Presently a technical leader at stock media startup VideoBlocks, which is recognized by Inc and Deloitte as one of the fastest growing media companies in the US. Co-founded the online drawing community Doodle or Die. Formerly a member of the software engineering teams at energy analytics startup Opower (IPO 2014) and retail analytics startup Applied Predictive Technologies (Acquired 2015). Specializes in leveraging small engineering teams to rapidly develop and deliver robust software. Outside of the office: Husband, instrument rated private pilot, rock/ice climber, and owner of two rescued black labs.
I am Senior Director and Moderator/Strategist at JSC Consumer Insights (www.jscny.com), a boutique market research firm based in New York City. JSC offers a highly customized, strategic approach -- employing project-specific qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies. As a moderator, I support JSC clients who are tackling a diverse range of research questions, working primarily with image-driven and traditional packaged goods companies. Areas of special interest and expertise include: *Innovation -- helping bring new products to market that meet an identified consumer need; *Positioning development -- articulating brand identity in a way that optimally addresses the confluence of consumer insights, core brand equities and category white space; *Creative exploration – evaluating consumer communications to ensure they clearly convey the brand's positioning and intended messaging in a distinct and compelling way. A graduate of Yale University with a BA in Economics, I began my career in the private marketing strategy practice at Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc. Featured in US News & World Report as one of the first tele-commuters in the Rocky Mountains, I work remotely from my hometown of Telluride, Colorado.
Managing PartnerSan Juan Wealth Services, LLC
Bob is a tax strategist and business advisor with an emphasis on the entrepreneur. He has a passion for helping his clients develop the business foundation that will accelerate them to their financial goals. He is the managing partner of San Jan Wealth Services located in Telluride which serves entrepreneurial clients world-wide. He started out his career as a tax auditor / computer programmer for the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. He then expanded his involvement in technology as the COO of Creative Education Institute. In addition to government and corporate experience he has bought and sold many businesses including a location accounting firm that he built. Bob regularly acts as CFO for selected client projects. Bob has the unique quality of having been on both sides of the tax fence (auditor/entrepreneur). He brings this knowledge to the great benefit of his clients
Chief Operating Officer, Twin Buttes of Durango
Bob is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Twin Buttes of Durango, a large land development initiative in that southwestern Colorado community. He is also on the Board of Managers, of Travel Recon, a startup focused on providing better security information to travelers. Bob spent 25 years (1979-2004) with Accenture, where he became a Global Managing Partner in the Utilities Practice, specializing in software development, deployment and outsourced operations. He left Accenture in 2004, and then served as Mayor of Mountain Village, Colorado from 2005 - 2013. In 2014 Bob launched Mountain Town Solutions, a small consultancy providing a wide variety of advisory and project management services to mountain resort communities. Bob is Chaiman of the Telluride Tourism Board and Treasurer of the Colorado Flight Alliance Board. Bob continues to be a mentor in the Telluride Venture Accelerator and is an active early-stage investor.
President, Tolerable Planet
Cameron Brooks has spent over two decades at the cutting edge of energy markets and environmental advocacy. A seasoned executive, Cameron has served in senior positions in smart grid, renewable energy, and energy efficiency firms. As an advisor, he balances long-term vision with near-term objectives to design strategic campaigns and achieve business objectives. Cameron has deep experience with public policy, capital markets and electricity regulation that give him a unique ability to craft and lead innovative solutions for the environmental challenges of today. Most recently, Cameron was Vice President of Policy for Tendril, a leading consumer smart grid technology company. In this role, Cameron was responsible for all utility commission interactions, government relations and stakeholder engagement. Previously, he was Vice President of Resource Development at Renewable Choice Energy, a full-service provider of renewable energy credits and carbon offsets. Cameron led investment outreach programs for the Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and Clean Energy Group (CEG), a coalition of state-level public benefit funds with over $4B of committed capital for clean energy commercialization. In this capacity, Cameron focused on outreach to venture and institutional investors, including forming a network of investment officers from 30 public pensions, endowments and institutional investors with over $1 trillion in assets to develop clean energy strategies for their portfolios. From earlier in his career, Cameron has experience that spans a wide range of environmental, green building and media roles.served as Assistant Director of Mountainfilm; and was the first Executive Director of Sheep Mountain Alliance, a regional environmental advocacy organization.
CEO & Founder, Physicians Cognition
I co-founded and became CEO of Physician Cognition, in large part, because I wanted to spare people - and once you get started, why not all of them, all over the world? - the kind of unnecessary suffering I saw my mother endure. Unnecessary because she was often a statistic in the intolerably high rate of misdiagnosis, unnecessary because technology can solve the biggest cause of misdiagnosis, cognitive error. And with our Xebra™ Pro technology, now it has. Our mission is to reduce human suffering and to ensure that everyone on the planet, never mind skin color or gender, income or location, can easily and cheaply access the best medical thinking in the world. I'm trained by law and startups and myself; I'm a tireless learner, incorrigible strategizer, and evidence-based storyteller. I approach challenges with the critical thinking of a lawyer, the EQ of a good executive coach, the listening and discerning qualities of a writer, and the innovation of a serial startup entrepreneur. I do strategic and business development, craft narratives around people and companies and ideas, negotiate and creatively construct partnerships and their agreements, and strategize every aspect of communications and PR.
Founder, Berkshire Partners
Carl founded Berkshire Partners and currently serves as an Advisory Director. He is Chair of High Meadows Foundation; Chairman of the Board, Environmental Defense Fund and serves on the Board of Princeton University.
