Terry Minger is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Piton Foundation in Denver, Colorado. Prior to his recent appointment as Piton CEO, he served as Chairman of the Piton Foundation Board. The Gary-Williams Company is an established Denver, Colorado energy company, led by oil and gas pioneers Sam Gary and his partner Ron Williams. The Gary-Williams Company has a 40 year history in business and philanthropy, identifying the Piton Foundation as one of its active operating divisions. Minger’s role is to build a strategic link between the business and its community investment objectives – creating successful outcomes for Colorado’s struggling children and families. Minger plans to enlist the broader business community, political leaders, and public institutions in the foundation/company’s initiative in a Denver-Aurora “children’s corridor”.
Prior to this, Terry served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Resource Management (CRM). The CRM is a Colorado-Utah based non-profit organization that, since its’ founding in 1981 by Robert Redford, has been dedicated to environmental problem solving and bringing together parties with divergent, often conflicting interests, to find common ground and reach sustainable solutions.Some of Minger’s accomplishments have included chairing Wal-Mart’s Environmental Advisory Board; leading the Golf and the Environment Initiative; directing the North American Telecommunications Environmental Initiative; co-leading the Western Charter Project with Daniel Kemmis of the University of Montana, and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation; and serving as the Chairman of the Western Consensus Council. In 2002, Minger was appointed Chairman of Three Sisters Mountain Village, LTD in Canmore, Alberta - a 2,000 acre resort centered around health, wellness and adventure. Minger has written two books on the impacts of growth and development in the Rocky Mountain West, and Greenhouse Glasnost, on the United States and Russia’s impact on global climate change. He is founder and Honorary Chairman of the 40 year old Vail Symposium on environmental and development issues facing the West and co-founder of the Western Rendezvous, a diverse gathering of westerners to discuss critical regional issues. He has served on the boards of the Board of Human Services for the City and County of Denver, Mile High Montessori, Colorado Open Lands, the Rene Dubos Foundation, the Piton Foundation, the Stapleton Foundation for Sustainable Urban Communities, Water Watch Partnership, and the Vail Leadership Institute, and the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Commission.
Minger is a frequent writer and speaker on children and families, education, green business, sustainable communities, health and wellness, and global environmental and resource management issues. As CEO of the Center for Resource Management, he organized a “Sustainable Summits” conference held in Vail, Colorado to provide a forum for constructive national dialogue between the ski industry, environmental community, and others focused on sustaining the health of mountain ecosystems; served as Project Director for Wal-Mart’s “Eco-Mart” prototype stores in Lawrence, Kansas; Moore, Oklahoma; and City of Industry, California; organized and co-chaired the First Sustainable Business and Advertising Awards Conference at the United Nations; conducted an environmental corporate assessment of Ben & Jerry’s; hosted the founding conference on “Golf & the Environment” at the Pebble Beach and Pinehurst Resorts; and co-founded Leadership Vail Valley.
Minger received a B.A. in History and Economics from Baker University, an M.P.A. from the University of Kansas, and an M.B.A. from the University of Colorado. He was an urban Executive Fellow, Sloan School of Management at M.I.T., a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University, and a graduate of the Executive Management Program at Stanford University. Minger has taught Environmental Ethics at the University of Denver (DU) and Sustainable Mountain Resort Communities at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Minger received the 1999 Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation Award for his lifelong environmental contributions to the Rocky Mountain West. He also received, along with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Onondaga Nation Chief Oren Lyons, one of the first Solstice “Sacred Mountain, Sacred Earth” Gold Medals in 2005 for his lifetime of service to the environment.