September Meeting – Tom Tudor, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tom Tudor has been a distinguished speaker for twenty-five years, presenting a moving and informative narration of our nation’s most hallowed ground: Arlington National Cemetery.  Mr. Tudor, speaking to hundreds of organizations and institutions nationwide, is an authority on the history of ‘Arlington’ and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is visited by over four million people annually.  His comprehensive and compelling power-point presentation recently aired on C-SPAN  American History Television and he was a featured speaker at the National World War II Museum for Memorial Day 2016.  His presentation is one you don’t want to miss. 

Mr. Tudor served as a sentinel, then relief commander, at Arlington’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from February 1969 to Memorial Day of 1970.  He is the past President of the Society of the Honor Guard – Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and is a Member of the Board. 

Mr. Tudor has been a business entrepreneur for over three decades; is a five term Rotary International Club President, is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt High School Alumni Hall of Fame, Des Moines, Iowa.  He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife, and is the proud father of two daughters.

Consider Mr. Tudor to make a profound contribution to the success of your next event.  Your attendees will leave standing taller with pride, honor and dignity for embracing the history of our nation’s ‘Arlington’ and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

August Meeting – John Garrett, Attracting and Retaining Engaged Talent

What’s Your “And”?: Create Unique Cultures that Attract and Retain Engaged Talent

Talent is at a premium, so organizations need to differentiate themselves more than ever before. The future professional doesn’t define expertise simply in college degrees and certifications. They have passions outside of work that enhance their ability to develop stronger levels of trust with colleagues and customers. Through hilarious stories and extensive research, this keynote encourages organizations to uncover their people’s passions in order to increase the lifetime value of every employee.

John Garrett — thought provoker, catalyst for change, and award-winning author — is on a mission to create better workplaces. What the two-time Emmy nominee may do best is champion the human side of professionals, consulting with organizations to develop more productive cultures while shining a light on their people’s rich lives outside of work. Delivering inspiring keynotes about his research and recording over 500 podcast episodes of What’s Your “And”? landed him on Accounting Today’s list of the top 100 most influential people in the profession.

John received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a letterman jacket as a trombone player in the marching band. He went on to pass the CPA exam and received his certified public accountant certificate while working at PwC and performing stand-up comedy as a hobby.

Since then, he’s been on stage over 2,000 times and tracks from his debut album, Outside the Box, can be heard on several channels on SiriusXM Satellite Radio and Pandora. He’s also been on The Bob & Tom Show, featured in the New York Times, opened for Louie Anderson at resort casinos, opened for the band Train, and has been invited to perform at several comedy festivals.

John currently lives in Denver and enjoys watching college football, going to concerts, and eating cookie dough ice cream — especially at the same time.

June Meeting – Brandon Lloyd, CareerWise

At our June Breakfast Meeting Brandon Lloyd, Business Development Manager & Apprenticeship Ambassador at CareerWise Colorado, will cover these topics:


Today, the burden of educating the newest members of the workforce falls directly on our schools. But businesses are having difficulty finding employees with the appropriate competencies to effectively fill skilled positions. Modern youth apprenticeship addresses the problem by helping businesses have a hand in shaping their young talent and providing the education system with an applied-learning environment for its students.


For students, youth apprenticeship is an options multiplier. Apprenticeship can be a powerful enhancement to their education or a fast-track to a middle-class career, or both.

Apprenticeship is not a diversion from higher education—it’s a rigorous education option that combines theoretical learning with practical learning that focuses career and education objectives. It can also be a direct path to high-paying, in-demand jobs in Business Operations, Financial Services, Advanced Manufacturing, Information Technology and Healthcare.

Any student—regardless of future plans—can benefit from apprenticeship.

A student can start as an apprentice and end with a Ph.D., or apprenticeship can train a student to step directly into a bookkeeper position so they can go on to be a CFO. It’s a model of education that reveals multiple options to career and higher education.


CareerWise looks to the Swiss apprenticeship system for inspiration and has borrowed elements of that model to adapt in Colorado. In Switzerland there are more than 230 approved apprenticeship occupations, and 40 percent of all companies participate in the program. In that environment, 70 percent of Swiss students choose apprenticeships and 30 percent of them stay with their training company or return after college. In fact, many of the world’s largest companies are run by CEOs that started out as an apprentice. It’s that kind of endless possibility we’re building in Colorado with CareerWise—apprentices that start in high school and end with college or career success.

May Meeting – Interactive Activities, Guests Welcome to Join

One never quite knows what our Member Engagement Committee has planned for us in May, but you can bet it will be interactive, will require some soul searching and will allow you to get to know other DAB members better!  Based on the feedback we got on the April 12th meeting that Julie Mansfield led, it promises to be something not to be missed!  Feel free to bring a guest if you like.

April Meeting – Bill Mosher with Trammel Crow: Denver’s Commercial Real Estate Development

Bill Mosher is Senior Managing Director for Trammell Crow Company (TCC), with responsibilities for real estate development in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. TCC is a multi-product developer or industrial, office, residential, life science and mixed use projects. Bill will provide an overview of the Front Range real estate market. He will also highlight certain large scale developments in our region, as well as review certain challenges facing the real estate development industry.

Founded in 1948, Trammell Crow Company is the nation’s leading developer and investor in commercial real estate. TCC has developed or acquired 2,800 buildings valued at nearly $70 billion and over 625 million square feet. As of December 31, 2021, TCC had $18.5 billion of projects in process and $9.3 billion in its pipeline. It employs more than 675 professionals in the United States and Europe. TCC has been operating continuously in Colorado since 1958, with recent noteworthy projects including: Crossroads Commerce Park, Denver Water Operations Complex Redevelopment, Riverview at 1700 Platte, Thornton Crossing Amazon Distribution Facility, and Denver Union Station Multi-Modal Transportation Complex.

