CEO Spotlight presented by the Colorado Business Roundtable

The CEO Spotlight, brought to you by Colorado Business Roundtable and hosted by Michael Brown, provides a window into the lives of the CEOs who drive Colorado’s economy by supporting their employees with jobs and benefits, creating valuable products and services, responding to stakeholders, providing tax revenue, funding vital charities, and providing leadership on issues that matter to Coloradans. Business is a force for good in our community. When business succeeds, communities succeed, we all succeed. 

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Chris Schmidt, Managing Partner for Deloitte, LLP

Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world’s most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. There are 2,140 employees (inclusive of FT and contractor) across four state offices in our Denver practice.

Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today’s marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society.

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Jason Duffy

Jason Duffy is the Principal and Sr. Mortgage Advisor for Residential Lending, LLC, a boutique mortgage brokerage in Littleton, Colorado. Jason and his company team of ten support staff and Mortgage Advisors have helped thousands of Colorado families with mortgage financing since he founded the company in 2002. Their straightforward, friendly, and consultative approach to mortgage lending has fostered lifetime relationships with their clients and real estate partners and because of them, they have primarily done business by referral since 2002.

Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona. For the last 11 years, he has been nominated as a Five Star Mortgage Professional, awarded to the top mortgage professionals in Metro Denver, and for the past three years he has been ranked as one of the top 350 mortgage broker loan officers in the nation.

Jason is a native of Colorado and has loved raising his family here. Most of his free time is spent with his family. Jason has been married to his wife, Adena, for 27 years, and they have five children.

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Sue Glass, President and CEO of YMCA of Metro Denver

Sue Glass is a visionary leader with more than 26 years of experience and a track record of non-profit leadership, strategic planning, philanthropy and health and wellness program development. In her role as president and CEO, she’s shaping the strategic vision to drive organizational transformation of a $26 million organization whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Glass oversees a 700+ team, serving 68,000 families across six wellness centers and 100+ program sites. She champions the organization’s strategic plan, striving to make the YMCA the third place between work and home, a hub of belonging dedicated to mental and physical well-being, developing the next generation of changemakers and uplifting community.

Glass joined the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver in 2018, becoming the first woman and person of color to lead the organization in its 143-year history. Prior to joining the YMCA, she served as senior vice president of the American Diabetes Association, where she led all Association offices across the country and guided fund development, special events, program services, volunteer engagement and operations for the Development and Stewardship Division.

Glass currently serves on the boards of the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Colorado Business Roundtable and was appointed to the Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure’s Denver Moves Everyone steering committee. She holds a degree in health science with an emphasis on community health from the University of North Florida. She has lived in Denver since 2004 and enjoys traveling, the great outdoors, running, cycling and serving the community.

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Debbie Brown, CEO of Colorado Business Roundtable

Debbie Brown serves as the President of the Colorado Business Roundtable. The Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) is a public policy organization comprised of executives from some of the state’s largest employers working to strengthen the state’s economic vitality. COBRT engages with elected leaders, business and nonprofit leaders, and other strategic allies to improve the business climate in our state by unapologetically amplifying the voice of business. COBRT is the state affiliate of the National Business Roundtable (BRT). Based in Washington, D.C., BRT is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

Previously, Brown was the President and founder of Amplify Strategies, a strategic communications and public policy consulting firm. Through Amplify Strategies, Debbie directed the strategy development, messaging, and marketing for businesses, nonprofit organizations, advocacy efforts and candidate campaigns of all sizes. She has created, launched and grown several businesses and organizations.

Debbie has been featured as a political strategist on Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News, BBC News World Have Your Say, SkyNews, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Times, the Washington Post, New York Times, Colorado Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), as well as regional and local media. Prior to her work in the political and advocacy arena, Debbie was the founding partner in the boutique marketing firm, Firsthand Marketing, that provided strategic business consulting for banking, mortgage and credit union clients.

Debbie has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and a Who’s Who in Energy and a finalist for Outstanding Women in Business by the Denver Business Journal. Debbie is part of the American Enterprise Institute Leadership Network and an alumni of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

Debbie is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee. She has served on the Board of the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame and as Board Chair of Cherry Creek Academy, a public K-8 charter school.

