After retiring from the fast-track business world, Navy combat veteran Ken Lucas, CPS ’00, needed a new venture. With a degree in public affairs and public administration from Drake University, in addition to a Master of Business Administration from Regis University, he took an opening on the budget committee for the city of Centennial. From there he was elected mayor pro tem and is currently serving his second four-year term.
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM YOUR YEARS IN BUSINESS?
I gravitated to all aspects of the financial community, from investment banking to private security offerings, but my passion is in the venture capital business. Technology and innovation has been a driving force in my career as well as our economy, and thinking of more efficient ways to do things has kept me nimble and alert in my career.
HOW DID YOUR REGIS EDUCATION COME INTO PLAY?
Getting an MBA at Regis from professors who were business leaders in the community with real-life experience gave me the skills to be more knowledgeable and technical in finance and accounting. It also helped me understand the financial management skills that came into play as I transitioned into public office. WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR? With this upcoming presidential election, it’s clear that people don’t trust the government. But in Centennial, we listen to our constituents and we’re working on some very exciting and creative projects, such as designing a fiber-optic network for the city that will drive economic development and help us to control our own destiny.