Downtown Boulder, Inc. 

Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to continued preservation and enhancement of Downtown Boulder as the heart of the greater Boulder community. We work to maintain downtown as the center of commerce, government, culture, and leisure. DBI members support the overall vitality of downtown through public advocacy, political involvement, and community events that enhance the Boulder experience for residents and visitors. Membership in Downtown Boulder, Incorporated (DBI) is voluntary and open to any interested person or organization.

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Downtown Boulder, Inc. Board of Directors

Boni Sandoval is the Commercial Market Manager for Boulder/Broomfield Counties. Boni has been with First National Bank of Colorado for just over two years, starting as a commercial lender in Boulder.  Boni is a Denver native, a graduate of the University of Colorado and a 25+ year banker.  Boni has been working in the Boulder market as a commercial lender for the past 10 years, generating over $50 million in new loan business and maintaining a strong pipeline.  He is active in the Boulder community and currently serves on two non-profit boards - the Boulder Humane Society and Downtown Boulder, Inc.  He's also been active in the Buff Club at CU. 

Andy James was born and raised in Boulder. In 1981, he became the co-owner of James TravelPOINTS (1750 14th St.), an American Express Representative Travel Network office - specializing in corporate travel management and leisure vacation planning. Through the company, award winning travel specialists with broad destination knowledge assist clients with travel plans to far off places including Central America, Europe, France, Italy, Hawaii, Mexico, and the South Pacific. James TravelPOINTS specializes in cruise and ski vacations. James has been a member of the Downtown Boulder, Inc. board of directors since 2005. Prior to that, he served as the chair and a member of the Boulder Improvement District from 1999 – 2004. James has been extremely active in the Boulder community serving terms as the president and a member of the Boulder Valley Rotary Club, a YMCA board member and chair & board representative of the University Hill General Improvement District.

Cindy Ward is the Administrative Vice-President at JVA, Inc., a consulting engineering firm specializing in structural and civil engineering. JVA, Inc.(celebrating 52 years of business) is headquartered in Boulder has other offices in Fort Collins, Winter Park, and Bozeman, Montana. Ward has lived in Boulder for 22 years.

A founding partner of RRC Associates, Nolan Rosall has a varied and extensive background in both public and private sector planning and strategic research. He has been principally responsible for a wide-range of tourism-related research and master planning for ski resorts, convention and visitors’ associations, and municipalities. Rosall has been a major contributor of national level research and policy analysis for the ski industry. He has also provided ongoing advice for a wide variety of winter and year-round resorts throughout the United States. Nolan has administered numerous Public Planning projects, starting with his involvement as Planning Director for the city of Boulder in the ‘70s, and continuing through his consulting work. Rosall was responsible for coordinating the planning, design and implementation of the Pearl Street Mall. He was also actively involved in several mixed-use redevelopment projects located Downtown. In addition to serving on the Downtown Boulder Inc. Board of Directors, Rosall has also served on the Downtown Management Commission. He was part of the consultant team that assisted the Downtown Alliance in developing a Master Development and Public Infrastructure Plan for Downtown Boulder and has conducted annual visitor surveys for the Downtown Boulder Improvement District since 2001.

Bonnie Dahl has resided in Boulder since 1974, after graduating with a degree in sociology / psychology from Arizona State University. Dahl has co-owned a The Pipefitter (on the Hill) since 1975. She became actively involved in Downtown Boulder when opening Savvy (a women’s clothing and apparel store), at 1114 Pearl St. in 2007. Dahl became a member of the DBI board in 2008 and also holds a position as a city board member for the University Hill district.

   

Ed Byrne is an attorney with a private law practice, Ed Byrne, P.C., specializing in land use and development-related permit approval and real estate transactions. Mr. Byrne is also the President of Regional Planning Services (RPS), a governmental and public relations firm established in 1994 to help private and public sector clients secure neighborhood and community support for mixed use or infill/redevelopment projects.  RPS specializes in facilitating inter-jurisdictional long-range regional planning projects for private and public sector clients. Ed was an attorney for the City of Boulder for six years (1982-88) where he handled code enforcement, land use planning, zoning and open space issues.  In 1988, he became the Director of Operations for Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA). Ed is currently a member of the Boulder Daily Camera’s Editorial Advisory Board and the Community Affairs Council for the Boulder Chamber of Commerce..

 

Bing Chou

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Kelli Clifton moved to Minneapolis after graduating from the University of South Dakota with a BS in Business Administration. While living in Minneapolis, she worked as a Marketing Representative for Macdonald – Douglas, as a Representative for US Bank and as an Operations Analysis for Target Corporation. After moving to Colorado, Kelli worked as an Asset Specialist for Janus Capital, as a Financial Portfolio Analysis at
Paragon Capital Management and presently she is a Securities Operations Administrator with Crestone Capital Advisors.
 