Debbie volunteers as a business mentor for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women. Debbie was recently added to the Advisory Council of the Women’s Democracy Network, established by the International Republican Institute, which believes that a full and robust democracy depends on the equal participation of women.

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Javier Rodriguez, CEO of DaVita Inc.

Javier Rodriguez is the Chief Executive Officer of DaVita Inc., a global health care provider focused on improving the quality of life for patients through clinical innovation and integrated, personalized care. The company’s global operations include over 3,100 outpatient dialysis centers in 11 countries and 67,000 teammates serving more than 240,000 patients with kidney disease.

Mr. Rodriguez is an experienced leader committed to transforming care delivery for patients with kidney disease—from the earliest stages of the disease through transplantation. He is passionate about accelerating the digital transformation and delivering customized care to each patient while lowering costs for the health care system. In more than 20 years with DaVita, he has continued fostering a powerful sense of inclusivity and community among teammates and patients.

Since joining the company in 1998, Mr. Rodriguez has served in a number of capacities, including leading kidney care operations and payor contracting. Prior to joining DaVita, Mr. Rodriguez worked in finance for Baxter Healthcare Corporation and in operations for CBS Marketing Inc. in Mexico City.

Mr. Rodriguez has been widely recognized for his leadership by Fierce Healthcare, Modern Healthcare and Hispanic Executive, among others. He serves on the board of directors for Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD). Mr. Rodriguez is one of 550 CEOs of the world’s leading organizations to sign the CEO Action Pledge for Diversity & Inclusion.

Mr. Rodriguez earned a master’s degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from Boston College.

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Dr. John Dygert, CEO of Pinnacle Advanced Primary Care

Dr. John Dygert is the founder and CEO of Pinnacle Advanced Primary Care, an innovative healthcare practice in Colorado that doesn’t require insurance, copays, or deductibles. Pinnacle charges a fixed monthly membership fee, similar to a gym membership, for unlimited access to full-scope primary care.

Pinnacle memberships include unlimited access to primary care and other benefits such as discounts on procedures, affordable lab work, and wholesale prices on medications shipped directly to patients' homes. Membership is open to business owners, individuals, families, and seniors. Rates for an individual start at $68 per month for an adult and cap at $180 per month for an entire family, with discounts available for self-employed and business owners. 

Dr. Dygert is a Family Medicine physician in Colorado Springs, CO. He graduated medical school from Kansas City University - Medicine in 2009, and completed residency in Fort Wayne, IN in 2012.

Following training, he worked as a full-scope Family Medicine doctor in Colby, KS until 2017. This position involved inpatient medicine, outpatient clinic, obstetrics including c-sections, and coverage of the emergency room, two nursing homes, and one assisted living facility. In addition, he was also the director of Emergency Medical Services, head of the county health department, and deputy coroner! Despite being very busy, he cherished his time in Colby and credits this experience with providing him an intricate understanding of multiple facets of the health care system.

Dr. Dygert views Pinnacle Advanced Primary Care as "a materialization of a dream I've had since 2014". He firmly believes that this practice will model an impactful solution for the problems afflicting health care in the United States.

He and his wife Jilinda have five children, all attending school in the Colorado Springs area. He loves outdoor activities and sports, and is an avid fan of the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Reds, and Ohio State athletic teams.

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Jim Reuter, CEO of FirstBank

Reuter has extensive banking experience, starting his career at FirstBank in 1987 and holding several different roles within the organization. 

He previously served as FirstBank’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) where he oversaw many of the bank’s divisions, including:  loan/mortgage operations, IT, online banking, payments, contact center, online account/loan acquisition, and treasury management. FirstBank has attributed many of the bank’s products and IT innovations over the years to Reuter’s leadership and guidance. Prior to his roles in operations and IT, Reuter served as a loan officer in FirstBank’s Palm Desert location.

