Board of Directors

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    Peter M. Dines

    Board Member

    A life-long Colorado resident, Dines earned his BS in Economics from the University of Colorado before joining Bradley Petroleum as merchandise manager for a 60-store, three-state territory. In 1992, he launched Snooz’ease, Inc., a furniture and gas log specialty store that has evolved into Home and Hearth Outfitters and Home and The Range. A major supplier of fireplaces, fire pits, Viking Appliances and outdoor living products, the company now has three locations along the Front Range and in the Vail Valley. Since 1995, Dines has been an angel investor in the private-equity KRG Capital Partners. KRG specializes in middle-market companies, growing them organically and through buy-and-build strategies. Dines also owns and operates his own real estate investment company.

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    In Memoriam - Frank Gross

    Board Member

    A Colorado native, Frank holds bachelor of science degrees in Biology and Biochemistry from Adams State College and a masters of science degree in Sports Science/Biomechanics from the University of Denver.  Enrolling in the U.S. Air Force, he pursued his military education at the Air War College at Maxwell Field, Alabama.  When he retired from the USAF and Civil Services, it was as a five-time commander and three-time director of services, having led organizations of 900-plus personnel and managing budgets in excess of $56 million.  Frank has been active in sports throughout his life, winning highest honors in track and field (five time national champion and 11-time All American during college), being named “Outstanding Performer” at the 1978 National Track and Field Meet, coaching track at the high school level and Air Force Academy, and being inducted into the Adams State Sports Hall of Fame.  That spirit of self-motivation and desire to bring out the best in others has led him to “post-retirement” careers in real estate, home design and now with UVAIRx.

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    James Hepp

    Board Member

    A Colorado native, Hepp is founder and chairman of Blackfox LLC, a private holding company established in 1992 and specializing in the ownership/operation of mature, cash-flowing enterprises. Blackfox currently holds controlling or minority ownership in five diverse businesses and provides fee-based coaching services for individuals and enterprises. Among the wholly controlled businesses is Blackfox Training Institute, the world’s only approved training center offering all five IPC certifications in English, Spanish, Italian and Vietnamese. UVAIRx benefits from Hepp’s 40 years’ experience as a successful entrepreneur and the acumen he has gained from having launched and/or led more than 20 start-up businesses. Prior to founding Blackfox LLC, Hepp and his partner sold their private firm, Colorado Memory Systems, Inc. (CMS) to Hewlett Packard for an undisclosed sum. At the time of sale, CMS was the global leader in its targeted area—the design and production of tape storage systems for personal computers.

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    Allen Johnston

    Board Member

    Allen Johnston is the COO of GreenTech Environmental, LLC, a private consumer products wholesaler engaged in the development, import and distribution of environmentally focused technologies. Among his successes is the turnaround of EcoQuest International, an eco-friendly multi level marketing company with more than 100,000 active distributors. From 2004-2006, he streamlined operations, improved quality/control protocols, and introduced new robotic technologies to reduce assembly costs by 42%. A key alliance was developed with RGF Incorporated, a developer of photocatalytic air treatment technologies, and a new sourcing office established in Ningbo, China. The testing strategy he oversaw resulted in industry-leading credibility levels and a 28% overall increase in photocatalytic-based product sales.

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    Jim Martin

    Board Member

    Jim ’s success in launching 11 diverse businesses in multiple regions has earned him recognition from the State of Colorado and nomination for Merrill Lynch’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Texan by birth, he earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston before joining Texas Instruments and Collins Radio as a manager for classified thermal control and heat transfer programs. Subsequent endeavors included start-up-to-sale guidance of companies producing core memory products, medical electronics and custom power solutions. Prior to its private equity sale in 2007, Martin’s international enterprise ElectriTek-AVT, Inc. was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. He currently serves as vice-president of MarTek, Inc., a business coaching and consulting service.

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    Steve Mithuen

    Board Member

    A native of Minnesota and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force Security Service, Mithuen earned his BS in Accounting with honors from Metropolitan State College. He joined two other young CPAs to found Levine, Hughes and Mithuen, Inc., a firm that would become one of Colorado’s top 10 local accounting practices over the next three decades. In 2006, the firm merged with nationally ranked Clifton Gunderson, LLP. There, Mithuen served as Senior Tax Partner, specializing in business consulting and tax/accounting services for privately owned businesses and high net worth individuals.   Active with the American and Colorado Societies of CPAs, Mithuen received the latter’s “Everyday Hero Award” in recognition of his board leadership and community involvement.

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    Roy Merrill, FAAMA

    Board Member

    A leader in healthcare administration for more than three decades, Merrill currently serves as CEO of Denver Cancer Care. He was the senior vice president of Business Operations for the Physician Reliance Network (PRN) before merging the company to become what is today US Oncology. After leaving PRN he crafted the strategic business plan for the Anschutz Cancer Center at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He developed the Denver Medical Imaging Center, the first freestanding diagnostic imaging center in the state, and served as CFO of St. Anthony Hospital Systems from 1979-1989. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Business, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Medical Administrators.

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    Roger Reinhardt

    Board Member

    A Chicago native and Coast Guard veteran, Reinhardt has guided day-to-day operations and administration of a National Association of a Home Builders (NAHB) chartered organization for 35 years. The past 25 have been spent at the helm of the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Denver, and the decade prior as executive vice president of the Builders Association of Metro Tulsa. The organization’s mission is to communicate the organized voice of the housing industry to key audiences through advocacy, education, certification, networking and philanthropy. Since 1997, he has concurrently served as an Executive Committee Member and Treasurer of the National Housing Endowment Board of Trustees. His international civic contributions are many, including service as a delegate to Poland for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and on the U.S. Military Academy Advisory Board for the 6th Congressional District. Reinhardt holds a BS degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Oklahoma State University.