Thomas B. Chesney
Thomas B. Chesney is President of the Commercial Banking Division of AMG National Trust bank and leads the organization’s commercial banking activities. Chesney joined AMG National Trust Bank in 2005 after starting FlatIrons Bank in Boulder, Colorado. During his four years with FlatIrons Bank, Chesney was Founder, CEO and President of the bank and bank holding company. Mr. Chesney holds an MBA from the University of Northern Colorado and a B.S. from the University of Colorado.Mr. Chesney is active in community and industry organizations in the Denver and Boulder areas. He is a member of Rotary in Boulder. He is Treasurer and a Board Member for The American Council for the Blind of Colorado. He is the past President for the Independent Bankers of Colorado and he is an advisory director to the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. Chesney is the current Chairman of the Board and a Director for the Center for Resource Conservation.
Gia Medeiros is founder and chief strategic officer of 520 Collective, a national network of creative brand and business development experts (including strategists, researchers,creatives, leadership/organizational development coaches and consultants from many fields). Her work has taken her on journeys around the world and into homes and offices around the country for major for profit companies like Coca Cola, PhilipsElectronics, Walgreens and Office Max. Gia was deeply involved in the development of the “Thrive” campaign for Kaiser Permanente – as a researcher, strategist and innovations expert. There she saw the full power of linking brand and business efforts to inspire organizational transformation. She has spent the last three years working with the CRC to bring the message of sustainability home and was part of the development of the “Resource” rebranding “Reimagine” campaign. Gia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two children (Ella, 9 and Carmen,6) and when she’s not traveling the country she loves to hike, ski, do yoga and listen to bluegrass at the Boulder’s famous farmer’s market
Scott has had a 25 year career in the technology industry and as an entrepreneur. He directed the Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology group at Texas Instruments and founded businesses in fields ranging from telecommunications to healthcare. Scott received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MBA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He volunteered on the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers Technical Paper Review Committee for advanced manufacturing technologies, published numerous papers on the subject and co-authored a textbook for teaching the basics of robotics. Scott was appointed by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in an advisory role to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and participates on the Advisory Board for the Beacon Center at Community Hospital in Boulder.
Mark has long been active in Boulder-area political and environmental circles. He served as Boulder’s mayor from 2004 – 2007, and on city council from 2001 – 2007. As mayor he played a critical role in the development of Boulder’s Climate Action Plan and in winning voter-approval for the nation’s first carbon tax. Mark was one of the first signatories of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. His professional environmental work has included stints with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, and Eco-Cycle. Mark, his wife Elizabeth, and their two young boys live in North Boulder.
John V. Anderson
John has a 25 year career in clean energy technology, financing and markets. John has worked with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was the founding Managing Director of the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund, worked as an independent consultant focusing on small energy technology companies working to develop a strategic plan that leads to a solid business case, and has experience working with institutions on strategic planning in the clean energy field. In 2005 John joined the Rocky Mountain Institute as the Team Leader of the Energy and Resources Services Team where he managed a group of researchers and consultants working in the fields of energy and sustainability, primarily for Fortune 500 firms and electric utilities.
Mark Monroe is Chief Technology Officer and VP of DLB Associates. He recently served as Executive Director of The Green Grid, an IT industry and end user consortium focused on resource efficient data centers and business computing environments. His 30 years’ experience in the IT industry includes data center design and operations, application and system design, service level management, process design and analysis, professional services, sales, government and commercial program management, and outsourcing management. He works on sustainability with the University of Colorado and local Colorado governments, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt.
Andrea is a research scientist for the NOAA Earth Systems Research Lab and the NOAA-CU Western Water Assessment developing practical applications of climate research. She works on water and climate issues, in particular on how institutions and policies are resilient to climate variations such as drought and climate change. She holds an A.B. in Geology from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Colorado. She has lived in Boulder over 10 years.
David is an attorney with over 15 years of broad-based experience advising clients on a wide range of legal issues including general business law, structuring and negotiating commercial agreements, intellectual property protection and licensing, counseling on compliance and managing disputes. Prior to founding his own firm, David served as in-house counsel to the largest IT company in the world, spent several years at two large international law firms based in Washington, D.C., and served as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. David graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law and lives in Boulder with his wife and two children and enjoys trail running, fly fishing and skiing.
Mike S. Ashford
Mike is a financial analyst and business development professional supporting service delivery and revenue growth in energy and infrastructure for small and large companies alike. He has particular expertise in project finance and project development in the clean energy, sustainable water, and greenhouse gas accounting sectors. Mike has held fiduciary responsibilities for state-regulated funds of over $5 million, as well as a $4 million commodity-based loan leveraging the finances of a publicly-traded company. He has led feasibility study, financial analysis and negotiations for multi-million dollar investments in clean-tech and clean-energy projects, including monetization of environmental credits generated by commercial projects. For a successful clean-tech start up, Mike managed overall operations and helped raise $1 million in venture and partnership funds, as well as served on the Board of Directors.
Linda brings over 30 years of experience in the energy industry and as a management consultant working with Fortune 500 firms. She currently manages projects transforming properties and products through reclaiming, re-inventing and revitalization with O Ventures, a company she founded in 2011. In the energy industry she has designed and evaluated energy efficiency programs for electric utilities and non-profit organizations, and launched the Clean Technology and Renewable Energy program for the Boulder Innovation Center (now Innovation Center of the Rockies). As a management consultant for over 12 years, she helped global companies develop new strategies, improve processes and performance, identify sustainable business practices and transform to more effective organizations. She holds a M.S. in Industrial and Management Systems Engineering from Arizona State University and lives in Boulder.