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CSIA Presents: Politics Matter - Why You Should Engage in the Process
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9/16/2010
When: September 16, 2010
7:30am - 10:00am
Where: CSIA
216 16th St
Suite 850
Denver, CO  80206
Contact: Aimee Charlton


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Politics Matter - Why You Should Engage in the Process 

We’ve all heard the saying "Your vote matters.”  And it does, but how else can you engage in the political process? – Especially in this wacky election year.  Can you really influence the policies that affect your business and personal life? 

Politics (from the Greek word politikós meaning citizen or civilian) is a process by which groups of people make collective decisions. (www.wikipedia.org)
  
But what is that process within our government; how do they make those decisions; what influences them; where do they find information to make their decisions? 

Join us to find answers to those questions as well as to learn more about:

  • The political process
  • Why you should engage in this political process and how to participate
  • How politics drive the policies

Agenda:
7:30am – 8:00am    Registration and Breakfast
8:00am – 8:15am    Welcome and Introductions - Su Hawk, President, CSIA
8:15am – 9:15am    Presentation - Sandra Hagen Solin, Founder and President, Capitol Solutions; Randy Pye, Senior
                                    Vice President, Capitol Solutions
9:15am – 9:45am    Q&A
9:45am – 10:00am  Continued Networking

Sandra Hagen Solin, Founder and President, Capitol Solutions
Sandra Hagen Solin is Founder and President/CEO of Capitol Solutions, a premier Colorado-based government affairs and lobbying firm representing business clients at the local, state and federal levels. Sandra established Capitol Solutions 16 years ago and quickly built a successful firm with exceptional clients made up of Colorado’s leading businesses and trade associations. Sandra relies upon her knowledge of issues, her long standing relationships, and her strong reputation as a trusted lobbyist in achieving her record of success. In recent years, Sandra has distinguished herself and the firm as a leader in the areas of business, finance, banking, transportation, health care, economic development, energy and technology.

Sandra began her political career in 1991 as a staffer to the legislature upon graduating from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Two years later, and on her way to law school she was diverted by a fellow lobbyist to enter the world of lobbying and began her own firm after successfully passing her first piece of legislation. In 1994, she joined Bill Owens campaign for State Treasurer taking her across the state to meet Colorado’s emerging political leaders. As she continued to build her lobbying firm, she again joined Bill Owens in 1998 in his run for Governor.

Since 1999, Sandra has continued to build a successful bi-partisan firm of 5 lobbyists and an 85% success rate. Capitol Solutions is a full-spectrum, full-service firm representing clients at the local, state and federal levels. Capitol Solutions is the first and only lobbying firm in Colorado to incorporate a values-based communications practice into their lobbying efforts. Capitol Solutions counts among its current and past public affairs clients SheaHomes, RBC Capital Markets, Schaller Anderson (An Aetna Company), the Colorado Contractors Association, Range Fuels, Colorado Concern, Southeast Business Partnership, Hewlett-Packard, San Miguel Valley Corporation, and many more.

Capitol Solutions has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a top 25 public relations firm in Colorado each year since 2004. Sandra has been recognized as one of the Northern Colorado Business Report's "Who’s Who in Northern Colorado Business" in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She was a top three finalist in the professional services category of the Denver Business Journal's Top Women Business Owners in 2004 and was nominated for the same distinction in 2008. Sandra was recently profiled in "Public Persona" by Colorado Expression Magazine and during the Democrat National Convention was noted as one of "Colorado’s Insiders" by The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News.

Randy Pye, Senior Vice President, Capitol Solutions
Randy Pye serves as Senior Vice President of Capitol Solutions a Colorado-based public affairs firm representing exceptional clients made up of Colorado and the West's leading businesses and trade associations at the local, state and federal levels. The firm is a leader in the areas of business, finance, banking, transportation, health care, economic and land development, energy and technology. 

Randy leads both the local government practice and land development practice working with the development community in effectively moving through the land use process that creates a win-win for the applicant and the community.
Randy is one of the original five founders of the City of Centennial incorporation movement, the largest city incorporation in United States history and was the President of Arapahoe Citizens for Self-Determination, the proponent group.
Randy was elected as Centennial’s first Mayor in 2001 with 86% of the vote. The Mayor was re-elected in November of 2005 to a second four-year term.  He campaigned on a simple three-prong platform of low taxes, contract services, and limited government intervention in a citizen’s way of life.

During his administration as Mayor he successfully led the city of over 100,000 citizens in establishing a strong foundation by balancing the need for service to the citizens with a limited revenue source while maintaining a balanced budget and ending each year with a revenue surplus.  In 2003 the Mayor led a successful effort to stabilize the city tax base through a comprehensive economic development plan combined with a small sales tax increase giving the city secure base of over $60 million annual in general and restricted funds.  Even with the limited tax increase the city continues to boast one of the lowest sales taxes in the state.

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