EDC Board of Directors

Dick Monfort - Chairman

Dick Monfort is the Owner/Chairman and CEO for the Colorado Rockies franchise. A Colorado native, Monfort and the Colorado Rockies Ownership Group have established the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club as a leading organization in the Rocky Mountain region in both the sport and business of baseball. 

Monfort spent 25 years in the cattle business, primarily with his family's company. He became President of Monfort of Colorado, Inc. in 1987 and joined ConAgra Red Meats in 1991 as the President and CEO, then retiring from ConAgra in 1995. He helped launch the Montera Cattle Co. in 1996.

Monfort is the 2008 recipient of the United Way of Weld County Humanitarian of the Year Award. He has spearheaded many programs including a project that provided financial assistance to families of the Colorado National Guard and military reservists from Colorado stationed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, as well as a sponsorship of the Joining Forces program. He also helps fund the Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Denver and Weld County.

Monfort has a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Northern Colorado and was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters in recognition of his contributions to Colorado, industry, and higher education by UNC.  Monfort is the Chairman of the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees. He also serves on several area boards including University of Colorado Hospital and Denver Zoo.

J.J. Ament - Board Member

J. J. Ament is an investment banker and has participated in transactions totaling more than $12 billion. In addition to general investment banking services, Ament has particular expertise in structuring transactions in the capital markets to address public policy issues for state level clients. 

Prior to joining the investment banking industry, Ament served as Director of Public Affairs at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, where he organized and directed the successful campaign to add light-rail along Denver’s I-25 corridor.

Ament graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.S. in Business Administration, with emphasis in Finance. He serves on numerous boards and advisory councils and holds life memberships in the National Western Stock Show Association, the Denver Agricultural & Livestock Club, and The University of Colorado Alumni Association. Ament is an active member of many charitable and civic organizations, and is a former chairman of the Colorado Municipal Bond Dealers Association. He is a graduate of the civic programs Leadership Denver and 50 for Colorado.

Millete Birhanemaskel - Board Member

Millete Birhanemaskel is a partner and Investment Executive at PB Advisors where she manages investments and is a strategic financial planner.

Prior to becoming a licensed advisor, Birhanemaskel was a reporter for six years. Highlights of her career include covering the election of Africa’s first female president, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in Liberia, as well as being awarded Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists Region IV.

In 2009, Birhanemaskel won the Social Responsibility Award from the Colorado Black Chamber of Commerce Chamber Connect. Her father, Birhanemaskel Madhaniy, was a freedom fighter and governor in Ethiopia. He also began the first Ethiopian Orthodox Church in Denver.

Birhanemaskel earned an MBA from Colorado State University and is a graduate of Leadership Denver. She founded of The Ethiopian Community Center in Denver and is a past board member of Project Education Sudan and Denver Sister Cities International.

Denise Brown - Board Member

Denise Brown’s career spans over 35 years working in both the public and private sectors in Colorado. Before retiring in 2012, she served as the Interim Executive Director of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, which is the developer of a bioscience business park affiliated with the University of Colorado. Prior to this appointment she spent three years as a consultant working with clients such as the University of Colorado, the Colorado BioScience Association, the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association, the Boettcher Foundation and the Fitzsimons Redevelopment.

Denise served as the first Executive Director of the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA). During her tenure, the CBSA expanded to 400 members and evolved into an organization that provides over 60 programs annually for the industry. CBSA initiatives over the last three years resulted in over $30 million of new state-supported programs for early stage bioscience technologies and companies.
Denise also served in senior administrative positions for 20 years at the University of Colorado including Executive Assistant to the President of the University, Chief Planning Officer for the CU Health Sciences Center, and Assistant Director of the Colorado Initiative in Molecular Biotechnology. Prior to this, Denise worked for the House Majority Office at the Colorado General Assembly for two years (1975-1977). From 1977 through 1984, she worked for the Governor of Colorado as Assistant to the Governor for Human Services, Director of the Governor’s Job Training Office, and in the Office of Appointments to Boards and Commissions.

Denise attended the University of Denver and received a B.A. in political science.

Howard Gelt - Board Member

Howard Gelt is a senior partner with the law firm Polsinelli Shughart, specializing in commercial real estate and corporate law. He has significant experience on real estate acquisitions, public and private financing, entitlement, leasing, sales and development, restrictive covenants and conditions, annexation and/or development agreements, special district issues, 1031 transactions and tenancies in common. Gelt also has extensive background in transportation issues in the metro Denver area as a past member of the State Highway Commission, Chairman of the Coalition for Smart Transit, and a member of the transition team for Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Named one of Colorado's Super Lawyers for 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, he currently serves on the boards of the North Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, North Area Transportation Alliance (NATA), Street Fraternity, Inc., and the Morgan's Subdivision Historic District Association. Gelt graduated with a B.S.B.A. from the University of Arizona, and received his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.

Noel Ginsburg PhotoNoel Ginsburg - Board Member

In 1980, while still in his senior year at the University of Denver, Ginsburg founded Intertech Plastics. The company is a custom injection molding business, manufacturing products for the consumer, packaging, industrial and high-tech markets. In July of 2013, Intertech purchased Image Molding, a contract manufacturer serving the medical device and disposable market.

Throughout his career, Noel has been active in many community organizations and is currently the founding chair of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA), which is focused on building manufacturing and manufacturing jobs in Colorado. He has served as the board chair and general campaign chair of the Mile High United Way, is a founding member and past chair of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, and is a past President of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation. Noel and his wife Leslie sponsored 42 inner city children through the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation. He received the Daniel L. Ritchie Award for Ethics in Business in 1998 and the Martin Luther King Social Responsibility Business Award in 1995.

