William P. Marino, entrepreneur, community organizer, writer, and public servant, is a founder of The Creativity Lab. In addition, he leads the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District and is a champion for 40 West Arts District in Lakewood, Colorado. Prior to creating The Lab and spearheading the BID and 40 West Arts initiatives, Marino built and sold three companies in the publishing and technology sectors, served as a two-term planning commissioner, and chaired numerous task forces on economic development, community planning, and land use. As a lifelong student of creativity and quantum physics, he seeks unifying solutions through a process he calls “purposeful friction”—a collision of contrasting views combined with a collaborative convergence of creative and critical thinking, which despite inevitable uncertainty, unleashes the potential for ground-breaking outcomes. Marino, recipient of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts John Madden Leadership Award in 2015, earned his BA degree in language arts from the University of Central Florida, attended the University of South Florida for graduate studies in linguistics and Seton Hall University's Masters of Strategic Communications and Leadership Program. A published author and frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, business strategies, and community engagement, Marino sits on the boards of 40 West Arts, Metro West Housing Solutions, West Colfax Community Association, and a number of start-up companies.
Why is Marino The MADman? MAD is an acronym, a simple reminder and guiding principle for his life: "Make A Difference."
Kevin Kazuhiro Yoshida, entrepreneur, architect, and designer, joined with Marino to co-found The Creativity Lab. Yoshida, a Denver native who received his architectural degree from the University of Southern California, returned to practice architecture in Colorado in 1994. He has owned and led design firms since 1996 and is currently founder and CEO of Ideate Design. He has earned a reputation as an insightful designer who upholds both ethics and aesthetics. Yoshida leads with a belief that the rigor of design thinking and the design process can transcend and redefine the problem at hand in order to reveal solutions that are transformative and revolutionary. He is focused on developing relationships with people and organizations that share the core values of questioning, challenging, and disrupting the status quo. Yoshida’s current work integrates artfulness and regenerative design to make incremental improvements in the fabric of urban revitalization to become more environmentally and socially responsible. His current design methodology is a dynamic fusion of sketching and computer visualizations and is being applied to a variety of project scopes and scales, from urban design to infill housing to 24-hour place-making to strategic planning. As an active advocate for his community, Yoshida serves as the Board President of the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District and is on the Board of Directors for 40 West Arts District.
Why is Kevin "Doctor Y-not"? Ideas that change our world often start with challenging the status quo and asking: "why not?"
Dr. Ruth Holden is an entrepreneur and professor at Rocky Mountain College of Art+Design, with a Doctorate of Business Administration from Argosy University. Holden believes that creativity is the driving force behind her study and practice of business management; "my success is attributed to unconventional wisdom and creative thinking". These attributes infuse my business thinking and classrooms with fresh approaches to improvement and growth. I believe the classroom and work should be fun and aim to bring a balance between the business and the creative." She is an Independent Business Consultant that developed her business acumen in the Retail & Hospitality Industry, Wholesale Horticulture Industry, and from 9 years as a Small Business Owner in the fashion industry. Her research and project-based inquiries investigate unconventional wisdom, linear and nonlinear thinking, living systems, and focused study in managing creativity.
Why is Ruth "Doctor Ruthless"? Caring means saying it like it is and driving individuals to be there best.
As serial entrepreneurs, subject matter experts or both, the Creativity Lab’s “Masterminds” bring a deep understanding of the entrepreneurial experience and the requirements needed to scale a business. Individually and collectively, this group plays a key role in mentoring our early-stage entrepreneurs and guiding the overall trajectory of the Lab.
The Creativity Lab Masterminds:
Jeff Donnelly, CEO
David Evenson, CEO & Chief Strategist
Dr. Brandon Foor, Professor & Instructional Designer
Park University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
Lonnie Hanzon, Creative Wizard
Margaret Hunt, Director
Colorado Creative Industries | Office of Economic Development & International Trade
Warren Jones, CPA - Managing Partner
Warren Jones & Associates
Dan Lundin, President
Banner Signs & Decals
Christopher Marconi, MBA
Michael W. Mask, Information Technology Operations (retired)
Dustin Monroe, Division Manager
Bob Murphy, Former Mayor | State Director
City of Lakewood | AARP Colorado
David L. Rein, Jr.
Erickson Kernell IP, Trademarks & Copyrights
Craig Rouse, Graphic Designer
Ron Seigneur, MBA, CPA/ABV ASA, Managing Partner
Seigneur Gustafson LLP
Rick VanDyke, CEO
Stu Wright, Senior Vice President - West Market
Tom Yockey, President
Broad Street Ventures
Vanessa Zarate, Economic Development Specialist
City of Lakewood
John Armstrong, International Business
Adjunct Professor, School of Mines