April 30 - May 2, 2019 | Golden, Colorado
A 3 day summit and award program showcasing the industry and culture of the outdoors.

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2019 Featured Speakers

Al Head

The Golden Giddyup

Al Head is a small business owner, father of two, and co-founder of the Golden Giddyup, a Golden, Colorado nonprofit created to engage mountain bikers in volunteer trail stewardship and advocacy.  The Giddyup began by engaging mountain bikers to volunteer time and energy to reopen damaged trail systems after the catastrophic floods of 2013 decimated Jefferson County Open Space Parks. To Al, participating in your community, whether it be on the trails, with your voice, or with your vote, is what the Giddyup is all about, and the meaning behind the Giddyup’s tagline, #shapewhatyoushred.

Brendan Leonard

Semi-rad Media

A freelance writer, filmmaker, speaker, author, and creator of Semi-Rad.com, most of Brendan’s work centers around adventure, travel, and the human experiences with each. Contributing editor at Adventure Journal and a columnist at Outside, Brendan’s stories have appeared in Backpacker, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men’s Journal, Sierra, Adventure Cyclist, and other publications.

Delaney Keating

Startup Colorado

As a Colorado native and rural resident, Delaney is honored to steward the inherent genius she believes exists because of living farther off the beaten path. Influenced by the culture of Western Colorado, she has studied the social landscape through work that bridges the public and private sector. She is an unwavering believer in the potential of ideas, the people behind them, and the places they create.

Enoch Elwell


Driven by a passion to help others, Enoch currently supports hundreds of emerging startup communities through the CO.STARTERS platform, helping local ecosystem builders around the world take the first steps in accelerating the success of thousands of creative starters. The CO.STARTERS community has grown to a global network providing programs, resources, and a community of support to hundreds of entrepreneurial ecosystem builders and thousands of creative starters who are pursuing their dreams each year.

John-Paul Maxfield

Waste Farmers

In 2009, when it started becoming fashionable to build start-up’s for investors, measure companies by the amount of capital raised, and praise serial entrepreneurs, pivots, and exits, John-Paul Maxfield “resigned” from a position at a private equity firm without a clear plan for his future. All he had was a belief that idealism and capitalism can coexist. 
 He didn’t know what the next 9 years (and three kids later) would look like, but he knew that building an enduring company is the most powerful lever for addressing emerging social and environmental needs. That’s why he founded Waste Farmers and why we’re building the most responsible conglomerate in the history of mankind.

Jordan Trout

People for Bikes

Jordan works with coalition members, coordinating events with their Representatives and Senators to discuss proposed legislation and how it affects the bike industry. She thinks greater access to bike riding is an incremental step toward improving lives. One of her favorite bike adventures was riding around her dad’s Virginia hometown with her family.

Marc Nager

Telluride Venture Accelerator

Co-Founder of Startup Weekend, former CEO of UP Global and Chief Community Officer at Techstars, Marc has been a leader of the startup movement around the world. Marc now lives in Telluride and is the Managing Director for the Telluride Venture Accelerator. When he is not working to change the state of rural economies, he can be found out in the mountains.

Mary Jane Loeville

Argo Mine & Mill

As co-owner of Shotcrete Technologies, Mary Jane adds the driving business force and marketing skills that help set the company apart in the industry. Her technical expertise, market knowledge and customer service are well known within the industry since the company’s inception in Norway 30 years ago. Her recent co-acquisition of the Argo Mine in Idaho Springs, Colorado is an exciting project that will restore a historic monument along the I-70 corridor.

Matthew George

Front Range Mountain Biking

Matthew George is a high tech and aerospace construction manager with a 20+ year mountain bike obsession. He started the leading social media mountain bike group in the Southeast and later started the Front Range Mountain Biking group, which is now the biggest mountain bike group in Colorado. Matt is working to move the group into a not for profit model to utilize its size and influence for the betterment of mountain biking, including women’s riding programs, minority involvement, trail building, education and mental health in the outdoors.

Maximillian Potter

Editor at Large, Esquire

As an author, Potter co-wrote of “The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics,” the memoir of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, and he authored “Shadows in the Vineyard: The True Story of the Plot to Poison The World’s Greatest Wine,” published in July 2014. While he was Executive Editor of 5280, Denver’s city magazine, it was a finalist for the National Magazine Award—the most prestigious prize in magazine journalism—six times. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the Journalism Department at the University of Colorado.

Sarah Rosen

The Spark Insights

Sarah has more than 16 years of experience in sales, sales strategy, solutioning, and professional services at companies such as AMResearch, CEB, Monster, and TeleTech. Over the past 6, she has had the opportunity to provide strategic and operational guidance to world-class, innovative sales organizations that are undergoing a sales transformation including Yahoo, Facebook, and Australia’s Fairfax Media.

Brett Poppleton


Bret believes that an education disruption is essential to preparing students for the future economy. While he has a Finance degree from Notre Dame, an MBA from Penn State, and worked at DSST for more than 10 years, Bret found it was his experience in education outside the walls of the school setting (sports, travel, and service) where he learned the most. You will find Bret exploring the trails of Colorado via bike or foot, playing lacrosse with his three radical boys, or sipping coffee on the front porch with his beautiful wife.

Carlos Fernandez

Colorado Nature Conservancy

Working with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials and other key decision-makers, Carlos and his team strive to build alliances that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world. He joined the Conservancy in January 2003, working as the Foreign Legal Advisor for the South American Conservation Region. Carlos is an advisory council member with the Colorado Office of Outdoor Recreation and a member of the steering committee of the Colorado Outdoor Partnership.

Luis Benitez

VF Corporation

Former Everest guide and former director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, Luis is now the VP of Government Affairs and Global Impact at VF Corporation. During his time as director of Colorado Outdoor Industry Recreation Office, Luis helped more than double the state’s outdoor economy from $28 to $62.5 billion. He, along with former governor, current presidential candidate John Hickenlooper, was instrumental in bringing Outdoor Retailer to Denver from Utah.

Marianne Martin

Real Life Portraits

Sarah has more than 16 years of experience in sales, sales strategy, solutioning, and professional services at companies such as AMResearch, CEB, Monster, and TeleTech. Over the past 6, she has had the opportunity to provide strategic and operational guidance to world-class, innovative sales organizations that are undergoing a sales transformation including Yahoo, Facebook, and Australia’s Fairfax Media.

Russ Schnitzer

The Gates Family Foundation

Russ’s career in nonprofit conservation has carried him from organizational development and strategic planning to large-scale project management, major gifts fundraising, and public policy. His primary conservation interests focus on finding mutually-beneficial solutions to the increasingly complex demands facing people, communities and their environment through creative collaboration and leading through innovation. He spent a decade with Trout Unlimited, most recently as the Agricultural Policy and Partnerships Advisor to TU’s Western Water Project. Russ now works with Colorado’s Gates Family Foundation as Program Officer for Natural Resources.