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  Maria Garcia Berry / Chief Executive Officer

Maria Garcia Berry is the guiding force behind what is today one of the most influential public affairs firms in Colorado. Serving a broad spectrum of clients from transportation to professional sports teams to real estate developers, the services of Ms. Garcia Berry and her associates are sought by clients across the United States.

As chief executive officer of CRL Associates, Inc., she successfully manages CRL's broad client base that includes a variety of high-profile projects such as the Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Denver's Union Station; the transformation of the former Villa Italia mall site into Belmar; and Forest City's redevelopment of Stapleton. In 2004, Ms. Garcia Berry was the campaign chair for the nation's largest proposed mass transit expansion effort, the successful FasTracks Yes campaign. She is a much sought-after consultant for other locales striving to bring an integrated and comprehensive transportation program to their area. In addition to FasTracks, she has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven-county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region that would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements.

Highly respected for her skills in negotiation, mediation and advocacy, Ms Garcia Berry is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. She is widely recognized in her field for her expertise in government and public decision making, strategic planning, coalition building, crisis communications, community outreach, public positioning and legislative advocacy.

Maria Garcia Berry is a member of the Board of Directors of TBD Colorado, a nonpartisan, collaborative effort designed to create informed and constructive conversations among Coloradans about some of the biggest issues facing the state.

She is a member of the Auraria Higher Education Center Board of Directors; serves on the Citywide Banks Board; and is a member of the Urban Land Institute. Ms. Garcia Berry is also an alumnus of Leadership Denver. She is married to Chuck Berry, currently the CEO and president of Colorado's Association of Commerce and Industry and formerly Colorado's Speaker of the House. They have three children.

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  Roger Sherman / Chief Operating Officer

Roger Sherman joined CRL Associates in 2005, bringing more than 17 years of public and private sector experience in project management, financial administration, policy development and strategic communications. Highly respected for his skills in coalition building, community outreach and public positioning, Roger is experienced at forging links between diverse interests and groups. Through careful listening and by treating all sides with respect, Roger believes no problem is too complicated to solve or too difficult to find comment ground.

Roger represents clients in the transportation and public policy sectors, including the Regional Transportation District (RTD), the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Denver Union Station Project Authority (DUSPA). From 2005-2011, he was a consultant to the RTD FasTracks Public Information Team, serving as the government relations discipline lead, facilitator of the Citizens Advisory Committee and liaison to the Metro Mayors Caucus.

Roger has served in various leadership roles with candidate and issue campaigns throughout the Denver metro area. He served as the chief financial officer for the successful 2004 FasTracks Yes! campaign, the largest mass transit expansion effort in the country at the time. In addition to FasTracks, he has been a strategic consultant to a number of transportation-related initiatives around the country, including a transportation master plan for the seven-county Tampa Bay region adopted in 2009 by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) and a 2012 regional transportation referendum in the 10-county Atlanta region to fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements. He is a former member of the Regional Transportation District's board of directors.

Roger recently joined the board of directors of SafeHouse Denver, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children through both an emergency shelter and a non-residential Counseling and Advocacy Center. He also is a member of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival board of directors and is an avid art collector and supporter of numerous scientific and cultural institutions in the state. In 2013, Roger was appointed by the Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives to the State Commission on Judicial Performance.

Roger earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Colorado State University. He resides in Denver's Congress Park neighborhood.

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  Bethany Gravell / Account Executive

Kim Kucera has spent over a decade working closely with elected officials, developers and the business community at large to broker compromises and create consensus on high-profile and often contentious projects.

Kim served eight years as senior council aide to Denver Councilwoman Judy Montero and Councilwoman Ortega. During her time with city council, Kim encouraged compromise between neighborhood and business interests to build political support for a vast array of issues including small-to large-scale redevelopment proposals, neighborhood planning processes, historic designations and environmental impact statements for highway and transportation corridors.

Since joining CRL in 2007, Kim has worked with a broad base of clients throughout the Denver metropolitan area as well as across the state. She provided outreach relative to a proposed annexation on the Western Slope, provided counsel regarding a prominent north metro Denver infill development project, and assists clients such as the Regional Transportation District, Comcast and Waste Management with outreach to local elected officials across the metropolitan area.

