Hickenlooper campaign announces coalition of business supporters

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Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Arrow Electronics CEO Michael Long during a 2011 press conference announcing the company's relocation to Colorado.

DENVER — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper touted the state’s economic recovery over the course of his first term Tuesday while announcing a new coalition of more than 100 supporters from the business community who are backing his reelection bid.

“I’m not sure there’s another state that’s increased it’s proportion of Fortune 500 companies like we have,” Hickenlooper said, referring to his success in recruiting Arrow Electronics, TriZetto and Ardent Mills to the state. “That’s about selling. We’ve worked hard.

“These companies are not only proud to be here, but they’re succeeding here and I think one could argue they’ll be more successful here than they could be anywhere else.”

Hickenlooper, a former entrepreneur who started a brewpub in Lower Downtown, also hit the one of the campaign’s main talking points in a conference call with reporters: that Colorado has gone from 40th to 4th in the nation in job creation since he took office in 2010, that the state has created 200,000 jobs on his watch and seen 32 consecutive months of job growth.

“These companies are not only proud to be here, but they’re succeeding here and I think one could argue they’ll be more successful here than they could be anywhere else,” said Hickenlooper, who also touted Colorado’s unemployment rate dropping from 9.1 percent when he took office to 5.5 percent now.

More than 100 entrepreneurs, owners of businesses small and large, are among those on the campaign’s list of Business Leaders for Hickenlooper (full list below).

“In 21 years of doing business in Colo, I’ve never come across a more authentic human being or visionary than John Hickenlooper,” said Chad McWhinnney, one of the developers of the new Union Station project.

“John is one of the finest people I’ve ever worked with. I really believe he’s got the best interests of Colorado in mind.”

Support from the business community has helped Hickenlooper’s campaign raise more than $3 million to date, $1.4 million of which has already been spent to reserve TV air time over the final month before Election Day.

Republican Bob Beauprez won his party’s gubernatorial nomination on June 24, and recent polls show the race to be more competitive than many anticipated.

Here is the full list of Business Leaders for Hickenlooper:

