On September 19–20, 2016, Daniels College of Business will bring together Denver’s brightest pioneers, organizations and thought leaders from across the globe to discuss the vision for Denver’s future and the smart cities of tomorrow. These leaders are the movers and shakers who are using technological advancements to improve connectivity, sustainability, transportation and overall quality of life within Denver and cities all over the world.

This joint event commences with our signature event on the evening of September 19, Voices of Experience, featuring Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions President Jim Doyle. A full-day Smart Cities Conference will follow on September 20 featuring Denver’s smart city leaders, global experts and organizations leading the smart city initiatives of the future. This event is designed to for companies, business and civic leaders, and professionals who are engaged in supporting and driving innovative technological and sustainable efforts to improve communities.

During the conference, the topics will cover the latest trends on gathering and utilizing data to improve infrastructure including roadways, grids and buildings, the future of connectivity using advancing technology, grassroots environmental sustainability initiatives, key strategic partnerships and the future of driverless cars in Denver and beyond.

Join us for an evening and full-day engaging event to learn more about the future of Denver’s Smart City initiatives, efforts happening worldwide and how to get involved with local partnerships and communities.


Tuesday, September 20

7:45 a.m., Breakfast and Check-in
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Reception to Follow
University of Denver Campus

Morning sessions:

Reiman Theater, Margery Reed Hall
2306 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

Lunch and afternoon sessions

Tuscan Ballroom, Joy Burns Center
Breakfast, lunch, reception and parking included. Parking details will be sent prior to conference via email.
2044 East Evans Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

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Keynote Speakers

Morning Session:

rana-senRana Sen

Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP & Deloitte Consulting Public Sector Smart City initiative lead



Afternoon Session:

mitchell-aidenAiden Mitchell

Vice President, IoT Global Solutions, Arrow Electronics



Speakers (in alphabetical order)

belz-fredFerd Belz

Sr. Vice President, L.C. Fulenwider, Inc.



bridges-ruttRutt Bridges

Author, The Driverless Car Revolution: Buy Mobility not Metal



cardenas-scottScott Cardenas

CIO, City and County of Denver



cohen-gabeGabe Cohen

Lyft Denver Manager



fanganello-crissyCrissy Fanganello

Director of Transportation, Denver Public Works



hunt-donDon Hunt

The Antero Company and Denver Metro Chamber/Mobility Choice



hutton-danielDaniel Hutton

i-team Manager, City of Centennial



dennis-kyleDennis Kyle

SVP, Strategic Marketing and Alliances, Zayo Group



richards-christineH. Christine Richards

DU Faculty and Research Director, Zpryme



rosenbaum-austinAustin Rosenbaum

DU MBA Candidate and Research Analyst, Zpryme



shimomura-micheleMichele Shimomura

Community Health and Planning and Assessment Manager, Denver Environmental Health



thomas-georgeGeorge D. Thomas

Partner and Global Director, Strategy and Market Development IBM Global Government Industry

Rana Sen


Besides actively serving government clients, Rana leads the firm’s smart city initiative for the US public sector practice (work with state and local governments) and supports Deloitte’s work globally.Rana has 18+ years of experience leading major government transformation initiatives in public health, human services, and finance and administration.

He works with government agencies to implement solutions to help this country’s citizens and the neediest individuals, including the elderly, women, infants, and children. Examples include transformation design and implementation of smart transportation solution, automation of long-term care case management, disease surveillance and outbreak prevention system, and operations and maintenance of one of the largest civilian financial administration solutions for the federal government.

Rana has Master degrees in Computational Design and Construction Science & Management and a Bachelor of Architecture (undergraduate) degree.

Aiden Mitchell


Aiden Mitchell leads the internet of things (IoT) go to market experience for Arrow Electronics having been promoted to this role in May of 2016. Arrow offers an end to end IoT practice from sensors and embedded to connectivity and gateways along with data platform and analytical offerings. These capabilities are supported by professional services that encompass design, manufacturing, integration, warranty and break/fix.

Aiden joined Arrow Electronics on January 2011. Upon joining Aiden led the Intelligent Systems Business Unit, which centered on the embedded processing, wireless and sensor products. Aiden augmented the business with wireless modules, processor system on module solutions (SOMs) and design services.

