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Executive on Campus

Executive on Campus is an annual program which brings a successful, high-profile business leader to campus to interact with our students.

The program has a number of goals:

a) Create ties between the Department of Management and the regional business community that we serve.

b) Expose students to successful, high-profile thoughtful leaders in the business community.

c) Inspire and motivate our students.

d) Emphasize the pragmatic or applied aspect of our programs.

e) Raise the profile of the Department of Management, College of Business and Metropolitan State University of Denver.

2018 (2/2)

Noosa Yoghurt

Noosa, Australia is where Koel Thomae, Founder/Owner of Noosa Yoghurt discovered the yoghurt/fruit concoction she would name her company after. Thomae teamed up with a fourth generation dairy farmer to make her make her dream a reality.

2018 (1/2)

DAR Chocolate

Gila and Joel Dar, founders of DAR Chocolate, opened their own factory in Denver after a fateful trip to Costa Rica led them to the cocoa bean. 


For the 8th Annual Executive on Campus - Welcome Alum Michael Hovanes, Chairman, Cadence Biomedical

Following his graduation from MSU Denver, Hovanes went on to receive his MBA from the American Graduate School in Paris. He served as vice president of marketing and business development for Quinton Instruments and held executive positions with Life Products and Transtracheal Systems. Before working for Cadence Biomedical, Hovanes was the former president and CEO of medical device company InstruMed, where he led the development and manufacturing of the SmartPump surgical tourniquet system in which displaced a dominate competitor in the market.


Welcome Jane Miller

Jane Miller authored the book Sleep Your Way to the Top (and other myths about business success) published by FG Press in May 2014.  She founded a career advice website,, and is the former CEO/President of Charter Baking Company.  During her tenure at Charter Baking Company, she turned around the performance of the business, divesting an unprofitable division which let the doubling of sales and profitability of the premier brand, Rudi's Organic.  That division was sold to Hain-Celestial Group in April 2014.

Prior to Charter, Jane was the President of HJ Heinz in London, ran the Western division of Bestfoods Baking (Orowheat, Thomas English Muffins, Brownberry and Entenmann's) and was President of the Central Division of Frito-Lay.

Bolder Boulder 

The Bolder Boulder is one of the largest, best known, and most innovative running races in the world.  Known for his easy going demeanor and passion for the race, Cliff Bosley was there from the beginning as he ran in the inaugural Bolder Boulder in 1979 when he was 12 years old.  Cliff continues a proud family tradition, taking over as race director from his father, Steve Bosley, creator and founder of the Bolder Boulder.  Under Cliff's leadership, the race has grown and flourished and is estimated to contribute $10 million to the Boulder economy in a single weekend each year.

Perky Jerky

As featured in FORBES magazine, Brian Levin is one of Colorado's most humorous entrepreneurial success stories.  But humor aside, Brian is all about business.  By age 33 he had already co-created a service that sends current snow conditions to skiers' cell phones, initiated then sold the first text-messaging voting system (featured on American Idol), and created then sold Useful Networks, a producer of advertising and social media software.

His latest venture, Perky Jerky, was created quite by accident as a result of an exploded can inside a backpack. Mr. Levin is a consumer-marketing expert with experience in non-traditional marketing (Guerrilla Marketing).  He graduated from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Camp Bow Wow

Mrs. Heidi Ganahl one of our country's most respected women entrepreneurs.  She earned her Master's degree in health care administration from DU and has a business degree from CU Boulder.

Despite tremendous odds, Heidi has managed to persevere and succeed in her business and personal life.  At the age of 27, Heidi not only lost her husband but also a million-dollar insurance settlement.  Yet thought the adversity, her entrepreneurial spirit and leadership skills helped her emerge as the Top Dog of Camp Bow Wow, which is a $40 million dollar business in the pet care and franchise industry.

Heidi's company, Camp Bow Wow, was recently named to the Inc 500 fastest growing company list, #88 on Entrepreneur Magazine's 105 fastest growing franchises in North America and was recognized as the 26th fastest growing women owned business in the country.

SKA Brewing

David Thibodeau is a MSU Denver alumni.  He graduated in 1993 and was a communications major.  After he left Metro he went on to co-found Ska Brewing Company in Durango and Peach Street Distillers.  Ska Brewing was given a Colorado Office of Economic Development "50 Colorado Companies to watch" award.

Kevin Reddy

Mr. Reddy has three decades of experience in senior leadership positions in the restaurant industry at trend setters such as McDonald's, Chipotle, and at Noodles & Company.  His distinguished career and achievements were recognized recently by Nation's Restaurant News who named Mr. Reddy as one of 2010's "Top 10 Who to Watch) executives.  He has a timely and passionate message about serving employees and customers which is evident at Noodles & Company.


Jake Jabs

He was raised in Montana by immigrant parents from Russia and Poland who taught him the importance of a good work ethic and solid family connections.  Mr. Jabs became an entrepreneur at an early age and had his first serious venture in the furniture business in 1968, with Mediterrean Galleries.  Shortly after, he purchased the struggling 90 year old American Furniture Company that would soon become American Furniture Warehouse.  American Furniture Warehouse was officially founded in 1975 and had only one location at 58th and Bannock in Denver.  Mr. Jabs infused fresh ideas, new business philosophies and innovation into the struggling 90 year old company.  He was able to turn the furniture store into one of the top retail furniture companies in the USA.  Company sales wee approximately $330 million in 2008, the have expanded to 12 locations and have over 1,500 employees throughout Colorado.  American Furniture Warehouse is one of the largest privately owned businesses in the state.

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