John Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur who recently added 'author' to his resume with the publication of his forthcoming memoir, "The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics." He champions innovation, collaboration and efficiency. When he was inaugurated governor of Colorado in 2011, having run on his history of collaboration for community good, he became the first Denver mayor to be elected governor in 150 years. He also became the first geologist to become a governor in the history of the nation, and the first brewer since Sam Adams in 1792. Again he has recruited talent from all quarters, and is redefining the relationship between a state government and its business and civic communities. Since taking office in 2011, the Governor and his team have endeavored to make Colorado the most pro‐business state, with the highest environmental and ethical standards. He is a great believer that governors, far more than Congress, can revive American democracy.