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Michael 'Wami' Wamsganz, President/CEO at Citywide Banks

Over the past thirty-two years, nine cities, four large Regional/National Banks, one Community bank and forty-two countries Michael has added value to the financial industry on a domestic and international level. His vision and story have impacted thousands of colleagues and bank customers at the organizations he has been a leader at by collaboration and leading culture change. An organization does not change – people change organizations. Michael’s foundation has been “how to change a banking culture” and has provided the forward-thinking strategic vision that inspires and engages teams to navigate change effectively. His ability to

frame the “why” begins with empathy for his teams, helping them understand the why, gaining support, making it a two-way conversation, being transparent and defining the call to action. This leadership trait of building the “Why” establishes trust and commitment within the team – they want to succeed. He has been provided the opportunity as President and CEO of Citywide Banks with $2.6B in assets to help the organization on an aggressive growth journey over the next three to four years.

Michael currently holds the position of President/CEO at Citywide Banks since May 2021. He brings an extensive background in both the Commercial and Retail banking segments to his leadership role. Prior to Citywide Banks, as Business Banking Division Head at Huntington National Bank, Michael led a team that developed and managed a portfolio of $19 billion. During his time with Bank of the West, Michael managed teams across 370 branches as Executive Vice President of the Rocky Mountain Division.

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Lora Barke, DO

Dr. Lora Barke is Chief of the Breast Imaging Section at Radiology Imaging Associates (RIA) and Medical Director of Invision Sally Jobe Breast Centers in Englewood, CO.  She completed her radiology residency at Cook County Hospital, where she served as chief resident, and her Breast & Women's Imaging Fellowship at Northwestern University Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center, both in Chicago, IL. She participates in collaborative research projects and has taught many radiologists and technologists, both nationally and internationally, percutaneous biopsy techniques through a course hosted at Invision Sally Jobe.  She was a contributor to the American College of Radiology (ACR) Digital Mammography Quality Control Manual and many other publications including her ongoing work on the ACR Committee on Practice Parameters and Appropriateness Criteria. Dr. Barke freely volunteers her expertise in breast health, serving as a committee member for the ACS National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), ACR, and Susan G. Komen® Colorado. She is also a common fixture in local media outlets, actively advocating for early detection and prevention of breast cancer and personalized breast cancer screening and risk assessment.

Brendan Essary, MD

Dr. Brendan Essary is a fellowship-trained musculoskeletal and abdominal radiologist who currently serves as the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Radiology Imaging Associates, PC (RIA). Dr Essary is also a managing member of Medial Imaging of Colorado, LLC, a join venture between RIA and HCA-HeathONE focuses on the delivery of subspeciality-based outpatient imaging services at clinics throughout the Denver metro area.

Dr. Essary earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Following radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Dr. Essary completed musculoskeletal and abdominal imaging fellowships at the same institution. He has been a full-time practicing radiologist since 2009 when he joined RIA.

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Helen Drexler, President & CEO of Delta Dental

Helen Drexler is the president and chief executive officer of Delta Dental of Colorado. She is a seasoned health care executive with a passion for creating highly functioning teams that work from a foundation of trust to achieve great results. She strongly believes in the importance of strengthening local communities through service and partnership. In her current role, she leads the largest nonprofit dental benefits provider in the state, covering more than 1.5 million Coloradans.

With more than 30 years of progressive management experience, Helen is deeply versed in all aspects of the health insurance industry, having supported operations, strategic planning, organizational development, and marketing. She also serves as managing director of Ensemble Innovation Ventures, the parent company of Delta Dental of Colorado, where she works to identify and fund innovative business models that improve community health and wellness.

Helen is a community leader who believes businesses see the greatest success when they help to strengthen the communities they serve. She served as chair of the board of directors of Florence Crittenton Services of Colorado and as the chair of the American Heart Association’s Heart and Stroke Walk. She currently serves on the national board of directors of Dental Lifeline Network, on the board of trustees for Mile High United Way, and on the board of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.

Helen was recognized as one of the Most Admired CEOs by the Denver Business Journal in 2020.

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Ed Francis, CEO of InBankshares and InBank

Ed has over 30 years of banking and financial institution experience and is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer for InBankshares and InBank. Previously, he held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Banking Officer at Hancock Whitney and led both retail and commercial banking divisions. Ed also served on Hancock Whitney’s Executive Management Committee for more than 10 years as assets grew from $5 billion to over $25 billion. He holds a B.S. in Managerial Finance from the University of Mississippi and matriculated from the Graduate School of Banking at LSU. Ed also serves on the board for Firefly Autism in Denver.

