TIE Denver International Summit 2019

This conference is designed to bring together Entrepreneurs,  Executives, Investors, Leadership Teams and local, regional, and global Business Owners, including women entrepreneurs and startups focused on market expansion, taking their business over $ 1M+.  Conference theme is Global Political and Economic impacts on small companies and startups in Colorado| Opportunities and Challenges

Our speakers are joining from around the US and the globe to bring their perspectives to our interactive conversations.

  • Day 1: Includes a Pitch competition followed by Charter member, Investor, Speaker and Sponsor reception and Dinner
  • Day 2: The Consulate General of India is flying into Denver and will be a delivering a KeyNote on the current change in India  and Asia  both economically and politically that are impacting and creating opportunities ( and challenges) for US companies both small and large.







Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anupam Ray is a physician by education and was a Neuro-surgery resident before he joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994. This elite service recruits about 20 people annually, from a pool of approximately half-a-million aspirants, through one of the most rigorous competitive processes in the world.

Join us to find out how you can expand regionally, and internationally faster than you may be aware. Participants are eligible for upcoming trade mission to India

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Hear from companies who have already bridged these gaps in Manufacturing, Heath care, Technology, Hospitality and Entertainment .

9 interactive sessions, 3 keynotes and lots of facilitated networking.

9:00 – 9:45 Political & Economic Impacts of US, UK, Middle East, Asian on Colorado and US companies

David Fein – CEO/President Balan Nair – CEO Dr Ray Consul General of India

Valusource & Key ValueData

Liberty Latin America Indian Foreign Service
I am an entrepreneur, world traveler and adventurer. At 16, I was the second-youngest person ever to set foot on the South Pole. At the pole I flew an American flag to present to President Carter in the White House. To put myself through college, I started and managed a sailboat charter business. At the age of 25, and fulfilling a long-time dream, I sailed across the Pacific to Tahiti on a 34-foot sailboat. In 1986 I co-founded ValuSource and became ValuSource’s president. My wife Michelle and I co-founded Kids Express, an alternative K-9 school, which focused on academic excellence, self-awareness, interpersonal communication and personal responsibility. Balan is the Manager of Technology, Product Development and Operations. He is involved in Multi-Billion dollar M&A and leads a Technology Venture fund. He is a seasoned Executive with deep expertise in all facets of the telecom industry, but feels there is always more to learn. He drives innovation and culture change in his company. Balan loves Excel and tolerates Powerpoints. Mr. Nair turely beleives all success is based on hard work, honesty, respect, great colleagues and luck. Dr. Ray was the first employee of India’s outgoing aid agency (Development Partnership Administration) created in 2012. He later worked (with the rank of Joint Secretary in the Government of India) to kick-start one of India’s most innovative diplomatic projects– the ambitious US$500 million Nalanda University, an international standard “Asian” university in India. He has served as Chief of Staff to a Minister, managed the nuts-and-bolts of the Foreign Office as Director (Personnel) and was Deputy Coordinator of the BRICS Summit in New Delhi in 2012. In addition to a medical degree, he has an M.A. in Public Administration and speaks English, German, Hindi, Bangla and Assamese and understands Punjabi and Urdu.

10:00 – 10:45 Makers and Manufacturing in Colorado, Latin America, Asia and Europe

Suraya Yahaya _ COO Catherine Poirier – CEO Amy Beckley – CE

OTG Consulting

Body Bark MFB Fertility
Surayac continually surpasses  and meets aggressive goals for growth, profit, product launch, operational support, market entry, marketing, and engineering; deliver $billion global strategies that produce $M’s in profits YOY. She is an expertise in outlining and rapidly delivering repeatable, scalable strategies, roadmaps, and operating models for new technologies across new and global markets. She is known as a leader in driving company-wide operating efficiency realignment and hiring/mentoring/structuring high-performing global teams who deliver record-breaking revenues and growth. She has repeatedly recruited/promoted to define, plan, and execute $multimillion enterprise growth and expansion initiatives. I am the President, Founder and Designer of Body Bark, an apparel company offering
fashionable, luxurious, feminine tops that are Made in the USA from sustainable fiber. My mission is to help women feel fabulous in their clothing. When we FEEL GOOD, we LOOK GOOD and FEEL
CONFIDENT. I pride myself in my ability to manage and train sales representatives and warehouse staff, lead website and marketing initiatives, collaborate with PR/Marketing consultants and Ecommerce fulfillment partners, and oversee all financial operations and production.
Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology at UC San Diego in 2001. She then worked as a Research Associate at Celgene, Inc. studying small molecule drug targets in blood cancers. She earned a PhD in Pharmacology in 2007 at CU Denver. She left her faculty position in 2015 to start a company in Colorado after her own struggles with infertility. Her company, MFB Fertility, Inc. has created a diagnostic tool that improves in-home ovulation monitoring, empowering women to know more about their fertility.

