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U.S. General Services Administration has announced the appointment of Susan Damour to serve as regional administrator for the GSA’s Rocky Mountain Region, effective last week.

As the Rocky Mountain regional administrator, Damour will oversee all GSA activities in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, including management of federal real estate and information technology. She will be responsible for an inventory of 615 government-owned buildings, which house nearly 50,000 federal employees.

Damour served as the GSA’s regional administrator from 1998 to 2001, helping coordinate what was then the largest wind energy purchase by federal agencies as part of celebrations marking the nation’s 30th Earth Day. Before returning to the GSA, she most recently served as director of outreach for the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization.

Damour also has served as senior vice president of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood, as vice president of the Bell Policy Center in Denver and as district director in Westminster office of former 2nd Congressional District Rep. David Skaggs.

Damour received her bachelor’s degree at Colorado Women’s College, in Denver, and her master’s of business administration from the Keller Management School of Business, in Chicago.


Jane Goff, a longtime educator and member of the Colorado State Board of Education, was elected to the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) Board of Directors. Goff will begin her two-year term as a director from NASBE’s western region in January.

“Jane Goff’s long experience as a public school teacher, administrator and union leader will serve her greatly as the NASBE helps chart the course for state boards on education policy issues nationwide. The board will likewise be enriched by her perspective,” said NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn. “She and the rest of our board provide their fellow policymakers from across the country the support and diversity of opinion so critical to finding solutions to the educational needs of American students in the 21st century.”

Goff, of Arvada, was appointed to fill a vacant position on the state board in March 2008 and elected to a six-year term in her own right in November. She has been a teacher, world language curriculum coordinator, international exchange director and association leader in Jefferson County Public Schools for 34 years. She also has served regularly on the district’s content standards review and assessment design teams.

As the pre-eminent educational policymaking organization for citizens and students, NASBE,, represents and works to strengthen America’s state and territorial boards of education.


Gov. Bill Ritter has named Jim Martin as the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Martin currently serves as head of the Department of Public Health and Environment, managing a multitude of public health and environmental protection programs. He assumes his new duties Nov. 16.

“Jim has proven himself time and time again as a strong leader and innovative policy maker,” Ritter said. “Colorado will be well served by the depth and breadth of his subject-matter expertise on the issues critical to the mission of the Department of Natural Resources, including public lands, water and energy. His leadership style is one of consensus-building and problem-solving, and he has broad respect among stakeholders and a great record of public service.”

“The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for some of the most important functions of state government, from protecting our water and land to wisely developing energy resources,” Martin said. “I am humbled by the governor’s confidence in me, and I look forward to working with all of the interested stakeholders in building a lasting legacy for Colorado.”

Martin will replace departing DNR Executive Director Harris Sherman, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month to become the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for natural resources and environment, overseeing the Forest Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From 2004 to 2006, prior to joining the Ritter administration, Martin served as executive director of Western Resource Advocates. Before that, he was director of the Natural Resources Law Center at the University of Colorado School of Law. He also was senior attorney and director of the energy program for Environmental Defense, and, from 1986 to 1992, he worked for former U.S. Rep. and Sen. Tim Wirth, including four years as state director and counsel.

Martin earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Knox College in Illinois and his law degree from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, in Oregon.


Longtime banker Tom Flanagan, Division I president, Citywide Banks, has been elected to chair the Board of Directors of the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI), the state chamber of commerce, for 2009-2010.

“CACI’s top priority this coming legislative session will be to oppose efforts in the Legislature to increase taxes on businesses to balance the state budget,” Flanagan said. “Tax increases will harm the ability of companies to keep existing jobs, let alone create new ones, when our critical goal should be economic recovery.

“In addition, CACI will oppose efforts to place costly, restrictive mandates on employers. It will protect the workers’ compensation system and the unemployment insurance fund and work to keep the cost-of-doing-business in Colorado low,” he said.

A six-year member of the CACI Board, Flanagan also has served on the CACI Executive Committee. The board chose Flanagan as chair-elect a year ago.

Peter O’Connor, 2008-2009 CACI Board Chair, the chief administrative officer and general counsel for AngloGold Ashanti North America, became past chair. Rob LeVine, general manager of The Antlers at Vail, was named chair-elect.

Flanagan is a graduate of Boston College and holds an MBA from Babson College. His lifetime career in banking began in Massachusetts and California. He moved to Colorado in 1978 and worked for various banks in Fort Collins and Greeley. In 2002, he joined Citywide Banks.

His community involvement includes the following: Board President, Arapahoe-Douglas Mental Health Network; Director, Mental Health America of Colorado; Trustee, Denver Council, Boy Scouts of America; Director, In Net, Inc.; and Colorado member, Community Banker’s Council, American Bankers Association.

The CACI Board approved the following new Board Members:

Leland Lorentzen, President & CEO, Golden Aluminum

Mark Moses, Joint Venture Partner, Colorado, Outback Steakhouse

Rich Zahringer, Chief Financial Officer, Rocky Mountain Natural Meats, Inc.

Darrin Henke, Vice President, Business Unit Leader, South Rockies, EnCana USA

Pam Nicholson, Senior Vice President, Strategic Integration, Centura Health

Bill Schuck, President and CEO, The Schuck Corporation

The Board also elected to another three-year term the following current Board members:

John Aragon, Vice President of Government Affairs, Comcast

Jonathan Coors, Director, Government Affairs, CoorsTek

Alan Feldkamp, Executive Director, Colorado Operations, Space and Intelligence Systems, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems

Norm Franke, President, Alpine Bank

Alan Hurley, Vice President, Infrastructure Practice, Arcadis G&M Inc.

Finally, the Board elected to one-year terms the following:

• Chair, CACI Educational Foundation: Ray Johnson, Manager, Community Relations and Public Affairs, IBM

• Representing the Colorado Chamber of Commerce Executives, a CACI affiliate: Amy Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer, West Chamber Serving Jefferson County

CACI was created in the mid-1960s when Colorado’s business leaders merged the Colorado Chamber of Commerce with the Colorado Manufacturing Association. Almost 500 companies, local chambers of commerce, trade associations and local economic development organizations belong to CACI. CACI’s mission is to champion a healthy business environment.


Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture, John Stulp, has named Steve Bornmann, of Thornton, as the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Inspection & Consumer Services (ICS) division director.

“The Inspection & Consumer Services Division is the hub of our consumer protection programs and Steve has the experience and dedication to help protect Colorado consumers,” said Stulp. “He has been a great asset to the department and I’m pleased he has accepted this position.”

Bornmann, 50, has been employed by CDA since 1987 and has served as the Technical Services Section Chief within ICS since 2006; he began his duties as ICS Division Director on Monday, November 2, 2009.

“The services within the ICS division touch every Colorado citizen and I consider it an honor to serve the State in this capacity,” said Bornmann. “Consumers’ rights must be protected and I have a passion to promote and safeguard those goals set forth within our programs.”

The primary goals within ICS include consumer protection, promotion of equity in the marketplace, and animal and human health safety through a number of programs administered by CDA.