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Bob Rusnak, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Owner

Bob Rusnak is an Air Force veteran and Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owner. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, Bob attended college at UC Berkeley, where he studied political science and landscape architecture and was awarded a varsity letter in boxing. Prior to graduation, Bob enlisted in the Air Force. Bob earned his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and accepted a commission in the Air Force in 1985. Bob graduated 2nd in his class from Officer Training School in San Antonio TX. In addition to many Temporary Duties around the world, Bob was honored to deploy twice to combat locations; once to run a counterintelligence unit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and once as Force Protection Division Chief for all of US Forces, Afghanistan. 

When he retired from the Air Force in 2012, Bob and his wife Barb opened their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Colorado Springs. Over the next few years, they expanded and opened locations in the Denver area. In 2021, oldest son Bobby took over the business with the understanding Bob and Barb will help acquire more Dickey’s franchise locations along the Front Range. 

Barb and I have been married for over 31 years and have been blessed with two sons, Bobby and Brett.

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Karla Nugent, Chief Revenue Officer

As a founding partner of Weifield Group, Karla Nugent is responsible for the company’s business development, marketing, sales and preconstruction departments. With Karla’s efforts, Weifield has grown to employ over 600 employees, has been awarded the Denver Post Top Workplaces recognition for ten years running -- and the USA Top Workplaces recognition in 2022, and is the first electrical contractor in the region to complete Net-Zero energy projects.

Karla successfully promotes Weifield Group while passionately advocating for a better construction workforce and industry. She currently serves on the State of Colorado Workforce Development Council, the Colorado Business Roundtable (COBRT) Board, the Hope House Colorado Board, and serves as the Avista Hospital Foundation Board Vice Chair and Weifield Foundation Chair.

In recent years, Karla presented to the Colorado General Assembly, advocating for improved training for the next generation of construction workers, which led to her becoming one of the founding members of SkillBuild Colorado and Skills2Compete Colorado. Karla has been honored with several notable industry, business and philanthropy awards, including Denver Business Journal’s ‘Outstanding Women in Business’ award, CREW Denver’s ‘Emerging Iconic Woman’ award, Denver Business Journal Partners in Philanthropy’s ‘Corporate Citizen of the Year’ award, Denver Institute for Faith & Work’s ‘Tree of Life’ award, and Denver Business Journal’s ‘C-Suites’ award. In all she does, Karla works tirelessly to provide her clients with construction leads while cultivating rewarding industry alliances and relationships.

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Paige Goss, Founder/CEO of Point Solutions Group

Paige Goss is a dynamic executive with an extensive background in growing technology professional services organizations. Paige’s career highlights her ability to build and scale companies from the ground up. She has experience not only in leading multi-million-dollar operations, but in starting operations, human resource, finance, and technology departments from scratch. Paige brings a breadth of experience in enterprise operations as well as federal government contracting. 

Paige is currently the Founder and Chief Executive Offices of Point Solutions Group, a technology and engineering professional services firm. She started the firm in 2017 and has grown the organization to over 10+ million in revenue in 4 short years. In her role she has successfully built a commercial professional services arm supporting infrastructure and security assessments along with technology transformation initiatives. PSG is ranked by Inc. 5000 as One of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies and is recognized as one of Colorado’s Top 100 Woman Owned Companies as well as a Colorado Company to Watch.

Her accomplishments outside of Point Solutions Group are equally impactful and include investing and advising in multiple women-owned and lead firms across the country. She is also a co-founder of Precursa which is set to launch in late 2022. Paige is the Past Chair of the YP Board for the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and is actively involved in several other industry organizations.

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Greg Carpenter, Co-Founder & President Blue Sky CBD

Mr. Carpenter has spent nearly his entire life in Colorado and after graduating from Colorado State University in 2000.  He has a passion for health & wellness, spending time in the great outdoors, snowboarding, riding bicycles and enjoys more than anything spending time with his 12yr old daughter Ryann. His successes range from time spent in media launching his own company Mobile Impact in 2008 to the last 5 years with a sole focus on Blue Sky CBD.  Blue Sky quickly became "his life's work" after seeing how his family and friends responded to his formulas before Blue Sky was even a real company.  

