Stephanie Amend is an advisory director/executive consultant for govIRG which is a full-service solutions provider for government contractors. For the past 15 years, govIRG has provided companies with the extra knowledge and manpower they need to succeed in the world of government contracting and start-up culture. Specializing in proposal preparation, contract management, subcontracts, accounting and compliance, govIRG provides skill sets not commonly available to many smaller government contractors. govIRG is headquartered in Colorado; however, govIRG reaches clients nationwide. Amend is a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional and possesses a BSA and an MBA. She is an advisor for the Small Business Development Centers of Colorado and former president of the board of directors for the Denver Chapter of the National Contract Management Association.
Subject Matter Experts
Suzi Bahnsen is Founder of Apple & Arrow Sales, a sales and marketing training business for female entrepreneurs. Suzi owned a marketing and design agency for 8 years in Boulder, as well as a consulting agency for 2 years, where she worked as a fractional CMO, creating systems and brand strategies that helped businesses to scale and increase profitability. She has also held several leadership positions as a Chief Marketing Officer, Director, and Strategist, as well as an award-winning sales professional. Over the last 20 years, her experiences have provided her with a unique perspective on sales and marketing today. Her passion is creating strategies and action plans for small business owners based on confidence, alignment and manageable steps to help her clients reach their targeted goals before burnout. Her approach is to always stay current and relevant and to share her knowledge to support businesses that need a boost with marketing and sales success.
Courtney is a 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 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.
With over 30 years of experience in the commercial and investment real estate field, Mark Casey has assisted a wide range of entrepreneurs, private and public companies, as well as non-profit organizations, in successfully leasing over 1-million square feet of commercial and industrial space. Mark began his real estate career with Trammell Crow Company as a leasing agent in Charlotte, NC. Currently, Mark heads-up Tenant Wisdom, LLC an independent commercial brokerage providing tenant representation to companies throughout Denver/Boulder. Companies he has assisted included Twisted Pine Brewing, Boulder Ice Cream, Data Network Group, Botanical Interests, Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese and The Aquaponics Source. Mark holds an MBA degree from the Colgate Darden School at the University of Virginia and a BS Degree from the University of Missouri.
As a digital media producer and business consultant, I help small and medium businesses grow and thrive by:
1. Providing valuable and relevant design and digital marketing expertise in order to quickly get their online presence and brand running smoothly and productively.
2. Empowering business owners with the knowledge, tools, and ability to manage their online content, including e-commerce stores, video, interactive and social media.
My strong design and aesthetic capabilities allow me provide entrepreneurs with the branding, user experience, and digital design that reflects the heart and soul of their business. I dig deep to understand each company’s point of view, identity, and business goals so that the design and content are aligned with their identity, potential market and customer base.
Specializing in the Agile approach, I put my 20+ years of digital design experience and online business expertise to practical use so that companies can see a return from their online investment quickly, measured by engagement, lead generation, customer experience, and retention.
I am actively involved in the digital content ecosystem and have led meetups, participate in professional conferences, and volunteered to help integrate digital trends and best practices with community organizations.