Speakers

Steve Adams

City Manager

City of Loveland

Stephen C. Adams was appointed City Manager of Loveland in July, 2016. As City Manager, Steve is the chief executive officer of the City, appointed by City Council. Prior to his appointment, Steve served as Loveland’s Water and Power Director. During his 40-year career, he had opportunities to work on three continents with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, a private consulting firm and other municipalities. While his City of Loveland experience officially began in 1987, his call to active military duty sent him to Africa, Iraq during Desert Storm, and Germany. Steve’s return to Loveland in 1994 was driven by a desire to reunite with a community and a dedicated, caring staff that he had come to love.

Kevin Anderson

Tax Managing Director, National Tax Office

BDO USA

Kevin Anderson is a tax managing director in the National Tax Office of BDO USA, LLP, where his practice is focused in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, S corporations, C corporations, consolidated returns, leasing, capitalization and cost recovery, and related tax accounting issues. He has advised corporate clients for many years in their formation, conversion, operations, compliance, reorganization, and sale. He provides technical leadership to the firm and its clients in the area of corporate tax, and previously served a leading role in the development and implementation of the firm’s national tax training efforts.

Darin Atteberry

City Manager

City of Fort Collins

Darin Atteberry is the City Manager for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado, a position he has held since December 2004. As City Manager, Darin has led the City government through a time of transformational change, moving the organization from a “trust us” model to one that uses a data-driven, performance based approach. Darin is an advocate for community collaboration and has built strong relationships with both public and private sector partners. He serves as Vice Chair of the Alliance for Innovation and is a member of the Center for Public Safety Excellence Board of Directors.

Josh Birks

Economic Health and Redevelopment Director

City of Fort Collins

Josh Birks has been Economic Health and Redevelopment Director since 2012 and was previously the Economic Advisor for the City. During his tenure as Director, Josh has guided the Economic Health Office through several transitions, including movement to the Sustainability Service Area, expansion to include Innovation and the Climate Economy, and growth to six staff members. In that time, the office has helped retain a major corporate headquarter, overseen the $330 million redevelopment of the community major mall, and supported the development of a number of cluster initiatives. Josh is an expert in economic development, real estate finance, market analysis and cluster development. 

Jacob Castillo

Director

Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development

Jacob Castillo serves as the Director of Larimer County’s Economic & Workforce Development Department. He has nearly two decades of diverse experience in regional economic and workforce development. Jacob has led the County’s effort to align local workforce initiatives and economic development activities to support upward mobility, wealth generation and economic inclusion. Castillo has co-founded two ventures with a strong social and environmental commitment. He was a contributing author to a text book on sustainable venturing and has served as an instructor at Colorado State University (CSU). He holds three undergraduate degrees in Agricultural Business, Foreign Language and Literature, and Economics from CSU.

Harold Dominguez

City Manager

City of Longmont

Harold Dominguez has served as Longmont, Colorado city manager since April 2012. Under his leadership and administration, Longmont’s many accomplishments include a plan to redevelop the Twin Peaks mall area, development of a citywide budget prioritization program, planned redevelopment of a 27-acre abandoned turkey processing facility, and overall recovery and rebuilding from a flood that devastated Longmont in 2013. In addition, Longmont is building a fiber optic network that will provide businesses and residents with upload speeds of 1 gigabit per second, delivering one of the fastest internet networks in the nation.

Dallas Everhart

Monfort Executive Professor

UNC Monfort College of Business

Dallas Everhart is a Monfort Executive Professor at the Monfort College of Business at the University of Northern Colorado and is director of the UNC Monfort Entrepreneurial Challenge. Everhart received his bachelor of arts and MBA degrees from Western State College and his Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado. His career is a blend of consulting, business owner, local government and higher education, with positions in leadership, management and finance. In the private sector, through Dallas Everhart & Associates, he helps organizations improve performance with training, coaching and consulting to improve communication, teamwork, strategy and leadership.

Jennifer Hoffman

City and County Manager

City and County of Broomfield

Jennifer Hoffman has 18 years of service to Broomfield, serving in various capacities; from 1999-2005 she served as the Director of the Combined Courts, and transitioned in 2006-2009 to leading and directing state/federal government lobbying efforts. In September 2009 she assumed the newly created position of Assistant to the City and County Manager – duties include city/county-wide overall management functions, while continuing to lead Broomfield’s state/federal lobbying efforts. In 2013 Jennifer assumed the position of Director of Communications and Governmental Affairs department, and she was promoted to Assistant City and County Manager in 2015.

Ann Hutchison

President & CEO

Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce

Ann Hutchison, CAE, became President & CEO of the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce on January 1, 2021. She started with the Chamber in 2003 as Policy Committee Coordinator and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2005. Before moving into the CEO role, Hutchison directly managed the communications and event departments, assisted in the day-to-day operation of the Chamber and managed issues and political advocacy as well as the Chamber’s Leadership Fort Collins and Leadership Northern Colorado programs. Most recently, she has been a key leader in the community pandemic economic Response, Recovery and Reignite efforts.

Kelly Jones

Director of Economic Development

City of Loveland

Kelly Jones is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Loveland. She is in charge of the strategy behind the attraction, retention, expansion and creation of jobs in order for the citizenry to prosper. Before this she was the executive director for the Warehouse business accelerator. Prior to that role, she was Vice President of the Northern CO Economic Development Corp. and COO of the Rocky Mountain Innosphere where she assisted growing Northern Colorado innovation-based startup companies. She has also held the positions of Public and Policy Manager at the City of Fort Collins, Economic Development Manager for the City of Greeley as well as 7 years in the capacity of Executive Director of the Loveland Center for Business Development.

