Executive Director Boot Camp

Learn from the best Executive Directors in the state of Colorado


Building the Foundation

New Executive Directors

Join us on September 18th

8am – noon

The Solution

7250 W 38th Avenue, Wheat Ridge CO 80033

Learn from the best Executive Directors in the state of Colorado

Topics Include:
  • Member Engagement, Growth and Retention
  • Organizational Branding
  • Strategic Planning
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Board Orientations

All Star Speaker Line Up

CEO, The Solution

Dot Miller, CAE


The Solution

Topic: Creating a Budget, Financial Management and Governance


Dot Miller has been a fixture in the Colorado business community for over a decade, and in that time she has demonstrated unparalleled passion and commitment for her work and her community.  Dot is the CEO of The Solution and serves on the Arvada City Council.

At the helm of The Solution, an association management company that will maximize the value and potential of member organizations while stimulating growth & engagement, Dot is fiercely loyal to her clients.   Prior to starting her company, Dot was the CEO of the Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado and before that the President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce.  Dot was a business owner herself for years before getting involved in the Chamber and Association worlds.  She is extremely passionate about helping businesses and membership organizations thrive.  She spends a great portion of her time working with Executive Directors, and Boards of Directors, across the Country.

After owning a business that employed 30 teenagers, Dot founded a non-profit organization called the Jefferson County Business Education Alliance to help students become workforce ready; for this, she was Jefferson County Schools CTE Program’s Business Person of the Year as well as Channel 7’s Everyday Hero award.

She co-founded the Arvada Vitality Alliance, a non-profit organization which seeks to raise funds from private entities to benefit the many non-profits that serve Arvada.  Dot currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Arvada Colts, Blues & BBQ for Better Housing and the Colorado Society of Association Executives.

Dot’s hard work and dedication have not gone unrecognized in the community—in the past few years, she has been honored with the Denver Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award and the Arvada Young Professionals Leadership Award, the Denver Post named her one of Tomorrow’s Most Influential Women in Colorado.  The Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (CACI) awarded her the CEO of the Year.

Dot lives in Arvada, Colorado, with her husband Ranger and her dog Diesel.  Dot and Ranger were recently presented with the Image Award in Arvada for all they do for their community.


President & CEO, AGC Colorado

Michael Gifford

President & CEO

AGC Colorado

Topic: Membership Engagement and Political Advocacy


Michael Gifford has been the President & CEO of the AGC of Colorado since 2008. As the chief staff member of the organization, Michael leads a non-profit trade association with 565 members and a $3.2 million operating budget. AGC focuses on being the voice of the industry, effective economic development work, legislative and political influence, member services (including group health and work comp insurance programs); education programs (including safety and environmental; workforce development, Future Leaders Forum, and CITC apprentice training center) and networking and collaboration opportunities for members. Workforce Development is the main issue for AGC.

Michael serves on the Executive Committees of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. and the Board of the Aurora Economic Development Council.  He is Past-Chair of C3, a state-wide lobbying organization, and Past-Chair of the AGC America Executive Leadership Council. He also serves on the Board of the Colorado Society of Association Executives.

Before coming to the AGC, Michael served as Executive Director of the Idaho AGC from 1999 to 2007. He served as Vice President of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Downtown Boise Association and from 1993-1999. Prior to that Michael worked for the City of Huntington Beach, CA Redevelopment Agency and Economic Development Department.

Michael has also been an instructor at the University of Phoenix for the MBA program (strategic planning) and Political Science (state & local government) courses.

Michael received his BS in Business Administration & Finance from the University of Southern California and his Masters Degree in Public Administration from Boise State University. He is also a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, a 6-year continuing education course for non-profit executives operated by the US Chamber of Commerce.

Michael lives with his wife Jenay in Lakewood, CO and has 3 daughters who graduated at Colorado Universities (CU Boulder, CSU in Ft, Collins, and CMU in Grand Junction).

President, Arvada Chamber of Commerce

Kami Welch


Arvada Chamber of Commerce

Topic: Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and Your Strategic Plan


Kami Welch is the President of the Arvada Chamber of Commerce. Having worked in the Chamber sector for nearly 10 years Kami has developed a passion for community and business growth. Kami believes in being a strategic problem solver and works to develop unique and innovative ways to support the business community. Kami graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Public Relations and Communications and has followed this path throughout her career including work in the non-profit sector, real estate and public relations. Kami is passionate about supporting non-profit organizations that focus on children, education, homelessness and domestic violence. Kami loves living in Colorado with her husband of 10 years and two young children where they enjoy hiking, skiing and exploring.

Christine Des Enfants

Executive Director

 Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce

Topic: Membership Engagement


Christine Des Enfants has been the Executive Director of the Cherry Creek Chamber of Commerce since October 2007.  Her background includes working in sales and distribution in the publishing world for Time Inc. and Conde Nast Publications as well as owning an IT Business and a Travel Triathlon business.  Between the world of corporate and private business she developed a passion for helping small businesses succeed.  The combination of connecting and educating companies in the Cherry Creek Community has driven this boutique chamber to be a very successful and welcoming organization under her direction.

Mindy McCloughan

President & CEO

Loveland Chamber of Commerce

Topic: Leadership


Mindy McCloughan currently serves as the president and CEO of the Loveland Chamber of Commerce. Before moving to Loveland, Colo. in June 2012, McCloughan served as president to the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce in Paris, Texas. Her tenure covers 20 years of chamber, economic development, community development and tourism.   She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute with University of Oklahoma; Institute for Organizational Management through the American Chamber of Commerce Executives at Colorado College and a Community/Economic Development Institute graduate from the University of Central Arkansas; and the Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy.

McCloughan is a member of W.A.C.E, ACCE, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Mountain View Rotary Club, Colorado Women of Influence, and serves on various boards such as, Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, Loveland Business Development Center, Loveland Broadband Task Force, Leadership Northern Colorado, Leadership Loveland, Fix North I-25 Business Alliance, and Loveland Downtown Partnership.

McCloughan’s accomplishments in Loveland consist of expanding the Chamber membership base, stabilizing the organization, reducing debt and implementing a balanced budget and creating programs and partnerships that bring added value to Chamber investors as well as the community. In 2013 McCloughan started a business recovery grant program and raised $645,000 for grants to help the businesses affected by the flood.  BizWest recently recognized Mindy as one of the 2017 Woman of Distinction honorees and Colorado Women of Influence recognized her as a 2017 Woman of Vision.

McCloughan’s purpose and passion is to strengthen and expand the economy through programs that lead to bringing business, industry and economic growth to Loveland and Larimer County which fosters the overall quality of life initiatives that make Loveland a great place to live, work and raise a family. In her spare time she enjoys the mountains and golfing with her husband (Dave McCloughan) and their four children (Logan, Ryan, Landon and Grant) and her first grandchild (Emmie Hope).


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