Board Of Advisors

Arieann DeFazio

Arieann DeFazio

CEO / Founder of Kitables

Arieann is an Internationally recognized and award-winning entrepreneur and scientist with 13 years of experience running businesses. She has launched products in a variety of industries from software to hardware and has operated in both for-profit and non-profit spaces. She is currently the Founder/CEO of Kitables, a company that gives people the confidence to build by providing building kits and experiences for adults currently in 60+ countries. She was recently named one of the top 5 female CEOs in the country by SheEO in 2016, is a track lead for Boulder Startup Week, a mentor to many entrepreneurs, and a keynote speaker. She has a passion and a history of helping others build things from the ground up - whether they are building projects, companies, or careers.

Kyle Judah

Kyle Judah

Director of Entrepreneurship at The University of Colorado, Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science

Kyle creates systems and processes to help organizations develop new ideas, programs and technologies, translating them to real world impact. Currently, Kyle works with students, faculty and researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science to help them launch world changing startups. His research and consulting work focuses on corporate innovation, especially building frameworks for large companies engaging in startup ecosystems.

Omar-Pierre Soubra

Omar-Pierre Soubra

Director of Marketing and Communications at Dassault Systèmes

Omar-Pierre Soubra, a passionate innovator, is the Director of Marketing Communications for Spatial Corp, a division of Dassault Systèmes, in charge of enabling and accelerating innovation for 3D application developments. Omar-Pierre has had different roles and responsibilities, from sales to product development, and marketing & communications, as well as different director level roles. In 2011, he created and developed the first Techno-Marketing group, a new and innovative department combining technologies and customer needs. He also developed several products for the construction, geospatial and architecture industries. He holds 17 international patents, in products combining optics, long range 3d scanning (LIDAR) and video camera solutions. In 2012, he was part of the Merger and Acquisition team which acquired the SketchUp group from Google. Omar-Pierre Soubra is also a mentor for startups in the Techstar Mobility program.

Rich Walsh

Rich Walsh

Serial entrepreneur, Founder of SolderWorks, SmartSource Management, and IAMCompare

Rich Walsh is a serial entrepreneur and business ‘maker’ who is founder and owner of multiple technology consulting and delivery organizations. From a technology consultancy with SmartSource Management to a software-as-a-service startup with IAMCompare.com to an innovation workspace in Westminster (SolderWorks), Rich is familiar with the many facets of owning and operating new and innovative businesses. He has deep corporate experience with semiconductor companies and manufacturing having also served as the virtual Vice President of IT for a mid-cap, publicly traded semiconductor corporation based in New England. Rich holds a B.S., Civil Engineering and B.S., Building Construction from Virginia Tech and brings many elements learned from managing remote location, design-build engineering construction projects to Information Technology.

Chris Gray

Chris Gray

Economic Development Officer at the City of Westminster, Colorado

Christopher Gray joined the City of Westminster Economic Development Office in 2011. Chris’s core responsibility is to operate the business attraction function of the office. Chris has extensive experience in the metro Denver economic development market having served in business development capacities with the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, the Aurora Economic Development Council and the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center at Colorado State University. He has also coordinated aerospace industry outreach for Metro Denver WIRED, a strategic workforce development program, and served as Director of the San Luis Valley Economic Development Council. Since arriving in Westminster, Chris has coordinated attraction of several major employers including DigitalGlobe, Trimble Navigation, and Zimmer Biomet. A native of the Cleveland, Ohio area, Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado/Denver.

Clay Simpson

Clay Simpson

Legal Executive, Advisor to Technology and Growth Companies

Clay brings 20+ years of experience as a results-oriented legal executive and advisor to growth companies in the technology arena. He most recently served as the General Counsel of MACOM, a provider of radio frequency and photonic semiconductors which he helped acquire, turn around and take public in 2012. At MACOM, Clay was responsible for legal, compliance and risk functions and played a key role in merger and acquisition and capital formation efforts. Earlier in his career, Clay served in a similar role as General Counsel to Sirenza Microdevices, which he helped achieve a track record of profitable growth and a successful sale exit in 2007. Clay began his career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he represented private and public technology companies in connection with capital-raising, acquisition and divestiture transactions and general corporate and securities matters.

Stephanie Troller, CEcD

Stephanie Troller, CEcD

Economic Developer

Stephanie joined the Economic Development Office in early 2017. Her primary focus will be assisting in the revitalization of south Westminster and business retention. Stephanie brings over 13 years of economic development and project management experience. She has a strong background in helping communities achieve their short-term and long-term goals through facilitated strategic planning processes. She previously served as the Colorado Main Street Coordinator at the Colorado Department of Local Affairs. Prior to that, she served as a Regional Economic and Community Development Manager in New Mexico. Her professional background includes business retention, downtown revitalization, affordable housing, public facilitation, policy, and practical problem-solving. Stephanie is a Certified Economic Developer, CEcD, with focus on strategic planning and neighborhood revitalization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business from New Mexico State University and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver.

Johnny Wey

Johnny Wey

Vice President Mobile Software Engineering at MLB

Johnny began his software engineering and leadership career over 20 years ago while still in high school. After a four year stint in the Navy, he joined a startup in Denver building an industry leading next generation e911 platform. Next, he went to Time Warner Cable and worked to create the first iPad linear streaming application which won an Emmy Engineering Certificate in 2011. After leaving Time Warner Cable in 2012, he technically co-founded and subsequently sold two startups in the Denver / Boulder area in the sales intelligence and telecommunications spaces. Most recently, he is Vice President of Mobile Engineering at Major League Baseball in Boulder, CO. Johnny lives in Westminster, CO with his wife and three children.