Metro Den­ver EDC names its new CEO

J.J. Ament, suc­ceed­ing the re­tir­ing Tom Clark, beat out more than 120 can­di­dates from around the U.S.

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Em­i­lie Rusch

The Metro Den­ver Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion has found its next leader.

J.J. Ament, cur­rent chair­man of the Colorado Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, will suc­ceed the re­tir­ing Tom Clark as CEO of the re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tion, of­fi­cials an­nounced Wed­nes­day. Ament will be­gin his new role April 3.

“J.J. Ament shares the val­ues of re­gion­al­ism and col­lab­o­ra­tion — the two things that most set our re­gion apart from our com­peti­tors,” said Kelly Brough, pres­i­dent and CEO of the Den­ver Metro Cham­ber of Com­merce, in a state­ment. “Be­yond those val­ues, he also has the prac­ti­cal skills and ex­pe­ri­ence needed to suc­ceed in this role. There’s no doubt he will use his eco­nomic devel­op­ment ex­per­tise, statewide net­work and in-depth knowl­edge of fi­nance and pol­icy to strengthen part­ner­ships and strate­gi­cally grow our en­tire re­gion.”

Ament, a for­mer in­vest­ment banker and di­rec­tor of pub­lic af­fairs for the Den­ver Metro Cham­ber of Com­merce, beat out more than 120 can­di­dates from around the coun­try for the job. He was se­lected by a com­mit­tee of 14 Colorado busi­ness peo­ple, eco­nomic devel­op­ment lead­ers and elected of­fi­cials.

A Univer­sity of Colorado grad­u­ate, Ament has served on the state’s eco­nomic devel­op­ment com­mis­sion since 2011 and was ap­pointed chair­man in 2016.

“J.J. un­der­stands what it takes to lead this or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said Norm Franke, re­gional pres­i­dent of Alpine Bank and co-chair of the Metro Den­ver EDC ex­ec­u­tive com­mit-

tee, in a state­ment. “His unique com­bi­na­tion of skills and abil­ity to wear mul­ti­ple hats — from banker to ne­go­tia­tor to strate­gist to po­lit­i­cal con­sul­tant — will serve the re­gion as he builds part­ner­ships, pro­motes our re­gion and de­vel­ops new eco­nomic devel­op­ment strate­gies for the or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Ament takes the reins from Clark, Metro Den­ver EDC’s leader for the last 14 years and a key player in vir­tu­ally ev­ery ma­jor busi­ness re­lo­ca­tion and ex­pan­sion along the Front Range since he first landed a job with the Den­ver Metro Cham­ber of Com­merce in 1985.

“I’m ex­cited to join the dy­namic team in place at the Metro Den­ver EDC,” Ament said in a state­ment. “Work­ing with lead­ers in the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors, I look for­ward to build­ing on the growth and vi­brancy of our re­gional econ­omy and fur­ther­ing the good work done by Tom Clark over so many years.”

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