Co-Founder and CEO, Stayful
Cheryl has successfully started and ran numerous businesses, primarily in travel. She was President of Hotels.com (sold to Barry Diller s IAC), founder & CEO of TicketsNow (sold to IAC). She is on the board of several companies, including Silver Rail Technology, a company she helped form in 2009 and that was conceived during a conversation skiing in Telluride. Her greatest passion is mentoring young entrepreneurs. Cheryl lives half-time in Telluride and half-time in NYC.
CEO and Founder, Rebel Ventures
My career has been built on two core principles: Shaping a unified vision through leadership and insight, and identifying and evangelizing digital strategy and marketing innovation. These principles have allowed me to: * Help iconic brands adapt and thrive in an ever changing digital world * Craft a unified social media strategy and vision for 32 NFL teams * Contribute to the acquisition value of SnappyTV by tracking to $1M+ in annual revenue through strategic partnerships * Launch one of the first pure social media agencies with offices in Los Angles, New York, Toronto, London, and Uppsala, Sweden * Scale and sell Rocket XL, evolving the agency into an award-winning digital shop with nearly $10M in annual revenue * Successfully oversee global marketing for a $200M+ portfolio of cornerstone franchises at Universal.
Colin has over 20 years of experience in the Consumer Food and Beverage Industry ranging from multi-national brands to entrepreneurial start-ups. Currently, Colin is CEO of Snikiddy, LLC, a five year old natural foods company in Boulder, CO. Prior to Snikiddy, Colin was the CFO at IZZE Beverage Co. (acquired by PepsiCo in 2006) and Director of Strategic Planning at PowerBar, Inc. (acquired by Nestle USA in 2000). Colin began his CPG career in brand management with the Nestle Beverage Company in San Francisco. Colin has a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Colin lives in Boulder, Colorado with his family.
Dan is a highly experienced executive in the instructional resources and assessment industry. As the previous president of McGraw-Hill, Dan has a diverse, mature understanding of markets, finance, senior executive recruitment, employee and leadership motivation, organizational communication, mergers and acquisitions. Dan is closely involved with educational policy issues and their effect on product development and marketing, especially in areas of K-12 literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, and intervention. He is highly experienced at organizational advocacy at all levels of educational agencies, from local to national, and legislative advocacy as diverse as the White House, the United States House and Senate, and Texas and California state houses. Dan is well known as a leader in the field in the areas of innovation, collaboration, organizational efficiency, growth, and high-quality results, as evidenced by numerous awards, including the 2013 AAP Hall of Fame award, which recognizes career accomplishment in education and the educational resources industry.
CEO, NextLaw Labs
Dan is an expert on social media and brand monetization in online communities. He founded Virtual Greats in 2008 (sold in 2013) as an opportunity for leading artists, brands and IP holders to monetize in the expanding social media space through virtual item sales. Based in Los Angeles, Virtual Greats is the industry leader working with over 200 brands and 25 on-line communities with over 400 million global users; these include leading social networks, casual games and virtual worlds. Prior to founding Virtual Greats, Dan built and led the global Media Practice for the Boston Consulting Group. He created and grew relationships with many of the largest players in Entertainment, including most of the major studios and leading music labels. Dan holds a BA in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from the Wharton School and lives in Telluride with his wife, three children and golden retriever. Dan is the current Mayor of the Mountain Village, Colorado
Co-Founder, Proximity Space
Marketing and Business Consultant with an emphasis on social and viral mediums. Experience in development of digital assets and taking these mediums to the next level of distribution; particularly online video, live broadcast, and web publishing. Currently working with new and existing startups to form identity creation. I implement programs for marketing, online ad purchasing, sales and distribution, and video production specifically for web consumption. I live the Abrams slogan "Ideas not Ads". These "ideas" help me put new businesses in touch with their clients. I am an action consultant, I use digital actions to create in-person experiences.
Director of Development, thoughtbot
Desi is Director of Development for the Denver web development team at thoughtbot. She has been in the business of building software in one way or another since graduating from Georgia Tech in 2000. Her favorite language is Ruby. She is one of the cofounders of DevChix, an organization of women software developers around the world. Desi is also active in the RailsBridge community and volunteers much of her time to teaching and increasing diversity in the development community. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people and learning about different cultures and industries.
Operating Partner, North Castle Partners
DJ has 25+ years of leadership experience in global consumer products with extensive time in both the action sports and outdoor segments. Throughout his career, he has worked to build and grow market-leading global brands including Timberland, Burton Snowboards, Timbuk2 and Black Diamond Equipment. DJ served as Senior VP of Marketing at Burton until 1997 when he assumed the role of President and head of Business Development. Following his departure from Burton in 2003, DJ served as VP of Business Development and Licensing for Timberland. In 2009, DJ moved from the corporate side onto the private equity side and joined North Castle Partners where he focuses on portfolio investments in the outdoor and lifestyle/action sports segments. In addition, DJ currently serves as a board member with Black Diamond Equipment and New Belgium Brewing. He splits his time between New Hampshire and Colorado.
Founder, Chairman & CEO, Hairstory, LLC
Most recently, Eli founded Hairstory, LLC, which sells professional hair care products through independent hairdressers using a direct selling model. They leverage technology to transform the hair care industry similarly to how Uber and Airbnb have forever changed the transportation and hospitality industries. Prior to this he was an analyst in consumer products for the hedge fund, DE Shaw, was CEO of Jurlique (organic skin care) and the COO of Bumble & bumble. Eli serves on the board of several startups. He is a graduate of Princeton and Stanford s School of Business. Eli comes to ski in Telluride every spring.
