The Denver South Board of Directors is committed to building upon the organization’s legacy through visionary economic development leadership, civic involvement, and positive business advocacy in a non-partisan and collaborative manner to continuously improve the region’s economy and high-quality living standard.

Peter A. Culshaw

Economic Development Chair

Peter Culshaw immigrated from London, UK in January of 1984. He worked as a Partner in the London-based company Gooch and Wagstaff before forming his own business, Winchester Properties in 1985. In 1989 Winchester Properties was sold and Peter joined DTC/Meridian where he served as President and CEO.

He has been responsible for all of DTC’s operations, land development, vertical development, and the acquisition and disposition of numerous assets through the metro Denver area. In 2006, DTC/Meridian was merged with the J.F. Shea Company where Peter now serves as Executive Vice President for Shea Properties, overseeing Colorado and Arizona.

Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Land Administration from Portsmouth University in the UK, is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Colorado.

Peter has had numerous philanthropic involvements. He was a founding member of the Cherry Creek Schools Foundation Board and a board member from 1995-2001, during which time he chaired the annual luncheon for two years. He was a board member of the MackIntosh Academy School from 1994-2000 and Chair of the Board from 1996 -1999. He joined The Children’s Hospital Research Institute in 1994, which he chaired from 1996-2006. He also served as a Children’s Hospital board member from 1997-2006 and is currently a board member of The Children’s Hospital Foundation where he has also served as Vice Chair and Chair. In 2006, he was awarded the Children’s Hospital “Miracles Award” for philanthropy. Peter and his wife, Cathy, have chaired the Kempe Center Annual Dinner as well as The Children’s Hospital Gala. Peter was awarded the Starlight Foundation’s Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award in 2001. He has been a board member of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation since 1996, and the Culshaws chaired the High Hopes Tribune Dinner on behalf of the Children’s Diabetes Foundation in 1997.

Peter is on numerous civic and governmental boards including Chair of Denver South Economic Development Partnership, SPIMD Board, Goldsmith Metro Board, Meridian Metro Board, Greenwood District Board and former member of the Cherry Creek North District Design and District Boards.

Peter is a member of the Urban Land Institute and International Council of Shopping Centers and has been a Colorado University Real Estate Council Member since 1997.

Buz Koelbel, Jr.

Economic Development Vice Chair

Walter A. (Buz) Koelbel, Jr. is President of Koelbel and Company, founded in 1952 and recently celebrating its 67th year in business, one of the longest continually operating real estate companies in Colorado and real estate income producing investments. The company’s efforts are focused on development of office parks, master-planned residential communities, and real estate investments.

Projects include: The Preserve at Greenwood Village, Pinehurst Country Club, Tava Waters, Centennial Valley Business Park, and Rendezvous in Winter Park. New company platforms include urban infill homes through Koelbel Urban Homes which currently has over 250 for-sale units in the pipeline, low-income tax-credit apartments (LIHTC) with over 400+ units developed over the last seven years, and Catalyst HTI at 35th and Brighton Blvd. in RiNo, a 300,000 sq. ft. innovative office development. Its first phase of 180,000 sq. ft. revolutionary building that is part co-working space and part healthcare innovation ecosystem designed to serve as an integrator for the digital health industry and attendant businesses. His professional and civic involvements include the Urban Land Institute, having served six years as Trustee, Co-Founder and Vice Chair of Denver South Economic Development, past Chair and Board Member of Colorado Council on Economic Education, and Denver Museum of Nature and Science Board Member.

Koelbel is a native of Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado in 1974 with a degree in finance. He is married to Sherri, and together they have four children and nine grandchildren.

Mayor Jackie Millet

Transportation Chair

Lone Tree Mayor, Jackie Millet is a solutions-oriented leader with a proven record of consensus building and collaboration. Her years of experience as a Registered Civil Engineer, Lone Tree Planning Commissioner, Council Member and Mayor have afforded Jackie the opportunity to work with a broad range of citizen, business, and government stakeholders to provide real solutions for community challenges.

Jackie has represented Lone Tree on a number of regional organizations including Vice Chair of the Metro Mayors Caucus, Chair of the Denver Regional Council of Governments, the Regional Air Quality Council, the E-470 Board of Directors, and the Partnership of Douglas County Governments. Jackie has become a well-respected voice on many regional issues including transportation and collaborative government.

