May 2020 Member Spotlight
Jim Nussbaum The Kentwood Company
Jim Nussbaum The Kentwood Company
The Denver Advisory Board is hosting Dr. Jane Goodall on May 12th.
Goodall will speak to our members – Denver business leaders – via Zoom from her childhood home in England.
Dr. Goodall will present “Gombe & Beyond” which chronicles her experiences while researching chimpanzees in Gombe and the extent and success of her protection of the animals and environment through her foundation Roots & Shoots, a global youth program that operates in nearly 100 countries. Through Roots & Shoots, participants identify and address problems in their communities, while becoming compassionate citizens of our planet.
Members and non-members are welcome to join.
NO RSVP is needed. If you need the Zoom link, please reach out to Finola @ Finola.Annibella@yahoo.com.
Karen Susman (email@example.com, 720.545.7110) – offering a list of more than 20 ways to expand your network in Coronavirus times.
Peter Tedstrom (PeterT@TedstromWealth.com, 303.996.6514) – offering to help members and/or their friends/neighbors/relatives by providing them with a complimentary second opinion regarding their financial plan and investments.
David Silverman (David@dsilvermanlaw.com, 303.858.9850) – offering to provide complimentary conversations regarding the new Federal CARES Act, Governor Polis’ and the CO Dept of Public Health and Environment’s concurrent Orders of March 26, 2020, and contract performance issues that have arisen in this environment.
The focus of the conversation is to raise awareness of opportunities to get money from the government under the new CARES Act and opportunities to potentially stay in business and even possibly expand your business based on analysis of the Governor’s Orders.
While David has presented this information in a Zoom conference format, he has also been having individual conversations which he has found to be more personal, flexible and beneficial. If there are a few of you that would like to meet together, he would also be glad to have smaller Zoom meetings or conference calls.
Dave Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 303.409.6048) – offering 4 hours free consulting to anyone that asks. Here are two blogs that have a 70% open rate.
Here is a three-part process summary that we recommend getting through the current economic shutdown.
Step 1: Cash is King
Step 2: Back to Basics
Step 3: Survive or Grow
This is a follow up blog on our 3 Steps in Dealing with a Financial Pandemic published March 27, 2020.
Step 1: Cash Management
Step 2: Managing Daily Basics
Step 3: Survive or Grow
Topic: An interactive members and guests meeting facilitated by our very own Dean Isaacs. There will be no speaker this month allowing for plenty of time to get to know one another on a deeper level, which is what we, as an organization, are all about. We’ll see you there!
Panel Presentation — DAB Past Presidents
Current president Mike Butler acted as emcee to a panel presentation of past DAB presidents. Those we celebrated were John Jordan…Anthony Lambatos…Tom McConnell…Peter Tedstrom…Gary Taylor.
The DAB was formed in 1986. At that time, it consisted of twelve men and one woman. The organization was called The Advisory Board and met at Lakewood CC.
Gary Taylor — joined in 1988 and was in the organization for 32 years. He served as president from 1994-2000. In his tenure, the organization hosted three education forums that served the community and raised funds to donate to local charities. Partnership with to the Senior Hub organization started in this time. In this period, the name of the organization was amended to The Denver Advisory Board.
Peter Tedstrom — joined in 1999 and continues as an active member today. Membership in 1999 dropped to six people! Dues were $2,000 per year. Ouch. There was no president for awhile until he was “volunteered” by another member. He served from about 2004 to 2008. Membership grew to 25 members as dues were cut significantly. Peter initiated more charitable programs, began the annual golf tournament, and formed a committees’ structure.
Tom McConnell — joined the DAB in about 2007. The membership was just under 30 people and strong. He became president in 2008 and served until 2014. Tom created the quarterly happy hours, an election process for the role of president, established membership goals and formed the first Strategic Planning Committee.
(According to the photos Mike shared, the stress of leading the organization for each of these fine gentleman caused them each to lose their hair!)
Anthony Lambatos — joined DAB in 2009 and immediately took over the chair of the Events Committee and created many fine events for the membership, including the annual Kickoff party. Anthony served as president in 2014-2016. Membership continued to grow to about 50, mostly because of the “loud” suits he liked to wear! During his tenure, the monthly meeting place of The Oxford Hotel bumped us in favor of an all-hotel event and Anthony scrambled to get The Aquarium to host the upcoming meeting. He subsequently led the change to our current and ongoing location at the Aquarium. Anthony initiated a president-elect process to help in the transition of leadership.
John Jordan — joined also in 2009 and took on the chair of the Programs Committee. Members enjoyed and learned from many excellent speakers, including Governor John Hickenlooper. After running against Anthony in 2013, John was elected president and served from 2017 to mid-2019. With his guidance, the DAB expanded member categories and he initiated a process to encourage committees’ chairs turnover to keep the BOD fresh and vibrant. John also started the Member Engagement Committee, and had the habit of clanking an iritating cowbell at the start of each monthly meeting.
Mike Butler — joined the DAB in 2012. Hanging quietly around and grasping (finally!) the finer aspects of the organization, he stepped up to lead the Events Committee in 2018. Mike became president in mid-2019 and in partnership with all the committee Chairs is beginning his initiative to “Rev It Up!” in 2020 and beyond. Mike expects to be the first re-elected three-term president (or until the Dallas Cowboys call him to be their new head coach).
– Doug Phelps
Topic: 2020 – An Early Look At a Tumultuous Political Year. This will be an overview of the 2020 political landscape and of our political system even more broadly – presented with a non-partisan perspective and with time at the end for Q&A.
Eric Sondermann is a high-profile, Denver-based political commentator, writer, pundit, civic leader and consultant.
Having been a frequent columnist in the Denver Post for many years, Eric now writes a regular column for Colorado Politics, a publication of the Gazette. He is a regular panelist on the weekly “Colorado Inside Out” program on Colorado Public Television and co-hosts the “Colorado Decides” political debate series sponsored by CBS/Denver-Channel 4, Colorado Public Television, the Colorado Sun and KOA Radio.
He is regularly called upon as a go-to source of independent political insight by a laundry list of media outlets across the state and nation, and occasionally beyond our borders. He is respected for his candor, his independent thinking, and his ability to distinguish analysis from spin.
As a civic leader, Eric has chaired the Boards of the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation, The Logan School, Roots Elementary and Catapult Leadership. He has also served as a Board member of Urban Peak, the Colorado League of Charter Schools, Colorado Public Radio, the Children’s Museum of Denver and the Colorado Symphony. He most recently joined the Board of Judaism Your Way.
Well over two decades ago, Eric founded the well-respected media and public affairs consulting firm, SE2. In 2014, he sold his interest to his long-time business partners to devote his next chapter to these pursuits in addition to some high-level strategic consulting on a handful of critical public policy issues.
Eric and his wife Tracy Dunning divide their time between Denver and a mountain retreat near Tabernash. They are the parents of two (mostly) grown children, Katrina and Clarke.
We welcome Kyle Dyer as our December speaker. She describes her presentation topic as … the importance of discovering and sharing our own individual stories as a way to connect with others. And even more vital.. is listening to those stories. The connections really happen when we deeply listen to one another and also when we listen to ourselves. Sharing ‘our why’ we do something or ‘why’ we care about our careers, our clients, our communities.. resonates with others. By providing that inside look, by being vulnerable.. we make powerful connections. I will encourage the DAB team to be more of a storyteller.. in their marketing materials, when doing presentations, in content on their websites, emails to customers and on their social media platforms… and most of all… share their stories with their clients and listen to their client’s stories as a way to build and grow a trusted relationship.