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October 23rd CACI Annual Meeting Luncheon & Gubernatorial Debate Fast Approaching: Seats Still Available!

 Governor John Hickenlooper (D)

Governor John Hickenlooper (D)

Former Congressman Bob Beauprez (R)

Former Congressman Bob Beauprez (R)

The debate will be moderated by Shaun Boyd, CBS 4 statehouse reporter.Seats are still available for the CACI Annual Meeting Luncheon, which will features a debate on business issues between the two gubernatorial candidates, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) and Former Congressman Bob Beauprez (R)

The event, to be held at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center, will begin with registration at 11:00 a.m.  The Luncheon Program will run from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., including the gubernatorial debate that will begin at 12 Noon.

Fees/Admission: Corporate Table: CACI Members $1,500, Potential Members $2,500; Individual Tickets: CACI Members $150, Potential Members $250.  To purchase tables or tickets, contact Tricia Smith at 303.866.9629 as soon as possible.

For news coverage of the gubernatorial debates held to date, read the following:

Beauprez knocks Hickenlooper on construction defects, reservoir projects,” by Ed Sealover, The Denver Business Journal, October 10th.

Tough questions, direct answers in 9NEWS debate,” KUSA 9NEWS, October 9th.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez Spar on Marijuana, Student Loan Debt at CSU Debate,” KUNC, October 9th.

Gov. Hickenlooper, Beauprez weigh in on marijuana law repeal during debate,” by Ivan Moreno, The Associated Press, The Republic, Columbus, Ind., October 9th.

Pot, immigration, trip up governor, Senate candidates in Denver debates,” by Joey Bunch, The Denver Post, October 6th.

Hickenlooper, Beauprez duke it out in debate,” by Ernest Luning, The Colorado Statesman, October 3rd.

Beauprez, Hickenlooper spar and jab over death penalty, economy,” by Peter Roper, The Pueblo Chieftain, October 3rd.

Different positons, different leadership styles,” by Ernest Luning, The Colorado Statesman, September 12th.


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CACI Welcomes Its Newest Gold Partner, Whiting Petroleum!


Whiting Petroleum is an independent exploration and production company with an oil focused asset base. It controls one of the largest acreage positions in the Bakken resource play in North Dakota.  Upon closure of a recent acquisition it will be the #1 oil producer in the Williston Basin.

In the DJ Basin of Colorado, it has assembled over 120,000 net acres in the highly productive oil window of the Niobrara trend. It also operates one of the largest enhanced oil recovery projects in the United States at its North Ward Estes Field in the Permian Basin of Texas. Whiting aims to deliver sustainable growth through a combination of its high return Bakken and Niobrara assets and its long lived enhanced oil recovery project.

Whiting is headquartered in Denver, Colorado where it operates one of the few in-house geoscience core labs in the oil and gas industry. Since going public in November 2003, it has built a strong asset base and achieved steady growth through both property acquisitions and exploitation activities.

Colorado Political Luncheon: Is Your Company Ready for the Elections?

Learn how to maximize your company’s political influence during this year’s critical elections!

Colorado is one of the important epicenters of the U.S. election world this year, especially because of the high-profile U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Udall and Republican challenger U.S. Congressman Cory Gardner.  In the Colorado General Assembly, meanwhile, Democrats currently control the Senate by only one vote.  Finally, the gubernatorial race between incumbent Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper and challenger Republican former Congressman Bob Beauprez remains neck-and-neck.

Join CACI, the Colorado Prosperity Project, BIPAC, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB),  the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, the National Association of Manufacturers and other business organizations for an update on the elections and to learn about the many tools and resources available to help you educate and encourage your workers to vote in this year’s elections.

The luncheon’s agenda includes a panel discussion on resources available to businesses to engage their workers moderated by Chuck Berry, CACI President and former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives.  Berry served in the legislature for 14 years.

Loren Furman, CACI Senior Vice President, State and Local Relations, will provide a briefing on Colorado politics, including the state legislative races.

Your company’s involvement in Colorado’s electoral process will be vital for your industry and your business.  The degree to which the Colorado business community is engaged in the elections will go a long way to determining whether or not the state’s business climate will improve in 2015 and beyond by the actions of the Colorado legislature and the U.S. Congress.

Tuesday, October 14th

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
11 a.m.– Networking and lunch
11:30 a.m.–Program begins

Associated General Contractors of Colorado
Basement Conference Room
1114 West Seventh Avenue
Denver, CO 80204

 To reserve a seat, contact Jenn Penn at 720.937.2148.

Dan O’Connell to Join CACI’s Lobbying Team

Dan O’Connell

On November 5th, Dan O’Connell will join CACI as State Governmental Relations Representative and take lead responsibility for staffing CACI’s HealthCare Council and the Energy and Environment Council and lobbying the issues of these two Councils before the Colorado General Assembly.

Dan will work closely with CACI members to actively engage the Colorado legislature and regulatory agencies in pursuit of policies that support the performance and growth of these three sectors.

Dan will report directly to Loren Furman, CACI Senior Vice President, State and Federal Relations.

“We are thrilled that Dan O’Connell will be joining our CACI Government Relations team.,” Loren said, “He will be a strong addition to the team thanks to his valuable government affairs and legal experience at the Colorado State Capitol and in Washington, D.C.”

Since mid-2012, Dan has served as Government Affairs Director for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, where he managed the Campaign’s agenda on education, healthcare, and early childhood policies during the 2013 and 2014 sessions.

Prior to his work with the Children’s Campaign, Dan was an associate lobbyist for The CJR Group in Washington, D.C.  In this role, Dan represented a diverse client base across a range of sectors on Capitol Hill, including, but not limited to, telecommunications, healthcare, economic development, manufacturing, retail, environment and natural resources.

Dan is licensed attorney and a 2010 graduate of the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law.  Prior to attending law school, Dan taught sixth grade in Phoenix, Ariz., in association with Teach For America, during which time he also earned his Masters of Education from Arizona State University.  Dan is a 2004 graduate of Boston College.

Dan will take over the position formerly occupied by Carly West, who left CACI to join CACI member SourceGas LLC.