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Leadership Institute gets a new president

Cliff Thompson

BEAVER CREEK ” After seven years as president John Horan-Kates is stepping down from the helm of the Vail Valley Leadership Institute, and a new president, Clyde Hanks, is taking over.

His departure as president should free up time to try to build a national and international organization like the renowned Aspen Institute, which has offices in Europe and in Washington, D.C.

Horan- Kates, who is one of the founders of the nonprofit organization, will remain with the Leadership Institute as a founding trustee and will take on new duties aimed at expanding the organization.

“I am very pleased with this move,” Horan-Kates said. “It takes a huge load off my shoulders and will allow me to focus on funding, the fuel that will help the institute to really fly.”

Part of that flight will be toward expanding the scope of its programs from local and regional into national and international, Horan-Kates said. But unlike the Aspen Institute, which no longer has it main office in Aspen, the Leadership Institute will remain in Beaver Creek, he said.

“We want to make it our version of the Aspen Institute,” he said. “We want to make sure locals embrace the institute here.”

For the common good

The Leadership Institute is dedicated to cultivating ethical, effective leaders who serve society for the common good, Horan-Kates said.

Last summer the institute allied itself with Beaver Creek Resort, which provided the nonprofit group with office space, meeting space and funding.

In return, the institute will host its numerous seminars and forums at the resort, bringing both visitors and business to the resort.

Horan-Kates said he will be focusing his fund-raising efforts on businesses and residents of the resort as well as securing corporate sponsorships for individual programs, he said.

Two of those programs are already drawing international attention, Horan-Kates said.

“Changing the Game” is a program for corporate executives that explores how to instill ethical behavior in corporate culture. It is in its third year.

And “Beyond Compliance” is a roundtable for corporate directors that explores the behaviors behind sound, ethical governance, Horan Kates-said. The roundtable will be hosted by Robert Howell, a visiting professor from the Tucks School of Business at Yale.

Deep background

New president Hanks will work closely with Horan-Kates, and will be responsible for all operational and executive duties. He will oversee the Center for Corporate Change and Center for Community Leadership, among other programs.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be joining the VLI,” Hanks said. “It’s a fabulous organization with a strong track record in educating community and corporate leaders in ethical leadership.”

With more than 20 years of health care administration experience, Hanks joins the Leadership Institute after founding Managed Care Fundamentals, an Avon-based health care consulting business.

Hanks also has been a senior vice president of operation for SelectCare, a Troy, Mich.-based health maintenance organization.

He holds an MBA in finance from the Wharton School as well as masters degrees in physiology and electrical engineering from Cornell University.

He teaches math at Colorado Mountain College and coaches girls basketball at Battle Mountain High School.

Hanks and his wife Natalia have three daughters. Natalia is director of development and membership for the Vail Valley Foundation. Hanks is an avid skier and hiker and a novice fly fisherman.

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com

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