Company Celebrates its 15th Year in Business
Catch Fire Marketing rang in its anniversary this month with an exciting party. An abundance of people gathered to celebrate 15 great years of operations. “It has been a privilege to serve so many group organizations over the past 15 years,” said Steve Bocher, Catch Fire Owner. “And despite some rough economic patches, we have watched our community grow and thrive and we are looking forward to seeing it prosper during the next 15 years!”
Located in Greenwood Village, Catch Fire Marketing is a full-service company that supports the marketing efforts of businesses of all sizes. They support clients in a wide array of projects including: designing and producing trade show booth graphics, sales collateral materials, product materials, advertisements for national magazines, E-marketing ads, custom newsletters (design, production, and mailing), logo design, branding schemes, client gift programs, employee recognition programs, and more. They also offer a combination of print, direct mail, graphic design, promotional products, and decorated apparel.
Catch Fire Marketing has enjoyed success by growing and retaining clients via referral. Their niche is helping small and medium sized companies grow their sales by staying in touch with clients and prospects. And their client base is diverse: retail, restaurants, non-profit, schools, professionals, service providers. To learn more about how Catch Fire Marketing can help your business grow, visit www.catchfiremarketing.com or call 303.789.4663.
Two local IT managed services companies become one; add CEO
September 18, 2015 – NexusTek, a leading Denver-based managed IT services and business software consulting services firm, announced today they have acquired the assets of Illumen. The former CEO of Illumen, J. Michael Jenner, will move into the role of CEO at NexusTek.
Jenner is a recognized industry leader in IT services, with more than 25 years of experience in outsourcing managed services, software and IT.
“Adding Illumen’s robust client portfolio and proven leadership in the Denver market makes sense for NexusTek,” said Jim Qualteri, President of NexusTek. “With Mike Jenner at the helm, and given his experience leading service divisions of more than 2,000 IT professionals, we will drive our growth strategy while continuing to deliver the highest quality professional services to the SMB market across Denver, Colorado’s Front Range, and the region.”
The transaction expanded NexusTek to more than 50 Denver-based employees providing service to well over 500 clients, establishing the Company as one of the largest locally-headquartered IT firms serving small and medium-sized businesses.
“The combined talent, resources, and service offerings of our companies will continue our legacy of delivering excellence in IT services and will create the number one, Denver-based Managed Services Provider for small and mid-sized businesses.” said Jenner. NexusTek plans to leverage its growth platform to further consolidate the local IT service provider market and expand regionally.
NexusTek, an award-winning Microsoft Gold Partner, provides small and medium-sized businesses a trusted resource to optimize and manage their IT environments, ensuring business continuity and driving productivity. From managed IT services to cloud solutions and customized business software implementations, NexusTek employs top talent, offers personalized attention, and brings nearly 20 years implementing technology best practices for companies across Colorado and the region. For more information: http://www.nexustek.com/
Andrea Brito-Amador, Marketing Communications Specialist
Make your reservation for November 3-5, 2015
Legislation will very soon be in session, and the Chamber is excited to announce its annual Legislative Action trip to D.C., co-hosted with the Colorado Business Roundtable. This is a unique opportunity to make an impact in Washington and on your business. It’s your chance to interact directly with policymakers, White House officials, and Chamber members.
The trip’s mission is twofold: to educate and empower Chamber members, and to represent the voice of the south metro Denver business community at the Capitol. We will be speaking with senior White House Officials about Infrastructure, International Trade, the Department of Defense, and Energy. These dynamic conversations will be inspiring, motivating, and spark change.
The trip will begin in the morning on Tuesday, November 3, and commence Thursday evening. This is a once-in-a-lifetime itinerary, including: Meeting with the Departments of Energy, Commerce & International Trade, a Congressional Reception Dinner, White House tour and U.S. Chamber Meeting, an individual meeting with members of the Colorado Congressional Delegation, and much more.
On behalf of the South Metro Denver Chamber and the Colorado Business Roundtable, we hope you will join us. The cost is $1,500 to include: accommodations, transportation within D.C., and most meals. Space is limited to 20 Chamber members and 10 members of the Roundtable. For more trip details and to reserve your seat, please contact Natalie Harden at NHarden@bestchamber.com or 303.795.0142.
DISCOUNTED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR SOUTH METRO DENVER CHAMBER
MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES, FAMILY, & FRIENDS!
New discounts include:
The Dove Valley Metropolitan District (DVMD) has been in existence since February 1984 and encompasses approximately 2,072 acres. The service area is strategically located in Arapahoe County and the City of Centennial, adjacent to Douglas County within proximity to the Denver Tech Center, Centennial Airport, DIA; adjacent to premier communities and school districts of Colorado, making it an ideal location to live, work, and play.
Access is just east of I-25 and Centennial Airport, south of Arapahoe Road, west of US-83/Parker Road, and north of E-470. This District is home to such businesses as: The Denver Broncos Training Facility, Bradley Petroleum, Mountain Man, Vistar, Oppenheimer Funds, Arrow Electronics, Comcast and Digicomm, just to name a few. Also located within the District are 8 miles of trails with 9 additional trail miles planned for, and 85 acres of parkland as well as numerous community service centers. At complete buildout, the District is anticipated to include approximately 2,500 multi-family residential units, approximately $3,000,000 square feet of light industrial/office warehouse, office, and commercial/retail development, and 300 +/- acres of undeveloped land.
