Ed Wetherbee

Ed is president of Boulder Partners, and co-founder and developer of the Old Sawmill District, a $250M mixed-use urban redevelopment in Missoula, Montana. He is co-founder / Managing Director of the Northern Rockies Regional Center, providing low-cost mezzanine funding for special job-creation and project development opportunities in Montana. He is active on boards of directors and in University of Montana (UM) entrepreneurship programs.

Ed was a partner at Alliance Commercial Partners, focused on alternative investments in a national real estate acquisition and development company managing funds for a prominent private company. He was active in alternative energy start-ups and served several interim roles including president of a Clean-tech fund effort for the World Bank.

As president of Colorado Energy Management, he was an entrepreneurial developer and operator of three innovative utility-scale natural gas-fired electrical power generation projects, and president of a national scale agribusiness company utilizing waste heat from power generation for growing premium branded produce in greenhouses. These companies, together attracting top-tier investors for over $200 million of angel and institutional investment capital, grew to over $75 million of annual revenue and 350 employees.

Ed was a principal in Colorado Venture Management (CVM), a seed and early stage venture capital and business development company. For 20 years CVM supported over 60 companies, in six funds, grow and develop primarily in Colorado, New Mexico and Montana. He advised the Montana Department of Commerce in its Science and Technology Fund. He served on boards of directors, chaired strategic planning and compensation committees, negotiated merger/sale agreements, and served shareholders as 'Seller Representative' post-closings.

He is an advisory board member for UM Student Living, the Technology Transfer Program, a founding member and past-chairman of the UM Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, a UM Executive-In-Residence for entrepreneurship, and he recently joined the Missoula City Council Committee for Development. He has served as director on the boards of many private and public companies, including Big Sky Airlines and Nutritional Laboratories in Montana, the Boulder Children's Museum and Voices for Children (a CASA program) in Colorado, and has assisted in the University of Denver and University of Montana business schools. Ed is a graduate of the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. Ed and his wife, Leslie, live in Missoula, Montana and Boulder, Colorado.