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Denver Metro SBDC Staff and Consultants

Our team is committed to the growth of Colorado businesses and the creation of jobs and wealth for entrepreneurs. With five administrative staff and over 20 consultants, we represent a broad range of diverse backgrounds, experience and expertise. As part of the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network, we also have access to more than 300 business consultants across Colorado.

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Our Staff


China Califf

China Califf comes to the organization with nearly 20 years of experience helping entrepreneurs and small businesses start and grow. In her role at the Denver Metro SBDC, she will oversee a team committed to providing educational programming, one-on-one free consulting and virtual resources to Colorado entrepreneurs.

Prior to being named director of the Denver Metro SBDC, Califf spent 17 years at Colorado Lending Source, where she led branding and marketing strategies, worked with Colorado’s Congressional Delegation and oversaw operations for the organization. Colorado Lending Source has been a key partner of the Denver Metro SBDC for the last two decades. Both organizations are committed to fostering a healthy economy by supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs. Ongoing partnerships between the organizations include Trout Tank Pitch Competition, LEADING EDGE, SBDC Day, Ice House Entrepreneur Development Training and countless educational panels and event collaborations. Califf will continue to foster that partnership in her new role.

Director of Programs and Engagement

Rob Rose

Rob Rose is the Director of Programs and Engagement for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He manages personal and professional development programming for both members and nonmember’s alike. The programs range from basic leads group pipeline feeding opportunities to working with emerging leaders as well as programming specifically for business owners of all sizes.

Rob has been with the Chamber of Commerce for over 15 years, prior to joining the Chamber and the Denver Metro SBDC he was an assistant golf professional at Glenmoor Country Club in Englewood, Colorado where we worked with members through golf instruction and tournament production.

Rob received his BA from the University of Northern Colorado, his area of focus was Mass Communications with an emphasis in Advertising.

Rob has served the community as a Board member of the Autism Society of Colorado for over two years and currently serves on the Advisory Board for A Precious Child as well as a newly formed Development Group for Goodwill Industries of Denver. Rob is passionate about giving back to the Denver business and nonprofit community that has given him so much in return.

Rob and his wife, Veronica, live in Parker with their three children, Ashton, Jordan and Aidan.

Program and Communications Manager

Morgan Alu

Morgan Alu is Programs and Communications Manager at the Denver Metro SBDC and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He joined the team first as an intern in June 2015 and was brought on full time in January 2016.

Morgan graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in December 2015 with a B.S. in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. During his studies, Morgan gained valuable experience by working with multiple existing and start-up companies. His hobbies include snowboarding, golfing, and the Denver Broncos.

Customer Service Specialist

Kim Roberts

Kim Roberts serves as a customer service specialist for the Denver Metro Small Business Development Center and is the first point of contact for SBDC clients. She is responsible for managing consultant schedules and setting up appointments.

Prior to joining the Denver Metro SBDC, she served as front desk support for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Kansas, Kim brings 16 years of teaching experience. She also worked at Denver-based company Frontier Airlines for six years where she developed her strong customer service skills.

Kim enjoys gardening, travel, and reading.

Programs and Marketing Coordinator

Hallah Noble

Hallah Noble is Programs & Marketing Coordinator at the Denver Metro SBDC & Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. She joined the team in February of 2020.

Hallah graduated from Temple University in May 2018 with a B.A. in Business Administration. Having recently moved from Florida, Hallah has previous experience handling the marketing and events for a law firm as well as working alongside multiple chambers of commerce.

Her hobbies include hanging out with her pup, Lucy, and attending concerts.

Our Consultants

Nancy Barnett

Start-up assistance, business plan writing

Nancy Barnett

Nancy Barnett assists entrepreneurs with their start-up businesses. She is co-owner of APIS Business Solutions, an accounting/bookkeeping firm that also offers human resource consulting. Nancy has 25 years of experience in corporate training, human resources, and vocational training. Her passion is helping business owners start or improve their businesses by understanding all the components necessary to build a strong business foundation. She takes pleasure in helping owners with strategic planning and business plan development. Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Pacific Western University. She was awarded her professional certification as senior professional in human resources by the Human Resources Certification Institute/Society for Human Resources Management.

