law School which is the source for his comments to the delegation. The primary sources for the statistics mentioned are “The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact” Vol. 2/August 2014 produced by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, www.rmhidta.org/default.aspx/MenuItemID/687/MenuGroup/RMHIDTAHome.htm; and the Centennial Institute’s Policy Brief “The Big Deal: How Marijuana Endangers Young People and What Policymakers Should Do,” by Christian Thurstone, MD, www.ccu.edu/centennial/policybriefs/.


John W. Suthers
Attorney General
Colorado Department of Law

John W. Suthers is a lifetime resident of Colorado. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Government in 1974 and from the University of Colorado Law School in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, he served as a deputy and chief deputy district attorney in Colorado Springs. From September of 1979 to January of 1981, he headed the Economic Crime Division of the DA’s office.

In January of 1981, Mr. Suthers entered private practice and became a litigation partner in the Colorado Springs firm of Sparks Dix, P.C. He remained with the firm until November of 1988, when he defeated an incumbent to be elected District Attorney of the Fourth Judicial District. He was elected to a second term as District Attorney in November of 1992. At the conclusion of that second term in January of 1997, he returned to Sparks Dix, P.C. as Senior Counsel in charge of the firm’s litigation section.

On January 12, 1999, Mr. Suthers was appointed Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Corrections by Governor Bill Owens. As head of the Colorado correctional system, he was in charge of an organization with almost 6,000 employees and an annual operational budget of approximately $500 million.

On July 30, 2001, Mr. Suthers was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado. He was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Suthers represented the United States in all criminal and civil matters within the District of Colorado.

On January 4, 2005, Mr. Suthers was appointed Attorney General of Colorado by Governor Bill Owens. In both 2006 and 2010, he won election to the Office of Attorney General by large margins. As Attorney General, Suthers represents and defends the interests of the people of Colorado and is chief legal counsel and advisor to state government and its many state agencies, boards and commissions.
In his tenure as Attorney General, Mr. Suthers has initiated successful programs to protect children from Internet predators and to reduce mortgage and foreclosure fraud. He chairs the statewide substance abuse trend and response task force. He served on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Attorneys General, is a Member of the U.S. Attorney General’s Executive Working Group and served as Chairman of the Conference of Western Attorneys General in 2009-2010.

Mr. Suthers has served on the board of numerous civic organizations. He has served as President of the El Paso County Bar Association in 1990-91 and as Senior Vice President of the Colorado Bar Association in 1996-97. He served as President of the Colorado District Attorney’s Council in 1994-95. In 1992, he was appointed by the Colorado legislature to serve as a Colorado delegate to the National Conference on Uniform State Laws and served until January of 1997. In the summer of 2000, Mr. Suthers received a Gates Foundation Fellowship to attend the Government Executives Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Denver Law School and a Scholar in Residence at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs campus.

John and his wife, Janet, have been married for 37 years and have two daughters, Alison, a deputy district attorney in Denver, and Kate, who is an analyst with the Department of Defense and a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.
Mr. Suthers has authored six books including No Higher Calling, No Greater Responsibility: A Prosecutor Makes His Case (Fulcrum Publishing, 2008), an analysis of the prosecutor’s role in the justice system.
September 2014 Dr. Dustin Bluhm,Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His presentation was titled: Ethics as Your Competitive Advantage.

"What sets you apart? How can you differentiate yourself in business? Corporate scandals have caused a demand for employees and leaders who are distinguished by their workplace ethics. Simply being a "good person" is not enough to stand out among the crowd. Through corporate examples and research, UCCS professor Dr. Dustin Bluhm will discuss how to build an ethical reputation that will give you a competitive advantage."

Download Dr. Bluhm's presentation: Ethics as a Competitive Advantage.pdf



Dr. Dustin Bluhm
Assistant Professor of Management
University of Colorado Colorado Springs

An assistant professor of management at University of Colorado Colorado Springs, Dustin Bluhm maintains an active research and teaching agenda focused on ethics, leadership, positivity, and the relationships between business, government & society. His research has been published in premier journals and has received several awards for its novel approach to management issues, including a prestigious award for his doctoral work at University of Washington on advancing understanding of how leaders build and maintain an ethical reputation that can positively impact followers. Audiences praise Dustin's ability to merge his own and others' corporate experiences with his knowledge of the scientific research to convey practical and meaningful insights that deliver results in the workplace.

May 2014 Dr. Don Warrick, Professor of Management and Organization Change And President’s Teaching Scholar at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His presentation was titled: “The Urgent Need for High Impact Leaders”.

• It Pays To Do Things Right And Costs When You Don’t!
• High Impact Leaders
• Gold Collar Workers
• High Performance Teams And Teamwork
• Building A World Class Organization
• You Can Change!

Download Dr. Warrick's presentation: "The Urgent Need for High Impact Leaders"


Dr. D.D. (Don) Warrick
Professor of Management and Organization Change
And President’s Teaching Scholar
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs


Dr. Warrick is an award winning educator, consultant, and author who specializes in developing and coaching leaders, developing high performance teams and organizations, and in managing organization change and transformation. His latest books are Lessons In Leadership (2011), Lessons In Leading Change (2012) Non-Profit Excellence (2013, and Lessons In Changing Culture (late 2013). The books are available on Amazon and at sales@rossismith.com. Dr. Warrick is a Professor of Management and Organization Change at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he holds the life time title of President’s Teaching Scholar and has received the Chancellor’s Award, the university’s highest award, and the Outstanding Faculty Member In The College Of Business Award. He has also received the Outstanding Teacher Award for the University and has been named the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Business many times. In addition Dr. Warrick is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Executive MBA program. He also serves as the President of the Warrick Agency Training and Development Company and has been a consultant or trainer for many Fortune 500 and international companies such as Allied Signal, British Petroleum, Dow Corning, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Unilever as well as smaller and mid-size companies, public agencies, and colleges and universities. He has received many awards for his contributions including being named the Outstanding Organization Development Practitioner of the Year and the Outstanding Human Resources Professional of the Year. He has also received the David Bradford/McGraw-Hill Educator of the Year Award and was recently named the Best Professor in Organizational Development by the World HRD Congress. Dr. Warrick completed his BBA and MBA degrees at the University of Oklaho-ma and his doctorate at the University of Southern California.
April 2014 A panel discussion of local charitable organization leaders titled: The intersection of charities and the business community.

Panelists:
Jonathan Liebert Keri Funkhouser Larry Yonker Dave Sommers
Vice President Marketing &
Comms. Manager
President and CEO Executive Director
AspenPointe Enterprises Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado The Mission Center for Nonprofit Excellence


Jonathan Liebert Bio:
Jonathan Liebert is the Vice President of AspenPointe Enterprises, a Social Enterprise dedicated to solving prevalent social issues to improve the lives of disenfranchised Coloradans by providing Employment, Training and Education services. Mr. Liebert has been with AspenPointe for over 12 years and has a Masters in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Health and Sciences Center.

Mr. Liebert is published in Behavioral Healthcare for the ACCESS Model, an innovative approach to improve an individuals’ psychological health through employment. Mr. Liebert is one of the co-creators of the Peer Navigator Model, which navigates military service members and their families through complex systems of care and helps them gain employment.

This innovative model for the military was presented to the White House Joining Forces Committee in May of 2012 and has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine. Mr. Liebert and other employees of AspenPointe presented on Social Innovation and Social Enterprise to The Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis and at the 2nd Annual Summit in Washington DC: Re-entering Through Employment: A Comprehensive Approach to Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated. In addition, Mr. Liebert serves as Chair of the Board of the Colorado Chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance and also sits on the Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board.

Keri Funkhouser Bio:
Keri Funkhouser is an experienced marketing and communications professional with ten years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Currently, she is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Discover Goodwill of Southern and Western Colorado, promoting over 20 diverse, life-changing programs serving individuals with disabilities and economic disadvantages. Keri is responsible for corporate communications, brand management, marketing, event planning and graphic design. She is also president emeritus of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and past-treasurer for Western District PRSA.

Larry Yonker Bio:
Larry has been with the Mission since January 2011. Larry's experience with major nonprofits and Fortune 100 corporations gives him the skills and vision required to create successful programs for fundraising, planned giving, donor relations, major donors, marketing, and development activities. He was the owner of a fundraising consulting business, The Elevation Group, for 10 years and served over 300 non-profit organizations and raised over $600,000,000. He was also the Vice President of Development and Marketing for Compassion International, where he worked for nearly a decade. There he managed a $15,000,000 budget and was responsible for $120,000,000 in revenue and 110 employees. Larry worked 16 years in the information technology industry, serving as a Regional Director of the value-added marketing division of Unisys Corporation. Long involved in the Christian Management Association and the Christian Stewardship Association, Larry is also an elder at New Life Church in Colorado Springs and a member of the board of directors for Professional Association of Colorado Educators and Africa Ministries.

Dave Sommers Bio:
Dave Somers is the executive director of the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, an association of nonprofits in the Pikes Peak region providing programs and services to hlep nonprofits excel. In 2013 the Center led an economic study of the nonprofit sector to provide civid and business leaders with the data they need to make better informed decisions about the future of our community.

Prior to his position with the Center, Dave was manager of education progrmas for the U.S. Olympic Committee, a sole proprietor focused on writing and editing for clients nationwide, and curriculum director for Junior Achievement, Inc. In total he has worked for nonprofit organizations in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years. He holds an MBA in international business from Regis University and a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins.

March 2014 Janna Hoiberg, an Executive and Business Leadership Coach. Her presentation was titled The Family Business: How to Be in Business with People you Love, Without Hating Them.

"Running a family business and loving it? Running a family business and wondering why? Learn more as Janna Hoiberg shares the joys, challenges, opportunities, and threats encountered in the family business. Communication, motivation, mindset, and relationships are all keys to increased profitability, business growth, and family harmony."

Janna's Presentation:  Family Business Presentation.pdf



Janna Hoiberg
Executive and Leadership Business Coach

Janna Hoiberg provides business owners and executives the guidance, support, and encouragement needed to achieve greater effectiveness in their leadership roles. Janna’s clients include those interested in leadership development, business growth and corporate executive coaching. Her experience allows her to specialize in family business coaching.

Janna is a seasoned and credentialed coach highly respected by her clients. She has the ability to translate the skills, knowledge, and expertise acquired through 30 years of managing and operating successful businesses into strategies that effectively make a difference in sales, marketing, management, team building, time allocation and so much more.
As an Author, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Facilitator, Janna shares her real-life experiences from her past and from within the business world of today. Janna’s latest book The Family Business: How to be in Business with People you Love, Without Hating Them represents her 30 years of working in and coaching family businesses.
February 2014 A Panel Discussion of Community Faith Leaders titled: Enhancing Spirituality in our Homes and the Community.

Our panelists discussed from their individual, unique perspectives, the most serious threats facing today's families and what can be done to effectively deal with those threats.

The panel will be moderated by Charles J Vorwaller.

Panelists:
 
Bishop Michael Sheridan Sr. Pastor Kent Ingram Pastor Phil Steiger President Kevin Woodward Rabbi Sarah Schechter Charles Vorwaller
Catholic Diocese First United Methodist Living Hope Church Colorado Springs North Stake,
LDS Church
USAFA
Moderator


Bishop Michael Sheridan:
Bishop Michael John Sheridan was born in 1945 in St. Louis, Mo., the older of two children of Bernice and John Sheridan. He grew up in the suburb of Jennings, where he attended Corpus Christi Catholic School from 1951-59. He graduated from St. Louis University High School in St. Louis in 1963.

After attending Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Mo., for one year, Bishop Sheridan entered Cardinal Glennon College Seminary in St. Louis. He graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. From there, he entered Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal John J. Carberry in 1971, having earned a Master of Divinity degree.

After his ordination, he received a Master of Arts degree in Historical Theology in 1973 at St. Louis University. In 1974 he began a three-year stay in Rome, where he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum). There he earned a License in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in 1976 and, four years later, a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.Th.D.) His dissertation was entitled “The Theology of the Local Church in Vatican II.”

Bishop Sheridan served the Archdiocese of St. Louis as an associate pastor in several parishes before being named pastor of Christ the King Parish in University City, Mo. in 1988. He served as pastor of Immacolata Parish in Richmond Heights, Mo., from 1993 until 1997.

St. Louis Archbishop Justin Rigali ordained Bishop Sheridan as an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese on Sept. 3, 1997. On Dec. 4, 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Sheridan coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Bishop Sheridan was formally welcomed to the diocese on January 30, 2002. He became the diocesan bishop on January 30, 2003.

Bishop Sheridan is a well-respected teacher of the faith and has taught theology on the high school, college and graduate levels, including 10 years as a professor of Systematic Theology at Kenrick Seminary. He currently serves on the Boards of Trustees of St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver and Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. Bishop Sheridan has served on several committees for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, including the Committee on Catholic Education, the Committee on Priorities and Plans and the Administration Committee. He is also chairman of the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Catholic Radio Association.

Since Bishop Sheridan came to the Diocese of Colorado Springs, it has grown to more than 165,000 Catholics in 39 parishes and missions. The diocese and its parishes provide religious education and formation to more than 9,000 students. There is one private Catholic high school in the diocese that currently serves approximately 300 students, while an additional 1,000 students receive instruction through five parish-based
elementary schools. In total, there are more than 8,000 Catholic youths under religious instruction in the Diocese of Colorado Springs.

