David Talon is a business growth, strategy and execution expert with 20+ years of experience leading new domestic and international business development, setting up distribution networks, increasing top-line revenues and building cohesive teams in the USA, Latin America, Europe and Asia. David has hands-on project management experience helping to create changes in the strategies, plans, systems, and procedures to rapidly increase sales, market penetration and new business growth. David is a Certified Executive Coach with a strong understanding of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) required to adapt business practices to local and regional market considerations. He focuses on early-stage and rapidly growing small-to-medium sized businesses ($0 – $50 Million) with a willingness and capability to expand in both US and foreign markets. David holds an MBA in International Business with a minor in Latin American Geopolitics and has lived in South America and Mexico.
Carrie Schiff is currently Chair of the Governor’s State of Colorado Economic Development Commission, as well as Co-Founding Partner of Sage Law Group. Carrie Schiff is a business lawyer specializing in the representation of technology companies and their investors in corporate, securities and transactional matters. As both a seasoned business executive and outside counsel, Ms. Schiff has participated in the development and execution of commercialization strategies for a range of companies, from global multinational companies to start-ups. Ms. Schiff represents clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing and supply chain, data and geospatial imagery, technology, alternative energy, e-commerce and digital gaming. Prior to co-founding Sage Law Group, Ms. Schiff was Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of MWH Global, Inc., a leading multinational, employee-owned civil engineering and construction firm based in Broomfield that was acquired by Stantec Inc. Before joining MWH, Ms. Schiff served as SVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Flextronics International, Ltd. (Nasdaq: FLEX), one of the largest global electronics manufacturing services companies. Her past in-house experience includes serving as SVP, Corporate Development and General Counsel at USA.NET, Inc. in Colorado Springs, an email outsourcing company. Ms. Schiff came to Boulder in 1993 to open the Colorado practice of Cooley LLP, where she was a Partner. Carrie is a certified Consultant with the Boulder Small Business Development Center and a member of its Board of Directors.
#3 Eladia Rivera has 30+ years as a librarian in a variety of metro area academic and public libraries. Her areas of expertise include business and market research. She specializes in online searching using databases and web resources available via the SBDC and local libraries. She is committed to the discovery of free and subscription based quality online content to help entrepreneurs craft a business plan, research industries and consumer markets and easily track emerging trends.
Steve works with leaders who recognize that sales are the constraint to their company’s growth, and help them understand why and what to do to drive profitable, sustainable revenue. Steve began developing his training and communications skills as a second grade teacher in Summit County, Colorado. An entrepreneur at heart, Steve left teaching to start his own business, and since then, has spent over 34 years as a business owner and in the corporate arena: in industrial relations, operations, quality management, mergers and acquisitions, training, marketing, sales and sales management. Coaching CEO’s and Sales Managers is what he enjoys doing the most.
Karri Palmetier is a partner at Palmetier Law, which was founded to help small and medium-sized businesses navigate the maze of government contracting regulations. Karri brings more than two decades of experience in government contracting and aerospace and defense industries. She started her career as a U.S. Air Force judge advocate where she supported major defense programs, base operational contracting, and international and joint war operations. Karri gained additional breadth working in a major D.C. law firm on a variety of government contracting matters. Karri then joined the in-house legal department at United Launch Alliance where she supported multiple issues across the company, including major government and commercial contracts, business system compliance, Freedom of Information Act, subcontract administration, and major litigation. Before establishing her own practice, Karri acted as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for Special Aerospace Services, a certified 8(a) woman-owned small business. She uses her unique and diverse background to advise companies on all aspects of government contracting, including translating and simplify the byzantine laws of the world of government contracts.