For several years Kelli was a member of the Hospice of Boulder and Broomfield County fund-raising committee and was the chair for the fund-raising auction Pizazz! She also volunteers at the Humane Society.

Paul Eklund was born in San Diego, California and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Oregon State University. He served as a Lt. in the US Navy from 1966 – 1970. From 1971 – 1984, Eklund became a general contractor & resident real estate developer in Colorado. From 1984 to date, he serves as President for P.N. Eklund Interests, Inc. - an asset management, commercial real estate company. He is an owner-partner in residential and commercial real estate property entities in Boulder and San Diego. Eklund has been a Downtown Boulder, Inc. board member since 1992 – serving as board chair in 1998. In addition, he sat on the Business Improvement District’s board of directors (and participated on the Finance Committee) from 2000 – 2004 and has been a member of the board of directors for Siddha Yoga Dham Boulder since 1994.

Richard Foy co-founded Communication Arts Inc. with Henry Beer in 1973. His work has appeared nationally in Print, Graphis, Communication Arts, The New Yorker, WIND, World Interior Design and Identity magazines. Foy has earned awards from the Art Directors Clubs of New York, Denver, Houston and Los Angeles, as well as the American Institute of Graphic Artists. In 1980, the firm won the National Honor Award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the design of the Downtown Boulder Mall. Foy received his Bachelor of Arts in Design from CaliforniaStateUniversity at Long Beach in 1968. He has served as the Chairman of the Downtown Boulder Mall Commission and has been on the board for over 20 years. In addition, he has been a member of the boards of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, the Colorado Music Festival, the CU Artist Series, and the Alliance for Technology & Learning and Society.

Dan Hayward is a George native who has lived in Colorado for over a decade.  After a career that spanned 15 years in the restaurant business, a Peace Corps volunteer stint in Russia and a position as a Property Manager, he met his business partners Mike and Janet Johnston in 2004 and thus began his career in the spice business.  Dan began as a part-time employee for the Savory Spice Shop and in 2008 became an owner/managing partner when the Downtown Boulder store opened its doors.  Dan developed a passion for food, culture, history and travel at an early age.  He enjoys cooking, gourmet food, traveling and meeting interesting people – all hobbies that fit nicely with his role at Savory Spice.   In January 2010, Downtown Boulder, Inc. recognized the Savory Spice Shop as Business of the Year for 2009 at the annual awards luncheon.

Peter Heinz runs his architecture practice at his firm PEH ARCHITECTS, on the historic Pearl Street Mall. In its over two decades of service, his multi-disciplined firm has received awards for energy-conscious design and material sustainability. Heinz has served on numerous community boards concerning the management of Downtown Boulder. Outside of work, he participates in softball, skiing, running and hiking and performs with the University Men’s Chorus.Heinz and his wife, Arlene, live next to the foothills in Boulder where they enjoy walking their black lab, Abby. Their daughter Erica teaches English at Montana State University. She and her husband, Brian along with daughter, Gracie Ruth live in Billings. Heinz son, Kevin (a 2005 CU Journalism graduate) is video editor / producer for Plum TV in Vail.

Chuck Hunker grew up in the Chicago suburb Barrington, attended Gunnery School in Washington, Connecticut and Miami   University in Oxford, Ohio. A resident of Boulder since 1979, Hunker ran the Applause retail stores with locations in Boulder, Denver’s Cherry Creek and at Flatirons Crossing in Broomfield with his wife, Jody. He has been a counselor with the SmallBusinessDevelopment Center, a division of the US Small Business Administration, since 2004. Hunker has served on the board of directors for Boulder’s Business Improvement District and is currently the chair of the board for Downtown Boulder, Inc.

  Lori Hunter is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies, as well as a Faculty Research Associate with the Institute of Behavioral Science, programs on Population, Environment and Society, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her BA is from the University of Washington in Seattle, and Master’s and Ph.D. from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island) in Sociology and Population Studies. Hunter’s research and teaching focus on human-environment interactions, with specific examinations of public perception of environmental issues and the associations between human population dynamics and environmental context.
Her recent research examines vulnerability to climate change and natural resource use as coping strategy among HIV/AIDS-impacted households in rural South Africa. She is also at beginning stages of research on integrated development programs bringing reproductive health, livelihood and conservation initiatives to rural Kenyans. Her recent work on these topics has appeared in
Population Research and Policy Review, Social Science Quarterly, and Society and Natural Resources. Dr. Hunter is currently Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary academic journal Population and Environment, an Associate Director of CU’s Population Center, and past Chair of the international Steering Committee of the Population-Environment Research Network.
 