One of Bishop Sheridan’s challenges has been to address the diocese’s shifting cultural makeup that has a particular increase in Hispanics. The diocese has one major Spanish-speaking parish, Our Lady of Guadalupe; but other parishes are adding Spanish language Masses to address a 20-percent increase in Hispanic population since 2000.

Bishop Sheridan looks forward to continued growth and expansion in the diocese. With God's grace and with the support of the faithful, the Diocese of Colorado Springs will know many more years of serving the mission of the Church in Colorado.


Senior Pastor Kent Ingram:
Senior Minister, First United Methodist Church
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Born: 10/17/59

Married: Kristine Ann (Fenner) Ingram

Children: Jeffrey Scott, born 2/24/89, Rebekah Lynn, born 1/11/93

Education: Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A. Religion/Philosophy, 1981
Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology, M.Div., 1985

Appointments:
Boston Avenue UMC, Tulsa, OK. Preaching Associate, 1985 - 1990
Wickline UMC, Midwest City, OK. Senior Minister 1990 - 1993
Lake Street UMC, Eau Claire, WI. Senior Minister 1993 - 2000
First UMC, Appleton, WI. Senior Minister 2000 - 2006
First UMC, Colorado Springs, CO. 2006 – present

After a rewarding time as an associate in one of the largest churches in United Methodism, Kent has served as Senior Minister in four downtown congregations and has led them all to growth in membership, attendance, and mission. He is a trained Disciple and Christian Believer leader and has taught some form of Disciple Bible study since the inception of the program. He has spoken at numerous churches and events throughout Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The 11:00 service from First UMC in Colorado Springs is broadcast live throughout southern Colorado.

Rev. Ingram loves the diversity and energy that comes from being in city center churches. All of his appointments have been older churches that had “glory years” in the sixties and seventies. He enjoys the challenge of renewing and revitalizing the historic churches, enabling them to recapture a sense of vital mission in the heart of the city.

Kent has been active in Annual Conference activities, chairing the Conference Council on Ministries for the Wisconsin Annual Conference and serving on the Organizational Design Team and Vision Quality Improvement Team for Wisconsin. He was elected as a delegate to the 2012 Jurisdictional Conference and as a reserve delegate to the 2012 general Conference. He has served as mentor for numerous pastors starting the process of entering the ministry.

Kent has spoken at numerous churches over the years. Most recently he was the Barton – Clinton – Gordy lecturer at the Boston Avenue United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Kent has been active on a number of community boards and agencies, many focused on youth. He currently serves as Vice-President of the Ecumenical Social Ministries Board and is on the Board of Goodwill Industries in Colorado Springs.

Kent loves to fly fish. He plays golf (the ball always rolls away from the mountains!) and enjoys the beauty of the Colorado Rockies.


Pastor Paul Steiger:
Phil Steiger is the senior pastor at Living Hope Church. He received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and his M.A. in Philosophy of Religion from Denver Seminary. Phil has worked as a pastor in Colorado Springs for almost 20 years now. In 2004, Phil became the pastor of the church plant, Hope Community Church, and then became the senior pastor as HCC merged with Living Springs Worship Centre, now Living Hope Church. He and his wife, Heather, are natives of Colorado and love spending time hiking though the Rockies.


President Kevin Woodward:
Kevin C. Woodward serves as president of the Colorado Springs North Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As stake president, a lay leader, he oversees church administration and programs throughout Colorado’s northern El Paso County that support a membership of approximately 4,500.

Professionally, President Woodward is a Technical Fellow with the Lockheed Martin Corporation. For three decades, he has worked extensively in aeronautics, astronautics, and information technology in the areas of systems engineering, modeling and simulation and engineering economics. President Woodward holds bachelor’s degrees in Japanese and in International Relations (National Security Affairs) from Brigham Young University, as well as an advanced degree in business (MBA) from the University of Southern California. From 1977-1979, he served a full-time mission for the Church in northern Japan.

President Woodward was born on March 12, 1958 in Sacramento, California to Kenneth L. and Corene Condie Woodward. In 1980, he married Tammy Johnson. They reside in Colorado Springs and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.


Rabbi Sarah Schechter:
Chaplain (Captain) Sarah D. Schechter is a Chaplain at the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado. She is Director of Cadet Jewish Life, Deputy Chief of Plans and Programing, and is the Cadet Group Two Chaplain. She provides spiritual support, advises leadership, leads retreats, and ensures the free exercise of religion for Cadets, and Airmen and their families in the chapel community, unit work centers, at home and when deployed.

Chaplain Schechter was ordained Rabbi through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2003. She served as a Chaplain Candidate and IMA Chaplain before becoming an Active Duty Air Force chaplain in 2004. Chaplain Schechter was the 2010 Air Education and Training Outstanding Company Grade Officer Chaplain of the Year and the 2013 Air Force District of Washington Outstanding Company Grade Officer Chaplain of the Year.

EDUCATION
1992 Bachelor of Arts degree, Hunter College, New York, NY
2001 Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Letters, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA
2001 Master of Arts degree in Jewish Education, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA
2003 Rabbinic Ordination, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA
2005 Air and Space Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2012 Deputy Wing Chaplain School, Ft Jackson, SC

ASSIGNMENTS
1. June 2002 – July 2002, Chaplain Candidate, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO (January – May 2007, Chaplain, Southwest Asia)
2. June 2003 – July 2003, Chaplain Candidate, Langley AFB, VA
3. September 2003 – December 2003, IMA Chaplain, Los Angeles Air Force Base, CA
4. January 2004 – August 2007, Jewish Chaplain, Los Angeles AFB, CA
5. August 2007 – August 2011, Jewish Chaplain, Lackland AFB, TX (December 2008 – May 2009, Chaplain, Iraq)
6. August 2011 – Present, Jewish Chaplain, Joint Base Andrews, MD

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Achievement Medal
AF Outstanding Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal with two stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border and two devices

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant 21 March 2002
First Lieutenant 23 September 2003
Captain 4 September 2004


Charles J. Vorwaller:
Charles J Vorwaller retired Pres/CEO Pikes Peak Mental Health Center for 30+ years. He and wife have served 4 couples missions since 2001 (two in Europe as the Mental Health Advisor for Europe East, Central and West; one in Europe Establishing LDS Family Services in Central Europe; one in Colo Spgs as Employment Dev Specialist); Married 55 years to Madeleine E Pfister of Switzerland, 7 children, 27 grandchildren, 2 great grand children; BS and MSW Degrees U of U; Post Master’s Degree Menninger Psych Center; Doctoral work U of Colorado; 3 years USAF Forbes AFB Hosp as Admin Dir Psych Clinic; 5 years Founder and Director Psych Svcs and Siouxland Mental Health Center, Sioux City, IA. Has resided in CS for 43 years; was Bishop CS 9th Ward, 2nd Counselor CS Spgs No. Stake; maintains p/t pvt practice as Clinical Psychotherapist: He and wife provide workshops/seminars on Health and Wellness; Serves on U of U College of Social Work Board. Since June 2013 he and wife serve as Inter-Faith Specialists, CS North Stake.

January 2014 Elder Doug Wursten, Director, Colorado Springs LDS Employment Resource Center.  His Presentation was titled: Benefits of the LDS Employment Resource Center for Employers and Job Seekers.

Elder Wursten shared stories about how the LDS Employment Resource Center is improving lives and benefitting our community.  He explained how the LDS Employment Resource Center can help your business find highly qualified employees, as well as help job seekers to improve their job search, resume and interviewing skills through workshops, personal counseling, and networking opportunities.

Elder Wursten's Presentation: LDS Business Luncheon Jan 2014 charts.pdf



Elder Doug Wursten
Director
Colorado Springs LDS Employement Resource Center

Elder Douglas Wursten is a Senior Service Missionary for the Church serving as Director of the Colorado Springs LDS Employment Resource Center since October 2013. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Economics and a Master of Arts in Business Management from the University of Nebraska. He was commissioned an officer in the United States Air Force in 1970 and served for twenty years in IT, acquisition and project management. Following his Air Force career he continued project management work for twenty more years; working on engineering improvements to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) surveillance aircraft, known as AWACS.

Residing in Europe, in the Netherlands, for over sixteen years Elder Wursten and his wife, Sandi, raised their family of five children and had many opportunities to serve in the Church. He has served as Bishop twice; in Holland for eight years and in Colorado Springs as a Young Single Adult Ward Bishop for five years.

Elder Wursten is excited to be serving a senior mission and looks forward to assisting those looking for employment in this challenging time.
December 2013 Mark McConkie, President of the Colorado Springs Stake.  His presentation was titled: The Gospel and Business: Can they shake Hands?



Mark McConkie
Professor of Public Administration, UCCS.
B.A., M.P.A., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Mark L. McConkie, professor of public administration, has taught and researched in the areas of executive effectiveness for more than four decades. He has served as the resident dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at UCCS and currently teaches courses in Organization Theory and Behavior, Organization Development, Management Development, Leadership, and Ethics and Professionalism. His research has dealt with how organizations change, and with how people become more effective, and has appeared in scholarly journals such as The Academy of Management Review, Group and Organization Studies, Southern Review of Public Administration, The Public Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Organization Development, Consultation, The Journal of Health and Human Resource Administration, and the Journal of the Practice of Management. He has consulted with Federal, State, and local governments, in addition to consultative and training work with private corporations such as BankOne, NASA, U.S. Navy (NAVSEA), U.S. Air Force (Special Forces), MCI, Hewlett Packard, Planters Life Savers, Motorola, the Sandia National Laboratories, and the American Society for Public Administration, the Academy of Management, Certified Consultants International, the International OD Registry, and the International Organization Development Association. Dr. McConkie's teaching focuses on organizational change and behavior, leadership, management development and ethics; his research interests also include the myths and folklore of organizational culture.

Along with a full-time mission in Argentina, his varied Church service has included the callings of bishop, counselor to the president of the Colorado Denver Mission, and stake president. He is married to the former Mary Ann Taylor. They are the parents of nine children, and the family resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His four books published are Remembering Joseph: Personal Recollections of Those Who Knew the Prophet Joseph Smith, The Father of the Prophet, Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, and Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie.
November 2013 Dave Norton, Founder and Principal of Stone Mantel.  His topic was: Brands Better Start Understanding the Digital Consumer, Immediately!



Dave Norton
Founder and Principal
Stone Mantel

Eight years ago, Dave started the boutique insights consultancy, Stone Mantel, to help companies move from producing functional goods and services to creating meaningful brand experiences that deliver on emotional and social jobs to get done.

Stone Mantel's goal is to help brands create the meaningful experiences that their customers want and deserve. They help companies find the experiences that matter most, turn those experiences into meaningful value propositions, and design a solution that delivers real, quantifiable results. They are an insights consultancy focused on brand strategy, product innovation, and customer experience. Some of their clients include the top brands in the world in their industries.

Dave Norton is responsible for Stone Mantel’s strategy, vision and growth, as well as business development and managing major client accounts. He is well known for in-depth ethnographic research, insights on how to most effectively innovate and his unique ability to provide clients with a five-year competitive advantage. Norton is sought after for his thought leadership on making brand experiences meaningful and has lectured at Harvard, Columbia Business School and Fortune magazine’s annual summits. Prior to establishing Stone Mantel, Norton was vice president of Yamamoto Moss, a strategic branding firm, for nearly a decade.
October 2013 Our presentation this month was a panel discussion titled Opportunities and Challenges for Philanthropy in the Pikes Peak Region

Philanthropy means "love of humanity" in the sense of caring for, nourishing, developing, and enhancing "what it is to be human" on both the benefactors' and beneficiaries' sides of this equation.

A community conversation around the opportunities and challenges associated with “giving”. Learn what you should be doing and how to make an impact with your dollars/time/effort.

Engage in dialogue to answer: Who funds community organizations? How is community impact made? What are the opportunities for our city? How does Philanthropy work in our region? How can I give for the best impact? Where is philanthropy heading?

Conversation lead by Eric Cefus.

Panelist Information:

Eric Cefus – Director of Philanthropic Services for Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Eric has been with PPCF for over 2 years and focuses on creating maximum positive strategic impacts for all philanthropist in our region. After leaving a successful career in engineering and sales, Eric has found his passion on “giving” to the community for the last 8 years. Eric was the Executive Director of Catamount Institute for 5 years prior to coming to the Foundation.

Eric has been married for 21 years to his wife, Kathy. They have 2 boys and live in the mountains outside of “the city.” Eric is an avid cyclist, runner, and gardener. He loves spending time with his family.

Eric and Kathy have two driving goals in life: 1. leave the world a better place than we found it, and 2. be exceptional role models for our children.


Michael Hannigan- CEO- Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Michael, along with the PPCF Board of Directors, founded PPCF over 15 years ago. He has over 30 years in the non-profit sector including teaching, writing, training, and financial management for schools and non-profit organizations.

He is a fourth-generation native of Colorado, and graduated in 1975 from Colorado College.

Michael is married, has three children, and enjoys pursuits outside of work that include bicycling, hiking, river rafting, and nearly any activity that includes his family.