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, MergeLane
Elizabeth Kraus is the co-founder of MergeLane and the Impact Angel Group. Kraus started her career as an intern for a fast growing startup, Exclusive Resorts, and has been founding, consulting for and investing in startups ever since. She is an active angel investor, startup mentor and advisor, and has been very active in the state and national effort to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem and mobilize angel investors.
Co-Founder, Flynn & Steinberg
Elliots firm specialized in real estate, banking, venture capital and taxation. He acted as General Counsel and Corporate Vice-President of Itel Corporation, managing partner and General Counsel of GMG Securities (an asset management firm) and Vice-Chairman of European-American Securities, a private merchant Bank. Elliot served as a director of the Kimpton Hotel Group, the California Real Estate Investment Trust, and the Saul Zaentz Film Company. His civic activities include active duty in the United Stated Navy and the Chairmanship of the San Francisco Art Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his JD from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
Veteran product and marketing technology executive with a specialized skillset in driving aggressive revenue and user growth for new online businesses and products.
- Aggressively Results Oriented – own the most visible metrics of user growth and revenues - Creative & Analytical – drive creative marketing strategies on a daily basis with metrics - Strong Leader & Manager – build A+ teams with high performance start-up cultures - Enthusiastic Collaborator – best ideas come from the team, only work with teams - Versatile Playbook - paid or organic; thought leadership; content; social/viral; desktop, mobile & apps - Extensive P&L responsibility and Board and investor management experience - Highly Risk Tolerant – like projects that go for it
Co-Founder, Cloud Elements
Gary focuses on early stage sales & marketing in fast growth SaaS business-to-business companies. He is the co-founder of Cloud Elements, a Denver based, venture funded, API integration platform. Previously he was the VP of Sales at SteamStep (acquired by BMC Software in 2011). He was the co-founder of VoIPReview.com, the world s largest site for VoIP reviews (acquired in 2008). He is the past Director of Founders Institute (and a mentor) and the founder of 1 million cups in Denver. He co-founded DV8 Sportswear (an active wear line) and was a competitive freestyle skier, USSA coach and judge. Gary, who considers himself a wannabe extreme skier today, lives with his family in Denver, CO.
Co-Founder & President, Florida Peninsula
Gary co-founded Florida Peninsula in 2005 and has grown it into the 6th largest homeowners insurance company in Florida. Previously, Gary was the co-founder and President of Seven Seas Communications, the largest reseller of satellite telephone services in North America (sold to a Bell Canada subsidiary in 2000). He was also the General Manager of Boatphone which was the first licensed cellular phone carrier in the Eastern Caribbean. Gary earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989 and BSBA from Boston University in 1984. Gary lives full time in Telluride.
An outdoor industry leader for the last 15 years, Gordon is committed to building companies and brands that practice a triple bottom line (people, planet and profit) approach to business. Since growing Horny Toad, an outdoor lifestyle brand, from a basement in Telluride, he has co-founded two social ventures (Planet Access and Search for Adventure) serving adults with disabilities. Gordon also launched Lizard Lounge, a sustainable entertainment and arts gathering center in the Pearl District of Portland. More recently, he and the Horny Toad team purchased the Nau sustainable clothing brand. For the last 10 years he has been a Director on the Board of the Outdoor Industry Association, the last 2 years as an Executive Committee member. Gordon earned an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from Wharton School of Business. In between family and work he enjoys just about anything the outdoors has to offer especially if it is in the ocean or near their family cabin in June Lake in the eastern Sierras.
Founder and CEO, Bio-logical Capital
Grant McCargo is co-founder and chief executive officer of both Bio-Logical Capital, LLC and Urban Villages, Inc. For both companies, he is responsible for all aspects of vision-setting and development, from selecting development projects and teams to securing investment partners and defining the broader company goals. Throughout Grants professional career, he has been directly involved in all forms of property ownership and has successfully completed over $2 billion worth of transactions.
Founder & CEO, ATI Physical Therapy and ATI Holdings, LLC
Partner, San Juan Wealth Services, LLC
Trained as a speech-language pathologist at Baylor University, Heather started her business career as an entrepreneur who developed her own line of speech software. Her products gained her the designation of Official Language Learning Software Provider of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. She later merged her products into Creative Education Institute and became the VP of Sales. She most recently has been involved in the area of Tele-therapy and serves as an adviser to the sales staff at Presence Learning. Her combination of business, linguistics, public speaking and sales experience affords growing businesses a unique resource to assist in the dissemination of their message to both prospective clients and investors thus allowing them to reach their highest potential.
Founder & President
Jack A. Donenfeld has been practicing law for 38 years and has received the prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating attainable for legal competence and ethics. Mr. Donenfeld is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and has been ranked among top lawyers nationally. He frequently speaks on educational panels and is regularly quoted in local, regional and national media. Donenfeld Law serves entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, closely-held companies, family offices, venture capital and private equity groups, investors and investment funds, securities broker-dealers, sponsors of securities offerings and real estate investors and developers.
Founder and CEO, LoveTheWild
Jacqueline Claudia is a lifelong fish nerd who thought she was going to be a marine biologist when she grew up. Instead, after graduating from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Darden School of the University of Virginia, she spent 15 years working in corporate strategy and innovation with companies like Disney, Merrill Lynch, Johnson & Johnson, Coca‐Cola, James Hardie, L’Oreal, FedEx, and the United Nations before finding her way back to the fish. She fell in love with the potential for sustainable aquaculture while working on Velella Project, which won Time Magazine’s Best Invention of the Year in 2012. She founded LoveTheWild in 2014 to de-demonize great farmed fish, make it easier for people to cook great fish at home, and is passionately building a company that has a real shot at saving the world. Intrafish 40 under 40. Board of Directors for the National Fisheries Institute. Guest lecturer at MIT, Wharton, Darden, and CU. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and four children.
