The Americas Executive Forum Luncheon

Town Hall Event
“State of Colorado – Opportunities Abound in Economic and International Trade”

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
12:00–1:30 p.m. 

Guest Speaker:
BETSY MARKEY, Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, was appointed by Governor Jared Polis to his cabinet in January, 2019. She has over 30 years of leadership experience in government and the private sector.

In 2008, Ms. Markey was elected to serve as a member of the 111th Congress representing Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, one of the country’s largest congressional districts with over 700,000 constituents. She served on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Committee on Agriculture.
In 2011, she was appointed by the President to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, D.C.

In 2016, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) based in Denver. In this capacity she oversaw the delivery of the agency’s small business programs and services in Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.

Gilberto “Gil” Cisneros, Chairman and CEO, Chamber of the Americas and its Foundation President 
Under Mr. Cisneros, leadership and vision COTA and its Foundation continues to grow as a vibrant, well-positioned global organization. Over the last 26 years he has been tireless in his pursuit of harmony and economic empowerment and justice throughout the International Community. COTA is now embarking on a new and exciting journey to heal a Divided Nation and International Community, creating a society for the greater good of all humanity. 

Dr. David Conde, President of North America, COTA 
Dr. Conde is senior consultant to COTA, bringing 33 plus years of experience in developing and conducting international programs in Europe, Mexico, Central and South America in the public and private sectors. In addition, he currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of East Migrant Head Start Project with 40 education centers for migrant children in 14 states along the east coast and the south.   

MC and Moderator:
Tony Bottagaro, Special Advisor to COTA and its Foundation on National and International Affairs

Mr. Bottagaro is a Seasoned Executive, Acclaimed Speaker, Bestselling Author, Playwright, Stage Performer and Storyteller. For over 36 years, he has taken his message “To Create A World More Human and More Divine,” to many sectors of society, including the State Department, United Nations, and an audience with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

Location: The Palm Restaurant at the Westin Tabor Center, 1672 Lawrence Street, Denver, Colorado 80202. Complimentary valet parking.

Participation fee: $40.00. Cancellation Policy: 24 hours before the event. Advance payment is appreciated.

Sponsors: Chamber of the Americas, Chamber of the Americas Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Grupo Cisneros Internacional, BizWest, The Palm Restaurant