Howard Brooks

Howard is a long time, impactful community leader. After a successful career in the media industry, he followed his passions to be part of our community. Howard became Vice President of United Way and helped them grow into a thriving organization. He moved to Energy Resource Center three years ago to help needy Colorado Families have safer, more efficient homes. Howard is the CEO of that organization.

Howard volunteers with many critical community organizations and sits of Boards of many nonprofits. He enjoys the outdoors, rock climbing, and running.
September 2013 A panel discussion titled Best Practices of Highly Successful Businesses – A Panel Discussion of Leading Business Owners and Executives.

Panel Members:
 
Jon Stillman Tom Devine Joe McCloskey
VP of Corp Development
Bal Seal Engineering
President
Diamond Wire
Materials Technology
President
McCloskey Motors, Inc.


Jon Stillman's Bio:
Jon Stillman began work with Bal Seal Engineering in 1984 after obtaining a Bachelors in Psychoanalytic Anthropology from UCSD and then and MBA. His career with Bal Seal eventually led to the job of President and CEO and during his tenure in this position the company expanded its product range from its innovative line of fluid seals into medical connectors and electrical contacts while opening offices in Europe and Asia.

In 1998 Jon left Bal Seal to pursue community service working with Mission Hospital and the St. Joseph Health System when he was asked to lead in the development and implementation of a strategic initiative to develop a Culture of Philanthropy to better provide health care for the under-served and meet the needs of the community for the coming years. In 2010 the Board of Directors of Bal Seal asked Jon to return to lead the company’s expansion in Colorado Springs. Jon is currently finishing up design and construction of Bal Seal’s new 160,000 square foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility on the north end of town. Since coming to Colorado Springs Jon has been a member of Governor Hickenlooper’s Manufacturing Industry Steering Committee, a founding member of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA), a member of the CSRBA Medical Innovation and Technology Group, is Chair of the Philanthropy Committee of the Engineering Leadership Council at UCCS, and was an active member of Colorado Springs Together.

Tom Devine's Bio:
“Tom Devine joined DMT in February 2011 as CEO. Tom brings an extensive background in operations, general management and continuous improvement to DMT. Tom has focused his career on helping organizations who are undergoing rapid growth, post-merger restructurings and Lean Sigma transformations.

In his last position, Tom served as CEO of Boon Edam based in North Carolina where he was instrumental in building the company’s infrastructure and overseeing the transition to a Lean manufacturing culture.

Prior to Boon Edam, Tom served as Vice President of Operations for ABB Semiconductor in Lenzburg, Switzerland from 2000 to 2006. Previously, Tom held senior operational and general management roles for a variety of technology-based companies namely; Integrated Device Technology, Paradigm Technology, Headway Technologies and OnQ Technologies.

Tom holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Fresno State University and lives with his wife and three daughters in Monument, Colorado.”

Joe McCloskey's Bio:
Joe McCloskey was born and raised in Pueblo, CO.  Growing up in Pueblo, Joe spent much of his time offering his services,  helping to pump gas.  It was at that gas station where Joe realized his true love, the automobile.  At 8 years old, when many children are learning their states and capitals, Jooe had learned each make, model, equipment and engine size.

Joe's real auto career began at age 13, at Bear Axle and Wheel as a mechanics helper, he then worked for a Volkswagen and Mercedes Dealership detailing cars and helping the mechanics.  When Joe was 17 he was promoted and began selling cars after high school and weekends.  He's been in love with his chosen career path ever since.

In 1981, Joe was  hired a General Sales Manager for Penkhus Volvo-Mazda.  By the end of the year he was elected to the  Volvo Sales Manger Recogition Program.  Under Joe's supervision, by 1983, the Dealership grew to the largest volume Mazda dealership in Colorado.  In 1985 Joe went to work for Phil Long Ford as their Imports Plaza Manager.  While there, Joe's success continued with numerous achievements, and by 1988 Phil Long Import Plaza ranked 2nd in Import Sales Volume in Colorado Springs, in the top 10 Yugo franchises in the nation, and 1st in the state for Isuzu and Suzuki.

In 1989, Joe and Ann founded McCloskey Motors, Inc, building the business from the ground up.  In the subsequent years, McCloskey has received numerous awards, including 'Quality Dealer of the Year' from the Colorado Independent Auto Dealer Association (CIADA) in 1995, and again in 2012.  McCloskey Motors, Inc. was the first in the 72 year hisotry of CIADA to receive this award twice.

The McCloskey's have also long been involved with numerous community charities, including the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado and Colorado Springs City Parks.  They help with Muscular Dystrophy Association projects and the Wounded Warrior Project, and are sponsors of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb.

August 2013 Peter Husak: The Art of Networking.

“Social Networking is fine but old school belly button to belly button communication does not have a substitute. I think people buy from who they like, trust and have a relationship with. Come and hear some fresh, simple ideas that can impact your income and your business.”


Peter Husack
CEO
Team Pikes Peak, LLC

Peter Husak is the CEO of Team Pikes Peak, LLC which owns OfficeScapes, Colorado Springs a full-service office furniture provider that represents Steelcase as well as many other manufacturers. He joined the company in 1996 with previous management experience at the Xerox Corporation. At Xerox, Husak represented the company during their Malcolm Baldridge Award site visit because of his leadership in quality initiatives.

During Husak’s tenure, OfficeScapes’ Colorado Springs sales volume has doubled and ten competitors have closed. He is passionate about customer service and drives processes and improvements accordingly. He led the creation of a flooring division (Floorz) to provide choreography between carpet and furniture installation, thus, eliminating the number one deterrent for on-time installation completion. Given that venture’s success, he then spearheaded expanding the company’s offerings to include structured cabling services through the formation of another business unit LINX and audiovisual products and services through ANSI (Audiovisual Network Systems Integrators).

Further growth came from providing interior solutions for K-12 school environments in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. The Colorado Springs office is also responsible for the Federal Government Business and Commercial Business in Colorado Springs and Southern Colorado. Continuing with other entrepreneurial offerings, AdvantEdge Drywall, a commercial drywall subcontractor and Paper Hive a supplier and distributor of premium paper has been added to the repertoire of companies under Team Pikes Peak, LLC.

Husak was the 2012 President of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and is the author of “New Best Friends: Playground Strategies for Market Dominance.” He was voted the 2007 Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year and Executive of the Year in 2010 from the Pikes Peak Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Husak is a professional auctioneer through his company Pistol Pete Auctions and he raises Corriente team roping cattle on his small ranch. Husak is a graduate of The Colorado College.
May 2013 Wayne Williams: Forging Government and Business Alliances.

Calvin Coolidge observed that "the chief business of the American people is business.” In El Paso County our government works closely with business and civic leaders to address our community’s needs. Working together, business and government have tackled tough transportation needs, protected our military bases, and fostered our community’s development. El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Wayne Williams has led on many of these projects and will discuss how many of these events occurred as well as what the future holds.

Wayne's Presentation



Wayne W. Williams
El Paso County Clerk & Recorder

Wayne Williams began his government service in the Pikes Peak Area when he was appointed by Mayor Bob Isaac to the Colorado Springs Housing Authority. As a leader of that group he oversaw the redevelopment of the Lowell School area and worked with the Air Force to provide enlisted housing. Elected a County Commissioner in 2002, Wayne was one of the leaders of the formation of the Pikes Peak RTA, recently reapproved by 80% of the voters. In 2010, Wayne was elected Clerk & Recorder where he has worked with industry to enhance customer service. Wayne also serves as Vice Chair of Colorado’s State Transportation Advisory Committee and was elected three times as Chairman of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments.

A Kimball Scholar and 1986 graduate from BYU, Wayne Williams then obtained his J.D. from the University of Virginia. He served his LDS mission in Alaska from 1982-84. Wayne and has wife Holly have four children, two of whom are currently serving full-time missions. Wayne now serves as the Ward Mission Leader of the Chapel Hills Ward.
April 2013 Mark Hopkins: Shortcut to Prosperity.

As Mark’s daughters, Kate and Maren, began their own careers, he found himself wondering how he could help them take a shorter path to the incredibly fulfilling life that took he and his wife twenty-five years of trial and error to achieve. Mark used his own experience, along with the experience of other highly prosperous people, to formulate 10 learnable behaviors that enable a person to define and achieve prosperity for themselves. The book he wrote, Shortcut to Prosperity, uses the stories of inspiring people to reinforce the book’s message: you don’t have to be a genius or lucky to have the exact career and life you want. By sharing these habits and simple strategies for integrating them into your life, Mark will help you map your own shortcut to prosperity.


Mark Hopkins
Author, Entrepreneur
Founder, Crescendo Capital Partners

Mark Hopkins is an author, entrepreneur, and founder of Crescendo Capital Partners. His book, Shortcut to Prosperity www.shortcuttoprosperity.com was published in January of 2013. Mr. Hopkins holds a BSME Cornell University and an MSMSE from Stanford University. He served in increasingly responsible engineering and business leadership positions at Hewlett Packard and Emerson Electric before founding PEAK Industries, a medical device contract manufacturing company, in 1996. Over the course of 9 years, PEAK grew to over 300 employees and $75MM in sales. After the sale of PEAK to Delphi Medical in 2005, Mr. Hopkins co-founded Crescendo Capital Partners, a private equity firm making investments in businesses whose growth is accelerated by access to capital and our firms’ wealth of operating expertise.
March 2013 Ray Hendershot: The Art of Negotiation:

Negotiations – The principles and tactics that one can use in an effort to influence others or to help reach goals or objectives. Negotiation skills can help in reaching goals or objectives when talking or working with fellow employees, prospective employers, businesses or prospective clients. The first important lesson in negotiation skills is to recognize that all of us are negotiating everyday in our normal activities. Learn some things that may benefit you in your everyday activities.


Ray Hendershot
Vice President, GVNW Consulting
Colorado Springs, CO

Ray is a Vice President for GVNW Consulting, Inc., joining the company as a consultant in 1985. After earning his Masters of Accountancy degree from Brigham Young University, Ray became a Certified Public Accountant and served GTE in the Controllers Department. Ray held a series of positions at GTE with responsibilities in general accounting, cost accounting, budgeting, and information systems, culminating as Acting Budget Director.

In 1983, Ray joined GTE’s headquarters staff in Connecticut where he participated in long-range planning, development of strategic plans and evaluation of telco capital budgets.

Ray specializes in providing analysis and policy consulting services in the area of sales, mergers and acquisitions for both individual clients and groups of companies from start to successful completion. Ray has successfully completed projects in many areas of the country including Arizona, Idaho, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

In addition to these activities, Ray also specializes in business plans and strategies for success, cost issues, rate development and accounting reviews. He actively participates on a national industry committee and is also one of GVNW’s instructors for industry seminars.

Ray has taught accounting at the university level and has presented testimony regarding separations, accounting, rate design, revenue requirements, state plans and regulatory policy in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Wisconsin.

February 2013 Obamacare – Get ready for 2014. THINGS MIGHT CHANGE! Are you ready? Insurance Exchanges and tax subsidies may make employers take a second look at offering insurance and employees may be left to buy their own. How will the mandate affect you? Jeff spoke about the current regulations and expectations for 2014.

Employer Mandate - Understanding the Business Impacts of HCR

Jeff Ahrendsen
Client Executive
Senior Vice President
HUB International Insurance Services Inc.


Jeff Ahrendsen has been a resident of Colorado Springs since January, 1978. From 1978 until 1982, he worked for what is now AXA Advisors. In 1982, he left to start a benefit consulting firm which became Benefit Resources. On January 1st, 2011, Benefit Resources was acquired by HUB International and is now located in the Plaza of the Rockies building.

Jeff is originally from Rochester, New York and is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He is a member of Downtown Rotary and has been active in youth sports and Junior Achievement. He is married to Sheree and has two children, Ian, who graduated from CMHS in 2001, and Casey, who is currently in eighth grade at Cheyenne Mountain Junior High.
January 2013 "The Erosion of Religious Freedom in America" presented by Bruce Hausknecht.

Bruce Hausknecht, leading international expert on religious freedom, from Citizen Link (a project led by Focus on the Family) presented about the federal intervention on religious freedom. Religious freedom is protected under the First Amendment to the US Constitution, yet recent federal legislation is taking away basic rights from religious institutions.



Bruce Hausknecht, Esq.
Judicial Analyst
Focus on the Family

Bruce Hausknecht, Esq. is an attorney in charge of research and analysis of legal and judicial issues related to Christians and the family, including First Amendment freedom of religion and free speech issues, judicial selection, marriage, homosexuality, and pro-life matters. He also tracks the legislative enactments affecting these issues.

Hausknecht regularly provides legal analysis and commentary for the nation’s top media outlets such as the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe. He also serves as judicial correspondent for Citizen magazine and a frequent contributor and analyst for CitizenLink daily news and Family News in Focus.

Prior to joining Focus in 2004, Hausknecht practiced law for 17 years. He earned his J.D. from Northwestern University Law School. Hausknecht and his wife reside in Colorado Springs, Colo.
December 2012 Christmas Mix and Mingle! Networking and business development in a holiday atmosphere. In addition , we were pleased to enjoy the singing talents of “Come Saturday Morning”

We enjoyed a special spiritual thought from President Kevin Woodward, the Colorado Springs North Stake President.
November 2012 Our November meeting was a panel discussion of leading business owners and executives titled Best Practices of Highly Successful Businesses -- How to Thrive in a Difficult Economic Environment. 