Venture Partner, Draper Nexus
James Caruso is the General Manager of JNC Corporation. JNC, a $2.5B Japanese chemical company, is a market leader in display-related materials, films, fibers and filter products and agri-chemicals. Jims responsibilities include new business development, strategic partnerships, M&A and technical marketing. James is also a Venture Partner with Draper Nexus, an early-stage US-Japan cross border venture capital firm with teams in Tokyo and Silicon Valley -and part of the Global DFJ Network with a focus on Consumer Internet/Enterprise Services and Cleantech. James has a PhD in inorganic chemistry and an executive degree in marketing. Prior to joining JNC, Jim has launched two start-ups and was Director Sales/Marketing for a major US chemical company.
Past CEO, Leapfrog Enterprises & Orbitz
Jeff has served as the CEO of many successful companies including Wize Commerce Inc, Nextag, Leapfrog Enterprises Inc., Orbitz, and SwissAir. Prior to these roles, Jeff was a Vice President at American Airlines (which included a role as President of the Global Distribution System of Sabre Inc.). He has held board positions on a number of companies as well, including LeapFrog Enterprises, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company, Friendster.com, Northwest Airlines and Orbitz. Jeff holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of CA, Davis; an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford and an MS from MIT.
Head, Global Business Development, eBay
High growth oriented executive with over 20 years of experience at both early stage and Fortune 500 firms launching profitable new businesses, driving strategy & revenue growth, managing P/L and hiring top talent. Expertise includes leadership development, product strategy, business development, sales, deal structuring and closing high impact strategic partnerships; investments & acquisitions, identifying audience acquisition and engagement strategies, building innovative products, devising new business models, leading global strategy & planning efforts and hiring top talent. Industry Knowledge: Entertainment & Media, Sports, Video, News, Technology, Financial Services, Advertising Ecosystem, Mobile, Search, e-Commerce, Local, Software, Hardware, Social Media, Platform API Business Strategy, Internet of Things (IoT), Executive Coaching Goals: Continue to advance entertainment & media, commerce, social media and technology in our daily lives; lead change and transformation; inspire entrepreneurial ventures.
Jerry Colonna is an executive coach who uses the skills he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. (Read Jerrys thoughts on coaching & speaking here.) Previously he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, earlystage investment programs in the New York City area. At Flatiron, Jerry was responsible for a wide range of the firms investments including Geocities Inc., Gamesville Inc., Vertical One Inc., and The New York Times Digital.
Founder , Telluride Venture Accelerator
Jesse is the CEO and co-founder of the Telluride Venture Accelerator. He co-founded and was CEO of Q Collection, a leading sustainable design company (now a part of Rose Tarlow). He has been involved as a mentor and investor in many startup businesses and served on the board of two companies sold to a Fortune 50 company.He serves on the board of 1% For The Planet, Yale s Center for Business and the Environment, Harvard s Center for Health and the Global Environment, Telluride Foundation and several others. He is a general partner of the Telluride Venture Fund. Jesse has an MBA and MES (Environmental Science) from Yale and a BA from Princeton. He lives in Telluride full time with his wife and two young boys.
Founder & Growth Strategist, LaunchHawk
Jim is a startup growth strategist and technology coach. Over the years Jim has assisted hundreds of organizations with getting, keeping and growing customers. Now his focus is on helping startups. With experience in developing growth strategies, agile marketing, lean canvas, growth hacking, digital marketing and CRM technology, Jim and his team at LaunchHawk Marketing offer a comprehensive range of services designed specifically to help startups successfully scale their businesses. As an active member of the Telluride community, Jim currently serves on the Board of KOTO-fm and has also served on the Board of the Telluride Jazz Festival. Jim also volunteers his time generously to many other local non-profits, is a founding member of the Telluride Entrepreneurs Meet-up (Startup Community Development), a mentor with TellurideNEXT Pre-Accelerator and is "DJ Jimmy Jazz" on KOTO-fm Community Radio.
Founder and President, Cantor Funds LLC
Joel Cantor attended the Wharton School of Business obtaining his MBA in International Finance as well as Mandarin Chinese. He was the youngest in his class of 1,200 students at Wharton and graduated in the top 5%. Joel worked on Wall Street for five years, first with JP Morgan Chase and then in the real estate finance investment banking group at Salomon Brothers under the tutelage of Lewis Ranieri. Joel put together the financing package to build the $100MM Florida Aquarium in Tampa, Florida, developed business parks for Trammel Crow and then set out on his own and purchased dozens of apartment, office, medical, and retail projects that came on the market by the Resolution Trust Corporation in 1990. Mr. Cantor has constructed and renovated dozens of projects valued at nearly a billion dollars. After making his projects into a tremendous success from creative and detailed value-added management he went on to develop some of the finest projects in the Southeastern United States including the tallest mixed-use building ever constructed on the west of coast of Florida - the 40 story Signature Place Tower on St. Petersburg's waterfront for a cost of $200MM. Signature Place was voted the project of the year by by the American Institute of Architects. Joel expanded his offerings to include a thriving advisory practice helping banks and owners develop turnaround restructuring plans. Cantor now focuses primarily on expanding its line of private equity funds purchasing and managing portfolios of income generating commercial properties throughout the U.S. Joel is a fanatical athlete and competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii in October 2015. He has competed in open water ocean races in Sweden and elsewhere. He is an avid cyclist and budding painter. He splits his time between the HQ office in Tampa Bay and Telluride, Colorado. Joel is a life long entrepreneur and avid idea man, marketer, and also has a keen eye for detail and passion for execution.