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Ryan Kenny, CEO of Rocky Mountain Cred Card

Ryan Kenny is one of those rare Colorado natives. He has a 5 1/2 year old, Declan and a wife Dee.

When he's not watching sports, he's been helping small businesses as a payments consultant for almost 20 years now. He started Rocky Mountain Credit Card over 15 years ago. As opposed to most companies who can only offer one service or one company's product, Rocky Mountain Credit Card partners with over a dozen banks, technology and payments companies finding the right fit for each company. Most hospitality companies are lacking ordering and pay at the table services that are crucial to have with today's short staffing concerns. Rocky Mountain Credit Card partners with numerous companies that see this gap and offer free devices and POS systems to help during this tough time economically. On top of helping businesses find the best POS solution, Ryan is a B2B consultant helping this vertical accelerate their payments and offering credit as an alternative term process which is huge with cash flow being under attack with high inflation.

With Rocky Mountain Credit Card, a business gets the best of both worlds. They receive personalized service and support without having to be another number, but also work with great publicly traded companies that offer products that keep them ahead of the curve.

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Dana Rodriguez

Business-owner, award-winning chef and entrepreneur, Dana Rodriguez, is one of Denver’s most beloved personalities. “Loca,” as she is affectionately known by friends, grew up on a farm in Chihuahua, Mexico without running water or electricity under the watchful eye of a mother who taught her to grind corn daily into masa for tortillas. In her early 20s, Dana relocated to Denver and took a job at the city’s storied Panzano restaurant, starting as dishwasher and working her way up through every position in the kitchen until she was asked to serve as the executive chef.

Since then, Dana has gone on to open the beloved and award-winning Denver concepts Work and Class (2012) and Super Mega Bien (2018). In January 2022, she opened Cantina Loca to immediate praise. In late 2021, Dana was asked to serve as the culinary partner and executive chef at Casa Bonita, bringing her brand of “loca” to the beloved and iconic Colorado restaurant and entertainment experience.

As a result of her culinary and business prowess, Dana has garnered an impressive five James Beard nominations, including this year’s inclusion as a nominee in the “Best Chef: Mountain 2022” category, among countless other honors.

In addition to her role as chef and restaurateur, Dana is also the face of her own brand of premium organic agave spirits, Doña Loca, sourced from some of the top independent producers in Mexico. True to Loca form, the brand is already garnering top honors and recognition in the spirits industry – including a gold and silver medal from the 2022 San Francisco World Spirits Awards, the oldest, largest and most influential spirits competition of its kind.

Rodriguez is also a passionate charity supporter, participating in dozens of charity events each year and regularly supporting organizations that empower women and support education.

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Rebecca Kersting, Co-President/Owner of CAP Logistics

Since 1982, CAP Logistics has specialized in providing freight solutions to industries that cannot afford expensive downtime. Many fortune 500 companies trust the CAP team to move their most critical parts and supplies. Our business began with a focus on 24/7/365 emergency air freight and expedited truck shipments. While these services continue to be core competencies, CAP’s service offering has expanded to include truckload, LTL, managed transportation, and air charter services. CAP's One Call Solves All approach allows our customers to find customized solutions for their shipments while experiencing superior customer service.

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Terry Considine

Terry is a life-long entrepreneur, focused on business, politics, and family. Terry has been an active real estate investor, leading six NYSE-listed REITs. Through the Considine Companies and an ASE-listed investment company, Terry has invested in real estate, television broadcasting, gasoline distribution and convenience stores, environmental services, golf courses, community development, and venture capital. Terry took his apartment business public in 1994 and served Aimco as Chairman/CEO until December 2020 when Aimco was separated into two REITS: Apartment Income Residential Communities (“AIR”) where Terry continues as CEO and “new” Aimco, the successor to the “old” Aimco development business, where Terry is a member of the board of directors. In 2017, Terry was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame.

