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Wednesday, October 23
 

8:00am

Registration, Coffee & Breakfast Bar
After checking in at the on-site Summit registration table outside the Main Banquet Room, fuel up for the big day with a steamy cup of coffee and a healthy breakfast.    

Wednesday October 23, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Prefunction Area

8:45am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Wednesday October 23, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
Main Banquet Room

9:00am

BLENDED: Leading in a Multi-Generational, Multi-Cultural Workplace

In the past, the typical workplace usually consisted of two generations. Tried and tested veterans and ambitious up-and-comers.  Campers and Climbers.
Today, however, it is not unusual for one to find oneself in a workforce made up of four or even five distinct generations and numerous different cultures, each with their own preferences, experiences and points of view.
This generational and cultural diversity can present potential pitfalls, conflict and tension between team members…but it can also be an invaluable source of creativity, innovation and growth.
By acknowledging and embracing the differences in expectations, learning, and performance styles, skills and perspectives, leaders can create a workplace that benefits from the sharing of power, experience, and skills. 
In this engaging, impactful session, Tim Kirkland explores the different views, needs and values of Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millennials, and the emerging workforce of Gen Z and beyond as well as many various cultural sets. He details how applying an Adaptive Leadership approach can reduce friction and conflict while maintaining harmony, encouraging cooperation, and elevating results through generational and cultural cohesion in the workplace.
Attendees will learn to:
•             Acknowledge Differences, But Focus on Overlap
Emphasize that there are far more things that connect team members than separate them.  There is a tendency to dwell on differences in values and approach rather than shared priorities like feeling appreciated, wanting to do valuable work and life-balance.
•             Leverage Technology
Understand that organizational technology can tend to favor one generation or one culture over another.  Leverage tech across each group’s preferred tools and platforms to access information, multi-task and stay connected.
•             Encourage Cross-Generational Mentoring
Each generation has valuable knowledge and skills to teach each other. Create an environment where opportunities and resources are made available for this.
•             Prioritize Respect
Mutual respect for each other’s assets and attributes is key. Whether for experience and expertise or for potential and enthusiasm.
•             Eliminate Stereotyping
Perhaps the most damaging behavior on a blended team. Create an environment where each individual is judged on their own merits, not the assumptions assigned to their generation or background.
•             Stay Flexible
Each generation values workplace flexibility in their own way, whether it’s work-life balance for younger team members, maternity/paternity/parental care leave in the middle or sabbaticals as team members get older. Focus on results and outcomes rather than time and systems.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Kirkland

Tim Kirkland

CEO, Renegade Hospitality Group
Tim is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School, where his focus was the Art and Practice of Leadership Development. He is CEO of Renegade Hospitality Group, which serves as a professional advisory resource to the restaurant, hotel, retail and customer service industries. His best-selling... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Alpine Bank

Alpine Bank

Our Mission: To help our customers, employees, shareholders and community members achieve their dreams.


Wednesday October 23, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Main Banquet Room

10:15am

Visit Vendor Booths and Network
Have your Vendor Visitor card ready as you explore local businesses and resources at the booths in the Main Banquet Room and Lobby.  You'll put faces to names, bump into colleagues, learn ways to improve your business and receive stamps on your card. Filled out cards will be eligible for great prizes at the end of the day.  

Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:15am - 10:40am
Exhibitor's Hall

10:40am

(YOUR SMALL BUSINESS NAME HERE) Best Place to Work 2020: Creative Employee Benefits
We believe that the well being of our employees is directly related to the success of our business. In this session we will explore how business owners and organizational leaders can creatively use benefits, compensation, and cultural expectations and agreements to create a work environment that is not only fun to be part of but also successfully contributes to the goals of every business.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dear

Bryan Dear

Founder, The Payroll Department
Founder and former CPA, Bryan launched our service on the advice of his father (how does one make a living in this incredible town?) out of his home in 1993. From there, with the support of many CPAs, business owners, non-profit organizations and a fabulous staff, it has surpassed... Read More →
avatar for Eric Malone

Eric Malone

The Payroll Department
Eric brings 25+ years of Leadership and Management experience to the Staff and Clients of The Payroll Department. A life path of outdoor experiential education and adventure has brought Eric into the Wilderness facilitating personal growth experiences for business executives and youth... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for TBK Bank

TBK Bank

Our customers are at the core of everything we do. Whether you need banking solutions for yourself or your business, our goal is to take your challenge as our own. TBK Bank would like to earn your continued business by providing a high-level of customer service with experienced community... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Bingo Room

10:40am

Amazon, Shmamazon: How Main Street Retail Can Thrive with Strategic Digital Marketing
In this workshop, we look at some examples of what the leading retailers are doing to thrive, why it’s important for your business to implement them and how to do it on a small-time budget. Learn some of the retail lessons Carder observed while in Asia for last 10 years working across China, Thailand, Australia, and Singapore.  

