AMY DUGAN

Visit Greeley Director, Greeley Chamber of Commerce

BILL JERKE

Executive Director of FUEL (Fostering Unity Energizing Leadership)

Fuel Colorado

Bill Jerke is a Weld County native, graduating from both Valley High School in Gilcrest and UNC in Greeley. Jerke operates the family farm with his wife Jeannie south of LaSalle. He served in the state legislature in the 1990′s chairing the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. From 2001-2008 Jerke served Weld County as a County Commissioner. While Commissioner, he also served as the chair of the South Platte River Roundtable. Jerke has a keen interest in natural resources, agriculture and good government.

SARAH MACQUIDDY

President, Greeley Chamber of Commerce

Greeley Chamber

Sarah MacQuiddy has been President of the Greeley Chamber of Commerce since December of 2004.  Prior to joining the Greeley Chamber she was the President of the Greeley Convention & Visitors Bureau.  During her tenure with the Convention & Visitors Bureau, she was appointed to the Colorado Tourism Board by Governor Bill Owens.  Sarah worked 10 years with United Way of Weld County as the campaign director and led United Way’s Volunteer Resource Bureau.

She is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado.  She and her husband Rusty of 30 + years raise and show AKC Otterhounds and a Clumber Spaniel, and there are two cats that keep the dogs in line.

AMY OLIVER COOKE

Executive Vice President and Director of Energy & Environmental Policy, Independence Institute

Independence Institute

Amy Oliver Cooke is the Executive Vice President and Director of the Energy and Environmental Policy Center for the Independence Institute, Colorado’s free market, state-based think tank. She has worked in both policy and operations since 2004.

Amy began working in energy policy in 2010. She is one of the few state-level, free market energy policy experts, and is famous for her provocative messaging like “Mothers In Love with Fracking” and “I’m an energy feminist because I’m pro-choice in energy sources,” which the eco-left called “hands down the worst kind of feminism.”

In December 2016, she was honored to be the second person named to President Trump’s Transition Team for the Environmental Protection Agency.

She has authored and contributed to numerous opinion editorials, issue papers, and issue backgrounders and has been published in the Daily Caller, Townhall, Denver Post, Pueblo Chieftain, Greeley Tribune, Denver Business Journal, Denver Daily News, Liberty Ink Journal, The Hill, and Wall Street Journal. She has appeared on Fox News, NPR, MSN.com, Devil’s Advocate, Colorado Inside Out, and Power Hour.

In 2015, Amy retired after ten years of hosting the award winning Amy Oliver Show on News Talk 1310 KFKA Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 am. In 2008, the Colorado Broadcasters Association recognized her with the Award of Excellence for Best News Talk personality in a major market. She was recognized again in 2011 with the Award of Merit for Best News Talk personality in a major market.

Amy loves sports (especially baseball), politics, policy, and living in Weld County with her husband retired Sheriff and current State Senator John Cooke. She is a mother of three, stepmom of two, and “pet guardian” of one libertarian-minded cat.

RICHARD WERNER

President & CEO, Upstate Colorado

Upstate Colorado

Rich has 13 years of experience in all facets of economic development having most recently joined Upstate in 2015 as President & CEO. Prior to Upstate Rich worked as VP at the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation where he was responsible for all attraction, retention and expansion activities. Rich has previously served as the Associate Director for the State of Colorado Small Business Development Centers for Former Governor Bill Owens and Bill Ritter. Prior to his appointment by the State, he acted as the Director of Marketing for the Boulder Technology Incubator (CTEK).

A New York native, he has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Communications from The American University in Washington DC. Rich enjoys trying to ski and golf but his favorite activities center around spending time with his bride of 12 years and three young children.