In parallel Aiden led the Internet of Things (IoT) go to market strategy for Arrow Global Components with the Intelligent Systems as the corner stone. The IoT Immersion Series of 2014 brought the data platform and data services side of the Arrow business into the experience and for the first time all Arrow divisions were unified in a common customer experience.

Aiden was also promoted to Vice President, Semiconductors in December, 2013 and ran marketing, assets and operations for that business in the Americas region. This portfolio spans all integrated and that team are organized into business units responsible for Intelligent Systems, Memory, Analog, Power, Sensors, Memory, Logic and FPGA/SOC and LED/Lighting. In this capacity Aiden leads our IoT efforts for Tier 1 Customer Sets.

Ferd Belz


Ferd Belz is Senior Vice President in charge of all real estate for L.C. Fulenwider, Inc., the corporate entity for the Fulenwider family holdings. These holdings include 7,500 acres of land near Denver International Airport (DIA) as well as multiple other real estate assets in the Denver region. Mr. Belz is currently leading the development effort for Pena Station NEXT, a 400-acre transit-oriented development (TOD) surrounding the first rail stop on the commuter line from DIA to downtown Denver. This TOD is a public-private partnership between L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. and DIA and is the future divisional headquarters for Panasonic.

Prior to joining Fulenwider, Mr. Belz was the President of Cherokee Denver, LLC, the entity that owned the 50-acre redevelopment of the former Gates Tire & Rubber Factory in Denver. As President, he managed all aspects of the development, entitlements, public financing and environmental remediation for this transit-oriented, mixed-use project. The project is entitled for more than 7 million square feet of mixed commercial and residential uses and is approved for more than $126 million of public financing.

Mr. Belz is also a co-founder of REGen, LLC, a real estate services and development company. REGen was the re-developer of the Mercy Hospital at 17th and Fillmore in Denver that is now the City Park South project. REGen also redeveloped the former Children’s Hospital site and sold it to St. Joseph’s Hospital where they have built their new hospital addition.

During his long real estate career, Mr. Belz has developed more than $1 billion of hotel and resort real estate nationally and internationally as well as numerous commercial, residential, retail, and senior housing projects. The projects include several Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, the Pepsi Center in Denver and Tabor Center in Denver. He is currently a partner in the redevelopment of the historic Denver Union Station into a mixed-use, retail, hotel and transit center project.

Mr. Belz holds cum laude degrees in both architecture and engineering from the University of Kansas and he began his career as a licensed architect. He is past Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership, past Chair of the Board of the Auraria Foundation, current treasurer and on the Board of the Civic Center Conservancy and on the Board of the Metro State University Foundation.

Rutt Bridges

bridges-ruttRutt Bridges (BS-Physics, MS-Geophysics: Georgia Tech) is an author, speaker, and advisor on driverless vehicles. He is the Managing Partner of Quest Capital Partners III and currently serves on Georgia Tech’s College of Sciences Advisory Board and the Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Autonomous Vehicle Task Force. Rutt is a past president of the 30,000-member Society of Exploration Geophysicists and past chair of Colorado Public Radio. In 1980, he founded Advance Geophysical Corporation, an early pioneer in using microcomputers and later networked workstations to solve hydrocarbon exploration problems. Rutt was founder and CEO of Colorado’s Bighorn Center for Public Policy and a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2004 but stepped aside for Ken Salazar when the incumbent senator withdrew. Since exiting a successful analytics software startup three years ago, Rutt has focused on exploring the economic, environmental, and social impact of disruptive innovations. His Amazon e-book, Driverless Car Revolution, is the product of that research.

Dennis Kyle


Dennis has over 20 years of leadership experience in Technology and Communications related industries and currently serves as SVP, Strategic Marketing and Alliances at Zayo where he is responsible for Zayo’s focus on select target markets such as Healthcare, Education, Adtech and State and Local Government. He is also responsible for leading Zayo’s efforts with strategic partners such as Data Centers, Cloud Providers, Equipment Providers and Indirect Channel Partners.

Over the years he and has held numerous senior leadership positions at companies such as McCaw Cellular, Nextlink Interactive, XO Communications, Level 3 Communications as well as a previous stint at Zayo Group where he ran one of Zayo’s business units. Dennis has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University as well as MBA and MA in “Development Economics” from Stanford University.

