We are very privileged to live in Colorado and members of the Colorado Forum care deeply about the future of our State.  The Colorado Forum was formed in 1978 with a diverse membership of business and civic leaders who work to achieve good public policy results for Colorado. The Forum has a long history of positive engagement on issues of importance to the State and because the Forum has no term limits, our consistency of purpose allows us to address issues for as long as it takes to make important change happen. More >


Samuel Gary

Chairman - The Gary-Williams Company

Samuel Gary is Chairman of the Board of The Gary-Williams Company. Mr. Gary was born in New York City on November 1, 1926. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University. After a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Gary moved to Denver and, in 1953, joined Ryan Oil Company. In 1956, he formed Samuel Gary Oil Producer. In June of 1967, Mr. Gary discovered the Bell Creek Field in Southeastern Montana, the 84th largest oil field in the United States. His staff merged into Webb Resources in 1969, and he became Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He resigned from Webb in 1977 to again pursue business interests as Samuel Gary Oil Producer, Inc. In late 1983, the company’s name was changed to Gary-Williams Oil Producer, Inc. and, in April 1989, was subsequently changed to The Gary-Williams Company.

In 1976, Mr. Gary established The Piton Foundation, a private grantmaking foundation located in Denver, Colorado. In 1992, Piton became an operating foundation. Mr. Gary is an active member of the Denver community and, in addition to serving as the Foundation’s Chairman of the Board, he serves as a member of the Colorado Forum and as a Board member of The Stapleton Foundation, among others. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his civic and philanthropic contributions including: The Colorado Harvard Business School Club Business Statesman of the Year in 1984; the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse, “C. Henry Kempe Award” in 1985; the Governor’s Distinguished Service Award in 1986; The Denver Partnership’s 1989 Person of the Year; and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Del Hock Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998. He was inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame in February 1999 and he and his wife, Nancy, received the 2002 Community Service Award for Lifetime Achievement awarded by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. In 2005, Mr. Gary was presented with Urban Peak’s Maverick Thinker Award and he and his wife received El Pomar’s Russell Tutt Leadership Award. Mr. Gary was also elected to the All-American Wildcatters in 1968 and was honored as the Denver Petroleum Club Man of the Year in 1968 and the IPAMS Wildcatter of the Year in 1984.


Tom Stokes

President (Retired), Gates Capital Management, LLC

Thomas C. Stokes was President of Gates Capital Management, LLC, a private family investment company. The company was formed when the Gates Rubber Company was sold in 1996 to Tomkins, PLC, a British company. At the time of its sale, Gates was a world leader in the manufacturing of V belts, hoses and related systems for the auto and truck market. It has 14,000 employees and plants in 16 countries.

Prior to forming Gates Capital Management, Stokes was Executive Director of the Gates Family Foundation, which is a private foundation, founded by the Gates family in 1946. He continues as a Trustee. The Foundation focuses its efforts on Colorado and has major interests in the fields of education, historic preservation, parks and recreation, and economic development. Since its inception, the Foundation has award grants totaling more than $215 million. Its assets are approximately $380 million and it will distribute approximately $18 million in 2012. It is the goal of the Foundation to contribute to the enjoyment of life in Colorado and to help solve some problems along the way. Over the years it has provided support for the major cultural institutions in Denver and around the state, such as the Botanic Gardens, the Museum of Nature and Science, the Denver Art Museum, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the Denver Zoo. The Foundation's major interest in education in Colorado has been focused on capital programs at private institutions and on finding ways to bring substantive positive change to public K-12 education.

Stokes attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned a bachelor's degree in Finance in 1956. His career in commercial banking spanned 36 years. He retired as President of Central Banks of Colorado, which is now part of U.S. Bancorp. He is a Director of First National Bank of Colorado.

He has long been active on the Boards and as an officer of various community organizations including, recently, Downtown Denver, Inc., of which he is past Chair and was Chair of the Governor's Commission on Life and the Law. He is a Trustee of the Clayton Foundation and is also Chair of the Board of Commissioners of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. He is a member of the Colorado Forum and a Director of Colorado Public Radio.


Steve Parker

Principal, PDA Consulting

Steve Parker served as President and CEO of Burns National Bank of Durango from 1980-2000.  He continued to serve as President of Bank of Colorado in Durango and Pagosa Springs until January of 2001 as a result of an acquisition.  He progressed to President Emeritus and was involved with the bank through its community board.  In Durango, he is a Past President of the Durango Chamber of Commerce and Durango Industrial Development Foundation.

