Kyle Lefkoff – Chairman
Mr. Lefkoff’s life science investments include Hauser Chemical Research (NASDAQ: HAUS); NeXstar Pharmaceuticals (sold to Gilead Sciences), Array BioPharma (NASDAQ: ARRY), Dharmacon (sold to Fisher Scientific), Genomica (sold to Exelixis), ARCA Biopharma (NASDAQ: ABIO), miRagen Therapeutics (NASDAQ: MGEN), and ArcherDX.
Information technology investments include McData (sold to EMC); Atlantes Corp. (sold to Metromail); Compatible Systems Corp. (sold to Cisco Systems); Wall Street on Demand (sold to Goldman Sachs), Lefthand Networks (sold to HP), LineRate Systems (sold to F5), and CommericalTribe.
Natural foods retailing investments include Horizon Organic Dairy (sold to Dean Foods); Alfalfa’s Markets (sold to Wild Oats); and Fresh & Wild PLC (sold to Whole Foods).
Mr. Lefkoff was the Chairman of the Board of Array BioPharma (NASDAQ: ARRY) until August 2018, and remains a Director of Array, the largest pharmaceutical company in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Lefkoff founded Array in May, 1998 with Dr. Marv Caruthers, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and BioChemistry at the University of Colorado, and a group of Amgen scientists. He is also the Chairman of the Board of ArcherDX, and a Director of CommercialTribe and BlackBear Energy, all Boulder Ventures portfolio companies.
Mr. Lefkoff received his B.A. in Economics from Vassar College (summa cum laude) in 1981.
In 1980, Mr. Lefkoff completed a Fellowship in Economic History at the London School of Economics. In 1985, he completed his MBA in Finance at the University of Chicago.
Mr. Lefkoff is an experienced alpinist and mountain guide, with difficult ascents to his credit in the French Alps, Peruvian Andes, and the major ranges of North America. He was a member of the 1986 American Expedition to the North Face of K2. Mr. Lefkoff is a Lifetime Member and former Director of the American Mountain Guides Association, and a former Director of The Access Fund, a national climbing advocacy organization.
Mr. Lefkoff is the Chairman of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), the avalanche education standard among mountain guides and snow professionals in the USA.
Dirk Tyler – Executive Vice Chair, Secretary
Dirk has a background in Private Equity, Venture Capital and Mergers & Acquisitions. He is currently Managing Director of Vulano Group, a leading technology and intellectual property development company. Prior to Vulano he founded M2P Capital, LLC, a Denver based private equity firm, where he is still a partner. Prior to forming M2P Capital, Dirk was a partner in Taleria Ventures, a venture firm engaged in early stage investing and start-up management. In 1988, he founded BACE Industries; a company that executed buy and build strategies in the manufacturing, distribution, business services, and technology industries. His involvement with M2P, Taleria and BACE led to the acquisition, financing or startup of over 60 companies. Dirk served as the initial President of RentX Industries, Inc. (national equipment rental) and BASX Systems, Inc. (water filtration systems). In addition to handling the sale of various portfolio companies, he led three of them through the IPO process. Dirk is currently a member of the executive boards of The Ice Alliance (Bozeman Ice Festival), The American Mountain Guides Association, The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, Colorado Outward Bound School, and The Hundred Club, and he is member of the Ice Climbing World Cup Committee of the American Alpine Club. He also served on the board of the Access Fund for 7 years (the US national climbing advocacy and conservation organization) and currently sits on their Acquisition and Loan Committee.Dirk graduated from Colorado College and has been climbing and backcountry skiing for 40 years.
David Wolf – Treasurer
David Wolf is Managing Principal of BSW Wealth Partners, a $1 billion multi-family office and wealth advisory firm serving a national and international clientele from offices in Denver and Boulder. He is also the founder of R3 Returns, an impact-focused bond strategy with $150 million of investor capital.
David graduated from the JD/MBA dual-degree program at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a BA from DePauw University. While at DePauw, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a visiting student at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University. He is a member of the advisory board of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Leeds School of Business and an advisor to mission venture capital firm Renewal Funds.
David serves as an on-call guide for the Colorado Mountain School, and has completed his AIARE Level I & II, AAI Level III, and is an AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide, and AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide. David and his wife, Norie Kizaki, established the Kizaki-Wolf AIARE Scholarship to support and build a diverse and inclusive community of avalanche professionals and educators.
