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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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 California State University at Long Beach in 1968. He has served as the Chairman of the Downtown Boulder Mall Commission and has been on the DBI 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.
Cindy Ward is the Administrative Vice-President at JVA, Inc., a consulting engineering firm specializing in structural and civil engineering. JVA, Inc.(celebrating 50 years of business) is headquartered in Boulder and 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. Rosall 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 DBI 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 is currently VP Product at Simpler, a Boulder based startup providing web software to auto dealerships across North America.
Prior to joining Simpler he committed career suicide in a variety of ways, including hiking the Appalachian Trail, getting a MBA, launching a business, and consulting at the Boulder SBDC, an affiliate of the Boulder Chamber.
Outside of the office Chou can be found leading Boulder Open Coffee Club and generally volunteering, advising, and mentoring in the startup community.
Chou joined the DBI board in 2014.
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.
Dan Hayward is a Georgia 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, DBI 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 two plus 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's son, Kevin (a 2005 CU Journalism graduate) is video editor / producer for Plum TV in Vail.
Chuck Hunker grew up in the Chicago suburb of Barrington and 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 Small Business Development Center, a division of the US Small Business Administration, since 2004. Hunker has served on the board of directors for The Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District and was the former chair of the DBI board.
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 DBI. board of directors since 2005. Prior to that, he served as the chair and a member of the Downtown Boulder Business 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.
John Mehaffy helped form Mehaffy Brubaker & Ernst LLC in 2004. They and their predecessor law firms have served Brighton, Boulder, Denver, North Metro and Colorado Front Range clients for over 60 years.
Fern O'Brien is a founding partner of O'Brien Law, PC and is a member of the Corporate/Finance Group, and the Business Aviation, and Trusts and Estates Practice Groups.
Fern advises business and real estate clients on domestic and international transactions, including debt and equity financing, securities issues, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, licensing agreements, service and product distribution issues, general corporate matters, complex entity structuring, and long-term corporate planning. Her clients include emerging companies; financial institutions; technology companies; real estate developers; and service, retail and manufacturing companies.
Pat O'Brien is a graduate of the University of Western Michigan University, with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Finance, He also holds a Master of Science degree in Finance from the University of Colorado. O'Brien began his banking career in 1983 as a Credit Analyst at Fidelity Bank of Denver over a 10 year period (1985 through 1995) worked 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. As a Team Leader overseeing seven team members. Additionally, he was responsible for the Credit Department. He was promoted to Senior Vice President - Business Banking Manager in 2000, and managed a team of 26 team members. O'Brien 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, he took on the additional role of Community Bank President with responsibilities for retail and business banking in Boulder, Broomfield and Longmont. In 2008, he was promoted to Business Area Manager for Northern Colorado which increased his territory to include Fort Collins, Greeley, Fort Morgan and Sterling. O'Brien left Wells Fargo in July, 2009 and joined Guaranty Bank and Trust in Boulder.
O'Brien is committed to community involvement and has held several positions including 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, Longs Peak Boy Scout Council, and the Boulder Chamber. In 2012, O'Brien was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to service on a statewide Small Business Council.
In the academic community, O'Brien 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, he 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. O'Brien lectures on a national scale for the American Rental Association about community banking and small business lending.
He and his wife, Michelle, are Boulder residents and they have two daughters, Carolyn and Melinda. O'Brien is an avid hockey fan and currently plays hockey two evenings per week.
Katie Olson was born and raised in Boulder. She has been the manager at Art Source International on the Pearl Street Mall 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 was appointed to the DBI Board of Directors in 2014.
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 25 years. She is a founding member of both the Downtown Boulder Association and DBI. 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 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 Boulder-based 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 at DePaul serving 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 loves being back in Boulder and is excited to contribute to the thriving downtown community joining the DBI Board in 2014.
Jake Puzio has been in the banking arena since 1972. His resume includes serving as the President of three different banks in Boulder. His other involvement in downtown Boulder includes; former Chairman of the Downtown Management Commission as well as the past Chairman of the DBI board. Puzio has also served on the Board of Directors for the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District. His other areas of community involvement include: the Boulder Humane Society and the Boulder Hospital Foundation. Puzio 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.
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Alan Rogers is President of the 1155 Canyon Condominium Association. He and his wife, Linda, live and own in downtown Boulder. He is an active Director on private company boards. He has been involved with the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter, National Eagle Scout Association, National Association of Corporate Directors, Partners for Surgery and other volunteer organizations. Previously, he served as CEO of Command Information, Inc. Earlier he was an executive at CACI International and American Management Systems. Alan retired from the Air Force as a Major General where his assignments included NATO, The Joint Staff, and Strategic Air Command. He earned a BS from the USAFA and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Boni Sandoval is the Commercial Market Manager for Boulder & Broomfield Counties. He 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.
Boni started at First National Bank of Colorado over three years ago as a commercial lender. A Denver native, Boni is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has been in the banking industry for over 25 years. He is active in the Boulder community and currently serves on two non-profit boards - the Boulder Humane Society and DBI (currently serving as our chair). He has also been active in the Buff Club at CU.
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Rachel is VP of MarComm for Quick Left, an award-winning software consultancy and product company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Rachel has a rough time with idle time, so she also co-founded the Colorado Women’s Cycling Project, co-organizes MTN Tech Marketing Meetup Group, women’s committee member for the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (and former BoD member), and current advisory board member to the Denver Nordic Association, Opera Denver, and Inside the Orchestra. When she's not working, she’s an elite road and mountain biker, daily hot yoga addict, avid climber, trail runner, nordic skier, and is dabbling in biathlon after a failed attempt at motocross.
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. Shull 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. His large profile of civic and professional accomplishments include: Board Member and First Vice President of the Chautauqua Association Board of Directors (2009-present), Member and Chairman (1995) of DBI (1985-present), Member and Chair of the Boulder Planning Board (2004-2009), Member and Chair of the 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. Shull was a 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.
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.
In 2014, Sam and Cheryl received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the Boulder Chamber.
Iva Townsend is a Midwestern native, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and the surrounding Northwest suburbs. A proud CU alum, she studied Biology and History at the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a B.A. degree in 1997. Well traveled through Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the United States, she and her husband returned to Boulder, Colorado and it became their permanent home in 2000.
Since the year 2000, Townsend has been part of the management team at Big Red F Restaurant Group. During her tenure, she has been assigned to the opening teams for five restaurants, Happy Noodle House, Bitter Bar, Jax Fish House, Fort Collins, Jax Fish House, Glendale and The Post Brewing Co. She has served in the capacity of Director of Sales & Marketing, HR Manager, General Manager, Manager Trainer among other positions within the company. While at Jax Fish House, Denver, Townsend traveled with the team of Jax chefs to the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Currently, she oversees Community Relations and Special Projects for Big Red F Restaurant Group and is the interim General Manager of Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace. She also serves on the Boulder Convention and Visitor's Bureau Executive Board and is active with the Responsible Hospitality Group and AACT Coalition, both groups address alcohol issues in the community.
Townsend lives in North Boulder with her husband and two children and continues to love to travel, ski, cook and eat with her family and friends. She joined the DBI board in 2014.
Jodi Williams grew up in Broomfield Colorado, moving to Boulder in 1973. She attended the University of Colorado at Boulder 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 working for One Boulder Plaza Management and WW Reynolds Companies where she manages seven commercial buildings in the downtown area in addition to nine buildings on Airport Road and two in the Gunbarrel area.