Frances Koncilja

Frances Koncilja - Board Member

Frances A. Koncilja, a Colorado native, has been a trial lawyer in the Denver area since 1972. She has handled a broad range of criminal, commercial, civil and bankruptcy disputes for clients ranging from the indigent to Fortune 500 companies. 

Frances began her career in the Denver Public Defender's Office, where she spent five years trying criminal cases. She was an Assistant United States Attorney in Denver before entering private practice. She was a partner in the Denver office of a 640 lawyer law firm. In 1993, she established her own law firm. Koncilja and Associates offices are located in the historic Ghost Building at 18th and Stout.

Frances is a past president of the Colorado Bar Association and has served on a number of bar, judicial and civic boards and commissions including the State Fair Authority Board of Commissioners, the Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation, University of Colorado Law School Alumni Board, the Alfred A. Arraj Inn of Court, Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee, Federal Grievance Committee. She was elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, as well as the Colorado Bar Foundation, and was one of the founding and charter members of the Colorado Women's Bar.

Frances received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Southern Colorado and was honored as an outstanding alumnus in 1995. She received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law. 

Chuck Murphy PhotoCharles J. "Chuck" Murphy - Board Member

After graduating from Denver’s Regis College, Chuck Murphy moved to Chicago where he attended law school. In 1960, he returned home to Colorado Springs to establish Murphy & Company, and spent 50 years in the construction business. His construction company, now known as Murphy Constructors of Colorado Springs, has gained recognition as a high quality contracting company specializing in new construction, renovation and tenant finish.  Murphy Constructors is best known for its expertise in the restoration and renovation of 19th and early 20th century buildings, such as The Barker House, The Cliff House and The Manitou Springs Spa Building. Chuck also owned and operated The Garden of the Gods Campground for 37 years, and he also owns Gray Line Tours of Colorado Springs and Denver.

Chuck is a native of Colorado Springs and is a long-time supporter of the arts in the Pikes Peak region.  He’s an active member of the community and has served on the boards of Pikes Peak Hospice, Pikes Peak Mental Health, Silver Key, ComCor, The Pioneer Museum, The Fine Arts Center, Goodwill, Regis University Board of Regents, The Downtown Business Improvement District, The Julie Penrose Center, Pikes Peak Highway Advisory Board, The Downtown Partnership, The Colorado Springs Planning Department and The Historic Preservation Alliance. Chuck is an accomplished nature photographer with several exhibitions to his credit.  

Dwayne Romero - Board Member

Dwayne Romero is president of Related Snowmass, a division of New York development and investment firm Related Cos., and manages a portfolio of commercial and lodging properties in Snowmass Village.

Previously, Romero served as Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. He also earlier worked as Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Steeplechase Development Partners LLC, a resort development and development management company

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Romero served in the U.S. Army for seven years, both stateside as a Planning & Operations Officer for the Corps of Engineers, and in a leadership role in combat in the Persian Gulf War. His efforts earned him a Bronze Star Medal for leadership valor. Romero earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is active in several local community and charitable organizations, including serving on the boards of the Aspen Fire Protection District, the Aspen Historical Society and the Aspen Rotary Club.

Bill Sisson - Board Member

A Grand Junction resident, Sisson retired at the end of 2009 from his position as senior regional president at American National Bank and director of Sturm Financial Group. Prior to this position he was the President/CEO of Mesa National Bank/American National Bank in Grand Junction. He was also the President/CEO of Bank of Glenwood/Colorado National Bank.

Sisson is former chairman of the EDC and of Western Colorado Club 20. He is also a former board member at Mesa State College Foundation, Colorado State Leasing Authority, and Colorado Venture Capital Authority. 

After serving in the U.S. Army, Sisson graduated with a finance degree from the University of Denver.

Teresa Taylor - Board Member

Taylor is a visionary telecom industry executive who leads by example, finds opportunity for change and strives to consistently create value. As CEO of Blue Valley Advisors, LLC, Taylor advises companies, government agencies and other endeavors on vision, strategy, operations and public affairs. She retired from Qwest as the Chief Operating Office where she was responsible for the strategy and daily operations of the Sales, Product Marketing, Network, and IT organizations.

Previously, Taylor held numerous executive positions at Qwest including Executive Vice President of Business Markets, Chief Administrative Officer, Executive Vice President of Wholesale and Executive Vice President of Products. Prior to her 23 years with Qwest she worked with several startup technology companies. Taylor serves on the Board of Directors for First Interstate BancSystem Inc. and NiSource Inc. She serves on the Global Leadership Council for the Colorado State University – College of Business, The Colorado Technology Association and Denver Botanic Gardens. She has also served on the boards of Colorado Children’s Campaign, Colorado Succeeds and Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

Ken Lund - Executive Director, OEDIT

Ken Lund joined Gov. Hickenlooper as Chief Legal Counsel before taking the helm at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in August 2011. He was with Holme Roberts & Owen in Denver before joining OEDIT, where he was responsible for the law firm’s client service and engagement strategy. During Lund's 11 years as Managing Partner at Holme Roberts & Owen, he took a lead role in building and supporting the firm's growth, including opening new offices in Munich, Dublin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Lund previously served as a board member for the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the Mile High Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also was a board member and executive committee member for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Denver. Lund currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Denver Sports Commission.