Former Senior Vice President of Technology Conoco Phillips
Stephen Brand began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1976 as a geologist for exploration and production (E&P). In 1980, he transferred to Denver as a geologist for the minerals group. He became supervisor of North America E&P in Houston in 1982. In 1989, he transferred to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as a staff director for E&P and held that position until 1992. Beginning in 1995, he served as Canada region manager of North American E&P. He was also president of Phillips Petroleum Resources, Ltd. and served as E&P business development manager. In 1998, he was named general manager, Australia division. Following the ConocoPhillips merger in 2002, Brand became President, Australasia, then in 2005 was named Vice President, exploration and business. He retired from ConocoPhillips in 2010. Brand was born in 1949 in Owatonna, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1971 with a BS degree in Geology. He received a MS degree in Geology in 1973 and a doctorate in 1976, both from Purdue University.
Executive Vice President,
CEO of Ceramatec CoorsTEK Materials
Doug Coors has been a Vice President of CoorsTek since February 2007 and the CEO of Ceramatec, a related company since April 2008.Mr. Coors has held a variety of positions with CoorsTek and related companies, beginning in 1992 when he began working on government contracts for research and development at Golden Technologies. He served as Engineering Manager for Graphic Packaging, responsible for the construction of a new plant in Golden, Colorado. He joined CoorsTek in 2000, relocating to Northern California where, as Business Unit Manager, he led the very successful InVision project, producing baggage scanners used at airports. He returned to Golden, CO in 2004 as a Director, responsible for identifying business development opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions. He was promoted to General Manager in 2005 leading two Golden facilities and an additional facility in Ventura, CA that he played a key role in acquiring in 2006.Mr. Coors believes strongly in being a good steward of the environment and that success is not achieved individually, but a combination of receiving from others who give selflessly, and in turn giving selflessly to others.Mr. Coors received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Colorado School of Mines.
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck Law and Policy
Steven C. Demby is co-chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's Corporate & Business Department and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. He provides counsel to owners, executives, investors, and financiers on a wide variety of matters across several industries. Over his 26 year career, he has developed a reputation for successfully consummating large, complex transactions involving multiple parties in multiple jurisdictions and countries. Mr. Demby's work includes significant transactions in the energy, telecommunications and real estate industries, including those utilizing public-private partnerships. He is able to bring a unique approach to his work based on his experience running a fast growing telecommunications company in the early 1990s, prior to successfully negotiating its sale to MCI Telecommunications. Mr. Demby is also actively involved in political campaigns and philanthropic endeavors throughout the country.Mr. Demby received his J.D., with honors, in 1982 from the University of Texas School of Law, and his B.S., cum laude, in 1979 from Florida State University.
Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Vestas Americas—Wind Technology
Macdonald joined Vestas in 2005 and prior to this role, was Senior Vice President of Customer Service responsible for developing and leading the Service and Maintenance Operations for the United States and Canada.Prior to joining Vestas, Macdonald served 17 years at Otis Elevator, a division of United Technology, as a leader and manager focused on operations, sales, construction, maintenance and finance. In addition to a broad business perspective, his understanding of the Canadian and U.S. environments allows him to bring strong leadership and vision to his current role. Macdonald earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Western Ontario in London and received an MBA from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Previous board memberships include Burlington Chamber of Commerce, Political Action Committee in 2002; Conservation Halton Board of Directors, participating as Chair of Governance Committee, CAO Evaluation Committee, Resource Planning Committee in 2001; and Etobicoke General Hospital Foundation Board Member, 1995.
President & CEO
Energy Corporation of America Natural Gas
John Mork is President and CEO of Energy Corporation of America (ECA). ECA is a privately held energy company engaged in the exploration, development, production, gathering, aggregation and sale of natural gas and oil, primarily in the Appalachian Basin and Gulf Coast region in the United States and in New Zealand. ECA owns and operates more than 5,000 gas and oil wells in the U.S. Mork began his career in the petroleum industry at Union Oil Co., where he served in various capacities as an engineer. Within two years of graduating from USC, he founded his own company, Eastern American Energy Corp., the predecessor to Energy Corp. of America. He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization, serving as the Rocky Mountain chapter chairman and founding the mountain states chapter of the organization. He attended education programs for senior executives at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Business School. Mork currently is a member of the World Presidents’ Organization and Chief Executives Organization, a trustee of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and a founding board member of Colorado Community Church, which is in Englewood and Aurora, Colo. He is a past director of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
The Honorable Gale Norton
Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, 2001 to 2006
Gale Norton served as the 48th Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2001 until 2006. The first woman to head the 153-year-old department, Norton made what she calls the Four C's the cornerstone of her tenure: Consultation, Communication, and Cooperation, all in the service of Conservation. To implement the Four C's approach, Norton reached out to states, tribes, local communities, businesses, conservation organizations, and private citizens in a variety of ways. Her initiatives included cost-share grants to empower states and local landowners to engage in conservation projects on public and private lands; improvement of forest management practices; and support for environmentally sensitive energy production on public lands, including renewable sources such as geothermal, wind, biomass, and solar. Norton was senior counsel at Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber, P.C., before becoming Interior Secretary. From 1991 to 1999, Norton served as Attorney General of Colorado. Norton graduated magna cum laude from the University of Denver in 1975 and earned her law degree with honors from the same university in 1978. She and her husband, John Hughes, are avid hikers, skiers, and outdoor enthusiasts.
President & CEO
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
George Sparks has been the President and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science since November 2004. Prior to this he was a management consultant with NorthStone Group in Louisville, Colorado. He spent 24 years in the electronics measurement business at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies, a 1999 spin-off from HP. He was general manager for several HP divisions from 1987 to 1999, eventually leading a division of 1,800 people worldwide. His career included marketing, sales, and general management of global businesses in software, systems, and services. Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, George spent nine years in the U. S. Air Force as a pilot and as an assistant professor of aeronautics at the U. S. Air Force Academy. He is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Academy with a B.S. in aeronautical engineering, and he also holds an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT. George's passion is educational public policy, particularly related to science and math. He is a member of Colorado Concern and the Colorado Forum, and is on the boards of the Denver Foundation, Colorado Legacy Foundation, Visit Denver, Mountain States Employers Council, Rose Community Foundation's Education Committee, Colorado Bright