Opening Luncheon




Peter H. Coors is Chairman and Chief Customer Relations Officer of Molson Coors Brewing Company. He is an engineering graduate of Cornell University and a business graduate of the University of Denver. Pete has spent his entire career in the beer business. He serves on the Board of Directors of Energy Corporation of America and American Enterprise Institute. He is president of the Adolph Coors Foundation. He also serves on the Board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and the National Western Stock Show.

Pete is the son of Joseph and Holly Coors, and is a great-grandson of Adolph Coors, who founded the Golden brewery in 1873. He and his wife, Marilyn, have six children and 13 grandchildren.


Darcy Olsen is the former CEO of the Goldwater Institute. The Goldwater Institute is “simply in the liberty business,” writes Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will, and “there’s no institution in the country that performs that business better.” Olsen’s leadership was critical to the Institute’s rise, including the enactment of hundreds of reforms across country and the enforcement of constitutional rights in state and federal courts.

Under Olsen’s direction, the Goldwater Institute developed the Save Our Secret Ballot initiative, a successful nationwide effort to protect businesses from labor union card-check, as well as Right to Try, a measure giving terminally ill patients access to potentially life-saving medicines. A graduate of Georgetown University and New York University, Olsen is a foster mother and an adoptive mother of three.


Guy Benson is the Political Editor of and a Fox News Contributor. A leading millennial conservative voice, Benson appears regularly on national radio, including “The Hugh Hewitt Show” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Forbes named him to its “30 Under 30” law & policy list in 2015. Benson graduated with honors from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2007. He currently resides in Greater Washington, DC with his puppy.


Chip was born and raised in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. He has a total of 34 years of oilfield experience. He began his career in 1983 with ARCO Oil & Gas Company in Denver where he served as a drilling and completion engineer. In 1986 he moved to Midland, Texas working in the production and drilling departments for ARCO. In 1990 he was transferred to Lafayette, Louisiana as a Senior Operations Engineer. His focus was GOM shelf and high pressure onshore areas. In 2000, Chip worked for Aspect Resources as Drilling Manager. In 2002, he was hired by Noble Energy as Drilling Manager for their U.S. Onshore Region. His present assignment is Senior Vice President of Noble Energy’s U.S. Onshore which includes DJ Basin, Marcellus, Eagle Ford and Permian areas.


Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe, and the company’s licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than five million readers.

In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense. He is the author of several books, most recently Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming the Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity.


Colorado Attorney General Cynthia H. Coffman serves as the state’s 38th Attorney General. Since she took office in January 2015, General Coffman has focused on community outreach, consumer protection and protecting public safety and Colorado’s sovereignty. A native Missourian, General Coffman graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983. She worked in development for children’s hospitals and pediatric research for several years before completing law school at Georgia State University College of Law in Atlanta in 1991. As Colorado’s Attorney General, Cynthia H. Coffman maintains a commitment to her office’s mission of providing ethical, professional and independent legal services to the State of Colorado and all of its citizens.