March Meeting – Leading in a Rapidly Changing, Complex, Distributed Environment

Blendification … Leading in a rapidly changing, complex, distributed environment
By Dan Bruder

Profile photo of Dan Bruder

At our March breakfast meeting, we will hear from Dan Bruder, co-founded Blendification to help reinvigorate business as a positive force in society.  With today’s remarkable volatility in labor and consumer markets, many businesses aren’t adapting at the pace necessary to stay ahead of external changes.  Social and technological factors are making it easy for employees and customers to disconnect leaving business leaders lost.  In response, businesses are focused on short-term fixes and overlooking the heart of the issue and the related opportunity.  Human beings need to connect and belong, and business needs to serve this core desire to realize potential.  Essentially, we need to stop seeking the mythical work-life balance and pursue the reality of work-life blend.

Dan’s commitment to blending work and life to enhance the lives of employees, customers, and communities is highlighted in his TEDx Talk, “The Blendification of Work and Life builds Communities.” The process by which organizations accomplish Blendification is outlined in his book, “The Blendification® System: Activating Potential by connecting Culture, Strategy, and Execution.”  Further, his company created the Strategy Whiteboard and Personal Whiteboard which have been digitalized leading to a new industry segment called ConsulTech (consulting technology).

The Strategy Whiteboard and Personal Whiteboard software apps unify and streamline traditionally high-priced and time-consuming strategy, leadership, and personal development consulting programs providing efficient access to everyone in the company through technology. As a result, companies can proactively adapt to external changes and fulfill employee’s core human needs of connecting and belonging and this can be done through work.

February Meeting – The Leader’s Secret Weapon in a Future of Uncertainty

February Meeting – The Leader’s Secret Weapon in a Future of Uncertainty

In 2022 and beyond, leaders are faced with the growing dilemma of how to “go with the flow” in an ever-changing market. With staffing, technology, and innovation challenges looming, it feels impossible. Join Gail and Bruce for an energizing and experiential presentation on how leaders can and should think, speak, and behave differently to find success in the future of business. Their “Secret Weapon” has been proven to create high-performing teams, increase emotional intelligence, cultivate mind-blowing innovation, and help leaders navigate the rough currents of the market.

Gail Montgomery, CEO and Co-Founder of ExperienceYes

Gail is an unapologetic optimist and idealist who believes in the power of putting people first. She is Co-Founder and CEO of ExperienceYes, a women-owned, NOT boring consulting business that teaches companies how to embrace and practice “The Improv Mindset.”

With a unique background in Human Resources, Change Management, and Training, Gail believes in “smashing” the box, loving the deep-end and ensuring fun comes first. She has worked in Corporate Human Resources as a recruiter for a Fortune 50 Global insurance company, as an Executive Director for a Non-profit Arts organization, and as a Director for several SAAS tech start-ups developing Change Management and Training and Onboarding programs. Her data-supported and proven approach helps businesses get to solutions faster, leaders and teams to work more efficiently and effectively together, and positively strengthens culture. Unique and impactful, Gail’s human-centric strategies produce increased trust, belonging and productivity.

Bruce Montgomery, President and Co-Founder of ExperienceYes

He has broad business leadership experience, ranging from leading the IT organization for one of the country’s largest non-profit theatres, to driving value through strong relationships as the leader of Key Accounts for a sports and entertainment analytics company (delighting top-tier clients such as: NHL, NFL, NASCAR, and The Shubert Organization). Prior experience includes over 15 years in IT and Management consulting, where he focused on driving adoption through structured change management and training & development. 

A “creativist” at heart, Bruce is passionate about business-driven creativity and innovation, focusing on improving outcomes by through experiential and immersive engagements. He places great importance on partnering with organizations to help develop healthy cultures that lead to measurable success.

January Meeting – Panel Discussion

Please join us for a panel discussion of expert DAB members as we discuss how you can refocus and get clear in your business in 2022. Many businesses are experiencing excellent post-COVID demand and sales but are struggling with key operational issues such as higher input costs, labor shortages, and raising prices while remaining competitive. We’ll discuss how you can get clear on your ideal projects and ideal clients, focus on the culture on you want to build to attract and retain employees, and deal with your operational challenges.

Our panelists will be:
– Anthony Lambatos, CEO of Footers Catering
– Dean Isaacs, Founder & CEO of Vantage Group

Eric Walters, Managing Partner of Summit Hill Wealth Management will facilitate. We invite DAB members to share their questions or issues for the panel ahead of time. Please email Eric Walters at with your questions.

December Toys-for-Tots Meeting … MIKE’S LAST HOORAH AS DAB PREZ & HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA … Guests Welcome!

Our Prez is pulling out all of the stops for his last official breakfast meeting as the DAB President.

Rumor has it Sean Plumb and the Honey Badger’s will be performing live some of your favorite holiday tunes as well as some classic rock…ssssshhh, not sure, but this may happen.

There will be skits, costumes, other musical adventures, inspirational speeches and possibly a visit from the fat man up north. This is one you don’t want to miss.

Bring a guest or two, bring your significant other, heck…just pick a random stranger and bring them.

This is also our annual toy drive for Toys-for-Tots. Please bring a new, UNWRAPPED toy to be donated to a child in need this holiday season.