Dustin Kelley

Director, Northwest SBDC

As Chief Innovation Officer, Dustin leads strategy, change, customization, development, learning and delivery of Vail Centre programs and initiatives serving to advance mid-career professionals.  Further, Dustin is both the co-founder and operator of the Vail Centre’s BaseCamp for Entrepreneurs’ network of facilities designed to centralize the region’s entrepreneurial stack around innovation and resiliency.

Dustin is a consummate entrepreneur balancing on a continuum between academia and practicum. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Entrepreneurial Leadership concentration from Regent University, an MBA from Regis University and a Bachelor of Science with a Marketing and Economics concentration from Colorado State University.

Dustin’s focus is building economic stamina and ethical leadership practices through his work with startup ventures, franchises, nonprofits, boards and strategic think tanks. Dustin serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Sioux Falls teaching sales, marketing, entrepreneurship and leadership. He is also a published author in such academic journals as Leadership Advance Online and Emerging Leadership Journeys with primary research focus on purposeful disruption. Further, Dustin is certified in Inside First, Lean Six Sigma, Kauffman FastTrac New Venture, Tech Venture and Growth Venture programming.  Dustin also serves as the Northwest Regional Director for Colorado’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and America’s Small Business Development Center network (ASBDC).

As the former Executive Vice President of the Vail Leadership Institute, predecessor to the Vail Centre, Dustin oversaw the Exploring Potential high school character development program, maintained the Leaders Network, was the liaison for the White River Council of Mentors and Advisers, initiated and facilitated the expansion of key Institute programs, and oversaw managers on other Institute endorsed initiatives. Dustin’s past experience includes CEO of Scarpa LLC operating franchise units in conjunction with Global Franchise Group.  Dustin has also worked in advertising and media for Comcast Spotlight, AT&T Media Services and S&D Direct. In addition, Dustin serves as a board member and investor for various startup ventures and community organizations.

Drawn to the active outdoor lifestyle, Dustin spends his free time skiing, mountaineering and mountain biking with his wife and kids.