Keener Pledges to Take Chamber and its Members to “New Level of Service”
Centennial, CO – Feb. 7, 2020 — The South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) has named Jeff Keener its new Chief Executive Officer. Keener, a SMDC Board Member and the owner of a marketing firm, replaces Robert Golden who resigned from the SMDC in late 2019.
“As we approach the Chamber’s 100-year anniversary, we’re excited to gain someone as passionate about the business community as Jeff Keener. It’s an exciting time for the SMDC and we look forward to Keener’s leadership, especially as he helps evolve our best practices to reflect the growing business dynamics in the south metro Denver region,” said, Christie Lee, SMDC Board Chair and Director of Government Relations with Lockheed Martin Space.
Keener said the Chamber is poised to grow even more in 2020 and the years ahead thanks to a strong board and strong economy, especially in the south metro Denver area.
“People join the Chamber to be fully part of the community,” Keener said. “I’m committed to making sure that we meet our members’ needs so that their desire to be involved in their community is satisfied. I appreciate our Chamber’s important role: we are a critical nucleus for our various communities in the thriving south metro area.”
Originally chartered in 192, the SMDC is about to celebrate its Centennial year and is one of the most influential forces in local government and regional economic development. What began as a small-town Chamber of Commerce has transformed to a key player in the South Denver region: influential in 4 counties and 18 cities with over 650 business investors.
Keener owns JMB Marketing, a consultancy that provides businesses support in the sales and marketing arenas. Keener was the winner of the SMDC Leadership in Motion Award in 2012. He is a former councilman for the Town of Breckenridge and a former member of the Board of Directors for Colorado Ski Country USA. Keener has always been an active member of his community, including stints volunteering with the Littleton Hockey and Soccer Associations and with the Arapahoe High School Lacrosse team.
About the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce
Through a variety of educational and networking events and subsequent collaboration, SMDC members have the opportunity to meet and get to know other business leaders who listen, bounce ideas back and forth, resolve issues, and find solutions to their mutual business challenges. More information is available at bestchamber.com.
DENVER – February 11, 2020 – Comcast today announced David Salazar as the new Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Comcast Mountain West Region. In this role, David will be responsible for leading Comcast’s sales and marketing efforts serving more than two million residential customers across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Tucson, AZ and parts of Idaho.
David joined Comcast in 2016 as the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the Houston Region. Under his leadership in this role, David and his team focused on delivering a consistent employee and customer experience in every interaction. David will continue building on that success in the Mountain West Region to ensure more people in our communities are able to connect with each other through Comcast’s innovative products and experiences.
“David is a high-performing, dynamic leader who pushes his team to continuously put the customer first,” said Amy Lynch, senior vice president of the Comcast Mountain West Region. “From Internet Essentials, our affordable home internet program, to Flex, our personalized streaming dashboard for Internet customers, and through our award winning innovations like the X1 Voice Remote and Xfinity X1 Eye Control, David and his team will make it easier for people to connect simply and easily to what matters most.”
Prior to Comcast, David served as a General Manager at Coca-Cola Refreshments where he led a Sales & Operations team of 1,400 members in several cities across Central and Southern Texas. He’s also held leadership sales roles at Direct Energy, T-Mobile USA and Pepsi Bottling Group. David and his wife are happy to be joining family in Colorado and will make Centennial home.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights. Visit www.comcastcorporation.com for more information.
City of Centennial Gathering Community Input on Colorado Boulevard Corridor
The City is conducting a multi-modal corridor study of Colorado Boulevard from Orchard Road to County Line Road. One of the project goals is to gather resident input about uses of the corridor. An informal meeting took place January 21 at King Soopers in Cherrywood Square. Several of these type of meetings will take place throughout the early part of 2020 to spread the word about the study and encourage residents to participate in an online survey about the future of the corridor.
