Richard O. Pearson, Chair
Rich Pearson is senior vice president - community banking for Western States Bank. He has also held management positions at Guaranty Bank & Trust Company, Denver, and First National Bank, Fort Collins, as well as with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Omaha, Neb. Rich received his bachelor’s from Kearney State College, Kearney Neb., and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is an advisory board member for Columbine Health Care and sits on the board of the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corp. He is also involved with Fort Collins Area United Way and Moving Fort Collins Forward.
Connie Dohn, Treasurer
Connie Dohn is chief financial officer of Dohn Construction Inc., which she and her husband, Doug, started in 1992. Connie is responsible for the financial health of the company and oversees the fully integrated accounting system and financial reporting. A certified public accountant, Connie holds a bachelor’s in business administration and has 25 years experience in the accounting and auditing field. Connie serves on the boards of directors for Fort Collins Chamber and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and is a member of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Cindy Alexander is business director at Pinnacol Assurance, where she manages a team of insurance professionals who serve the workers' compensation needs of employers in Northern Colorado and their greatest assets – their employees. Cindy has a master's in educational psychology from the University of Northern Colorado and a bachelor's in organizational management from Colorado Christian University, and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. In her personal time, she mentors at-risk youth and coordinates a homeless food ministry in downtown Denver.
Craig Blackburn joined Woodward Inc. in May 2010 as director of ethics and compliance. Prior to Woodward, he was associate general counsel for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Fort Worth, Texas. Craig has done a variety of other jobs in his life – bagging groceries, framing houses, maintaining equipment, officiating basketball and soccer, repairing automobiles, analyzing systems and programming computers (and probably one or two others that have slipped his mind) – and says that on a daily basis he applies the skills and experience he gained from all of these jobs to his current position with Woodward. Craig received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (which was subsequently acquired by Texas A&M University, so he has an abiding affection for "Aggies"). Craig is an enthusiastic runner, hiker and biker (and marginal golfer). Craig and his wife, Jan, live in Fort Collins.
Laurie Macomber is president and founder of Blue Skies Marketing, a digital marketing firm founded in New York City and now based out of Fort Collins. Previously, Laurie was worldwide communications director at a Fortune 50 company and prior to that was the global marketing director for Leica Cameras. She is co-founder of Ignite Fort Collins, the Social Media Roundtable, Fort Collins Internet Professionals and the Hive (a co-working facility.) She is a marketing columnist at BizWest, president of the Board of the Center for Fine Art Photography and member of the Public Art Collective. Laurie, a graduate of New York University, wrote the curriculum for its class on Integrated Marketing.
Ty Notestine, Institute for Marketplace Trust Board Chair
Ty NotestineTy Notestine is a principal at Thomas & Tyler LLC, a family owned investment company he co-founded with his brother, Drew, to focus, with other stakeholders, on the long-term rehabilitation of downtown Greeley. Ty's community involvement in Greeley has included service on the UNC Performing and Visual Arts Advisory Board, on the UNC Monfort College of Business Dean's Leadership Council, with Weld Economic Development Action Partnership (now Upstate Colorado Economic Development), on Greeley's Historic Preservation Commission and Greeley Rotary Club. Ty is a 1986 graduate of the University of Colorado's College of Business.
Jeff Nuttall is publisher of BizWest, the culmination of the Northern Colorado Business Report and the Boulder County Business Report. He co-founded NCBR in 1995 and the Wyoming Business Report in 2000. He is a principal owner of BizWest Media LLC, that now holds the two aforementioned business journals, several media websites, more than 15 annual events, and more than 20 directory and magazine titles. Previously he worked at The Denver Business Journal. Nuttall graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelor’s in finance and a minor in marketing. He has served on many boards and is currently president-elect for the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, an international organization of local business journals.
Rayno Seaser is the founder of The Egg & I Restaurants, a chain of upscale breakfast and lunch restaurants currently operating in 115 locations throughout the U.S. He presently owns and operates the Fort Collins and Loveland locations, having sold the franchise segment of the business in 2005. Rayno was inducted into the Colorado Restaurant Association Hall of Fame in 2009. He is a member of the Colorado State University Research Foundation board of directors and the Executive Leadership Council for the CSU College of Health and Human Sciences. He has served on the board of Capital West National Bank, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish council, and has been a board member for many local nonprofit organizations. As a former general contractor, Rayno also participates in real estate development. Rayno graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in psychology.
Jeannine Truswell is president/CEO of United Way of Weld County, a position she’s held since 1986. Previously Jeannine was executive director for Weld County Partners, owned and operated a private business, and was a part-time instructor at Aims Community College in the Early Childhood and Child Care Department. She has a bachelor’s in both elementary education and special education. Jeannine has served on several local, regional and statewide community boards and committees. She was appointed by the Governor of Colorado to serve on the Colorado Victims Assistance Board and currently sits on the Colorado Nonprofit Association Board of Directors. She has received several awards recognizing her accomplishments and leadership including: Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Steve Graham Award for Building Nonprofit Capacity; BizWest Woman of Distinction Leading Lady Award; Partners Volunteer of the Year; Colorado Department of Youth Services Administrator of the Year; A Woman’s Place Outstanding Woman of Weld County; Greeley Board of Realtors Citizen of the Year.
Beth Walker is dean of the College of Business at Colorado State University. Previously, she was the AT&T Professor of Services Marketing and Management and chair of the Department of Marketing in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and prior to that served as the associate dean for the W.P. Carey MBA and faculty director for the W.P. Carey Evening MBA Program. In addition, she was a member of the highly select Faculty Network for the Center for Services Leadership. Beth is an award-winning researcher and teacher whose research has been widely published. She is a member of the board of directors for the American Marketing Association and has consulted on strategy issues for State Farm Insurance, IBM Global Services, Lucent Technologies, Honeywell and AT&T.
Pamela K. King
President/CEO, Better Business Bureau
Fort Collins, CO
Zachary G. Wilson, Ex-Officio, BBB Legal Counsel
Zach Wilson, owner of The Wilson Law Firm in Fort Collins, assists businesses in becoming established, safeguarding their legal rights and handling disputes that may arise. He has served on the Boys and Girls Club board of directors for more than 25 years and is a member of the Fort Collins Sertoma Club. Zach has held various positions with the Larimer County Bar Association and has been legal counsel for BBB Serving Northern Colorado and Wyoming since its inception.