Don Hunt


Don has built his career around developing urban transportation solutions. As the Executive Director of the Colorado DOT, he moved the agency forward in intelligent transportation systems and roadway operations. Don also served on national committees focusing on emerging connected and automated mobility. He is the founder of Mobility Choice, an ongoing public-private effort to ready the Denver region for technology-enabled mobility.

Don was Executive Director for the Colorado Department of Transportation from 2011-2015. During his tenure, he introduced new business practices to CDOT for better decisions, performance and accountability. CDOT expanded its innovative projects, including the US 36 express toll lanes and the I-70 mountain peak period shoulder lane. He focused nationally on tech-enabled mobility and the improvement of transportation operations. He chaired the AASHTO System Operations committee and helped to found the National Operations Center of Excellence. He is continuing his commitment to transportation operations and technology as a senior advisor to INRIX, a crowdsource traffic data company. He currently speaks nationally on new mobility, and is a columnist for Traffic Technology International magazine.

As a Senior Fellow with the Buechner Institute for Governance at the University of Colorado, Don is currently working to build an expanded transportation research capability. He is the founding managing director of Mobility Choice, a public-private effort to ready the Denver region for connected and automated mobility. The Mobility Choice initiative brings together the Denver Metro Chamber, CDOT, RTD, and DRCOG to examine which investments will best take advantage of tech-enabled mobility.

As Principal with the Antero Company and CEO of a national infrastructure design firm, Don has worked on a wide range of projects:

  • Better Denver Bond Program Director, Denver
  • Stapleton Airport Redevelopment Advisor, Denver
  • Board Director, Denver Union Station Public Authority
  • Light Rail Transit System Design, Salt Lake City
  • White House Comprehensive Plan, Washington, DC

Scott Cardenas


Scott Cardenas joined the City and County of Denver in 2013 and as Chief Information Officer (CIO) he is responsible for leading the City’s technology strategy and managing overall IT operations, Denver 311 and Denver Channel 8.

His initiatives include improving service delivery through embracing effective and efficient use of technology; creating business models for delivering new services such as cloud solutions; team development, process improvement and leading strategic initiatives to transform the technology department to be flexible, adaptable and responsive to customer and resident needs.

Prior to joining the City and County of Denver, Scott was the Chief Technology Officer for Kiewit, a global leader in industrial construction. In prior roles, Scott worked for Denver International Airport and EchoStar Corporation.

Scott holds a BS degree in Computer Information Systems from Metropolitan State University of Denver and a MBA from The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver.

Michele Shimomura

shimomura-micheleMichele Shimomura, MS, MPH, works in the Denver Department of Environmental Health’s Community Health Division. She is the manager for the Community Health Planning and Assessments Section and the project manager for Denver’ Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Michele has worked in environmental and community health for over 10 years. She currently works on projects to further the goals of Denver’s CHIP by making healthy eating and active living options the easy choice in childcare, government, community and school settings. Her technical background is in GIS and databases; she has a Master’s in Computer Information Systems and Public Health with an emphasis in Epidemiology. Michele is passionate about healthy eating and active living and feels there are numerous opportunities to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

George D. Thomas


George Thomas is a thought leader and adviser to public and private sector organizations in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. With more than eighteen years of experience, George has held a variety of sales, strategy and consulting roles. A dynamic leader & team builder, George has helped clients develop successful strategies and execute transformational projects in business operations, capital improvement, enterprise processes and applications, organizational change management and strategic planning.

George currently serves as Global Director of Strategy & Market Development for IBM’s Global Government Industry vertical. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy and execution of new innovations and solutions to assist governments globally in delivering improved services to their citizens. He is based in Washington DC.

From 2013 to 2014 he was the Director of Smarter Cities for IBM Greater China, based in Beijing, PRC; and from 2010 to 2012, he was the Global Director for Smarter Cities Sales Strategy & Execution. Prior roles have included US Sales Director responsible for IBM’s services portfolio in State & Local Government, Education & Public Healthcare segment and Partner responsible for IBM’s US SAP State, Local and Education Practice. George has successfully delivered several complex, mission-critical transformation consulting engagements in the public sector which include innovative and breakthrough projects in technology, process and people transformation. Prior to joining IBM in 2000, George held senior positions with the management, business consulting and engineering practices of PSINet; Metamor; and Mott MacDonald respectively. In these roles, he was involved in global multi-million dollar engagements covering complex implementations in finance, human resources, supply chain, reengineering, process improvement, and core engineering projects.

