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Kay Henze


"When in doubt, bootstrap. Using your own personal resources is the easiest way to start a business. You don’t have to convince investors about the merits of your idea. You just have to convince yourself." -Ryan Holmes, Co-founder of Hootsuite Kay Henze’s expertise in board service and leadership consistently showcases her ability to drive meaningful change and growth. Serving on multiple boards, her contributions are most evident at Ent Credit Union in Colorado Springs. As an Independent Board Director and Governance Committee Member, Kay’s insights have been invaluable, particularly her proficiency in strategic marketing and technological [...]

Kay Henze2024-01-24T22:46:21+00:00

Bonnie Watson


"When you learn, teach. When you get, give." ― Maya Angelou  Bonnie Watson is a finance professional specializing in small business lending, venture capital, rural ecosystem development, and acceleration. Currently, Bonnie serves as the CEO of Energize Colorado, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering resilient business communities across the state by innovatively addressing capital gaps. Her entrepreneurial spirit runs deep, as she proudly represents the fourth generation of entrepreneurs in her family. Bonnie calls Evergreen, Colorado, home, where she resides with her husband, daughter, and two furry companions. Beyond the boardroom, she's a slopes enthusiast, seamlessly [...]

Bonnie Watson2024-01-17T16:21:33+00:00

Warren S. Cook


“If you can't do great things, do small things in a great way.” — Napoleon Hill Warren is the President and Chief of HR Advisory Services of  TAHR Services Inc and former co-founder of SymbianceHR  and SymbianceHiRe. As a business management consultant with specialized subject matter expertise in Human Resources, he continues to provide strategic leadership in both human capital management and business operations. Warren is a human resources management subject matter expert with over 28 years of experience as a strategic human  resources business partner, project manager, and people leader across private and public sector organizations. In his current role, [...]

Warren S. Cook2024-01-03T15:15:37+00:00

Brittany Romano


"It's important to be willing to make mistakes. The worst thing that can happen is you become memorable." -- Sara Blakely Brittany is the Executive Director of Startup Colorado and is known as a trusted and collaborative leader with reputable experience working within the rural startup landscape. She founded Thrive Yoga Studios, a Colorado-based franchise focused on supporting small business owners in the health and wellness industry. Her goal is to support rural entrepreneurs building business models that can thrive in any sized community. 

Brittany Romano2023-12-28T22:29:02+00:00

Kira Spivak


"Before you are a leader, success is about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others." -- Jack Welch Kira Spivak, CFO and founder of VenturePack CFO Solutions, has been easing the minds of CEOs and their investors over 25 years in Colorado and across the U.S. As financial technology evolved, Kira designed VenturePack CFO Solutions (venturepackcfo.com) in order to deliver a high-quality accounting department, affordably, to her small and mid-sized business clients. Ms. Spivak's voracious appetite for learning and her love of a challenge is evident in her career path, which [...]

Kira Spivak2023-12-14T21:46:38+00:00

Nick Thomas


"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently." - Warren Buffett Nick is the business lead at Wildwood Ventures.  At Wildwood, Nick partners with early-stage entrepreneurs to build companies at the intersection of the outdoors and wellness.  Prior to Wildwood, Nick managed brands and products for The North Face, Amazon and REI.

Nick Thomas2023-11-23T16:56:08+00:00

Jake Rost


"It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure." - Bill Gates Jake is an Executive Team Leader with experience in Manufacturing Operations, Business Development, Marketing & M&A. Over the past 25 years he has  helped launch 75+ products in regulated industries spanning medical devices, diagnostics, industrial and military markets.  His success as an individual contributor at startups, a leadership team member for small middle market companies, and an executive team leader for a publicly traded entity has resulted in multiple company exits, product licensing, and royalty transactions. At [...]

Jake Rost2023-11-23T16:49:42+00:00

Lisa Pedersen


“If you’re not uncomfortable in your work as a leader, it’s almost certain you’re not reaching your potential as a leader. “ - Seth Godin Lisa Pedersen founded Root Purpose Group specializing in executive coaching, leadership, and organizational development. Lisa is passionate about helping CEOs, leaders, and teams achieve their potential, resolve organizational challenges, and align their actions with their purpose.  Lisa has over 25 years of organizational leadership in for-profit and nonprofit industries. Most recently, she led the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, a nationally recognized leader in animal welfare, for 12 years as CEO. She [...]

Lisa Pedersen2022-12-13T23:03:15+00:00

Clare J. Hefferren


Callosum is an outdoor industry branding agency that guides early and growth stage purpose-driven brands to $10M, through a Signature Growth Road Map to grow awareness, build community, and create content that converts in 3 steps to close the gap between the impact you want to make and the revenue you generate. Committed to the quadruple bottom line (profit, people, planet, purpose.) Clare Hefferren, Founder and President of Callosum, puts 30 years of marketing experience to work at Callosum. She began her career in graphic design and rose quickly to the position of creative director, working [...]

Clare J. Hefferren2022-12-13T22:42:42+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elevation Beer Company


Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elevation Beer Company In our new blog series, Ascent Spotlights, we shine a light on the entrepreneurs and mentors in our Ascent accelerator. Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Elevation Beer Company, which participated in our 2022 Ascent Cohort. Established in 2012, Elevation is a craft brewery in the rural mountain town of Poncha Springs, Colorado, called the Crossroads of the Rockies. Founded on the principles of hard work, dedication, discipline—and of course playing hard—Elevation believes quality beer is the product of living a quality lifestyle. In this video, you'll discover how Elevation Beer Company founder Christian [...]

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elevation Beer Company2022-10-05T00:28:00+00:00


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