Spencer Levy

Chairman, Americas Research & Senior Economic Advisor

CBRE

Spencer Levy is the Chairman of Americas Research and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. Spencer is the chief spokesman on real estate matters for CBRE in the Americas and is one of the most sought-after speakers in the commercial real estate industry. He is regularly quoted in major business publications and frequently is a guest on business television, including Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, PBS and Fox Business. He spends the majority of his time speaking to clients, in the media, public speaking training and hosting CBRE’s podcast, The Weekly Take.

Paula Mehle

Director of Economic Development

Town of Firestone

Paula Mehle is the Director of Economic Development and Firestone Urban Renewal Authority for the Town of Firestone, Colorado where she oversees retail, primary employment, small business and residential development attraction, expansion and retention as well as multiple special projects to help improve services for the Town of Firestone. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cal Poly Pomona in Urban and Regional Planning, a Master’s of Public Administration Degree from CU Denver, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners with the American Planning Association. 

Stacy Miller

Economic Development Director

Town of Windsor

Stacy Miller has been Windsor’s Director of Economic Development since 2011. She has over 21 years of experience serving communities throughout the Front Range. Prior to coming to the Town of Windsor, Miller worked as the Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation. She also served the City of Lakewood as an economic development specialist. Miller received her undergraduate degree in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising Media from the University of Northern Colorado. Miller is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

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 45 branches. Osthoff 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. 

Roy Otto

City Manager

City of Greeley

Roy has been Greeley’s City Manager since 2005. He graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and received a Master of Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

Cheryl Pattelli

CFO

City of Boulder

Cheryl Pattelli is the CFO at the City of Boulder, Colorado, and has been with the city since 2012. Cheryl holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, an MBA with a Finance concentration from DePaul University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Cheryl began her career at Arthur Andersen, LLP and then worked as the CFO at Kane County, Illinois for over 15 years. Cheryl was a member and Vice-Chair of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Treasury and Investment Management Committee from 2012-2018, Chair of the Colorado GFOA’s Education and Conference Committees from 2014-2020, and the President of Colorado GFOA in 2020. Cheryl has been a member of the Colorado PERA Board of Trustees since 2019.

Jack Reutzel

Director

Fairfield and Woods P.C.

With more than three decades in land use, entitlements, and real estate law, Jack Reutzel has substantial experience representing his clients in all stages of real estate development projects. Jack represents landowners, developers, and local governments in the full range of land use development entitlements including, zoning, subdivisions, annexations, and condemnation. He also has experience with oil and gas surface use agreements, water acquisition, development guidelines, general real estate and strategic guidance, and consulting to landowners and developers. When necessary, Jack represents clients in real estate-related litigation or appeals.

Jeff Romine

Director of Economic Vitality and Economist

City & County of Broomfield

Before coming to Broomfield, Romine worked with the City and County of Denver as the chief economist and strategic advisor for more than 11 years. During his tenure there, Romine and his staff worked on a wide range of economic, financial, and development initiatives that helped attract, retain and expand business in Denver. Prior to joining Denver, Romine was on the economic research faculty of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder, served as the Chief Economist at the Maricopa Association of Governments in Phoenix, and previously worked for the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

Benjamin Snow

Director of Economic Health and Housing

City of Greeley Economic Health & Housing

Ben Snow serves as director of economic health and housing for the city of Greeley, where he actively works to drive economic development and prosperity for residents of Greeley and Northern Colorado. Previously, he served as the president of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership, a public/private nonprofit organization in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Prior to that, he was based in metro Denver and served in several economic-development leadership capacities, including executive director for the Parker Economic Development Council, president and CEO of the Parker Chamber of Commerce, and business development manager for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership.

Scott Sternberg

Executive Director and Associate Vice President for Economic Vitality

Boulder Economic Council

Scott Sternberg is the Executive Director of the Boulder Economic Council and Associate Vice President for Economic Vitality. Sternberg holds significant leadership experience in international business, entrepreneurial startup ventures, and research technology development. He most recently served as President of Vaisala Inc., a manufacturer of professional weather and industrial environmental sensors, systems and solutions. Prior to his initial employment and escalating roles within Vaisala, Sternberg worked to position the venture capital backed Photometrics for sale to Roper Technologies, where he then worked for a number of years to build their portfolio of digital imaging companies.

Kevin Unger

President / CEO

UCHealth Northern Colorado Region

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.

Rich Werner

President & CEO

Upstate Colorado Economic Development

Rich has 16 years of experience in all facets of economic development having most recently joined Upstate in 2015 as President & CEO. Prior to Upstate Rich worked as VP at the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation where he was responsible for all attraction, retention and expansion activities. Rich has previously served as the Associate Director for the State of Colorado Small Business Development Centers for Former Governor Bill Owens and Bill Ritter. Prior to his appointment by the State, he acted as the Director of Marketing for the Boulder Technology Incubator (CTEK).

Richard L. Wobbekind

Associate Dean, Sr. Economist

Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado, Boulder

Richard L. Wobbekind is faculty director of the Business Research Division and associate dean for business & government relations and senior economist at the University of Colorado Boulder. He joined the faculty at the Leeds School of Business in 1985, and has served as associate dean since 2000. As faculty director of the Business Research Division, his responsibilities include developing an annual consensus forecast of the Colorado economy and performing various economic-impact assessments of the Colorado economy. Wobbekind also produces the quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index for Colorado.