By:Ted White Issue: Biennial of the Americas 2010 Section: Inspirations
Denver has shown its potential to be the epicenter of the Americas thanks to the Biennial of the Americas. Eight former presidents, a handful of Brazil’s most successful CEOs, inspiring artists from across the Americas, and over fifty of the Western Hemisphere’s brightest minds flocked to Denver this past July. The Biennial hit Denver with a whirlwind of activity and color, and it did so on time and on budget, thanks to the invaluable efforts of the Biennial staff and board of directors. Mayor John Hickenlooper brought together a team of individuals to convert a vision into reality. He chose wisely. His vision of Denver hosting the Biennial of the Americas became reality thanks to the excellent work that went on behind the scenes.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the tireless efforts of the staff and dozens of volunteers who were led by CEO Erin Trapp, President of Operations and Finance, Donna Good, and President of The Americas Roundtable, Jim Polsfut.
The board of directors worked efficiently and cohesively to ensure the Biennial’s success. We met regularly to resolve major issues, ensure budgets were met, and help secure sponsorships. My fellow board members got the job done and did so without compensation. Please join me in thanking the Biennial board of directors. Without their dedication, the Biennial would still be just a vision.
The inaugural Biennial of the Americas was an ambitious undertaking that was by all measures a tremendous success. This "world's fair of ideas" successfully established Denver as the epicenter of the Americas. Greater collaboration among the 35 countries of the Americas is already taking place. Colorado benefited financially from the influx of activity, and the impact will be even greater as the Biennial grows in magnitude.
Congratulations to everyone involved in this monumental and successful event! Sincerely,
Denver Biennial Of The Americas Board Of Directors
Edward (Ted) White Chair, Board of Directors, Biennial of the Americas Chair, Transaction Section - Moye White, LLP
|Thomas Williams Treasurer, Board of Directors, Biennial of the Americas CEO - Williams Group LLC|
|James R. Mulvihill Founder & Principal Black Creek Capital, LLC|
|Don V. Bailey Chairman & CEO Triton Investment Company|
|Mario Carrera Vice President and General Manager Entravision Communications Corporation|
|Michael T. Fries President & CEO Liberty Global, Inc|
|Erin Trapp Ph.D. Secretary, Board of Directors, Biennial of the Americas Director - Denver Office of Cultural Affairs City & County of Denver|
|Roxanne White Chief of Staff, Mayor John Hickenlooper City & County of Denver|
|Amy Harmon Managing Partner Urban Market Development, LLC|
|Patricia Barela Rivera Principal PBR Consulting|
|Zee Ferrufino CEO Latino Communications|