Finance Officer, Synergis
Jon is a finance specialist and currently splits his time as the finance officer for Synergis, LLC, a real estate and manufacturing holding company based in McAllen, Texas and as a ski patroller/forecaster for the Telluride Ski Patrol, and Snow Safety and Avalanche Forecasting. For nine years, he worked for Goldman Sachs in Equity Research covering financials, and specializing in brokers and asset managers. Jon also provided corporate finance consulting for a California-based application development firm. He earned a BA from Columbia College, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Jon lives in Telluride.
Co-Founder and CEO, The Grommet
The Grommet s Citizen Commerce™ movement is reshaping how consumer products get discovered, shared, and bought. Jules started her career as an industrial designer for technology companies and was subsequently a senior executive for large brands, such as Keds, Stride Rite, and Playskool. The Grommet is her third startup, following roles as VP at Design Continuum and President of Ziggs.com. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and people tell her she is the first designer to graduate from Harvard Business School, where she is currently an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules was named one of Fortunes Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013. She writes a personal blog at www.jules.thegrommet.com, and for a column named "CEO Unplugged" on Inc.com. She tweets as @julespieri.
Current and recent affiliations include: Director and Vice Chair of Root Capital (Cambridge, MA), a nonprofit social investment fund that supports sustainable enterprises in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America Director, Women for Women International (Washington, DC); Board President, Georgetown Day School (Washington, DC); President, Telluride Academy (Telluride, CO); Advisor and investor, Loomio (Wellington, NZ). Katherine is also President of the Ebb Point Foundation (NY,NY), a private foundation she founded with her husband in 2000. Ebb Point supports global human rights, especially civil and economic rights, and social enterprise. Recently, Katherine established a new initiative, Ebb Point Ventures, which invests in for-profit and non-profit social ventures.
Katherine spent the bulk of her professional work in the technology sector. She is the former President of Brand Management and Senior Vice President of America Online. She began her technology career with AOL in the late 1980s, and ultimately oversaw the development and design of online content, including news and information, entertainment services, community, education, and transactional products. In 2003, Katherine transitioned from corporate to non-profit work.
Katherine and her husband, Gene Weil, have two daughters and reside in New York City and Telluride, CO.
Strategy Consultant, Executive Coach
Kelly is a private management consultant and executive coach who works with corporate, nonprofit, and government leaders on the development and execution of new business ventures. Current and past clients include the NFL, Madison Square Garden, PBS, XM Radio, The World Bank, and the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to founding Touchpoint Strategy she managed a $250 million brand portfolio at General Mills, wrote business plans for social venture startups, and served as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies on international transaction pricing as a Manager at PricewaterhouseCooopers. She holds a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. When not on location with a client, or exploring new countries, Kelly lives in Washington, DC.
Partner, The Gart Companies
Ken has been a partner at The Gart Companies since its inception in 1992. Prior to that time, he was Co-President and Chief Merchandising Officer at Gart Bros. Sporting Goods, a family-owned and operated corporation, from 1983 to 1992 (sold to Sports Authority). Ken started Specialty Sports Venture, LLC (SSV) in 1994 and built it to over 140 stores and into the nation s leading specialty ski and bicycle retailer (sold to Vail Resorts). Ken attended Claremont Men s College and graduated from Middlebury College and Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Founder and CEO, Verde Brand Comm and Intrepid Entrepreneur
Kristin founded Verde Brand Communications from a decade-long journalism career, working on staff for major consumer lifestyle magazines, business and trade titles. Over the past 15 years, Verde has become well known as an agency known for strong results that drive sales for clients, and a highly creative, service-oriented approach to integrated brand communications. Clients include Ibex, SCARPA, Confluence Outdoor, K2 Sports, G3, Outdoor Research, Implus Brands and many more (www.verdepr.com has full roster). Kristin has lived in Durango since 1994. She enjoys outdoor pursuits with her husband, Jared, their two kids, Tobin and Bella, and Coco the dog.
Founder, The KJF Group
Kurt is the founder of KJF Group, a consulting company that helps organizations listen to the opinions of their customers and take action to continually improve business outcomes. Passionate about improving customer experiences, Kurt has a 20-year background in customer feedback management, training and development, and sales management. As a former Vice President of Sales at leading market research, learning, and communications companies, Kurt feels fortunate to have gained combined experience at all stages of the customer life cycle. Working with clients ranging from new startups to established Fortune 500 companies, Kurt believes that the customer experience dictates the ultimate success of any business.
President and CEO
Kurt Luttecke has over twenty years experience in natural foods wholesale and retail operations, supply chain management, warehouse management systems, and merchandising, including strategic planning, revenue and market-base expansion, promotions, market trend analysis, store selection and design. He also has been a consultant to venture capital funds investing in the food industry and has served as Executive Vice President Catalyst Capital Group Inc. where his work included turning around and restructuring operations of three natural grocery banners. Mr. Luttecke was President of the Western Region of United Natural Foods, Inc, (UNFI), the largest natural foods distributor in the nation, where he was responsible for 3,000 employees and the distribution of products to over 15,000 storefronts weekly through 22 distribution points. Leading UNFIs highest bottom line growth division, Mr. Luttecke played a key role in growing UNFI s sales to over $2.5 billion/year. He also served as President of UNFIs produce distributor, Alberts Organics, the largest organic produce distributor in the nation, with over 10 warehouses nationwide. Prior to UNFI, Luttecke was Executive Vice president of Wild Oats, the second largest national natural foods chain in the U.S., where he was in charge of all perishable procurement, supply chain and merchandising.
