Andy Vick - Executive Director, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region
Andy Vick is an experienced leader and arts administrator. As the Executive Director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, Andy oversees the daily operation and management of a non-profit, local arts agency serving a two-county region with a population of over 700,000 residents. In conjunction with his work at the Cultural Office, Andy serves as a Council Member for Colorado Creative Industries (the State Arts Agency), is the Vice-President of the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitor's Bureau Board of Directors, is an ex-officio Board member of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, and is on the Executive Committee for the United States Urban Arts Federation. He is also an Honorary Commander at the United States Air Force Academy, and a member of the Regional Leadership Forum and the Downtown Colorado Springs Rotary Club. Andy is also an experienced public speaker and consultant on the topic of using the arts as a tool for economic development and community vitality.
Jackie Gonzales - SBA & Business Banker, American Bank of commerce
Jackie is a SBA and Business Banker with American Bank of Commerce and has been in the financial services industry in Colorado Springs for over 30 years. At ABC Bank she enjoys working with businesses to help them achieve their financial goals and has the experience and expertise to work within a variety of different business sectors. She currently serves as an Ambassador for the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, is a Certified Consultant for the Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center, and is on the Board of Preferred Lending Partners as well as supporting a variety of local causes. She has previously served as a Board Member for the Loan Approval Committee for the City of Colorado Springs Housing and Urban Redevelopment division and as the Chair for the Ambassador Club for the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC and was names Ambassador of the year in 2015.
Ralph Giordano - Owner/Operator, Arch Angel Productions LLC
Ralph Giordano has been involved with film and video production for over 30 years as a Writer, Producer, and Director for various markets from New Jersey to Colorado with an emphasis on entertainment programming, commercial production, PSA's, public relations, and community affairs. Giordano's Video production Company, ArchAngel Productions, LLC is located in Colorado Springs, Colorado providing a full range of production services from pre-production & script services, in-studio or on-location production, through post-production and final product delivery. He has been involved with many local community organizations over the years including, Pikes Peak Film Council, The First U.S. Environmental Film Festival, The Film/TV Advisory Board for the City of Colorado Springs, Peak Film Forum, The Independent Film Society of Colorado, and The Pikes Peak Arts Council where he currently serves as the VP of the Board.
Sydney Clapp - Program Assistant, Colorado Creative Industries
Sydney Clapp is a Program Assistant for Colorado Creative Industries and manages the Career Advancement Grant. Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) is a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. CCI strives to support and expand the impact of creative industries, artists and entrepreneurs, connecting communities to advance a thriving and vibrant Colorado. Sydney is a fellow musician herself and uses her passion for music and art to assist Colorado Creative Industries in their efforts to support musicians and artists throughout the state.
Ryan Flanders - Community Leading Officer, Accion
Ryan Flanders is a Loan Officer for Accion. Accion is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides micro and small business loans to entrepreneurs that are underserved by bank financing. They are a mission-based lender that is dedicated to providing the tools entrepreneurs need to operate, grow, or start their business.