Gary Tickle

Consumer Package Goods, Executive Leadership, Growth

Gary Tickle

Gary is an Australian by birth and a dual citizen of Australia and New Zealand. A dynamic leader with the extensive US and global experience driving transformation in a broad range of CPG categories over his 30-year career. He has eighteen years of C-Level experience ($200M – $10B revenue) including turnaround assignments, strong innovation agendas, and global strategy development, particularly focused on the nutrition and wellness space. Today he is the CEO, North America of a Software as a Service Platform for Field Force Excellence. Prior to this, he was the CEO of Hain Celestial North America, a NASDAQ listed natural and organic food company based in NY.          He also had an extensive international career with Nestle, as Global Strategic Business Unit Head of Infant Nutrition based in Switzerland, before coming to the US as President and CEO of Nestle Nutrition North America. He was Regional Business Head of South Asia based in New Delhi India and CEO of Nestle New Zealand for five years. He holds an MBA from Deakin University in Australia, a Batchelor of Business in Operations Management/Human Resource Management and a Post Graduate Degree in Finance. Gary has held a number of Industry leadership roles, including Chairman of the Infant Nutrition Council of America and Vice Chairman of the Food and Grocery Council in New Zealand. He also served as a Board Member of Buckley Country Day School in NY and today is an External Advisor on the AT Kearney Consumer Industries and Retail Panel. His leadership style promotes a positive, collaborative and innovative culture driven by consumer insights and quantitative analysis. A people leader who develops motivated and empowered teams to build and execute a winning strategy and strong brands in highly competitive markets.  A veteran of a major global acquisition, a global strategy role, multiple acquisition integrations, leading the South Asia Region, turnaround assignments in Operations and Industry body leadership roles.

Jennifer Kurtz

Business Planning, Strategic Growth, Technology, Government Procurement and Certifications, Marketing

Jennifer Kurtz

Jennifer Kurtz is cyber program director at Manufacturer’s Edge, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner for Colorado. She has worked for more than 20 years in different aspects of business: as an entrepreneur (technology consulting and landscape design), strategic relationships liaison, organizational development lead, and founding principal for Conundrum Creek Consulting. Her government procurement experience includes RFP development, proposal writing and review, program evaluation, project management, contract fulfillment, certifications, and GSA Schedule. She is affiliate faculty at Regis University (graduate courses in cyber security and project management since 2010); author of the book “Hacking Wireless Access Points: Cracking, Tracking, and Signal Jacking” (2016), in addition to book chapters and articles—and a monthly blog on practical security, “Simply Cyber”; five years as technology infrastructure manager for an international automotive manufacturer; and former award-winning director of eCommerce for the State of Indiana. She holds an MBA and PMP certification. Through the Denver Metro and Pikes Peak SBDCs, Jennifer has co-led the Leading Edge for Transportation/Construction Industry program, the Growth Catalyst Business Coaching program, and created a series of cyber-security courses for small businesses.

Greg Durocher

LEADING EDGE Facilitator, Business planning, Start-up assistance

Greg Durocher

Greg Durocher is Co-founder and CEO at Safe Ride 4 Kids, LLC. Greg first came to the SBDC as a client in 2014. He was looking for ways to expand his business and knew that he needed a formal business plan to present when seeking funding, whether that be a loan or investors. He found in the SBDC class offering, including Leading Edge, exactly what he needed to compliment the consulting he received.


Fast forward to today. Greg and his business have received recognition and awards in the state-wide business plan competition and Trout Tank pitch event and his business SafeRide4Kids.com has grown into a very successful e-commerce business thanks to the support from the Denver SBDC. Because of his history as an SBDC client, his entrepreneurial success, his desire to serve, and his background in training & coaching, Greg was invited to take over facilitating the Leading Edge class as well to be on the team of consultants serving the SBDC’s clients. Greg also has a second successful business that is related to his coaching and training endeavors.


Before entering the world of entrepreneurs Greg was a career firefighter/paramedic for thirteen years and a volunteer for five years prior to that. For more than 15 years he has also been a student of human behavior and change. He has trained under and learned from the very best in the world: Tony Robbins, Steve Linder, Cloe Madanes, John Gray, Deborah Battersby, and many others. His training includes Human Needs Psychology, Strategic Intervention, Neurostrategies, NLP, Hypnotherapy, and EmMatrix. With this diverse background, he can help business owners on many levels in their entrepreneurial journey.


In 2003 he married his wife, Amie (who is also one of his business Co-Founders). They have three children, and they live, work and play in Denver, Colorado.”