George is a recognized industry expert at the intersection of technology and business in areas such as cognitive computing, deep analytics, smarter cities, Blockchain, the API economy, internet of things, and cloud computing. George is a founding member of the Smarter Cities Council, a resident expert at the IBM Center for Cognitive Government, and is a mentor and coach to several start-ups. George is a proven thought leader and a regular speaker at conferences and events including at TEDx, the World Bank and the United Nations.

George holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Crissy Fanganello


Crissy Fanganello is Denver’s first Director of Transportation overseeing transportation planning, engineering and operations citywide. Ms. Fanganello oversees the policy, institutionalization and implementation of the city’s multimodal vision as developed in Denver’s Strategic Transportation Plan (STP) for which she was the primary author. The STP vision is a healthy, livable community through the efficient movement of people and goods. This plan set the stage to help Denver move goods and people around the city traveling on bicycles, using transit, and by walking. She strongly believes that transportation professionals can and must raise the bar for how transportation systems function to move people and goods, while also contributing to the human fabric of the city.

Current efforts are focused on improving transportation safety and customer service in Denver’s neighborhoods. Ms. Fanganello is also working to develop and implement a comprehensive mobility strategy to move people efficiently within and through Denver as the city continues to grow (adding 100,000 people since 2006) while maintaining Denver’s world class quality of life. Crissy recognizes that in order to be successful, it is critical to bring a multitude of disciplines and stakeholders together to define common goals and ultimately achieve the desired multimodal transportation system vision.

Ms. Fanganello has worked tirelessly to move the city towards adopting multimodal policies and plans. She empowered staff to develop DenverMoves Bicycles in 2011, resulting in a $119M bicycle network vision. Since 2008, Denver has added 100 miles of bicycle facilities, including Denver’s first protected bike lane, with another 19 miles planned for 2015 including two more protected facilities. In the coming months staff will work to develop two new citywide plans: DenverMoves Transit and DenverMoves Pedestrians & Trails. Together these plans will help round out the city’s comprehensive approach to transportation where all modes have to be easy, convenient, reliable and safe to meet the needs of the community.

Ms. Fanganello currently sits on the boards for Denver Bike Sharing, Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). She has also been an active member of the Colorado Chapter of Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) International as a board member and Chapter President and was recently honored as the 2014 WTS Colorado Woman of the Year. Ms. Fanganello has participated in several leadership training courses including the Denver Community Leadership Forum and the WTS International Leadership among others.

As a Denver native Crissy is proud to work for the City to build upon Denver’s quality of life, whose secret is definitely out of the bag. In her free time, Crissy spends time with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a multitude of extended family members enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.

H. Christine Richards


H. Christine Richards is a researcher whose expertise includes the use of advanced technologies in the energy, water and transportation. Christine is currently the research director for Zpryme, based in Austin, Texas, and adjunct faculty with the University of Denver. Prior to these roles Christine worked at Energy Central as research director for the Utility Analytics Institute, and editor-in-chief of Intelligent Utility magazine. She also served as the lead analyst for the intelligent grid practice at IDC Energy Insights.

Ms. Richards received her master’s degree from Cornell University and a bachelor of science from Colorado State University.

Austin Rosenbaum


Austin Rosenbaum, research analyst and engineer, has recently completed his senior year in electrical engineering with a focus in renewable energy from the University of Denver. He will continue on at DU to graduate in spring 2017 from a 5-year program with both a bachelor in electrical engineering and MBA. Rosenbaum was selected as an Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society national scholar and future energy leader in 2015.

Austin is the author of both technical and non-technical publications on a range of topics including, the internet of things, renewable energy, smart grid, and smart cities. Rosenbaum assisted in the engineering design of over 50 megawatts of community solar photovoltaic projects across the U.S. He has worked on clean water and sustainability related projects in Nicaragua and Nepal. Rosenbaum is passionate about promoting sustainability, and bridging the gap between the existence of clean energy and water in the developed and developing worlds.

Gabe Cohen


Gabe is currently General Manager for Lyft Denver. Prior to Lyft, Gabe was the Director of Consumer Insights at the Denver tech startup Craftsy. Gabe was also an early staffer and served in key roles on President Obama’s 2008 campaign where he was the CO Caucus Director, WY and MT State Director, and PA General Elections Director. He then joined the Obama administration as Deputy Director of the White House Fellows.