Terry has been active in politics, elected twice to the Colorado Senate and holding leadership roles in numerous campaigns and political activities. Terry has campaigned across the country for term limits, a non-partisan reform to limit how long politicians stay in office. He is a cofounder of both Leadership Program of the Rockies and also Club for Growth.

Terry has also engaged in community, philanthropic, and church organizations including serving as a director and past chairman of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and as a director of the Augustine Institute. In 2019, Terry was awarded an honorary doctorate by Colorado Christian University.

Terry has been married for 46 years to his wife Betsy who has served on numerous community and school boards, including a term as president of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Working with others, she was a leader in starting two schools: The Ricks Center, a primary school for gifted children, located on the campus of the University of Denver; and the girls’ division for Regis Jesuit High School, in Aurora, Colorado.

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Adam Contos, Partner • Public Company CEO • Public Company Board Director

Adam Contos is the recently retired CEO and Board Director of RE/MAX Holdings, the Denver-based global real estate franchise powerhouse that he has spent nearly two decades with. Adam’s retirement date from RE/MAX is March 31, 2022 after Adam took RE/MAX Holdings to record Earnings, Profit, and Earnings Per Share (EPS) in 2021 through a series of carefully calculated and planned strategic acquisitions, technology integrations, and adjustments in the business. 

Adam is known as a “CEO of the people,” which is demonstrated daily through his personal outreach, business communication, executive branding, constant learning, and living a very intentional life of systems and habits that create happiness and success. This is based on the philosophy of “Modeling Leadership” – or as the leader does, so too shall those being lead. He leads from the front. Adam believes that “How you do one thing is how you do all things,” which exemplifies his early rising and intentional daily habits to influence leadership and growth in others as well as build businesses. This is holistic to our lives, which involve not only business but also in our personal lives, relationships, families, health, faith, and finances. 

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Bill Sullivan, CEO of BOK Financial

For more than ten years, Bill Sullivan has led BOK Financial’s Colorado Market as President and Chief Executive Officer. In his role, Bill works to strengthen the community – by investing in our community’s greatest needs or funneling capital into growing companies and the local economy.

What is most interesting to Bill is partnering with businesses and knowing that the bank has an ability to help them grow. Helping a business flourish – which in turn gives a business owner an opportunity to hire people and drive the economy – is something that Bill is proud of. And as a former business owner himself, Bill understands the challenges that businesses face every day.

Bill’s commitment to BOK Financial and its clients stems from the organization’s culture and ability to provide service and expertise. The bank’s size allows it to meet the credit needs and services to support growing businesses, yet the company is small and nimble enough so that at any moment, anyone can ring up all the resources of the bank to get answers and solutions for customers.

Community service and investment are also important to Bill. Under his stewardship, the BOKF Foundation grants and partners with nonprofits throughout the year. Bill serves on the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee and boards of the Colorado Bankers Association, Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council and Colorado UpLift.  

Bill has a BBA degree in Finance from the University of Iowa and an MM degree in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Outside of work, he enjoys golfing, skiing, and most importantly, spending time with his wife and four children.

BOK Financial

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Antoinette Gawin, President and CEO of Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

Terumo Blood and Cell Technologies

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Wayne Cavanaugh, CEO of Family Care Center

Mr. Cavanaugh has invested in, led, advised and/or founded several high growth, multi-site health and wellness companies. He currently serves as an advisory to Revelstoke Portfolio company US Renal Care. Mr. Cavanaugh is also the founder of Ninja Nation, one the country's fastest growing youth-oriented fitness concepts. In addition to his operations experience, Mr. Cavanaugh has deep experience in private equity, having previously served as a Vice Present at KRG Capital Partners. With a passion for building scalable health and wellness companies led by high performing leadership teams and outstanding company cultures, Mr. Cavanaugh has completed over $5 billion in investment transactions.

Dr. Charles Weber, Founder and Chief Medical Director of Family Care Center

Dr. Charles Weber is currently the Founder and Chief Medical Director of the Family Care Center, a comprehensive outpatient mental health / addiction treatment, originating in Colorado Springs with multiple treatment centers opening across the Front Range in 2022. (Highlands Ranch & Littleton now accepting patients).

