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Advisory Board

Board Chair

Executive Director, Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute

Rob Smith

Rob has been in Colorado since 1988 after escaping the east coast to attend the University of Denver. With a Finance degree from DU under his belt, he moved to the mountains during the 90’s to work for 1stBank. It was at the bank where he got his first professional taste of the power of small business and its critical role in the health of a community. Feeling the itch to come back to Denver, Rob went back to DU to get his MBA and Masters of Science in Information Technology. What followed was a winding road of professional opportunities ranging from riding the internet start-up bubble (and burst), management consulting work doing business modeling and process improvement projects for Fortune 100 companies, running the operations for a couple coffee roasting companies, which ultimately landed him as a founder and Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance (RMMFI) Institute where he has been for the last 10 years.

Rob feels strongly about being civically engaged in the community in which RMMFI operates. He has been a Commissioner at the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships, an Advisory Board Member for the Agency on Human Rights and Community Partnerships, a Board member at the Northeast Park Hill Collective Impact Initiative, on the Board at Community Shares Colorado, a founding Steering Committee member for Bank on Denver, and an Advisory Board member at the Urban Cooperative Development Center. Rob is currently the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Denver Metro SBDC, on the Board of Directors for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, an Advisory Board member for the Leadership Foundation Alumni Council, and serves as an Advisory Board member for Mile High Connects, Rob is also honored to have been named a Bonfils-Stanton Livingston Fellow in 2012 and to have graduated from Leadership Denver 2015.

Rob is proud to be so involved in the Denver community and to play a role in re-imagining social and economic inclusion. He is excited to see RMMFI take on more of a leadership role in the effort to use business ownership as a transformational mobility tool for people and communities facing persistent barriers to advancement. As a wonderful nod to the work of RMMFI and the entrepreneurs it supports, the organization won the Metro Chamber’s Small Nonprofit of the Year award and Rob was personally awarded the David E. Baily Small Business Advocate of the Year award. In 2017, Rob was named a Who’s Who in Impact Investing by the DBJ. RMMFI was also named a Top Company finalist in the 2018 CoBiz Magazine’s Top Company Awards.

Board Leadership

President and CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Kelly Brough

As president and CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Kelly Brough is focused on putting more Coloradans to work – in really great jobs. It’s a clear call to action that’s driven this CEO from higher education to City Hall to the chamber.

Kelly has worked to advance our state and find opportunities for improvement whether been it’s advocating for P-20 education reform, implementing ground breaking programs like 3-1-1 and pay for performance for the City of Denver or consulting on dispute resolution for local governments. She’s directed an internationally recognized leadership program, been the chief of staff to then-Mayor John Hickenlooper and was the first female director of human resources for the City of Denver – J in a common theme, she was also the first female on-call snow plow driver at Stapleton International Airport and the first female CEO of the Denver Metro Chamber.

Though born and raised in a small town in Montana, she’s Colorado to the core. In fact, you’re just as likely to catch her testifying at the capitol as you are to find her climbing mountain passes on her road bike.

Vice President of Finance and Operations

Dave Suss

As the Vice President of Finance and Operations, Dave Suss leads the internal service team of the Chamber and its affiliates. Dave oversees finance and accounting, human resources, technology, facilities, membership services and the work of our Denver Metro Small Business Development Center.

Prior to joining the Chamber through the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Dave served as the director of programs and technology at the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, an alumni offshoot of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Before dedicating his career to nonprofit and leadership development, Dave spent time in the private sector working in corporate acquisitions, transitions, centralization and project management with an emphasis on database migrations, workflow management, business processes and stored value cards.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in international affairs and German studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master of arts degree in international management with a focus on finance from the Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin (Berlin School of Economics and Law).

You’ll see Dave in the community as an active volunteer. From 2008-2012, Dave volunteered as a legislative aid for two state representatives, working on policy analysis, creating websites and crafting communications. He currently serves on the board of directors for Spark the Change Colorado and is the Treasurer for the Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance. Outside the office, you’ll find Dave out for a ride on his bike, brewing beer and spending time with his wife and two children.

Advisory Board Members

Name Company
Toti Cadavid
Xcelente Global
China Califf
Colorado Lending Source
Larry Callin
U.S. Bank
Letta Campbell
Johnson and Wales University
Norris Davis
South Platte Investments & Planning
Marilynn Force
The Force Group
Chitti Govindarajulu
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Kyle Grivett
3A Clean
Christopher Leach
Contract Furnishings
Adam McDiarmid
UMB Bank
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