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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is a group of established Colorado business leaders who ensure the Network remains sustainable. They determine BEN’s long-term strategy, provide input, and offer guidance into the Network’s initiatives.

  Jim Burke  Founder and CEO of West Edge Energy  Steering Committee 2014  -2018

Jim Burke
Founder and CEO of West Edge Energy
Steering Committee 2014-2018

  Mark Hopkins   Managing Director, Crescendo Capital Partners Blackstone Entrepreneur to Steering Committee 2016-2018

Mark Hopkins
Managing Director, Crescendo Capital Partners
Blackstone Entrepreneur to Steering Committee 2016-2018

  Phil Weiser  Dean  Emeritus,  Law School University of Colorado Founder, Silicon Flatirons

Phil Weiser
Dean Emeritus, Law School
University of Colorado
Founder, Silicon Flatirons

  Nancy Phillips   President, CEO, CO-  Founder, ViaWest Steering Committee 2014-2018

Nancy Phillips
President, CEO, CO-Founder, ViaWest
Steering Committee 2014-2018

  Greg Greenwood  CEO/Executive Director Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Greg Greenwood
CEO/Executive Director
Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

  Larissa Herda  Serial Telecom Executive  Steering Committee 2018

Larissa Herda
Serial Telecom Executive
Steering Committee 2018

  Dan Caruso   Founder and CEO, Zayo Group; Founding Executive, Level 3 Communications   Steering Committee 2014  -2018

Dan Caruso
Founder and CEO, Zayo Group; Founding Executive, Level 3 Communications
Steering Committee 2014-2018

  Brad Feld   Co-Founder and Managing Director, Foundry Group and TechStars Steering Committee Emeritus

Brad Feld

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Foundry Group and TechStars
Steering Committee Emeritus

   Barbara Mowry    CEO, GoreCreek Advisors   Board, Kaufmann Foundation;   Chair, Kansas City Federal Reserve   Steering Committee 2016-2018

Barbara Mowry
CEO, GoreCreek Advisors
Board, Kaufmann Foundation; Chair, Kansas City Federal Reserve
Steering Committee 2016-2018

  Marc Peperzak  Founder, Horizon Organic Dairy Steering Committee 2018

Marc Peperzak
Founder, Horizon Organic Dairy
Steering Committee 2018

 

Legacy Steering Committee

For those that serve on our Steering Committee, we ask for a two-year dedication. We thank these business leaders for their outstanding service. 

  Brad Bernthal  Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center   Steering Committee 2014  -2017

Brad Bernthal
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center

Steering Committee 2014-2017

  Libby Cook  Founder, President, Director of Philanthropiece   Steering Committee 2014  -2015

Libby Cook
Founder, President, Director of Philanthropiece

Steering Committee 2014-2015

  JB Holston   Dean of the  Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science  , Founding Executive Director, BEN    Steering Committee 2014  -2017

JB Holston
Dean of the Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science , Founding Executive Director, BEN

Steering Committee 2014-2017

  Pete Hudson  Managing Partner, Alta Partners Founder and former CEO, iTriage  Steering Committee  2014  -2015

Pete Hudson
Managing Partner, Alta Partners
Founder and former CEO, iTriage

Steering Committee 2014-2015

  Aaron Kennedy  Founder and Former Chairman/CEO, Noodles & Company; Former Chief Marketing Officer, State of Colorado  Steering Committee 2014-2016

Aaron Kennedy
Founder and Former Chairman/CEO, Noodles & Company; Former Chief Marketing Officer, State of Colorado

Steering Committee 2014-2016

 

Blackstone Entrepreneurs

Blackstone Entrepreneurs are individuals selected by the Steering Committee based on business experience, expertise, and commitment. They form a team that leads on behalf of the network, and this team assists at least two BEN Companies as they scale.

