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Western Road Trip Registration Now Open

Posted: May 17, 2017

CSBR Road Trip - Western Colorado
July 10-14, 2017 
Thank You To Our Presenting Sponsor!

The Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR) is visiting communities around the state to:

  1. Meet with local businesses that are interested in becoming a supplier or subcontractor to larger aerospace companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Sierra Nevada, Teledyne Brown Engineering, United Launch Alliance and others. Opportunities are not limited to businesses that currently work in aerospace.  Almost any product or service could potentially have opportunity.
  2. Meet with local officials, students, educators, and anyone who is interested to learn about the impact aerospace has on our nation, state, and the benefits to every community in Colorado.
  3. Meet with students and educators to discuss educational opportunities such as internships and other programs involving Colorado aerospace companies and organizations.

Instructions for those traveling from the Front Range

  • There is no charge to participate in the road trip. Many meals and events are sponsored, but participants must pay their own expenses for anything that is not sponsored.
  • Let Joe Rice know if you will ride in the vanpool or to drive yourself.  If you vanpool, you are committed to attend the entire trip (unless you make arrangements for someone to pick you up along the way, etc.).  The vanpool will depart from the designated hotel each morning.  
  • Everyone must make their own hotel reservations. (The hotels the vanpool is staying at are listed on the schedule.)  

Local Partners:

Grand Junction / CLUB 20: 970-242-3264,

Durango / La Plata County Economic Development Alliance: 970-259-1700,

Montrose / Montrose Economic Development Corporation: 970-249-9438,


Monday, July 10 – Denver to Durango

8:30 am (Sharp!)                 Vanpool Meets at Wooly Mammoth Lot, I-70, Morrison Exit #259

9 am – 3 pm                        Drive to Durango (332 Miles / 6 Hours)

3 pm – 5 pm                        Visit AMPT, 1334 Airport Road, Durango CO 81303

5 pm – 5:45 pm                   Check In: DoubleTree, 501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301

5:45 pm (Sharp!)                 Vanpool Departs for Fort Lewis College

6 pm – 9 pm                        Community Meeting, Reception, and Star Gazing

                                            Fort Lewis College: Geosciences, Physics, and Engineering Building, 1000 Rim Drive, Durango, CO 8130


Overnight at Doubletree, 501 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301; Phone: (970) 259-6580


Tuesday, July 11 – Durango to Grand Junction

8:15 am (Sharp!)                 Vanpool Departs for Holt Sheet Metal Inc

8:30 am – 10 am                 Breakfast, Tour, and Discussion at Holt Sheet Metal Inc.

                                            220 South Skylane Drive, Durango, CO 81303

10:00 am – 2 pm                 Drive to Grand Junction (173 Miles / 4 Hours)

2 pm – 4 pm                        Check In / Personal Time

4 pm – 7 pm                        (CLUB 20 to Schedule Community Meeting and Reception – Location TBD)


Overnight at any of these hotels – they are all next to each other: Hampton Inn, 205 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501; (970) 243-3222 / Fairfield Inn, 225 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501; (970) 242-2525 / Springhill Suites, 236 Main St, Grand Junction, CO 81501: (970) 424-5777


Wednesday, July 12 – Grand Junction to Montrose

11:45 am (Sharp!)              Vanpool Departs for Wren Industries

12 pm to 2 pm                    Visit Wren Industries, 2800 Printers Way, Grand Junction, CO 81506

2 pm to 4 pm                      Drive to Montrose (64 Miles / 1/5 Hours)

4 pm to 5:45 pm                 Check In: Hampton Inn, 1980 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401 (970-252-3300)
5:45 pm (Sharp!)                Vanpool Departs for Community Meeting

6 pm to 9 pm                     (Montrose EDC to Schedule Community Meeting and Reception – Location TBD)

Overnight at Hampton Inn, 1980 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401; Phone: (970) 252-3300


Thursday, July 13: CLUB 20 in Montrose (CLUB 20 to determine activities and schedule)

