J. J. Ament serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation
As CEO, Ament leads the organization in its mission to attract, expand, and retain top businesses in the region. He and his team convene regional economic development partners to develop retention and attraction strategies, execute international and national branding campaigns, serve as resources for business research and economic data, and develop strategies to effectively market the region to businesses and employees across the nation and world.
Ament is a former an investment banker who specialized in public finance. In his role, Ament structured and executed sophisticated and complex financial transactions for governments, quasi-public agencies, and public-private partnerships throughout the United States. During his career, Ament participated in transactions totaling over $15 billion.
His clients included governors, state treasurers, large municipalities, higher education institutions, state departments of transportation, and public pension systems from throughout the country. He financed more than $2 billion in unemployment insurance benefits, which saved employers hundreds of millions in employment taxes. He was actively involved in developing the plan for the $1.5 Billion National Western Center in denver.
Ament served for six years as a member of the Colorado Economic Development Commission working to enhance Colorado’s business climate for new and existing companies. Both political parties recognize him for his business and financial expertise (he was appointed to the EDC by a Republican, but has been reappointed three times by Democrats). In 2016 his colleagues on the commission selected him as Chairman.
Ament serves on numerous boards and advisory councils. He is a life member of the National Western Stock Show Association, the Denver Agricultural & Livestock Club, and The University of Colorado Alumni Association. He is an active member of the South Suburban Christian Church and is involved in many other civic and charitable organizations.
Ament is a former chairman of the Colorado Municipal Bond Dealers Association, and is a graduate of the civic programs Leadership Denver and 50 for Colorado.
Ament graduated in 1994 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, with emphasis in Finance. At CU, he was a scholar in the Presidents Leadership Class.
Ament grew up on an 1800-acre farm & cattle ranch in Northeast Colorado. He and his wife, Nicole, a real-estate shareholder with the law firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber & Schreck make their home, with their 15-year old daughter, Elli, and 12-year old twins, Sydney & Sam, in Littleton, Colorado.