Board of Directors

The National Western Center Authority is a Colorado nonprofit that will program, operate and maintain the campus. The actions of the Authority are guided by a 13-person board of directors.

Voting board members include: nine mayoral appointees, which include two voting Globeville, Elyria or Swansea residents. Our partners at Colorado State University and the National Western Stock Show appoint two representatives respectively. The city’s chief financial officer serves as treasurer of the board and is a non-voting member. The board meets on the third Thursday of every month.

Inquire about becoming a mayor-appointed board member by visiting Denver’s boards and commissions page.

With questions or to request board materials, contact Anthony Aragon: a.aragon@nationalwesterncenter.com

MEETINGS

The full board generally meets on the third Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. Meetings are subject to change.

Visit our calendar to view all upcoming meetings of the board and its committees.

BOARD MEMBERS

CEO, FIRSTBANK (RETIRED)

John Ikard, Chair

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CHAIRMAN AND CEO, ALÉM INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT

Steven McCarthy, Vice Chair

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Community Representative

Caroline Acha

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PRESIDENT AND CEO, NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW AND COMPLEX

Paul Andrews

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PRESIDENT, THE DENVER RETAIL GROUP

Robb Brown

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Chief Financial Officer, the City and County of Denver

Nicole Doheny

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CHANCELLOR, CSU SYSTEM

Dr. Tony Frank

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Supplier Diversity Program Manager, PCL Construction Services Inc.

Diedra Garcia

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ernest house jr

Senior policy director, Keystone Policy Center

Ernest House, Jr.

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doug jones board member

CHAIR, WESTERN STOCK SHOW ASSOCIATION BOARD

Doug Jones

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EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, OAKWOOD HOMES

Kelly Leid

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bill-mosher

Senior managing director, Trammell Crow

Bill Mosher

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Community representative

Sandra Ruiz Parilla

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BOARD RECORDS and COMMITTEES

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CAMPUS SERVICES AND PARTNERSHIPS COMMITTEE

Generally meets the third Thursday of the month at 8 a.m. Meetings are subject to change.

Evaluates potential campus partnerships and services, and advises campus partners and the Authority CEO of such opportunities. 

Chair: Robb Brown
Members: Kelly Leid, Paul Andrews, Steve McCarthy, Bill Mosher

To request other board records, contact Anthony Aragon, a.aragon@nationalwesterncenter.com

Meeting Agendas:

2023

2022:

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COMMUNITY BENEFITS COMMITTEE

Generally meets the second Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. Meetings are subject to change.

Leads discussion and exploration of community investment opportunities and potential community prospects and may work toward a community benefits agreement. 

Chair: Ernest House
Members: Sandra Ruiz , Diedra Garcia

View the community benefits guiding principles (PDF), adopted in 2019.

To request other board records, contact Anthony Aragon, a.aragon@nationalwesterncenter.com

Meeting Agendas:

2024

  • January 2024 – Cancelled
  • February 14, 2024 – Agenda

2023

2022

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FINANCE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE

Generally meets the third Monday of the month at 1 p.m. Meetings are subject to change.

Follows the requirements of the National Western Center’s Framework Agreement with respect to budgeting, audit, and financial matters, and performs related duties.

Chair: Nicole Doheny
Members: John Ikard, Tony Frank, Doug Jones

To request other board records, contact Anthony Aragon, a.aragon@nationalwesterncenter.com

Meeting Agendas:

2024:

  • January 2024 – Cancelled
  • February 12, 2024 Agenda

2023:

2022:

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