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  • RAS and Extreme Community Makeover Team Up to Improve a Denver Neighborhood

    Continuing a strong tradition of community outreach, RAS & Associates recently volunteered with Extreme Community Makeover of Denver. Five RASers rolled up their sleeves on August 13th to work with a homeowner in the West Colfax neighborhood to pull weeds, fix fence gates, clean out the garage and beautify the overall appearance of the property.


    “When we heard about the great things ECM is doing, we had to get involved,” said Brandon Baker, Manager at RAS. “As a Denver-based firm, we’re very interested in improving the neighborhoods around us and helping the local residents participate. I’m proud of the effort and teamwork of my fellow RASers.”

    Extreme Community Makeover is a movement of volunteers working in partnership with residents of specific Denver neighborhoods to complete home and neighborhood improvement projects. These projects include graffiti removal, landscaping, painting, yard work or other projects identified by the residents. To learn more visit http://www.extremecommunitymakeover.org/

  • RAS Team Completes 3rd Habitat for Humanity Build

    Habitat April 2016On April 2nd, a team of RASers spent a portion of their Saturday partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver to conduct our 3rd Habitat build. This time our efforts were focused in Englewood, CO.

    “After every build we have so many funny stories to share with the rest of the team.” said Anne Marie, lead of Recruiting at RAS, “It’s all about who had the chance to work with power tools, who spilt the paint, who ended up needing a band-aid; things like that. It’s an opportunity for us to further invest in Denver’s community, but also an excuse for our team to get together and have a good time.”

    Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver was established in 1979 by a group of passionate volunteers and celebrated the construction of their 600th home in 2016. To learn more about group volunteer opportunities, visit https://www.habitatmetrodenver.org/.

  • RAS Team Supports Front Range Hippotherapy at Boulder Derby Party

    front range hippotherapyOn May 7th, RAS team members dressed to the nines (Derby style) in support of Front Range Hippotherapy at the 2016 Boulder Derby Party. While watching the 142nd Kentucky Derby and taking in the view from the West Club Lounge at Mile High Stadium, our RASers enjoyed live music, gourmet food and drinks (mint juleps!) live and silent auctions, and a bit of casual betting. Sponsors included organizations like Inspriato, GTRI, Bentley Denver, and Ferrari of Denver.

    Rob Swanson, RAS’ CEO, was the lucky winner of a fighter jet ride over the Colorado rockies. He’ll be suited up and prepped for an intense ride of high G turns, wing overs, steep climbs, barrel rolls and loops in a T5 Hunting Jet Provost.

    Boulder DerbyFront Range Hippotherapy, located in Longmont, Colorado, has been providing physical therapy options for individuals with mental and physical disabilities since 2006. However, it takes quite a few resources to support 10 horses, a specialized staff, and year-round facilities. Simply put, they need our help to continue improving the lives of others. Learn about this non-profit’s horses, therapists, and success stories at http://www.frontrangehippotherapy.org.

    To learn more about the Boulder Derby, visit http://www.boulderderby.com/.

  • RAS Runs With Tennyson Center Tigers In Color Me Rad 5K

    Aaron Wilson, an Associate at RAS & Associates, dedicated a Saturday color me rad 2morning to running with the Tennyson Center Tigers in the 2015 tour of the Color Me Rad 5K. The Tennyson Center for Children is one of Colorado’s leading treatment centers for emotionally and crisis-affected children and youth. The RAS team often visits the Tennyson Center’s Stepping Stones Cottage and truly enjoys the events this flourishing organization attends and organizes. Rob Swanson, RAS’ CEO, is also on the Board of the Tennyson Center.

    The Color Me Rad 5K tours the nation celebrating the winter’s end and spring’s beginning. The tradition is loosely based on the Hindu Festival of Colors (Holi). Throughout the run, attendees are coated with multiple variations of coloring at eight different stations. They ultimately finish the race completely tie-dyed. At the finish, runners celebrate with music, food, and a party! Before year’s end, the race will stop in 30 towns. To learn more or sign up, visit https://colormerad.com/locations/.

    To learn more about the Tennyson Center and how you can help, visit http://www.childabuse.org/.

  • RAS Team Places First In Colfax Relay Marathon For Second Time

    For the second year in a row, team Kick Some RAS won the Professional Services and Products division of the Colfax Relay Marathon with a time ofColfax Relay 3:25:23. Second place went to the Mountain States Employers Council and third place went to Wakely Consulting Group. The RAS team donated their winning funds of $1,250 to the Colorado Canine Rescue at the June 24th awards ceremony. The rescue is a small group run entirely by volunteers in the Denver area who rescue dogs from overbooked shelters.