Panel Members:
 
Mark Leck Brian Page Brent Ashby
President/CEO
The Red X
Chief Financial Officer
Challenger Homes
Administrator/CEO
Audubon Ambulatory Surgery Center

 

The panel addressed questions such as:

  • How are you winning new business in this difficult economic environment?
  • How do you show a commitment to your existing clients/customers and make them feel valued?
  • Describe the culture within your company (communication, motivation, accountability).
  • How do you celebrate successes within your company and overcome setbacks?
  • How do you communicate and demonstrate the core values, mission and purpose of your company to your employees and clients/customers?
  • How do you recommend building an All-Star Team of executives and employees?
  • How does your faith or core set of values impact the way that you run your business?
  • How do you encourage a meaningful work/life balance within your company and achieve it in your own life?
  •  
  • What advice to do you have for entrepreneurs that are looking to start a new company?


Mark Leck's Bio:
Mark Leck is the CEO of REDX, an innovative Real Estate technology company that specializes in lead generation. Mark co-founded REDX in 2003 and has grown the company to be the #1 provider of seller leads within the Real Estate Industry. REDX services thousands of residential real estate agents throughout the United States and Canada, and has delivered over ten million leads since it’s inception. In addition to REDX, Mark founded Green Seed Technologies in 2007, which is a software incubation and development firm focused on developing new technologies and businesses. In 2008, inspired by the birth of his daughter Aubrey who has Down Syndrome, he and his wife Amber started the United Angels Foundation, a non-profit parent-to-parent support group whose primary purpose is to support parents and families of children with special needs. Mark has been consulting, creating, and running businesses for over 15 years, and is sought out for his ability to vet ideas, find innovative and cost effective solutions, and to help develop concepts into viable products and services. Mark attended Brigham Young University, was born in Canada, and lived in Australia for 5 years. Outside of work, Mark enjoys a variety of hobbies: from amateur radio to scuba diving and almost everything in between. But most of all Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Amber, and their three children.

Brian Page's Bio:
Mr. Page has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University, a CPA (Ohio, currently Inactive), and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Prior to coming to Challenger Homes, he worked for two and a half years in Public Accounting with Arthur Andersen and Company in Denver as an auditor and in litigation work, specializing in non-profit organizations and the oil and gas industry. He spent a year and a half working for the Express division of The Limited, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio as an accounts payable supervisor and financial analyst, where he worked as the lead analyst for the start-up of their new Bath & Body Works division. After receiving his MBA, he spent seventeen years with Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies as a planning and reporting analyst, financial analyst, and financial operations manager in various divisions in Colorado Springs. Brian came to Challenger Homes in December 2009 as controller and was named Chief Financial Officer in January 2011. He is actively involved in church and coaching youth basketball and is married and the father of four children (and one grandchild).

Brent Ashby's Bio:
Brent Ashby was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and spent his childhood and teen years in Anchorage, Alaska. Growing up he spent considerable time accompanying his father, an anesthesiologist, on rounds at the hospital in the days before outpatient surgery. Following graduation from high school, Brent attended Brigham Young University where he received a bachelor’s degree in finance. While at BYU, he took an 18-month break from his schooling to serve a mission for the LDS church in Venezuela. His father built one of the first ambulatory surgery centers in Utah in 1982, and when he returned from his mission Brent began working there as a surgical tech. Upon graduation from BYU he obtained a law degree from Pepperdine University.

Brent worked four years as an associate at one of the major law firms in Phoenix, Arizona focusing his efforts in transactional work. He has spent the past 20 years working in the ambulatory surgery industry in the western United States. The last 12 years have been spent in Colorado working at one of the largest multi-specialty ASCs in the state, which he helped to develop. He has also helped set up and provided oversight for the construction of new ASCs in Utah and Montana.

Brent’s foray into a medical career was followed by two younger brothers-- both of whom are physicians-- and a sister who is a nurse. He is a private pilot who loves to fly in his spare time. He is married and has 8 children and enjoys a myriad of outdoor and other recreational activities.

October 2012 Chris Blees, President and CEO of BiggsKofford, presented, "The Value Proposition - A Roadmap to Success in Business"

“Too many companies in America are failing to create value. Perhaps this is because companies rarely ask the question “Valuable to Whom?”. Chris Blees will explain the statistics behind that statement, and provide a roadmap for company owners, managers and advisors to learn what is valuable and how to gear a company to better create value.”

Chris' presentation: The Value Proposition



Christian W. Blees, CPA, CM&AA
CEO, BiggsKofford, P.C.

Chris began his career with BiggsKofford in 1994, and in May of 2007, Chris was appointed President and CEO of BiggsKofford. In addition to his firm leadership position, Chris continues to serve a key role in the firm’s M&A practice, BiggsKofford Capital.

As a result of Chris’ direction, BiggsKofford has become a leader in the M&A sector, as demonstrated by the firm’s involvement in over 300 merger, acquisition, or sale transactions. Chris is active nationally in the M&A profession and was instrumental in developing the M&A certification curriculum for the Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AMAA). He currently sits on the Board of the AMAA and serves as the lead instructor for the Certified in Merger & Acquisition Advisor (CM&AA) designation taught through Loyola University’s Executive MBA program in Chicago. Chris is a CPA, CM&AA, and holds Series 7 and 79 Investment Banking licenses.

Professional Organizations & Boards:

• Alliance of M&A Advisors (Board Member)
• Certified M&A Advisor Credentialing Committee (Board Chairman)
• Pepperdine University M&A Executive Education Program (Lead Instructor)
• DePaul University M&A Executive Education Program (Lead Instructor)
• Loyola University M&A Executive MBA Program (Lead Instructor)
• Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce (Treasurer/Executive Board Member)
• UCCS Chancellor’s Leadership Class (Board Member – President Elect)
• Colorado Technical University (Accounting Advisory Board)
• Colorado Springs Technology Incubator (Board Member)
• Association of Corporate Growth
• American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
• Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants

Educational Background:

BA – Accounting, Western State College of Colorado (1994)
September 2012 Kevin Woodward, President of the Colorado Springs North Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gave a presentation titled “The Mormons Next Door”.

Multiple research projects and independent studies outside the Church affirm that people not of our faith know little about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a faith that is discussed and dissected more often than it is understood. This lack of knowledge holds true whether the subject is Church history, Church beliefs or the practices that flow from those beliefs. Yet the link between what Latter-day Saints believe and what they feel impelled to do with that belief is an incredibly powerful and statistically measureable force. This presentation has been prepared under the direction of the Presidency of the Seventy to share the results of independent research, not initiated or conducted by the Church, to address a much-neglected area of public conversation – the fruits of the gospel as found in the lives of ordinary Church members.


President Kevin C. Woodward
Colorado Springs North Stake

Kevin C. Woodward serves as president of the Colorado Springs North Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Professionally, he is a Technical Fellow with the Lockheed Martin Corporation. For nearly three decades, Kevin has worked in the aerospace and defense industry with U.S. domestic and foreign military, civil, and commercial customers and partners in the areas of advanced manned and unmanned aircraft, missiles, reusable space launch vehicles, software and information technology. His focus is in systems engineering, modeling and simulation and engineering economics. Kevin holds bachelor’s degrees in Japanese and International Relations (National Security Affairs) from Brigham Young University, and an advanced degree in business (MBA) from the University of Southern California.

As a stake president and by special assignment, Kevin has responsibility for public relations for the Church in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and their surrounding communities. In this capacity, he strives to build positive relationships and communicate accurate messages for the Church in this region.

Kevin and his wife Tammy, of 32 years, reside in Colorado Springs and are the parents of 3 daughters and 5 grandchildren.
August 2012 David White is a member of our Executive Committee, and Executive Vice President of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation.  David is also the Former President and CEO of the National Flag Foundation and in that capacity, he presented on The History and Symbolism of the United States Flag.


  • Come and learn about how the United States Flag evolved from the British Union Flag to the modern United States flag.
  • What did the Founders mean when they related the flag to a “New Constellation”?
  • Why did it take until 1845 for the flag to have a uniform design?
  • What did George Washington have to say about the symbolism of the Flag?
  • Test your flag etiquette knowledge by taking a short 10 question quiz!
  • Who were the Sons of Liberty and what was their purpose?
  • Why was the rattlesnake a common symbol on early Revolutionary War flags?






David White
Executive Vice President
Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation

Dave White is the Vice President of Marketing for the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. Dave joined EDC in March 2006 after a two-year stint as Business Attraction Manager for the City of Riverside, California. Dave brings more than 15 years of economic experience to the job, having served in Riverside and as Vice President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance in Pennsylvania.

During his time with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance he assisted in attracting a major Sony manufacturing plant to Western Pennsylvania, culminating in more than 5,000 jobs. He also helped to initiate new technology programs in Pittsburgh to help overcome the reversal and decline in the steel industry in the mid-1980s. In Riverside, he spearheaded the city’s tech program, serving on the CEO Forum. He also served as Executive Director of SmartRiverside, a non-profit organization commissioned by Mayor Ron Loveridge.

Dave is a 1987 graduate of Brigham Young University and a 1989 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, having obtained a master’s degree in urban and regional planning. Dave is fluent in German and conversant in Russian. He enjoys American History, reading, computers, swimming, cycling, hiking, golf, traveling and spending time with his family. Dave is also very active in church responsibilities and in the Boy Scouts of America. He is married to the former Cynthia Hansen. Dave and Cindy have four sons and a daughter and reside in Colorado Springs.

July 2012 This month, we were privileged to hear from Brandon Goss, Seminary and Institute Instructor for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints CES.  As an instructor of our youth, Brandon has a unique relationship with them and an important perspective on what they need to be taught at home. 

His presentation was titled, Staying on the Mountain: 3 Principles Parents Needs to Know in Raising a Child in the Last Days.



Brandon Goss
Seminary/Institute Instructor
LDS CES

• Born May 6th, 1980
• Born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO
• Baptized on May 5th, 1996 at the age of 16 into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—still the only member of the church
• Played football, basketball and baseball in high school
• Graduated from Rampart High School in 1998
• Served a mission in the Great Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission form 2000-2002
• Sealed in the Denver Temple to Tina Marie Hunt on May 31st, 2003
• Graduated with a BS in Psychology from Colorado State University
• Graduated with a MS in Family Therapy from Utah State University
• Employee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a Seminary & Institute teacher & coordinator
• Taught seminary at Provo High School, Doherty High School and now currently teaching seminary at the Discovery Canyon Seminary which entails Pine Creek, Discovery Canyon an d The Classical Academy High Schools
• Taught institute at the Utah Valley University and is now teaching institute at the Jamboree Institute which brings in young single adults from the greater Colorado Springs area
• Especially for Youth Director and Teacher
• The father of 4 very adorable children: Taylor Marie (7), Callie Jean (5), Beckett (3) and Hadley Anne (1)
• Outdoor enthusiast—loves camping, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, etc.
June 2012 Creed Spillane, a member of the Executive Committee for the Colorado Springs LDS Business Group, and Broker Associate and Marketing Specialist with Flying Horse Realty presented on Collaborative Marketing:

"Marketing is more than a brochure and a listing in the Yellow Pages (do those still exist?). It's even more than just a website. In order to be effective, any marketing efforts must have a clearly defined target demographic, and you are not the only company targeting them. Learn how to identify other companies who share your customer demographic, regardless of the product or service being offered, and how you can collaborate in your respective marketing plans to actually create relationships with the customer base and thereby increase that base. You'll also see examples of other collaborative marketing techniques which prove far more cost-efficient than the old paradigms, and which, in some cases, will not add any costs to your company's budget."


Creed Spillane
Broker Associate / Marketing Specialist
Flying Horse Realty

After 3 years of Sales & Marketing for The Broadmoor Hotel, Creed Spillane left for 2 years of missionary work in Albania for The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-day Saints, during which time he also facilitated the Church in respective land development. Upon his return he began working with the Broadmoor Development Company as a Marketing Specialist selling the upcoming luxury projects of The Broadmoor Brownstones and The Broadmoor West Residences. These projects met unprecedented success being completely sold-out before completion. After 3 years with Broadmoor Development Company and the real estate agency Broadmoor Properties, Creed participated in the creation of Flying Horse Realty in January 2007 where he continues to provide buyers and sellers a Five-Star level of service and care. His experience and knowledge of the Front Range real estate market allows him to offer clients the best counsel and guidance appropriate to their needs today and the needs they anticipate in their future.

www.flyinghorserealty.com
May 2012 Terry Zarsky, from the Pikes Peak Library District, presented on many of the free tools and information available to businesses provided by the Pikes Peak Library.

If your company could benefit from a detailed demographic survey; if you’d like to customize your own free leads list – based on industry, employee count, sales, location, and more; if you would like to know corporate structure, key individual’s names and addresses, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

PPLD pays thousands of dollars each year for access to this information and it is all at your fingertips and free through the Pikes Peak Library District.

Pikes Peak Library District Business Resources.pdf
Accessing Online Databases From Your Home or Office 11-2011.pdf (5MB)

You are welcome to contact Terry for any questions or training on utilizing these services.

