Business Conservation Coalition Hails Designation of Three New National Monuments

February 20, 2015

Busi­ness Con­ser­va­tion Coali­tion Hails Des­ig­na­tion of Three New National Monuments


Wash­ing­ton, D.C. – The Con­ser­va­tion for Eco­nomic Growth Coali­tion, a new advo­cacy group made up of high-​​profile CEOs and investors today con­grat­u­lated Pres­i­dent Obama on the upcom­ing des­ig­na­tion of three new national mon­u­ments at Browns Canyon in Col­orado, Hon­ouli­uli in Hawaii, and the Pull­man his­toric site in Illinois.


Coali­tion co-​​chair Nancy Pfund, founder of DBL Investors, a ven­ture fund that invested early in Tesla and Solar City, said: “These new mon­u­ments are prime exam­ples of the expan­sion of recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties so impor­tant to the growth and cul­ture of entre­pre­neur­ial, job-​​creating com­pa­nies in the United States.”


Ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist and co-​​chair Tom Baruch, founder of CMEA Ven­tures, a fund that invested in com­pa­nies like Flex­tron­ics and Inter­Mol­e­c­u­lar, said: “When ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists ana­lyze an invest­ment oppor­tu­nity, the prob­a­bil­ity that the com­pany will be able to recruit the best and bright­est to help the com­pany grow is crit­i­cal to our deci­sion. We have found that access to first-​​class out­door recre­ational oppor­tu­ni­ties is extremely impor­tant to these tar­get employees.”


Baruch and Pfund pointed out by way of exam­ple that Browns Canyon is the most pop­u­lar white­wa­ter raft­ing des­ti­na­tion in the entire coun­try. It’s also a great place for hik­ing, back­pack­ing, hunt­ing, fish­ing, snow­shoe­ing, bird­ing, climb­ing and horse­back riding.


The des­ig­na­tion of Browns Canyon alone will mean that Col­orado entre­pre­neur­ial com­pa­nies can more eas­ily attract the financ­ing they need and hire the employ­ees who will help them grow. “That means that the des­ig­na­tion will actu­ally fuel more inno­va­tion,” they said.


The Con­ser­va­tion for Eco­nomic Growth Coali­tion launched in Decem­ber 2014 because of the new dynamic in Wash­ing­ton: both the Pres­i­dent and Repub­li­can Con­gress are moti­vated to sup­port eco­nomic growth before the pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in 2016. This coali­tion believes that con­ser­va­tion of America’s national pub­lic lands is crit­i­cal to the bot­tom line of Amer­i­can businesses.


A full list of cur­rent Coali­tion mem­bers is below. As the Con­gress and the Pres­i­dent are con­sid­er­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to pro­tect pub­lic lands over the next two years, the Coali­tion will work closely with investors and entre­pre­neurs nation­wide to build a voice for the Coalition’s message.




Wendy Abrams of Cool Globes, in Chicago;

Tom Baruch, founder and Emer­i­tus Part­ner of ven­ture cap­i­tal firms CMEA Cap­i­tal and Formation8 in San Fran­cisco, CA;

Tom Din­woodie, for­mer CEO of Pow­erLight (sold to Sun­power), of San Fran­cisco, CA; and

Michael Eynon of Red­Seal Networks;

Robert Keith of Beartooth Capital;

Alex Laskey, founder of Opower;

Jiong Ma of Brae­mar Energy Part­ners in NYC;

Susan Mason of Aligned Partners;

Laura Mather of Uni­tive, Inc. and Co-​​Founder of Sil­ver­tail Systems;

Mark Mendel for­merly of Intel­lec­tual Ven­tures in Seattle;

Nancy Pfund of DBL Investors;

Pete Rive, Founder of Solar City;

Jason Scott of Eko Asset Man­age­ment Partners;

Paul Smith of Los Altos, CA, angel investor and founder and CEO of three entre­pre­neur­ial com­pa­nies, each of which has been acquired or gone public.

Mark Wan of Walden Ven­tures in San Francisco;