March FEI Monthly Chapter Dinner and PD Meeting

 Thursday, March 16th @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Denver Athletic Club, 1325 Glenarm Pl, Denver, CO 80204


Dinner Session

Topic: The Strategy, Successes and Challenges of Economic Development in Colorado

J.J. Ament, chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) will discuss the tools Colorado’s legislature has granted to the commission to attract new business and facilitate job creation in Colorado statewide. The EDC commissioners evaluate, approve, and administer Colorado’s job growth incentive tax credit, strategic fund deployment, regional tourism act, and TV, film, and media incentive program among other statutory assignments. Since November 2012, the EDC has approved 124 job-growth incentive projects totaling 34,431 jobs*. Ament will share how he and fellow commissioners try to use data and analytics to evaluate the social and economic value and costs related to the implementation of the EDC’s programs, particularly in compliance with Colorado’s TABOR amendment. He will also discuss the state’s economic health and development efforts beyond the metro Denver region.


Presented by: J. J. Ament, Chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission   

J.J. Ament spent fifteen years as a Wall Street Investment Banker who specialized in Public Finance. In his role, Ament structured and executed sophisticated and complex financial transactions for governments, quasi-public agencies, and public-private partnerships throughout the United States. During his career, Ament participated in transactions totaling over $15 billion. His clients included governors, state treasurers, large municipalities, higher education institutions, state departments of transportation and public pension systems from throughout the country.



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Professional Development Session I

Topic: Hot Topics in Financial Risk Management

In the current market, where we see a shifting momentum towards rising rates and continued currency volatility, financial risk management strategies have received increased attention at the management and board level. This presentation will review the current market environment and its impact on interest rate and currency risk. We’ll provide a risk management framework, but also address the economic and accounting challenges that arise when implementing a risk management program. Case studies will also be reviewed to illustrate the real-world application of various strategies under specific company objectives.

Presented by: Amanda Breslin, CFA, CTP; Executive Director, Chatham Financial

Amanda leads Chatham’s Corporate Treasury Advisory group, advising corporate clients on risk management strategy, analysis, and execution with respect to interest rate, currency exchange rate, and commodities exposures. During her tenure at Chatham, Amanda has developed broad hedging experience advising corporate clients on complex FX hedging strategies, and advising real estate clients on issues pertaining to REIT structures and in navigating the process of collateral substitutions.

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Professional Development Session II

Topic: Common Challenges during Hyper Growth

A period of rapid growth is both exciting and challenging for any organization. Management must continue addressing the everyday needs of the business while also scaling their infrastructure and implementing new and improved processes to sustain efficient growth. Steve Hobbs, Managing Director at Protiviti will share his expertise in helping companies tackle these challenges. Attendees will hear case studies, best practices, and lessons learned fron his many years of helping companies scale for hyper growth in a competitive market.

Presented by:  Steve Hobbs, Managing Director, Protiviti


Steve Hobbs is a Managing Director at Protiviti and the global leader of the firm’s Public Company Transformation practice. He works extensively with a number of pre-IPO companies in the social media, technology, and consumer products industries. He has served over 100 public companies during his 30+ year career with support in IPO preparation & execution, M&A transactions, international expansion and numerous transformation initiatives. He has served on the board of directors of three companies, one as Chairman and two as Audit Committee Chair.

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4:00-4:50 pm – Professional Development Session I*

5:00 – 5:50 pm – Professional Development Session II*

5:30-6:30 pm  – Networking Social Hour

6:30-8:30 pm – Dinner and Presentation*

*CPE Eligible



Late Registration

Please register prior to Tuesday before the meeting at 5:00pm. All registrations after the deadline at Tuesday at 5:00pm will be managed as late registrations. Please arrive early for your intended PD session to complete the registration process. Be sure to check the box for each session you plan to attend.

If you are an FEI Member or Strategic Partner and you need the Coupon Code to register for free, please email to request it.