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Makers & Producers Track [clear filter]
Thursday, June 6

1:30pm MDT

Collaboration as a Competitive Advantage for Outdoor Recreation
Limited Capacity seats available

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Nathan Fey

Director, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office
Nathan leads the Colorado Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry, where he oversees the cultivation of Colorado’s $62.5 Billion Outdoor Recreation Economy and partners directly with the Governor’s office to create policy agendas that promote the conservation and stewardship... Read More →

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Doug Dragoo

Chairman, Colorado Outdoors
Chairman of Mayfly Outdoors manufacturing fly fishing products in a new project called Colorado Outdoors along the Uncompahgre River in Montrose Colorado, THE FIRST APPROVED OPPORTUNITY ZONE IN COLORADO.
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Sarah Shrader

Owner/Co-Founder, Bonsai Design
Sarah Shrader is the Owner and Co-Founder of Bonsai Design, a world-class aerial adventure course design/build firm based in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Sarah’s attention to detail and profitability has facilitated Bonsai’s exponential growth over the last fifteen years, helping... Read More →
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Scott Winans

VP Engr, Mountain Racing Products
Multiple interestts & responsibilities in the community include: - Business Owner @ Rapid Creek Cycles in Palisade- Pres of COPMOBA (non-motorized trails non-profit), & pioneer or the Palisade Plunge trail- Head of Engr at Mountain Racing Products; local product design, development... Read More →

Thursday June 6, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm MDT
Legacy Mutual Mortgage - basement conference room

2:45pm MDT

Blueprint for Growth: Building Vibrant Manufacturing Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

Manufacturing's renaissance in the U.S. has captured the attention of business and economic development professionals across the country, and rightly so. Today's sector is expanding across multiple industries, from aerospace and bioscience, to food and beverage, to promising new consumer opportunities like brewing, distilling, and cannabis. In this session we explore how communities and industries can work together to develop blueprints to support and sustain growing manufacturing ecosystems, from supply chain development to workforce training to specific industry strategies that match current community assets.

This session is designed for manufacturing startups and established companies, service and supply-chain companies, city and local government officials, economic development professionals, and higher education.

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Bart Taylor

Founder, CompanyWeek
Bart Taylor is founder and publisher of CompanyWeek -- Companyweek.com -- digital media and events focusing on the manufacturing economy of the western U.S. Launched in 2013, the publication reports on the the modern manufacturing sector through the lens of companies and the peo... Read More →

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Katie Powell

President, Munro Companies
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Mike Sneddon

President, Wren Industries
Mike Sneddon is the President of Wren Industries. He has over 30 years in Aerospace manufacturing 20 of these as a Manufacturing Engineer for Hamilton Sundstrand and the other 10 years as Owner and President of Wren Industries. Wren Industries is an AS9100 Manufacturing company... Read More →
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Jeff Veirling

Founder & CEO, Tailwind Nutrition
Jeff is a co-founder of Tailwind Nutrition, along with his wife Jenny. Tailwind began with Jeff's head in a trashcan at the finish line of the Leadville 100. That sparked a quest that led to creating his own drink mix for endurance athletes. Soon he was meeting people in parking lots... Read More →
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Scot Hill

Co-Owner, Hill People Gear
My brother and I started Hill People Gear in August of 2010, and we have grown it from a part time job to what it is now, a multi-employee business with a storefront on Main Street in Grand Junction, Colorado. At Hill People Gear we design and sell real use gear for back country... Read More →

Thursday June 6, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm MDT
FACTORY - Event Center

4:00pm MDT

Business Incubator Center Annual Tenant Showcase (4:00 - 7:00 pm)
Limited Capacity seats available

Head over to the Business Incubator Center's Annual Tenant Showcase. There will be tenant and alumni booths showcasing food, products, and services +  Flat Top Reed performance + local wine/beer + door prizes, tours, and demos.

Thursday June 6, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm MDT
Business Incubator Center 2591 Legacy Way Grand Junction, CO 81503
Friday, June 7

9:45am MDT

Intersections of Agriculture, Food, and Community
Limited Capacity seats available

The session will explore the intersections of food, agriculture and community.  We will focus on roadblocks to consuming local food and what steps could be taken to improve the movement of locally produced food to the community.

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Kathryn Bedell

Owner, Roan Creek Ranch
I am an agricultural entrepreneur and local food advocate. If you want to talk about sourcing local food or inputs for your food manufacturing I'm your person.

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Dawn Trujillo

Farmer, Green Junction Farmstead
We love our community! We are proud to be a part of such a wonderful place! We are devoted to becoming practitioners of sustainable stewardship of the land and environment. We have each taken part in the Sustainable Agriculture program at Colorado Mesa University. As we continue to... Read More →
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Jonathan St. Peter

Originally from Rhode Island Chef St. Peter is an American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chef, a Certified Culinary Educator, and a Certified Culinary Competitions Judge. He has a strong background in white tablecloth dining and culinary competitions. He has a wise and lovely... Read More →
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John Sabal

Owner, Palisade Cafe
John Sabal and his wife Marti Montoya started the most recent version -- 11.0 (since the 1930s) -- of The Palisade Cafe 11.0 in May 2016, to focus on the bounty being produced by Palisade and West Slope farmers, ranchers, winemakers, brewers, distillers, cheesemakers, and artists... Read More →
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Jay Hirschfeld

CEO/Founder, 41North Inc.

Friday June 7, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
Legacy Mutual Mortgage - basement conference room

11:00am MDT

Location, Location, Location: Where You Manufacture Matters
Limited Capacity seats available

Finding a manufacturer is a complex task and there are a lot of choices when picking where to manufacture. We will be discussing how to find the balance of speed, quality, cost, and social good in picking a manufacturer. Where does one start and how to verify your manufacturer will be a good partner? We will also discuss lessons learned, tradeoffs, logistical challenges, and meeting consumer demand.

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Amanda Montgomery

Managing Director, Four Points Funding
Managing Director at Four Points Funding LLC in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Programmer, maker, runner, and mother of four. Love all things entrepreneur as well as building robots and coding with kids.

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Skyler Thomas

Owner + Founder, SugarSky
Hailing from a small town in Mississippi, Skyler is a construction engineer by experience and degree turned tiny house designer/builder/dweller, house flipper, headwear biz owner and website developer by passion and grit. No stranger to Corporate America, Skyler started her first... Read More →
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Kelly Watters

CEO, Western Rise
Kelly is a 4th generation entrepreneur. She earned her Masters Degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and has over 10 years of experience in operations, logistics, finance, team building, and general management at both non-profit and for-profit business. In 2014 Kelly... Read More →
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Amy Edwards

Co-Founder, WeWarriors
WeWarriors manufactures washable, reusable hygiene products for women. We're on a mission to empower women and make eco-friendly products practical and mainstream. We manufacture pads and bags at a sew center in Colorado. I love talking about sustainability, design and manufacturing... Read More →

Friday June 7, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
Legacy Mutual Mortgage - basement conference room