10:00 – 10:45 Higher Profit with Social Impact: Applying social good into your business model

Shelley Ford – Financial Advisor Wendi Burkhardt – CEO Praful Shah – Chairman Stacy Taubman – CEO
Morgan Stanley Silvernest 3-lines Venture Capital RISE Collective
Shelley Ford began her career as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley in May of 2011 (Series 7, 66 and 31) and joined the Pelican Bay Group at Morgan Stanley in January 2014. Prior to her career with Morgan Stanley, Shelley had fifteen years of business development experience assisting small to mid-sized companies. Her experience as a chief marketing officer helped her transition successfully into helping fundraising efforts as an independent consultant and investment banker/broker. Her experience as an investment banker now allows her to take a more broad-minded approach to financial services offered to business owners and CEOs. Wendi has more than 25 years of technology experience working with venture start-ups, emerging technology offerings, rapid-growth tech firms and Fortune 500 corporations. Her history also includes a year spent working with Home Instead, a $1B in-home, senior care corporation as a key client. She is a seasoned entrepreneur as well as a mentor and coach to social ventures. Wendi holds a degree in International Trade & Finance from Louisiana State University, and has completed an executive education program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Praful Shah, an angel investor, and advisor to Principium Consulting, addresses the misconception that impact investing isn’t profitable. Impact investing is of course the act of investing in a for-profit enterprise that also produces some form of social good. Shah describes some of the amazing investment opportunities he has been a part of, from a soccer ball that generates 3 hours of electricity after a 30 minute game, to needle free injections that prevent disease and a tea company that works to empower women and girls. As the Founder/CEO of RISE Collaborative, Stacy Taubman launched a company that is changing the way women do business. RISE Collaborative Workspace has been featured in publications including NBC News, USA Today, Bloomberg, St. Louis Business Journal, and ELLE Magazine as a leader in the multi-billion-dollar coworking industry. Since opening in February 2017, RISE Collaborative’s growing membership includes 250 of some of the most impressive businesswomen in St. Louis. Dozens of members have reported business growth of 150% or more since joining RISE Collaborative, a true testament to the impact of women supporting women.

11:00 – 11:45 OEDIT and DEDO:Bringing Business to Colorado and Doing business in Asia, Canada, Mexico, Europe, India

Doug Tisdale – Chariman of the Board Timothy Martinez – Administrator Conner Murphy – Diplomacy Manager Max Nathanson – Global Businesss Development Manager
Regioal Transportation District DEDO OEDIT OEDIT
Globally-experienced attorney, facilitator, problem-solver and champion of causes, promoting economic development and business expansion. Vast experience leading and counseling nonprofit and for-profit organizations, including complex commercial civil litigation matters, arbitrations and transactional matters. Exceptionally skilled at creating strong and sustainable financial models for companies. Successful leader in civic, charitable, cultural, educational, governmental, healthcare and corporate environments. Skilled at building positive relationships and development opportunities for large and small companies and governments in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Former clients include governments, numerous money center banks and financial institutions, international real estate developers, large diversified corporations, NGOs and nonprofits. Outstanding corporate spokesperson and advocate. Tim is very passionate about the Denver Metro Area. He is very focused on promoting all the benefits of living in our community.  Tim maintains a solid network of like-minded individuals.  He has a deep understanding of how sustainability-based thinking can drive innovation and competitive advantage, both in companies and communities. If you’re interested in the relationship between sustainability and economic development, Tim is someone you should know.  Tim’s was instrumental in founding the Mile High Business Alliance. He served on the founding board of directors for MHBA and has continued his support by connecting MHBA with local businesses. I am currently the Diplomacy Manager at the Colorado Governor’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and am foreign economic affairs liaison for Governor Jared Polis. I advise the governor, state leadership, and Colorado business representatives on diplomatic protocol, trade relations, foreign policy issues, and foreign direct investment. I also manage inbound and outbound trade missions for OEDIT and the Governor’s office. I am incredibly passionate about the power of trade and economic cooperation in helping to bring people, businesses, and cultures together, and am excited to play a role in increasing Colorado’s international footprint. MAx os skilled in community organizing, research, public policy, business development, and photojournalism. His content interests include sustainable development, the state, climate finance, and infrastructure systems. His regional expertise include: Latin America and Caribbean, Europe, Chinese foreign engagement (geopolitics and finance). Academic and social educations around the world have instilled in me a zest for travel, a love of learning, and a passion for multicultural collaboration. My working languages include English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