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Jeff Gilbert

Start-up and business planning, restaurant-retail industry, financial analysis

Jeff Gilbert

Jeff Gilbert is a business consultant at the Johnson & Wales University satellite office and has more than 15 years of experience with the SBDC. As a consultant, he assists clients with retail operations, with an emphasis in the food industry. Gilbert is an entrepreneurship and business professor at Johnson & Wales University. He has owned and operated 10 businesses over the past 25 years, including a chain of pizza stores. Currently, he is the owner of a flower shop. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in accounting from Western Washington University. He earned his MBA in finance from the University of Phoenix.

Wendy King

Strategic marketing, branding strategy, negotiation, sales

Wendy King

Strategic marketing expert and founder of bForward Group, Wendy King helps small- and mid-size businesses move forward by creating roadmaps for results. Her background–which spans several industries and continents–helps her instantly understand the problems companies face while trying to grow. With a focus on practical, real-world advice and a preference for cost-effective marketing strategies, Wendy’s motto, “Moving Your Business Forward,” shows in everything she does. She works with companies in order to help them develop new opportunities that expand their business. She also helps clients develop marketing and sales plans and strategies that have produced several successful programs resulting in new and increased business. She has an extensive background with other organizations as a senior consultant, VP of Marketing and Director of Marketing. With an undergraduate degree in Health Administration, Wendy received her MBA in Marketing from Illinois Institute of Technology Stuart School of Business.

Jim Olp

Start-up assistance, business plan writing, funding options, tax and accounting issues

Jim Olp

Jim Olp has a depth of experience derived not just from his many years working with SBDCs, but also from his ownership of more than a dozen small businesses. He has taught virtually every aspect of small business management and operations at the college level for more than three decades. Jim has exceptional expertise in business financing options and can assist clients in structuring their business plans and pro forma projections toward the goal of securing financing. He can also assist with questions related to the various taxes and accounting problems.

Louise Walsh

Business plan writing

Louise Walsh

Louise Walsh has more than 35 years of small business experience, providing a strong basis for her work with SBDC clients as she assists with business plan development and review. A Colorado native, Louise is President of Resolution Enterprises, LLC, a business consulting firm specializing in business planning. Louise is a 2006 Top Ten Business Women of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) and continues to serve as an Ambassador Representative for the 13 states in the western United States. She holds an MBA from Denver University.

Steve Parry

Sales and marketing

Steve Parry

Steve Parry is President of Sales Productivity Consultants (SPC), a 14-year-old sales strategy consulting firm. Steve works with leaders who recognize that sales are the constraint to their company’s growth. SPC helps companies to remove sales constraints by developing and implementing customized sales strategies, systems, and processes. And we help you recruit self-starting, independent team players who over-achieve sales goals.

Steve began developing his training and communications skills as a second-grade teacher in Summit County, Colorado. An entrepreneur at heart, Steve left teaching to start his own business, and since then, has spent over 30 years as a business owner and in the corporate arena: in industrial relations, operations, quality management, mergers and acquisitions, training, marketing, sales, and sales management. As was true when he taught 2nd grade, Steve’s passion is enabling client employees to recognize their full potential.

His various roles have provided him the opportunity to speak and train before diverse groups across this country, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Norway, Sweden, and Japan.
Clients have ranged from multi-billion dollar international firms to your local flower shop.

Priscilla Orozco-Garcia

Start-up assistance, business valuation, financial analysis, accounting, QuickBooks, cash flow forecast, financial budgeting and analysis

Priscilla Orozco-Garcia

Business Consultant Priscilla Orozco-Garcia is an accounting and financial professional with more than ten years of experience in financial practices, serving an executive role in providing credit training, education, industry knowledge, and services, nationally and internationally for lenders, and banking institutions. She is also the owner of YTD Bookkeeping Service LLC, a company that provides the bookkeeping needs to other companies. She works with a variety of clients that are in different industries such as trucking, medical, distribution center, restaurant and product & service.

Orozco-Garcia is fluent in both Spanish and English. She has demonstrated abilities in executing and managing the front lines of customer service and solutions for both B2B and B2C clients. Her experience in the accounting industry has confirmed that her performance in demonstrating valuable business insight: developing, executing, and managing organizational financial and accounting goals; maintaining and administering the financial affairs and functions of a company; recommending cost-effective plans, and providing administrative and organizational operational management solutions. She is skilled at overseeing the daily management of company payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, operations accounting, preparation of checks and payments. Orozco-Garcia is capable of managing the rigorous credit and banking compliance requirements for both national and international customers. Orozco-Garcia is a certified Intuit QuickBooks User and a Full Charge Bookkeeper.

