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Javier Tafoya and Thomas Dutzer

In January 2016, JAVIER TAFOYA, a financial consultant at AXA Advisors, and THOMAS DUTZER, a realtor at Coldwell Banker, launched their first Denver Leaders Network event. Their goal: to promote quality connections in the business community. Tafoya and Dutzer talk about how this vision came to fruition and how they’ve involved Regis.


WHY START A NETWORKING EVENT?


TD: Networking events can be terrific or a waste of time depending on the intention of the group. We wanted to create a comfortable platform for people to build their contact list.


JT: We started to incorporate our business network, which included many Regis alumni, and asked ourselves how we can be resources for other people. Our aim is to feature alumni businesses and bridge the gap between relationships in the Denver area.


WALK US THROUGH A DENVER LEADERS NETWORK EVENT.


TD: They’re casual events anywhere from one to two hours long and we hold them on campus or establishments owned by Regis alumni. The goal is for people to gather other’s cards and take notes, rather than hand their own cards out.


WHY INVOLVE REGIS?


JT: Regis gave us the reinforcement that we can find success with integrity and a holistic approach to helping the community. The connection to Regis helps us give value to others in the community.


TD: We want to create dialogue between Regis and the business community about what it needs from graduates. The school is wellserved when it has input from alumni and local businesses on how the University can support job growth.