Terry Zarsky
Business Services Librarian
Pikes Peak Library District

Penrose Library
20 N. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO  80903
Ph: (719) 531-6333 x. 2308
Fax: (719) 632-5744
tzarsky@ppld.org
www.ppld.org

Terry Zarsky has been the Business Services Librarian for the Pikes Peak Library District for 25 years. In this role she assists the people in the community who are seeking to start a business of their own or grow the business they own or work for. She provides business information regarding formation, industry outlook, marketing, demographics, financials, advertising and other topics pertinent to running a business.

Terry has served on the Board for the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and Colorado Springs All Breed Rescue. She currently serves on the Board of the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She has served in many capacities on many business groups over the last 25 years, including the Small Business Advisory Group, the International Trade Office, and Quality of Life Indicators publication. She currently volunteers as a foster parent and as the Adoptions Director for All Breed Rescue and Training.

Terry teaches classes on finding a job, starting or growing a business, investments, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. She has written reviews of new business materials for the Gazette in the past. Terry works closely with many business organizations in Colorado Springs including the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation, SCORE, Small Business Development Center, the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Black Chamber of Commerce among others.

She does speaking engagements for many groups in the business community and also is a panelist for TAP (the USAFA Transition Assistance Program); SCORE’s You As Business and SCORE’s SmartStart workshops. She presents specialized research programs for the Small Business Development Center, Mi Casa and local colleges. She also meets one on one with people who need personalized assistance from these outreach opportunities.
April 2012 Our guest speaker this month was Ryan Parsell, Field Coordinator for Americans for Prosperity in El Paso and Pueblo counties.  Ryan's presentation was titled: Under the Microscope: Economic Liberty

Much of the recent political discourse has centered on the nation’s economic system. The United States used to be one of the most economically free nations in the world, but that is rapidly changing. “Under the Microscope: Economic Liberty” makes the case for economic liberty through examining tangible, measureable criteria; measuring the benefits of economic liberty; and showing what our future may hold if current trends do not change.

Ryan's Presentation: Prosperity and Freedom CO


Ryan Parsell
Field Coordinator, El Paso and Pueblo counties
Americans for Prosperity

Ryan is a rising star within the Colorado Springs conservative community. In all of his roles, Ryan works hard to demonstrate that being politically involved while maintaining Christian principles of honesty and integrity are not mutually exclusive.

He brings a wealth of political experience to his endeavors. Before he was old enough to vote, Ryan worked his first campaign for a state Representative candidate in Washington State and by registering voters for the Washington State Republican Party. Ryan went on to serve as a student member of the Sumner School Board and managed the campaign of a city council candidate.

Ryan moved to Colorado in 2002 and took a break from politics to serve a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Upon his return, he  worked in influential positions in several local races; including Colorado Assistant Majority Leader Mark Waller and El Paso County Commissioner Amy Lathen.

With additional experience, Ryan was appointed Vice Chair of the El Paso County Republican Party. After the resignation of the Chair, he became the youngest Chair in El Paso County history. In both roles, Ryan served with distinction and was widely acclaimed by his peers for his handling of his responsibilities, ranging from media relations to candidate support.

After the completion of his term, Ryan determined his involvement with political parties wasn’t the best way to work to affect conservative changes in his community and decided against running for another term. In 2012 Ryan joined Americans for Prosperity, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the principles of economic liberty by embracing less government regulation, spending, and debt.
March 2012 We were very privileged this month to hear from Spencer Larsen, an American football fullback and linebacker for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.  He shared his insights about living his religion while competing in professional football.


Spencer Larsen
Fullback and Linebacker
Denver Broncos

Spencer was born March 4, 1984, in Mesa, Arizona.  He played college football at Arizona and was drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Larsen earned SuperPrep All-Farwest honors and was named First-team All-State by The Arizona Republic as a senior at Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona after recorded 124 tackles as a senior. He was also the All-Region co-Defensive Most Valuable Player.

In 2007 Larsen was a First-team All-Pacific-10 Conference as a senior at Arizona after leading the conference with 131 tackles (87 solo) in 12 games (12 starts). He added four sacks, one interception, five pass breakups, four fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. The year before, 2006, Larsen received Second-team All-Pacific-10 Conference honors as a junior after making 89 tackles (63 solo), two sacks (11 yds.) and one interception in 12 games (12 starts). He also had three pass breakups, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles. He was also First-team Academic All-Conference. In 2005 he saw action in eight games (6 starts) as a sophomore and totaled 51 tackles (29 solo), one sack, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery. He also received Second-team academic All-Conference recognition.

Larsen did not play football from 2003-04 because he was on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Chile. In 2002 Larsen played all 12 games (7 starts) as a true freshman for Arizona and recorded 41 tackles (30 solo), two sacks and three pass breakups and was named Third-team freshman All-America and First-team freshman All-Pacific-10 Conference by The Gridiron Report.

On November 16, 2008, in a Broncos 24-20 road win over the Atlanta Falcons, Larsen became the first NFL player since 2003 (and only the fourth since 1990) to start a game on both offense (fullback) and defense (linebacker). The positions fullback and linebacker both involve considerably more contact than the wide receiver/cornerback positions played by other modern two-way players such as Troy Brown, Deion Sanders and Champ Bailey. He also played on special teams during the game, including the opening kickoff. Larsen earned Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors for the first time in his career for his performance against the Falcons.

He had a 3.7 grade point average and earned a bachelor’s degree in regional development from Arizona. He is married to Ann, and the couple has two sons (Tyton and Gunnar).

Check out this hit by Spencer on the Kansas City Chiefs’ Dantrell Savage on a kickoff return. Mike Shanahan, then the coach of the Broncos, said this was the most violent hit he’d ever seen on a football field.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbUHEBHsC8I
February
2012
Our February speaker was Bob Wolski, Program Director for Colorado Association for Manufacturing and Technology (CAMT).  He spoke on Revitalizing Manufacturing and Technology in the US and Colorado.

CAMT is the Colorado Affiliate of the US Dept. of Commerce’s NIST/MEP Agency. As a consultant to CAMT, Bob is currently managing several federally funded programs that are intended to help revitalize manufacturing and technology in America. Current programs range from a very specific pilot activity with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, which is intended to assist Veteran Owned Small Businesses with fulfilling critical procurement needs for the Government, to a major new initiative for building up a domestic only supply chain with the Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration’s High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program.

Bob's presentation: RSW_BASS & MIIA 02162012.pdf


Robert S. Wolski
Program Director
CAMT

With over 36 years of experience in the global high-tech industry, Bob is a senior level executive with well diversified expertise in design engineering, quality, manufacturing operations, sales, marketing and business management. During his 14 years with Digital Equipment Corporation he was a key contributor to the success of several major programs, which included worldwide sourcing initiatives. Bob’s many roles at DEC covered a progressively upward rise through the ranks of design engineering and manufacturing operations management.

Following DEC, Bob worked as a professional consultant; then founded DevTek, an engineering and manufacturing services company. DevTek grew and quickly became a key supplier to several major companies within the computing/data storage industry. He created a unique global business model that allowed for low cost turn-key EM services, ranging from rapid prototyping of new products to manufacturing fulfillment, which produced continuous market share growth and profitability. Bob also managed the overall architecture, design development, manufacture and market launch of numerous innovative and highly-complex test equipment products for various sectors of the global electronics manufacturing industry. He led DevTek’s initiatives for acquiring strategic global business partnerships and developed new strategies for economical replication in low cost regions that were located in close proximity to his international customer site locations.

At the peak of DevTek’s success, Bob successfully orchestrated the sale of his company. Then, following the acquisition he stayed on to manage the local operation and start-up processes for the transitioning of his privately held company to a major publicly traded US based Electronics Manufacturing Services Corporation with multiple international facilities. In the years following Bob continued to work in the global EMS industry, with companies such as Benchmark Electronics (fka PEMSTAR, Inc.) and Plexus Corp. For over a decade Bob worked as senior level business development executive gaining an extensive background and experience in the global Defense/Security/Aerospace, Consumer Electronics, Test/Measurement Equipment, Computing/Data Storage, Industrial Process Equipment, Factory Automation Systems/Robotics, and Medical Device markets. Following Plexus Corp., Bob worked as an independent business and economic development consultant to the high-tech industry, with a few select clients, such as the Colorado Association for Manufacturing & Technology (CAMT). Currently, Bob is the Regional Director for CAMT’s NIST/MEP Buy American / Supplier Scouting Programs in the Southwest US. Bob is also managing several other key economic development initiatives that are intended to help revitalize, grow and sustain the manufacturing industry in Colorado.

Bob has a proven track-record of success in providing efficient and effective engineering/manufacturing consulting services for multiple clients. Bob’s strategies and solutions for a wide variety of products, manufacturing processes and highly-complex capital equipment reflect his strength as well accomplished entrepreneur, engineer and manager. With special expertise in the areas of product and process equipment design development for high-precision electromechanical applications, Bob has designed and developed several unique and innovative new products, including: power transmission systems for center-pivot irrigation equipment, computer disk drive head/disk assemblies, rotary and linear actuators, rotating spindles, removable disk media cartridges, air filtration systems, and subsystems with advanced power/packaging. Other previous work experience includes a variety of design and manufacturing engineering responsibilities in the aircraft/aerospace and agricultural equipment industries. Bob holds several US Patents that have been used in a variety of successful test equipment products for the computing/data storage industry.

Bob holds a MBA from University of Phoenix, with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Southern Colorado (aka CSU-Pueblo), and as A.S. degree in Mechanical Design Technology from Pikes Peak Community College. Bob has been a long-standing member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).
January 2012 Starting off our new year, we were privileged to hear from Sally DeFord, a local composer, whose musical creations number in the hundreds and have been performed in congregations of various faiths all over the world.

Sally presented on Developing Creative Genius with a Worldwide Impact.  She shared some fascinating insights as to what it takes to compose her music. She also shared some of what it takes to distribute it on a worldwide basis, and the impact that her music has had on people the world over from all different faiths.


Sally DeFord
Musical Composer

Sally DeFord was born in Eugene, Oregon. She is married to Dennis DeFord and is the mother of four children. She is an avid BYU fan. Although she has had very little formal musical training, she has composed many religious songs and cantatas. Her music is provided at no charge on her website (www.defordmusic.com) and is utilized worldwide. She has been requested to compose music which has been used by the General Primary, Young Women and Relief Society.
December 2011 This Christmas season we heard from President Anderson, newly arrived to the Colorado Springs Mission. He shared with us the great changes in his life since his conversion in 1971 and how the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ have played a part “at work” from his time as an Air Force officer, through his professions in the private sector with Proctor & Gamble Co, Scott Fetzer Company, and Stryker Corporation (just to name a few), and finally as a member of our community in his most recent calling in the Church. Come with your friends and colleagues to hear his testimony of Jesus Christ as we look forward to this Christmas Season.


President J. Patrick and Sister Cynthia L. Anderson
Colorado, Colorado Springs Mission
July 2011 – June 2014

J. Patrick Anderson was born in Sun Valley, Idaho and grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. His wife, Cynthia L. Anderson, was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. They were married in the Cardston Alberta Temple in September of 1977. They are the parents of three adult children, two sons and a daughter, and they have five grandchildren.

President Anderson graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and served as an Air Force officer for seven years. While on active duty he earned a Master Degree in Management from the University of Southern California.

After completing his military service he worked for the Procter & Gamble Co. in various sales management roles. He became General Manager of a successful start-up company and was then named Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a division of the Scott Fetzer Company. He later became General Manager of a promotional products company in Oklahoma City, OK.

He joined Stryker Corporation in 1998 as Assistant to the Chairman. He was later named Vice President of Strategy and Communications and served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs until he retired on September 1, 2010.

President Anderson is an Eagle Scout and has been active as a Scouting volunteer for 43 years. He served for three years as President of the Southwest Michigan Council and was also President of the Eastern Arkansas Area Council. Most recently he has been Executive Vice President of the Central Region’s Area 2 in Michigan and northern Ohio.

He joined the Church in 1971 and was serving as President of the Kalamazoo Michigan Stake at the time of his call as a mission president. He previously served as a counselor in a Stake Presidency, Stake Mission President, Stake Executive Secretary and as a member of two high councils. He also served as a bishop twice, as both a Stake and Ward Young Men President and in several Aaronic Priesthood Advisor and Melchizedek Priesthood callings.

Sister Anderson studied Home Economics Education at Boise State University and has been a full-time homemaker since soon after she and Brother Anderson were married. She is a life-long member of the Church and has held a number of leadership and teaching positions including: Ward Relief Society President (three times) and Counselor, Ward Young Women President and Counselor, Ward Primary President and Counselor and Cub Scout, Webelos and Blazer Leader. In addition, she has served as a Family History Center Director and has taught in the Relief Society, Sunday School and Primary in multiple callings. At the time of her call as a full-time missionary she was serving as the Ward Relief Society Secretary and the Compassionate Service Coordinator.

She has also been active in a number of organizations including serving as a volunteer at a multi-faith community food bank and in positions at her children’s schools as they were growing up.

President and Sister Anderson currently live in Portage, Michigan.
November 2011 Tonya Hall, founder and CEO of Barzhini, is a media journalist and host of the Tonya Hall Show. The Tonya Hall Show offers captivating interviews from industry movers and shakers that have mastered the power of Social Media. It's the only one of its kind on the radio!  She presented on Using Social-Based Media to Drive New Business Development.



