Honoree Mike Fitzgerald thanked ever-gracious Earl Wright, Chairman of the Board of AMG, for hosting his retirement party at the AMG Dome in Greenwood Village.Courtesy Photo
The Dome at AMG National Trust Bank at 6295 Greenwood Plaza Blvd. in Greenwood Village was the venue for more than 100 leaders of business and government to honor Mike Fitzgerald March 27 upon his retirement as president and CEO of Denver South Economic Development Partnership (EDP).
Shea Properties’ Peter Culshaw, Denver South EDP board chair, said that during Fitzgerald’s 9-year leadership, the organization had helped 76 different companies relocate or expand in the south metro Denver area, resulting in 20,000 new direct positions. Lynn Myers, Denver South EDP senior vice president, explained that the multiplier effect (restaurants, retail, and services used by the new employees) resulted in 50,000 total jobs.
Longtime metro and statewide residential real estate developer Buz Koelbel, Denver South EDP board vice-chair, described Fitzgerald as “a guy who can look around corners and see things that other people cannot see.”
Highly talented Lynn Myers, Denver South EDP senior VP, is flanked by Shea Properties’ Peter Culshaw, Denver South EDP board chair, and Bryan Weimer, Arapahoe County Public Works and Development director.
Myers talked about Fitzgerald’s role in establishing the only statewide Smart Cities Alliance and how he liked to remind staff that “You are inventing the future.” She also shared that Fitzgerald always remembered all female staffers with flowers on Valentine’s Day and he was famous for giving people books that he thought would be enjoyable reading and help them grow in their professions.
Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe described Fitzgerald as a truly great man and Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko presented him with a proclamation declaring March 27 Mike Fitzgerald Day.
Business and government leaders in the crowd included those most recognized by their active engagement in forwarding economic development in Colorado. They included Arrowhead’s Smart Cities Alliance leader Matthew Bailey, leading Aurora mayoral candidate former Rep. Mike Coffman, Arapahoe County Commissioners Nancy Sharpe, Bill Hoellen and Kathleen Conti, Centennial City Council’s Mayor Stephanie Piko Kathy Turley, and Mike Sutherland, Robert Olislager, executive director of Centennial Airport, Jay Lindell, retired U.S. Air Force major general and champion of the aerospace industry, RTD Chair Doug Tisdale, Douglas County Commissioners Lora Thomas and Roger Partridge, and Lone Tree Economic Development Director Jeff Holwell.
Power trio Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe, Common Sense Roundtable President and CEO Kristin Strohm who co-founded the Starboard Group, and Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko were on hand to honor Mike Fitzgerald.
Kathy Turley, Centennial City Council member, posed with Arrowhead’s brainiac Matthew Bailey, the force behind the Smart Cities Alliance.
Successful and community-minded residential developer Buz Koelbel, Denver South EDP’s board vice-chair, stood between FulcumOne’s Randy Pye and Daniel Guimond, economic and planning consultant, at the Fitzgerald soirée. Photos by Freda Miklin
Lucky Freda Miklin, former Greenwood Village city council member, stood between former Rep. Mike Coffman, leading Aurora mayoral candidate, and guest of honor, soon to be retired Denver South EDP President and CEO Mike Fitzgerald. Photo by Aurora Ogg
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