Colorado Enterprise Fund Expands Senior Leadership with Two New Hires
Director of Finance and Administration and Director of Development Join Management Team
Denver, August 31, 2017 – Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) recently added two new directors to its leadership team: Simon Fox as Director of Finance and Administration began July 5 and Carrie Hanson as Director of Development began August 24. Both bring extensive financial and nonprofit management experience to CEF which is expanding its strategic investments in small business development for increased impact in rural and urban areas of Colorado.
As Director of Finance and Administration, Simon will oversee the financial health of CEF as well as internal operations including accounting, compliance, human resources, IT, loan support and business advisory services. Prior to joining CEF, Simon worked at the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade as Deputy Director of the Business Funding and Incentives Division. He was also CFO and Operations Director for a foundation in Boulder and held other positions in large international corporations in New York City and São Paulo, Brazil. Simon holds a Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado in Denver, a Master of Business Administration degree from the European Administration Institute (INSEAD) in France, and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. His CPA Colorado license is pending after passing the exams. Simon is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish with additional knowledge of French and Italian after living in seven countries.
As CEF's first full-time Director of Development, Carrie will create and implement fundraising plans and strategies to build on existing as well as find new funding sources to support CEF’s expanded loan programs and services. This will include obtaining grants, contracts, and impact investments from corporate, foundation, and government entities in Colorado and nationally. Prior to joining CEF, Carrie served for 15 years as Vice President of Development for Junior Achievement (JA) Rocky Mountain, Inc. in Denver. She also worked in commercial real estate as an analyst and mortgage director. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls with additional leadership training from Impact Denver and the Penn State JA Executive Program.
“As the newest members of our dynamic leadership team, Simon and Carrie possess a broad range of expertise supporting organizations of all sizes. Their backgrounds in both nonprofit development and finance will position them well for success in the CDFI industry,” said Ceyl Prinster, President and CEO. “We look forward to their insight and abilities to use the power of finance and investment to fuel growth that will benefit the small businesses we serve in the State of Colorado.”
About Colorado Enterprise Fund
Founded in1976, Colorado Enterprise Fund (CEF) provides loans up to $500,000 to finance small businesses and startups unable to secure financing through traditional banks. With a mission to accelerate community prosperity by financing and supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses, CEF has provided over $62 million in loans to more than 2,000 businesses to help create or retain over 17,000 jobs in the state. A nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US Department of the Treasury, CEF is based in Denver with lending services available statewide. www.coloradoenterprisefund.org
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