Peter Adams is the Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club and Managing Partner of the Rockies Venture Fund and Rockies Impact Fund. His role includes thought leadership for angel and VC investing throughout the U.S. through blogs, speaking and writing. He has also created the HyperAccelerator one-week accelerator program as well as angel and corporate innovation accelerator programs. Peter has over thirty years of business experience in corporate leadership roles as CIO and economics director and as a CEO/serial entrepreneur. Peter is also the founder of The Rockies Venture Institute and BizGirls.org, a non-profit CEO Development Program for young women. Peter serves on the Board of the Angel Capital Association, a national leadership organization for angel investing in the U.S. Adams is a co-author of “Venture Capital for Dummies,” John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
Dave Harris is the Director of Operations for Rockies Venture Club (RVC), the longest running angel investor group in the US. Rockies Venture Club a non-profit organization furthering economic development in Colorado by connecting investors and entrepreneurs through conferences (Angel Capital Summit, Colorado Capital Conference, and Cannabis Capital Summit), networking events, educational offerings and facilitation of Colorado’s largest angel investor groups.
Prior to joining RVC, Dave worked as a collaborative start-up consultant specializing in strategy, business development, and project management. He also has 7+ years experience in international finance and content management at Thomson Reuters and Lipper, covering the financial markets for Latin America, Europe, and Canada.
Dave is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, and he enjoys climbing 14ers, backpacking, fishing, and cooking; often all simultaneously, while still answering RVC emails.
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Program Manager, RVC
Ian McConville started working with Rockies Venture Club (RVC) in October 2014. He started at RVC as the communications and events manager where he organized the 100 events that RVC hosts every year including: the 300 person Angel Capital Summit, the University Startup Challenge, and a host of other education and pitching events. In addition to organizing these events Ian has managed the communications to RVC’s community of over 5000 entrepreneurs, investors and service providers. He is currently transitioning into the role as the Online Program and Event Developer where he is designing an online platform for entrepreneur and investor engagement and education.
Previously Ian interned in Kathmandu for the Nepal Youth Foundation where he designed a playground for the Nutritional Rehabilitation Home outside of the city. This facility is designed for kids to recover from malnutrition while their caregivers are educated on proper nutritional practices.
Ian graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lehigh University with B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. In his spare time he enjoys hiking the mountains of Colorado and playing Rugby.
Barbara is an experienced international business leader with a current focus on impact investing and social enterprise. She has just completed several years as the Executive Director, Myanmar, for Partnership for Change (PfC), a Norwegian impact investment and international development organization. Barbara worked closely with community, state and national Myanmar leaders to identify, plan and implement programs and development models that improve economic opportunities, and that can be replicated or scaled up, increasing benefit and community skills.
Prior to this position, Barbara was a Princeton in Asia Senior Fellow, working in Myanmar and Thailand on projects supporting opportunities for Myanmar refugees. She has also started two boutique businesses: GlobalSight Partners, an international management consulting organization, and Silk and Stones Travel, a boutique travel company specializing in custom designed sustainable tourism tours to Southeast Asia. Barbara also developed and led the innovative Center for Women Entrepreneurs at the University of Denver. During her career she held executive positions at Sun Microsystems, StorageTek, US West, Raynet, and Bell Laboratories. Her academic credentials include a B.S. and M.S. in Physics, and the Stanford Summer Executive Program.
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Denichiro Otsuga, Ph.D., RTTP
Venture Community Development
Denny brings years of experience in managing technology commercialization, intellectual property and research collaboration. President of EnConnect Holdings, his recent activities include leadership positions to design and implement new strategic initiatives and programs.
Prior to EnConnect Denny supported the technology transfer and intellectual property commercialization fields as Vice President of CSU Ventures, Executive Director of the University of Kentucky’s Office of Technology Transfer, and founding Director of the South Dakota State University Technology Transfer Office.
Having led or co-led negotiations of over 150 agreements where financial transaction terms were included, Denny has experience with transactions types consisting of intellectual property license agreements, industry sponsored research agreements, and grants/contracts from government agencies.
He is also a successful research scientist with multiple publications in high impact journals. Denny has a Ph.D. in Plant Developmental Molecular Genetics from the University of Utah.