In 1998, Len founded and served as CEO of ApplyYourself, Inc., a SaaS platform for college and university enrollment management. Len raised venture capital and successfully grew ApplyYourself to be the premier management software used by more than 300 universities and the 400 member colleges of The Common Application. In 2006, ApplyYourself was named in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Growth Companies. Len received the Lifetime Visionary Award from a leading admissions association for his contributions and advancements in the college admissions field. ApplyYourself was sold to the UK-based Daily Mail in 2007. Len is nowworking on launching a new tech venture called Vidergize and lives in Telluride full-time with his wife and two children.
In various marketing leadership roles, Maile has increased consumer demand for a variety of iconic brands from $6m to $16b in revenue in the outdoor, retail, footwear and beverage industries including Nike, Timberland, Black Diamond Equipment, Eastern Mountain Sports, IZZE Sparkling Juice (Pepsi), ZICO Coconut Water (Coke), and Coors Beer. She is currently Director of Marketing and Brand Management for Hannaford Supermarkets, a $5.6b business and the most profitable banner in the Ahold-Delhaize portfolio, the world-leading Netherlands-based food retailer.
Maile sits on the Boards for Hyperlite Mountain Gear and Chimani in Portland, Maine and the Historic Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and is an Advisor for Telluride-based TVA startup Western Rise. She advises startups in the areas of brand strategy, brand identity, consumer research, go-to-market strategy, digital marketing and ecommerce. Maile thrives on creating brand experiences that change people’s lives, is an active outdoorist, and member of the Summit Community based in Powder Mountain, Utah. She loves visiting Telluride to nourish her mind, body and soul.
Martin is a successful technology entrepreneur who is in the process of starting his next venture. He lives in San Francisco but visits Telluride often.
Entrepreneur, Investor, Board member
Over the past 30 years Michael has been a company founder, CEO, venture capitalist, and active board member in biotechnology, health care, and related areas of information technology. He has a passion for working with great entrepreneurs and helping them develop differentiated strategies, build outstanding teams and navigate the challenges of fast growth opportunities with never enough capital.
Michael was founder/CEO of a venture backed startup, Axion Inc, which developed the first just-in-time supply chain for cancer medicines. Axion was recognized by Inc. Magazine (ranked #4) on the list of the 500 fastest growing private companies in America for the year ended 1994. In 1995 he was a recipient of an Inc. Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 1996 annual revenue was $200 million when Axion was acquired by Bristol-Myers Squibb while developing a S-1 for an IPO. The business went on to generate in excess of $2 billion annually.
Michael is an investor and board member of numerous venture backed life science companies including executive chairman of DNAnexus (genomics in the cloud); chairman of CareDx (genomic tests for organ transplant patients). He is a former board member of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and of numerous non-profit and university advisory boards.
Michael resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a part time resident of Telluride along with his wife Ashley and their four children.
He is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
VP, Advanced Platforms Engineering
Moiz Kohari currently serves as the Vice President of Advance Platforms Engineering for the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG). Moizs team is responsible for the low-latency architecture for the exchange platform (leveraged in London, Milan, Oslo and elsewhere), as well as the post-trade components for clearing and settlement purposes. Prior to joining LSEG, he served as the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering for Novell, Inc. (NASD: NOVL), responsible for the Cloud Computing and Real-Time Computing initiatives. Moiz was also the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mission Critical Linux Inc., a company that was a pioneer in introducing enterprise computing capabilities into the Linux operating system. He received his BS in Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and lives full-time in Telluride.
Monica Liley Skok
Founder, Monica Liley Skok LLC
Monica specializes in helping high-performing business owners, executives and other leaders of entrepreneurial and established companies create and capture value in their lives and for their enterprise. She spent over 15 years as an investment banker and strategy consultant before pursuing an advisory and writing practice that focuses on the human side of business results. Monica co-founded Rootstock Solutions, an impact investing firm that advised foundations, universities, non-profits, for-profits and selected private equity and venture capital firms in their pursuit of investments with double or triple-bottom line returns. Previously, Monica was a partner at St. Charles Capital, a boutique investment banking firm providing strategic financial and transactional services, where she led the healthcare industry practice. Monica s earlier investment banking and finance work includes positions with Green Manning & Bunch in Denver, Colorado, J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York City, and at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC. Monica received her BA from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Founder, Branded Entrepreneurs Network
Norm had launched seven successful businesses, including three Inc. 500 companies – by the time he started writing Street Smarts column in Inc. in 1995. His past companies include Perfect Courier (3 time Inc. 500 fastest growing private companies). A request from a customer looking to store some boxes prompted him to call several records-storage facilities in the area. Their responses convinced him that the industry offered great promise. He proceeded to launch CitiStorage out of a rented warehouse in Long Island City, N.Y., later moving it to the Brooklyn waterfront where he began building warehouses of his own. Today those warehouses contain more than 3.5 million boxes. In 1999, Norm launched a secure document destruction business, U.S. Document Security, as an adjunct to CitiStorage. In December 2007, he sold both companies, plus the delivery business, to Allied Capital for a reported $110 M. The combined entity is still run by the management team he and his wife, Elaine, developed over the years. When he is not doing acquisitions, starting businesses, mentoring other entrepreneurs, developing real estate, traveling, or working on his column, Norm enjoys skiing black diamond runs with Elaine at their home in Telluride.
