Ted grew up on a ranch in Colorado that is still in the family, got his Masters in Industrial Engineering from Cornell, and went on to have a sparkling business career owning several businesses along the way. He had a belt buckle company in his early years and owned and operated Gill & Associates, a SEC/NASD stock brokerage firm, with his father for 21 years before retiring.
Ted’s work represents the best possible blend of American entrepreneurism and volunteerism. Over the years, he purchased numerous buildings in downtown Denver, many of which he rented out to charitable groups. Some were at half the prevailing rent, and some were at no rent at all. His buildings are located in the Art District on Santa Fe, and he worked with several tenants to bring art and art festivals to the community. Ted helped such organizations as The Chicano Humanity Arts Council (CHAC) featuring Latino artists and introduced Latino youth to the power of art. Art from Ashes worked with at-risk youth through poetry, essays, and poetry readings and helps these kids learn the power of writing. Art Street was a third charity Ted worked with, teaching kids computer graphics and helping prepare them for the marketplace.
From art to sport, Ted also helped form the D-Town boxers, an open gymnasium where 40-60 young adults learned how to box under the guidance of a nationally respected trainer. While Ted was at Cornell, he was a coach and boxer in Cornell’s boxing club. Each year, the D-Town boxers qualified 6-8 boxers for the Golden Gloves tournament. The rent, of course, was free, and Ted supported the gymnasium financially so the kids and their families didn’t pay anything for the training or use of the gym.
Ted is a prominent figure in Denver. His work includes helping beautify many sections of the city, starting and running the Top Cop program to honor the best of Denver’s police force, and quietly lending a hand wherever needed. Says Ted: “I’ve been fortunate in my career, and now I enjoy giving something back.”