brings 30 years of
business and entrepreneurial experience
in the high technology industry to the Company. Prior to Managing
the Longmont Entrepreneurial Network was the Founder President and
CEO, of JPG Systems Technology a systems integrator. Mr. Sammoury
has held Senior Level International Sales/Marketing and Operations
positions with Storage Technology Corp., MiniScribe Crop, Data
Storage Marketing Corp., and GE Financial Services/Comstor.
Sammoury is a graduate of the University of Colorado with a degree
in International Relations and Economics. Mr. Sammoury is Vice Chair of the
Longmont Downtown Development Authority,
(LDDA) Vice President of the
Boulder County Work Force,
and a Longmont City Councilman. He also is a member of the Advisory boards for
Centennial Bank of the West,
board member of the
SpitFire Group and ten LEN client companies.
has been involved in economic development in both Boulder
County, the Northrrn
Colorado Region, and the Pacific Rim for over
30 years. Over those years her involvement with companies, whether
they be start-ups or
companies that have existed for over 130 years,
has allowed her a plethora of
information that makes her an
invaluable member of the LEN board.
As Chairman of
for 5 years,
she helped create an organization that will continue to sustain a vibrant Colorado
economy. She attended the
of Colorado, was a member of the Governor’s
Japanese Initiative, was a founding member of the Japan American Society of
worked tirelessly in creating the Longmont Japanese connection which
has brought many Japanese companies to Longmont, and supported
people many years before the word incubator and entrepreneur came into
For many years she has supported a
number of non-profit endeavors, is a
member of the Boulder County
Business Hall of Fame, was a finalist in the Ernst and Young
Colorado Entrepreneur of the Year, a former member of the
Area Chamber of
Commerce, past Chairman of
CTEK Colorado, and sits
on a number of advisory boards for small businesses. Today, Pratt
owns and operates
Jack is the founder of MicroPhage Inc., an early stage
clinical diagnostic company located in Longmont, Colorado.
MicroPhage specializes in the rapid detection of pathogenic
bacteria and identifying their resistance to specific
Jack is a serial entrepreneur in the field of clinical
diagnostics and has been responsible for the founding of both
MicroPhage and Xtrana Inc., each successful Colorado companies
specializing in human clinical diagnostics. Mr. Wheeler has over
30 years experience in the clinical diagnostics field, with
extensive experience in both international and domestic sales,
marketing, business development and strategic planning.
In addition to MicroPhage and Xtrana, Jack has held executive
positions with Xenometrix Inc., Charles River Laboratories and
Becton Dickinson and Company in both the United States and
Europe. Mr. Wheeler is a founding member and has served as both
the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the
Colorado BioScience Association from 2006-2009.
Mike is the founder and president of
Kirkland & Company, CPA’s, P.C.
He and his team specialize in serving the tax, accounting
and consulting needs of small and medium-sized businesses and
the individuals who own them.
In practice as a CPA for nearly 25 years, Mike is a
specialist in helping business owners with everything from
entity selection to financial statement preparation, SBA loan
packaging, and tax planning.
His long-time involvement in the Boulder County business
community has helped him to develop an excellent referral
network for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Mike currently serves on the Board of
Directors of Longmont United Hospital.
He is also on LUH’s Finance Committee and Quality Action
Committee. For the
past five years, Mike has served on the Board of Directors for
The Tiny Tim Center, a developmental preschool and therapeutic
outreach program in Longmont.
Mike’s prior board positions include the Longmont Area
Chamber of Commerce – treasurer and chairman, Boulder County
Partners – an organization which provides mentors to at-risk
youth, and Hopes Float – an organization which provides
physically and/or mentally challenged children and adults the
opportunity to fish on specially-adapted boats.
to moving to Longmont, Mike was a Senior Manager in the tax
practice of BDO Seidman in Los Angeles.
is a senior partner and co-chair of the Corporate &
Securities Group of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, a regional law
firm with 175+ attorneys and
offices in Denver,
Las Vegas and Albuquerque. Prior to joining Brownstein, Mr. Cudney
led the Western
states regional corporate and securities
practices of two national law firms. Mr.
Cudney specializes in
private equity, mergers and acquisitions and securities
transactions. Over his career, he has contributed substantial time
to capital formation and commercial transactions for start-up and development stage businesses.
Mr. Cudney currently sits on the Board of Directors for Junior
Achievement, LEN and
CTEK Denver Ventures at Stapleton. He
is also a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
of CTEK, Inc.
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grew up in Longmont and has witnessed many changes in Longmont
and the St. Vrain Valley since graduating from Longmont High
School in the early 80s. As the Exectuive Directors of the
Longmont Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Denver
Foundation, Eric works to build and steeward the community
endowment and connect a new generation of residents to the
community through philanthropy.
Prior to working for the Foundation, Eric was employed as a
consultant with Richard Male & Associates (RMA) specifically in
the of fundraising and marketing.
Prior to his work with RMA, Eric worked with a variety of
small to large Colorado nonprofits that focus on volunteer
management, health care, the environment and arts and culture
issues. His work
experience includes: Program Manager for Metro Volunteers,
Director of Development for Dental Aid, Development Director for
Eco-Cycle and Membership Manager for Rocky Mountain PBS where he
was charged with raising over 5.7M annually for the station's
annual giving program.
the new is the Branch President of Colorado Community Bank in
Longmont. Throughout her career in banking she has assisted
new and seasoned businesses owners achieve their goals for
nearly 19 years.
As former President and board member of the Boulder County
Business Hall of Fame, Ms. Closson has been inspired by the
spirit, tenacity and successes of the entrepreneurs in our
community. In addition to the Boulder County Business Hall
of Fame, Allison has served on the board of directors for Extras
for Education, and HealthLinks Foundation. Her fundraising
efforts as part of the Boulder Community Hospital Auxiliary has
helped fund numerous programs and endowments for the hospital,
as well as The Tebo Family Medical Pavilion Cancer Treatment
Allison is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree
in Criminal Justice. She has lived in Longmont for 11 years and
has two energetic children, ages 9 and 7.