Consultant, Paul Lehman Adventure Travel
Paul was co-President of Fel-Pro, Inc, a family business and recognized leader in automotive parts, until its sale in 1998. The company was well-known for its progressive human resources practices and consistently ranked as one of the Top 10 Companies to Work for in the United States in Fortune and Working Mother magazines. In 2000, Paul joined forces with Dan Austin to create Austin-Lehman Adventures. Their goal was simple--to create a great active travel company with superior products and customer service. As Managing Director, Paul was primarily involved in sales and marketing, customer and quality service improvement, governance, and trip development. Travel and Leisure Magazine named Austin-Lehman Number One Tour Operator in the world. In 2010, Paul sold his interest. Since then, he established Paul Lehman Adventure Travel, which provides consulting services to nonprofits and travel companies (travel marketing, operations, strategic and business planning, customer service, human resources, and trip development and evaluation). Paul is also active in the communities in which he lives. He has been involved on boards of numerous community organizations and cultural institutions in the Chicago area and in Telluride, CO where he and his wife have a second home. Paul received his BA in History from Middlebury College in 1972, an MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago in 1975 and an MBA from Kellogg Executive Management Program at Northwestern University.
Founder, Staniford Tomita LLP
Paul Tomita's practice includes: patent preparation and prosecution, infringement and invalidity analysis including the preparation of formal opinions, trademarks, copyrights and intellectual property litigation. Paul has extensive experience in a wide range of technologies including: electrical, mechanical, medical and optical devices, semiconductor fabrication, networks and green energy systems. Paul started his career as a patent attorney for Nikon Research Corporation of America. His clients include: 3D Systems, Affirm, Appcelerator, Assymetrica, EMC, Glow, QVC, Resilient etworks and numerous startup companies. Paul provides intellectual property legal services to various entrepreneurial organizations. He is an advisor, lecturer, mentor and applicant evaluator for: the University of San Francisco School of Law Entrepreneurial Ventures Legal Services Project, the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) and Bad Ass Advisor. Mr. Tomita has also written IP articles for Edison Nation Medical. Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California State University in San Luis Obispo and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He is also a 2015 graduate of the Goldman Sachs Babson 10KSB program with a certificate in Entrepreneurship. Prior to attending law school, Paul worked as a design engineer in the consumer electronics and the semiconductor fabrication industries.
Founder and CEO, Photon Solar Power
Photon Solar Power is a renewable energy services company engaged in the design, integration and installation of solar power systems. Pekka has 17+ years of global building materials, solar and construction experience and has successfully launched the US operations of several global corporations. Pekka has an MBA from Thunderbird / Helsinki School of Economics and has a business management degree from Arizona State University. He lives full-time in California and visits Telluride.
General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Peter is a partner at a16z focused on enterprise software. Prior to Andreessen Horowitz, he was the CEO of XenSource, the leading provider of open source virtualization solutions. XenSource was acquired by Citrix Systems in 2007 and following the acquisition, I became the SVP and general manager of the Data Center and Cloud Division at Citrix. Prior to XenSource, he was a managing director at Mayfield, where I had the opportunity to develop my skills and insights as a professional investor. Prior to that, he spent over a decade at Veritas Software, where I started as an engineer when the company was just a handful of people. Eleven years later, the company was doing $1.5B in revenue and had nearly 6,000 people. At that time, I was one of three executive vice presidents, responsible for OEM Sales, Marketing, M&A, the Veritas venture fund and several platform development groups. He is a teacher at Stanford GSB and is an avid climber who spends a lot of time in Telluride.
CEO, Inside Track
Pete recently took the helm as CEO of Inside Track, a VC-backed company that uses one-on-one student coaching, process expertise, analytics and technology to increase college and university graduation rates and enhance student experience. For the preceding fifteen years, Pete was an executive in the travel and publishing industries serving most recently as COO and Chief Revenue Officer at Blurb, Inc, a ground-breaking creative publishing platform (named in Inc 500 as #1 fastest growing media company in 2010 & Top 100 Up and Coming private companies by Goldman in 2012). Previously, he held the position of SVP, Strategic Marketing and Business Development for Lonely Planet Publications (acquired by BBC). In the late 1990s, Pete was co-Founder and CEO of AdventureSeek, an online portal for adventure travel (acquired by The Unexplored Travel Network). He was also a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group. Pete earned a BA from Dartmouth College, an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and a JD from Northwestern Law School. Pete lives with his family in Mill Valley, California.
Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
In this role he oversees the teams accountable for the NREL Innovation Initiative, the Industry Growth Forum, the Venture Capital Advisory Board, Investor Networking Initiatives, Regional and National Incubator Programs, the NREL Commercialization Assistance Program, the Labs Mentor-Protege program and the Small Business Subcontracting program. Richard also serves as the Director of the Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) a partnership between NREL, the State of Colorado and affiliated stakeholders who are devoted to clean energy economic development. Prior to joining NREL, Richard was the CEO/President of Warralong Group, a management consulting firm primarily focused on startups and early stage growth companies. He draws on his 20 plus years of international experience with small, medium and large corporations across a broad range of industry sectors. He is recognized as a strategic thinker, skilled operational leader, and outstanding communicator able to influence all levels of an organization; and as a proven driver of organizational performance. He is the author of Results Ladder- a model for successful strategic planning and execution Richard is a graduate of the University of New England (Australia), with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics, and holds a Graduate Diploma of Business from the Phillip Institute of Technology (Australia).
