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GMAP Facilitators | Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce | Denver, CO
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce | Denver, CO

GMAP Facilitators



Richard Abels
is the principal of
Abels Communication Company, where he has helped a variety of public, private, non-profit and governmental organizations identify their strategic advantages and communicate to their key audiences in a clear, concise manner.   His work in strategic planning, positioning, messaging, active and reactive public relations and issues/crisis preparedness has helped Denver Urban Renewal Authority, Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, Metropolitan State College of Denver, National MS Society, Cingular Wireless, City of Commerce City, Sprint and many other organizations meet or exceed their goals.

Richard's GMAP group meets every other Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Rita Crompton 
(a/k/a/ "The Inventor Lady") is the Founder of both 
FLeCusa International and The Inventors' Roundtable. The Inventors' Roundtable provides inventors with a safe free environment where they can learn about the inventing process and work with their peers to avoid costly mistakes. Since relocating to Colorado more than ten years ago, Rita has become the voice of inventing in Colorado’s Front Range and is widely known in the state and throughout the Rocky Mountain Region in general. She works tirelessly with inventors and the Colorado SBDC to help inventors better understand the process that will give them the best chance of success.

Rita’s GMAP group meets every third week on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Patrick Dawson
, Vice President of Business Development at 
Liquid Capital of Coloradoprovides financing for businesses that do not meet traditional standards.  With over 14 years of business experience in banking, equity investments and alternative lending, Patrick is dedicated to helping his clients realize their greatest potential. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Patrick attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Working up to a commercial banker to pay for his undergrad degree, Patrick gained a traditional outlook on how businesses seek financing through mainstream avenues. After college, he moved to Colorado where he spearheaded, launched and assumed full Marketing responsibility for a mid-sized technology based company and was on a financial review committee to seek additional funding options for another fast growing, high technology business where he would analyze the benefits to various lending sources including equity, bank and alternative options. Later he joined his family's business, Liquid Capital of Colorado.

Patrick's GMAP group meets the second and fourth Wednesday from 11:30 a.m.  1:00 p.m.

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Kyle Grivette
founded AAA Building Maintenance in 1997 to provide elite cleaning service to clients in the healthcare, commercial, industrial, facilities maintenance, and construction industries. Mr. Grivette’s vision for the company is the driving force behind its success, offering his clients a unique combination of careful attention to detail, a commitment to service excellence, and the flexibility to meet his clients’ individual needs, no matter how big or small. Grivette joined the Chamber in August 2012 and has been a very active member since the day he became a member. Previous to joining the Chamber, Grivette had a great deal of experience with other chambers in both California and Colorado, but quickly determined that the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce was by far the finest he’d ever been involved with.

Kyle's GMAP group meets the first and third Thursday from 2:00 p.m - 3:30 p.m.

Brian Leugs
is Founder and President of 
Business Communication Support and has nearly 25 years of experience in public affairs and external communication. A native of West Michigan, he earned a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas (Austin). Over the next 20 years he worked in several industries including consumer beverages, industrial chemicals, and pharmaceuticals, developing and delivering industry viewpoints in public and government settings. Brian opened his content marketing company, Business Communication Support, in 2009 providing branded written content such as blogs, White Papers, executive bios, case studies, and other marketing material.
Brian's GMAP group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.


Alan Luzietti
is the founder and owner of 
Echo Concepts, Inc. Alan has dedicated the last twelve years to growing Echo Concepts and contributing to the Denver Metro Community.  Although born in Detroit, Michigan, Alan has spent the last quarter century living, studying and working in Colorado.  He attended The Colorado College and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Economics.  In addition, he earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Denver.  Mr. Luziette is a proud graduate of Leadership Denver (Class of 2006) and was named the Denver Business Journal's "40 under 40" (March 2009). 

Echo Concepts was awarded the DMCC "Emerging Business of the Year" in 2005 and was a finalist for the DMCC "Green Business of the Year" in 2009 & 2010.

Alan's GMAP group meets the second and fourth Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

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Alex Muggenthaler
, owner of
Front Range Lending
, was born in 1973 and grew up in Wisconsin. He started his college career in the engineering program at UW Madison for 3 years. Then he transferred to UW Stout and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality/Tourism Management in May of 1999 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business was granted in December of 2003. He lived and worked in Chicago for a short time before moving to Denver in October of 1999. He started his sales career at Cintas Corporation where he developed his sales and training skills for 2 years. Then, Alex moved on to the residential mortgage business in 2001. Alex has closed over 1000 loans. He is dedicated to providing the best value and service to every client. He has developed great relationships with many business professionals and politicians in the Denver Metro area, the state of Colorado and throughout the United States. He has trained and motivated many people throughout his career. Alex is a community leader in the making. His interests include his family, especially his wife Kelly and son Jack, attending seminars to better his business and himself, camping, hiking, live music, attending sports events and Church.

Alex's GMAP group meets the first and third Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  Javier Tafoya, is a financial advisor with AXA Adviosors LLC. In this role, he coordinates strategies designed to build and protect the wealth of his clients providing tax efficiency in all aspects of design and implementation, including the management, distribution, and transitioning of client’s assets. No stranger to owning and operating a business; he has spent 11 years as a Founder and an Executive, where he successfully launched and exited three businesses in three separate industries. Through leadership roles in several community organizations, Javieris very actively involved in the improvement of Colorado. Javier holds an MBA and Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in Accounting and Finance from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. 

Jenn is an Adolescent & Young Adult Life Coach...basically she acts a cross between a big sister, cool aunt, therapist and teacher. The time between 12 and 26 can be the most confusing and crazy time of life. There are hormones, parents, friends, romance, school and a million other things going on, not to mention that the brain is changing every second of everyday during these years. Jenn provide teens and young adults an impartial, open-minded, knowledgeable adult to talk to about the good, the bad and the ugly of growing up and transitioning to adulthood and taking charge of their brain.

SPHERE Education works to inspire and develop Strong, Passionate, Healthy, Empathic, Resilient, Extraordinary Adolescents and Young Adults. We work with adolescents and young adults to determine areas of personal growth they wish to pursue, offer educational experiences, and coach them through this exceptional time of life.