Meet the MBO Team
Rosy Aburto McDonough
Rosy Aburto McDonough has been a business consultant and mentor throughout her professional career. McDonough has extensive experience as an independent consultant for the Colorado SBDC office in the Disaster Recovery, Connect2DOT, and general financial consulting programs state-wide. She is also an affiliate faculty at Regis University Dual Language Program, where she teaches strategic management, business sustainability, and accounting. She is the former Associate Director of the Denver Metro SBDC and lead finance consultant and trainer in the areas of strategic management and operations, financial analysis and funding sources, personal and business credit, and business development. She facilitated Leading Edge Programs, financial literacy, QuickBooks, and principles of accounting courses for various SBDC’s throughout the state.
Rosy achieved her bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science (Applied Mathematics) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Her graduating dissertation was Risk Management. Rosy completed an MBA with emphasis in Finance and International Business at the University of Colorado at Denver. She has entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has owned several businesses throughout her life. Her latest initiative, a credit reporting agency serving the mortgage lending and property management industries nation-wide in the U.S., and various Latin American markets. Her banking experience includes community development, specialty/minority markets, corporate relations, credit analysis, lending, and business banking.
Rosy was born and raised in Mexico providing her with a deep sense of biculturalism. She spends most of her free time with her three girls and husband. Her home is a tri-lingual and culturally diverse household with special interest in learning languages and diverse Chinese and Latin cultures and traditions.
Ulises Fernandez is an entrepreneur and former administrator of a nonprofit organization. In his work as an administrator he has lead teams in project, event, and fund-raising development. While through his entrepreneurial work he has focused on growing small businesses and diversifying their investment portfolio. He has been able to accomplish this through his strategic and innovative approach to problem solving, process improvement skills and vigor for growth. While performing this work he has fostered global relationships that have created opportunities to work on various projects.
Ulises has experience in building relationships in the Middle East in the countries of Qatar and Saudi Arabia as well as in China and India. These relationships have opened opportunities for the development of infrastructure projects such as in electricity transmission and distribution projects, marketing of oil & gas products, and large-scale construction by forging relationships for clients through local partnerships. Ulises has lived in Mexico City, China and in various parts of the United States, this experience along with extensive travel has provided him an understanding and embrace for cultural diversity.
He holds a Master’s degree from the business school of the University of Colorado, Denver specializing in Global Energy Management. Ulises has also received an International Trade certificate through the World Trade Center Denver and is also working on a Global Business Professional Certificate (CGBP) from Nasbite International.
Suraya Brohmer has served in a diverse array of immigrant communities throughout Colorado. Suraya, previously served as the coordinator for a nonprofit organization that assisted Immigrants and Refugees resettle in the United States. During this time, she has had the pleasure of meeting many people from different backgrounds who all shared stories of struggle, trauma and heartache. Their stories inspired her to become more involved with other communities who shared similar stories.
At a very early age Suraya has always shown interest in politics and international affairs. This deepen her knowledge and understanding of cultures, governments and political systems around the world. This led her to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in both Political Science and International studies from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Suraya comes from a multicultural background and is fluent in English and Somali. She is also knowledgeable in Arabic studies.
Suraya’s extensive travels include regions in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa. Her travels allowed her to develop and appreciate homogeneous and multi-cultural societies, as well as different languages and religions. Traveling around the globe has given Suraya a deeper appreciation of the many different people who inhabit our planet and the opportunity to create memories for a lifetime.
The MBO utilizes a group of professional contractors with experience in various areas related to certifications and government contracting. Review the bios below for detailed information on their areas of expertise and prior experience.
Talia Bond, an expert in business, marketing and translations, is a business consultant for the MBO. Prior to working for the MBO, Talia worked as an operations manager for Iron Mountain Inc. and other Fortune 500 companies in leadership positions where she successfully developed her employees.
Talia is a recipient of multiple corporate awards that recognized her performance in operations, sales, leadership and quality. While working and being a mother of two, Talia got her MBA and certification as a professional translator. Her passion is to help her community and does that by volunteering with the City and County of Denver as a board member of the Spanish Language Voting Advisory Board (ACCESO). Talia also teaches business and marketing at Regis University in the Dual Language Program.
Talia is the owner of TPB Professional LLC and her company is certified as M/WBE, DBE, EBE and SBE. She offers translations solutions and business/marketing consulting services. She is known as a team player and an energetic, engaging and driven leader. One of her favorite hobbies is to hike the Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs.
Since 2001, Mark Gittes has served as President and General Manager of COHH, Inc., a Colorado-based apparel company whose clients include Boot Barn, Overland, Orvis, Neiman Marcus, J. Peterman, and Territory Ahead.
From March 2015 to Jan 2018, Mark held the position of Associate Director and Lead Consultant for the Boulder Small Business Development Center. During that time, he was an integral part of the team that led the organization to its recent nomination of “National SBDC of the Year.”
Prior positions with Colorado corporations include Senior Financial Analyst at ChannelPoint, Inc., Lead Analyst for Latin America at Formus Communications, and Director of Finance at DCN Technologies.
He also served as a Manager with Culpeper Financial consulting group and worked as a Foreign Markets Analyst with Scudder, Stevens & Clark in Boston.
Mark holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and speaks fluent Spanish.
Roy Griggs is the President/Owner of the Business Coaches of America (BCA), LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in helping companies win government business. BCA’s capabilities include Business Development/Capture, Proposal Development, and Strategic Planning. Roy has over 43 years of combined military and defense industry experience
Roy is a retired Colonel and his military experience includes over 26 years in the U.S. Air Force, working in Space Operations, Missile Operations and Maintenance, Strategic Planning, Integrated Logistics Support, and education and training. He also has 17 years’ worth of experience with defense contracting in Business Development, Capture Management, Proposal Development, Program Management, Systems Engineering Technical Assistance, and Strategic Planning. Roy has contributed to the growth of many businesses and has won contracts totaling over $3 billion.
He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education, Mississippi Valley State University; a Master’s Degree in Music Education, Wichita State University; a Master’s Degree in International Relations, Salve Regina University; a Master’s Degree in National Security Management, Naval War College; and 30 hours toward a Ph.D. in Counseling and Guidance, Louisiana Tech University.
Andra L. Hargrave is a military service disabled veteran who served in both the U.S. Army and the Minnesota Army National Guard. He has over 20 years of state and federal business development expertise and is helping businesses with state and federal certifications through the MBO.
His expertise includes serving as the Director of Certification for the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council, the Federal Procurement Representative for Colorado U.S. Department of Transportation Small Business Resource Center, a former federal procurement consultant for North Dakota State SBDC Lead Center, North Dakota Center for Innovation as well representing several individual centers including Boulder, Pueblo, Colorado Springs, Grand Forks, Devils Lake, Grafton and many others. Andra is a former Denver SBDC Consultant of the Year, Colorado SBDC Consultant of the Year and has helped the Colorado based companies secure in exceed over $47 million in state, federal and corporate awarded contracts.
Andra is the Colorado SBDC Veterans’ Representative and also serves on the Colorado Department Transportation’s Connect2DOT program and works with the Colorado SBA Veteran’s Boots2Business program. He is a registered procurement analyst and his knowledge of federal set-asides, certification, and acquisition strategies.