Faces of Business

We are open for business…and business is a force for good.

Business is good for Colorado.  When business succeeds, communities succeed, we all succeed. That is the core message of the Colorado Business Roundtable.  But, behind each business are people who represent and work within their businesses.  They come from every walk of life.  They are part of our communities.  They are our neighbors.  And, they are our friends.

The Faces of Business in Colorado are the people who we trust, identify with, engage with and who inspire our loyalty.  The Colorado Business Roundtable Faces of Business campaign provides a window into their challenges, excitement, energy, rewards and reflections of Colorado’s independent spirit.  Our “Faces” embody purpose, pride and passion.  They’ve experienced their share of sleepless lights, late hours, and both highs and lows.

But among these stories, one thing is constant:  “We are open for business…and business is a force for good.” For all of us. Enjoy their stories.

Meet the Faces of Business

Habab Balla

Information Security Analyst
Arrow Electronics

About Arrow Electronics
Arrow Electronics guides innovation forward for over 175,000 leading technology manufacturers and service providers. They develop technology solutions that improve business and everyday life. Arrow works with business partners and nonprofits from around the world on humanitarian projects and innovative programs. They chose projects that leverage the company’s technical expertise and global scope.

Visit Arrow’s website.

José Beteta

Tamil Maldonado Vega

Owners, Raíces Brewing Company

About Raíces Brewing Company
Raíces is a Latino owned and operated brewery in Denver, CO. Raíces, meaning “roots,” is the community taproom that delivers high quality craft beer along with entertainment to connect its guests through culture.  A place where Latinos can connect and feel at home, and non-Latinos can learn about the rich Latin culture surrounded by traditional Latin food, music, and great beer. Raíces three pillars are Community, Culture and Cerveza.

Visit Raíces’ website.

Megan Bomgaars

Author / Speaker

About Megology

Megan Bomgaars is a well-known self-advocate with Down Syndrome, an artist and a rising entrepreneur. Loving to share her life experiences with others, she has developed her skills as a public speaker and travels across the country giving keynote speeches and presentations on a variety of topics. Megan has taken a lifetime of creative experiences and turned them into a full-time passion. Whether its painting, journaling, singing or working with color, it is all done with her own unmistakable style.

Visit Megology’s website.

Genah Burditt

Chief Operating Officer
Blue Foote Engineering

About Blue Foote Engineering

Taking its name after the rare bird, Blue Footed Booby, the name pays homage to the uniqueness of the engineers and collaborative environment of Blue Foot Engineering. They provide highly specialized, niche engineering capabilities for companies with a focused vision that may not require full time staff but require the highest level of acumen and proficiency for the competitive market. Though their primary industry is aerospace, Blue Foot Engineering’s specialists have expertise in biomedical, consumer electronics, academia as well as alternate energy.

Visit Blue Foote Engineering’s website.

Hirut Crusan

Konjo Coffee

About Konjo Coffee

Konjo Coffee boasts amazing, wild grown, organic beans that if done right, can support the sustainable development of local communities and promote the conservation of a biodiversity hotspot that provides water for an estimated 12 to 15 million people. They work hand in hand with partners and local communities on the development of a series of production facilities that increases the quality of the coffee they produce. Konjo Coffee is implementing two programs: one aimed at developing a resilient sustainable livelihood system, and one for improving forest regeneration, all financially backed by their coffee. Not only are you guaranteed a great cup of joe, but you can also enjoy it with peace of mind in knowing that it’s going towards promoting the sustainable development of communities and the conservation of a socio-ecologically important region of our planet.

Visit Konjo Coffee’s website.

Spencer Duran

Chief Executive Officer
HNKY Construction

About HNKY Construction

HNKY Enterprises manages and consults several small businesses across a variety of industries, HNKY’s state of the art small business management system takes customer experience and satisfaction to the next level while ensuring the success of their associates.

Visit HNKY Construction’s website.

David Eddy

Colorado Site Director
The Boeing Company

About The Boeing Company

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, defense, space and security systems, and service provider of aftermarket support. As America’s biggest manufacturing exporter, the company supports airlines and U.S. and allied government customers in more than 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

Visit The Boeing Company’s website.

Jonathan Flora

Partner / Writer / Director / Producer
whet•stone media group

About whet•stone Media Group

whet•stone Media Group is a full-service media company unlike any other. Their creative storytelling experience has been cultivated through top level Hollywood studio experience in storytelling, marketing, and promotion culminating in an innovative and fresh approach. Veteran-owned.

Visit whet•stone Media Group’s website.

Liz Gonzales-Lara

Green Roots Meals

About Green Roots Meals

Originally from Mexico, Green Roots Meals is a family-owned, Denver meal delivery company that beings traditional and authentic Mexican food made with the best quality ingredients from original family recipes, while offering a convenient and delicious dinner option. Erica Arteaga and Liz Gonzalez-Lara saw the potential for a high-quality Mexican food delivery service that could bring prepared meals direct to Denver residents as a solution when pandemic threatened the livelihood of both of their respective businesses.

