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CEO, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
Former FBLA National President
J. J. Ament is the Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation – the largest privately funded and governed economic development organization in Colorado. The EDC leads efforts to recruit and retain companies, talented workers, and capital investment in the Metro Denver region of Colorado.
For three years running, U.S. News and World Report has named Colorado’s Economy as #1 in the United States. With experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, J. J. brings a unique combination of expertise to his role. A fifth-generation Colorado native, he grew up on his family’s farm and cattle ranch. J. J.’s primary career was in investment banking, where he participated in more than $15 billion of transactions for projects throughout the United States.
A year after leaving Wall Street, he was named CEO of the Metro Denver EDC, serving an area that represents two thirds of Colorado’s population and 75% of its GDP. Since his appointment, the Metro Denver EDC has helped facilitate the creation of more than 14,000 new jobs and over $800 million of capital investment in the region. He has worked with companies like Amazon, VF Corporation, Slack, Smuckers, United and Southwest Airlines, Lockheed Martin, Google, and many others. He has led multiple international trade missions on four continents – and has flown over 1 million miles on United Airlines alone.
He has been married to his wife Nicole for 25 years, and together they have a college-bound 18-year old and high school sophomore twins.