Mike Severns
President Employers Council

Mike Severns

Mike Severns was elected President and CEO of Mountain States Employers Council effective July 1, 2002. Only the fifth president in MSEC’s 75-year history, Mike joined the company in 1979 out of law school.

                Previously, Mike was Vice President of MSEC having responsibility for the labor and employment law attorneys on the staff, information technology, facilities management and the Council’s Southern Colorado office. Mike began his career with the Council as an attorney in the Labor Relations Department, then moved on to become Director of that department in 1989, before taking on the position of Vice President in 1996.

Employed by the Council for over 35 years, Mike’ legal career focused on representing employers in labor and employment matters; more specifically, unionized employers in union contract negotiations, election campaigns, and arbitrations. He also assisted employers in administrative proceedings that arise before the EEOC, Colorado Civil Rights Division, OSHA, Department of Labor and other administrative agencies. In addition, he counseled and assisted employers with day-to- day employee relations problems.

Mike contributes time and energy to the community through various organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council, Christian Living Communities, Samaritan Institute, Employer Associations of America and Workers Compensation Coalition, as well as serving as an ex-officio Board member of the Colorado Judicial Institute. He is also a member of the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance Leadership Council.  He is serving now as the Vice President of Membership for the Denver Area Council, BSA.  He is past board member and chair of the Employers Associations of America, the national trade association for employer councils around the country, and Denver Kids, Inc.  He is also a past member of the Health Policy Committee of the Denver Foundation.  Nationally, Mike is a past member of the Board of Directors of The National Association of Manufacturers.  He is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and Colorado Concern.

Mountain States Employers Council, Inc. provides over 3,500 member employers of all different industries and sizes with the employment law, human resource, training and survey services needed to build and maintain effective, successful organizations.

Colorado Concern Board
of Directors

Stanton Dodge – Executive Vice President & General Counsel DISH Network Corporation

Steve Farber
President – Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Tim Gill
Chairman – Scytus

Pat Hamill
Chairman and CEO – Oakwood Homes

A. Barry Hirschfeld
President – A B Hirschfeld & Sons

Bill Hybl
Vice Chairman – The Broadmoor Hotel

John Ikard
FirstBank Holding Company

Walter Isenberg
President and CEO – Sage Hospitality

David McReynolds
President – Columbine Health Plan

Larry A. Mizel
Chairman and CEO – M.D.C. Holdings, Inc.

Blair Richardson
Managing Partner – Bow River Capital Partners

Chip Rimer
Senior Vice President – US Onshore Noble Energy

Dan Ritchie
Chairman, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation

Richard M. Sapkin
Managing Principal – Edgemark Development, LLC

Sylvia Young
President and CEO – HealthONE

*Colorado Concern Leadership

John Ikard – Chairman
Roger Hutson – Treasurer
Chip Rimer – Vice-Chair