Mitt Romney-Organization, Colorado
updated February 4, 2008


The Romney For President Colorado Statewide Finance Committee (announced Aug. 15, 2007)

Honorary Finance Chair Former Governor Bill Owens Owens served two terms as Governor of Colorado, from 1999-2007, and was re-elected by the largest margin in Colorado history. During his two terms, Owens was committed to improving Colorado's transportation infrastructure, reforming education, and lowering the tax burden for families and businesses. He is currently Vice Chairman of RBS Greenwich Capital, an institutional banking and capital firm with more than $160 billion in assets. Owens also is a partner in the JCB Group, a Denver-based land development firm with projects in Colorado and Arizona. (announced as a senior advisor to the Romney for President Exploratory Committee, Inc. on January 5, 2007)

Honorary Finance Chair John W. Suthers Suthers is the Attorney General for the State of Colorado, having been appointed to his position by Governor Bill Owens in January 2005 and elected in November 2006. Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Suthers served as the United States Attorney for the District of Colorado, a position to which he was nominated by President Bush in 2001 and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate that same year. He also served two terms as the District Attorney for Colorado Springs. He has served on the board of numerous civic organizations, including as Senior Vice President of the Colorado Bar Association, and as President of the Colorado District Attorney's Council. He is a lifelong resident of Colorado. (endorsement announced July 19, 2007)

Honorary Chair Senator Wayne Allard Senator Allard is currently serving his eleventh year in the United States Senate. He is a member of the Appropriations, Budget, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Banking, and Housing and Urban Affairs Committees. Senator Allard is also founder of the Senate Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Caucus. He is currently the Chairman of the Senate Space Caucus. He formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Colorado State Senate and is a trained veterinarian. (endorsement announced Apr. 16, 2007)

Political And Finance Chair Bruce Benson Benson is the President and owner of Benson Mineral Group, an oil and gas production company, and has owned companies in many other industries. He has an extensive background in political and community fundraising. Benson has been a Finance Chairman for both Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, and numerous candidates in statewide races. He was elected to four terms as Chairman of the Colorado Republican Party. In 1994, he was the Republican nominee for Governor. Benson has been a major leader in the civic and philanthropic community. His real passion is education he has chaired or served on many educational institution boards and commissions.

Political And Finance Chair Marcy Benson Benson is the former Director of the White House Fellows program under Presidents Reagan and Bush. She also spent four years in the Reagan White House and has worked on numerous political campaigns. Benson is a community volunteer and has served on many boards, most recently as Chair of the Children's Hospital Foundation and as Co-Chair of the $250 million campaign for the new Children's Hospital in Denver.

Finance Co-Chair Mark Falcone Falcone is the Founder and Managing Director of Continuum Partners, a real estate development company. Throughout his career, he has been actively engaged in dialogue to advance more sustainable settlement patterns within his industry and amongst public policy makers. Currently, he chairs The Nature Conservancy's Colorado Chapter Board, is a member of the Colorado Forum, a Founding Director of the Lab Experiments in Arts and Ideas, a member of the Colgate University Board of Trustees, and a member of the NEA's Mayor's Institute on City Design Advisory Board.

Finance Co-Chair Maria Garcia Berry Berry is Founder and CEO of CRL Associates, Inc., a prominent government affairs firm in Colorado. Over the years, in addition to successfully lobbying for prestigious development projects in and around the state, Berry has managed dozens of winning political issue campaigns in the Denver Metropolitan area. She has also served on the campaign finance committees for Senator Wayne Allard and Congressman Bob Beauprez. Berry serves on numerous boards including the Citywide Banks, the WellPoint Colorado, the Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Auraria Higher Education Center.