    2015 marked the 10th anniversary of the Kaiser Permanent Colfax Marathon. The Marathon, which has various divisions and variations, runs through major Denver landmarks and attractions like Sports Authority Stadium, the Denver Zoo, Confluence lake, and more. This year, 170 charity partners supported the marathon and served as an option for the top 60 winning team’s charity of choice. The number of charity partners increased from 130 in 2014.

    Colfax Relay 2015In the Corporate Cup, teams of five from organizations that are categorized by industry split 26.2 miles. The 2015 industries included Accounting, Construction/Engineering, Consumer Services/Products, Energy/Environment/Geology, Financial Services, Healthcare, Legal, Manufacturing, Nonprofit (non-healthcare), Professional Services/Products, and Hi-Tech/Telecom.

    Mark your calendars! The next Colfax Relay Marathon will take place Sunday, May 15th, 2016. Since Trip Adviser named the Colfax Marathon of the best marathons in the nation, you should take a look. Learn more at the run and how your company can get involved at RunColfax.org.

  • Next Energy + Tech Mashup Will Be February 3rd – Join Us (And The Governor)!

    Governor John Hickenlooper will be sharing a few words at the start of the first Energy + Tech Mashup of 2015.

    The Energy + Tech Mashup is a showcase of these two Colorado industries and creates Image 1a strong forum for entrepreneurs, industry leaders and…our Governor! A panel of leaders from oil and gas-related companies will relay problems that their companies face. In turn, a panel of notable local tech entrepreneurs will ask questions to help define the opportunity being presented, provide insights about possible approaches, and generate creative potential solutions. The goal is to initiate collaborative relationships between members of each industry, and to encourage cross-sector engagement to create innovative ideas to move both industries forward.

    TDenverPetroleumClub9x10bannerHighReshis Energy + Tech Mashup’s Presenting Sponsor is the Denver Petroleum Club (DPC). Established in 1948, the DPC facilitates economic growth of the oil, gas and energy industries through a series of programs and events for its more than 800 members. The DCP will be hosting the event at their offices on 1325 Glenarm Place in downtown Denver. The DPC provides both networking and educational events as well as programs that focus on continuing education and leadership development.

    Also singed-on as a Supporting Sponsors are PetroDE and Google! California based Google has made its own incredible impact on Colorado’s tech growth. Their entrepreneurial mentality has impacted the way our state communicates and shares information. PetroDE is making it’s way as the world’s first petroleum decision engine. Their cloud-based platform drives collaborative, data-informed decisions at the executive level.

    GoogleEach of these industries have incredible strengths and helpPetroDE set Colorado apart as one of the strongest economies in the nation. Also, both of these industries face unique challenges and have developed unique strengths. Click here to join the conversation and be a part of the solution with local entrepreneurs, industry leaders and our Governor.

    Colorado is uniquely positioned to become the leader in this space. By leveraging the strengths of two of our state’s strongest industries, this event will help us continue to push the growing power of our economy.

  • Make An Impact This Holiday Season!

    Here at RAS, we’re especially active in our community and local charities during the holiday season. We polled our employees and compiled a list of our favorite and most impactful charitable activities during the holiday season. We know that holidays are a busy time, so the list below is specifically tailored for the busy, yet charitable professional.

    -Get Fit at the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot-

    When: November 27th, 2014
    Where: Wash Park
    What: Want to burn some calories before the big Thanksgiving feast? Participate in Mile High United Way’s annual Turkey Trot.  The $45 fee for the 4-mile run around Wash Park will go directly toward Denver’s community with a focus on School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency. If running is not your thing, volunteers are needed to help with the 10,000+ people who enter race.
    More Info: http://www.unitedwaydenver.org/turkey-trot

    -Build Your Community with Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver-

    When: Monday – Saturday, 8am to 4pm
    What: Volunteer individually or bring a group of 10 coworkers to spend a day working Toy Drive Donation Boxalongside the future homeowners to complete a house. Habitat for Humanity sells houses at cost to prospective homeowners who volunteer and attend workshops on responsible home ownership.
    Cost: Free to volunteer. During spring and summer it costs $2,500 to sponsor a corporate group but the fee is waived during fall and winter.
    More Info: Trisha Koizumi – trisha@habitatmetrodenver.org720-496-2717