In 2009, Hunter launched Boulder Walking Tours, a downtown-based business offering guided walking tours of “Boulder’s best places.” The core tour, “Best of Boulder,” is a 1.5 mile stroll through downtown during which experienced guides weave a narrative grounded in history as well as contemporary policies and planning decisions. The tour has received highly positive reviews and is currently ranked #1 on TripAdvisor’s tours of Boulder. The 2012 season will see an expansion to include guided walking tours of the Farmer’s Market, Chautauqua, as well as several nature hikes led by naturalists trained through Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks department. Since its inception, Boulder Walking Tours has been a business member of DBI.
 

John Mehaffy

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In May 2006, Dr. Donovan Martin opened Studio One Dental in Downtown Boulder, and has since earned much respect as an exceptional dental service provider and as a passionate philanthropist. His generous contributions have impacted the Boulder community in countless ways. As a natural reflection of his professional accomplishments, Dr. Martin is well rounded in his personal interests and pursuits. From the arts to athletics, he is inclined to appreciate all things positive. A competitive cyclist, he founded the Studio One Dental Cycling Team. Dr. Martin supports health and wellness within Phoenix Multisport, Boulder Triathlon Club, and other community based athletic programs. Energetic and ambitious, Dr. Martin shows no signs of slowing down. Every day, more Boulder smiles are brightened as he cares for his ever expanding patient base. In addition to supporting Downtown Boulder Inc., Dr. Martin is currently involved with Boulder Independent Business Alliance and proudly serves on the Board of Directors for Boulder Chamber of Commerc

Pat O'Brien  is a graduate of the University of Western Michigan University, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance (Double Major), as well as holder of a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado. He began his banking career in 1983 as a Credit Analyst at Fidelity Bank of Denver and then worked for a ten year period (1985 through 1995) with Colorado National Bank in Boulder. There he moved up to Vice President/Loan Manager responsible for Commercial Lending for his last five years at the bank. 
 
In 1995, Pat joined Wells Fargo Bank in Boulder.  He began there as a Team Leader overseeing seven team members. Additionally, he was responsible for the Credit Department for the bank. He was promoted to Senior Vice President - Business Banking Manager in 2000, and managed a team of 26 team members. Pat was also responsible for the administration of commercial loans with commitments of $500 million and commercial deposits amounting to $650 million. He grew the commercial loan portfolio from $90 to $500 million. In 2007, Pat took on the additional role of Community Bank President with responsibilities for retail and business banking in Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont. In 2008, Pat was promoted to Business Area Manager for Northern Colorado which increased his territory to include Fort Collins, Greeley, Fort Morgan and Sterling. He left Wells Fargo in July, 2009 and started at Guaranty Bank and Trust in Boulder.
 
Pat is committed to community involvement and has held positions of Chair of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, President of the Boulder Area Buff Club, Chair of the Boulder Economic Council and Chair of the YMCA of Boulder Valley. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of I Have a Dream (incoming chair), Longs Peak Boy Scout Council, and the Boulder Chamber.  In 2012, Pat was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to service on a statewide Small Business Council.
 
In the academic community, Pat has been a Faculty member and instructor at the University of Colorado Graduate School of Banking and a Classroom Instructor at the American Institute of Banking/Center for Financial Training. In 1987, Pat was the sole recipient of the Academic Achievement Award from the Graduate School of Banking and, in 1992, won the Financial Services Advocate of the Year Award for the Small Business Administration.  Pat lectures on a national scale for the American Rental Association about community banking and small business lending. 
 
Pat and his wife, Michelle, are residents in the City of Boulder and they have two daughters, Carolyn and Melinda.  He is an avid hockey fan and currently plays hockey two evenings per week.
 

Katie Olson. was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She has been the manager at Art Source International on Pearl Street since 2009. Her past work history includes working for non-profits doing account management, community & business development. She currently serves on the marketing committee for DBI, and now also the Board of Directors.

Virginia Patterson. If Downtown Boulder is the heart of the community then it is people like Virginia Patterson that are its heartbeat. Patterson has been a pillar of the community and been especially influential in the success of Downtown Boulder. She owned the Printed Page in downtown for twenty-five years. She is a founding member of both the Downtown Boulder Association and Downtown Boulder, Inc. Coupled with these business achievements has been Patterson's incredible commitment to the Boulder community. She has been a board member of the Boulder Valley School District, Boulder Community Hospital, United Way, Impact on Education, Boulder County Business Hall of Fame, Boy Scouts, Boulder Rotary, Boulder County Republican Party, St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Colorado Canterbury, Joycare and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce.