Tonya has over 18 years of experience in marketing that includes: sales, branding, direct response and interactive engagement. She has held corporate marketing and management roles at major brands such as: Verizon, Showtime, Comcast and Starz.

She has been a student of social media and community building since 2004. Her work with software providers and major brands on educating and driving social media programs and campaigns has lead to her roles in educating the public. Tonya believes that authenticity and long term relationship building is the foundation to a successful social media strategy.

Tonya’s background with building customer loyalty, product innovation and brand advocacy have been an asset in assisting brands get engaged in the new media world. She believes that marketers need to spend more time listening and less time talking. She believes that consumers are real people with real passions; and don’t like to be referred to as segments or target audiences. She is confident that if brands love their customers they’ll love them back and tell others resulting in the original word of mouth marketing.

Local Experience:

Director of Emerging Technologies at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce

Chief Marketing Officer for Graham Advertising

EDC Marketing Committee

Founder of Barzhini Marketing

Radio Host of ~ The Tonya Hall Show “Embracing the POWER of Social Media!”
October 2011 How rare is it these days to see any product with a stamp of "Made in USA"? The US is inundated with products imported from China and other Asian countries. Come listen to the CEO and CFO of a Colorado Springs company that does the exact opposite. Their company, Diamond Wire Material Tecnologies, manufactures in the U.S.A. and exports to Asia.

Diamond Wire executives, Tom Devine and Derek Taylor, provided an introduction to their company and presented on "Principles of Successfully Competing in a Global Marketplace." Although these principles help them compete globally, these same principles can assist you even if all of your business is in El Paso County.

Presentation: Diamond Wire - Principles to Compete Globally.pdf



Tom Devine
CEO
Diamond Wire Material Technologies

Tom Devine joined DMT in February 2011 as CEO. Tom brings an extensive background in operations, general management and continuous improvement to DMT. Mr. Devine has focused his career on helping organizations who are undergoing rapid growth, post-merger restructurings and Lean Sigma transformations.

In his last position, Mr. Devine served as CEO of Boon Edam based in North Carolina where he was instrumental in building the company’s infrastructure and overseeing the transition to a Lean manufacturing culture.

Prior to Boon Edam, Mr. Devine served as Vice President of Operations for ABB Semiconductor in Lenzburg, Switzerland from 2000 to 2006. Previously, Mr. Devine held senior operational and general management roles for a variety of technology-based companies namely; Integrated Device Technology, Paradigm Technology, Headway Technologies and OnQ Technologies.

Mr. Devine holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Fresno State University.



Derek Taylor
CFO
Diamond Wire Material Technologies

Derek Taylor joined Diamond Wire Material Technologies as its Chief Financial Officer in December 2010 bringing across-the-board experience in the manufacturing and auditing industries.

Mr. Taylor comes to DMT from MonierLifetile in Irvine, CA where he spent the previous 10 years in a variety of finance, strategy, and operational leadership roles including his last one as CFO and Vice President of Finance. He has a proven track record of restructuring and optimizing business performance. Mr. Taylor began his career as an auditor in state government and later as auditor with KPMG. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a BS in Accounting from Brigham Young University, and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
September
2011
Our speaker this month was John Hasler.  John is a phenomenal religious educator with 36 years of experience teaching in the Church Educational System.  He also served in the previous Colorado Springs East Stake Presidency as a counselor to Millen Clawson.

John spoke on Four Spiritual Cornerstones of a Successful Life and several other topics.

He referenced two articles that he recommended that are posted here:
God's MBAs - Why Mormon Missions Produce Leaders (Business Week, June 2011)
Why I Belong, and Why I Believe (Clayton M. Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School)

John W. Hasler
Born - Kellogg, Idaho
Reared in Colorado - Grand Junction and Golden - by "goodly parents"
Mission - South German Mission - 1966-1968
Education - Brigham Young University - BA in German and International Relations, MEd in Ed. Admin.

Professional life:
German Instructor - 4 years
Retail management - 2 years
Church Educational System Instructor/Director - Seminaries and Institutes - 36 years
Church Service - All of my adult life
Family - Married - Oakland Temple - 43+ years to Marjorie Evelyn of Bakersfield, Ca. 6 Children - 2 boys, 4 girls
22-1/3 grand children
Interests - FAMILY!!! - Outdoors, Religious Studies, Skiing, Hiking, Fishing, Hunting, Camping, Travel, Reading
Currently preparing to serve a senior mission

Have seen "The Help" twice : PROFOUND!
August
2011
Dr. James Gremillion spoke about Sports Medicine--Practical Stuff You Ought to Know When You Get Old.

Dr. Gremillion has a Masters Degree in exercise physiology from University of So Cal (when BYU and So Cal play anything, he roots for Southern Cal). He also has a Doctorate in Podiatric Medicine from California College of Podiatric Medicine and completed his residency in foot and ankle surgery from VA Med Center in Albuquerque, NM.

He has had an active Podiatry practice in Colorado Springs for over 30 years. In his years of practice, he has actively worked with many world class athletes including Olympic athletes. He has been the Chief of Podiatry for Colorado Dept of Corrections for the past 17 years.

Dr. Gremillion is also the father of 8 children. He is a return missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving his mission in Pennsylvania.

Among his many contributions in church service, he introduced and implemented Aaron's Camp for the Young Men of Colorado Springs.

He also has some talent as a Playwright and has written and produced 5 plays in Colorado Springs. He is currently working on Brother B------a monologue on the life of Brigham Young. To be put on this September.
July 2011 Chief Jake Shirk presented Vigilance as a Leader, Husband and Father.  His presentation related to emergency preparedness and steps we can take to be better prepared in our homes, offices, cars, etc.

“Being vigilant is a state of mind, a balance between paranoia and oblivion. It is about being aware of your surroundings and your actions and the eternal impact you have as a leader, as a husband and as a father. Are you so focused on your goal that you “Fall into the Pool”?"  Jake Shirk


Jake Shirk
Monument Police Chief

Jake Shirk retired from the Aurora Police Department after 29 years of service. During his tenure with the Aurora Police Department Jake had the opportunity to command a variety of specialized units. He was a SWAT Commander, Communications/911 Commander, Jail Commander, Detective Section Commander, and a District Station Commander. Jake was awarded several Unit Citations and a Meritorious Service Ribbon for his participation as the SWAT Commander in several high-risk incidents. He is also the recipient of the department’s second highest award, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Jake is very active in the community, where he now serves as the Police Chief in Monument. He is also an active steering member of the Faith Based Safety Coalition in the Pikes Peak Region, where he represents both the LDS Church and Law Enforcement. This coalition of Churches and Law Enforcement meet on a monthly basis to discuss current safety issues.

Jake is firmly committed to the concept of community policing. The police and the community must be in partnership in order to solve problems.

Jake earned a Bachelor of Science degree, 1987, from Metropolitan State College in Criminology followed by a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Phoenix in 1991. Jake has been married to Vanessa for almost 36 years and they have four children, and 10 grandchildren. Jake describes himself as a dedicated family man and law enforcement professional.
June 2011 Eric Shuster shared his journey of embracing the gospel over two decades ago and his experiences in sharing the gospel as a writer, blogger, and online activist. He will discussed his latest book The Biblical Roots of Mormonism, how it came about, and how the Bible soundly validates Mormon doctrine and can be enthusiastically used to teach the restored gospel and bring others unto Christ. Chuck Sale, the co-author of Biblical Roots also attended with Eric to answer questions and offer his opinions as part of the conversation.


Eric Shuster
Founder and CEO, IntelliClear
Founder and Executive Director
  of the Foundation for Christian Studies
Author


Mr. Shuster is the author of Catholic Roots, Mormon Harvest and the coauthor of The Biblical Roots of Mormonism – both published by Cedar Fort of Springfield, Utah. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for Christian Studies, Shuster has authored over 60 theological essays under the Sword Series trademark. Holding a Bachelors degree in Engineering and a Masters degree in Business from San Jose State University and the University of Phoenix respectively, Mr. Shuster is a recipient of the St. Josephs award for community service, the former Director of the Saint Lawrence Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization in San Jose California, and active as a BSA counselor for numerous merit badges.

Following a distinguished career in the technology field, Mr. Shuster founded IntelliClear in 2004—a market research and business consulting firm based in Colorado Springs serving several Fortune 100 technology firms. Besides his role as CEO of IntelliClear, Mr. Shuster is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he has held numerous stake and ward callings in leadership, auxiliaries, and teaching.

Mr. Shuster and his wife Marilyn of nearly 25 years have three children (and growing) and reside in Colorado where he enjoys writing, community service, and hiking. Mr. Shuster is also a pilot, musician, and former recording artist.
May 2011 Nancy Johnson, Assistant City Manager, Colorado Springs spoke regarding The State of the City.


Nancy Johnson
Assistant City Manager
Colorado Springs, CO

Nancy Johnson has served as Assistant City Manager for the City of Colorado Springs since September 29, 2008. Nancy was among 75 applicants for this position through a national recruitment firm and was the unanimous choice of two local interview panels who recommended her to the City Manager.

In her current role, Nancy is responsible for Community Development and Infrastructure for the City of Colorado Springs. She was formerly the Assistant City Manager for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, a post she held since 2002. Along with her Assistant City Manager experience, Nancy also served as the Director of Convention, Arts & Entertainment, Acting Director of Neighborhood Services, and the Deputy Director for the Department of Public Works in San Jose, California. Prior to this, Nancy worked for the Cities of Anaheim and Long Beach, California, as well as the State of Wisconsin.

Nancy graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Masters of Science in 1977 and a B.A. in Social Work and Psychology in 1976.
April 2011 Bob Garner is an acclaimed Film Producer and Director for Walt Disney Studios and CBS .  He presented on Film Making in the Holy Land.


Bob Garner
Film Producer, Director

This was our second opportunity to hear from Bob.  Last June, he presented to our group on "Behind the Magic of Disney". 

Garner’s Hollywood career spans 30-plus years as Writer, Producer, Director, and Executive Producer for CBS, The Walt Disney Studios, and others.

Bob Garner began his television and film career by working for CBS television as a production assistant and backstage page for The Carol Burnett Show, The Red Skelton Hour, and others. Beginning in the mid-1970’s, Bob worked with The Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles as writer, director, and producer on a wide variety of major projects and has continued to have a working relationship with Disney.

In the mid-‘80’s, Bob was commissioned to write and produce a biographical film about Disney, Walt Disney: Magic Moments. In 1989, Bob wrote, produced, and directed Both Sides of the Story, an entertainment/documentary shot on location in Russia, hosted by Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight. He produced all film and video shows for the Gene Autry Western Heritage Center and also wrote and produced the acclaimed 1-hour live specials, A Sea World Family Spectacular: Our Grand Opening and Baby Shamu to You.

More recently, Bob produced and directed a 90-minute DVD/Television special release, Disney Treasures: Secrets, Stories, and Magic…, hosted by Julie Andrews, featuring George Lucas and John Lasseter of PIXAR.
March
2011
Scott Pann is a member of the Colorado Springs LDS Business Group Executive Committee and is one of our founding members.  He presented on Family Financial Risk Management in Turbulent Times.  We live in difficult financial times that can often impact families negatively, This presentation will identify common risk factors that threaten the financial well-being of families and offer strategies for dealing with these threats.

Presentation Documents:
Family_Financial_Risk_Management_in_Turbulent_Economic_Times.pdf
Summary of Economic and Market Indicators.pdf
Family Financial Statement- Sample.doc
The Decade Ahead.pdf (from UBS Financial Services, Inc.)



L. Scott Pann, CIMA®, AAMS®
Senior Vice President–Investments
Wealth Advisor
The Pann/DeYoung Wealth Management Group
UBS Financial Services Inc.

 

Scott is a senior partner with The Pann/DeYoung Wealth Management Group at UBS Financial Services Inc. He began his financial services career in 1986.  Scott focuses on managing the accumulation and preservation of wealth for affluent families and business owners. He specializes in delivering holistic, multi-generational wealth management services.

Scott is one of a small number of UBS Financial Advisors who have earned the designation of “Wealth Advisor.” As a Wealth Advisor, Scott is eminently qualified to provide highly personalized wealth management services to his clients.

 

 

Scott received an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado and a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from Colorado State University. Scott has also received specialized training in asset liability management, portfolio optimization and investment manager selection.

Scott and his wife, Debi, reside in Colorado and have four children. They serve as a Sponsor Family for several cadets at the United States Air Force Academy.  He is active in his community by serving in a number of leadership positions within the church and volunteers for local charitable organizations.  Scott also enjoys snow skiing, Krav Maga, scuba diving and hiking in his spare time.

Designations:
• Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®).
• Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®).

Professional Associations:
• Member of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA).
• Member of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG).

