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Insights into Colorado's Advanced Industries
Courtyard Denver Cherry Creek
1475 S Colorado Blvd, 11th Floor
Denver, Colorado 80222
Wednesday, July 17, 2024, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MDT
Category: Programs

Join SMPS Colorado for their Advanced Industries luncheon program in July. The panel discussion will feature experts from advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and related organizations, providing an insightful overview of innovation in this exciting sector, particularly in the state of Colorado. The panelists will delve into the evolving landscape of aerospace production and discuss key challenges and opportunities for collaboration between industry, government, and A/E/C firms.

Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about Colorado’s burgeoning role as an innovation hub within the advanced manufacturing and aerospace sectors.
  • Receive valuable insights into the evolving landscape of aerospace production, shedding light on emerging trends, technologies, and best practices shaping the industry’s trajectory.
  • Discuss the importance of collaboration between industry, government, and A/E/C firms, emphasizing the need for strategic partnerships to address key challenges and capitalize on opportunities for growth and innovation.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the future outlook for advanced manufacturing and aerospace in Colorado, with panelists offering valuable insights into potential growth areas, project opportunities, and pathways for continued success.
  • Tim Heaton, President, Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association
  • Maraia Tanner, CEO, Star Harbor
  • Mike Narum, COO, The CPI Group


Brian Konczak, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Science + Technology
MOA Architecture

As a Principal at MOA, Brian is a leader who encourages new solutions and ideas within his project team. He has experience on a wide variety of project types and delivery methods, which provides him with special insight into the potential pitfalls and challenges of complex projects. Brian has specific expertise in the design/build delivery method, having managed multiple award-winning design-build projects, including a recipient of the DBIA National Award of Excellence. As the Director of Science + Technology, Brian focuses on projects for clients with specialized, technical spaces, including everything from laboratories to manufacturing facilities.

More About the Speakers

Tim Heaton
Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association

Tim Heaton is the President of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Association (CAMA), where he leads strategic initiatives in collaboration with the Board of Directors to enhance the organization's direction and services for its manufacturing members. With over twenty-five years of manufacturing expertise spanning from concept validation to large-scale capital development and product innovation, Tim combines his background in economic development and governmental affairs to advocate for Colorado manufacturers at both national and state levels. Previously, he held roles in Washington, D.C., including positions with the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and has been recognized for his contributions to industry through awards such as the Federal Laboratory to Industry Technology Transfer Award from the Colorado Technology Transfer Society.

Maraia Tanner
Star Harbor

Maraia Tanner is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of STAR HARBOR™, overseeing its growth since its inception. With a background in astrophysics from UC Berkeley and UC Irvine, Maraia previously contributed to major aerospace projects at TRW and Northrop Grumman, including work on NASA/JPL missions and large-scale defense payloads. She led efforts in conceptual systems engineering for missions like Mars Sample Return and Space Interferometry and was a Mission Engineer for Sensoria I, a pioneering analog crew simulation in Hawaii. Maraia's career spans bidding on multimillion-dollar contracts, founding a marketing consulting firm, and coaching zero-gravity flights. She is dedicated to advancing climate solutions, sustainability, and diversity in STEAM fields while pursuing her pilot licenses in Colorado, where she lives with her family.

Mike Narum
The CPI Group

Mike Narum is the Chief Operating Officer for the CPI Group. The CPI Group is based out of Denver but executes customer programs and projects nationally for our High Tech and Healthcare customers. CPI's larger market segments include Aerospace, electronics manufacturing-semi conductor, food & beverage, as well as life science facilities, medical equipment, and healthcare facility planning. Mike is a native to Colorado with a background that includes prior roles as a general contractor, developer and now oversees CPI's Program Management team and strategies.


Ticket Prices
$80 Members Only
$110 Non-members


CEUs Available: 1, 3 Client and Business Development

Note: Only SMPS Members may register at member pricing. All ticket prices increase $25 on July 13.
Finding it difficult to allocate funds for SMPS programming and/or membership? The Colorado Believes page program is rooted in our core values of learning, commitment, and community through charitable giving, membership sponsorships, scholarships, and industry engagement. This program is also part of our efforts to help diversify membership and help provide opportunities for BIPOC individuals and DBE, WBE, MBE, VBR, and LGBTBE firms to elevate their marketing efforts while helping your company save. Please email SMPS Colorado’s admin for reduced pricing and scholarship opportunities.

If you are a member of another SMPS Chapter and would like a member rate, please email the admin. Job seekers, students, and other new professionals, please visit our Colorado Believes page for details on our student membership programs and professional development scholarship opportunities. Refunds are available if submitted to the admin one week prior to the event.