Board and Staff
Gary Masner (co-founder)
Gary Masner has a very broad and diverse professional background. He has worked with everything from start-ups to billion dollar corporations. He is currently serving as CEO of Advanced Mobile Propulsion Testing.
In his years in business Masner has made some of his own mistakes, so he knows what works and what doesn’t work.
“I think my core strength is business and finance strategy. I can help companies get off the ground, as well as formalizing exit strategies for people who want to sell their business” he explains.
Masner earned a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY prior to his MBA from Stanford University. He credits his work with McKinsey and Company, international consultants as providing the valuable experience he gained in working on business strategy with companies in various industries. Additional experience includes running a computer company, 10 years in venture capital and starting and selling two companies.
“It’s really an honor to work with all these talented people who really care and who want to help these businesses be successful.”
Jim Mackay’s experience in business-to-business software development spans over 25 years, starting on the engineering side and eventually migrating to sales and marketing. He has founded or co-founded four companies, one which had a successful exit in 2011 and two which are still active. He has lived and worked in Canada and Texas, eventually moving to Durango in 2002. He has flown over 2 million miles during his career and now only travels on vacation.
He co-founded Durango Tech, a local group of more than 350 people interested in technology and its application. The group meets regularly and is involved in the promotion and avocation of technology related careers in the area.
Jim spends all his time outside, on his bike or his skis or his raft. He recently rode across the USA along the Continental Divide, and is undoubtedly plotting his next adventure as you read this.
John Wolgamott is the Chairman and co-founder of StoneAge Inc. He has served on its board of directors from the beginning in 1979 and is still active in helping guide company strategy and management. StoneAge is 100% employee owned, and has grown to become the leading manufacturer of waterblast tools worldwide. They have over 150 active distributors in 40 countries, with more than 50% of sales outside the US.
John graduated from the University of Colorado’s School of Engineering and did graduate work at the Colorado School of Mines. John has served on various local and national governing boards.
John is a major owner of Girard Properties LLC, a local commercial real estate firm. He is also part owner and managing member of Peak Brewing LLC which operates two local restaurants.
The Durango atmosphere appeals to John’s active nature and love of the outdoors. He enjoys the skiing, hiking, biking, and camping, right out the back door. He has rafted many rivers, bike toured in dozens of countries around the world, and sailed in warm waters during the winter. He’s lucky to have his wife Angie join him in these activities and spending time with their four daughters and three grandchildren.
Joe Bishop started his career an architect in the ‘70s and transitioned out of architecture into a career in commercial real estate development, interacting along the way with numerous small businesses – both as a landlord, and for some, as an investor/advisor. Joe received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Texas in 1976. He started his own architectural firm in 1979 that later morphed into real estate development and construction company in Houston. He then started Bishop Development Company in Atlanta in the 90s. Along the way he formed in excess of 30 partnerships and ventures in 7 states.
Joe relocated to Durango in 2007 and enjoys all that SW Colorado has to offer. He is a business advisor at the Small Business Development Center at Fort Lewis College. From 2008 until 2013 he served as the Program Director of the Durango program of SOS Outreach, a mentoring program for at-risk youth, and presently serves on the SOS local advisory board. He has also serves on the board of The Animas Water Company and recently served on the board of The iAM Music Institute.
Laura Lewis Marchino serves as the Executive Director of the Region 9 Economic Development District of Southwest Colorado. She has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications, Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Laura serves on numerous boards including the National Association of Development Organization’s (NADO) Board of Directors since 2009. Other recognition includes: 2015, Barbara Conrad Leadership Award; 2008 Economic Development Leader of the Year; 2005, Marshall Memorial Fellow for the German Marshall Fund; and 2004 Extraordinary Woman Award. She has lived in Durango since 1990, where she has raised two sons.
Our SCAPE Director is Elizabeth Marsh. Elizabeth is a Fort Lewis College grad, and has spent the last 15 years in various Marketing and Accounting roles around Durango. Most recently she was Finance and Operations Director of The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado, a philanthropic organization which invests and manages contributions and awards impactful grants to meet the needs of our community.
When she isn’t out riding her horse, Elizabeth is on site at SCAPE HQ to guide and assist the Ventures including coordinating with mentors, interns and outside experts. You can reach Elizabeth via email or at (970) 317-0880.