Here is just some of what you will learn:
  • Why it is important to know your customers better.
  • The different types of loyalty programs and how they work.
  • Why strategic marketing is so effective in 2019.
You will walk away with new information and ideas that you can immediately
implement.

Speakers
avatar for Bert Carder

Bert Carder

Durango Territory Manager, SpotOn Transact
Carder is a retail marketing expert and territory manager for SpotOn Transact in Durangoand co-founder of the Local News Network. He has personally started 4 businesses overthe last 25 years in the retail, advertising, travel, and training sectors. He spent nearly10 years in Asia... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for FastSigns

FastSigns

At FASTSIGNS® of Durango, CO, you get visual communications solutions including sign and graphic consultation and design, production, delivery and installation services. Whether you need architectural signs, vehicle graphics, point-of-purchase posters or a building identification... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Vida Peabody Room

10:40am

Behind-the-Scenes: Successful Startups
Hear from others who have successfully started a business in our region, learn what worked, what they learned along the way, and what resources are available to help you.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Marsh

Elizabeth Marsh

Director, SCAPE
Marsh has an extensive understanding of the region’s resources for economic growth and the experience necessary to leverage these resources for new business development. She has overseen the creation of 31 new businesses in Southwest Colorado and has built the SCAPE accelerator... Read More →
avatar for Erin Neer

Erin Neer

CEO, MUNIRevs
Erin is a former Finance Director and inventor of MUNIRevsand LODGINGRevs. Erin has been working in municipalfinance for over 18 years. As a former finance director for atown in Colorado, she realized that the way sales taxes werecollected was archaic. She was incredulous that businesseswere... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Noseworthy

Barbara Noseworthy

Durango City Councilor
Noseworthy's professional career has spanned more than 30 years with executive leadership positions at the University of Washington, Whitman College, Columbia University and New York University. Her experience and expertise is in strategic planning, capacity building, resource mobilization... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Vierling

Jeff Vierling

Co-Founder/CEO, Tailwind Nutrition
Tailwind started with Jeff’s head in a trash can at the finish of the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race. After months of training, it was disappointing to feel terrible on race day. Jeff tried every product on the market, but couldn’t find a nutrition solution that worked well... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College

Inspiring today's students.  Cultivating tomorrow's leaders.  Fort Lewis College is preparing professional, scientific and creative leaders who are ready and able to advance your business organization.  


Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Room C

10:40am

Roads, Airport, and Internet - OH MY! Building Tomorrow's Infrastructure
Economic development can be hindered or helped through infrastructure.  Whether it be shipping or receiving goods, flying to meet clients, or communicating with customers around the world, all local businesses rely on a robust infrastructure that keeps us connected. This panel will discuss the current state of our transportation network, broadband, and community infrastructure and what is needed to support tomorrow's economy.  

Join this panel of local experts to discuss what we are currently doing, what stands in our way and where we are going....together!

Speakers
avatar for Miriam Gillow-Wiles

Miriam Gillow-Wiles

Executive Director, Southwest Colorado Council of Governments
Miriam did not follow a linear path to her career in local government. After traveling and exploring the globe for several years, Miriam graduated from the University of Oregon in 2008 with a bachelor’s of science in Geology however, she was laid off  from her job in 2009 as the... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall

Assistant City Manager, City of Durango
Hall has been with the City of Durango since 2001. He has served in a variety of community development-oriented positions during his tenure with the City including Parks, Open Space and Trails Development Manager, Director of Natural Lands and Sustainability; and Community Development... Read More →
avatar for Mike McVaugh

Mike McVaugh

Region 5 Transportation Director, Colorado Department of Transportation
McVaugh moved to Durango, Colorado in 1995, spending his first seven years in CDOT Region 5 performing both design and construction.  He was later promoted to Materials Engineer in Durango before becoming the Region Traffic Engineer in 2003.  He worked as the Traffic Engineer until... Read More →
avatar for Colleen O'Brien

Colleen O'Brien

Co-Owner, Wanderful Wheels
Colleen has a passion for supporting local and socially driven businesses and believes that local businesses are key to affecting change in the economic, cultural and social environment. Colleen has a Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Business, with a variety of work experience... Read More →
avatar for Tony Vicari

