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Ticket sales for the the second annual Jackson Hole Investor Summit will benefit the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. The host is Jackson-based Convergence Investments. Convergence’s executive team is Steven Melanson, Amy Puccia, Colby Cox, Ben Bartlett, Mathew Lusins and Spencer Van Schaak.

Airport to buy carbon offsets

To further Jackson Hole Airport’s effort to becoming net zero, the board committed to purchasing carbon offsets for all board vehicle and employee commuting miles as well as mileage from the airport’s operational vehicles.

The offsets will be purchased through the Good Traveler Program at rate of $2 per 400 miles driven.

The money will go to certified projects through the Rocky Mountain Institute, the Colorado nonprofit that manages the Good Traveler Program.

“Jackson Hole Airport’s operational vehicles, including all snow removal equipment, are part of this effort,” a press release said. “The airport’s vehicles have been recognized as a ‘Green Fleet’ by Yellowstone-Teton Clean Cities, and this next step will bring all vehicles to a net-zero for carbon emissions.”

Air travelers flying in and out of the airport can also purchase offsets through the Good Traveler Program.

“We use your money to pay for carbon offsets, which are projects that are certified to offset the impact of air or road travel by keeping greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere somewhere else, while doing some extra good like restoring wetlands or growing forests,” the Good Traveler Program’s website reads.

The Rocky Mountain Institute’s mission is “to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and low-carbon future.”

Airports around the world are trying to move toward net zero. They’re reducing their power consumption, buying “green” power, stocking their fleets with electric and alternative-fuel vehicles, and using carbon offsets.

Chance Meeting to focus on teamwork

“Creating high-performance teams” is the topic for the next Chance Meeting, a monthly networking event hosted by Silicon Couloir, a nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship in the region.

The event is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at The Rose. The speakers will be John Kanengieter and Ginny Hutchinson, principals of Zero Point Partners and senior fellows of the Wharton School.

“They work with teams around the globe — from astronaut crews to sports teams to senior executives in the boardroom,” Silicon Couloir said.

The event promotional blurb says: “Creating and being a part of a great team is one thing, keeping them functioning well when times are rough is another.

“The Waterline Model is a tool that helps leaders and groups meet their goals and deal with problems when they arise. We’ll share this diagnostic tool and systematic process for working through the common challenges when teams are having trouble communicating and executing.”

Chance Meetings are free to attend and open to all.

— Staff report

Breakfast chat features legislators

February’s Business Over Breakfast will give attendees an overview of what’s coming up in the state legislative session.

The Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce event is scheduled for 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at The Wort Hotel.

The speakers will be state Sen. Mike Gierau and state Reps. Jim Roscoe, Andy Schwartz and Mike Yin.

The event is open to the public at a price of $16 for members of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce or $25 for others. RSVP to events@jacksonholechamber.com

Investor confab to aid park foundation

An investor conference in March will benefit the Grand Teton National Park foundation.

The second annual Jackson Hole Investor Summit will be held March 4 to 6 at Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole. It’s open to accredited investors; registration costs $375.

“With the help of First Republic Bank, we’re able to donate 100% of ticket proceeds to the foundation as a thank you for the tireless conservation work and education they provide in our beloved national park,” Colby Cox, founder and CEO of Convergence Investments and host of the summit, said in a press release.

The event is described as a “multi-asset class symposium that brings together high-quality alternative investment managers and an invite-only group of family office professionals and high net worth individuals.”

It’s “an opportunity to hear the latest trends from experienced alternative managers across the liquidity spectrum while networking with other sophisticated investors at several exclusively curated pre and post conference events.”

The first conference had 75 attendees and seven managers.

Convergence Investments is a Jackson-based private equity real estate firm. Cox, who is also one of founders of Roadhouse Brewing, will be one of the speakers.

Others include hedge fund investor Chris Hansen of Valiant Capital, venture capitalist Mitchell Green of Lead Edge, family-owned business buyout specialist Brent Beshore of adventure.es, pro sports franchise investor Matt Wan of Causeway Media Partners, and market strategist Mark Wolfe of First Republic Bank.

The keynote speaker will be entrepreneur and venture capitalist Joe Lonsdale, co-founder of Palantir and founder of Addapar and Open.Gov.

For conference details and to register, go to JHInvestorsummit.com.

— Staff report

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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