In Colorado, he is a past Chairman of the Colorado Bankers Association, served as an elected Director of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka and currently serves on the Board of Alpine Banks of Colorado.  He served as a Commissioner for SW Colorado on the Colorado Transportation Commission and as Chairman. He has chaired the Colorado Tolling Enterprise and the Strategic Transit Task Force.  He also served the Transportation Commission on the Audit Review and Transit and Intermodal Committees.  Parker has special interests in transportation, banking and economic development.  He is currently the principal of PDA Consulting, headquartered in Durango, and serves on the Durango, La Plata County Airport Commission.

Parker gained his initial banking experience in his hometown of Monroe, LA and later, in Dallas, TX.  He has taught Economics on the community college level and assisted in small business consulting for the SBA in the early 1970’s.  His education includes a B. S in 1968 from Louisiana Tech in Ruston LA as well as an MBA in 1973 from SMU in Dallas

He moved to Colorado in January 1975 and was in the banking business in Aurora with two banks, Peoples Bank & Trust and SE State Bank of Aurora as VP in commercial lending and EVP & President of those banks respectively.  Parker gleaned the basic knowledge for R/E lending in Dallas and honed those skills while working in Aurora.  He served on the Board of Aurora Community Development and was a member of the Class of 1980 for Leadership Denver.  He has been a member of the Colorado Forum since 1984.

Parker was a member of Sheshunoff High Performance Banking program as well as the CEO Network at different times over the 1990-2000 time frame.  Also, Parker served on the board of the Western State School of Banking for several years and participated in the organization of the annual Directors Symposiums put on by the organization. 

Continuing his interest in banking has been a pleasure serving on the Board of Alpine Bank where he has served on the Audit Committee as well as a rotating member of the Alpine Bank Loan Committee.  While active in the CBA, he participated on the Legislative Committee for several years and was awarded the Del & Doris Scott award for being the Outstanding Community Banker for 1999.


J. Wayne Hutchens

JP Morgan Chase / University of Colorado Foundation (Retired)

Prior to retirement, Wayne Hutchens was president and CEO of the CU Foundation from April 2006 until April 2012.  Over this same period he also served as executive director for the CU Real Estate Foundation.  Prior to these positions, Hutchens spent 29 years in the banking industry where he oversaw two successful mergers, and retired as chairman of Chase Bank Colorado. He is a 1967 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s School of Business and has done graduate study at Syracuse University and the University of Colorado. He is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking.

He began his professional career in 1969 as treasurer at the CU Foundation before embarking on his banking career in 1977. He has long been active in community service and has chaired the boards of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Colorado Council for Economic Education, and the Colorado Outward Bound School. He also has served as a board member of the Boulder Community Hospital, the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, and the Samaritan Institute, and he served a four-year term on the city council for the City of Boulder.  He is currently a member of the Colorado Forum, a trustee of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, a member of the board of directors for Children’s Hospital Colorado, and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

An avid climber, Wayne is a member of the Colorado Mountain Club and the American Alpine Club. He has scaled all 54 Fourteeners in Colorado and numerous other peaks around the world, including Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa and Mt. Elbrus in Russia. He and his wife Joyce, also a CU-Boulder graduate, have been married for 44 years and have two sons, both CU-Boulder graduates.


Katie Cattanach

General Partner & Managing Director (Retired)

INVESCO Private Capital

Dr. Cattanach is a retired General Partner and Managing Director at INVESCO Private Capital.  Prior to establishing Sovereign Financial Services, Inc. in 1987 (Sovereign was integrated with IPC in 2002), she was Executive Vice President for Captiva Corporation, following her tenure on the faculty at the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver.

Dr. Cattanach currently serves as an Independent Board Member for UDR (formerly United Dominion Realty Trust) and Great West Trust Company.  She is a former chair of the Compensation Committee and current member of the Compensation, Governance and Audit Committees for UDR, the chairman of the Audit Committee for Great West Trust Company, and the former chair of the Nominating Committee and member of the Governance Committee for The Nature Conservancy - Colorado.   She is also a Board member and co-chair of the Education Committee for Yellowstone Association and a former chair and member of the board of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Foundation.

Dr. Cattanach is a former member of the Women’s Forum of Colorado.  She is also a past member and past President of the Denver Society of Security Analysts and past chair of the Disciplinary Review Subcommittee of the Association for Investment Management Research.  She is a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute.

Dr. Cattanach was member of the Colorado State Board of Agriculture, the Governing Board of the Colorado State University System; a Commissioner for the Colorado Commission on Higher Education; and, a Board Member of the Foundation Board for Metropolitan State College. 

Dr. Cattanach received her doctoral degree from Arizona State University in 1974, where her primary areas of study were finance, managerial accounting and quantitative systems.  She and her husband David Charles have five terrific children and eight amazing grandchildren.