Joining the Gates Center for Regenerative Medicine in December 2013, Mr. Gardner brings 25 years of operating experience with technology, manufacturing, and financial service companies. Prior to joining the Gates Center, Tim was the CFO and Vice President-Business Development at Boulder Ionics, a specialty chemical manufacturer providing electrolytes for advanced energy storage. At BI he negotiated three rounds of financing including a $4.3 million venture capital investment and established a joint development agreement with JSR Energy. He also assisted with acquiring license rights for composition of matter with both Hydro-Quebec, the state owned utility of Quebec, and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia’s national science agency. Prior to joining BI, Mr. Gardner was a founding partner with Cache Creek Partners, a consulting partnership that accelerates growth and profitability for mid-size companies. Mr. Gardner also served as COO and CFO in the turnaround and sale of Compositetek, a contract manufacturer of carbon fibre components and former subsidiary of StorageTek. While serving as Vice President of Sales for Global Commerce Systems, an e-commerce software company, he helped secure a $7.5 million investment by GE Capital and negotiated a $9 million development agreement with GE Card Services. Mr. Gardner began his business career as a commercial loan officer at the Harris Trust and Savings Bank (now Bank of Montreal) in Chicago, IL.
Tim has been involved with a number of non-profit organizations since he moved to Denver in 1985. He served as President of the Board of Trustees at St. Anne’s Episcopal School for six years and is currently Chairman of the Board of the Southwestern Foundation. He was also a board member at the Kempe Children’s Foundation from 1984 to 1992. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In his free time Tim enjoys flying, sailing, skiing and fly-fishing.