Tate comes to the ABC Rocky Mountain with experience in public policy, business development, and strategic design. He has led both nonprofit and for-profit organizations and served the people of Colorado both as a state senator and state representative.
“Jack’s background and proven success in business development, workforce development, coalition building, and public and legislative affairs, are exactly what ABC Rocky Mountain needs,” said 2024 ABC Rocky Mountain Board Chair Morgan Lysohir. “We are thrilled that he is bringing this leadership and experience to our organization and to help us advance and serve our members.”
“My strengths align with those most essential to invigorating the membership of ABC, enhancing value to its members, and leading stakeholders through an economic environment of increasing friction,” Tate said. “I believe my unique background of developing relationships, influencing and driving decision making, and creating public policy will come together to continue the success of this important organization.”
Tate’s most recent experience includes leading nonprofit organization Imagination Library of Colorado, which focuses on increasing literacy and kindergarten readiness throughout the state of Colorado by ensuring all young children across the state may participate in the flagship program of Dolly Parton’s Dollywood Foundation.
Prior to his nonprofit experience, Tate served as Colorado State Senator for six years, personally carrying more than 105 pieces of successful bipartisan legislation, all signed into law. Legislation covered issues of workforce development, professional occupations, economic development, and business regulations, to name a few. In addition, he served in the Colorado House of Representatives role for a year, where he began his track record of solving financial problems, creating economic and workforce development pathways, and was a champion of skilled workers.
Finally, having a 25-year business career in the commercial and industrial buildings market (both as a construction contractor and supplier as well as an existing building services provider), Tate appreciates how construction industry objectives interact with public policy, whether from the perspective of having a skilled workforce to that of maintaining a business-friendly environment.
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Tate holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Duke University, as well as a Master of Science in finance and a Master of Business Administration in marketing from The University of Colorado.
Tate succeeds Interim CEO Randy Sewald and Executive Vice President Dennis Walker, who have led the organization since July 2023.