Honors and Achievements:
• Recognized by Worth magazine as one of the top wealth advisors in the country in 2008 and 2007
• Included in Research Magazine’s 2006 Winner’s Circle of the top financial advisors in the U.S.
• Served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Investment Consultants (APIC).
• Co-Chair of Association of Professional Investment Consultant’s (APIC) 2008 Educational Conference.
• Co-Chair of the Private Wealth Management CFO Committee.
• Recognized by National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices (NABCAP) Premier Advisor in 2010 as the top advisory team in Colorado For outstanding achievement and exemplifying excellence in Risk Management

It is important that you understand the ways in which we conduct business and the applicable laws and regulations that govern us. As a firm providing wealth management services to clients, we are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as an investment adviser and a broker-dealer, offering both investment advisory and brokerage services. Though there are similarities among these services, the investment advisory programs and brokerage accounts we offer are separate and distinct, differ in material ways and are governed by different laws and separate contracts.

It is important that you carefully read the agreements and disclosures that we provide to you about the products or services we offer. While we strive to ensure the nature of our services is clear in the materials we publish, if at any time you seek clarification on the nature of your accounts or the services you receive, please speak with your Financial Advisor.

For more information, please visit our website at www.ubs.com/workingwithus

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Worth Magazine’s 100 Wealth Advisors bases its rankings on qualitative criteria that include: professional designations and educational credentials, professional experience, acceptable compliance records, outlook on the investment climate, model portfolio returns, and client retention rate.  Worth editors receive thousands of nominations nationwide from Worth readers and investment professionals.  Nominated advisors are verified and nominee compliance records are verified.  For more information on ranking methodology, go to http://www.worth.com. The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience because it reflects a sample of all of the experiences of the advisor’s clients.  The rating is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. 

Research Magazine’s 130 Top-Ranked advisor Teams in America, as identified by The Winner’s Circle®, LLC, bases its rankings on qualitative criteria: professionals with a  minimum of 7 years’ financial services experience, acceptable compliance records, client retention reports, customer satisfaction, and more.  With over 7,000 nominations compiled on an annual basis, advisor teams are quantitatively ranked based on varying types of revenues and assets advised by the financial professional, with weightings associated for each.  Additional measures include: in-depth interviews and discussions with senior management, peers, and customers, and telephone-based and in-person interviews with the nominees.  Because individual client portfolio performance varies and is typically unaudited, this ranking focuses on customer satisfaction and quality of advice.  For more information on ranking methodology, go to www.WCorg.com.  The rating may not be representative of any one client’s experience because it reflects a sample of all of the experiences of the advisor’s clients.  The rating is not indicative of the advisor’s future performance. 

February 2011

Brian Bahr is Chairman of Challenger Homes and candidate for mayor of Colorado Springs.  He presented on Strategies for Running a Thriving Business in a Difficult Economic Environment.


Brian Bahr
Chairman, Challenger Homes
Candidate for Mayor of Colorado Springs

Brian Bahr's Professional Resume

Brian graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters in Accountancy & Information Systems.

Sunstone Hotel Investors
At the time of his graduation, Brian was employed with Sunstone Hotel Investors, a real estate investment trust which subsequently went public on the New York Stock Exchange (now symbol SHO). At the time, Sunstone’s competitive strength was its ability to “reflag” and “reposition” under-performing hospitality assets. These early years at Sunstone influenced Brian’s decision to make investing in real estate a personal hobby and have ultimately led him to a prosperous career.

America 2000
In 1996, Brian joined America 2000 and was placed over accounting and management for America 2000’s many retail, office and industrial properties. During this time, Brian studied for and became a licensed real estate agent to expand his knowledge and exposure within the real estate industry.

Colorado & Santa Fe Land Company
In late 1997, Brian accepted a regional manager position with Colorado & Santa Fe Land Company. His responsibilities included supervision of property management, leasing, maintenance and construction activities for multiple retail, office and industrial properties in the Colorado Springs area.

During his tenure with Colorado & Santa Fe, Brian gained experience from one of Colorado’s most successful real estate investors who specialized in “turnaround” or distressed property investments. While at Colorado & Santa Fe, Brian further obtained valuable construction experience and earned his general contractor’s license.

Challenger Homes
In 2000, seeing that opportunities for “turnaround” properties were few and far between in a booming economy, Brian and his wife, Heather, formed Challenger Homes. Shortly thereafter they sold their personal residence to fund the dream that has now become a strong and profitable real estate company.

From these simple beginnings, over the years Brian has successfully built more than 100 homes, completed planning of more than five hundred of single family and multifamily lots, developed and constructed multiple commercial projects and formed numerous successful joint ventures where investors have received substantial returns.

Brian Douglas Properties
In 2004, Brian formed Brian Douglas Properties with a long-time friend and associate, Douglas Malmgren. The purpose of Brian Douglas Properties is to develop, build, and sell commercial real estate. In the last five years the firm has successfully developed more than 70,000 square feet of commercial projects.

Brian's Presentation: Strategies_for_a_Thriving_Business.ppt

January 2011 Mark McConkie is the President of the Colorado Springs Stake.  He spoke on Leadership Qualities of Joseph Smith

He shared numerous quotes and stories of the Prophet Joseph Smith.  One of these most well known quotes is: "I teach them correct principles and let them govern themselves."  Also shared was the story of Joseph Smith's assignment to Brigham  Young to go and convert Artemis Millet and his family to come and build the temple.  He set high expectations and fully expected people to accomplish them. 

President McConkie's said he believes that probably the most inspiring characteristic of Joseph Smith was his capacity to love and to show that love. 

We were inspired by the wonderful stories and spirit shared by President McConkie.


Mark McConkie
Professor of Public Administration, UCCS.
B.A., M.P.A., Brigham Young University
Ph.D., University of Georgia.

Mark L. McConkie, professor of public administration, has taught and researched in the areas of executive effectiveness for more than four decades. He has served as the resident dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at UCCS and currently teaches courses in Organization Theory and Behavior, Organization Development, Management Development, Leadership, and Ethics and Professionalism. His research has dealt with how organizations change, and with how people become more effective, and has appeared in scholarly journals such as The Academy of Management Review, Group and Organization Studies, Southern Review of Public Administration, The Public Administration Quarterly, Leadership and Organization Development, Consultation, The Journal of Health and Human Resource Administration, and the Journal of the Practice of Management. He has consulted with Federal, State, and local governments, in addition to consultative and training work with private corporations such as BankOne, NASA, U.S. Navy (NAVSEA), U.S. Air Force (Special Forces), MCI, Hewlett Packard, Planters Life Savers, Motorola, the Sandia National Laboratories, and the American Society for Public Administration, the Academy of Management, Certified Consultants International, the International OD Registry, and the International Organization Development Association. Dr. McConkie's teaching focuses on organizational change and behavior, leadership, management development and ethics; his research interests also include the myths and folklore of organizational culture.

Along with a full-time mission in Argentina, his varied Church service has included the callings of bishop, counselor to the president of the Colorado Denver Mission, and stake president. He is married to the former Mary Ann Taylor. They are the parents of nine children, and the family resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  His four books published are Remembering Joseph: Personal Recollections of Those Who Knew the Prophet Joseph Smith, The Father of the Prophet, Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration, and Sermons and Writings of Bruce R. McConkie.
December 2010 Elder Hillier is our Area Seventy.  He presented on "Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is Key to Finding True Happiness as Business Leaders".

Elder Hillier shared some personal stories with our group giving us some insights into how the Lord is very involved in even the small details of our lives.  He referenced and quoted from a talk by Elder Marvin J. Ashton (http://lds.org/general-conference/1992/04/the-tongue-can-be-a-sharp-sword?lang=eng) regarding charity and giving each other the benefit of the doubt.

We were very uplifted and grateful for the time he took to come and speak to our group.


Brent J. Hillier
Area Seventy
6th Quorum of the Seventy


Born May 7, 1960, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Robert and Virginia Hillier. Wife, Klaudette Hillier; parents of six children.

Received Bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University in the field of marketing. Was President of Intermountain Benefit Administrators from 1988 to 2004. From 2004 to 2008, He was President of Client Relations and Business Development for Meritain Health, a privately held health care administration company. Currently President of Benefit Health Advisor located in Centennial, Colorado.

He served a fulltime mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1979 to 1981 in the Michigan Lansing Mission. During the summer of 1980 he received a call to serve in Nauvoo, Illinois. He served as Bishop in the Parker Ward for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1994 to 1999. He has also served as a counselor in the Parker Colorado Stake Presidency from 2001 to 2004 and as then as Stake President for the Parker, Colorado Stake from 2004 to 2010, presiding over 12 congregations and approximately 5300 members in the Parker and Elizabeth area. Currently he serves as an Area Seventy in the 6th Quorum of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
November 2010

Kurt is a member of the Colorado Springs LDS Business Group Executive Committee.  He presented on the "Best Business Practices of Successful Companies".  His discussion comprised some consistent behaviors that he has observed in successful companies and ways to incorporate them into our own business as well as our family finances.   He referenced the free-to-use website, www.mint.com as a good resource for tracking cash flow and expenses.  His powerpoint presentation is available below.



Kurt Kofford
Director, BiggsKofford, Certified Public Accountants

Kurt is a Director and Co-Founder of BiggsKofford. BiggsKofford is one of the premier accounting firms in Colorado Springs. Since the founding of the firm in 1982, he has been committed to building a new breed of CPAs – innovative, strategic thinkers who go beyond traditional accounting to provide complete business solutions. The ultimate goal has been to build a firm in the Colorado Springs market that would be dedicated to the growth and development of the community, and further into Colorado and beyond.

Kurt's stated personal brand is: "I like to use my family business background to help closely held businesses think forward by helping them create their futures by providing business, financial and personal planning and advice. My background as an auditor enables me to learn from many businesses as I provide auditing and business assistance. I work with businesses in Colorado Springs as well as other locations, in a number of industries, including service, construction/real estate and manufacturing."

He is affiliated with numerous professional organizations and boards, including:

Kurt is originally from Ogden, Utah and is a graduate with honors from Brigham Young University. He is married to Karie and has seven children from ages 15 to 30. His interests include Church service, running with his wife, waterskiing with his family, snow skiing, and hiking.


Kurt's Presentation: LDS_Business_Group_Presentation_Nov_2010.pptx
 

October 2010 Dr. Neumann was unable to join us, due to illness.  In his place, Suzanne Kladder, Director of Business Development for Neumann Systems Group, Inc. presented on a new technology that their firm has developed.  They call it NeuStream.  It is a system that cleans additional pollutants from the exhaust of coal-burning plants.  Their system is smaller, more efficient, and overall less expensive than the traditional smoke stack cleaning system.  Their firm is located here in Colorado Springs and has business partnerships with a number of local firms in the production of their product.  Their technology is exciting and as they expand beyond their prototype products into the broader market, it could bring additional money and jobs to Colorado Springs.


Dr. David K. Neumann, CEO
Neumann Systems Group, Inc.


Dr. David Neumann is the founder and CEO of Neumann Systems Group, Inc. He has over 30 years experience in government and commercial research and development and high technology business management experience. Under his leadership his company has twice been named to Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in the country. Dr. Neumann led and directed efforts in variety of industries. He was the contract CIO of a $400M per year commercial corporation. He also built and led a commercial space and telecommunications business unit for TASC (now Northrop Grumman) which went from 3 people and no revenue to 50 people with a revenue stream of $10M per year in 18 months. During his service with the Air Force, he managed and directed billion dollar government space and weapons projects and supervised groups of over 100 people. Dr. Neumann holds a PhD in Physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology, a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from the United States Air Force Academy (Honor Graduate). He has over 30 publications and 8 patents.

September 2010 Scott spoke about the status of the United States Olympic Committee.  He addressed some of the benefits of having the USOC here in Colorado Springs, as well as some of their plans for the future.

SCOTT BLACKMUN
Chief Executive Officer








Scott Blackmun was named Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Olympic Committee on January 6, 2010.

Blackmun returns to the USOC where he spent three years, including serving as Acting Chief Executive Officer from November 2000-October 2001. During his tenure at the USOC, he was also the organization’s General Counsel and Senior Managing Director of Sport, first joining the USOC in 1998. As General Counsel, he was the USOC staff liaison to the Bid Investigation Committee headed by Senator George Mitchell.

Previously, Blackmun was a partner at Holme Roberts & Owen LLP (HRO), an international law firm, where he had offices in both Denver and Colorado Springs. He joined HRO in September 2006. It marked his second stint with the firm, as he started his career with HRO in 1982 and became a partner in 1988.

In February 2002, Blackmun was named Chief Operating Officer of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), one of the world’s most respected presenters of sports and entertainment events. While at AEG, Blackmun was responsible for operations. At AEG, Blackmun was based in Los Angeles and served on the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce and the National Sports Marketing Association’s Los Angeles chapter.

Blackmun currently serves on the Board of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Blackmun graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1979 with a degree in philosophy, and received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1982. He was a four-year member of the Dartmouth soccer team. He and his wife, Ann, have three children.


 
August 2010

Glenn spoke to our group about the importance of marriage and family on the community and nation.  His presentation included many insights from extensive research and his experiences with Focus on the Family.


GLENN T. STANTON
Director, Family Formation Studies
Focus on the Family
Research Fellow, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada


Bio:
Glenn T. Stanton has worked for the past 17 years as a full-time researcher and sought-after writer, speaker and contributing founder of the growing movement to recover marriage as a social resource in improving the well-being of children, women, men and communities. He is the Director for Family Formation Studies at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs, an international organization working build thriving families around the globe. He is also developing a major research project on international family formation trends at the Institute of Marriage and Family in Ottawa. He debates and lectures extensively on the issues of gender, sexuality, marriage and parenting at universities and churches around the country. He served the George W. Bush administration for many years as a consultant on increasing fatherhood involvement in the Head Start program.