The primary mission of DVMD is to provide street improvements, park amenities, and transportation services that benefits both businesses and residents. In an effort to achieve these goals, areas of focus include:
Improvement to the area’s visibility and overall identity.
Promotion of regional economic development, furthering the goal of attracting new business at an accelerated pace and retainage of existing corporate citizens.
Improvement to the access and wayfinding from major transportation corridors by making better connections from the north/south gateways and from the east/west gateways.
Providing for well-planned park and trail amenities that enhance the quality of life for both business and residents.
Creation of a community within the District that embraces and promotes quality, vitality, and sustainability for generations.
A job, a home, quality park amenities, or a peek at your favorite Denver Bronco…you can find all of these and more within the Dove Valley Metropolitan District.
For more information about Dove Valley Metro District visit, http://www.dovevalleydistrict.org.
The Chamber’s 6th Annual Conference was wildly successful
Hundreds of women gathered at Infinity Park Event Center for the conference on Tuesday, September 1, with the intent to be inspired as leaders in their professions, homes, and communities. The program kicked off with emcee Denise Plante of “Colorado and Company” and KOSI 101.1 dazzling the audience while they listened to five incredible speakers.
Susan Morris, Maureen Shul, Melissa Risteff, Jillian Gibbs, and keynote Jacqueline Hinman each had powerful presentations, unique and valuable, with one underlying theme: keys to successfully being a woman in business. All five presenters brought up the importance of having a mentor in your career life, while also being a mentor to someone else.
There was a breakout session in the afternoon, covering topics such as adding humor into your marketing, why determination is crucial for personal success, and the fine line between love and hate in customer service. This all-day conference united women in the South Metro and Denver Metro area, leaving them with thoughts about goal-setting, how to get to where you’re going, and what’s actually important to your personal journey. Awards were presented to:
• Sue Kenfield, See It Thrive, LLC, “Leader of Involvement” award
• Mona Feeley,WhippleWood CPA’s, “Leader of Influence” award
• Jennifer Manhoff, Colorado Heights University, “Growing Leader” award
Congratulations to the winners! The South Metro Denver Chamber would like to thank all of its speakers and sponsors for this uplifting day: Safeway-Albertsons, Mass Mutual Financial, Baird, Iliff School of Theology, Footers Catering, Kaiser Permanente, AAA Colorado and Tropical Smoothie Café. A huge thanks to the executive committee of the Women in Business group and Stephanie Short of Steph Short Marketing.
The South Metro Denver Chamber is continuously looking for ways to provide our members with additional services and resources. Today, we are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that welcomes you, through your existing membership with our local chamber, as a new member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at no additional cost.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation and 96% of their members are small businesses like you. Through your membership with the U.S. Chamber, you will have access to the many valuable benefits designed specifically for small businesses, including the toolkits available on Small Business Nation, news and advocacy updates, and other products, services, and publications.
In the coming week, you will receive an email directly from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce providing you with your membership number and information on how to access the many resources now available to you. Be sure to add ‘email@example.com’ to your address book to ensure the email reaches you. We hope you find as much value in your membership with the U.S. Chamber as we have.
South Metro Denver Chamber
As Fall arrives, so does the onset of a new fiscal year for the Chamber, and we are eager to hit the ground running. The Board of Directors is a vital part of this Chamber’s success, and I would like to acknowledge and thank Herm Brocksmith, Geoff Lawton, Tom Puntel, Becky Takeda-Tinker, Mary White, and Cleve Wortham for their past service to the Board. I would also like to thank Rick Whipple for his service as our past chair, and welcome Mark Alpert in his place.
The South Metro Denver Chamber looks forward to a fresh year. I am so grateful to the individuals who have brought such value to this organization, and am excited to celebrate more successes with the people that have made a difference!
2015/2016 Board of Directors
Mark Alpert, Chairman
Integrated Delivery, Senior Vice President
Rick Whipple, Past Chairman
WhippleWood CPAS, Cofounder & CEO
Steve Roper, Chair Elect
Roper Insurance, President
Rick Koontz, Treasurer
Kimberly Alexander, Secretary
Kimberly Alexander Inc, Business Strategist
Paul Franke, Legal Counsel
Polsinelli PC, Shareholder
Keith Evans, Economic Development Chair
Kaiser Permanente, VP Marketing, Sales & Business Development – CO Region
Jeff Wasden, Public Policy Chair
Colorado Business Roundtable, President
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Xcel Energy, Area Manager, Community & Local Government
Frederic de Loizaga
CERE, Senior Associate
Arapahoe County, Commissioner
Clinic Service Corporation, President/CEO
CAP Logistics, CEO
Footers Catering, Owner
Lockheed Martin, Director, Government Relations
PADT, General Manager
Children’s Hospital, Physician Relations
Douglas County Schools, Superintendent
Denver Scholarship Foundation, Deputy Director for Finance & Administration
JMB Marketing LLC, Owner/Sales Partner & Broker
See it Thrive, Owner
University of Colorado, Assistant Vice President for External Relations and Advocacy
EIS Solutions, Project Manager