Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed two prominent Denver businessmen to the Metropolitan State College of Denver Board of Trustees.
Walter Isenberg, a longtime Metro State supporter, and John (Jack) Pogge (rhymes with "bogey") will serve four-year terms on the Board of Trustees.
Trustees meet several times throughout the year to set official policies that govern the College’s finances, resources, academic programs, curriculum, admissions, mission, personnel and other issues.
Isenberg co-founded Denver-based Sage Hospitality and serves as its president and CEO. The company owns and operates hotels in 23 states and specializes in the operations, development and capital transactions of hospitality real estate. Isenberg oversees all of the company’s property management, development and finance.
Isenberg, who graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, sits on the Marriott International and Starwood Owner advisory boards. He also is chair of the Hotel and Hospitality Learning Center campaign committee. The hotel, a SpringHill Suites by Marriott, will be managed by Sage Hospitality.
Recently, Isenberg was inducted into the Denver & Colorado Tourism Hall of Fame, the Denver travel industry’s highest accolade. He also serves on the boards of Visit Denver, the Downtown Denver Partnership, The Children’s Hospital Foundation and Colorado Concern.
Most recently, Pogge served as president and COO of CSG International Inc., a provider of outsourced billing, customer care and other services supporting North America’s convergent broadband and direct broadcast satellite markets.
Before joining CSG, he was chief counsel of mergers and acquisitions and vice president of corporate development at U S West and vice president and general counsel for Applied Communications Inc.
Pogge earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Houston, and a Juris Doctorate from the Creighton University School of Law.
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