Matthew Lipscomb – Secretary
Matt Lipscomb is CEO and cofounder of DMC Biotechnologies, a spin-out from Duke University with locations in Boulder, CO, and Durham, NC. DMC simplifies biology to produce bio-based chemicals for a range of markets. We make fermentation predictable to develop, scale and operate, increasing bio-based products’ chances of success and reducing their environmental impact. Our fermentation processes are efficient and reduce the amount of energy and raw materials needed.
Previously, Matt was a founding employee of OPXBIO where he provided technical and strategic leadership for their development programs. His efforts resulted in the successful piloting and initial demonstration of a technology producing 3-hydroxypropionic acid (a precursor to the large volume commodity chemical, acrylic acid) from sugars via fermentation utilizing engineered microbes. In another program at OPXBIO, Matt successfully led a DOE ARPA-E sponsored effort to develop an engineered microbe capable of utilizing CO2 as a feedstock in the production of hydrocarbon fuels. OPXBIO was acquired by Cargill in 2015.
A Certified AMGA Ski Guide, Matt is a Mountain Guide with Colorado’s Premier guiding service, The Colorado Mountain School. He works primarily in the CMS ski and ski mountaineering programs and, as a qualified AIARE 1 instructor, in the avalanche education program as well. Matt earned a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University.
To recharge and maintain balance, Matt enjoys skiing, cycling, climbing, and the broad diversity of outdoor adventure opportunities that enrich life in Colorado. When there is snow on the ground, Matt will typically be found chasing powder in Colorado, Utah, Alaska, Canada, or remote venues abroad.
Members at Large
Char Genevier Wyman
Char discovered her love and talent for software engineering while in high school, and built her first company at the age of 15, but her love of the mountains precedes that. While in middle school, she begged her parents to let her learn to rock climb, despite not knowing anyone who did. She spent two years at Harvey Mudd College studying theoretical math (in between bouldering problems at the local climbing gym) before dropping out to devote her full attention to building SocialEngine, a white-label social networking platform. As its CTO, she bootstrapped SocialEngine to profitability, took the company through TechStars Boulder in 2011, and eventually sold it to the digital marketing agency Room 214. She moved on to become CEO and founder of The Cotery, a platform for artists and designers to design, pre-sell, and manufacture unique limited-run apparel without the upfront costs and complications of traditional manufacturing. In between all the startups and the coding, Char picked up a ski addiction, which only deepened when she got a taste of the backcountry. Char now spends her work time consulting and building apps for direct-to-consumer eCommerce brands via her company Conjured, and as much of her free time as possible on skis.
Two-time World Champion skier Chris Davenport is widely regarded as one of the premier big mountain skiers in the world today. Among his many ski mountaineering achievements, in 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year. He has numerous first descents of peaks around the globe under his belt, and recently guided and skied on Mt. Everest. Chris has been featured in more than thirty ski films by Warren Miller and Matchstick Productions. He is also a TV commentator for ESPN, ABC sports, and Outside Television, and is an Olympic and World Cup announcer for ski racing events. Chris is a professional speaker who often lectures on risk management as it relates to business and mountain sports. Chris is the author of two beautiful coffee-table books that celebrate North America’s mountains, Ski The 14ers and Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America. He was recently named one of ESPN’s “10 Greatest American Freeskiers of all Time” and was also chosen as a 2014 honored member of the USA Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Chris serves as a Director of non-profits Protect Our Winters and the Aspen Valley Ski and snowboard Club. When not traveling the globe Chris resides in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and three boys.
Our lastest member to the BOD for 2017 Colin grew up in New England, and learned to ski in Vermont and upstate New York. In 1995, he moved to Colorado, and discovered powder skiing, big mountains, and climbing skins. Avalanche work has taken him around the world, and he has worked in the Himalaya, as Snow Safety Officer at Gulmarg Gondola, in South America as an avalanche forecaster for the mining industry, and in Colorado as a ski patroller and avalanche forecaster. He has been teaching avalanche courses since 2005, and is an AIARE Level One and Level Two course leader, and a 3A Certified Instructor. Since 2012, Colin has been working for Aprendica, bringing AIARE courses to Argentina and Chile, and helping develop the Spanish language curriculum. During the northern winter, he works as an avalanche forecaster with the CAIC.
