National Western Center Authority | Chief Executive Officer; Denver, CO

The CEO Position calls for an inspirational & visionary leader. The vision, mission and strategies of the Campus are critical; they are primary aspirations that become the benchmark of CEO performance, execution & evaluation. The CEO Position requires an experienced and polished executive with a preference for those who have successfully managed businesses and/or public/private partnerships. Because the Authority is just now launching, startup experience is a plus. Civic and community collaboration & engagement is crucial to the success of the venture. Therefore, the Position calls for a leader who is able to translate & communicate broad public policy vision & goals into clear, precise execution strategies, working collaboratively with a diverse range of partners, business partners and community stakeholders. Key traits include: integrity, transparency, diligence, persistence, decisive, hard- working, innovative, unflappable, master communicator & consensus builder. The Position reports to the Board of Directors (“BOD”) of the Authority (experience reporting to a Board is preferred, not required). Agri-business experience is NOT required. Key responsibilities:

  • Work with the BOD to set the remaining development vision & implementation;
  • Launch the Campus, serving as a tireless leader, advocate & promoter;
  • Promote the Campus globally as a leader in agri-business & agricultural education;
  • Work relentlessly to attract programming, tenants & visitors to the Campus, locally, across the state, regionally and internationally;
  • Collaborate with neighboring communities & support the development of the Community Investment Fund;
  • Manage & operate the Campus in an aggressive and fiscally prudent manner; and
  • Develop a top-notch staff, structure & procedures to cost-effectively achieve all of the above

The CEO shall have bottom line P&L responsibility for the overall business of the Campus. The CEO shall design the overall strategy for financial growth & sustainability of the Campus. Working closely with the BOD, this individual shall become familiar with the established vision, mission and strategies of the BOD, and build on these in order to effectively define, articulate and address the current and future needs and priorities of the Campus. The CEO shall hire, manage and develop the business team. All business functions will report up to the CEO.

The CEO shall be: (i) a team player; (ii) a leader and role model capable of inspiring a diverse team; (iii) a bottom-line oriented business manager able to successfully balance competing P&L priorities; a world class communicator comfortable in a high-profile position with frequent exposure to a range of audiences, including the media, community groups, science and academic communities, clients, visitors, employees; and (v) a person of unquestioned integrity and inclusion capable of thriving in diverse public/private partnership.

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Background

Denver, Colorado is known as one of the very best places to work, live & play. It’s a beacon to millions of people who love the great outdoors, sports, culture, business opportunity, education, etc. Denver’s western heritage supports & enables personal fulfillment, professional aspirations and community values. Denver is livable, healthy, fun, vibrant and almost perpetually sunny with beautiful open spaces and the unmatched Rocky Mountains. Colorado has friendly, collaborative people and enjoys a long history of regional cooperation. Visit https://youtu.be/bLIuN_QmHjo and consider these facts:

  • Work: Colorado is the #1 statewide economy and Denver the #5 best location for business;
  • Live: Denver is #3 on US News & World Report for the Best Places to Live list; and
  • Play: $6.2 billion was spent by 31.5 million Denver visitors in 2016, again setting records

The pioneering National Western Center Authority (the “Authority”) is a newly formed Colorado nonprofit corporation charged with the responsibility of managing, programming & operating the National Western Center (the “Campus”). The Campus represents an exciting transformation of the former National Western Center Complex into a fully modernized, year-round destination for events, entertainment, sports, agricultural business, research & education. The existing 100-acre site is expanding to 250 acres of indoor and outdoor year-round destination venues hosting a wide variety of festivals, fairs, concerts, family shows, exhibits, trade shows and other attractions, along with the iconic events owned and/or operated by the Campus’ prime tenant & partner, the Western Stock Show Association (the “Stock Show”).