Kim Jordan, CEO, New Belgium Brewery
Chad McWhinney, CEO and Co-founder, McWhinney
Michael Long, Chairman, President, and CEO, Arrow Electronics
Charles Ergen, Chairman of the Board, DISH Network
Jacqueline Hinman, President and CEO, CH2MHill
Greg Maffei, President and CEO, Liberty Media
Mike Fries, President and CEO, Liberty Global
Ken Tuchman, CEO, TeleTech Holdings
Donna Lynne, Exec. Vice President, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plans
Jim Leprino, Owner, Leprino Foods
Fredric Hamilton, Chairman and Managing Partner, The Hamilton Companies
Larry Mizel, Chairman and CEO, MDC Holdings
James Crowe, Founder and Former CEO, Level 3
Lee McIntire, Chairman, CH2M HILL
Daniel Ritchie, Chairman and CEO, Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Robert P Jornayvaz III
Jeffrey Tarr, CEO, DigitalGlobe
Roger Hutson, President and CEO, HRM Resources
Gregg Engles, CEO, Whitewave Foods
Brad Holly, Vice President of Operations, Anadarko
Mark Falcone, CEO, Continuum Partners
Ted Brown, energy industry executive
Eddie Robinson, Co-Founder, Robinson Dairy
David Eves, President and CEO, Public Service Company of Colorado
Kathryn Paul, President and CEO, Delta Dental Colorado
J.B. Holston, Chairman of the Board, Sitrion Corporation
Greg Stevinson, President, Denver West Realty, Inc.
Michael Beatty, Founding Partner, Beatty & Wozniak
Wynne Odell, CEO and Co-Founder, Odell Brewing
Peter Dea, President and CEO, Cirque Resources
Harry Frampton, Chairman and Founder, East West Partners
Aaron Kennedy, Founder, Noodles & Company
Michael Schonbrun, Founder and CEO, Balfour Senior Care
Chuck Morris, President and CEO, AEG Live Rocky Mountain Region
Bruce Alexander, President and CEO, Vectra Bank
Michael Salem, President and CEO, National Jewish Health
Brian Burney, President and CEO, Oliver Manufacturing
Bill Carver, President and CEO, Carver Brewing Company
Chris Osborn, CEO, Coach Training Alliance
Zee Ferrufino, CEO, KBNO Radio
Mark Satkiewicz, President, SmartWool
Tom Gart, President, The Gart Companies
Ken Gart, Partner, The Gart Companies
Lawson Stiff, President and CEO, Gunsmoke Production Company
Barry Hirschfeld, CEO, AB Hirschfeld and Sons
Blair Richardson, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Bow River Capital
Brad Busse, President, Busse Ventures
Jeff Hermanson, CEO, Larimer Associates
Rick Sapkin, Managing Principal, Edgemark Development
Cole Finegan, Managing Partner, Hogan Lovells
Mark Smith, Founding Principal, East West Partners
Barbara Grogan, Founder and Retired CEO, Western Industrial Contractors, Inc.
Bob Ladenburger, Retired President and CEO, Exempla Healthcare
Marcel Arsenault, CEO, Real Capital Solutions
Troy McWhinney, Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder, McWhinney
Bob Hanfling, Executive Chairman of the Board, Silver Bullet Water Treatment Co.
Charles Murphy Sr., Founder, Murphy Constructors
Bruce Etkin, Chairman, Etkin Johnson Real Estate Partners
Stanton Dodge, Executive VP and General Counsel, DISH Network
Norman Brownstein, Chairman, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Steve Farber, President and Founding Partner, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Jennifer Wolkon, Co-Founder, Secret Sauce Food and Beverage
Josh Wolkon, Co-Founder, Secret Sauce Food and Beverage
Andrew Bermingham, CEO, Montreaux Energy
Andrew Bohutinsky, CEO, Blackeagle Energy Services
Buck Blessing, CEO, Griffis/Blessing, Inc.
Charlie Woolley, CEO, St Charles Town Company
Jean Galloway, CEO, Galloway Group
David Roberts, CEO, Reed Group
Joe Zimlich, CEO, Bohemian Companies
Mark Simmons, CEO, Solar Mart
Todd Wenner, CEO, Infinite Aegis
Tom Congdon, CEO, SM Energy
Wy Livingston, President and CEO, Wystone’s World Teas Holdings, Inc.
Gary Nelson, Chairman, Sigma Federal, LLC
Kimbal Musk, Co-Founder, The Kitchen and The Kitchen Community
Christine Kneeland, Founder, Work Life Designs
Pam Alexander, Founder, Alexander Ogilvy PR
David French, President, French & Co.
Kyle Zeppelin, President, Zeppelin Development
Walt Stinson, Founder, ListenUp
Todd Colletti, Owner, Buffalo Exchange
Mike Burg, President, Burg Simpson
Tim Wolf, President, Wolf Interests
Vince Colarelli, President, Colarelli Construction
Laura Love, President and Founder, Ground Floor Media
William Brinkerhoff, President and Owner, Brinkerhoff Group of Companies
Marc Steron, Managing Partner, Shanahan’s Steakhouse
Kyle Bachus, Founding Partner, Bachus & Schanker
Jill Grossman-Belisle, President and Owner, JGB Strategic Solutions
Melodie Reagan, President and Owner, Crazy Good Marketing; i2i Workforce
Jim Hering, Vice President and Co-founder, HW Home, Inc.
Daniel Jablonsky, General Counsel, DigitalGlobe
David Palmer, Managing Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
David Fine, Office Managing Partner, McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP
Duke Hartman, COO, High Noon Entertainment
Gary Reiff, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Officer, Black Creek Group, Dividend Capital Group
Chad Asarch, Principal, Monroe Group
John Huggins, Principal, Longs Peak Advisors
Charles Murphy Jr., General Contractor, Murphy
Brad Gray, Partner, McAleer Gray
Jim Linfield, Partner, Cooley
Steve Kaplan, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch and Rockwell
Steven Kaufman, Partner, Morrison and Foerster
Howard Gelt, Senior Partner, Polsinelli, P.C.
Jim Mulligan, Senior Partner, Snell and Wilmer
Russell Johnson, Senior Vice President, Outreach Health Centura Health
Lisa Hough, VP of External Affairs, Simple Energy
Jeff Dolan, VP of Regulatory Affairs, Comcast
David Thomson, VP Real Estate, Inspirato
Jeremy Bronson, Owner, Occasions Catering
Jim Sullivan, Owner, Sullivan Group
Margot Moellenberg, Owner, The Firefly Garden
Mike Lafferty, Owner, Rocky Mountain Surveying
Thomas Rumery, Owner, Osage Farm
Tom Tomaskovic, Owner, Timberline Cabinets and Design
Steve Bachar, Partner, Ireland Stapleton
Pres Askew, Retired
Mike Dino, Sr. Policy Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs
Kristin Bronson, Attorney, Lewis Roca Rothberger
Steven Demby, Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Elbra Wedgeworth, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer,
Andrea Lund, CPA, Arrow Electronics
Kasia Iwaniczko MacLeod, External Affairs and Corporate Giving, Xcel Energy
Arlene Hirschfeld

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