Colorado State Council

MIKE FERRUFINO
INTERIM PRESIDENT & CEO, HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OF METRO DENVER

COLE FINEGAN
MANAGING PARTNER, HOGAN LOVELLS

MIKE FRIES
PRESIDENT AND CEO, LIBERTY GLOBAL INC. & CHAIRMAN, BIENNIAL OF THE AMERICANS

CARLOS GARCIA
PRESIDENT/CEO, KIRA

MARIA GARCIA BERRY
CEO, CRL ASSOCIATES

KAREN GERWITZ
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WORLD TRADE CENTER DENVER

DANIEL C. GREGORY
CEO, POS-EN POSITIVE ENERGIES, LLC & BOARD MEMBER, COLORADO CLEAN ENERGY CLUSTER

JOHN HEREFORD
PARTNER, OAK LEAF ENERGY PARTNERS

JACQUELINE HINMAN
CHAIRMAN & CEO, CH2M

JOHN IKARD
PRESIDENT/CEO, FIRSTBANK HOLDING COMPANY

DOUG JACKSON
PRESIDENT/CEO, PROJECT CURE

DONNA LYNNE
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, STATE OF COLORADO

EMILY OSWALD COFFEY
OSWALD FAMILY RANCH ON RUSH CREEK

DON SHAWCROFT
PRESIDENT, COLORADO FARM BUREAU

TED TRIMPA
PRINCIPAL, TRIMPA GROUP LLC

KEN TUCHMAN
PRESIDENT/CEO, TELETECH

Elaine Ganz Berman
Former Member, Colorado State Board of Education and Trustee, Metro State University of Denver

Dan Lubar
Managing Director, Relay SErvices

Jeff Wasden
President, Colorado Business Roundtable

Anna Alejo
Owner, Alejo PR

Andrea Anderson
President, Colorado Pork Producers Council

Fiona Arnold
Executive Director, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Dr. Steve Berman
Physician, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Chuck Berry
President, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry

Barry Biffle
President & CEO, Frontier Airlines

Kristy Soccarras Bigelow
President/Owner, Cuba Cuba

Don Brown
Commissioner, Colorado Department of Agriculture

Rebecca Chopp
Chancellor, University of Denver

Tom Clark
CEO, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation

Amy Parsons
Executive Vice Chancellor, CSU

John Cullen
President, Grand Heritage Hotel Group

Kim Day
CEO, Denver International Airport

Navin Dimond
Founder, Stonebridge Group

Hikmet Ersek
CEO, Western Union

Mark Falcone
Founder, Continuum Partners

STEPHANIE DONNER
CHIEF LEGAL AND PEOPLE OFFICER, GALVANIZE

JEFF POPIEL
CEO, GEOTECH AND BOARD CHAIRMAN, WORLD TRADE CENTER

ANDREA YOUNG, CEO
COLORADO TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION


Colorado & Cuba in the News

Press release: Engage Cuba, Sen. Bennet Launch Colorado State Council

 COLORADO'S CHAMPIONS

Fresh Plaza: Colorado explores agriculture import/export opportunities with Cuba

Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown, and a Colorado contingent of agricultural companies, manufacturers, and a financial services company have recently returned from Cuba to discuss export/import opportunities with the market.

Denver Post: Engage Cuba council launches in Colorado as part of effort to lift travel and trade embargo

The United States has more ties to Cuba than just Miami, including in telecommunications, health care, biotechnology and agriculture. Engage Cuba, a new advocacy organization, wants you to know that. 

Daily Sentinel: Senator Hopes to Boost Colorado Trade with Cuba

As part of an effort to help open up markets in that Caribbean nation, and help boost Colorado’s agriculture exports, the senator has partnered with a group called Engage Cuba, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition of private companies and organizations that is working to lift travel and trade embargoes on the island nation.

Denver Post: Colorado congressman in Cuba with Obama with hopes for trade ties

A Colorado congressman in Cuba with President Barack Obama is looking forward to trade ties between his state and the island nation — starting with direct flights.

Colorado Public Radio: As Obama visits Havana, Colorado's Cubans imagine the future

President Obama's visit to Cuba -- the first by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge went 88 years ago -- is being followed closely by Colorado's small and tightly-knit Cuban community. 

FOX: Aspen high school students visit Cuba

A group of students from Aspen High School will spend the weekend in Cuba, experiencing what the island nation has to offer. 

 

The Fence Post: Colorado ag looks to Cuban market with hope and hesitation

A shift in the political tide with Cuba has piqued the interest of U.S. farmers and ranchers, intrigued by the possibility of expanding export opportunities just 90 miles south of the Gulf Coast. 

The Pueblo Chieftan: Congressman open to Cuba trade

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Lakewood, who traveled to Cuba with President Barack Obama, said decades of differences over human rights and political and economic policy won’t be resolved quickly but that he is optimistic for improved trade between the U.S. and the island nation. 

The Denver Post: Colorado businesses can benefit from U.S.-Cuba warmth

Following President Obama’s historic two-day visit to Cuba last week and continued thawing of relations, many Coloradans are poised to pursue business opportunities and stronger civic and cultural connections. 

USA Today: Cuban TV programming to be broadcast in U.S. 

Cuban programming is coming to U.S. airwaves thanks to DISH, the Colorado-based provider with 13.9 million TV subscribers. 

Coloradoan: Congressman hopes for Cuba trade ties

A Colorado congressman in Cuba with President Barack Obama is looking forward to trade ties between his state and the island nation — starting with direct flights.