This unique venture was initiated by the Mayor of Denver in 2012 to ensure that the world-famous Stock Show would remain in Denver for a second century. In 2015, Denver voters approved funding and financing for Phases 1 & 2 and in 2017 all parties entered into a 100-year framework agreement allocating the Campus partnership as follows:

  • City & County: Principal land and facilities owner leading development & procurement
  • Authority: 100-year lease, responsible for bookings, operations & capital improvements
  • CSU: parcel owner of the funded CSU Campus educational facilities
  • Stock Show: 100-year lease as prime tenant to (i) produce the Stock Show; (ii) produce the Rodeo All Star Weekend; (iii) produce the Denver County Fair; (iv) book all other equestrian, livestock and similar agricultural events; (v) own the “Legacy Building” and parcel

For more information please see www.nationalwesterncenter.com.

Any interested candidates should contact Turnkey Search directly. Contacting the National Western Center Authority will only delay consideration of your qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

The CEO Position calls for an inspirational & visionary leader. The vision, mission and strategies of the Campus are critical; they are primary aspirations that become the benchmark of CEO performance, execution & evaluation. The CEO Position requires an experienced and polished executive with a preference for those who have successfully managed businesses and/or public/private partnerships. Because the Authority is just now launching, startup experience is a plus. Civic and community collaboration & engagement is crucial to the success of the venture. Therefore, the Position calls for a leader who is able to translate & communicate broad public policy vision & goals into clear, precise execution strategies, working collaboratively with a diverse range of partners, business partners and community stakeholders. Key traits include: integrity, transparency, diligence, persistence, decisive, hard-working, innovative, unflappable, master communicator & consensus builder. The Position reports to the Board of Directors (“BOD”) of the Authority (experience reporting to a Board is preferred, not required). Agri-business experience is NOT required. Key responsibilities:

  • Work with the BOD to set the remaining development vision & implementation;
  • Launch the Campus, serving as a tireless leader, advocate & promoter;
  • Promote the Campus globally as a leader in agri-business & agricultural education;
  • Work relentlessly to attract programming, tenants & visitors to the Campus, locally, across the state, regionally and internationally;
  • Collaborate with neighboring communities & support the development of the Community Investment Fund;
  • Manage & operate the Campus in an aggressive and fiscally prudent manner;
  • Develop a top-notch staff, structure & procedures to cost-effectively achieve all of the above.

The CEO shall have bottom line P&L responsibility for the overall business of the Campus. The CEO shall design the overall strategy for financial growth & sustainability of the Campus. Working closely with the BOD, this individual shall become familiar with the established vision, mission and strategies of the BOD, and build on these in order to effectively define, articulate and address the current and future needs and priorities of the Campus. The CEO shall hire, manage and develop the business team. All business functions will report up to the CEO.

The CEO shall be: (i) a team player; (ii) a leader and role model capable of inspiring a diverse team; (iii) a bottom-line oriented business manager able to successfully balance competing P&L priorities; (iv) a world class communicator comfortable in a high-profile position with frequent exposure to a range of audiences, including the media, community groups, science and academic communities, clients, visitors, employees; and (v) a person of unquestioned integrity and inclusion capable of thriving in diverse public/private partnership.

Duties & Responsibilities

Vision, Strategies & Goals: Work with the Board to formulate the vision, strategies & goals.

  • Establish a culture for the Authority that will attract the very best talent in the industry
  • Foster an environment for success, creativity, and accountability, which establishes the new Authority as a model revenue-generating non-profit organization
  • Understand the international, national, regional & local markets to formulate and implement an aggressive (but realistic) 5-year vision
  • Build the accompanying business goals and plans (short and long term) to achieve the vision
  • Work with the BOD to set the remaining development vision & implementation
  • Create a detailed organizational structure of integral roles, responsibility and personnel, which will cost-effectively achieve the vision
  • Ensure that everyone in the organization understands how their individual roles play into the larger purpose and long-term vision of the Campus

Culture: Serve as the torchbearer for the culture of the organization.

  • Ensure the culture established supports the vision & goals
  • Reinforce and coach the newly assembled organizational team
  • Create a place where the best and brightest want to work, collaborate & win as a team

Operations/Execution: Directly lead a hands-on operation to exceed said goals.

