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Robert Cohen

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, The IMA Financial Group, Inc.


Robert Cohen is the Chairman and CEO of The IMA Financial Group, Inc.  The IMA Financial Group is a diversified financial services company which is currently comprised of four primary businesses: a retail insurance broker; a wholesale insurance broker; an MGA/MGU; and a discretionary money manager.

A native of Kansas, he received his bachelor’s degree in Risk Management and Finance from the University of Texas at Austin.  His professional memberships include Colorado Concern, the Colorado Forum, Assurex Global, Intersure, World Presidents’ Organization, the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (Vice Chair), and World Broker Network. His for-profit Board memberships include Atlas Advertising; Commerce Bank; Dovetail Solutions; and Southern Hospitality.  Past Board memberships include Tigris Marketing; Schenkein Public Relations; USR, Inc.; UMB Bank Colorado; and Intertech Plastics.

In addition to the above, Robert currently serves on the Boards of Colorado Succeeds, Denver Sports, the Denver Zoo, the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Colorado I Have A Dream Foundation, the Metropolitan State University – Denver Board of Trustees (Past Chair), the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, and Visit Denver.  His past Board memberships include Adventures Within, Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance, Community College of Denver, Craig Hospital Foundation, the Denver Art Museum, The Denver Hospice, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (past Chair), the Denver Metro Chamber Foundation (past Chair), the DPS Foundation, Junior Achievement, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., the Metro Denver Sports Commission (Founder & Chair Emeritus), Metropolitan State University Foundation (past Chair), The Spot, and the University of Colorado’s Student Leadership Institute. 

Robert has been recognized with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Champion” award (1994), the Leadership Denver Alumni Association’s “Outstanding Alumnus” award (1996), inclusion in Colorado Business Magazine’s “Colorado’s Emerging Leaders” (1997) and The Denver Business Journal’s “Forty Under Forty” (1999), the National Association for Community Leadership’s Distinguished Leadership Award (1997), the 9News “Leader of the Year” award (1999), the National Philanthropy Day in Colorado “Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser” award (2002), the Colorado Father’s Day Council’s Father of the Year award (2007), the Goodwill Community Leader Award (2010), and The Denver Business Journal’s Partners in Philanthropy “Corporate Citizen of the Year” award (2011).  He and his wife, Molly, have three sons and one daughter.