Aileen Berrios, 5Star Bank
Chair, PTAC Board of Directors
Aileen is the Senior Vice President of 5Star Bank and has over thirty years of progressive experience in all aspects of banking, including leadership and executive roles in commercial lending, treasury management, SBA lending, leasing, consumer lending, marketing, factoring, and insurance. She earned her Masters of Science in Real Estate and Construction Management at Denver University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration at Regis University with academic honors of Magna Cum Laude.
Karri Palmetier, Palmetier Law
Karri serves small businesses on a variety of legal and business issues in the government contracting arena, with a focus on the aerospace and defense industries. She has a broad range of expertise including small business issues, contract negotiations, compliance and ethics, and subcontract management. She loves to train and help small businesses grow, which is the reason she was drawn to PTAC. Karri works with multiple organizations in Colorado to leverage each group’s strengths to build our small business and aerospace industries.
During her 8 years in the Legislature, Su distinguished herself as a champion of veterans, teachers and small business. She chaired the pivotal State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee, and passed the bill to codify the partnership between PTAC and the State of Colorado.
Beth Ann Taylor, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Secretary, PTAC Board of Directors
Beth Ann Taylor is the vice president of economic development for the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC. She oversees business attraction efforts; working directly with companies and site location consultants considering Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region for new business locations. She assists with site visits, incentive analysis, real estate needs, and business-to-business introductions.
Mr. Wes Georges is a founding member and current President/CEO of Apogee Engineering. As the president of Apogee Engineering, Mr. Georges is responsible for developing a technically capable and client-focused Engineering Services Company. In his capacity as president and CEO, Mr. Georges has created and marketed the Apogee brand. He navigated the Company through the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 8a certification process in 2007, maintained Apogee’s good standing within the program; and managed the successful graduation in December 2016.
Tom Dickson is the President of Boecore, Inc. and has served in this role for the last 8 of the 15 years he’s been at Boecore. Boecore is a small business (250 employees) specializing in Space Systems, Missile Defense, Early Warning, and Cybersecurity solutions for the Air Force, Army, Navy, Missile Defense, Department of Defense, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
Tom has been in Colorado since 1986 working for both commercial and government contracting companies. He has extensive experience leading multi-million dollar development programs in both the commercial and government sectors. He has built and managed large-scale software systems for space defense, missile defense and telecommunications. Tom’s Systems Engineering and Architecture experience for command and control systems, radar systems and telecommunication systems provides a unique ability to understand customer’s requirements and to bring the right people and technology together to meet challenges. He also has experience in wide variety of government contracting areas such as finance, contracts, proposals, and business development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Nate Moser is motivated leader and certified CSEP systems engineer with expertise in senior leadership roles that are balanced with systems engineering skills, technical management, and technical depth spanning 20+ years as a DoD contractor. Nate thrives on challenging and complex projects, new technologies, field work, managing technical initiatives and mentoring team members.
Nate is currently working as a Sr. Business Intelligence Tech Scout on the SpRCO Design Agent Contract for Quantum Research International. Prior to his current role, Nate was Business Development Director for Oasis Systems LLC and served as a Program Director with over 120 direct technical reports who worked on phased array radar systems for DoD. Nate spent 15 years designing and building Ground Based Satellite Tracking Stations while working as a Senior Systems Lead Engineer for Honeywell on programs with Air Force Satellite Communications Systems (AFSCN). Nate is an active founding member of the Colorado Small Business Contractor Collaborative a.k.a “The Smalls” and has expanded the Smalls events to Pueblo and Southern Colorado. He has developed a weekly podcast (Smallscast Podcast) that has garnished not only national but international attention weekly.
Janine Ledingham, Manufacturer’s Edge
Janine serves as the Regional Director in Northern Colorado and the Western Slope for Manufacturer’s Edge. Manufacturer’s Edge is the not-for-profit manufacturing assistance (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) center for the state of Colorado. Prior to joining Manufacturer’s Edge, Janine spent most of her career in economic development roles, supporting small and entrepreneurial businesses across the state including consulting and Director roles at the SBDC centers in Grand Junction and Boulder and as a Director with the Longmont Economic Development Partnership. She earned her MBA at the University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business and her undergrad BA in History with a BS concentration in Geology at Trinity University in San Antonio Texas.
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