Admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey and Colorado, Denver-based attorney Susan Brushaber advises clients, both foreign and domestic, on a wide range of legal issues, primarily in the area of Intellectual Property Law, with particular expertise in the areas of technology development and licensing, trade secret protection, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, E-commerce and the Internet, trademark prosecution and enforcement (including brand management and strategy), and copyright protection and enforcement. She also advises clients on general corporate and commercial matters, especially in connection with the formation and management of foreign subsidiaries, strategic relationships, outsourcing and product distribution, procurement and supply.
Susan is an active member of the Rotary Club of Denver where she chairs the World Community Service Committee as well as having served as Club Secretary, and is a current member of the Youth Exchange and High School Mentorship committees. She is also active in the International Section of the American Bar Association as a Division Chair, and a member of the International Trademark Association.
Mr. Kweku Boafo has extensive experience in government relations, public affairs and political campaigns. Over the course of his young career, Mr. Boafo has worked on several political campaigns in the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Mr. Boafo has been working with clients in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia in election strategies, economic development and tourism.
Currently serving as the International Affairs Director at R&R Partners, Mr Boafo is often traveling to international destinations playing a critical role in the agency’s planned expansion in the Pacific Rim, Latin America and Africa. he most recently served in the office of Colorado Speaker Frank McNulty, where he was responsible for the House Majority Leader’s office’s day-to-day operations and for managing external relations with various constituencies. He earlier worked on several political campaigns including campaigns of Colorado Governor Bill Owens and Colorado U.S. Senate challenger Ken Buck. He also worked at The Heritage Foundation, a highly regarded conservative think tank headquartered in Washington, D.C.
The son of a U.N. diplomat, Kweku Boafo was born in Ghana, grew up in Paris and lived in Washington, D.C. Mr. Boafo is a graduate of the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky.
President/CEO of Eurasian Minerals
David Cole is President and CEO of Eurasian Minerals (NYSE: EMXX). HE has over twenty-five years of mining exploration industry experience. In December 2003, he founded Eurasian Minerals Inc. as a public company, which has grown from a $3 Million to $100 Million-market capitalization. Eurasian Minerals boasts over 100 exploration projects in 11 countries. Just after founding Eurasian Minerals Inc., David founded Standard Uranium Corporation, a public uranium exploration and development company, which was later sold to Energy Metals Corporation. Prior to founding Eurasian Minerals and Standard Uranium Corp, David came from Newmont Mining Corporation where he held a number of management and senior geologic positions, gaining extensive global business and technical experience. His success as part of Newmont’s exploration team includes contributions at the world class Carlin Trend (Nevada, USA), Yanacocha (Peru), and Minihasa (Indonesia) mines. Subsequently, he established and managed Newmont’s exploration programs in Turkey while also identifying early stage acquisition targets in Eastern Europe.
David earned his Masters Degree from Colorado State University in 1991 and is a member of several professional organizations and local and international societies. In addition to his duties as President and CEO of a rapidly growing public company, David manages a private Merchant Banking portfolio focused on early stage natural resource development.
David Charmatz founded Mediaxiom LLC, a media consultancy and multi-platform production company, in 2010. Charmatz is an expert in original programming; new programming models; broadband, video and infrastructure; multi-platform displays; interactive media; and media ecosystems. Charmatz worked for Starz Entertainment in a variety senior executive positions. He also was the EVP/COO of ASI Entertainment, the premiere televisual media research and analysis firm. As VP of Site Planning for Nickelodeon Online, Charmatz planned the design of the Nick Jr Parents, Nick at Nite, and TV Land websites. In addition, Charmatz worked for MTV Networks, A&E TV Networks, Turner Broadcasting, and CNN. He also holds advisory positions with both the Colorado Film School and The Denver Foundation and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Media Leaders Roundtable and was the Chairman of the Board of the Denver Film Society.
Andrew Fowler, B.Eng.
COO RES Americas
Andrew is a solid executive whose leadership has directly contributed to the successful implementation of over 7,500 MW of wind, solar, and energy storage projects, and over 600 miles of overhead and transmission lines globally.
He joined Sir Robert McAlpine Enterprises Led., in 1989 as a Construction Manager for wind and nuclear energy facilities in the U.K. In 1998, Andrew moved to RES Limited’s North American Subsidiary, Renewable Energy Systems America Inc. ( RES Americas) and eventually became the Executive Vice President of Construction and Engineering where he was responsible for managing the construction of the company’s renewable energy projects across North America. In 2011 Andrew was named Chief Operating Officer for RED Americas and continues to manage the engineering, construction and operations teams for the company. By growing the organically and also leading the acquisition of complimentary construct Andrew has also leads the US Construction business transforming it from primarily Construction Management business to one that now self performs most of it contracts with up to 1,000 employees. In 2015 Andrew has been given the responsibility to lead the Global Construction Group within RES as the company looks at ways to globalize its worldwide business.
