"We are developing Colorado's next generation of community leaders who will contribute to the strength and vitality of the state now and in the future."

–Ryan Heckman, CoChairman, QF

2017 Women's Leadership Dinner with Nancy Phillips and Chancellor Chopp
2017 MCA Failure Fair
2017 QF Spring Breakfast with Gen. Casey and Amb. Hill

In 1999, QF was founded to convene thought leaders and provide a place for developing executives to dream more, learn more, do more and become more. QF recently expanded its mission in leadership development to include The Leaders Initiative, which works at the intersection of the public, private and nonprofit sectors to increase engagement between business leaders and public service.

We believe that special things happen when leaders from diverse backgrounds, industries and organizations engage in unique programs that are provocative and intellectually enduring: valuable relationships are created, we learn and we are inspired to do bigger things in our companies and community. By fostering strong ties among the business, government and nonprofit sectors, QF supports leaders bound by professional ambition and a commitment to their community.

QF is a nonpartisan and by-invitation membership-based community that represents diverse industries including healthcare, energy, agriculture, private equity, nonprofits, professional service providers, restaurants, consumer products and services, hospitality, real estate, building products, media, technology and telecom. Members range from young executives to our Vanguard Members, who are at the pinnacle of their careers.

Vanguard Members

Dr. Jandel T. Allen-Davis, MD, Kaiser Permanente
Kathy Hagan Brown, Co-President, Karsh Hagan
James T Bunch, Founder, Green, Manning and Bunch
Jim Burke, Founder, High Sierra Energy and President, NGL Partners
Linda Childears, President & CEO, Daniels Fund
Rebecca Chopp, Chancellor, University of Denver 
Lee Driscoll, CEO, Breckenridge-Wynkoop
Nate Easley, Executive Director, Denver Scholarship Foundation
Mark Falcone, Founder and CEO, Continuum Partners
Mike Fries, President and CEO, Liberty Global
Ken Gart, Principal, The Gart Companies 
David Greenberg, Vice Chancellor, University of Denver
Paula Herzmark, Executive Director, Denver Health Foundation
Steve Hochhauser, Former Chairman and CEO, Johns Manville
Bruce Hoyt, Senior Vice President, Investments, Gary Community Investments
Jim Kelley, Founder, Colorado Impact Fund
Aaron Kennedy, Founder, Noodles & Company
Christine Kneeland, Vice President of the Board of Directors, The Leaders Initiative
Mike Kopp, President & CEO, Colorado Concern
Adam Lerner, Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
William Matthews, Artist
David Miller, Executive Director, University of Denver Institute for Philanthropy and Social Enterprise
Zachary T. Neumeyer, Chairman, Sage Hospitality 
Jane Okun Bomba, SVP, Marketing & Chief Sustainability and Communications Officer, IHS
Scott Reiman, Founder and President, Hexagon
Beth Soberg, President and CEO, United Healthcare of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico
Jerre Stead, Chairman and CEO, IHS, Inc.
Mark Turnage, CEO, OWL Cybersecurity
Dr. Ken Weiner, Founder and CEO, Eating Recovery Center 
Phil Weiser, Founder, Silicon Flatirons
Roxane White, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Hickenlooper 
Michelle Sie Whitten, Co-Founder, Global Down Syndrome Foundation

QF Innovation Lounge at the Commons on Champa

The Commons on Champa is a public campus for entrepreneurship and a gathering place for business builders and innovators. Every year, numerous QF members build upon their successful careers by pivoting from large company roles to entrepreneurial endeavors.

Co­Chairs Ryan Heckman and Erik Mitisek underwrote and led the creation of the “QF Innovation Lounge” at the Commons on Champa in partnership with the City of Denver, Downtown Denver Partnership and the Colorado Technology Association. The QF Innovation Lounge connects QF members directly to the entrepreneurial community and opens new avenues and connections among investors, mentors and programming that stimulate creativity and create new opportunities to turn ideas into successful new companies.