Bruce Panter, Wells Fargo
Chairman, PTAC Board of Directors
My service to PTAC arises from the economic benefit that PTAC provides the citizens of the State of Colorado. PTAC is an essential service needed to gain a larger market share of the government contracting business. Winning contracts creates jobs and that creates a higher standard of living. I’ve heard of PTAC since its Colorado inception and wanted to serve when I arrived in Colorado Springs 4 years ago.
Susan Fries, Pueblo County Economic Development
Susan Fries, MBA, Economic Development Specialist, Pueblo County Department of Economic Development and GIS. Fries has worked tirelessly to promote and develop the arts in Pueblo during her eleven years (2005-2016) as CEO of the Pueblo Arts Alliance, Pueblo Creative Corridor, and Studios project. Fries has guided, informed and worked intimately with a variety of local non-profits, for profit business, and local and state government to advance the creative industries as an economic development model. Fries has provided consulting support to Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade for the Creative District Program and Space to Create Colorado. Fries presents regularly on topics of Creative Industry, placemaking, Economic Gardening, and Enterprise Zone Tax Credits.
Josh Chesebro, Stockman Kast Ryan & CO LLP (Colorado Springs)
Josh serves companies, with revenues from $3 million to over $100 million plus, in the government contracting, high tech, construction, non-profit and healthcare industries. His expertise includes accounting, financial reporting, audit, review, compilation, and consulting services, and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) compliance.
Additionally, Josh has presented seminars on financial accounting and management topics to a variety of audiences including c-suite executives and to the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. He has also served as a business advisor to the Southern Colorado Springs Business Advisor winner. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Currently, Josh serves on the workforce development committee for the board of the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) and as the Treasurer on the board of directors of KCME. He also serves on the board of directors for High County Home Educators and is the Treasurer for one of High County Home Educator’s divisional boards. He even assists regularly with the Royal Rangers, a local boys club.
Paul Watkins, Guaranty Bank and Trust
Treasurer, PTAC Board of Directors
My first introduction to Colorado PTAC was in 2014 while the team was looking to assist more businesses in the Northern Colorado market. I instantly knew PTAC was different than every other business assistance program I had previously experienced. PTAC’s precise focus on assisting businesses navigate the complex channels to begin building relationships with all levels of government is unparalleled. As a 5th generation Colorado native, I share the same passion of all our PTAC team members in assisting local businesses grow and create jobs.
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
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.
Aileen Berrios, 5Star Bank
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.
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