Finance Co-Chair Doug Robinson Robinson is a Co-Founder and Managing Director at St. Charles Capital, a mergers and acquisition advisory boutique. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Hanifen, Imhoff and a Principal at Hambrecht & Quist. Robinson currently serves as the Chair of KidsTek, providing technology education to underserved children, and is an Executive Board member of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Members Of The Colorado Statewide Finance Committee:
- Jeff Adams
- Jay Allen
- Don Bailey
- Rick Balli
- The Honorable Bob and Claudia Beauprez (endorsement announced July 11, 2007)
- Scott Congel
- Alex Cranberg
- Cortlandt Dietler
- Meg Duke
- Bill Fisher
- Sergio Gutierrez
- Jane and Frederic Hamilton
- William J. Hybl
- Eric Jenson
- Mary Pat Link
- Senator Andy McElhaney
- Senator Shawn Mitchell
- Marcus Mollmann
- Dave Noble
- Charlie Peck
- Scot Sellers
- Leslie Stanford
- John Strohm

More Supporters (announced Jan. 24, 2008)
Steve Bosley, Boulder - Serves as a University of Colorado Regent. He served in the banking and finance industry for more than 30 years, most of that time as President & CEO of the Bank of Boulder. Regent Bosley has five children and nine grandchildren.

Ken Buck, Greeley - Elected District Attorney of Weld County in Nov. 2004. He has experience prosecuting violent criminals, fraud, and other high-profile cases during his tenure with the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver. District Attorney Buck was hired by then-Congressman Dick Cheney to work on the Iran-Contra Investigation and then worked as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. He joined the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office in 1990. He and his wife, Perry, have two children.

David Casiano, Parker - Elected Mayor of the Town of Parker in 2004. As Mayor, he serves on the Denver Regional Council of Governments and on the Denver/Baghdad Partnership for Peace. He also teaches and directs theater at the Parker campus of Lutheran High School. Mayor Casiano and his wife, Susan, have been married for 16 years and they have one daughter, Jennifer.

Dave Clark, Loveland - Mayor Pro Tem and has served as a City Councilman since 2004. Mayor Clark has worked in his family's commercial construction business since 1970. He and his wife, Paula, have six children.

Jim Dyer, Littleton - Elected Arapahoe County Commissioner in Jan. 2007, representing District 2 and is Chair Pro Tem for 2008. As Commissioner, he oversees the Information Technology and Public Works and Development departments. Commissioner Dyer was the Republican Senator from Senate District 26 for six years. He served on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senate Health, Environment, Welfare and Institutions, and the Senate Appropriations Committees. Commissioner Dyer has three daughters.

Erik Hansen, Thornton - Elected Mayor in Nov. 2007. Previous to that, he served as a Thornton City Councilmember, elected first in 2001. He has also been Chairman of the Agency for a Clean Thornton board and was President of the Woodbridge Station Homeowner's Association. Mayor Hansen is the Vice President of Marketing for ID Watchdog, a Denver-based identity theft protection company. He and his wife, Holly, have been married since 1997 and have a son, Quincy, age 5, and a daughter, Grace, age 3.

Kyle Hybl, Colorado Springs - Elected University of Colorado Regent from Congressional District 5 in 2006. Regent Hybl earned his B.A. and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and is a former Air Force Captain and Judge Advocate. He currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel for the El Pomar Foundation and General Counsel for The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. He is also General Counsel to The Garden City Company in Garden City, Kansas, and legal adviser to the National Homeland Defense Foundation in Colorado Springs.

Walt Skowron, Loveland - City Councilman. He has a distinguished 44-year record of public service contributions to the City of Loveland and the State of Colorado. Skowron retired from Hewlett-Packard and Agilent in 1999 concluding a 37-year technical engineering career as HP's Global Events Manager. He is a military veteran and served during the Korean War. Skowron is married to his wife, Beverly.

Wayne Williams, Briargate - An El Paso County Commissioner since 2003. During his time on the Board of County Commissioners, he has worked to increase citizen involvement through open meetings throughout the county and through expanding the resources available on the County's web pages. In addition to his service on the Board, Commissioner Williams owns his own law practice focusing on labor and employment law matters. He also teaches employment law seminars locally and throughout the nation. He and his wife Holly have three children.

Colorado "Women for Mitt" Coalition - co-chaired by former First Lady Frances Owens, Marcy Benson and Shirley Seitz (announced October 10, 2007)

and endorsed by
Denver Post   (02/03/08)
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