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Alex Sammoury Susan M. Pratt Jack Wheeler Mike Kirkland
Alex 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.

Mr. 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
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Susan 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
CTEK Colorado
for  5 years, she helped create an organization that will continue to sustain a vibrant Colorado economy.  She attended the University of Colorado, was a member of the Governor’s Japanese Initiative, was a founding member of the Japan American Society of Colorado, worked tirelessly in creating the Longmont Japanese connection which
has brought many Japanese companies to Longmont,  and supported bright, young
people many years before the word incubator and entrepreneur came into
vogue.  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 Longmont 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 Pratt Properties.

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 antibiotics.

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.  Prior to moving to Longmont, Mike was a Senior Manager in the tax practice of BDO Seidman in Los Angeles. 

 
Kevin Cudney Eric Hozempa Allison Clossen  
Kevin 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,  Washington, D.C., 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 and energy 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.

To learn more about Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck, visit their web site at  www.bhfs.com.

Eric 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.  

Allison is  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 Center.
 

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. 
 

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