Zoe Polk

Zoe Polk is the Operations Manager at the Pedestrian Shops. A recent graduate of DePaul University, Zoe returned home to Boulder where she has joined her sister, Lauren Polk Brown, and her father, Richard Polk, at the Pedestrian Shops. Zoe graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, and now oversees the general operations of the two shoe stores. She is also very involved in marketing, buying and customer service at the stores. With Lauren working remotely from Columbia, MO and Richard involved in other community endeavors, Zoe is the “resident family member on site.” She also has recently started volunteering through Imagine! and serves on the Village Shopping Center Merchants Association Board. While at school in Chicago, Zoe worked at Columbia Sportswear on the “Magnificent Mile” (Michigan Ave), where she learned about retail on one of America’s biggest shopping avenues. Additionally, Zoe was very active in leadership roles on campus, including as President of the Panhellenic Council and Assistant Director of Fundraising for DemonTHON, a fundraiser for the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, which raises more than $120,000 annually. Zoe is loving being back in Boulder and is excited about the opportunity to contribute to the thriving downtown community.

 

Jake Puzio, current president of CityWide Banks, has been in the banking arena since 1972. His resume includes being the President of three different banks in Boulder. His other involvement in Downtown boulder includes being the past Chairman of the Downtown Management Commission as well as the past Chairman of Downtown Boulder Inc. Jake has also served on the Board of Directors for the Business Improvement district as the chairman. His other areas of community involvement include; the Boulder Humane Society and the Boulder Hospital Foundation. Currently, Jake is currently serving as a member of the board of Veterans helping Veterans in addition to the board of the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. He is also a member of the finance committee for the Boulder History Museum.

 

 

John Schopbach

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Phil Shull graduated with a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He began his professional career in construction and has over 40 years experience, including founding and leading Deneuve Construction Services since 1973.  Deneuve has successfully navigated the path from custom homebuilder, to specialty retail contractor, to full commercial activity.  Deneuve has a broad portfolio, including golf course clubhouses, luxury mixed use developments, grocery stores, museums, theatres, and many different multi-family projects.  Phil has invested time and interest in Boulder as a builder, and more importantly as an active citizen, volunteering thousands of hours for the betterment of the city of Boulder. His large profile of civic and professional accomplishments, includes: Board Member and 1st VP with Chautauqua Association Board of Directors (2009-present), Member and Chairman (1995) of Downtown Boulder Inc. (1985-present), Member and Chair of the Boulder Planning Board (2004-2009), Member and Chair at Boulder Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2000-2007), Board of Directors for Community Development Council for 13 years, Recipient of YWCA Man of the Year Award in 2006, Member and Chair of Boulder Urban Renewal Authority (BURA) for 5 years, Recipient of the Boulder Pacesetter Award in Business in 2003, Commissioner of Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District from 2000-2001 and Member and Chair of Central Area General Improvement District (CAGID) from 1984-1989. Phill is also Co-owner of BookEnd Espresso Café, 1992-2011 and Co-Owner of Riffs Urban Fare (2011-current). He enjoys traveling, skiing, bicycling, and antiques shopping.

A Colorado-native, Jack Stoakes moved to Boulder in 1967. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Actively involved in the Downtown Boulder community since he arrived, Stoakes served as a foster parent to over 42 children (mainly infants) in the early ‘80s and was involved with Club 1360 (a teen center on the Hill) in the early ‘90s. During those years, he also participated in the Chamber of Commerce board eventually serving as board president. He also has been involved with Community Food Share since its inception in 1980 – serving as the first board president. And, he has been actively involved with the Imagine Foundation for the past six years. Stoakes participated in the Downtown Businessman’s Association which turned into Downtown Boulder, Inc. (DBI) of which he has chaired the board and served on the Marketing Committee. Today, Stoakes remains an active board member for DBI. In 2003, Stoakes was elected to City Council and met his wife, Gale. Between the two, they have five children and nine grandchildren who keep them busy and extremely happy.

 

Sam Sussman, along with his wife Cheryl, have owned Eight Days A Week for 32 years. Over three decades, Eight Days A Week has grown from a small general store to the high tech imaging and copy center it is today. From the first color copier in Boulder in 1977 to today's most state-of-the-art equipment the Sussmans have kept Eight Days A Week on the cutting edge of technology in a friendly hometown atmosphere. The Sussmans have fostered strong ties within the community with participation and generous donations to many local charities and organizations such as ETown, EFAA, Parenting Place, Boulder Valley Women’s Health and KGNU radio. Sussman is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has lived in Boulder for 36 years.

 

Steve Richter

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Iva Townsend

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Jodi Williams

Jodi Williams grew up in Broomfield Colorado, moving to Boulder in 1973.  She attended CU and worked for United Bank of Boulder, Norwest Bank and Wells Fargo Bank for 25 years all in downtown Boulder.  She turned her attention to Property Management in 2002 and started working for One Boulder Plaza Management and WW Reynolds Companies managing  seven commercial buildings in the downtown area,  nine buildings on Airport Road and two in the Gunbarrel area.

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