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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 Co-Founder and CEO, High Sierra Energy President and Board Member, NGL Energy Partners LP Steering Committee 2014-2016

Jim Burke
Co-Founder and CEO, High Sierra Energy
President and Board Member, NGL Energy Partners LP
Steering Committee 2014-2016

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

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

Greg Greenwood Executive Director Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Greg Greenwood
Executive Director
Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network

Brad Bernthal Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School - Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center Steering Committee 2014-2016

Brad Bernthal
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School - Founding Director, Entrepreneurship Initiative, Silicon Flatirons Center
Steering Committee 2014-2016

Dan Caruso Steering Committee Chair Founder and CEO, Zayo Group Founding Executive, Level 3 Communications Steering Committee 2014-2016

Dan Caruso
Steering Committee Chair
Founder and CEO, Zayo Group
Founding Executive, Level 3 Communications

Steering Committee 2014-2016

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

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

Brad Feld Co-Founder and Managing Director, Foundry Group and TechStars Steering Committee 2014-2016

Brad Feld
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Foundry Group and TechStars
Steering Committee 2014-2016

Nancy Phillips President, CEO, CO-Founder, ViaWest Steering Committee 2014-2016

Nancy Phillips
President, CEO, CO-Founder, ViaWest
Steering Committee 2014-2016

JB Holston Dean of the University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Founding Executive Director, BEN

JB Holston
Dean of the University of Denver’s Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, Founding Executive Director, BEN

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

 

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 Former CEO, AdMobius Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Peter Bassett
Former CEO, AdMobius
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Stephanie Copeland Former President, zColo, Zayo Group Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Stephanie Copeland
Former President, zColo, Zayo Group
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

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

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

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

John Marotta Former CEO, Emerge Medical Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

John Marotta
Former CEO, Emerge Medical
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

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

Art Zeile Founder/CEO Hosting.com Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Art Zeile
Founder/CEO Hosting.com
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

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

Dan O'Brien Partner, Skyline Partners Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Dan O'Brien
Partner, Skyline Partners
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

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

Lisa Reeves VP, Corporate Strategy at Workday Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Lisa Reeves
VP, Corporate Strategy at Workday
Blackstone Entrepreneur 2016

Steve Halstedt ManiaTV! Market Force Information, Inc. TensorComm, Inc.

Steve Halstedt

ManiaTV!
Market Force Information, Inc.
TensorComm, Inc.

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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 on a quarterly basis to act as an objective sounding board and a peer-to-peer resource.

Please Note: We are fortunate to have an amazing community of Network Advisors who are committed to our program's success. We work very hard to make sure that every Advisor who works with us finds their experience highly valuable. We are currently at capacity for Network Advisors, but we will review additional Advisor applications for the 2017 calendar year soon. If you are interested in joining our program, please complete the application form and we will contact you as soon as we're ready to engage more advisors.

*Please be aware, 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 50 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, 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.


2016 NETWORK 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!


2015 NETWORK COMPANIES - We were privileged to work with these companies in our second year and are excited to see the impact they have made on the Colorado entrepreneurial community. Thank you for your support!


2014 NETWORK COMPANIES - We were privileged to work with these companies in our first year and are excited to see the impact they have made on the Colorado entrepreneurial community. Thank you for your support!