Andrew has over 25 years of construction and engineering experience. He holds a B. Eng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Salford University (U.K.).
Lori A. Freemire
Lori Freemire is a business consulting professional who speaks fluent Spanish and has experience in a variety of industries as a team member of several entrepreneurial-minded organizations that strive to grow their internal and external influence through targeted and planned marketing efforts. Lori is a strategic thinker and creative leader with proven strengths in written and oral communication; she embraces growing relationships with co-workers, management and clients.
Lori has worked for several international firms (German, French, Australian, U.S.) managing their international operations in a variety of global regions and in a variety of industries. Lori worked with these firms to grow their market-share to become market leaders in innovation while being responsible corporate citizens in every community where they operate.
Lori has been featured in several national and international publications over the years. She has been an adjunct university instructor and lecturer of international business, marketing and entrepreneurship since 1985 for several major institutions including the University of Iowa, the University of Missiouri-Kansas City, Baker University, St. Ambrose University, Scott Community College (IA) and Black Hawk Community College (IL).
Mike is an entrepreneurial executive focused on growing enterprises through strategic planning, visionary leadership and building alliances. He is a results-oriented professional with a record o generating positive revenue growth and budgetary constraint at Fortune 500 entities, small and medium-sized ventures, municipalities and non-profits. He has completed transactions for mid-sized firms as well as M&A, both for himself and clients.
Born to a native Iowan and a English immigrant who started Freemire Enterprises in 1960, Mike grew up exposed to international and entrepreneurial influences that formed the foundation of his professional endeavors. He studied business, sociology and economics at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Mike’s experience includes working as a CEO and various c-suite positions at both publicly and private entities during the past twenty-five years. He is an entrepreneur who has started, operated and sold numerous profitable, growing private businesses.
Further, Mike has served as a community leader in the capacity o chief elected official helping to set strategic and policy direction for several organizations at the local. state, and federal levels. His community was awarded numerous national recognition awards as well as an international award during his tenure.
CEO Graebel Companies
Bill Graebel is Chief Executive Officer of Graebel Companies, Inc. a global leader in household goods moving, commercial workplace services and relocation management.
Bill has been a part of the Graebel organization since 1975 (30 years full-time, 38 years en total, which includes his part-time summer service as a packer and driver).
Bill received a B.Sc. in Economics and Political Science from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO., and is an active member of the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, the Rocky Mountain Relocation Council, Young Presidents Organization and the Foothills Ski Club. HE also serves on the Board of Directors for Leader’s Challenge, Colorado Uplift and OMNI (Overseas Moving Network International). Additionally, Bill serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Denver Area Council of Boy Scouts.
Most recently, Bill has also obtained the designation of Senior Global Mobility Specialist from the Worldwide Employee Relocation Council
Born in 1949 in Fukuoka. From age 4 to age 11 lived in Cuba and Bolivia. At the age of 11 returned to Tokyo. After graduating from Keio University, joined semi-governmental agency called JETRO. Main responsibility in JETRO was in the overseas economic research. Received JETRO’s scholarship to study at Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Upon return, worked for the Americas Division, Overseas Economics Research Department and subsequently was stationed in Mexico. In1983 Izawa was recruited to GM Corporation. At GM headquarters, Izawa joined in GM team to negotiate a joint venture with Toyota in Fremont, California. Subsequent to that he became involved in negotiations on a joint venture with Suzuki Motor in Canada Canada. In 1987, he was sent to the UK – IBC (GM and Isuzu commercial vehicle joint venture). In 1991, he was appointed as deputy representative Opel in Japan. Izawa negotiated with Yanase for distribution agreement of Opel cars in Japan. In 1994, he was promoted to General Director of Opel Japan. Opel achieved a major breakthrough and became one of the top import brands in the difficult Japanese market. In 1997, he was transferred to GM Europe in Ruesselsheim to become Regional Sales director of Commercial vehicles and SUV sales in Europe.
Retired from GM in 1997. Moved to Boulder, Colorado, USA. Launched Unkai.com, a dot-com company to do e-commerce. In 2003 he became VP (US representative) of Mont Bell America (Japan’s largest outdoor gear) to assist in the start-up period. Since 2005, Izawa has been involved in consulting on health and organic products and services. In particular, blue agave syrup for the Japanese market. Currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. In 2010, he started another online e-commerce site named Teppei Organics to sell Mexico blue agave to Japan through his own efforts.
Izawa has authored many publications. From the Oriental Economist, he co-authored “California Report” and from Yuhikaku he co-authored “American Economic Handbook”. In collaboration with MIT professor, Izawa translated the biography of the founder of Aikido “A life in Aikido” by Kodansha International. Izawa contributed monthly to a high-end lifestyle magazine Sotokoto on Boulder lifestyle issues since January 2006 till April 2012. Izawa also was elected as the General Secretary of the International Aikido Federation in October 2008. He is a sixth degree black belt in Aikido. He is also an advisor to the Center of Asian Studies at the University of Colorado.”