He is the author of three books and a contributor to 9 others, including Why Marriage Matters: Reasons to Believe in Marriage in Postmodern Society (1997) and My Crazy, Imperfect Christian Family (NavPress, 2004) and Marriage on Trial: The Case Against Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting (InterVarsity Press, 2004) which was featured on C-SPAN BookTV. He is currently finishing his fourth book, Secure Daughters Confident Sons: How Parents Guide Their Children into Authentic Masculinity and Feminity (Waterbrook, 2010), which explores how we raise girls and boys to be strong, healthy women and men.

He and his wife have five endlessly growing and amazing children and they live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Some additional literature provided by Glenn:
Are Men Necessary.pdf
Are the Kids Really All Right.pdf
Marriage as a Feminist Institution.pdf
Historic International Trends in Unmarried Childbearing.pdf
Case Against Newsweeks Case Against Marriage.pdf

June 2010 Bob Garner, acclaimed Film Producer, Director, Walt Disney Studios and CBS was our Special Speaker.  Bob presented "Behind the Magic of Disney."

Garner’s Hollywood career spans 30-plus years as Writer, Producer, Director, and Executive Producer for CBS, The Walt Disney Studios, and others.

Bob Garner began his television and film career by working for CBS television as a production assistant and backstage page for The Carol Burnett Show, The Red Skelton Hour, and others.  Beginning in the mid-1970’s, Bob worked with The Walt Disney Company in Los Angeles as writer, director, and producer on a wide variety of major projects and has continued to have a working relationship with Disney. 

In the mid-‘80’s, Bob was commissioned to write and produce a biographical film about Disney, Walt Disney: Magic Moments.  In 1989, Bob wrote, produced, and directed Both Sides of the Story, an entertainment/documentary shot on location in Russia, hosted by Mary Hart of Entertainment Tonight.  He produced all film and video shows for the Gene Autry Western Heritage Center and also wrote and produced the acclaimed 1-hour live specials, A Sea World Family Spectacular: Our Grand Opening and Baby Shamu to You. 

 

Recently, Bob produced and directed a 90-minute DVD/Television special release, Disney Treasures: Secrets, Stories, and Magic…, hosted by Julie Andrews, featuring George Lucas and John Lasseter of PIXAR.

May 2010 J.D. Cause, VP of Wells Fargo Bank, presented an inspiring story of overcoming obstacles and achieving success.

J.D.is a father of 4.5 children. He was born in France and raised in Switzerland. J.D. speaks English as third language with fluency in French and Spanish. He was a Track coach for 4 years in a French Club.

J.D.'s Educational background includes a License (3 yrs degree) in Physical Education from the University of Grenoble (France 1990), graduated from Southern Utah University with Suma Cum Laude (3.97GPA) Spanish/International Business 1995, Master in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1997. Worked in 6 different countries including EDS from 97-99 as a financial analyst (international finance), Arthur Andersen from 2000-2001 as a business consultant and currently working as a VP at Wells Fargo in charge of relationship management between the Home Equity group and other banking channels.

With a passion for Track & Field all of his life with "All American" honors in the pentathlon (2009) and on the 60 meter dash (2010) with 3 National podium placements in his life including Silver Medal at the Sidney Master Games. J.D. Still coach friends as a hobby and has a life passion for seeking improvement in everything touching his life (character development, business process, and all type of performance).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFtqN05aUtM
 
 
April 2010 Steve Schuck, founder of the Schuck Corporation and advocate for school choice, spoke on the state and future of public education in America.
March 2010 Dirk Hobbs, CEO of Medical Voyce, an online information exchange company, presented on future trends in healthcare, medical practices, and entrepreneurship.
February 2010 Networking Meeting
January 2010 Mike Law, Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch, spoke on the subject of Priorities, focus and accomplishing more than you think you can.

Mike Law was born and raised in Calgary, Canada where he lived for the first 19 years of life. He served a mission to Los Angeles California. After marrying Debbie he graduated from Brigham Young University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Management and Business Education. He has actively served in his community in the Boy Scouts as a commissioner and LDS liaison to the Boys Scouts of America in Austin, Texas. He also has previously served as Chairman of the Board of the Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

Currently, Mike serves as a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the Colorado Springs Housing and Building Association. He is also on the board of directors for the National Space Science and Technology Institute.

He is employed as a Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor for Merrill Lynch.

Mike has been married for 30 years to Debbie and has two children and soon to be five grandchildren the true joys in his life. In his spare time he enjoys golf, skiing, sports and just hanging out with the family. He currently stays young by serving 190 Young Single Adults in Colorado Springs.
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December 2009 Dave White, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corporation, discussed new job announcements on the horizon which got everyone excited about the future of the Colorado Springs economy. He also reported the recommendations of the Operation 6035 economic development strategy and how you can be involved in helping our economy grow.

Dave White is the Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. Dave joined EDC in March 2006 after a two-year stint as Business Attraction Manager for the City of Riverside, California. Dave brings more than 15 years of economic experience to the job, having served in Riverside and as Vice President of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance in Pennsylvania.

Over the years he has been responsible for attracting more than 170 companies and over 17,000 jobs to his respective areas of assignment. While in the Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region, Dave has helped to attract a $250 million data center for Hewlett Packard, a $50 data center for Verizon Wireless, and a major expansion for T Rowe Price. During his time with the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance he assisted in attracting a major Sony manufacturing plant to Western Pennsylvania, culminating in more than 5,000 jobs. He also helped to initiate new technology programs in Pittsburgh to help overcome the reversal and decline in the steel industry in the mid-1980s. Dave worked with several German companies who opened offices and manufacturing facilities in Western Pennsylvania. In Riverside, he spearheaded the city’s tech program, serving on the CEO Forum, a group of tech CEOs in Riverside, who are positioning the city for greater economic growth among tech firms. He also served as Executive Director of SmartRiverside, a non-profit organization commissioned by Mayor Ron Loveridge, to develop programs to increase tech awareness and opportunities in the city.
 
 
November 2009 Dan Gillespie spoke about his research regarding the influence of the Church at the Air Force Academy. He recently presented a paper at the Academy about this topic which was well received and shared it with our business group.

Daniel Gillespie graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1990 with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After attending pilot training he worked for three years as a weapons development engineer in the Aeronautical Systems Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Over the next nine years he flew in operational assignments in the KC-135 air refueling aircraft and the C-21 operational support airlift aircraft. During this period he was involved in training, scheduling, and flight safety, as well as serving as flight commander and assistant director of operations. His operational flying includes participation in most major combat theaters including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Iraq. In 1997 he was awarded an MS degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, and in 2009 he was awarded a PhD in Engineering Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Daniel has taught for over three years at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the Military and Strategic Studies Department, where he currently serves as an assistant professor. He is a command pilot with approximately 3000 flying hours. He was also the Officer-in-Charge of the LDS Cadet Choir at the Academy from 2003-2006.
October 2009 Elder Randy D. Funk was sustained as an Area Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2003. He is a member of the Sixth Quorum of the Seventy, serving in the North America Central Area. His prior Church service includes serving as a full-time missionary in Indonesia, as a bishop and as president of the Arapahoe Colorado Stake. He serves on the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the Denver law firm of Sherman and Howard. Elder Funk was born in Logan, Utah and is married to Andrea Clyde Funk. They reside in Aurora, Colorado and are the parents of six children and have seven grandchildren. Elder Funk discussed the importance of the Church creating lasting relationships in the community.
 
 
 
September 2009 Jan Martin, Colorado Springs Council Person and author of the ballot initiative to raise property taxes to save City services.

A City in Financial Distress: A Discussion about the Past, Present and Future of Colorado Springs Did you know that the City of Colorado Springs is predicting a $28 million shortfall for 2010? This comes a year after the City already cut some $50 million from its budget and laid off some 200 employees. So far cuts have come from non-essential services, but the next round of cuts will likely eliminate public parks and bus system and lay off police officers and fire fighters. Is there anything that can be done to stop the bleeding? Come hear a presentation by Council Person Jan Martin. She will discuss plans to correct the current shortfall.

Jan Martin was elected to an at-large council seat in April 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from the University of Northern Colorado and an MBA in finance from Regis University. She is the owner of Martin Business Group, Inc. which specializes in information systems and business training for local organizations. She is also a part time instructor in the online MBA program at the University of Phoenix. Prior to serving on council, Ms. Martin served on numerous boards and commissions. She was president of the Ronald McDonald House Charities Board, vice president of the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum Foundation, and served on the boards of Citizen Project, Downtown Partnership and Leadership Pikes Peak Board of Trustees. In addition, she was a member of the City's Charter Review Committee and El Paso County's Citizen Outreach Group.
www.cityworthfightingfor.com

 
 
August 2009 Patrick Bultema, CEO of CodeBaby (www.codebaby.com)

Patrick is recognized as an industry and company maker. He has served as an executive, investor, board member, and advisor to tens of venture-financed startups. He was most recently a Venture Partner with vSpring Capital. He was previously CEO of XAware and of FrontRange Solutions, a global CRM software company. He was founder and Executive Chairman of Knowlix, as well as Chairman/General Manager of the Help Desk Institute, then a Ziff-Davis company.

A noted author and speaker, Patrick is recognized as one of leading experts in the customer management industry. He was founding Executive Editor of Customer Support Management Magazine, and has been an industry maker in the CRM space. Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree from California State University and a Master’s from Princeton.
 
 
July 2009  Stimulus Bill and Employment Law Update – an overview of how the Bill will affect people as employees - Marisa Walker and Lili Tran of Human Capital Group

Marisa and Lili discussed the following topics:

• Stimulus Bill and Employment Law Update – an overview of how the Bill will affect people as employees

• An update to employment issues directly relating to you as employees and employers

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June 2009 Pastor Brady Boyd - New Life Church

Pastor Boyd will present on how an organization can overcome challenges during a time of crisis. On December 9, 2007, two church members were killed and three others were injured after a gunman opened fire outside the church in Colorado Springs. Pastor Boyd will discuss this event and how the church leadership guided the organization through this crisis.
 

 
May 2009 Weldon built a multi-million dollar heating and air conditioning business within 36 months, achieving emotional and financial prosperity for the first time in his life. He has also owned nine very successful restaurants throughout Colorado. Today, he is an expert in personal development. He has become a powerful speaker and motivator as one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Colorado. His new book, "The Upside of FEAR," is scheduled for release by the Greenleaf Book Group on Sept. 1st.

Weldon Long - ITSUP2U Media, www.weldonlong.com
April 2009 Creative Ways to Share Family Memories - Lori Burner, author of "Lasting Memories"

Lori spoke on how families can bond together using storytelling as a creative way to share family memories and build a family legacy. The author discussed strategies for sharing and documenting family stories that can be used to weave the fabric of the family's history.
March 2009 Unlocking the Entrepreneur within Yourself - Kathleen Fox, President, Payroll City. Kathleen focused on how to overcome the challenges faced by those starting their own businesses. She also gave great ideas for helping one's business to flourish in the current economic environment. To contact Kathleen, she can be reached at:

Kathleen Fox - Payroll City
6208 Lehman Drive, Suite 307, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
Phone: 719-260-9933, Email: k.fox@payrollcity.com
February 2009 Redefining Traditional Marriage: Understanding the Implications - President Kevin Woodward, President of the Colorado Springs North Stake
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January 2009 The Inspired Professional: Keys to a High Energy Life and Meaningful Work - Renee Moorefield, PhD, MCC, and CEO/Partner of Wisdom Works Group
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December 2008 How Can We Find Peace in our Lives this Christmas Season? - Jeff Conley, MBA, Padgett Business Services
November 2008 Establishing Networking Groups - Brent Leavitt, Director of LDS Employment Resource Services
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October 2008 Honesty and Integrity in Business - Scott Pann, CIMA, Senior Vice President, Citi Family Office
September 2008 Current Financial Issues - Steve Haney, President, Certified Mortgage Consultant

Provident Lending Corporation
August 2008 LDS Philanthropies - Jim Crawley, LDS Foundation, Associate Director, Major Gifts The Gift of Giving

The LDS Church reaches out to peoples of all nations through humanitarian and educational efforts and opportunities abound for blessing others through charitable giving. LDS Philanthropies serves as the central coordinating agency for all donations to the Church or one of its institutions--beyond tithing and fast offerings-- with the goal of helping members and friends of the Church meet the needs of people worldwide. Whether your charitable interests lie in feeding the poor, helping the homeless, educating youth, strengthening the family, advancing science, or supporting the arts, there are opportunities to give within the scope of the Church and its various organizations and programs. Individuals and families provide resources through outright and planned giving. In this important endeavor, lives are being changed and saved as a result of generous support of members and friends of the Church.
July 2008 El Paso County Issues - County Commissioner Wayne Williams
June 2008 Clint Kofford - USOC

The changes to the Olympic movement in Colorado Springs.
May 2008 Colorado Springs: Top Economic Growth Market in the US - David L. White

Executive Vice President, Marketing, Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation
April 2008 Emergency Preparedness - Bret Waters, Director of the City of Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management