Gurus is a mentor program that connects seasoned Jefferson County business owners, who are willing to share their knowledge and experience, with Jeffco BRC clients who have interest and desire to learn from the best. This program is designed for start-up, new and existing business owners to function as a catalyst for evolution and growth.
Business owners face a lot of challenges and don’t always know where to turn for help. What better way to find solutions and best practices than by asking someone who has “been there” and understands the common pitfalls associated with owning a business.
Gurus is an excellent opportunity for Jeffco business owners to help bolster economic growth and development within their community. In this way, business owners take an active step and help improve the business climate and ensure success for future generations of small businesses.
To learn more about Gurus please call - 303-996-8976
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Meet Our Gurus
Darin Hammerschmidt, Waddle & Reed Financial Advisors: Darin graduated from Kansas State University in 2006 with a B.S. in Management and joined the Waddell & Reed team of Golden, Colorado in 2008. Since his transition to Colorado, he has been very involved in his community. Darin has been an active member of the West Chamber of Commerce serving Jefferson County since 2008 and is currently serving his 2nd, three year term on the Board of Directors of the West Chamber and is currently the Past Chair of West Chamber Board. Growing up in a small community in Kansas, he developed a passion for economic development and enjoys giving back to his local community. Darin has been an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood since 2009 and served as the president of the Kiwanis Club of Lakewood for fiscal year 2012. Darin is also a graduate of the Leadership Jefferson County class of 2010, and sits on the Foundation Board of the West Chamber serving Jefferson County. Darin, his wife Jamie and Daughter Kylie were residents of Lakewood for four years and recently moved to Wheat Ridge in July of 2015.
Deb York, York Insurance Agency – Deb has been working in the insurance industry since 1993. She is passionate about helping small businesses to maximize their savings while minimizing their liability. Deb has served on several non-profit boards including: The West Chamber (currently), Denver West Kiwanias, Belmar Kiwanias (currently), (RMTM) Rocky Mountain Tooling & Machining Association and Leadership Jefferson County. Deb’s areas of expertise include: Sales & Business Development, Business Operations, and Community Engagement.
Mike Larkin, Larkin & Associates. In 1997, after a 12 year career in the moving and storage industry Larkin & Associates opened. Mike has extensive background and experience serving with many organizations and boards including: Board Member, Colorado Thought Leaders Forum, 2016 to present Member Strategic Connections, Opportunities Chair 2013-14, Vice President 2015, serving as President 2016 Member Applewood Business Association 2007 to present, Board member 2008-2010 Member Wheat Ridge Business Association 2008 to present Member Wheat Ridge Optimists 2004 to present, Treasurer 2005 through 2008, Chair of Tri-Star Basketball 2010 to present Denver Luminary Award Nominee 10-2008 Member 2014 Wheat Ridge Fire Blue Ribbon Committee Member Sandler Sales Institute Presidents Club 2004 to present Member Crankset 3-5 Club 2010-2012 Boy Scouts of America- Cub Scout Pack 736 leader 2004 through 2011, Scout Troop 514 leader 2011 to present. Currently Eagle Scout coordinator.
Brenda Kerr, J & B Promotional Products & Rocking Roses – Brenda has been a business owner for almost 10 years. She opened her 2nd business 6 years ago and has a good understanding of both marketing and retail. Brenda currently serves as an Ambassador with The West Chamber and is a seasoned networker. Brenda also has experience in time management, bookkeeping and customer service.
Jim Barlett, A Master's Hands, LLC - Jim Bartlett co-founded A Master’s Hands, LLC (AMH) in 2008, Arise Energy Solutions (AES) in 2010, and Automation Brains in 2015. AMH offers affordable remodeling and handyman services to clients across the greater Denver metro area, while AES helps Coloradoans reach their objectives for lower energy costs by designing and installing costeffective photovoltaic solar solutions. Both companies are accredited BBB members with “A+” ratings. AMH has been named “Business of the Year” by the West Chamber, and was recipient of the Golden “Ethics in Business” award in April 2013, and the BBB Torch Award in 2014. Both companies have experienced substantial growth over the last several years and have teams of field technicians that serve clients across the metro area. Both businesses are privately held with offices in Littleton. Automation Brains (AB) designs and installs home and office automation solutions for clients in the Denver metro area.
Dan Lundin, Banner Signs & Decals - Dan opened his signage business in 2007. He has sponsored many non-profit organizations in Jeffco including Jeffco BRC. He areas of expertise include: networking, business development and marketing. Dan is a member of the West Colfax Community Assocation and The West Chamber and holds board positions for both of these business organizations.
Don Seyfer, Seyfer Automotive - Don has worked in the automotive repair industry since 1958 and opened Seyfer Automotive in 1961, resulting in 55 years of business experience to share! Don recognizes the importance of community involvement and has served on multiple boards during his career. He currently sits on the Wheat Ridge Business Association Board of Directors and serves as President. Don has also been active in several civic roles in Wheat Ridge.
Blu first found his interest in photography through high school photography class eventually receiving 2nd place in a state wide competition for his piece “Ghost bus”. Since then Blu has shown his work at art shows and in galleries in Massachusetts as well as around the Denver area. As a graduate of the Hallmark Institute of Photography and a teachers assistant at the Maine Media workshops, Blu’s skill and experience can be seen in every shot from a basic product angle study to a clean professional headshot to fully dramatized and staged ad campaign. Blu is an old school photographer with modern skills. He prefers to use lighting and styling to create an image only utilizing photoshop when necessary to create the absolute best image.