He is prior enlisted infantryman in the US Army, and was the Chief of the Department of Behavioral Health at Ft. Carson, CO, retiring in 2016 after 27 years in uniform. He has deployed twice overseas and notably was the 1st Cavalry Division psychiatrist in Iraq. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and received a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002. His transitional internship was at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and psychiatry residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. He is a board certified Psychiatrist and in Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Chuck is extremely passionate about improving the mental health system of care, and fostering a world class environment for providers of mental health.

Family Care Center

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Kyle Bachus, Founder & Partner of Bachus & Schanker, LLC

Kyle Bachus won his first argument in front of the state supreme court when he was seventeen years old. As a junior in high school, Kyle attended a Florida state legislation day for high school students. There, he was selected to argue a predetermined topic in front of a panel of licensed lawyers sitting on a mock supreme court. He was provided with appropriate documentation and tasked with researching and preparing his argument. Selected as one of the best presenters of the day statewide, he was both surprised and inspired to pursue a career in law.

He graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989 and from the University of Florida College of Law three years later. He began work the Monday after graduation in a plaintiff ’s personal injury law firm.

Kyle moved to Colorado in 1994 and joined a Denver personal injury law firm. Two years later, Kyle and fellow lawyer Darin Schanker opened Bachus & Schanker, LLC in a tiny, rented office with less than $15,000. In the years since, Bachus & Schanker has grown into one of the largest personal injury firms in the region. Today, Kyle oversees the firm’s Elite Litigation Group, where he limits his personal practice to representing families throughout the United States in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases.

Kyle is a member of the Colorado and Florida Bar associations and has served on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association for more than twenty years in total. He has served on numerous committees and repeatedly won recognition from his peers at both the state and national level. He is proud of the role he has played in the passage of state and national legislation to protect consumers and is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer.

Kyle lives in Denver with his wife and their three children.

Bachus & Schanker, LLC

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Ryan Beiser, Regional President for PNC Bank, Colorado

In this role, Beiser is responsible for leading overall growth across Colorado, with a specific focus on the Denver Metro area, as well as overseeing all aspects of Corporate Banking in the region. His office implements all local sponsorship and philanthropic efforts to execute PNC’s community-based goals and initiatives.

Beiser previously served as the chief operating officer of PNC’s Corporate and Commercial Banking groups. Prior to his COO role, he led Corporate Banking for PNC’s Florida East region and served in various corporate banking capacities in Greater Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh. He was named to his current role in March 2018.

Active in the community, Beiser is a member of YPO Colorado and serves on the board of directors for Mile High United Way, the Craig Hospital Foundation, the American Heart Association of Colorado and the Children’s Museum of Denver. He also represents PNC on the board of advisors for the University of Colorado Denver Business School, the Early Childhood Leadership Commission for the State of Colorado, and the Major Gifts Council for Early Childhood Education of the Mile High United Way.

PNC Bank

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Danny D. Moore, Founder and CEO of DeNOVO Solutions

Mr. Moore has over 19 years of leadership experience in the aerospace and defense industry. He has served as Program Manager and Director of Global Operations for British Aerospace International, where he oversaw a business line of over a quarter billion dollars in value. Mr. Moore is the President and Owner of DeNOVO Solutions, LLC and Thornberry Consulting, LLC Black-owned / Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business providing scientific, engineering, technical, and operational support services to the Department of Defense. The two companies operate in Colorado, Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC, New Mexico, Mississippi, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Mr. Moore has nearly 43 years of operational and business experience in Defense, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance.

DeNOVO Solutions

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Chris Wright, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Oilfield Services

Chris Wright, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Liberty Oilfield Services, is an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience. Chris is a dedicated humanitarian with a passion for bringing the benefits of energy to every community in the world. Chris serves as Executive Chairman of Liberty Resources and was the Chief Executive Officer until March 2017. From 2000 to 2006, Chris served as Chairman of Stroud Energy. In 1992, Chris founded Pinnacle Technologies and served as CEO from 1992 to 2006. Chris sits on the board of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank - Denver Branch, ACE Scholarships - Colorado & Montana, PERC, CRED, PRI, Urban Solutions Group and Western Energy Alliance. Chris Wright has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted graduate work in electrical engineering at both the University of California-Berkeley and MIT.