11:00 – 11:45 Digital Health and Health Care Solutions: Investors Vs. Operators

Steve Foster – President Todd Evenson – COO Arlen Meyers – CEO
AngelMD MGMA Society of Physician Entrepreneurs
CEO/Founder of Connect13. Connect13 exists to drive energy and passion around strategic business growth for companies within the technology ecosystem. We are respected and experienced experts providing strategic direction and advice with respect to all levels of business operations, more specifically in the area of business development and analysis of the Company’s brand, positioning, current and future client relationships and revenue generation regarding its product and service offerings. Connect13 drives the connections and relationships that matter. I’m a serial connector and I have taken on multiple executive leadership roles in the Colorado technology ecosystem Experienced C-Suite Executive with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Strongbusiness development professional skilled in Healthcare Consulting, Nonprofit Organizations, PerformanceImprovement, Technology, Research and Healthcare Industry. I’m a professor emeritus of otolaryngology, dentistry, and engineering at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and President and CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs at www.sopenet.org . I have created several medical device and digital health companies.Most of them failed. Some are on life support. My primary research centers around biomedical and health innovation and entrepreneurship and life science technology commercialization.

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch – 7 habits of High Performing Entrepreneur: Building Relationships at The Speed of Trust


Jeff Carney – Managing Director David Fein – CEO/President
Franklin Covey Valusource & KeyValueData
Jeff Carney has been a Managing Partner with Franklin Covey for 32 years. He was instrumental in starting and continues to support the Colorado statewide 7 Habits on the Inside for prisons, which has significantly reduced recidivism and changed lives for the over 10,000 inmates that have been through the program. He currently leads Franklin Covey’s corrections efforts nationally.  Jeff helps individuals and businesses break through barriers and reach their potential through teaching Franklin Covey workshops that include the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the 5 Choices of Productivity, the Speed of Trust, the 6 Critical Practices of Leading a Team, Leadership Foundations and the 4 Disciplines of Execution. I am an entrepreneur, world traveler and adventurer. At 16, I was the second-youngest person ever to set foot on the South Pole. At the pole I flew an American flag to present to President Carter in the White House. To put myself through college, I started and managed a sailboat charter business. At the age of 25, and fulfilling a long-time dream, I sailed across the Pacific to Tahiti on a 34-foot sailboat. In 1986 I co-founded ValuSource and became ValuSource’s president. My wife Michelle and I co-founded Kids Express, an alternative K-9 school, which focused on academic excellence, self-awareness, interpersonal communication and personal responsibility.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .




1:00 – 1:45 Employment 2020: Global advantages applied to Colorado Companies

Diane Hernandez – Attorney Glen Thorpe – Founder Judy Kennelley – Founder
Hall Estill Glen Thorpe Consulting Solutions LLC

Integrity Network

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            . Diane concentrates her practice in the area of employment and immigration law. While in law school she served as Editor in Chief of the Tulsa Law Review and as Vice President of the Latino Law Students Association. She was awarded the Oklahoma Bar Association Outstanding Law Student Award for 2013 and the ALI CLE Scholarship and Leadership Award for 2014. She is a member of the Order of the Curule Chair and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Coupling my experience in human resources, contract negotiation, and risk management I work with business leaders, anticipating and mitigating risk exposure vital to their business success. Taking a global look across an organization, I assess and identify potential threats and pinpoint areas of exposure prior to becoming serious. Having a depth of understanding of business management, I am able to work across departments to address a full range of business needs. Collaborating with internal and external resources, I drive solutions through decisive leadership and represent my clients’ interests, always focused on delivering strategically sound results.  I offer a comprehensive solution to your administrative start-up need. I spent the first 5 years of my career working for Mobil Oil Corp. as a Reservoir Engineer. During that time, Mobil asked me to run their college recruiting program where I fell in love with recruiting. After five years as an engineer, I decided to pursue my true calling – executive recruiting. (Yes it was a very roundabout way of getting there!). I spent my first three years working for a small search firm and then broke off to launch Integrity Network in 1991. We work with amazing technology companies and we have grown Integrity Network to be one of the top executive recruiting firms in Colorado.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             .