David Barry is President of Pursuit, a collection of iconic, unforgettable and inspiring hospitality and attraction businesses in Alaska, Western Canada, Montana and Iceland (www.pursuitcollection.com) Prior to that David served as President and CEO of a privately held financial services and technology company recently acquired by E-trade. David previously served as the CEO of the Alpine/CMH group of companies which included Alpine Helicopters, Kachina Aviation, Aerotech in addition to Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest helicopter skiing company in the world. During David’s tenure at CMH the company employed more fully certified Mountain Guides than any other mountain adventure company and was recognized by National Geographic as one of the world’s Top 10 travel experiences. Until 2007, David also served as Chief Operating Officer of Intrawest USA, (now Alterra Mountain Company) with full P/L responsibility for 6 Mountain Resorts and successfully led a division of 14,000 team members with a significant focus on mountain safety, mountain operations on public lands and the creation and nurturing of a unique, entrepreneurial hospitality culture. David is a member of the Young President’s Organization and the Colorado Forum, a non-partisan group of civic, business and education leaders focused on issues of importance to the State of Colorado.
Growing up in Lake Tahoe, Duncan has been using the backcountry nearly his whole life. From professional big mountain snowboarding, to trekking around the globe, Duncan is always out on adventure. Snowmobiling became an everyday passion in 2002, and Duncan became a snowmobile industry pro with multiple film segments each year. In 2008 Duncan co-founded Alpine Assassins, a pro riders collective producing leading snowmobile films each year. Duncan’s riding, route finding, and safety skills are top-notch and he is devoted to giving clients the ride of a lifetime. Duncan has been instructing Snowmobile specific avalanche awareness classes and is working on becoming an AIARE 1 ProviderAlong with being a backcountry athlete Duncan also produces a monthly web based video series called The Lets Ride Adventures Video Series which catalogs Duncan’s season of riding, where he is, who he is riding with, and the products that they use. So if you want to catch up with what Duncan is up to, then check out letsridetahoe.com.
Since 2009, Hollis has been president of Hope Strategies, Inc., a consultancy that helps philanthropic, nonprofit and entrepreneurial clients identify and implement solutions that drive lasting impact on their organizations. Hollis has established herself as a valued strategic partner to national and local organizations through her keen listening and synthesizing skills and ability to work collaboratively to advance her clients’ goals. Prior to founding Hope Strategies, Hollis served as managing director of SeaWeb, and held leadership positions at the Colorado Health Institute, AcademyHealth and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. With a passion for writing and editing, Hollis has published numerous articles and online content over the course of her career. She has also served as a college trustee and is an active volunteer for organizations about which she cares deeply. Hollis holds an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Cornell University. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband, where she enjoys skiing, cycling, hiking, gardening, cooking and reading a good book.
Margaret Wheeler learned to ski and climb at an early age in New England, and became interested in ski mountaineering while living in Europe for several seasons. As a transplant to the Northwest, she guides ski mountaineering, alpine, and rock objectives. In 2006, Margaret became the second woman in the US to complete her full UIAGM guide certification. An active member of the guiding community, she is an instructor of guide training for the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) and serves on its board of directors and is a former president of the organization. She is involved in avalanche education through her work as an AIARE Instructor and Trainer.
Tom Murphy has been involved with AIARE since 1999. Teaching avalanche courses for 10 years with Jean Pavillard, the two, together with Karl Klassen, former president and executive director of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, began to hatch the idea for AIARE. Prior to working with Jean in Crested Butte, Tom worked in the avalanche industry in Alaska. He was a daily weather observer for the Alaska Avalanche Forecast Center, did avalanche control work for the Coronado Mine and worked with Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler, two well known avalanche educators, at the Alaska Mountain Safety Center. Tom was the general manager of Hatcher Pass Lodge in Alaska for 10 years where he was responsible for the many aspects of running a business as well as keeping guests safe in a mountain environment. He is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association, a AAA Certified Avalanche Instructor, a fully certified ski instructor and has guided skiing trips in Alaska, Colorado and Europe. Tom was instrumental in the development of AIARE course materials and is the former Executive Director of AIARE. He is also the recipient of the American Avalanche Association’s Bernie Kingery Award for dedicated professional practice in the field of avalanche education.