Gabe has a MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, a Masters of Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon, a BS from University of Maryland and is a former CORO fellow in public affairs.

Daniel Hutton


Daniel Hutton’s professional experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors allows him to effectively lead the Centennial Innovation Team (i-team) achieve their mission of “embedding and accelerating innovation in government.” Daniel was instrumental in crafting Centennial’s i-team grant proposal and developing its overall program, including its core priorities of transportation and mobility in Centennial’s suburban setting. As one of nearly 20 cities around the world participating in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Innovation Teams program, Centennial’s i-team functions as an in-house innovation consultant that generates ideas, develops partnerships and drives toward execution in solving the City’s most pressing problems.

Formerly the i-team’s Project Manager, Daniel’s background includes transportation policy experience as a Graduate Policy Fellow with Denver’s Transportation Solutions, telecommunications industry consulting and working as Senior Management Analyst for the City of Centennial prior to joining the i-team. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Randolph-Macon College and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs.

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Why Sponsor?

By partnering with Daniels Executive Education, you are bringing together thought leaders and organizations from the Front Range and cities from all over the world who are using cutting-edge technology, innovative initiatives, business intelligence, collaborative partnerships and sustainable methods to build the world’s smartest cities. You will be connecting to over 50,000 alumni, students, faculty/staff, donors, corporate sponsors, and our thriving network of business leaders and professionals within the Daniels community throughout Colorado’s borders and beyond.

Smart Cities of Tomorrow Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Below you will find sponsorship opportunities for this unique program. This proposal outlines an overview of both programs as well as respective benefits, engagement opportunities and associated costs.


  • Customized VIP opportunities and reserved VIP seating for 10 colleagues and clients
  • Customized slide will be incorporated in pre-event presentations prior to VOE program
  • Up to 20 second promotional video or short remarks presented at Smart Cities Conference
  • 5 complimentary guest passes for Smart Cities Conference


  • Customized VIP opportunities and reserved VIP seating for 5 colleagues and clients
  • Up to 20 second promotional video or short remarks presented at Smart Cities Conference
  • 1 complimentary guest pass for Smart Cities Conference


  • 1 complimentary guest pass for Smart Cities Conference

Benefits included at all sponsorship levels:

  • Inclusion in all marketing opportunities including all marketing collateral, PR and social media pre- and post-event
  • Inclusion in site signage at both VOE and the Smart Cities Conference
  • Sponsor recognition at VOE and Smart Cities Conference
  • 10% off future Smart Conference Series fees

Daniels Corporate Sponsorship

Your sponsorship would qualify your organization as a Daniels Corporate Partner for the 2016-2017 academic year. Daniels Corporate Partners are a group of 80+ esteemed business leaders who believe in the Daniels College of Business and the mission of our instruction. Our aspirational goals cannot be achieved without significant and sustained investment from our community. As a private business college, Daniels depends on substantial financial support from stakeholders—not just to ensure success for the short term – but to sustain the College’s single-minded quest for excellence into the future. Partnership benefits include:

  • Invitation to exclusive Corporate Partner events throughout the year, leveraging the Daniels network to increase business development opportunities across partners
  • Access to all recruiting fairs and on-campus recruiting activities provided by Daniels Career Services at no additional cost
  • Opportunity to provide case competition judges throughout the year to increase contact with Daniels students
  • Discounts on professional and leadership development through Daniels Executive Education
  • Inclusion on Daniels website and Daniels promotional materials
  • Company name on plaque in the Daniels College of Business
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The Executive Education Conference series is an event series hosted by DU’s Executive Education with the purpose of bringing together pioneering thought leaders and Colorado’s business, civic and community leaders to share the latest trends, innovation and best practices in their fields. The Executive Education Conferences follow VOE and focus on deeper discussions into specific topics, trends and industries affecting our business and economic landscape. The Conference series was launched in the spring of 2016 with SMARTech, which brought together leaders from major technology firms and start-ups both leading the future for technology.

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This three-day workshop introduces the basics of finance and accounting, so you have the language, tools, and techniques to understand the intricacies of managerial finance and strategy. Learn more»

Insights Discovery
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Starting September 26, 2016

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is designed to help newer managers develop into effective leaders. With topics such as emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, and conflict management, ELP strengthens the necessary skills to make an impact in your organization. Learn more»

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