Tony Vicari

Director of Aviation, Durango-La Plata County Airport (DRO)
Vicari was appointed to lead the airport in 2017 and is responsible for overall management, safety, and operations at DRO. Some of his key areas of responsibility include air service development, capital and operational budget management, grant administration, and directing a staff... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
Bonny Kent Room

10:40am

Why Creative Districts Matter
Colorado is a national leader in recognizing the importance of the creative industries as an economic driver for both rural and urban communities. The State of Colorado has certified 23 Creative Districts in the past eight years, including the Mancos Creative District. The City of Durango and the Town of Ignacio are currently actively taking the steps toward certification. The Creative District Certification process focuses on defining specific geographic areas that can attract artists and creative entrepreneurs to a community, infuse new energy and innovation and enhance economic and civic capital. Join us to learn more about the important role of Creative Districts in creating hubs and clusters of economic activity, promoting a community's unique identity and enhancing communities as appealing places to live, conduct business and enhance economic and civic capital.

Speakers
avatar for Anne Beach

Anne Beach

Executive Director, Creative District, Mancos
Anne has worked in rural nonprofit organizations for many years. She recognizes the contributions and efforts of mostly volunteer organizations that significantly improve the quality of life in rural communities. Her approach to life includes a sense of humor, a focus on the positive... Read More →
avatar for Christy Costello

Christy Costello

Program Manager, Colorado Creative Industries
Christy Costello is a Program Manager at Colorado Creative Industries, the state arts agency located within the Office of Economic Development. She manages the Colorado Creative District certification program, annual Creative Industries Summit and serves as accessibility coordinator... Read More →
avatar for Tami Graham

Tami Graham

Executive Director, KSUT
Tami Graham is a 5th generation Coloradoan and moved to Durango in 1984 to attend Fort Lewis College. She received her Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology, with Graduate Certificates in both Organizational Leadership and Conflict Resolution from JFK University in Orinda, California... Read More →
avatar for Hayley Kirkman

Hayley Kirkman

Interim Director, Creative District, Durango
Hayley Kirkman was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and moved to Durango in 2013 to attend Fort Lewis College. She completed her B.A. in Graphic Design in April 2017, and has enjoyed establishing creative roots in Durango.Since joining the Local First family in June 2017, she has... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 10:40am - 11:40am
John S. Williams Room

11:40am

Lunch
Wednesday October 23, 2019 11:40am - 12:15pm
Main Banquet Room

12:15pm

A Message from the President at Fort Lewis College
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tom Stritikus

Dr. Tom Stritikus

President, Fort Lewis College


Wednesday October 23, 2019 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Main Banquet Room

12:30pm

Panel Discussion: Imagining a Diversified Future
The oil and gas industry is not coming back.  How will we replace that revenue and stay strong?  Hear from leaders in various industry segments across the region and learn about what they are doing to diversify and grow.  

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Branner

Lisa Branner

Community Relations Manager, Town of Silverton
Lisa Branner is Community Relations Manager for the Town of Silverton and co-founder of Silverton-based craft manufacturer Venture Snowboards. Branner holds an M.A. in English Literature, and has a wealth of experience in marketing, public relations and fundraising in the non-profit... Read More →
avatar for Tami Graham

Tami Graham

Executive Director, KSUT
Tami Graham is a 5th generation Coloradoan and moved to Durango in 1984 to attend Fort Lewis College. She received her Masters Degree in Transpersonal Psychology, with Graduate Certificates in both Organizational Leadership and Conflict Resolution from JFK University in Orinda, California... Read More →
avatar for Dan Korman

Dan Korman

Owner/Broker, Alpenglow Properties, LLC
Dan Korman is a Realtor and entrepreneur in Durango, CO. After graduating from Fort Lewis College with a BA in Marketing, Dan learned the real estate business from his father in Colorado Springs then moved to New Orleans to open his first real estate company. After seven years in... Read More →
avatar for Gary Masner

Gary Masner

CEO, Advanced Mobile Propulsion Testing
Masner has a very broad and diverse professional background. He has worked with everything from start-ups to billion dollar corporations.“I think my core strength is business and finance strategy. I can help companies get off the ground, as well as formalizing exit strategies for... Read More →
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Steve Sprunger

Director of Sales & Marketing, Clutch Hemp Holdings
Sprunger is a proven leader in developing customer loyalty and protecting financial stability through developing creative solutions to challenges and maximizing brand value. Has a demonstrated record of successes and possesses excellent general management, communication and leadership... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Fort Lewis College

Fort Lewis College

Inspiring today's students.  Cultivating tomorrow's leaders.  Fort Lewis College is preparing professional, scientific and creative leaders who are ready and able to advance your business organization.  


