Dr. Richard Wobbekind

Associate Dean, University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business

Rich develops an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy, performs economic impact assessments of the Colorado economy, and produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado. Rich is the president of the National Association for Business Economics, participates annually in the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank Regional Economic Roundtable, and is a contributor to the Western Blue Chip Economic Forecast newsletter. He is a member of the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee.

Constantin Gurdgiev

Associate professor of finance Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado

Constantin Gurdgiev is an associate professor of finance at the Monfort College of Business, University of Northern Colorado. His academic research is concentrated in the fields of international investment markets, geopolitical and macroeconomic risk, and Environmental, Social and Governance impact finance. Professor Gurdgiev is a co-founder and board member of iCare Housing  and Irish Mortgage Holders Association.

Ryan Sanger

Ryan Sanger

Tax Partner, BDO USA LLP

Ryan Sanger is the tax partner in BDO’s Northern Colorado office. He has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting, with extensive experience in all areas of taxation, providing tax advisory and compliance services to individuals, corporations, and partnerships. His areas of expertise include serving closely held and privately held companies in a variety of industries, including agricultural, construction, real estate, manufacturing, beverage (including craft breweries, distilleries and wineries), wholesale distribution, professional service and retail. Ryan specializes in providing state and local tax (SALT) consulting including nexus issues, multi-state corporate income tax and sales and use tax and serves on the BDO Alliance SALT Advisory Committee. Ryan takes a special interest in utilizing these skills to proactively advise and plan with clients and ensure that they are as tax-efficient as possible.

Jacob Hallauer

President & Principal, NAI Affinity

Jake Hallauer is president of NAI Affinity (formerly known as Chrisland Inc.). The Affinity Real Estate Partners family of companies includes NAI Affinity, a Northern Colorado-based commercial real estate brokerage that is part of NAI Global, and Affinity Partners LLC, a real estate investment and development company.

Hallauer’s prior experience includes serving as assistant project manager for Peak 7 Construction LLC, a Breckenridge-based general-contracting arm of a resort development and management company. 

Shawn Osthoff

President, Bank of Colorado

Shawn Osthoff is the president of Bank of Colorado and is responsible for overseeing more than $4 billion in assets held by the bank across its 44 branches.

Osthoff is a native of Colorado, and attended the University of Northern Colorado, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in finance in 1990. He went on to earn an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Colorado State University in 1991. Osthoff has extensive experience in banking, including lending, loan operations, commercial and agricultural loan portfolio management and corporate management. He joined Bank of Colorado in 1995.

Kevin Unger

President & CEO, Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies

Kevin L. Unger serves as president and CEO of Poudre Valley Hospital and Medical Center of the Rockies, two of 12 hospitals within UCHealth, a nationally recognized health-care system with operating revenue of $4.5 billion and a workforce of more than 23,500 people. Unger also oversees other UCHealth locations in Northern Colorado, including Yampa Valley Medical Center, Greeley Hospital, Longs Peak Hospital and numerous ambulatory medical centers.