    -Host a Virtual Food Drive at Food Bank of the Rockies-

    What: 1 in 7 Coloradans worry where their next meal will come from. Help those less unfortunate out by hosting a free virtual food drive with your company or neighborhood. Directly donating money to Colorado’s largest food bank allows FBR to buy food items in bulk, making your donation go much further!
    More Info: Set up your virtual food bank here: http://fbr.convio.net/site/TR/Events/General?fr_id=1050&pg=tgreeting

    -Dine with Denver Rescue Mission-

    What: Volunteer to prepare or serve food at either of the Denver Rescue Mission locations in Park Hill or Downtown. Alternately, donate to the Denver Rescue Mission to feed 15 people for $28.80. You may also drop off a turkey directly at the Denver Rescue Mission locations in preparation for their Thanksgiving Dinner.
    Contact: Jenn Darden, (303) 953 3954,  STV@denrescue.org   http://www.denverrescuemission.org

    -Go Local: Find a Charity in Your Neighborhood-

    What: Are you looking to make a greater impact in your community? Check out Charity Vault for a categorical list of the charities listed by town and city.
    More Info: http://www.charity-charities.org/charities/CO.html

  • RAS & Associates Places 1st in the Professional Services Division of the 2014 Colfax Marathon

    colfax 2014The RAS & Associates’ team loves to run! Steve Mihan, Tony Mauro, Thayer Hirsh, Ryan Guest, and Steve Storer ran the 2014 Colfax Relay Marathon in 2:56:41. This time placed the team in first for the Professional Services and Products division. Second place went to OpTUMal Stride and third place went to UPS Just for Fun.

    In the Colfax Marathon, companies can compete in the Corporate Cup Relay. In this relay, 5-member teams who fall within ten different industry groups take on the 26.2 mile marathon and compete for cash awards that are donated to charity on the company’s behalf. During the relay, runners pass some of Denver’s biggest landmarks like Mile High Stadium, the Confluence, Sloan’s Lake, downtown, and the historic Colfax Avenue.

    Colfax relay smallerRAS & Associates decided to donate their $1,250 funds to the Colorado Canine Rescue, a small group run entirely by volunteers in the Denver area who rescue dogs from overbooked shelters. OpTUMal Stride donated to Brent’s Place and UPS Just for Fun (who donated to Domus Placis Family Respite)

    To view the full list of industry divisions and top-placing teams, visit the Corporate Cup Winners page.

  • Governor Hickenlooper Speaks to Case for Colorado Success in Post Event Video

    Case for Colorado 12.25The 2014 Case for Colorado was created to showcase the top-performing students from Colorado’s leading universities; the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business, Colorado State University’s College of Business and the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. The competition encouraged teams of select, high-achieving students to compete against their peers by developing Smaller ad CRED edited 2creative solutions to some of Colorado’s most prevalent Energy issues.

    RAS & Associates and the Western Energy Alliance provided a forum for select students and industry leaders to examine and discuss the Energy issues currently affecting the state of Colorado.




  • The Denver Business Journal Recognizes the 2013 Partners in Philanthropy Through Video

    swanson with creditFollowing the Denver Business Journal’s Partners in Philanthropy Giving Guide Celebration, a video recognizing Denver’s most philanthropic was added to their website. The video features Rob Swanson, RAS & Associates’ Founding Partner and the Corporate Citizen of the Year, as well as the Partners in Philanthropy winners; Comcast Corporation, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and the Galloway Group. Take a look at this inspirational video by clicking here.

  • RAS Hosts a Table at the Tennyson Center for Children’s 2013 Denver Dinner

    photo1552The Tennyson Center for Children hosted another successful Denver Dinner! The 36th annual Denver Dinner gala, “Puttin on the Glitz”, had 1,300 in attendance and raised a total of $534,000 (that is over $100,000 more than last year).

    Rob Swanson, RAS & Associates’ Founding Partner and CEO, was a proud table host for the second year. Rob actively raises awareness about the Tennyson Center’s mission and efforts through his board participation.

    “Even as a board member, I am constantly surprised at the amount of support the Tennyson Center is able to provide to Colorado’s children in need.” Rob said. “This event puts children in a safe environment, offers them a quality education, and provides endless emotional support. It is hard to pass up any opportunity to help this organization.”

    If you’d like to learn more about the Tennyson Center, their Denver Dinner, and how your organization can get involved please visit www.tennysoncenter.org.