Monir Ludin is a sales and business development leader with many years of experience in global business. He has lived in Europe and the Middle East and has traveled extensively around the globe. Monir Ludin is married to Linda Ludin and they have four grown daughters, three sons-in-law and one grandson. Monir’s interests outside of his professional life include traveling and giving talks on intercultural and interfaith understanding.
Boli Medappa, founding partner is a seasoned executive with a 25 year proven track record. Medappa has extensive international strategy, business development, project management and operations experience in the high technology and service industries, with an in-depth knowledge of the Indian, US, Asian and European business markets.
Medappa is also the founder of Hermes Consulting Group Inc. She has held senior positions with various multinational companies, including Managing Director and Country Manager of US West International, India and Senior VP with US West Inc. and Callahan Associates. She has advised several Fortune 200 and startup companies in the technology and communications markets, outsource product development to India and enter the market. Medappa holds a Bachelors Degree in Economic (Honors) from Bangalore India, and an MBA in Finance and Marketing she has attended.
Ana M. R. Riveros is a dynamic transformational leader with fifteen years of experience and an expert in the strategic management of IT, PMO, Portfolio, Program, Project Management, IT Governance, IT Risk, Organizational Change Management, Process Improvement and Continual Service Improvement leadership.
Since 2015, Ana consults for Fortune 500 companies and Government. She is currently responsible for Information Security Business Delivery and Operations for North America at Pearson INC. Previously she has served as the Director of Program Management for Security at Kaiser Permanente, Director of the Enterprise Project and Portfolio Office, and Director of IT Governance and Process Excellence for the State of Colorado since 2011. Prior to joining the State, Ana worked in Dubai, United Arab Emirates as Head of the IT Portfolio Management office at Emirates Airlines, where she focused with other executives on value creation and organizational change management.
Before that, Ana worked for DHL in Brazil and Panalpina in Singapore, Tokyo, and Beijing. She had regional IT management roles while in Brazil and Asia. She received IT services excellence delivery award in 2005, while working in Japan.
Ana has a degree in Computer Science and Master of Business Administration from UNESP/FATEC and FECAP Universities in Brazil. As a result of her community and professional leadership, she received recognition award in Dubai for her work as the Director of PR and Strategy and for the PMI UAE.
Dawn Thompson has over 25 years of worldwide human resource experience, and strategic business and organization acumen, with a proven track record of building successful partnerships and increasing business performance in fast growing technology industries.
Currently, she runs her own consulting firm serving clients from start-ups to fortune five hundred companies in all aspects of human resource business. Prior to her consulting business, Dawn held global executive human resource positions in Silicon Valley, including Senior Vice President of Human Resources for companies. The companies include Epicor, Dell, CRS, SGI, HP, Radius and CMGI. Dawn has been globally responsible for all aspects of human resources, real estate, facilities and security. Dawn began her career working across EMEA for Xerox.
Dawn has worked with therapeutic riding centers in California and Colorado helping adults and children change their lives, in partnership with their talented therapy horses. She was born in Germany and is British and American and as lived and worked in Asia and in EMEA.
Chairman of the Board of IBCircle
Ronny Wells is Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Jacobs University Bremen, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Rice University. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University and thereafter had a 35-year career as a mathematics professor at Rice University in Houston. He is the recipient of Fulbright and Guggenheim awards in addition to the U.S. Senior Scientist Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany, and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Mathematical Society.
He was twice a Visiting Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and he has been a Visiting Professor at Brandeis, Göttingen, Paris, Oxford, Boulder and Bremen. From 1998 to 2001, he was in Bremen working on the creation of Jacobs University Bremen, and from 2001 until 2005 he served there as Vice President and Professor of Mathematics. He is a member of the Cosmos Club in Washington and served as the President of the Carl Schurz Deutsch-Amerikanischer Club in Bremen. Currently he is the President of Jacobs University Foundation of America.
More recently, in Boulder, he is the Chairman of the Board of IBCircle, a member of the Board of the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company, a member of the Boulder Rotary Club and of WorldDenver.
Dave is a dynamic product leader offering more than 25 years of product management, marketing and engineering leadership with a clear demonstration of excellence and uncommon results in start-up, growth, and financially troubled organizations. Proven ability to create and deliver innovative product strategies and spearhead operational transformation to maximize productivity and grow the bottom line.
As Return Path’s Chief Data Officer, he sets and oversee the strategy to collect, analyze and protect the data that powers Return Path’s solutions. Data is the key that empowers Return Path clients to connect with their customers, building trusted relationships, and standing out in a competitive marketplace.
Dave is also Return Path’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for delivering the platforms, programs, processes and data that fuel Return Path’s continued growth and success.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Dave moved the USA in 1999 with his wife Jennifer and spent 13 years in Austin Texas. They relocated to Colorado in 2012 with their sons Alex and Harri when Dave joined Return Path’s Executive Team