Bob Smith

Project management, estimating and bidding, cost accounting and cost control, plans and specs, bonding guidance, controls and agreements

Bob Smith

Bob Smith has 23 years of construction management experience with 10 years focused years on subcontractor coordination and consulting. Owner of Eaton Cole Construction services, Bob’s area of expertise is providing technical assistance to subcontractors on public and private construction projects. Bob has been a consultant at the Colorado Department of Transportation for over nine years. He works in tandem with owners and prime contractors to exceed project goals and aid in the growth of local, small and disadvantaged businesses.

Bob has provided procurement assistance to prime contractors regarding minority contractor procurement; developed and conducted technical assistance training workshops specifically for subcontractors; analyzed design team proposals and negotiated contracts; assumed oversight of all contractor performed work and administration; supervised the bidding process and development of cost estimates to make contractor selections; prepared and authorized construction and design team contracts; developed project schedules, updated weekly and conducted weekly progress meetings; reviewed, prepared and approved pay applications; managed day-to-day project operations, including RFIs, change orders and submittals; requested value engineering changes / construction options to achieve significant cost savings; coordinated the planning and permitting process with multiple municipalities; overseen project start up and close out; performed cost estimating, cost controls, risk management, quality control, value engineering and constructability reviews; implemented “contractor capacity assessment” for subcontractors to evaluate increased contractor capacity and project success; prepared and analyzed RFQs and RFPs as an owner representative and project manager; managed employee hiring and evaluation procedures; directed bid package preparation, evaluation and awards; performed unit cost estimates during the early stages of engineering and design for systems planning and alternative analysis studies; developed and managed minority contractor procurement programs that are project-specific, meeting or exceeding goal requirements; and administered bonding and insurance compliance.

Adriane Sanford

DBE/ESB/MSBE/SBE certification, project plans and specifications, CDOT prequalification, CDOT bidding

Adriane Sanford

Adriane Sanford is founder and principal of The Sanford Group, LLC a professional service consulting firm headquartered in Colorado that provides their clients with innovative solutions to diversity program development and approaches in the transportation, construction, government, and economic development markets. Recognized for her passion and being a strong advocate and proponent to the small and disadvantaged businesses, Adriane built her entire career on that reputation. Her dedication for working in the spirit of excellence and delivering value and benefits to her clients and the diversity community continues to be the hallmark of her reputation.

Adriane brings more than 18 years of experience providing small business and economic development consulting; diversity participation programs; community outreach programs and the creation and development of technical assistance support services that leveraged best practices for the small, women and disadvantaged businesses in the construction/transportation industry. She has a strong community involvement and currently serves in a number of key leadership roles in the business community, including member of the Construction Empowerment Initiative for the City and County of Denver. She served in various capacities that reshaped the City & County of Denver 2014 Ordinance that governs the minority and women business enterprise program. She currently serves on the RTD Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Advisory Committee (DBEAC), CEI Airport Concession DIA Subcommittee and the Colorado Black Chamber- Black Construction Group Subcommittee. Adriane received her Associate of Art’s Degree in Human Services at the Colorado Women’s College in Denver Colorado.

Rex  L. Davis

Construction, Estimating & Bidding

Rex L. Davis

Rex Davis is the owner of Rex Davis & Associates, LLC, a company doing consulting to construction companies with concerns about their business and estimating practices. Through Rex Davis & Associates, LLC he has done consulting and workshops for Colorado Department of Transportation, Rocky Mountain Minority Contractors, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Colorado Contractors Association, Associated General Contractors of Colorado, M.A. Mortenson Construction, and numerous individual companies on their construction estimating and business practices.

He has worked in the construction industry for over 45 years in numerous capacities as part of the labor and management forces working my way up through an apprenticeship program to becoming a project manager before going out on his own.

While working his way up the employee ladder he also was pursuing academic achievements as well, completing a Construction Management degree, Small Business Management certificate, AutoCAD certificate, OSHA Outreach instructor certification for 10 hr and 30 hr courses, and a Colorado fulltime vocational teaching credential for carpentry and construction.

With his vocational teaching credential and background, he has taught for over 30 years in apprenticeship programs, community colleges and the University of Denver in their Construction Management programs.

As an added bonus to his understanding construction business and estimating practices, he spent a year as a consultant for Marathon System Services, a company that developed and sold the construction estimating software “eCaliper”.

