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TOM BINNINGS

Senior Partner:  Summit Economics, LLC

Flagstaff, AZ

(719) 471-0000  |  tbinnings@live.com

A strategist, educator, change agent, entrepreneur, special project manager, and leader who analyzes social and business environments and organizations from multiple perspectives to improve effectiveness and efficiency through enhanced customer service, stakeholder commitment, process improvement, product and program development, and implementation of critical initiatives.

  • Strategic & Marketing Research, Planning and Implementation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Facilitator & Educator for Adult Learning
  • Structured Problem Solving
  • Organizational Design
  • Project & Financial Management
  • Public Policy
  • Economic, Market, Financial, & Systems Analyses
  • Litigation Support
  • Real Estate, Business, Community and Organizational Development

CORE COMPETENCIES

Career focused on promoting solutions for community and commercial development. An applied economist, strategist, researcher, change agent, entrepreneur, special project manager, and leader who analyzes policy, projects, programs, products, and processes from multiple perspectives to improve effectiveness and efficiency, pursue opportunities, and manage risk.

• Strategic & Tactical Research, Planning and Implementation

• Economic, Market, Financial, & Systems Analyses

• Structured Problem Solving and Deliberation

• Economic, Community, Business & Real Estate Development

• Project & Financial Management

• Alternative Dispute Resolution

• Public Speaking & Columnist


EDUCATION

Dartmouth College, Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. MBA, 1983.

The Colorado College. BA Economics, 1979. Emphasis – Regional, Urban and Community Economics


WORK EXPERIENCE

2008-Present:  Senior Partner.  Summit Economics, LLC Colorado Springs, CO

Formed company with two long-term associates to formalize working relationships spanning more than 20 years.

Provide project leadership and research oversight on a wide range of applied economics research projects geared towards markets, public policy, real estate, strategic and marketing planning, and process improvement.

Present findings and positions frequently to executives, community groups, boards, commissions, councils, and legislators.

1998-Present:  Adjunct Professor.  Webster University and Regis University, Colorado, Sichuan, China, Online

Teach graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of economics, decision support systems, and strategic planning.

Develop graduate level online course in applied economics.

2011-Present:  Op/Ed Columnist.  COBiz Magazine and Colorado Springs Business Journal, Denver and Colorado Springs, CO

Write for statewide and local business journals.

1987-2017:  Owner. Pan-Com Incorporated, Colorado Springs, CO

Focused on commercial real estate, affordable housing, facilities, construction, development, asset management, due diligence, and brokerage.

1993-1997:   Marketing Director, Assets & Projects Director, Executive Director of Subsidiary.  Aspen Pointe, (Formerly Pikes Peak Mental Health Center Systems, Inc.), Colorado Springs, CO

Developed critical strategic initiatives in the areas of housing, vocational development, and planning.

Vocational program considered leading edge in mental health field.

1983-1985: VP of Finance. Binnings Enterprises (family-owned commercial construction company).

1980-1981:  Associate. Hammer, Siler, George Associates (national economics consulting firm).

1977-1980:  Staff Economist. Community Development Associates


CIVIC & BOARD ENDEAVORS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2014:  Co-Founder and Member of Steering Committee to assess public sentiment for community and economic development issues.  Springs Insight Exchange - www.springsinsightexchange.com

2010:  Member.  Public Policy Council of the Colorado Springs Homebuilders Association

2016-2017:  Board Member. Kissing Camels Homeowners Association  

2011-2016:  Advisor to the Board; Past Member representing Comstock Homeowners Association. Council of Neighborhood Organizations

2010-2012: Chair and Member of Independent Ethics Commission. City of Colorado Springs

2010:  Sponsor of Citizens for an Accountable Mayor – a referendum initiative to change the structure of City governance in Colorado Springs. The referendum passed.

1989-2011:  Board Member. Coldcrete, Inc., a small business providing value added engineering to the concrete industry worldwide.

1999-2007:  Board Chairman, Prior Acting Executive Director (8/02-7/03) and Board Member. Shivers Academy of Art, Science, & Technology, a charter high school serving primarily disadvantaged youth.

2006:  Recipient of Excellence in Teaching Award from Regis University

1991-2003:  Former Chair. Utility Policy Advisory Committee to the City Council for the City of Colorado Springs (Formerly the Financial Advisory Committee). As Chair, played key leadership role in changing the governance model for Colorado Springs Utilities.

1993-2001:  Supervisor and Coach.  Altamira Apartments – an affordable housing development. Team consistently achieved above average regulatory ratings and won the Better Business Bureau

2001:  Recipient in Excellence in Customer Service Award

2000:  Citizen of the Year by Pikes Peak Mental Health Center for being “an exemplary advocate for affordable housing, civil rights, and client rights”.

2000:  Finalist for City Council vacancy, Colorado Springs

1997-1999:  Sponsor & Organizing Committee. The Consortium for High Performance

1996-1997:  Founding Committee. Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust

1996-1997:  Board Member. Affirmative Business Alliance of North America

1987-1992: Chairman of the Board. First American Financial Cooperative

1984-1990:  Co-founder and Board Member. Brooks Builders


ENTREPRENEURSHIP & SOCIAL ENTERPRISES

2015: Springs Insight Exchange Cofounded team to provide broader citizen input and education on community issues, deliberations, and explorations. The group adheres to non-partisan, independent principles and utilizes online means for communications.

2002-2007:  Shivers Academy charter high school Volunteered for one year to become Acting Executive Director to turnaround high school for “high risk”, minority students.

1991-2001:  Altamira Apartments Leveraged $45,000 from a non-profit organization into a $2.8 million acquisition from the Resolution Trust Corporation. Redeveloped the property utilizing a “disabled” workforce.

1990-1991:  Hamilton Farms Under contract with an angel capitalist, created marketing venture to test the potential of the organic farming industry.

1989-1991: Gaia Specialties To promote agricultural marketing efforts for clients, formed a specialty produce marketing organization.

1985-1990: Brooks Builders Created start-up commercial construction company.


LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

2014:  Harwood Public Innovators Lab

2011 - 2014:  Denver Association of Business Economists

2006:  American Economic Association

2004:  John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University 2004 (Strategic Management & Governance for Charter School Leaders)

1996:  Certified Mediator

1985:  Colorado Real Estate Broker (Inactive)

1987: NASD Series 7 (Inactive)