1:00 – 1:45 Legal vs. Ethical: Where Intellectual Property Drives Funding Strategies


Jeff Schell – Principal Justin Cruz –  Partner Kevin Moore
Think Perpetual Michael Best Eide Bailey
Jeff’s mission is to transform innovative concepts into extraordinary companies. After building one of the most successful patent law practices in Colorado, he raised several million dollars to acquire medical device company TranS1’s IP assets. Within a few years of rebuilding TranS1 as CEO, ColoradoBiz Magazine named TranS1 one of the top 250 companies in Colorado by revenue. Under Jeff’s leadership, Orthopedics This Week awarded TranS1 the 2017 Spine Technology Award. In addition to building intellectual property strategies with the Rocky Mountain Patent (now part of Hall Estill) team, Jeff now advises, operates and invests in multiple companies.

Justin assists clients in achieving their business goals by obtaining protection of their intellectual property rights and developing strategies to enforce them. Justin has extensive experience resolving IP related disputes through litigation. He has achieved positive results on behalf of his clients in cases involving utility patents, design patents, trade dress, copyrights, as well as challenging the validity of patents through Post-Grant Proceedings before the United States Patent Office (USPTO).  He has experience across industries including medical devices, software systems, IoT, agricultural, mining, and oil and gas. Additionally, Justin’s experience includes application of distributed ledger technology in contexts in addition to cryptocurrencies.


2:00 – 2:45 Smart Cities: Giving you the city you need

Thomas Frey – Futurist Nate Greundemann – Entrepreneur, Flo Raitano – Director of Partnership Development and Innovation Phil Bowermaster –  Founder
Davinci Institute Challenger Financial Services Denver Regional Council of Governments Speculist Media
Thomas Frey is the Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, a Certified Speaking Professional, and currently Google’s top-rated futurist speakerAs part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 100 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, and many more. I believe financial opportunity should be available to everyone. I create financial products and services to level the playing field. In housing, Board buys homes for people that need a mortgage. In banking and cash management, Challenger’s mission is to make sure an economic crisis like 2008 can never happen again. With almost 40 years of experience working in, with and for government, large and small, rural and urban, local state and federal, I am creating a capstone career at DRCOG, mentoring younger staff, pushing for innovation in the government sector and creating connections between and amongst the myriad of contacts I have developed in that timeframe, across various, and what some would say are completely unrelated sectors. I have always loved what I was doing, but this is the most rewarding, if not challenging adventure I have undertaken! Strategist, Analyst, Consultant, Writer, Speaker with a proven track record in global deployment of web and software products / lines of business in support of aggressive growth and revenue objectives. More than two decades of comprehensive analytic, product, and content marketing experience. Expertise in Telecommunications, B2B / B2C Solutions, Data Management & Analytics.

2:00 – 2:45 Martech and Ecomm: Driving Your local growth to International Markets

