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Colorado Chapter Selection of Scholarship Recipients – 2014

The Board of Directors of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Colorado Chapter is extremely pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Scholarship Program.

NACD Colorado instituted this leading edge program in 2012 to encourage the development of current and future leaders who are or desire to become Fellows of NACD as Directors of public, private and not-for-profit companies.

NACD is the one national organization dedicated to education and the pursuit of excellence of Directors. Our focus as the voice of the director and the source for thought leadership provides over 12,500 members with support in their work with companies and organizations.

Selection of three members to receive scholarships for fellowship program courses proved to be very difficult given the high quality of applicants. Those selected represent the level of quality sought by companies as Directors to add to the success of their companies and organizations.

Mr. Brad Elliott, Vice President in Wells Fargo’s team of regional commercial bankers, was selected to receive a scholarship to attend the National Association of Corporate Director Professionalism® course leading to a Board Governance Fellow. In 2012, Mr. Elliott was elected to the Board of the Peak to Peak Charter School and also joined the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Sous-Commanderie of Denver. From 2010 to 2012, he was on the board of the Denver chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG). From 2008 to 2009, he served on the Advisory Board Member for the Denver Venture School. Mr. Eliott holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Mr. Peter Durante, currently Chair of Board HSS, Inc., a privately held security firm with headquarters in Denver, and offices in 16 states nationwide, was selected to receive a scholarship to attend the National Association of Corporate Directors Master Class leading to a Board Leadership Fellow. As Chair of HSS, Mr. Durante serves as a Member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Compliance Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, he is Chairman of the Board of Transtrachael Systems, Inc. a privately held medical device manufacturing company, and Chairman of the Board of OxyView, Inc., a privately held medical device company. Mr. Durante holds a L.L.M. Degree in Tax from the Daniels School of Business, a J.D. in Law from the Sturm College of Law, a M.B.A. from Regis University, and a B.S. in Marketing from Colorado State University.

Mr. Rick Hurwitz, with a proven track-record of building and successfully exiting high growth companies spanning 28 years, was selected to receive a scholarship to attend the National Association of Corporate Director Professionalism® course leading to a Board Governance Fellow. As Chief Executive of Pictometry International from 2010-2013, Mr. Hurwitz led the strategic transformation of this category-defining company in the changing geospatial industry. He had served as Chairman of the Board at Pictometry, a role he held for eight years. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of Manning & Napier, Inc (NYSE: MN) and Symbility Solutions (TSX.V: SY). Mr. Hurwitz graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Rochester and holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Philosophy.