Meet the people here to help your people.
Mike Fitzgerald joined the Denver South Economic Development Partnership as President and CEO on July 1, 2010. He has led similar public/private organizations in Montana, Washington, Florida and Hawaii. Throughout his economic development career, Fitzgerald has worked with several governors, created economic development strategies for states, communities and companies. He set up and directed trade and investment offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, Canada and Mexico. Fitzgerald has built teams and coalitions that have created thousands of jobs, hundreds of businesses and billions of dollars of new investment.
Steve Klausing is the Executive Vice President of Denver South Economic Development Partnership and Executive Director of the Denver South TMA. Steve has lived in Colorado for over 35 years and has worked as an attorney and in the real estate field for much of that time. His legal practice spanned the municipal, general business, criminal and real estate fields. After leaving the legal field, he was the government affairs director for a national corporation.
Before joining Denver South EDP in 2008, he operated a consulting firm specializing in organizational and personal performance, change and excellence. These areas continue to be a passion of Steve and much of his time away from work is spent pursuing them. Steve is a lifelong learner and shares a passion for books, art, movies, travel and the Colorado outdoor life with his wife. Steve lives in Castle Rock with his wife Beth and assorted pets.
Lynn Myers is Vice President of Economic Development for the Denver South Economic Development Partnership. Prior to joining Denver South EDP in 2007, Lynn served as an Arapahoe County Commissioner for seven years. She is the past chair of the Centennial Airport Board and the E-470 Public Highway Authority Board.
Since joining Denver South EDP, Lynn has had the opportunity to work with expanding companies in the region including Charles Schwab, Arrow Electronics, TriZetto, Polystrand, Connextions, Blockbuster/DISH, Comcast and Trulia.
Lynn is a graduate of Montana State University and came to Colorado after college to work as the ticket office manager at Keystone Ski Area. She is a Real Estate Broker and had a successful 20+ year career in residential real estate before serving as an elected official. Lynn serves on the Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Board and on the Board of Developmental Pathways. She is a big Colorado Rockies baseball fan and loves to travel. Lynn makes her home in Aurora, Colorado.
Hannah Heavrin has lived in Colorado all her life, with her hometown being Castle Rock. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has been with the Denver South EDP since that time, initially hired as the Transportation Analyst. As Finance Manager, she manages the accounting and bookkeeping for both the Denver South EDP and the Denver South TMA. Heavrin also assists the Denver South TMA in grant administration. Heavrin is the Executive Assistant to President and CEO, Mike Fitzgerald, and Executive Vice President, Steve Klausing. In her spare time, Heavrin loves to attend sporting events, concerts and spend time with family. Still a CU Buffs fan, Heavrin enjoys going to college football games and rooting on the Buffs!
Alex Cowsky joined the Denver South team at the beginning of 2017 as the Administrative Assistant. She relocated from Lincoln, Nebraska where she worked in both the business and non-profit sectors for a few years after she received her Bachelor’s degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In the fall of 2017, Alex will start the MPA program with CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs. Alex spends her spare time cheering for the Huskers, and now the Rockies, and exploring the Denver area.
As Vice President of Innovation, Jake Rishavy works to elevate Colorado’s visibility as one of the world’s premier places to do business for growth-oriented startup and second-stage companies. He achieves this by making the ecosystem of resources accessible to growing companies and bridging connections between innovative, emerging companies and larger, at-scale companies. In this role, Jake has built and continues to build programs to support entrepreneurs in Denver South’s key industry verticals and niche markets.
Jake co-founded Prime Health, a community of 1000+ Colorado-based health care executives, clinicians, entrepreneurs and technologists dedicated to supporting innovation digital health technologies to improve care and lower cost. The group supports now a broader network of 120+ Colorado digital health companies. Jake also founded TechrIoT, an IoT community focused on accelerating the commercialization of IoT innovations through community building, education, design mentorship and supply chain financing, among many other tools. Finally, Jake is a founding member of Innovators Colorado, a state chapter of Innovators International, a roundtable of the Chief Innovation Officers of non-competing large companies who jointly problem-solve each other’s biggest innovation-related challenges.
Jake also works to promote the Denver South region locally, nationally and internationally, and serves as liaison to a number of partner organizations, including business associations and regional economic development groups.
Jake is a Minnesota native who has lived in the Denver area since 2001. Prior to joining Denver South EDP, he worked in public policy and communications roles for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. He also owned and operated Ricochet, an innovative design and branding collective. Outside of work, he lends his expertise to charitable endeavors and enjoys exploring Colorado’s wealth of hidden spots for fishing, camping, snowboarding, and any number of other outdoor sports.
A graduate of Colorado State University, a Wisconsin native and avid Green Bay Packers fan, Traci Hiltonberry has a diverse background with nonprofits, corporate outreach and marketing. As the Director of Business Retention for the Denver South EDP, Traci works with businesses in the region to ensure their stability, continuous growth, and economic welfare. In her role, she ensures that Denver South not only maintains its competitiveness, but also that it continues to emerge as a uniquely attractive place for business. In her spare time, Traci enjoys watching sports, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors of Colorado.
Lauren Masias is a Colorado native and has lived in the Denver area for the past four years. She graduated from LaSalle University in 2006 with a degree in Communications and Public Relations and has since garnered several years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector as well as working in the marketing department at the corporate office for Chrysler Group, LLC. As the Public Information Officer for the Denver South Transportation Management Association, Lauren is responsible for informing the public and jurisdictions about transportation projects and timelines in the area and developing marketing campaigns that maximize exposure for various TDM programs. Additionally, she focuses on corporate outreach, grant opportunities and working in conjunction with partners of the TMA.
In her spare time, Masias loves to travel, satisfy her passion for fashion, read, and spend time with friends and family.
Daniel Hutton joined the Denver South TMA as Director of Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Programs after nearly four years with the City of Centennial, most recently as Manager for the City’s Bloomberg Philanthropies-funded Innovation Team. Daniel will be building on his past experiences in the public, non-profit and private sectors to develop next-generation TDM solutions for advancing Denver South’s culture of innovation and high quality of life.
Daniel’s professional passions involve connecting people with places, things and one another, whether through multi-modal mobility options or telecommunications networks. His work with the City of Centennial included analysis and project/program management involving the City’s Fiber Optic Initiative, the Go Centennial First/Last Mile Pilot Program, and the City’s successful proposals for the Innovation Teams and Smart Cities programs. Prior to working for City of Centennial, Daniel co-founded a telecommunications consulting firm specializing in site selection for nationwide edge data networks. He received his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver while working as a policy fellow for another regional TMA.
Calling the Denver region home for nearly a decade, Daniel’s roots in Central Virginia occasionally bring on a slight southern drawl. His life passions include the outdoors, tech gadgets, playing the drums, and traveling – after careful analysis on the most efficient routes from Points A to B, of course.