Liberty Oilfield Services

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Dave Schunk, President & CEO of Volunteers of America Colorado

Volunteers of America Colorado, an nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need transform their lives. Since late 2018, Mr. Schunk has served as President and CEO of Volunteers of America Colorado. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered Colorado’s diverse populations, including families, children, veterans, and seniors. From 2011 to 2018, Mr. Schunk served as CFO for the Denver Rescue Mission (“DRM”), a large regionally oriented, nonprofit, faith-based human services organization. Prior to DRM, and spanning over 30 years, he has served in a variety of C-level and senior management positions at large companies such as IHS Markit, Intelligent Electronics, Verio/NTT, GE Technology Services and StorageTek.

Volunteers of America Colorado

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Michael Haith, CEO of Teriyaki Madness

Michael Haith has a 30-year career successfully building multiple, Inc. 500, global franchise brands. Consulting, serving on Boards, investing, and building companies, he has vast experience identifying, and franchising strong food and beverage concepts. 

In 2013, he discovered Teriyaki Madness. A small, seven-unit regional chain with delicious and healthy food, a simple business model, a raving fan base and most importantly, the best margins he'd ever seen in his years in the restaurant industry. 

He sold all of his current business interests in 2015 to acquire and focus on Teriyaki Madness. TMAD is quickly becoming a recognized success story in the fast casual restaurant industry ranking and was ranked the #1 Fastest-Growing Big Restaurant Chain by Restaurant Business last year. Quality, fresh, customizable ingredients made-to-order with large portions of delicious, healthy bowls of fresh vegetables, all-natural grilled chicken and beef, with homemade sauces and served over rice, noodles or veggies.

He has assembled a team of seasoned fast casual professionals to build the processes and systems to help franchisees expand TMAD aggressively and intelligently on a global scale. Currently more than 110 Teriyaki Shops with another 35 to open in 2022 throughout North America. TMAD has great momentum into the next decade as satisfied franchisees expand rapidly into additional shops.

The TMAD franchise community is aggressively expanding, adding additional units while inviting and supporting new franchisees to expand the brand awareness across the globe. 

Teriyaki Madness

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Dan Haley, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Mr. Haley is responsible for leading the industry in Colorado legislative, regulatory, and public relations matters. 

Previously, he was Vice President of Communications, Development and Strategy at EIS Solutions, a public affairs firm where he served as a consultant for numerous corporate and political clients, including oil and gas interests. Prior to that, Mr. Haley spent more than 20 years in the communications field, including 13 years at The Denver Post, where he was the Editorial Page Editor. He also was Director of Corporate Communications for CoBank, a $100 billion bank headquartered in Denver.

A Colorado native, Mr. Haley has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wyoming and sits on the Advisory Board to USO Colorado, the Colorado Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Advisory Council for the University of Colorado-Denver Global Energy Management program.

Colorado Oil & Gas Association

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Dom Sirianni, President of Astravo Online Academy

  • Proud husband and father with three incredible kids.
  • From upstate NY. Volunteered for Senator Al D’Amato while in college in DC.
  • Hosted a marketing podcast for two years
  • Been working in online education longer than most people think it’s been around. Serves as President of Astravo Online Academy serving thousands of students in Colorado and Arizona


Astravo Online Academy

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Pam McLeod, President of Rocky Mountain IV Medics

This is a team of people that respect each other and are down to earth and humble and have a successful business in multiple markets across the country.. They are in Arizona/Texas/Denver and soon to be in Florida expanding with experienced nurses that have medical back grounds with iv’s and have helped people across the country and its not expensive to feel better and they come to you vs you having to inconvenience yourself.

Rocky Mountain IV Medics

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Chris Osgood, CEO of Restore Osteo

This local company was founded in 2020. Its creative & innovative advancement in the medical field are causing a disruption in regenerative medicine in how aging adults live a healthy mobile lifestyle. The growth potential is huge. They have already opened 4 locations and have 3 more in the works across the front range.

The competition in this market is big both locally and nationally (a national chain just came into the market). Restore Osteo has some key differentiators among these competitors.

Restore Osteo

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