  • RAS & Associates Participates in the Colfax Marathon Relay

    Colfax RelayClose to 8,400 people took the “ultimate urban tour” through Denver last Sunday morning by either running in the marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, or 10-miler. Marathon relay scenery included Sports Authority Field, Sloan’s Lake, Denver Fire Station #1, the Platte, and Cherry Creek parks. The RAS & Associates’ team had a great time completing five-leg 26.2 marathon relay along-side 700 other runners in the pristine morning conditions. Completing the race in 3:32 with an average team pace of 8:07 placed the RASassinators in the top-twelfth percentile for the 2013 marathon relay. We’re looking forward to running a third time in 2014!

    To see 2013 Colfax Marathon results and photos click here.

  • RAS & Associates Participates in DCP Midstream Charity Golf Tournament

    DCP GolfDENVER, Colo.- Founding Partner Rob Swanson of RAS & Associates, a strategy and management consulting firm headquartered in Denver, announces the firm’s participation in the 2nd Annual DCP Midstream Charity Golf Tournament held on May 20 on the championship 18-hole Pete Dye golf course at Glenmoor Country Club in Cherry Hills. This event is among the top fundraisers supporting the 2013 American Heart Association (AHA) Denver Heart Walk, raising a total donation of $600,000 this year.

    DCP Midstream Partners LP (NYSE:DPM), the largest producer of natural gas liquids and a leader in the energy industry, is partnering with the Denver American Heart Association to raise awareness about heart health and good lifestyle choices with the Annual DCP Midstream Charity Golf Tournament. Read More

  • American Heart Association and DCP Midstream Partners Encourage Denver to “Learn and Live”

    AHADCP Midstream Partners, the largest producer of natural gas liquids and a leader in the energy industry, is dedicated to the corporate health and wellness of their 3,200 employees. This is why the Denver headquartered business is partnering with the Denver American Heart Association (AHA) to raise awareness about heart health and good lifestyle choices with the 2nd annual DCP Midstream Charity Golf Tournament.

    Last year, the event raised $465,000 for the 2012 AHA Denver Heart Walk while thirty-six of DCP Midstream’s strategic partners played on the popular Glenmoore Country Club golf course. This year’s event, taking place May 20th on the same course, will prove to be among the top fundraisers supporting the 2013 Denver Heart Walk. RAS & Associates is extremely excited to participate in the tournament for a second year.

    Companies like DCP Midstream help the AHA reach their ambitious 2020 goal of “improving the health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stoke by 20%”. An organization like AHA who thrives off training, fundraising, and research welcomes the support of organizations that encourage their employees to invest efforts in the community and corporate health initiatives. For more information on the Denver AHA and their upcoming efforts to improve the nation’s health, please visit their websites at www.heart.org/denver or http://www.heartwalk.org. To learn more about DCP Midstream and their upcoming community events, please go to their media relations page at www.dcpmidstream.com.

  • One Stair Step At A Time – The American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb

    FAC image (2)Trekking up 56 flights of stairs, or 1,098 steps, is no easy task. But for those participating in the 8th annual Fight for Air Climb; let the training begin!

    Early Sunday morning on February 24th an anticipated 2,400 individuals ages 14 and up will take charge of the tallest building in the Rocky Mountain West to support advancements in the battle against lung disease. The Fight for Air Climb, which for the last two years has been the largest stair climb in terms of participants and funds raised, started in 2005 as a method for raising national awareness and support. The American Lung Association (ALA) has celebrated an increase in participation and proceeds every Fight for Air Climb the past seven years. From what we’ve heard, the ALA has no intention of letting the tradition end. Organizations known for their continuous support in this event are Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Encana Oil & Gas.

    All proceeds from the climb stay in Colorado and are distributed to various ALA programs which support any number of initiatives from smoking prevention classes and research funding to decreasing Denver’s air pollution through alternative fuel. Proceeds may come from donations, however; climbers are asked to individually raise at least $65.00 before taking their first steps up the Republic Plaza building. But don’t be discouraged by this! The event’s website offers plenty of tips and information to support anyone fundraising for their participation in the climb.
    If you or your organization is interested in taking a stand for lungs, it’s not too late! Head to www.fightforairclimb.org by February 15th to learn more about participation and sponsorship.

    American Lung Association in Colorado
    For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association in Colorado has been the lead organization working to prevent lung disease and promote lung health. Lung disease death rates continue to increase while other leading causes of death have declined. The American Lung Association of Colorado funds vital research on the causes of and treatments for lunch disease. With the generous support of the public, the American Lung Association of Colorado is “fighting for Air.” For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA or log on to www.lungcolorado.org

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