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'S CHAMPIONS

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. The group launched its Colorado State Council on Tuesday in front of an audience of about 70 people at Denver’s World Trade Center. It’s part of an ongoing effort to gain support for the end of the travel and trade embargo with Cuba.

 

Daily Sentinel: Senator Hopes to Boost Colorado Trade with Cuba

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., wants to link as many Colorado farmers and ranchers with Cuba as possible. 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.

 

THE 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. In a call from Havana Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter acknowledged decades of bitter differences over human rights and political and economic policy won’t be resolved quickly. But the Democrat saw reason for hope in the opening of communications symbolized by Obama’s visit, the first in nearly 90 years for a sitting U.S. president. “We have some difference of opinion … but at least the conversation is taking place,” said Perlmutter, who was among several members of Congress and business leaders who accompanied Obama on a trip that started Sunday and ends Tuesday.


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. We speak with three Coloradans -- two who were born in Cuba and one who has a Cuban-born mother.  All have visited Cuba and plan to be involved in the country as U.S.-Cuban relations improve. Maria Garcia Berry, who runs a public affairs firm and is a member of the Cuba Study Group, speaks with Ryan Warner along with Elaine Berman, who served on the Denver School Board and has been working with health care providers in Cuba, and Bill Vidal, who was Denver's mayor and is the subject of a film being made about his childhood in Cuba.

 

 

FOX DENVER: 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 idea was born last year in geography class while discussing President Barack Obama's plan to reopen a U.S. embassy in the country. The class became a Cuba Club at the school, but the 12 students quickly learned it's not easy to book for a flight to the island. Because there are specific requirements, the students are traveling with an educational visit. They plan to visit the capital Havana, tour a cigar house and attend the free concert by The Rolling Stones. The students understand this is an important time in Cuba's history and believe it's the right time to visit. "We know that Cuba is going to be turning around pretty soon because of trade with America," Philip Psalepakas said. "And so we think that it’s going to be very interesting before that happens."

 

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. Larry Lande, owner of Northern Feed and Bean in Lucerne, has his eye on the long term possibilities for Colorado’s pinto bean growers on the largely black bean-dominated market. While conditions in Cuba still have a long way to go, Lande said the presidential announcement on restoring diplomatic relations has sparked hope that one day Cuba could provide another robust market for Weld County beans in Latin America, alongside the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

 

 

THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN: 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. Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced earlier this month it had applied for permission to begin service to Cuba, including a Denver-Havana flight. United also has requested permission to fly to Havana, though not from Denver.

 

THE DENVER POST: COLORADO BUSINESSES CAN BENFIT 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. Nations in transition — typically due to political, economic or social disruption — often attract global attention, and for good reason. These are historic opportunities, second in magnitude only to a nation’s founding, to choose among competing economic and political systems a new identity and vision for an entire country.

 

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. The company announced the launch of a new channel Thursday called CUBAMAX TV, which will carry entertainment programming created in Cuba featuring some of the island's most famous celebrities. The channel will not feature any political or news programming, but instead will focus on comedies, children's programming, music videos and telenovelas. The channel's operations will be in Miami, where producers will package shows from Cuba and distribute them to subscribers of DishLATINO.

 

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. In a call from Havana Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter acknowledged decades of bitter differences over human rights and political and economic policy won’t be resolved quickly. But the Democrat saw reason for hope in the opening of communications symbolized by Obama’s visit, the first in nearly 90 years for a sitting U.S. president. “We have some difference of opinion … but at least the conversation is taking place,” said Perlmutter, who was among several members of Congress and business leaders who accompanied Obama on a trip that started Sunday and ends Tuesday.

 

 

 

Senator Michael Bennet (D)  Co-Sponsor of S.299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015

Senator Michael Bennet (D) 

Co-Sponsor of S.299 Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act of 2015