Visit Green Roots Meals’ website.

Jamal Hart

Carpenter / Painter
Hart to Home Handyman Services

About Hart to Home Handyman

Hart to Home Handyman Services is made up of a husband and a wife who one day, decided to take the work that they love and turn it into a business.

Visit Hart to Home Handyman Service’s website.

Helen Young Hayes

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Activate Workforce Solutions

About Activate Workforce Solutions

Helen Young Hayes founded Activate Workforce Solutions to alleviate poverty through creating pathways to employment. Activate helps Denver-area businesses discover, retain, and develop motivated and loyal talent in hard-to-fill and high-turnover jobs. Activate combines the talents of an expert in identifying potential, an expert in evaluating what really works, and experts in developing inspiring workforce programs.

Visit Activate Workforce Solutions’ website.

Ely Hemmes

Chief Executive Office & Founder
The Unfound Door

About The Unfound Door

The Unfound Door is a creative consultancy firm designed to help you discover the best artistic services that advance your marketing and communications assets. They offer customized photography, videography, online graphic design services and creative consulting unique to your business vision. They believe in utilizing solid systems to leverage efficiency with each and every project.

Visit Unfound Door’s website.

Lloyd Lewis

Chief Executive Officer
arc Thrift Stores

About arc Thrift Stores
Since 1968, arc Thrift Stores has been one of Colorado’s largest employers of people with Down Syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and many other intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their mission is to enhance the lives of these individuals and their families by providing funding to support the Arc, ACL, and Advocacy Denver Chapters in Colorado.

Visit arc Thrift Stores’ website.

Danny Moore

President & Founder
Denovo Solutions, LLC

About DeNOVO Solutions, LLC

DeNOVO Solutions, LLC is a Minority/Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business that delivers trusted professional and engineering services throughout the Intelligence Community (IC). DeNOVO Solutions strives to be the leader amongst small businesses in the Intelligence Community and provide personnel with talent and skills equal to the larger companies.

Visit DeNOVO Solutions’ website.

Benny Samuels

Project Style Denver

About Project Style Denver

Project Style Denver helps women find, create or re-fresh their personal style. They host seasonal boutiques around Denver where you can shop for beautiful, chic and comfortable pieces that fit your style and lifestyle. They also offer closet makeovers and personal shopping services. A portion of your sale goes to a non-profit.

Visit Project Style Denver’s website.

Tim Shephard

VP Business Development Strategy and Operations, Lockheed Martin

About Lockheed Martin

As a global security and aerospace company, the majority of Lockheed Martin’s business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. federal government agencies. In addition, Sikorsky (a Lockheed Martin Company) provides military and rotary-wing aircraft to all five branches of the U.S. armed forces along with military services and commercial operators in 40 nations. The remaining portion of Lockheed Martin’s business is comprised of international government and commercial sales of products, services and platforms.

Visit Lockheed Martin’s website.

Michelle Smith

Vice President Land
Quiat Companies

About Quiat Companies
Quiat Companies is a broad-reaching real estate and oil & gas investment company comprised of approximately 30 real estate and oil & gas entities with holdings throughout the U.S. An innovative leader in investment acquisitions, they invest through ethical and socially responsible business practices while providing increased income for shareholders, employees and charitable giving.

Visit Quiat Companies’ website.

Situated just east of scenic Elbert, Colorado, Country Fresh Farms, formerly The Goatie Girls, is the perfect environment to raise the finest farm to table products.

Visit Country Fresh Farms’ website.

Chelsea Treinen

Sweetwater Boutique

About Sweetwater Boutique

Sweetwater Boutique is located in the heart of historic downtown Evergreen. Sweetwater Is an established and well-loved boutique that has been a part of the Evergreen community for ten years. Chelsea, the new owner of Sweetwater Boutique, recently took over from her mother, Cindy Buck. Sweetwater features many Colorado artists, women owned businesses, and sustainable products they are proud to sell.

Visit Sweetwater Boutique’s website.

Ryan Willard

Marion Street Tattoo

About Marion Street Tattoo

Denver’s friendliest tattoo shop, Marion Street Tattoo is founded and owned by Ryan Willard on Colfax. Marion Street strives to create a comfortable tattoo shop/art gallery setting, featuring one of a kind custom art and tattoos. Their goal is to provide a fun and laid back atmosphere that is welcome to all.

Visit Marion Street Tattoo’s website.

Do You Know of Face of Business?

We are looking for new faces of business to integrate with many of the existing ones. These individuals provide a window into the challenges, excitement, energy, rewards and reflections of Colorado’s independent spirit.

If you’d like to nominate a business leader, whether it’s a CEO of a large corporation, owner of a small business, executive director of a nonprofit or someone at the C-suite level that embodies the campaign, please fill out a nomination form and share a couple of details.