The study is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2020. Learn More or Share Input
Become a Sponsor of Centennial’s ‘State of Our City’
The Rotary Club of Centennial and the City of Centennial are pleased to announce the 16th Annual State of Our City Luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020, from 11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 10250 E. Costilla Avenue in Centennial. As in previous years, this event is expected to sell out and potential sponsors are encouraged to make their sponsorship decision as soon as possible. If you're interested in a sponsorship opportunity, please contact Rotarian Diana Whye at 303-506-1105.
Centennial Earns No. 5 Spot on ‘Safest Cities’ List
The City of Centennial has been ranked No. 5 on the list of safest cities in Colorado.
The list, compiled by insurance and lending firm LendEDU, looked at cities with populations higher than 10,000. Cities were ranked based on the rate of violent crime (2.33x weight) and the rate of all other crimes (1x weight). Cities with low crime rates had higher “safety scores” and vice-versa for those with high rates of crime. Crime numbers were adjusted by population to account for differing city sizes.
“Public safety has always been our first priority, so receiving a designation like this is very gratifying for the City,” said Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. “We’re incredibly grateful for our law enforcement officers and others who help keep us safe.”
This is Centennial’s second top-5 safe city designation in recent months. In November, 24/7 Wall Street named Centennial the No. 2 safest city in the state.
By Michael R. Greco of Fisher Phillips LLP
When an employee resigns to join a competitor, it is important to respond promptly. Odds are that the employee has been orchestrating his or her departure for weeks or months. The security of your trade secrets and/or customer relationships may have already been compromised. It is important to act quickly. Here are some things to keep in mind.
1. Discontinue remote electronic access — The traditional office is no longer confined to the walls surrounding an employee’s desk. Employees access their computers and voicemail from remote locations. It is important to immediately discontinue a departing employee’s electronic access. Doing so can bolster an employer’s ability to seek trade secret protection for its information, and it can limit the ability of a former employee to electronically misappropriate key information.
2. Ensure return of records and property — Departing employees, particularly long time employees, may have acquired company records in hard or electronic form over a period of years. Employers are well advised to seek written confirmation from departing employees that all such records and information obtained as a result of their employment with the company have been returned, including company information that may reside on electronic devices owned by the employee. Return of all office keys, building access cards, and tangible property should also be required.
3. Freeze usage of employee’s computer — When an employee resigns, it is not always possible to know immediately whether the employee presents an unfair competitive threat. It may be a few weeks before an employer learns that the former employee engaged in misconduct. Computers previously used by the former employee can be a valuable tool when conducting an after-the-fact investigation, but key evidence can be lost (e.g., overwritten or deleted) if the employer has continued to use the former employee’s computer. For this reason, a former employee’s computer should be removed from active use if there is any suspicion that a former employee poses a competitive threat. If this is not feasible, making a forensic image of the computer presents another alternative.
4. Exit interview — If the departing employee is willing, the employer should conduct an exit interview during which the employee is asked about future employment plans, reminded of contractual obligations (such as non-competes or confidentiality agreements), and requested to return all property of the employer.
5. Check computers — Employees often plan departures months in advance. Key files and information can be emailed to a private e-mail address or downloaded to a flash drive with the stroke of a few buttons. Unusual emails or bulk transfers can provide an employer with an indication that departing employees may not have the best of intentions.
6. Transition clients — Clients should be assigned new company contacts as soon as possible. This will enhance the employer’s chances of solidifying and maintaining the client relationship, and may uncover evidence of the former employee’s misconduct such as a breach of a non-solicitation agreement.
7. Interview co-workers — Departing employees often talk to their co-workers. In these discussions, they may foreshadow their post-employment intentions, reveal prior misconduct, or perhaps they may attempt to recruit co-workers for the benefit of their new employers. Co-workers can be a valuable source of information for the investigating former employer.
8. Online social media — If a former employee’s misconduct or candor is in question, former employers might consider reviewing statements made by former employees on online social media. These outlets are sometimes used by departing employees to contact former clients or to post confidential information.