Overnight at Hampton Inn, 1980 N Townsend Ave, Montrose, CO 81401; Phone: (970) 252-3300


Friday, July 14: Montrose to Denver: 302 Miles / 5 Hours
9 am (Sharp!)                        Vanpool Departs for Denver

9 am to 3 pm                         Drive to Denver (302 Miles / 5 Hours)

For questions or to discuss how to sponsor or participate, CSBR Members should contact Joe Rice at 720-251-3346 or 

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Nominate a Colorado Space Hero: Deadline May 31

Posted: May 17, 2017 

The Space Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame; deadline for submission is Wednesday, May 31:

  • The Colorado Space Heroes Hall of Fame honors the astronauts, aerospace executives, government officials, scholars, and other public and private sector leaders who have contributed most significantly to making Colorado’s space economy one of the most important in the nation and world 

CSBR members, do you have a candidate to nominate? Access the full details on how to nominate a candidate online here (you must be signed in). 

Not a member? Please join us!


Member Profile: Karri Palmetier

Posted: May 17, 2017

Name: Karri Palmetier

Company: Palmetier Law, LLC

Company City: Littleton

Family: George Sowers is my significant other

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking, hiking, and traveling

Favorite TV Show or Movie? Princess Bride, Doctor Who, Simpsons

Favorite Vacation Spot: There are too many places still on my bucket list to pick just one

Why did you choose to be in the aerospace industry? The aerospace industry grew on me since I joined the USAF judge advocate corps through working at United Launch Alliance.

Mentor who has helped me the most in my career: I have had numerous people throughout my career who have helped me grow. Each one is a piece of me and continues to influence me.

How do you see your profession changing in the next few years? The legal profession will need to find ways to use technology to be more flexible and affordable.

Why are you a member of CSBR and what value do you receive from your membership? I joined CSBR to remain active in Colorado's exciting space industry; get to know the various businesses; and help shape Colorado's future.

Something about me not everyone knows: I lived in Iran as a child.

Career you’d like to try if you weren’t in the aerospace industry: Helping animals in some way

Share a favorite story or experience from your career: At my first military base, I supported the hospital and asked the commander if I could participate in the Medical Red Flag exercises. He agreed and I had a blast working with the medical team. I learned to ask.

Learn more about Palmetier Law, LLC. 

Interested in becoming the next member profile? Click here to submit your information. 


CSBR Members: Submit Your Nominations For The Thomas R. Hobson Aerospace Distinguished Service Award

Posted: May 2, 2017  

CSBR is pleased to share information about the Aerospace States Association’s first annual “Thomas R. Hobson Aerospace Distinguished Service Award” and details on how to submit a nomination. The award is to recognize an individual who has demonstrated exemplary characteristics which bring government, industry and education together to strengthen the aerospace industry for the benefit of a state, territory or region of the United States of America. The winner will be recognized in a presentation at the ASA’s annual meeting October 12, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM.
CSBR members, do you have a candidate to nominate? Access the full details on how to nominate a candidate online here (you must be signed in). 

Not a member? Please join us!


The Outer Space Treaty and Colorado Space Business

Posted: Friday, April 28, 2017

On behalf of CSBR member Skip Smith of Sherman and Howard’s Space Law Practice Group, we are pleased to share the following invite to this timely discussion on the Outer Space Treaty with regard to Colorado space business.   

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty. Please join industry experts for a discussion about the impact of the treaty on the development of Colorado space business.

Presented by:

We are pleased to welcome our Keynote Speakers:

Mike Gold, Vice President of Washington D.C. operations for Space Systems Loral and Chair of the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC)

Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems

Presenters will also include:

Michael Simpson, Executive Director of The Secure World Foundation

Milton “Skip” Smith, Attorney, Sherman & Howard and Director of the International Institute of Space Law

Friday, May 12, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 
Offices of Sherman & Howard 
633 17th Street, Suite 3000 
Denver, Colorado 
Breakfast will be served.

Complimentary parking.

Cost of event: $25
Space is limited. Please register by selecting one of the buttons below by May 5th.

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