Board of Directors

Bruce Panter, Wells Fargopanter-bruce

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.

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Susan Fries, Pueblo County Economic Development

Vice Chair, PTAC Board of Directors

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)

Secretary, PTAC Board of Directors

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.

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Paul WatkinsGuaranty 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.

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Su Ryden, Ryden & Associates

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.

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Mike Traxler, University of Colorado Boulder

15+ years of experience guiding cross-functional teams and collaborating with executive-level stakeholders in Industry, Government, and Academia to launch and direct high-profile, multi-million dollar technology innovation efforts. An effective team builder and change agent responsible for standing up 2 new project management offices. I enjoy leveraging my unique blend of program management, technical expertise, process optimization, and interpersonal skills – and surrounding myself with talented people – to create transformational solutions.

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