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Adams bought his first two-person agency. shortly after the airline industry deregulation in the late 1970s. Merging with three other agencies to create Professional Travel Corp., Adams grew PTC into the region's largest corporate travel management firm. Since the 1997 acquisition of PTC by Navigant, the company has made nearly 40 acquisitions, becoming the nation's second largest travel management company and posting annual gross air sales of $4.2 billion.
In 1998, Adams was named Executive of the Year in travel and tourism by The Denver Business Journal.
Adams, who holds a master of arts in public administration from the University of Colorado, serves as a board member for Regis University and St. Joseph Hospital.
COLORADO CONVENTION CENTER CURRIGAN HALL
Adams was named general manager of the Colorado Convention Complex in 1994, when Spectator Management Group was awarded the management contract by the city of Denver. Adams' career spans 22 years in the convention-center-management field, including the last 15 with SMG. Prior to his relocation to Denver, he was the assistant general manager of the Moscone Convention Center and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.
Under his leadership, the Colorado Convention Center showed an operational profit of more than $250,000 in 2000, the first time the center has posted a profit in its 10-year history.
Adams is a graduate of California State University in Fresno.
Addoms was promoted to president and CEO of Frontier in 1994, six months after the airline was founded. Under Addoms' leadership, Denver's "hometown" airline has grown to 2,500 employees and 25 Boeing 737s and three Airbus A319s. The airline considers itself an affordable alternative carrier, and has provided transportation for millions of passengers since its inception.
Prior to co-founding Frontier, Addoms served as president of Monfort Colorado, president of Colorado National Bank, and vice president of the former Continental Illinois National Bank in Chicago.
Addoms holds a bachelor' degree from Wesleyan University.
J. WILLIAM ARTIST & ASSOCIATES
Artist has long been recognized as a leader in the tourism industry. In 1994, Artist received the Georgia Lodgers Award and in 1995 he was awarded the Peach of a Pal Award from the Hotel-Lodging Association.
With industry backing, Artist led the effort to set up the Colorado Travel and Tourism Authority and was responsible for the initial $2.1 million state appropriation to the tourism industry.
Since then, Artist has been successful in getting $5.9 million for tourism promotion in the state's general fund budget. In 2000, Artist led the successful lobbying effort at the Legislature to create the Colorado Tourism Office.
Artist also led the battle to retain funding for the tourism efforts in the budget approved by the 2001 Colorado Legislature.
JAMES R. RAIN
THE SKI TRAIN
Bain has served for 10 years as general manager of The Ski Train, which makes weekend trips from Denver to Winter Park and other destinations. Bain formerly served as chairman of the Colorado Travel and Tourism Authority and has also served on its executive committee.
He was appointed as a representative for the transportation sector in 1994 and re-appointed in 1997. In addition, Bain serves on the marketing advisory committee for the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
He received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
JOHN C. BANDIMERE JR.
Bandimere is the second-generation owner of the Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, which he took over in 1970 when the founder, John Bandimere Sr., retired. He recently continued the tradition by handing down the general manager duties to his son, John C. Bandimere III. In doing so, Bandimere Jr. is able to focus his attention on community issues and further promote the facility.
Bandimere is past chairman of the executive board of the West Chamber serving Jefferson County, a current board member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and national event promoter for the National Hot Rod Association.
VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER
SIX FLAGS ELITCH GARDENS
Bouy, a 40-year theme park veteran, is the vice president and general manager for Six Flags Elitch Gardens. Under Bouy's leadership, Six Flags Elitch Gardens has had continuous successful seasons.
Bouy relocated from Cleveland in 1996, where he was vice president and general manager of Premier Park's Geauga Lake theme park. He has managed several major theme parks across the country.
PRESIDENT AND OWNER
THE BURNSLEY HOTEL
A native of Texas, Burns started out in the oil and gas business, working as an administrative assistant to the chairman of the Texas Pipeline Co. in Houston. She moved to Denver in 1956.
In 1969, she incorporated Hampshire Inc., which became the Burasley Hotel after a major renovation in 1984 following Bum's purchase of the property. Burns is also a founder and former director of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
She took over D.C. Burns Realty when her husband Franklin retired after 55 years directing the company.
Burns studied business administration at the University of Houston and attended Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
VICE PRESIDENT, REGIONAL SALES AND MARKETING
DESTINATION HOTELS AND RESORTS INVERNESS HOTEL & GOLF CLUB
As the director of marketing for the Inverness Hotel and Golf Club, Callahan is responsible for the overall sales and marketing efforts of Denver's only IACC (International Association of Conference Centers) conference resort. She has more than 20 years of extensive hospitality experience, beginning with the Aspen Resort Association. She served as director of marketing for the Gant in Aspen from 1985 until 1991 and the Tenya Lodge at Yosemite from 1995 to 1997.
Callahan is a member of a number of professional organizations including Meeting Professionals International, International Association of Conference Centers and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International. She is also active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
She holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University.
VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONS
DESTINATION HOTELS & RESORTS
Carlson is responsible for the operations and management of a portfolio of properties nationwide managed by …