Meet Kay Henze, Director of Business Innovation & Partnerships

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The Colorado Broadband Office (CBO) continues to provide innovative solutions to achieve our statewide charter of expanding broadband coverage and quality for all Coloradans, and is on track to achieve our objective of providing broadband access to 92% of our population by June of 2020. Building upon this positive momentum, please join me in welcoming technology and telecommunications industry expert, Kay Henze who has joined the CBO as Director, Business Innovation & Partnerships on July 8, 2019.

Kay in an innovator and business builder with 26 years of leadership experience driving the mass adoption of emerging technologies, while building high-performance teams and strategic alliances across Fortune 15 (VZ), mid-cap (Zayo) and startup (SectorSeven) companies. Kay joins the CBO from SectorSeven, a five-year old start up in the secondary market for smartphones, where as President, CEO and Executive Board Member she transformed the company through expanding strategic partnerships by more than 500% (from two to over eighteen) in ten months, while simultaneously implementing processes to follow all standards as outlined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accredited R2:2013 responsible recycling certification. 

Prior to joining SectorSeven, Kay led the nine states that constituted the Rocky Mountain Region, Fiber Solutions for the Zayo Group, as Senior Vice President, serving government, commercial, wireless, content, technology, and healthcare industries. Additionally, her team built new technology tools that enhanced the accuracy of fiber inventory, go-to-market plans and alliances with several Colorado municipalities. This set of work built upon Kay’s 20+ year career with Verizon Wireless where she held a series of progressive leadership positions across multiple geographies, including serving as President of the Houston/Gulf Coast Region and CMO for the Northeast Area, where she led the building, operating, monetizing and mass consumer, enterprise, and governmental adoption of wireless networks.

Since moving to Colorado in 2016 with her Colorado native husband, and their twin boys, Kay has been actively engaged in the community, serving as an Advisor for the Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, a Board Member for KidsTek, and until November 2017, a member of the Executive Committee for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. An avid hiker and runner, who has completed multiple state sections of the Appalachian Trail, Kay is also in pursuit of Running the Year, 2019 miles, with a four person team this year. She is thrilled to bring her dynamic background in technology to the State of Colorado to help ensure that all Coloradans have access to high-speed, affordable broadband.