9. Notify former employee of contractual obligations — Departing employees should be reminded immediately in writing of any contractual obligations they may have (e.g., non-competition and non-disclosure agreements), advised that the employer takes these obligations seriously, and provided a written copy of their agreements.
10. Scan files — A former employee’s files should be reviewed to determine whether anything appears to be missing or destroyed.
Join New York Times best-selling author Tayari Jones, who will discuss her most recent book, An American Marriage: A Novel, which is a love story torn apart by social injustice, on Thursday, February 20, 7 pm at Embassy Suites DTC, 10250 E. Costilla Ave., Centennial.
Selected for Oprah’s Book Club, this stirring masterpiece is an insightful look into the lives of three people separated by forces beyond their control. Published in 2018, An American Marriage also appeared on President Barack Obama’s summer reading list and was awarded the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Jones is an A. D. White Professor at Large at Cornell University and the Charles Howard Chandler Professor of Creative Writing at Emory University. Her other books include Silver Sparrow, The Untelling and Leaving Atlanta.
Enjoy light refreshments and an author signing. Her books will be available for purchase from BookBar.
To save your spot, visit arapahoelibraries.org/author, stop by any library or call 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279).
The Presidential Primary is upon us. While it seems like it's already been happening for years now, the actual voting is about to start. Voters in Iowa will caucus this upcoming Monday, February 3. Colorado's primary is not for another month; we are part of 14 states that will vote on March 3, or Super Tuesday. However, keep in mind that February 3 is the last day to register in order to vote in that party's presidential primary. If you're a registered Democrat then you will get the Democratic primary ballot in the mail (17 candidates have qualified for that ballot), if you're a registered Republican then you will get the Republican primary ballot in the mail (six candidates, including Trump, have qualified for that ballot), and if you're registered Unaffiliated then you will get both ballots in the mail but can only return one. You can check your voter registration status and make any changes by visiting govotecolorado.com. Ballots will be mailed out to all active registered voters beginning on February 10.
In the General Assembly, things have been busy to say the least. We now have nearly 400 bills that have been introduced - 241 bills in the House and 153 bills in the Senate. Senator Donovan introduced a bill to introduce and manage gray wolves in Colorado. Senators Ginal and Zenzinger introduced a bill to prohibit exotic animals in traveling performances. And Representatives Kipp and Jaquez Lewis introduced a bill to protect pollinators through pesticide regulation. Wolves and elephants and bees oh my!
The General Assembly also saw it's first long and contentious floor debate this session when the Senate debated whether or not to repeal the death penalty. If ultimately passed by the House and signed by the Governor then Colorado will no longer be able to use the death penalty for any newly committed offenses. This bill does not affect the three individuals who have already been sentenced to death and currently sit on death row. The last time that Colorado executed a prisoner on death row was in 1997.
In lighter news, the General Assembly should have some new members soon. The vacancy committee in House District 6 (East Denver) will convene on February 4 to appoint someone to succeed Chris Hansen. The vacancy committee in House District 38 (Littleton) will convene on February 8 to appoint someone to succeed Susan Beckman. Stay tuned for more news on who wins those vacancy appointments.
Also, this week the Colorado Hospital Association withdrew its lawsuit filed against the Colorado Division of Insurance over rules tied to the state's reinsurance program. Chris Tholen, CHA president, said “we support a forthcoming legislative solution that is a win-win-win for the reinsurance program, for hospitals, and for the state budget. That said, if the administration proceeds with the attempt to collect hospital payments early — especially in the face of a workable solution — we’ll be back in court if necessary." Stay tuned for more news because this issues is not going away.
Finally, more health legislation news came out of the JBC this week. Senator Rankin moved two bills to drafting - one related to the IDD wait list and the other related to Total Cost of Care. Keep in mind, though, that moving a bill to drafting does not mean that a bill will be a JBC bill - all six members must vote yes for something to be a JBC bill but not all six are required to move to a bill into drafting. The Total Cost of Care bill is a potential alternative to the public option bill that we expect to be released in mid to late February.
Until next week…