The Herd: New hires and promotions for 9.6.17

Mike Holt

Mike Holt

Real Estate

San Francisco-based Legacy Partners hired Mike Holt as VP of the Denver region. Holt is also the president-elect of the Apartment Association of Metro Denver. He comes to Legacy from BH Management.

Newmark Knight Frank’s McGrath tenant representation team added Matt Williams. Williams previously worked at Telecrafter Products.


Colorado Enterprise Fund added Simon Fox as director of finance and administration and Carrie Hanson as director of development.

Fox was previously the deputy director of the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. He got his master’s in accounting from the University of Colorado Denver and earned his MBA from the European Administration Institute in France.

Hanson was formerly the VP of development for Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain for 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.

Fortis Private Bank hired Preston Keller as managing director of private banking and Cathy Jensen as director of private banking. Both come to Fortis from Zions Bank.

Marc Neely

Marc Neely


Centura Health promoted Peter D. Banko to president and CEO. Banko was previously the company’s president and COO. He worked previously in multiple roles at Catholic Health Initiatives including president and CEO at CHI St. Vincent in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.

UnitedHealthcare promoted Marc Neely as CEO for the company’s Colorado and Wyoming markets. Neely was previously the VP of sales and service at UnitedHealthcare. Neely is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Emily Bayton

Emily Bayton


Emily Bayton was appointed to the Denver Sports Advisory Committee. Bayton is a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie where she is the co-chair of the sports and outdoor recreation industry team and co-leader of the intellectual property group. Bayton earned her J.D. at the University of Iowa.

Marketing, Advertising and PR

Gwin Howsam was hired as digital producer at Anchorage-based Spawn Ideas. Howsam previously worked at Faction Media. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Ski resort Eldora Mountain Resort in Boulder County named Sam Bass as director of marketing. Bass was the editor-in-chief of Skiing Magazine for five years before leading the content division at PR agency Backbone Media.

CenterTable and sister agency GroundFloor Media hired Elise Bishop as director of communications for GroundFloor, Adrienne Schafer as director of social media and digital strategy for CenterTable and Shelbi Warner as director of finance for both.

Linhart PR hired Miranda King as digital media strategist and Samantha Harris as account associate. Additionally, Libby Pinkerton and Emily Rado were promoted to account executives.

Meg Griffin

Meg Griffin


Meg Griffin was appointed as the program manager of the Energy Behavior Change program at Energy Outreach Colorado. Griffin got her master’s in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver.


Evolab appointed Nicole Smith as CEO. Smith has past experience as CEO and co-founder of Mary’s Medicinals and Mary’s Nutritionals.

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