Master Class

Bravo! Entrepreneur in 2019 debuts its Master Class program, featuring five legendary entrepreneurs and thought-leaders who will answer questions on any topic from the audience. Want to know their biggest mistake or how they overcame their greatest challenge? Get your questions ready now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Connie Dohn, co-founder and CFO, Dohn Construction, Inc.

Connie Dohn and her husband, Doug, founded Fort Collins-based Dohn Construction Inc. in 1992.  Connie is responsible for the financial health of Dohn Construction and oversees the fully integrated accounting system and financial reporting.  As a certified public accountant, Connie holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting and auditing field.  At Dohn Construction, she also handles risk management and assessment, accounts receivable and payable, and coordinates job costing and field reporting. She serves on the boards of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, and is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants. Connie and Doug received BizWest’s Bravo! Entrepreneur award in 2014. She was recognized and was recognized in BizWest’s Women of Distinction program in 2017.

Wynne Odell, co-founder and CEO, Odell Brewing Co.

Wynne Odell is co-founder and CEO of Fort Collins-based Odell Brewing Co., the 23rd largest independent craft brewery in the United States. Odell and her husband, Doug, and sister-in-law, Corkie, founded the brewery in 1989.

Odell Brewing won the Colorado Society of Human Resources’ Best Companies to Work for in Colorado for medium-sized companies in 2015. Wynne and Doug Odell received Colorado State University’s Charles A. Lory Public Service Award for exceptional and sustained leadership in their community in 2016. Odell Brewing co-founded the Colorado State University Beverage Business Institute and contributes to the fermentation science and technology degree program.

Odell serves on the boards of the Colorado Brewers’ Guild and the Brewers’ Association, and is a member of the President’s Council of the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the Colorado State University College of Business Global Leadership Council. Odell received a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College and an MBA from the University of Washington with a concentration in finance. She and Doug received the 2008 Bravo! Entrepreneur award for Fort Collins, and she received BizWest’s Women of Distinction award in 2013.

Curt Richardson, founder and chairman, Otter Products, LLC

Serial entrepreneur Curt Richardson founded Fort Collins-based Otter Products LLC in 1998, after creating the first OtterBox waterproof case in his garage in the early 1990s. Richardson leads innovation and culture initiatives as founder, chairman and chief visionary officer for Otter Products. Additionally, he’s co-founder and chairman of Blue Ocean Enterprises Inc. and Blue Ocean Holdings LLC. In these roles, he discovers, creates and invests in business opportunities and makes strategic investments in commercial real estate.

 

Bob Tointon, chairman, Phelps-Tointon, Inc.

Bob Tointon is a well-respected business leader, rancher and philanthropist. Tointon was born into a farming family in Smith County, Kansas. The oldest of the three boys, he was the first in his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University. A member of the Advanced ROTC program at K-State, he entered pilot training in the U.S. Air Force upon graduating and spent three years on active duty.

Tointon played a key role in the growth of Greeley-based Hensel Phelps Construction Co. for nearly three decades while working in numerous roles for the company, and serving as its CEO for 14 years.  During his tenure Hensel Phelps’ revenues grew from $6 million to $600 million. In 1989, a new venture — Phelps-Tointon Inc. — was formed, and Tointon served as president and CEO until 2017, when he became chairman. He received the United Way Humanitarian Award in 1990, was named the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen in 1992, was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in 2003 and received the Bonfils Stanton Community Service Award in 2012. He received the Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002. He was named the 2019 Citizen of the West, the top honor presented by the National Western Stock Show.