Experience, Strategy, Execution

Denver South Leadership

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Email: Tom@Denver-South.com

Tom became President and CEO of Denver South in the spring of 2019 after joining in 2018 to assist with financial reorganization. Tom began his professional career as a CPA with Deloitte and continued as a consultant with Price Waterhouse before moving on to SunAmerica Inc. as Chief Financial Officer for their subsidiary Resources Trust Company (RTC) here in Denver. Tom’s role evolved to include Chief Investment Officer of RTC’s $1.5 billion portfolio, the head of its newly formed institutional operations, and ultimately, President of SunAmerica Trust Company.

Since the early 2000’s, Tom has worked in the scale-up and start-up space in Denver in a variety of roles for approximately 20 companies. Outside of work Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and adult children traveling and enjoying the Colorado lifestyle.

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Email: Christine@Denver-South.com

Chris leads the organization’s economic development strategy to grow jobs in the Denver South region. She and her team communicate with companies across the globe and down the street, to tell the Denver South story and connect them to the region’s people, places, policies and partners that will enable their success.

With over 20 years of experience in Colorado’s economic development, public sector and business communities, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge regarding Colorado’s business climate, industry sectors, government programs and the people responsible for them. She recently led the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association as founding executive director, helping to grow the industry with policy, innovation and partnering initiatives while managing the organization’s operations and staff.  Previous stints included leadership positions in the Colorado BioScience Association and serving Colorado Governor Bill Owens in the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

In her free time Chris enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

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Email: Becky@Denver-South.com

Becky is responsible for engaging companies in the Denver South region to facilitate the expansion and retention of primary jobs. She is passionate about connecting with people and businesses, linking them to industry resources, and advocating for the success of companies in Denver South.

Becky joined Denver South in December 2019 after nearly 8 years with Douglas County. With over 17 years of experience in state, county, and municipal capacities, she brings extensive knowledge of business retention program management, government programs, and the regional business climate. She received designation as a Certified Economic Developer in 2018 from the International Economic Development Council.

A fifth generation Colorado native, Becky is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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Email: Eric@Denver-South.com

As the Director of Entrepreneurship, Eric primarily leads the entrepreneurial ecosystem and startup support work while providing support to the marketing and smart cities efforts at Denver South. Prior to joining the Denver South team, Eric spent nearly 10 years working in international development, where he led economic development, educational and small business support projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Eric was the Managing Director of 10.10.10, a new venture accelerator that works with serial entrepreneurs as they create new businesses that tackle challenges in a variety of sectors. Eric is an avid skier and fly fisherman, a soccer fanatic, and lends his time to supporting his family owned coffee business, Queen City Collective Coffee.

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Email: Daniel@Denver-South.com

As Director of Transportation & Mobility, Daniel Hutton brings his past experiences in the public, non-profit and private sectors with specific focus areas including telecommunications and transportation demand management (TDM).  He is passionate about connecting people with places, information, things and one another and works to develop next-generation mobility solutions for advancing Denver South’s culture of innovation and high quality of life.

Daniel joined the organization in October 2016 after nearly four years with the City of Centennial, most recently as Manager for the City’s Bloomberg Philanthropies funded Innovation Team. He received his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado while working as Policy Fellow for another regional transportation management association. Calling the Denver metro region home for over a decade, his roots in Central Virginia occasionally bring out a faint southern drawl.  His personal passions include home renovation, vintage motorcycles, playing drums and guitar and exploring the Rocky Mountains.

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Email: Sheryl@Denver-South.com

Sheryl Machado joined Denver South in November of 2019. She is responsible for communications, government relations and community outreach efforts supporting the organization’s transportation division, which works in support of economic development and innovation efforts. In her role Sheryl develops and executes our transportation division in setting and executing on strategic communications plans. She is committed to leading the organization’s efforts in the government relations arena, working with elected officials and government agencies on key policy and initiatives important to the Denver South region. Sheryl facilitates the ongoing partnerships and management of the Denver Region Council of Governments Way to Go Program and Bike to Work Day. Prior to joining Denver South Sheryl was a Senior Associate with GBSM, a public affairs firm located in Denver. She also brings previous experience working with RTD and CDOT on some of the state’s largest transportation projects. Before her transition into public affairs Sheryl worked for Denver’s WB2 News and Fox 31 as a general assignment reporter. Sheryl is a graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver. In her free time Sheryl enjoys spending time with her three daughters and the great outdoors- hiking, biking, skiing, golfing, gardening and riding her E-Bike.

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Email: Erin@Denver-South.com

At Denver South, Erin heads up the organization’s marketing efforts. She supports the organization in showcasing the stories which make up Denver South and is responsible for strategy and execution to best highlight the region and its assets. Prior to working with Denver South, Erin worked for various advertising agencies in the Denver area focusing on clients in the travel, tourism, and economic development sectors. With over 15 years of experience Erin is excited about honing and growing the Denver South brand by creating unique work to demonstrate the unique and exceptional stories of the area. Outside of work, Erin is fond of spending time with her husband and son.

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Email: Alex@Denver-South.com

Alex Cowsky joined the Denver South team in January 2017. As the Director of Operations, she leads the day-to-day oversight and management of Denver South’s general operations and administrative functions. Originally from Nebraska, Alex previously worked at a bank in the customer service department and in commercial loan operations, and as the office manager of a local nonprofit; she has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Administration degree from CU Denver. Outside of work, she is likely exploring the city and outdoors with her friends.

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Email: Evan@Denver-South.com

As the Transportation Outreach Manager, Evan’s goals are to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. He works with employers and regional decision makers to encourage commuters to try sustainable alternatives to driving alone. These programs are invaluable to employers looking to recruit and retain top talent. Drawn to transportation advocacy during his undergraduate degree, Evan interned at the Colorado Public Interest Research Group, where he worked on multi-modal transportation research and high-speed rail along the I-70 corridor.

Professionally, Evan worked at the Denver Regional Council of Governments as part of their Way to Go Program organizing Bike to Work Day and Go-Tober challenges. After almost three years, Evan moved to Denver South TMA to focus on employers within the I-25 corridor. Outside of work, Evan races road bikes at an elite level throughout the country. He is a self-described Nintendo historian, loves Belgian beer, Japanese single-malt scotch and listens to all genres of electronic music. He is a vegetarian and animal rights advocate.  He is a first-generation Greek immigrant.