Mike Kopp is the President and CEO of Colorado Concern, an alliance of top business executives with a mission of enhancing the Centennial State’s business climate.
Mike’s career began as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. In Ranger School he seized upon and never let go of the Ranger Creed’s line, “Surrender is not a Ranger word.” He often notes that that phrase has shaped him like none other. Mike also served as a hot shot firefighter.
After his undergraduate work he spent several years in executive leadership positions in ministry and nonprofit work. Mike put his experiences to work as a businessman and for nearly a decade he provided organizational development consulting services around the US.
Mike served on the senior management team of Colorado’s largest electric cooperative where he oversaw the Corporate Affairs Division which provided leadership for its professional development, legislative and regulatory affairs, corporate communications, public affairs and member relations functions.
He won a highly competitive race for a Colorado state senate seat and was re-elected to a second term. During his tenure he was chosen by his peers to serve as Caucus Chairman and Senate Minority Leader. He later won his party’s state convention in a bid to become Governor in 2014.
Mike thrives on challenge and the outdoors. He’s a former Ironman 70.3 and Leadville 100 racer, a hunter, and fisherman. Mike and his family enjoy spending time on their ranch near the Black Hills where their focus is on grass-raised cattle and conservation and trying to keep up with his two chocolate labs.
Mike earned a Masters of Public Administration at CU-Denver and has served on many local boards including his present work as a Trustee at Metro State University and board member at Colorado Christian University and EPIC (Executives Partnering to Invest in Children).