Wednesday October 23, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Main Banquet Room

1:45pm

Beating the Beetle: Up-cycled Industry Rises from Dying Forests
The panelists will speak from a business perspective on a re-emerging wood products industry in SW Colorado that provides economic opportunity while providing essential environmental benefits to our forests and watersheds.

Speakers
avatar for JR Ford

JR Ford

Forest Health Company
In Ford's own words, "I'm a businessman trying to use a viable financialmodel to solve a natural resource problem with a community-scale approach."He is currently designing a biomass company that utilizes the woodybiomass residue from the forest restoration process to produce firebriquettes... Read More →
avatar for Michael Preston

Michael Preston

General Manager, Dolores Water Conservancy District
Preston has served as the General Manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District, since October of 2007. He has served as Chairman of the Southwest Basin Roundtable since early 2008. In 2015 Preston helped form the DWRF (Dolores Watershed Resilient Forests) Collaborative and serves... Read More →
avatar for Tim Reader

Tim Reader

Forest Product Utilization and Marketing Program Specialist, Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS)
Reader has fifteen years experience with statewide forest products program development, delivery, and administration with the CSFS as well as biomass technical and business assistance, applied research, education and outreach to Colorado’s forest products harvesting and manufacturing... Read More →
avatar for Ellen Roberts

Ellen Roberts

Ellen Roberts has lived on the western slope of Colorado for almost 40 years, beginning as a park service ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park. Today, Ellen focuses on forest health and water policy consulting.  She currently works on natural resources consulting projects with... Read More →
avatar for David Sitton

David Sitton

CEO/Principal Owner, Aspen Wall Wood
There are three companies in our group, Aspen Wall Wood, Aspen Wood Products and S&S Logging, I am the principal owner, responsible for business and contract management of the combined companies.  This includes financial management, sales and marketing and general over site of the... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:55pm
Vida Peabody Room

1:45pm

Economic Enterprises of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe
Hear from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe's economic development team and how what they are doing positively impacts the entire region.  

Speakers
avatar for Meade Harbison

Meade Harbison

Business Development Specialist, Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund
Meade Harbison joined the Southern Ute Indian Tribe in July 2018, as Business Development Specialist for the Growth Fund. In his role, Meade is focused on developing and implementing strategy to expand the Growth Fund’s “non-energy” investment base through business acquisition... Read More →
avatar for Loretta Velasquez

Loretta Velasquez

Small Business Specialist, Southern Ute Indian Tribe Growth Fund
Loretta Velasquez is an enrolled member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and joined the Strategic Planning department in October of 2018, as the Small Business Specialist. Loretta has created and implements the Small Business Development program, a non-profit affiliate of the Southern... Read More →
avatar for Roger Zalneraitis

Roger Zalneraitis

Economic Development Manager, Southern Ute Indian Tribe Permanent Fund
Roger Zalneraitis is the Economic Development Manager for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Working in the Permanent Fund, Roger seeks to create new commercial opportunities through underutilized Tribal assets, implement policies and plans that stimulate local business development, and... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:55pm
Bonny Kent Room

1:45pm

Multi-generational Workplace Management: Digging Deeper
Multiple generations are routinely found in today’s work environments. We may not believe that
any significant differences exist between us other than our ages. Yet, research shows each
generational cohort, generally speaking, has evolving work environment and career
expectations, driven, in part, by our experiences of different world events and the rapid
evolution of technology. Research also shows that each cohort brings a different set of assets
to the workplace table.

Over 50% of the time an industry’s upper tier of leadership tends to fall into the older two
generations yet the larger part of the workforce in an organization is dominated by the younger
two generations. How are you evolving your organization’s talent management processes to
successfully address the newest generations’ career expectations?

Leave this valuable session with insights and specific tools to help navigate this new workplace arena.

Speakers
avatar for Deanne Idar

Deanne Idar

Owner/President, Top Seed Leadership Coaching
Deanne J. Idar is an executive leadership coach, career consultant, trusted advisor, andowner/president of Top Seed Leadership Coaching. She is certified as an Professional CertifiedCoach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation, as an authorized partner of Wiley’s The FiveBehaviors... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Alpine Bank

Alpine Bank

Our Mission: To help our customers, employees, shareholders and community members achieve their dreams.


Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:55pm
Bingo Room

1:45pm

Panel Discussion: The Future of Energy in Our Region
Hear from our region's leaders in the energy sector and learn what is being done now that the natural gas industry is on the decline.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Harms

Dan Harms

Manager of Rates, Technology, and Energy Policy, La Plata Electric Association
Dan is the Manager of Rates, Technology, and Energy Policy at La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) headquartered in Durango, Colorado.  His responsibilities include rate design, load forecasting, and negotiating Purchased Power Agreements.  Dan also manages LPEA’s energy management... Read More →
avatar for Dan Korman

Dan Korman

Owner/Broker, Alpenglow Properties, LLC
Dan Korman is a Realtor and entrepreneur in Durango, CO. After graduating from Fort Lewis College with a BA in Marketing, Dan learned the real estate business from his father in Colorado Springs then moved to New Orleans to open his first real estate company. After seven years in... Read More →
avatar for John Shaw

John Shaw

Founder, Shaw Solar
John Shaw founded Shaw Solar - a full service solar contracting company based in Durango, CO - in 2006. As a leader in the solar industry, John strives to stay on the cutting edge and participates in local and National renewable energy groups. When not installing solar, John might... Read More →
avatar for Christi Zeller

Christi Zeller

Executive Director, La Plata County Energy Council
Christi has been the Executive Director for the Energy Council for 18 years.  She interacts with members and a board to develop and implement effective relations with governmental entities, the media and community contacts.  She enjoys serving as a spokesperson for this council... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for FastSigns

FastSigns

At FASTSIGNS® of Durango, CO, you get visual communications solutions including sign and graphic consultation and design, production, delivery and installation services. Whether you need architectural signs, vehicle graphics, point-of-purchase posters or a building identification... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:55pm
Room C

1:45pm

To Board or Be Bored: Board Member Skills Building
Whether you’ve served on numerous boards or are just dipping your toes in the water, this workshop will give you the tools you need to be a more effective board member immediately! Learn strategies for becoming an asset to your organization and CEO/Executive Director rather than an energy-suck. Through this interactive breakout session we’ll discuss tuning into red flags before you’re up a creek without a paddle.

Speakers
avatar for Sandhya Tillotson

Sandhya Tillotson

Founder/Principal, Sagebrush Ltd.
Sandhya Tillotson is principal and founder of Sagebrush Ltd, a nonprofit consulting firm based in Durango, CO which specializes in effective solutions for rural nonprofits where agility, creativity, and partnership are necessary ingredients for survival. Her areas of expertise include... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for TBK Bank

TBK Bank

Our customers are at the core of everything we do. Whether you need banking solutions for yourself or your business, our goal is to take your challenge as our own. TBK Bank would like to earn your continued business by providing a high-level of customer service with experienced community... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 1:45pm - 2:55pm
John S. Williams Room

2:55pm

Networking Break and Turn in Vendor Visitor Card
Connect with fellow Summit attendees as you make your final lap through the vendor booths to discover regional resources and fill up your Vendor Visitor Card before the prize drawings.  

Wednesday October 23, 2019 2:55pm - 3:20pm
Main Banquet Room

3:20pm

The Hero's Journey
Leave the conference feeling inspired! Whatever the challenges facing you back at the office – remember the incredible story of Open Sky Wilderness. Founder and CEO Aaron Fernandes will share his story about his own personal and professional adversity, such as getting rejected by every bank in the county…until he found the partners he was seeking…to move forward. Now, fifteen years after it began, Open Sky Wilderness is a national leader in “treatment-tourism” bringing hundreds of families to our region each year and employing about 150 FTE making them one of La Plata County's biggest employers. His team's dedication to their mission and their focus on attracting the best in their field with a drive toward excellence and sustainability on all fronts has lead them to be designated by the governor as one of Colorado’s Top 50 Companies to Watch.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Fernandes

Aaron Fernandes

Founder/CEO, Open Sky Wilderness Therapy
Aaron holds a BA in Psychology with a focus in Experiential Education from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. While at Brown, Aaron provided leadership to his Ivy League Champion Men’s Soccer team as captain. He became passionate about a career in outdoor education during... Read More →


Wednesday October 23, 2019 3:20pm - 4:00pm
Main Banquet Room

4:00pm

Chairman's Circle Reception and Startup Fair
All of the day's learning, sharing, collaborating and networking is capped off just outside the Sky Ute Casino Resort with delicious appetizers and drinks hosted by Alliance Chairman Circle Members.  Take your well earned beverage and stroll through booths showcasing the latest projects of the 2019 SCAPE class in the parking lot.  

Wednesday October 23, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Prefunction Area