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Todd Evenson

2022-11-14T20:17:01+00:00

“A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.” —Charles Schwab “Recognized by Modern Healthcare as “Top 25 COO in Healthcare” and the Denver Business Journal as a “Top C-Suite” award winner, Mr. Evenson is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of leadership in the health care industry. He is an expert in strategy, finance, performance improvement, communication, analytics and research. Before founding Think Health Consulting, Todd served as COO of Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), the premier association for more than 54,000 medical practice executives and 12,500 medical groups in [...]

Todd Evenson2022-11-14T20:17:01+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Katabatic Gear

2022-10-13T17:33:34+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Katabatic 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 Katabatic Gear which originated in 2009 out of founder Aaron Martray’s desire to create a warm, light, sleeping experience using quilt-style sleeping bags, known today as simply quilts. Katabatic’s intentional design approach began, and moves forward with, some key tenets in mind such as draft control, lightweight durable construction, and simplicity. Katabatic facilitates positive front and backcountry adventures by providing quilts and other backcountry gear that provide a peaceful and [...]

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Katabatic Gear2022-10-13T17:33:34+00:00

Matt Pesce

2022-10-04T16:25:23+00:00

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Peter Drucker Matt’s specialty is helping technology- and innovation-led B2B companies grow and scale, with expertise in strategy, product, marketing, business development and international expansion. Having led growth initiatives for organizations from startups to the Fortune 100, he is able to help scaleup companies grow effectively without losing the ability to adapt and innovate quickly. Matt brings insights and best practices from a variety of industries, including healthcare, IT, e-commerce, entertainment, construction/infrastructure, professional services and more. Matt is Managing Partner of Resilient Growth Partners, a consultancy [...]

Matt Pesce2022-10-04T16:25:23+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Over It. Raft Covers

2022-09-26T22:47:50+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Over It. Raft Covers In our new blog series Ascent Spotlights, we shine a light on the entrepreneurs and mentors in our accelerator. As we wind down our peak summer river season we thought today would be great timing to introduce you to Over It. Raft Covers, an affordable, simple, long-term solution to protect your raft investments in between river trips. Two Salida boaters turned entrepreneurs Kevin Kabler and Aaron Derwingson invented their proprietary covers after growing tired of trying so many cheap options in the market and not seeing the value in custom raft covers. They decided [...]

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Over It. Raft Covers2022-09-26T22:47:50+00:00

The EDC is seeking a Program Director

2022-09-26T19:32:54+00:00

Summary Chaffee County EDC is seeking a Program Director to lead and support exciting new initiatives to promote the development of a thriving, resilient, year-round economy in Chaffee County. In support of the organization’s objectives to ensure economic recovery, resilience to future disruptions, and the creation of greater wage diversity and economic diversification; the Program Director will work in the following three strategic focus areas: startup support, public policy, and talent pipeline. Description About Chaffee County EDC (EDC): Since our formation more than a decade ago, the EDC has worked collaboratively across sectors and jurisdictional boundaries to ensure that Chaffee County remains welcoming [...]

The EDC is seeking a Program Director2022-09-26T19:32:54+00:00

Joe Thurman

2022-11-14T21:05:31+00:00

“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs Joe is an entrepreneur, community leader, and talent expert who is currently the founder and CEO of interviewIA of, a VC-backed SaaS company focused on transforming the hiring process via data and machine learning. Being in the talent and HR technology space for over 15 years, Joe has a passion for people and helping them to find meaning and purpose in the work that they do. Joe [...]

Joe Thurman2022-11-14T21:05:31+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elements Mountain Compost

2022-09-19T15:13:18+00:00

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elements Mountain Compost Today we want to introduce you to a new blog series called Ascent Spotlights where we'll shine a light on the entrepreneurs and mentors in our accelerator. For our inaugural episode we're featuring Elements Mountain Compost, an incredible small business in Chaffee County doing big things that has an impact on both our community and the planet.   Ascent Accelerator Elements Compost Video 2022 from Driven By Nature on Vimeo. ABOUT ELEMENTS MOUNTAIN COMPOST:  Elements Mountain Compost is committed to closing the loop on organics waste in our region.  We help businesses & residents reduce [...]

Ascent Spotlights: Meet Elements Mountain Compost2022-09-19T15:13:18+00:00

Chaffee County Named “Emerging Startup Community of the Year” by Leading Statewide Business Investment Group

2022-09-01T20:21:51+00:00

Chaffee County Named “Emerging Startup Community of the Year” by Leading Statewide Business Investment Group CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLO. – Chaffee County–including the communities of Buena Vista, Salida, and Poncha Springs–was named “Emerging Startup Community of the Year” by the Rockies Venture Group, a leading business investment organization serving companies and communities in the Mountain West region. The Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation, which recently created a new business accelerator in the area, called Central Mountain Ascent, received the award on behalf of the growing community of entrepreneurs, advisors, and funders that support business growth in the area. “This award is an [...]

Chaffee County Named “Emerging Startup Community of the Year” by Leading Statewide Business Investment Group2022-09-01T20:21:51+00:00

Michael Robinson

2022-11-14T21:05:38+00:00

“Starting a business is a huge amount of hard work... You had better enjoy it."- Richard Branson Michael Robinson possesses a rich history of global executive leadership in telecom infrastructure operations and engineering, technology innovation, corporate security and fraud detection, banking and business risk management. He was a pioneer in the deployment of land and sea based fiber optic systems, where he collaborated on the development and implementation of the first transcontinental U.S. fiber network and most of the submarine fiber optic systems that span the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans as well as the China Sea and [...]

Michael Robinson2022-11-14T21:05:38+00:00

Ascent Startup Summit 2022 RECAP

2022-05-19T05:23:29+00:00

Peek behind the curtain of every successful event and you'll find an A-team of planners, partners, and volunteers who are dedicated and driven. Look deeper and you'll find supportive sponsors with an aligned audience championing and elevating the experience. Last month's Ascent Startup Summit was no exception. Today we're shining a little light on this sold-out inaugural event with a recap blog post. We wanted to share the highlights, the lessons learned, and what we now know to be true: That the Ascent Startup Summit is an essential event that will play a pivotal role in supporting startups, empowering entrepreneurs, and [...]

Ascent Startup Summit 2022 RECAP2022-05-19T05:23:29+00:00

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