Denver Area Council – 2017 Outstanding Eagle Scout Awards

R Alan MagnusonAlan Magnuson – Eagle Scout Class of 1970

Alan began his Scouting adventures when he joined Pack 86 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Scouting was a family activity as his mother and father served as adult leaders. Alan earned the rank of Eagle as a member of Troop 91 in December of 1970.  His Eagle Scout Service Project was organizing the volunteer communications corps for the 1970 National Explorer Olympics held at Colorado State University. (We used bicycles to shuttle event standings to headquarters for compilation . . . well before the days of hand held computers, cellphones, or Wi-Fi.)

Alan served as Junior Leader at Philmont, the 1969 National Jamboree, and the 1971 World Jamboree in Japan. His interest in nature and conservation lead him to Ben Delatour Boy Scout Camp as Assistant Nature Director. He represented Longs Peak Council at the National Explorer Congress, Washington D.C., received the Vigil Honor in 1972, and earned a Silver Palm. Hiking with the Fort Collins Emergency Medical Explorer Post ignited a spark to complete the ascent of all of Colorado’s Fourteeners!

A 1980 conversation with a Mountain Bell Vice President began Alan’s adult Scouting involvement in Denver. He was asked to help with the “In School Scouting” program started in the Frontier District. He began a relationship with many wonderful volunteers and professional Scouters in Frontier District and the Denver Area Council, serving Frontier District in a number of roles including District Chairman. Alan has served on the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council since 2010. He has been active on the Eagle Scout Recognition Banquet and the NESA and Scouting Alumni Committees. He received the Silver Beaver Award in 2010. At Philmont Training Center, he staffed the Alumni/NESA course and attended Key 3 Leadership and Alumni/NESA classes.

Alan and his Large Business Sales teams supported customers worldwide for 36 years at Mountain Bell, AT&T, US WEST, Qwest, and CenturyLink. He had several special assignments including Loaned Executive to the Colorado Governor’s office, World Alpine Ski Championships, and World Youth Day.

Alan is recognized across North America and internationally for his contributions to the MG car hobby. He has been Chairman of the North American MGB Register, served on the N.A. Council of MG Registers, and is the N.A. Liaison to the MG Car Club of England. These not for profit organizations promote and seek to preserve MG: the Marque of Friendship and the Sports Car America Loved First.

He has been active at Winter Park Resort on the board of the National Sports Center for the Disabled and as a Mountain Host. He has served on the Foxfield Town Council and held leadership positions in the City Club of Denver, Optimist International Colorado Wyoming District, and the Masonic Lodge. Alan is a Deacon in the Presbyterian Church, has participated in numerous committees, ushered, and met his wife Laura while each volunteered at Vacation Bible School.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichael G. Severns – Eagle Scout Class of 1967

Mike Severns was elected President and CEO of Employers Council effective July 1, 2002. Only the fifth president in Employers Council’s 78-year history, Severns joined the company in 1979 out of law school. Previously, Severns was Vice President of Employers Council having responsibility for the labor and employment law attorneys on the staff, information technology, facilities management and the Employers Council’s Southern Colorado office. Severns began his career with the Council as an attorney in the Labor Relations Department, then moved on to become Director of that department in 1989, before taking on the position of Vice President in 1996.

Employed by the Employers Council for over 38 years, Severns’ legal career focused on representing employers in labor and employment matters; more specifically, unionized employers in union contract negotiations, election campaigns, and arbitrations. He also assisted employers in administrative proceedings that arise before the NLRB, EEOC, Colorado Civil Rights Division, OSHA, Department of Labor and other administrative agencies. In addition, he counseled and assisted employers with day-to-day employee relations problems.

Severns contributes time and energy to the community through various organizations. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council, Christian Living Communities, Samaritan Institute, Workers Compensation Coalition, and the Employers Association of America, as well as serving as an ex-officio Board member of the Colorado Judicial Institute. He is serving now as the Vice President of Membership for the Denver Area Council, BSA. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Employers Associations of America, the national trade association for employer councils around the country. He is a past board member and Chair of Denver Kids, Inc and the Samaritan Institute. He is also a past member of the Health Policy Committee of the Denver Foundation.  Nationally, Severns is a past member of the Board of Directors of The National Association of Manufacturers. He is a member of the Colorado and Denver Bar Associations and Colorado Concern.

Employers Council provides over 4,000 member employers of all different industries and sizes with the employment law, human resource, training and survey services needed to build and maintain effective, successful organizations.

Matthew StavaMathew N. Stava – Eagle Scout Class of 1985

In 2002, Matt co-founded Spinnaker Management Group. The company has evolved over the past 16 years through acquisitions and start-ups to 4 different operating companies including IT staffing, management consulting, returns management operations, and software maintenance.

Matt is CEO of Spinnaker Support, the third-party software maintenance business. Spinnaker Support is the fastest growing software support and managed services provider in the Oracle and SAP user space. Under Matt’s leadership, Spinnaker Support has over 500 clients with offices in Denver, Mumbai, London, Singapore, Seoul, Moscow and Tel Aviv.

Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Kansas, and studied international finance for one year in London on an exchange program. He is currently involved in numerous charities, including the Denver Area Council, Boy Scouts, and serves as treasurer and board member of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). Outside of his time at Spinnaker Support, he enjoys family time, golfing, and skiing.

Matt is an Eagle Scout from the Indian Nations Council in Tulsa, OK. He was 13 when he achieved the rank of Eagle, and at the time was one of the youngest ever to achieve the rank of Eagle in the council. He joined the Executive Board of the Denver Area Council in 2009, and became the Arapahoe District Chairman. In 2012 he moved into the Council role of Vice President of Operations and joined the Board of Trustees.


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