Within the City and County of Denver Kim works on behalf of multiple clients to represent their business interests with Mayor Hancock, Cabinet members, City Council and City staff. Recently Kim assisted the City and the Downtown Denver Partnership in gaining property-owner consensus for $4 million in private funding for the 14th Street streetscape project in downtown Denver; successfully lobbied on behalf of several clients to defeat proposed landmark designations without property-owner consent; worked closely with Mayoral appointees and the Community Planning and Development agency to make appropriate changes to the new Denver Zoning Code; and assisted several clients relative to business opportunities at Denver International Airport.

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  Sean Maley / Account Executive

Sean Maley uses an in-depth knowledge of public policy, strategic communications and land-use planning, zoning and entitlement procedures to add value to a broad range of CRL's clients, including landowners and developers throughout the Denver Metro region, the Colorado Rockies, Comcast, and business trade associations such as Denver Metro BOMA, the Colorado Restaurant Association, and the Denver Metro Association of REALTORS.

Sean has a background in public policy and local government, having served as a council aide to District 10 Denver City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb. In Councilwoman Robb's office, Sean helped with the City's first form-based legislative zoning overlay of Main Street zoning along East Colfax.

Since joining CRL in 2005, Sean has developed a strategic understanding of how to lead successful community-outreach and coalition-building efforts, providing service to a wide range of clients, including landowners and developers, regional and statewide trade associations, telecommunications companies, public facilities and special districts, and any other business or entity seeking local government approvals. Recently, Sean played an integral role on behalf of numerous development clients in Cherry Creek by working on the updated area plan and rezoning multiple high-profile properties.

Sean completed his undergraduate study at the University of Colorado-Boulder and obtained a master's degree in political science with an emphasis in politics, public policy and leadership from the Center for New Directions at the University of Colorado-Denver. Sean is a member of the Urban Land Institute's Young Leaders Group and an alumnus of the Downtown Denver Partnership Leadership Program. Sean also supervises CRL's internship program in partnership with the University of Colorado and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Sean is happiest spending time with his wife, Kristen, and sons Barry and Cullen, or on the golf course.

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  Bethany Gravell / Account Executive

Peter Wall serves a wide range of client needs, monitoring local governments and special districts on a variety of issues including land use, procurement, and public policy.

Prior to joining CRL, Peter staffed a wide variety of political campaigns, from congressional to local races. He most recently worked on Steve Hogan's successful campaign for Mayor of Aurora. He is an alumnus of CRL's internship program, working for the firm in the summer of 2009.

Peter graduated from Denison University in May, 2012 with a bachelor's of arts degree in political science and a concentration in international policy. Peter is an avid Avalanche fan and dog lover. He currently has a 1-year-old golden retriever named Reagan.

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  Bethany Gravell / Account Executive

Rachel Prestidge brings a legal background to CRL and supports clients on a comprehensive range of topics through research, analysis, and advocacy at the state and local levels.

Rachel is a graduate from the University of Colorado Law where she focused on energy law and policy. During law school, she worked on a wide range of legal and policy issues facing the energy industry, including land use, state and local permitting and regulation, corporate governance, environmental compliance, federal legislation, contract negotiation, and financing. In addition, Rachel recently spent two years doing a variety of policy work for a Colorado state senator.

Rachel is also passionate about the arts and cultural community in Denver. She is Chair of the Young Professionals Board for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and is a founding member of a local non-profit that works to bring together Denver's greatest cultural institutions to expand art appreciation among young professionals through social involvement, innovative education, and promotion of the arts.

Rachel received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish from Creighton University. Outside of the office, Rachel loves exploring Denver and taking in all it has to offer, especially with her husband, Scott, and son, Kegan.

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  Cathie Grieg / Executive Assistant to Maria Garcia Berry

Cathie is a veteran when it comes to expertly juggling the wide range of administrative needs of top officials. She’s served some distinguished executives, including the Dean of Law at the University of British Columbia. The more variety a job presents, the more she enjoys it. Cathie just can’t stand not being busy, which is never a problem at CRL.

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  Kelley Contreras / Accounts Receivable Manager

Taking care of business IS Jessica's business. An accomplished business administrator, Jessica brings her extensive experience to CRL orchestrating the many facets of operations, from accounting and finance to human resources, marketing, and office-technical management. She has worked in diverse business sectors including food and beverage, hospitality, arts and entertainment, property management, and tourism.

Resourceful, versatile, helpful and a problem-solver, Jessica loves to support the company's infrastructure, success, team, and clientele. Not only is she passionate about making a difference in the workplace, but also in the community through volunteering, outreach, fundraising, and patronage.

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