Devin Fox

eCommerce Guru

Devin Fox

Devin Fox is an eCommerce Guru proficient in marketing strategy, storytelling, product development, market penetration, retailer programs, and business unit leadership. He has proven results leading teams to exceed revenue and profitability goals at Fortune 200 companies and startups in diverse industries such as Furniture, eSports, Baby Products, Home Security, and Automotive.

In Devin’s current role as Senior Director of eCommerce and Digital Strategy, he spearheaded the launch of the MojoDesk brand and website (mojodesk.com) to add a new B2C revenue stream for Xybix (xybix.com), a 30-year old B2B manufacturer, designer, and sales leader of height-adjustable workstations in Littleton, CO.

Technical Proficiency:
Shopify, WordPress, BigCommerce, Google AdWords, Google Analytics, Klaviyo, Mailchimp, Search Engine Optimization (SEO),  Digital Marketing, Asana, FreshDesk, BaseCamp, SalesForce

eCommerce, Content Strategy, Branding, Team Leadership, Digital Marketing, Go-To-Market Strategy, Product Management, Project Management, Future Product Roadmap

Adam Melnick

Adam Melnick

Adam is a Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he teaches a variety of entrepreneurship related courses and works with MSU Denver’s Center for Entrepreneurship. His research interests include access to capital for underserved businesses as well as social impact businesses.  He is also on the Board of Bluestar Recyclers, a non-profit electronics recycler that exists to provide meaningful employment for people with disAbilities.  Prior to joining MSU Denver, Adam worked as Senior Entrepreneurship Officer and In-house Counsel at Colorado Lending Source, where Adam worked with over 125 small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs as the facilitator for their Ice House Entrepreneur Development program. This program helped his organization remain an integral part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem across the Front Range. Adam also co-founded Conscious Capitalism Colorado. CCC inspires, educates, and assists individuals and businesses to implement the pillars of Conscious Capitalism and thrive financially while elevating the quality of life for all stakeholders.

Stefanie Fox

Stefanie Fox

Stefanie has a diverse background in nonprofit, corporate and start up environments. In her current position with Colorado Enterprise Fund, she does regional business development to support the mission’s micro-finance initiative by giving entrepreneurs and small businesses access to capital when traditional sources are unavailable. Stefanie specializes in making impact to minority owned, veteran owned and lower income entrepreneurs. Prior to the nonprofit world, Stefanie cofounded and contributed to the success of 2 profitable start-ups, a consumer product company in the baby and child industry and an event planning company in South Florida. She received her MBA with a focus in Entrepreneurship and BA in Communication from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. As a resident of Florida for over 30 years, she happily traded the beach for mountains in 2016.

Brent Boyko

Brent Boyko

Brent Boyko is a VP of Operations at one of Denver’s largest and fastest-growing startups who specializes in strategy and operations consulting, business model transformation, and process improvement. Currently, Brent leads an operations team that consists of internal consulting, project management, Sales Operations, Salesforce development, pricing, and procurement professionals for a fast-growing and scaling startup right here in Denver. Brent also spent several years consulting for corporate and government clients at a Big 4 consulting firm after receiving his MBA from William & Mary. Brent started his career as a high school teacher and then small business owner, and he is eager to support Denver’s small businesses in solving complex problems with scalable solutions.

Kristen Waters

Kristen Waters

Google Product Manager turned Collective Coaching Founder, I am passionate about transforming leaders to achieve step-level results. My background includes executive experience at companies like Verizon and Google. I have deep experience in product management, operations, business strategy, business plan creation, marketing, and project management. I received my MBA from Babson, the country’s leading program in entrepreneurship. I enthusiastically clear the path for entrepreneurs to create the businesses of their dreams.

Courtney Berg

Courtney Berg

Courtney is a consultant and highly credentialed and gifted public speaker, with over three decades of experience in Human Resources and Operations Management.  During that time, she has held many management positions, from front-line supervisor to senior executive positions in both HR and operations. Courtney has worked with for-profit, not-for-profit clients in a myriad of industries including healthcare, insurance, hospitality, retail, education, technology, and manufacturing. She is passionate about HR issues, leading people, and designing management and HR systems and philosophies to improve employee engagement, performance, and productivity. Courtney is a member of the Colorado Small Business Advisory Council was featured in “How to Conduct Annual Employee Reviews” in Inc. Magazine, a published author and a national speaker.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Management and both SHRM-SCP and SPHR professional certifications.

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