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Mayor Hancock Nominates John Ikard and Lucia Guzman to the National Western Center Authority Board

DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today nominated John Ikard and Lucia Guzman to serve on the National Western Center Authority Board. The nominations will fill the vacancies created by the departures of Board Chair Joe Garcia, who is departing due to his obligations as Chancellor of the Colorado Community Colleges System, and Board member Jacque Hinman, who is completing her one-year term on the board.

“John and Lucia have served the people of Denver for decades. I have no doubt that they will help to continue and elevate the course we have set for the National Western Center as a community asset that will support the residents and neighborhoods here for generations,” Mayor Hancock said.

The Mayor continued, “Joe and Jacque have been phenomenal partners on the Board as it got up and running, and I thank both for their service and commitment to the people of Denver.”

Ikard, who has been nominated to replace Garcia as Chair of the Board, previously served as President and CEO of FirstBank Holding Company from 1999 to 2017, and currently serves on the FirstBank Board of Directors. He is also the past chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver Area Boy Scout Council and Denver Economic Development Corporation.

Sen. Guzman is currently completing her final term in the Colorado Legislature as the State Senator representing District 34 in northwest and west Denver. First been appointed to the position in 2010, while in the State Senate she served as minority leader from 2015 to 2018 and president pro tempore from 2013 to 2014. Sen. Guzman previously served on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education from 1999 to 2007 and was appointed executive director of Denver’s Office of Human Rights and Community Partnerships in 2003 by then-Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Per the framework agreement between the city, Colorado State University and National Western Stock Show Association, the National Western Center Authority is governed by a Board composed of 13 members: 11 voting members and 2 non-voting members.

The nominations of Ikard and Guzman are subject to approval by City Council.