Kendra has served on the Denver City Council since 2015 representing southeast Denver. Kendra’s priorities include addressing mobility issues by improving our transportation options, making our streets safe and walkable and our light rail stations more accessible. She is an advocate for community engagement and neighborhood planning and is working with community members on their vision for southeast Denver.

Kendra serves on many boards including the Colorado Municipal League, Scientific Cultural Facilities District, Transportation Solutions, Regional Air Quality Council, Denver Park Trust and Denver South Transportation Management Association. Kendra is a Denver native with a BA and MA from the University of Colorado.

Pam is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. As a shopping center professional, she holds the certifications by the International Shopping Center Association as a Certified Shopping Center Manager and Certified Marketing Director with over 30 years of experience in the retail shopping center industry, working in the multiple markets of Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina, and California.

Opening Park Meadows in 1996, Pam brought diversified experience in shopping center marketing, leasing, development, and operations to the unique “Retail Resort” concept for Colorado’s largest enclosed super-regional shopping center, changing the face of the shopping center industry. The recent addition of “The Vista’s” combines entertainment and a lifestyle component to Park Meadows. Park Meadows seeks the very best retailers and restaurants canvassing the entire country and abroad to bring the very best to Colorado. Many retail concepts have one of their first stores in Park Meadows and in many cases one of the best stores in a given chain of stores is the Park Meadows location.

Greg Kelly is President of Kelly Development Services, LLC, a civil engineering, land development consulting and construction management firm. As a registered professional engineer, Greg has been providing professional services to private developers, architects, land planners, municipalities and special districts for over 30 years. His experience in the Southeast I-25 corridor is extensive, having worked on projects in the Denver Tech Center, Centennial, Lone Tree, Ridgegate and Douglas and Arapahoe Counties.

Greg feels strongly about giving back to his community by volunteering his time and has served on numerous boards and professional associations. He is President of the Park Meadows Metropolitan District Board of Directors and is also on the Southeast Public Improvements Metropolitan District Board of Directors. In the past he has served on the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District board and been active in the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties and the Urban Land Institute.

Greg has lived in the City of Lone Tree since before it was a city, over 24 years. He is married to Diane and has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

George started his community service in Greenwood Village as a member of the Greenwood Village Board of Adjustment and Appeals where he served for 12 years as both Chairman and Vice-Chairman. For eight years he served on the Greenwood Village Planning and Zoning Commission including serving as Chairman for three years. He was elected to the City Council in 2015 and served as Mayor Pro-tem from 2017 – 2019. George was recently elected to the position as Mayor in November 2019. He has also participated as a board member of his homeowners association for 21 years and has served as the President for the last 18 years.

George served as President and CEO of an iodine exploration and production company, which traded on the London stock exchange. Prior to that he and his partners founded a telecommunications company, which they built to be a worldwide market share leader. The company was acquired by Polycom Inc. George also held positions in several large corporations including Texaco, IBM and ROLM.

George’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Business both from the University of Wyoming. George and his wife Debbie have lived in Greenwood Village since 1989. Their two sons were raised in Greenwood Village and recently graduated from Vanderbilt University and Wake Forest University. George enjoys travel, fly fishing, golf and spending time with family and friends.

Sam Inman is Wells Fargo’s Commercial Banking Leader for the Denver Tech Center and South Denver Metro Markets. He manages a team of Business Banking professionals who work with local businesses and business executives to support their business needs and goals. Inman has been with Wells Fargo for 19 years, all within the business banking team. Inman began his career with Wells Fargo as a business banking associate, served as a credit analyst for three years, and as a Relationship Manager for three years before becoming the Business Banking Manager for the Denver Tech Center market. He has since had the opportunity to manage business banking teams across Colorado and in Southern Wyoming. Throughout his career, Inman has been active in the community. Sam currently serves as Treasurer for the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation, and formerly was Chairman on the Jeffco Schools Foundation Board, a Boulder Economic Council Member, and SEBP Member. He has formally served on the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Group, SMDC Transportation Committee, SMDC Legislative Action Committee, Town of Castle Rock Investment Committee, and has volunteered for Junior Achievement. Outside of work, Sam is married with two daughters and enjoys spending time traveling, backpacking, road and mountain bicycling, cooking, and exercising.

