Carrie Dorr founded Pure Barre, a ballet barre franchise with 400 locations nationwide. In addition to the franchising company, Carrie simultaneously created and grew Pure Barre Product. Carrie sold a majority interest in both companies to private equity in October 2012 and her remaining interest in a second private equity transaction in May 2015.
In August 2015 Carrie launched the Soul Day Foundation, a 501(c)(3) devoted to providing a day of delight to lift the souls of those in need. Carrie also created Soul Tote, a socially motivated tote company in order to help support and sustain SDF.
Most recently Carrie created The Life Smart website, an online repository for resources and recommendations dedicated to giving women the tools to live a healthier, stronger, more empowered life.
Carrie holds a BS in Business from Michigan State University and a JD from Wayne State University. She has spoken at USC, University of Colorado, Young President’s Organization and Entrepreneur’s Organization. She sits on a handful of Boards and is a mentor for numerous aspiring entrepreneurs. Carrie resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband Frank and their three toddlers Luke, Ruby and Ellie (twins) and their yellow lab Mo. They all spend as much time as possible in Vail and enjoy biking, hiking, skiing and everything outdoors.
Anthony Lambatos - EmceeOwner, Footers Catering
Anthony Lambatos grew up in the catering business working for his father and founder of Footers Catering in Denver, Colorado. Anthony and his wife, April, purchased the business in 2010 and have successfully made the transition to a second-generation family business.
Anthony and April are focused not only on building a great catering company, but more importantly on creating a great place to work. In 2012 they moved Footers from it’s home of 20 years to a new building which now includes an “Awesomeness” room with games and activities for employees an outdoor patio for gatherings and impromptu meetings.
Anthony graduated from the University of Oregon with a BS in Business and in Economics. He is the president of the Denver Advisory Board and is on the board of directors for the South Metro Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the advisory board for The Big Idea Project. In 2010 he was named one of Denver’s top 25 most influential young professionals in Denver by Colorado Biz Magazine. In 2015 the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce named Footers Catering “Small Business of the Year”.
Andrew FreedmanDirector of Marijuana Coordination, State of Colorado
A Colorado native, Andrew Freedman graduated from Cherry Creek High School in 2002. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and political science from Tufts University and, in 2010, earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Upon law school graduation, Andrew joined John Hickenlooper’s campaign for governor – and was tapped to serve as Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia’s Chief of Staff. During his time with Garcia, the lieutenant governor’s office won a $45 million Race to the Top Grant for early childhood education, created the Office of Early Childhood, helped pass the READ act, and collaborated with Mile High United Way to create the Colorado Reading Corps. In 2013, Andrew left the lieutenant governor’s office to become the Director of Colorado Commits to Kids, the Yes on 66 campaign – the largest effort to date to overhaul Colorado’s education funding system. In 2014, Andrew was appointed the state’s first Director of Marijuana Coordination. As Director, Andrew’s mission is to ensure the efficient and effective regulation of Colorado’s retail and medical marijuana while promoting public health, maintaining public safety, and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children.
Maddy HasulakFounder, Love Grown Foods
Maddy Hasulak is fighting to make breakfast healthier with her company, Love Grown Foods. Her not-so-secret ingredient? Beans. Love Grown’s “Power O” cereal is made with navy beans, garbanzo beans, and lentils; the “Mighty Flakes” use this blend as well as tapioca syrup and natural vanilla to achieve its flavor. Love Grown Foods is in 11,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada, including Kroger, Fresh Market and even select Target locations.
Troy Guard is the Chef/Owner of Denver-based TAG Restaurant Group. Guard has a distinct multicultural style developed throughout his career working in acclaimed kitchens such as New York hotspot TAO, Doc Cheng’s in Singapore, Roy’s in Hawaii, and the award-winning Latin-Asian fusion restaurant, Zengo. His flagship restaurant, TAG, brings to life Guard’s vision of “Continental Social Food” – a combination of his Hawaiian roots, his Pan-Asian expertise, and fresh, local Colorado ingredients. Other concepts include Los Chingones (“badass” Mexican), Sugarmill (savory and sweet confections), bubu (quick-casual), TAG Burger Bar (imaginative, handcrafted biurgers), Guard and Grace (modern American steakhouse), and Lucky Cat (urban Chinese eatery). Most recently in July 2016, Guard opened Mister Tuna (American eclectic) in Denver’s Industry workspace development.
Ted TrimpaPolitical Strategist, Trimpa Group
Ted Trimpa is the Principal and President of Trimpa Group, a national political consulting and government relations firm specializing in public policy advocacy and political strategy at the state and federal levels. Trimpa brings more than a decade of government relations and political consulting experience with a proven record of results. Trimpa is one of the country’s most sought-after advocates resulting from his deep understanding of the national and multi-state public policy, political and nonprofit landscape. He has been recognized in national publications, including The Atlantic Monthly, National Review, The Advocate, and The Weekly Standard for his central role in designing cutting-edge public policy strategies.
Nicole GarneauCurator of Human Health, DMNS
Dr. Nicole Garneau is a taste scientist and public speaker that brings flavor science to the table. Her formal training in genetics and microbiology led her to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science where she serves as the Curator of Human Health and the PI of the Genetics of Taste Lab. In addition to her day job, she is the founder of three companies related to her work studying taste and her interest in food and beverage science. In this capacity, Dr. Garneau serves as a consultant to breweries, wineries, distilleries and restaurants, and co-authored two sensory science tools, the Beer Flavor Map and the app DraughtLab.
Jason RegierSpeaker, Paralympic Athlete, SpellBynder
Jason has over 18 years of business experience in training, marketing, speaking, nonprofit development and owns his own company, Spellbynder. He has earned a dual masters degree with an MBA and MS in Marketing from the University of Colorado. Jason is a national speaker. He has represented Team USA in Wheelchair Rugby for the past 12 years.
Erica CobbRadio Personality, Emcee, Print Model & Blogger
Erica was born in Chicago, the daughter of a college professor and a funeral director – Yes, it makes for an interesting combination! She has appeared in commercial print ads for Ebony & Complete Woman Magazines, Galyans and McDonalds, appeared on the “Eddie, Jobo & Erica Show” on B96 (WBBM-FM/Chicago), was part of the morning team at ALICE (KALC-FM/Denver) on the “BJ, Howie & Erica Show” as well as Jammin 101.5, KS 107.5, The Wolf, appearances on 9NEWS and the “Todd & Erica Morning Show” on CBS NOW 100.5.
Since moving to Denver, she has learned to snowboard, competed in the bikini divisions in National Physique Committee Shows, was a member of the Denver Nuggets in-game entertainment family, was honored with the cover of “Outfront Colorado” magazine for their straight allies issue and the cover of “HERLIFE” magazine as “Denver’s Girl Power!”
Loren MartinezGeneral Manager, Little Man Ice Cream
A Denver Native, Loren Martinez has been with Little Man Ice Cream since 2008. Currently serving as the Director of Operations, Loren has been at the forefront of Little Man’s expansion and success. As one of CoBiz Magazine’s 2015 ‘Top 25 Young Professionals’, Loren is known for developing an energetic and infectious company culture and leveraging the company’s socially conscious backbone to make a lasting difference in the life of employees.
Michael PyattLead Trainer, Native Roots
Michael Pyatt has a passion for the cannabis industry. As a Colorado native his passion has lead him to become the product training manager at Native Roots Colorado. As a product specialist he has been training new cannabis employees about the evolution and history of infused cannabis products, rules and regulations. Michael knows what customers want, and through his work with leading industry partners he is getting them what they ask for, safe and regulated infused cannabis products.