Board of Directors
The amazing Wish for Wheels Board is steering the mission through heart power leadership.
As Manager of Social Investment, Amanda leads the charitable giving and volunteer efforts for Occidental Petroleum Rockies Region. She brings more than 13 years’ experience in corporate philanthropy, marking and public affairs across several industries. She previously served on the board of the Public Education Business Coalition, is a member of the Mile High United Way Campaign Chairs Council and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and Junior Achievement.
Amanda was introduced to Wish through her work at Occidental Petroleum and it only took one bike build and give to get her hooked. “I will never forgot the immense joy and excitement filling the gym at my very first bike give. Seeing the children try their new bikes for the first time was extremely rewarding, but I was most touched by the gratitude of their parents and caregivers.”
Lance founded Livestrong, a nonprofit to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer. Through his involvement Livestrong raised over $500MM in 15 years and serves over 3MM people dealing with cancer.
Lance is a managing partner at NEXT VENTŪRES, a venture capital firm designed to maximize growth opportunities in the exploding sports, fitness, nutrition and wellness markets. Lance currently hosts THEMOVE, a podcast that provides analysis of stages of the Tour de France and other cycling and endurance races. He also hosts a podcast called THE FORWARD where Armstrong interviews authors, musicians, athletes, politicians, and influencers from all walks of life
Greg Greenwood (nicknamed “Woody” since childhood) is the CEO/Executive Director of the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network Colorado. A veteran Coloradan entrepreneur, Greg has founded several companies including those in technology, manufacturing, distribution, motorsports, retail, services and non-profit—and like all entrepreneurs, has seen a variety of successes and failures to keep him humble. Greg’s entrepreneurial energy was passed on to him by his father at the age of eight years old when he started his first business mowing yards and selling hanging baskets and bags of kindling firewood in his Little Rock, Arkansas neighborhood.
Greg most recently sold comCables in 2013, a network infrastructure manufacturer and low voltage distributor he founded in 1999, to The Audax Group, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the founder and CEO of Idella Wines, a boutique winery in Napa Valley, California, and is the co-founder and Chairman of Colorado Thought Leaders Forum. Greg is a past board member of Colorado Companies to Watch, Sun Valley Youth Center, Here’s Life Inner City, Colorado Uplift and Racing to Save Lives. Greg is also an active angel and private equity investor as well as serves on several private company boards.
Greg is married to his wife, Tammy, of 21 years. While he is passionate about his entrepreneurial and business endeavors, his other life interests include building community relationships, investing in inner-city-at-risk youth, reading, cycling, SUP surfing and enjoying wine.
Jeff Gardner, affectionately called El Jefe by his friends and colleagues, is currently General Partner at Springtime Ventures where he invests in seed stage companies in the Rocky Mountains. He also serves on the boards of PestRoutes, Active Soul, WishList, ThrivePass and Wish for Wheels. Prior to that, El Jefe played as CEO of Zen Planner for six years. He had the pleasure of building an amazing team and high-performance culture that delivered compound annual growth of more than 50% annually during his tenure. El Jefe was excited that he was able to deliver investors a ‘crazy good’ return while having a blast. Previously, El Jefe held executive positions at smaller technology & payment companies (ThrivePass, PaySimple and Pendum). Prior to realizing how much he enjoyed working with early stage companies, El Jefe worked for several larger corporations (GE, Avaya and Qwest).
El Jefe’s professional passion is developing great talent and building great companies. He is notorious for creating insanely fun and highly innovative work environments. El Jefe holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance & Accounting from Penn State and an M.B.A. from University of Virginia’s Darden graduate school of business. When he is not helping to grow great people and companies, he is likely out on an adventure with his wife and 3 teenagers. He can often be found mountain biking in
the Utah desert, stand-up paddle boarding Colorado whitewater, backcountry skiing, or riding motos.
Greg Anton, a past chairman of the AICPA, is a founding partner of ACM, a Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Regional CPA firm with offices in Denver, Boulder, Northern Colorado, and Laramie, Wyoming. Greg has been actively involved in the Colorado nonprofit and philanthropic community. He is a founding member and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Executives Partnering to Invest in Children (EPIC); serves on the Board of Trustees for the Mile High United Way; and is a member of the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, Rocky Mountain, Inc.
Brad is the brain behind the bike — the one who makes it all happen — the visionary. He founded Wish for Wheels in 2004 and works tirelessly toward our mission of bringing kids’ dreams a new set of wheels. According to Brad, Wish for Wheels is special because it allows kids to experience the freedom, independence and success of riding a bike. He enjoys mountain and road biking, and bike rides with his two daughters and son. Brad’s favorite movie is Breaking Away – he loves it when the Italians come to town.
Thank you to all the past Board Members for be being a part of Wish for Wheels.
- Bruce Bendell
- Nicole Hebert
- Brad Licht
- Brad Iskiyan
- Sean Ring
- John Genell
- Scott MacDonald
- Jeremy Schwartz
- Ashely Oliver Kappel
- George Stein
- Doug Hawkins
- Trisha Emish
- Ben Lieb
- Chris Cord
- Justin Moss
- Marcus Robinson
- Dustin Palmer