  Peter Bassett  CEO, Aspen Brewing Company Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016-2018

Peter Bassett
CEO, Aspen Brewing Company
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016-2018

  Bernee Strom  Partner, Next Level Associates Blackstone Entrepreneur 2017

Bernee Strom
Partner, Next Level Associates
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2017

  Mark Hopkins   Managing Director, Crescendo Capital Partners Blackstone Entrepreneur to Steering Committee 2016

Mark Hopkins
Managing Director, Crescendo Capital Partners
Blackstone Entrepreneur to Steering Committee 2016

   Stephanie Copeland   Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Stephanie Copeland
Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

  Art Zeile  Founder/CEO Hosting.com Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Art Zeile
Founder/CEO Hosting.com
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

  Andrew McGregor  Principal, McGregor & Associates Blackstone Entrepreneur 2017

Andrew McGregor
Principal, McGregor & Associates
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2017

  Barry Gafner  President, Gafner Family Foundation; and Former VP of Sales, Marketing, and Field Operations at Cisco Systems Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Barry Gafner
President, Gafner Family Foundation; and Former VP of Sales, Marketing, and Field Operations at Cisco Systems
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

  Dan O'Brien  Partner, Skyline Partners Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Dan O'Brien
Partner, Skyline Partners
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

  Steve Halstedt  ManiaTV! Market Force Information, Inc. TensorComm, Inc. Blackstone Entrepreneur 2017

Steve Halstedt
ManiaTV!
Market Force Information, Inc.
TensorComm, Inc.
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2017

  George Heinrichs  Managing Partner, Public Safety Ventures & Co-Founder/President/Former CEO, Intrado Inc. Blackstone Entrepreneur 2015

George Heinrichs
Managing Partner, Public Safety Ventures & Co-Founder/President/Former CEO, Intrado Inc.
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2015

  Rich Kylberg   Arrow Electronics Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Rich Kylberg
Arrow Electronics Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

  Kristin Russell  President, Global Services, Arrow Electronics Blackstone Entrepreneur 2018

Kristin Russell
President, Global Services, Arrow Electronics
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2018

  John Marotta  Former CEO, Emerge Medical Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

John Marotta
Former CEO, Emerge Medical
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

  Sue Stash  Managing Director, Billion People Project Blackstone Entrepreneur 2018

Sue Stash
Managing Director, Billion People Project
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2018

  Mark Retzloff  Co Founder of Horizon Organic Dairy and Alfalfa’s Markets Blackstone Entrepreneur 2015

Mark Retzloff
Co Founder of Horizon Organic Dairy and Alfalfa’s Markets
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2015

  Lisa Reeves  Senior Vice President of Product, Zenefits Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Lisa Reeves
Senior Vice President of Product, Zenefits
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Network Advisors

Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Advisors are Colorado's most successful entrepreneurs and scale-up business executives from one of five targeted industries (see below). They form the core working group of the Network because of their extensive expertise in starting or scaling a company and provide critical guidance when Network companies face key strategic challenges. Each Advisor volunteers to act as an objective sounding board and a peer-to-peer resource. Please scroll through the gallery on the right to see a few of our featured advisors. 

Please Note: We are fortunate to have an amazing community of Network Advisors who are committed to our program's success and work very hard to make sure that every Advisor who works with us finds their experience highly valuable. Currently, we are at capacity for Network Advisors, but we are happy to review additional Advisor applications for the second half of the 2018 calendar year. If you are interested in joining our program, please complete the application form and we will contact you as soon as we are ready to engage more advisors.

Please be aware that we do not share our network members' contact information without express permission.

Our Targeted Industries

Click an image to view industry-specific criteria. To see all industry criteria, click here

Network Companies

Network Companies expand our region’s network of entrepreneurs and sustainable successes. Each company engagement level varies depending on the stage of the company, the type of resources needed, and the key growth issues each CEO identifies.

BEN Colorado has welcomed over 90 different companies into the network to date and continues to seek more. Companies are defined within the Network as Gazelles, Prospective Gazelles, or To Watch, depending on their current stage of growth and scale-up potential. Based on how the company is classified within the Network, we promote it in ways tailored to their its position.  This might entail increasing its market visibility, providing new expertise, or offering a variety of opportunities to give back to the scale up community. To see a list of the qualifying guidelines for our network companies click here.


NEW NETWORK COMPANIES - Each month, one or two high-growth firms from Colorado present their story to our Network Advisors. It is an opportunity for them to meet serially successful entrepreneurs and formally apply to become a member of our network. This month we are excited to welcome these new companies to our community.


GAZELLE COMPANIES - We are excited to feature our Gazelle Companies. These companies are categorized by their rapid growth and clear potential to quickly scale to large economic profiles and outcomes.


CURRENT NETWORK COMPANIES - We are privileged to work with these companies currently and are excited to see the impact they make on the Colorado entrepreneurial community.


ALUMNI COMPANIES - We were privileged to work with these companies in our third year and are excited to see the impact they have made on the Colorado entrepreneurial community. Thank you for your support!