Jay Hardy Starts as McWHINNEY’s Vice President of Community Affairs
LOVELAND, CO – APRIL 18, 2007 – As a long-time community leader in Northern Colorado, McWHINNEY is pleased to announce Jay Hardy has started as its Vice President of Community Affairs. As the former Director of The Ranch/Budweiser Events Center, Hardy brings over fifteen years in a dynamic background of facility management, special event development and management, public/private partnerships, marketing, and community building.
Charged with representing McWHINNEY while maintaining constructive relationships with government officials along with community business leaders, Hardy will work closely with McWHINNEY’s Centerra team. As Vice President of Community Affairs, Hardy will also work closely with other McWHINNEY team members including Rocky Scott – President of Centerra, Jack Wolfe – President of Commercial and Mixed Use Development, Tom Martin – General Manager, Grand Station, and Wendy Ellis – Vice President of Marketing.
Additional major responsibilities include orchestrating programs and events at Centerra, which will be geared to build the community brand and enhance a sense of community.
“Jay will bring a palpable energy to our company and to our goal of creating great places for people,” said Rocky Scott, President of Centerra. “He has a special way of bringing people together and has a deep background in community building events and programs. We are excited to have him on the team and working towards making Centerra a top destination in Northern Colorado.”
“I am thrilled and honored to be joining the McWHINNEY team,” said Jay Hardy, Vice President – Community Affairs. “The company has a long-standing commitment to top-quality, sustainable development that integrates a fabled experience. I am looking forward to forging a new path of greater community connections and relationships for McWHINNEY.”
Hardy comes to McWHINNEY after spending five years at The Ranch/Budweiser Events Center as Director. At The Ranch, Hardy managed all aspects of the largest public construction project to date. He supervised and managed over 1,100 events and meetings annually while securing a contract with Embassy Suites to a construct a $62 million public/private hotel/conference center project.
Career highlights beyond seeing The Ranch being built from the ground up include efforts to construct the Thomas M. McKee 4-H, Youth & Community Building, creating the Thunder in the Rockies motorcycle rally, bringing professional hockey and women’s basketball to Northern Colorado, and orchestrating The Ranch and the Budweiser Events Center as the largest renewable energy user in the City of Loveland.
Prior to his time at The Ranch, Hardy worked as Executive Director at the Fort Collins Downtown Development Authority and as the Executive Director of the Fort Collins Downtown Business Association. Hardy got his career start at Colorado State University as the CSU Athletics Marketing Coordinator and Event Manager.
Hardy earned his Bachelor Degree from Colorado State University in 1990 and his Master of Arts Degree in Athletic Administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1992.
McWHINNEY, headquartered in Loveland, Colorado, is a team of talented people who are passionate about creating great places for people and providing fabled service to our customers. We develop innovative and sustainable master-planned communities and vertical commercial and mixed use projects. Since 1991, McWHINNEY has planned and developed more than 5,000 acres in several master-planned communities and over 3.3 million square feet of vertical commercial and mixed-use properties throughout the Rocky Mountain region and on the West Coast. For additional information, visit www.mcwhinney.com.