Retired Partner, Accenture
Richard managed Accenture's Payments Practice, helping clients build and expand their card, electronic, Internet and mobile payments businesses globally. He currently serves as Managing Partner of Elevation Ventures, LLC, a real estate and investment company based in Telluride. He also serves as Board President for the Ah Haa School for the Arts and Treasurer for the Telluride Tourism Board. He and his wife live full-time in Telluride.
Founder, Nfinium Vascular Technologies
Dick was Chief of Radiology at St. Mary s Hospital in Grand Junction where he personally introduced every major radiology technological advancement (CT, MRI, PET, PACS) to Western Colorado over a 30-year career. He has 40+ patents, has founded four medical device companies, has licensed his technology to numerous major medical device companies and sold a breast biopsy company to Johnson & Johnson. He recently founded Nfinium Vascular which is developing several unique products to treat myocardial infarction, stroke, and potentially to replace stents in many cases. He and his wife live at Trout Lake and in Grand Junction, Colorado.
Chief Executive Officer, Tungsten Corporation plc
Rick has extensive experience in building high growth businesses, general management, and capital raising with financial service and technology companies in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently serving as Chief Executive (Americas) of the Tungsten Corporation. Previously, as Chief Executive of Pictometry International from 2010 - 2013, he led the successful strategic transformation of a category defining company in the changing geospatial industry. Prior to taking the helm of Pictometry, Rick was a partner in Aegis Investment Partners, a private investment firm which focuses on buying and turning distressed operating assets. Earlier in his career, as part of a collaborative effort among a team of nationally recognized consultants, Rick contributed to the construction and placement of $12B into 3 structured assets directed to banks and insurance companies. He also served abroad for 8 years managing the European operations of Bridge Information Systems, a $225M vendor of real-time financial information. Because of his broad investing and operating experience he serves as a director on the boards of Manning & Napier (NYSE: MN) and Symbility Solutions (TSX: SY.V). Rick graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rochester and holds a BA degree in Economics and Philosophy. He is a part-time Telluride resident.
Co-Founder & President, Mountain Khakis, LLC
Ross has been an entrepreneur through his career, starting, leading and selling businesses since 1996 in technology, finance and apparel. He earned a B.S. in Economics from Davidson College and a Masters degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. His passions include soccer, food, art and the outdoors. He lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife JoeAnne and is the proud father of a son and daughter.
Prior Co-Owner & Director, Switched on Media
Scot has successfully co-founded and sold 2 businesses, the most notable Switched on Media, a leading digital performance-marketing agency, with offices in Australia, UK and Europe. Scot started his career at Procter & Gamble, back when making TV ads, for fast moving consumer products, sold in supermarkets, was the in thing to do in Brand Management. After 5 years at P&G, Scot joined eBay as senior marketing manager when the idea of buying something on the Internet from a stranger, was a new idea. Scot left eBay to drive a bus in Japan (why not?), later living and working as a kitesurfing instructor in Maui...Feeling like he should do something again, he then returned to Australia to become Co-Founder and CEO of Switched on Media, which Scot accelerated into Australia s fastest growing digital performance agency over an 8 year period, selling a majority stake in 2011 to STW, Australias largest advertising agency group. Known as someone who delivers growth with speed, Scot is currently an informal mentor and adviser to several businesses, helping them to accelerate (in between the chaos of raising 3 children and mountain biking/skiing his ass off).
Stephanie has worked with emerging growth and technology companies for approximately 15 years. During the first internet boom, she worked as a lawyer in Silicon Valley with start-ups and their investors for Cooley LLP. At Cooley, she helped her clients to develop and structure their business strategy, customer and partner relationships, technology rights and enhancements, venture capital and angel investments, growing sales and employee bases, as well as acquisitions and IPOs. In 2000, she joined the executive management team of Raindance Communications, Inc., a $100M online meeting company in Boulder, CO where she was SVP and General Counsel for six years. After Raindance was successfully acquired, she and her family moved to Telluride 2009.
She has vast experience in business development with a specialty in business incubation and as an entrepreneurship educator. Prior to returning to Colorado in 2013, Ms. Chase was the Managing Director of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) and the Director of the Cal Poly SBDC for Innovation.
Ms. Chase was the founding Director of both organizations and a member of a team from the public and private sector in the San Luis Obispo, CA region interested in creating and supporting initiatives to develop and enhance the entrepreneurial eco-system with an emphasis on technology and connection with the University. Ms. Chase was instrumental in founding the SLO HotHouse a new community space that has been created through the efforts of Cal Poly, the San Luis Obispo Community, and the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The goal of the SLO HotHouse is to support students and community members alike as they work to create new innovations and start business ventures. Featuring a student accelerator, follow-on incubation, community co-working and a SBDC, the San Luis Obispo HotHouse seeks to attract and support the most vibrant talent and promising innovators and entrepreneurs in an effort to build a unique and passionate startup culture in San Luis Obispo.
Prior to moving to California in 2010, Ms. Chase spent four years on faculty at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, CO responsible for the Entrepreneurship Concentration and teaching in the Marketing and Finance areas.
For thirteen years, Ms. Chase was the Executive Director of the Business Incubator Center (BIC), a non-profit business development corporation comprised of: a business incubator, small business development center, $7 million loan fund, tax incentive and grant programs and other special projects. During Chase’s leadership, BIC was award