  • Collaborate with the BOD and executive team to develop and implement management, operational, and workforce plans for consistent delivery of operational metrics and performance designed to accommodate the growth and financial objectives of the Campus
  • Build an organization that is able to meet the needs of the market and make necessary changes in a quick and decisive manner
  • Develop and implement short-term and long-term plans for the growth, operating efficiency and bottom-line accountability
  • Track and communicate current trends, opportunities, and activities to facilitate informed decision- making and strategic objective formulation
  • Drive the business team to maximize revenue opportunities with efficiency and effectiveness

Talent Management: Recruit, develop, lead & retain a highly engaged & diverse workforce.

  • Drive an inspired, dynamic work environment in line with the teamwork culture
  • Ensure a diversity of backgrounds, opinions and experiences within the organization
  • Provide the leadership necessary to maintain a motivated, productive and competent team through open communication and delegation of responsibilities and authority
  • Guide and direct subordinates in their professional development
  • Create a working environment where productivity can be maximized and where innovation and personal growth is encouraged and realized

Sustainable Growth: Lead sales, marketing and other growth-related activities in all customer segments to ensure short-term and long-term revenue growth targets are achieved.

  • Work with the BOD and executive team to set and achieve business goals and metrics, constantly “course-correcting” to ensure business success
  • Provide leadership and direction and hands-on support in the development, implementation and distribution of current and future revenue generating opportunities
  • Drive a cohesive sales strategy for the marketplace, ensuring ticket sales, premium sales, sponsorship sales, merchandise sales and marketing & communications plans are aligned
  • Participate in new product development and pricing to pursue the exploitation of new opportunities to expand and grow the customer base

Brand: Promote a positive image of the Authority & Campus globally, by initiating, developing and sustaining effective relationships with all key stakeholders.

  • Drive measurable metrics for profitability, satisfaction, loyalty, engagement, followership, passion and ultimately consumption in the form of tickets, premium products, merchandise sales, etc.
  • Develop and maintain a positive brand “promise” for the organization and all its activities, and ensure the organization excels in meeting the evolving needs of its target customers and core markets, as well as maximize top-line and bottom-line revenue
  • Build strong internal and external relationships with key stakeholders including community neighbors; partners, local, regional & state business leaders; tenants, users and other clients of the Campus
  • Within the community, work tirelessly to continually support and advance the shared goals of the local community and the Authority

Community Liaison: Lead liaison between the Authority and neighboring communities, making sure to appropriately balance the needs & goals of said communities with the needs & goals of the Authority.

  • Openly communicate, engage with and help sustain the neighboring communities, specifically Globeville, Elyria and Swansea;
  • Negotiate a Community Benefits Agreement; and
  • Develop the Community Investment Fund.

Qualifications & Skills

In addition to possessing the necessary experience and skill set to achieve the above duties & responsibilities, the CEO shall possess the following:

  • Commitment to excellence.
  • Analytical: Ability to synthesize very complex and/or diverse information sets; anticipate potential problems or issues and take corrective measures before problems arise; sharp and quick on feet in reaction to quickly developing situations; able to read, write, negotiate and close complex agreements.
  • Business Acumen: Strong business intuition; understands financial, legal and customer implications of all decisions; intently focused on profitability; strong knowledge of marketplace and competition; spots and exploits opportunities; constantly looks for ways to grow and improve business; open-minded toward new business opportunities; progressive leadership experience, including business operations, ideally in public/private partnerships and/or sports, entertainment and/or destination venues; extensive financial management responsibilities with multimillion dollar organizations; experience launching and/or re-launching new, startup businesses preferred.
  • Communication and Presentation Skills: Consistently anticipates and then consistently exceeds the needs of all partners; charismatic and articulate; speaks clearly and persuasively; responds well to questions; has strong group presentation skills; writes clearly and informatively; presents numerical data effectively; able to read, interpret and critically analyze written and quantitative information; able to write and deliver speeches using original and innovative techniques.
  • Customer & Client Orientation: Constantly sets expectations and tone to anticipate the requirements of all customer segments

Education

Bachelor’s Degree and/or minimum ten (10) years’ relevant experience. A Master’s Degree in business or other relevant field of study, and/or other advanced degree preferred.

2018-05-09T14:02:52+00:00

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