Senior Vice President, Infrastructure Engineering Director
Merrick & Company

Mike Martin currently serves as a director on the Merrick & Company Board, where he also leads the firm’s Infrastructure Business Unit. Mike is a long-time Denver resident and actively volunteers within his community. Mike has 20 years of experience with increasing responsibilities, focusing in design of arterial and local roadways, intersections, storm drainage systems, water systems, and sanitary sewer systems, as well as the construction management and observation of those projects along the Colorado Front Range.

As a 30-year resident of Arapahoe County, Nancy is committed to enhancing the quality of life for residents. She works to budget responsibly and keep taxes low so Arapahoe County will live within its means and thrive. She is known as a strong, fiscally responsible leader who developed highly effective working relationships with other cities, counties and public entities.

Nancy is focusing on economic development in cooperation with cites, economic development organizations and chambers of commerce. In addition, she works to reduce traffic congestion through roadway improvements with effective public/private partnerships and to mitigate noise impacts at Centennial Airport by working with citizens, the Airport’s Noise Reduction Roundtable and Centennial Airport’s management.

As Commissioner, Nancy oversees the Human Services, Open Spaces and Intergovernmental Relations departments. She currently chairs the Metro Area County Commissioners and the Colorado Counties, Inc. Health and Human Services Committee. She also chairs the National Association of Human Services and Education Steering Committee and is a member of the Colorado Child Welfare Executive Leadership Council.

She represents the County’s interest on a variety of boards and committees including the C-470 Policy Committee, the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority, the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority, Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Denver South Transportation Management Association and the Highline Canal Trail and Cherry Creek Basin Working Groups.

Commissioner Sharpe serves on the Arapahoe County Housing Authority, Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, Urban Drainage and Flood Control District.

Government Experience:

Arapahoe County Commissioner, District 2 (2011-2015)

  • Chair Pro Tem (2011) Chair (2012)
  • City of Greenwood Village, Mayor (2003-2011)
  • City of Greenwood Village, City Council Member (1997-2003)
  • Metro Mayors Caucus Chair (2009)
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments, Chair (2006)
  • South I-25 Urban Corridor Steering Committee, Chair (2003-2008)
  • Southeast Transportation Authority, Board President (2000-2006)
  • Southeast Business Partnership, Board of Trustees (2000-2015)
  • Southeast Business Partnership, Executive Committee
  • Arapahoe County Housing Authority Boundary Control
  • Colorado Women in Government, Past President

Community Involvement:

  • Littleton Hospital Board of Trustees
  • American Lung Association, Executive Advisory Committee
  • Cherry Creek Republican Women member
  • Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver, former Board member
  • Anne’s Episcopal School Development Committee, former member

Education/Professional Experience:

  • Louisiana State University, BS Psychology and Mathematics
  • Management Consultant
  • Great West Life, AVP, Compensation and Customer Service
  • Control Data, Account Manager

Robert Olislagers is chief executive officer of the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, owner and operator of Centennial Airport, one of the busiest corporate and general aviation airports in the US. He is immediate past chairman of the board of HSS, Inc., a leading security provider for airports and hospitals with more than 3,000 employees nationwide. Robert also serves on the board of directors of the International Association of Airport Executives, as well as the Colorado Aeronautics Board following his appointment by former Governor Hickenlooper. He is a certified intelligence analyst, currently participating in a program supported by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Buffalo and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Santa Barbara. Robert also completed studies in national and international security at the USAF Air War College and the JFK School at Harvard University. He has testified before the US House of Representatives and the US Senate on aviation and security matters. He is a published author of many articles on aviation security and aviation history, as well as a book entitled “Fields of Flying; a History of Airports”, with a foreword by General Chuck Yeager.

Mayor Stephanie Piko has been involved with the City of Centennial since 2007, as a member of Centennial’s Open Space Advisory Board, Planning and Zoning Commission and City Council. She brings a broad background to her role as Centennial’s third Mayor. As Mayor she is involved with many state, regional and local committees and boards such as the National League of Cities, Denver South Economic Development Partnership and Transportation Management Association, Centennial’s FiberWorks Commission, Chair of the Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Authority, Centennial’s Audit and Budget Committees and others.