Robert Smith – CEO Melodie Reagan – CEO Todd Cameron –  VP Mareting
Axcelerate Crazy Good Marketing Explicity
Mr. Smith is the founder and CEO of Axcelerate Worldwide Inc. He is a successful entrepreneur, as well as an extraordinary national public speaker and trainer. For over 20 years, he has specialized in assisting emerging technologies, financial and medical to realize dramatic increases in sales and profits. Mr. Smith has achieved extraordinary success in more than 200 major industries. A recent success was as owner and President of The Aurium Group Inc. which achieved over $189 million dollars in new revenue in just 1.5 years in the NYC marketplace. His strategic ventures and marketing consulting programs are world class. They are designed as a process to develop and implement simultaneously which provides huge economic benefits to his clients. Melodie is the Owner of both i2i Workforce (i2i) and Crazy Good Marketing (CGM). i2i is an innovative national contract staffing, recruitment, and training & coaching firm serving companies of all sizes. CGM is a cutting-edge marketing agency of freelancers that works with small to mid-sized businesses to drive more customers, better customers, faster. Value at its best. Her teams help businesses stay ahead of the market and focus on growth and performance. Melodie leads from experience, having personally worked with numerous clients to create top performing, 21st century workforces, and build top brands, and she has assumed interim leadership roles in sales, marketing and product. Outcome focused executive with experience in content strategy, demand marketing, digital branding, data analysis, and integrated execution. 10+ years in leadership roles with tech firms and 15+ years with Fortune 100 technology, CPG, and entertainment companies. Influential, authentic communicator highly effective in building strategic partnerships with agencies and vendors and promoting corporate mission and vision with all internal and external stakeholders. Exceptional presentation and negotiation skills. Visionary, resilient problem-solver with deep and broad business acumen as well as organizational leadership skills needed to translate strategic vision into achievable tactical plans.

3:00 – 3:45 Startup Success Factors: Techstars and RVC Top performers

Jeff Schell – Principal Peter Adams – Managing Partner David Brown – Founder
Think Perpetual Rockies Impact Fund


Jeff’s mission is to transform innovative concepts into extraordinary companies. After building one of the most successful patent law practices in Colorado, he raised several million dollars to acquire medical device company TranS1’s IP assets. Within a few years of rebuilding TranS1 as CEO, ColoradoBiz Magazine named TranS1 one of the top 250 companies in Colorado by revenue. Under Jeff’s leadership, Orthopedics This Week awarded TranS1 the 2017 Spine Technology Award. In addition to building intellectual property strategies with the Rocky Mountain Patent (now part of Hall Estill) team, Jeff now advises, operates and invests in multiple companies. CEO of the Year Finalist – CoBiz Magazine 2014
2013 Denver Business Journal Power Book Finalist – C-level executives who have “made the cut”​. These power players are Denver’s most influential business leaders, making the news in Colorado. Speaker on Venture Capital, Angel Investing, Entrepreneurship, Impact Investing
Colorado Public Radio (CPR), KRCN Radio, National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA), University of Denver, University of Colorado, Denver, Colorado State University, Flatirons Network, Digital Health Summit, Healthcare Unbound Conference, Startup Meetup, Esprit Entrepreneur (Boulder Chamber of Commerce). Expert Witness in legal cases regarding venture capital, angel investment, startups and related legal issues. Experienced in deposition and courtroom testimony.
David Brown is a founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people. David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role, overseeing global operations.

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Bhawnesh Mathur – TiE Denver Board

Magnolia Movido –  TiE Denver Conference Committee Chair

Ginny Castleberry–  TiE Denver Committee Chair

GP Saxena – TiE Denver Board Angel Alliance Investor Chair

Jeff Schell– TiE Denver Board Community Partner Chair

Keith Larson– TiE Global Board Trustee & Liaison

Nitin Rai– TIE Portland President

Patrice Barber– TiE Denver Board President

Steve Bradley– TiE Denver Board Economic Development Chair


The conference will be held at the prestigious University of Denver, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management (2101 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80210)

We would love for you to stay happy with us at the Curtis Hotel: Denver’s coolest pop-culture themed hotel.

    • ♦ Hilton Honors Participation
    • ♦ 336 guest rooms including two signature suites
    • ♦ 13 hyper-themed rooms
    • ♦ Complimentary Wi-Fi
    • ♦ The Corner Office Restaurant + Martini Bar

On-site dining and room service

    • ♦ 24-hour business center
    • ♦ 24-hour fitness center
    • ♦ Indoor garage for valet or self-parking


Step inside our full-service Holiday Inn and be pleasantly surprised as flagstone walkways and dark wood accents lend a modern, mountain lodge feel, while newly redesigned rooms invite guests in with custom furnishings.

Our upscale Cherry Creek location puts you steps from the shopping district and the scenic Cherry Creek Trail.

Enjoy the effortless exploration of Denver’s hot spots with our free city shuttle, then return to unwind, swim in our indoor pool, or head to our own Flagstone’s restaurant for top craft beers and local delicacies.

455 South Colorado Boulevard , Denver, Colorado 80246
Phone: (303) 388-5561

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