Holland and Hart’s Anderson to chair state’s big biz group
Author: Dan Njegomir - October 12, 2017 - Updated: October 12, 2017
Prominent and politically plugged-in Denver attorney Jon Anderson was elected 2017-18 chair today by the Board of Directors at the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry. Anderson, a partner at prestigious law firm Holland and Hart who once served as chief counsel to then-Gov. Bill Owens, long has been a go-to guy in state Republican circles.
The association — “CACI” to its friends — is Colorado’s de facto chamber of commerce and the voice of the state’s biggest and most prominent businesses. An e-announcement about Anderson’s election quotes him regarding the organization’s role in the business climate:
“CACI has led the effort to establish Colorado as a pro-business state. … Colorado has the lowest unemployment rate in the country and is enjoying a thriving economy because of this focused effort to grow and expand our state economy. Colorado’s next challenge will be to ensure that state and local leaders do not take our thriving economy for granted.”
Anderson added a cautionary note: “Colorado has experienced a recent surge in legislation, ballot measures and policies that would hamper and harm Colorado businesses and Colorado workers.”
Longtime CACI President (and onetime state House Speaker) Chuck Berry weighed in:
“Jon has a keen sense of advocating for business interests in the public arena and he is an ideal person to lead our Board in these challenging times.”
Among the strong suits making him that ideal person:
Anderson’s political and election law practice includes representing corporations, non-profits, and candidates on federal, state, and local activities. In the current election cycle, Anderson represents members of the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. presidential campaign, non-profit organizations and multiple Super PACs and 527 committees. …
… Anderson’s government practice is focused on high stakes matters before federal, state and local government. …
CACI’s board meanwhile also chose Rhonda Sparlin, a partner at RubinBrown LLP, as chair-elect, and elected several new board members. Here are details on those and other developments at CACI.