She and her husband, Jim have lived in Centennial since 2001. Their two sons Austin and Conner are both graduates of the Cherry Creek School District where Mayor Piko taught technology for 10 years. In her free time she enjoys being a substitute teacher for the Cherry Creek School District and skiing and hiking in the mountains.

Keith D. Simon is the Executive Vice President and Director of Development for Coventry Development Corp. Coventry manages and develops the real estate assets—large land tracts in Colorado, Texas and Florida—for a private family that purchased them in the 1960’s and 70’s. Coventry is focused on transformative real estate development with mixed-use, compact planned communities that begin with major new employment uses and then add amenities and enhanced value to the surrounding community.

In Colorado, Coventry launched the 3,500-acre RidgeGate Mixed-Use Master Planned Community in Lone Tree in 2001 with the 300-bed Level II Trauma Center Sky Ridge Medical Center. Today the community is home to over 6,000 residents and over 7,500 new jobs, and the RTD Southeast Light Rail Extension opened in May 2019 with connections to Denver Union Station and Denver International Airport.

In Texas, Coventry launched the 2,000-acre Springwoods Village Mixed-Use Master Planned Community in 2010 with a new 12,000-person ExxonMobil Campus. Already the community is home to a broad range of residential products, three hotels, a major retail center and also includes corporate headquarters for Southwestern Energy, the American Bureau of Shipping and HP, Inc.

Simon is on the boards of the Rampart Range Metropolitan District, the Southeast Public Improvement Metropolitan District, the Denver South Economic Development Partnership, The Denver South Transportation Management Association, The Schweiger Ranch Foundation and the Lone Tree Arts Center Fund.

Abe Laydon was elected Douglas County Commissioner, District I, in November 2018 and began serving his first term in January 2019. 

Laydon’s top priorities as County Commissioner include cutting taxes, providing real transportation solutions, ensuring responsible growth, working collaboratively with law enforcement and the school board to make sure we have proven safety solutions ready and in place to protect our kids, and making certain we have clean and abundant air and water for generations to come. 

As County Commissioner, Laydon seeks to collaborate with everyone in Douglas County – citizens, the press, business leaders, civic servants and nonprofits – to deliver good things for the community. He has an open-door policy and invites the opportunity to connect with all constituents and collaborators. 

In addition to his fundamental responsibilities as a County Commissioner, Laydon also serves as a representative of Douglas County, by way of Board appointment, to the following area organizations: Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority Board, Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Investment Board, Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable, Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Control Authority, Community Services Block Grant Tripartite Board, Developmental Pathways Board of Directors, Douglas County Community Foundation, Douglas County Housing Partnership, Douglas County Youth Initiative Advisory Board, and the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. 

Additionally, Commissioner Laydon shares in the Board’s responsibility for the County’s presence on the Chatfield Basin Watershed Authority, Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Metro Area County Commissioners, Partnership of Douglas County Governments and Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. 

Laydon also serves on the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) subcommittees on Health and Human Services, Land Use and Natural Resources, Taxation & Finance, and Transportation and Telecommunications. In spring 2019 he was appointed to serve on both the National Association of Counties Transportation Policy Steering Committee and the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials Public Health Transformation Steering Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative Workgroup for Development of Programs and Interventions, and the Sky Ridge Community Council. 

Prior to being elected as County Commissioner, Laydon served as a Douglas County Planning Commissioner for two terms, and as the Douglas County Republican Party’s first vice-chairman and treasurer. A graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, Laydon has been involved in philanthropy and civic service his entire life. He sits on the board of many local nonprofits, was an officer and member of Denver Active 20-30 and the Metro Denver Board of Christian Legal Society. 

A 15-year land use and business attorney, Laydon was a senior partner at Coan, Payton & Payne, LLC. He is a member of the Denver Bar Association, the Colorado Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. 

Laydon is a proud fifth-generation Coloradan and graduate of Colorado State University and the University of Colorado School of Law. Laydon and his wife reside in Lone Tree with their three children. The family attends and are members of Cherry Hills Community Church.