The Downtown Boulder Partnership (DBP), formerly Downtown Boulder, Inc., is a 501c6 nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of downtown as the heart of the greater Boulder community. As the umbrella organization for the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District (BID) and the Downtown Boulder Foundation (DBF), the Partnership works tirelessly to make our downtown a national model of success.
Downtown Boulder Partnership efforts include:
Our 400+ member businesses support the overall vitality of downtown through leadership, community celebrations and political advocacy.
Bing Chou is currently a Product Manager at MojoTech, a leading team of software engineers, designers, and product managers creating web and mobile products for customers across North America.
Prior to joining MojoTech he committed career suicide in a variety of ways, including joining a venture backed startup, 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.
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.
Cindy Ward is the Administrative Vice-President at JVA, Inc. a consulting engineering firm specializing in structural, civil and environmental engineering. JVA, Inc. (celebrating 60 years of business) is headquartered in Boulder and has satellite offices in Fort Collins, Winter Park, Glenwood Springs and Denver. Ward has lived in Boulder for 30 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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
Pat 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.
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.
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.
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. He has also been active in the Buff Club at CU.
John is Colorado native who grew up in Longmont and spent a lot of time in his family's grocery store, the Corner Pantry. While attending CSU, he worked in a men's clothing store and shortly thereafter worked as an assistant buyer for Robinsons Department store in Los Angeles. John open Weekends in 1990 at 11th and Pearl with partner John Pitner - who owned J Pitner LTD, in Ft. Collins. Weekends now resides at the corner of Broadway and Pearl and includes The Denim Store. John has been an active member of DBI for the past 25 years and also serves on the Downtown Boulder Marketing Committee. He has also served on the Board of the Boulder Chapter of Trout Unlimited.
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.
Peter Waters has been an active resident and community volunteer in downtown Boulder for the last 10 years. He is the current Managing Partner of T/ACO. Peter has volunteered at numerous DBI events from Bands on the Bricks and Fashion’s Night Out to Munchkin Masquerade and Fall Fest.
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.