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Timothy Marquez was the founder and CEO of Venoco, Inc., a Denver-based private energy company. In October 2002, Tim founded Marquez Energy, LLC. The company's business plan was based largely upon the success he established at Venoco. The company was merged with Venoco in 2005. Tim began his career in the energy industry as a Petroleum Engineer and held several management positions with Unocal where he worked in California and the North Sea. Tim holds a BS Petroleum Engineering Degree from the Colorado School of Mines. In addition to his success as an entrepreneur and a leader in business, Tim is a well-known philanthropist, who is particularly committed to education. Tim is co-founder and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper of the Denver Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation's mission is to provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships and loans to all Denver public high school students. Additionally, the Denver Scholarship Foundation works with the area high schools to offer academic counseling, college application assistance and guidance, and financial literacy education through "Future Centers" on the high school campuses. Tim and his wife also formed the Timothy and Bernadette Marquez Foundation in 2006. The Foundation focuses on incentivizing big ideas in the fields of education and health care.
Tim also co-founded the Latino Leadership Institute in Colorado along with the Honorable Federico Peña. Tim stays connected to the communities where he lives and works through his involvement in professional, business and non-profit organizations. Tim served as Vice President of Santa Barbara City College Foundation and is past President of the Hispanic Business Council. Tim also served on the board of the Santa Barbara Chamber of Commerce where he was 'Businessman of the Year' for 2001. In 2018 he was selected to the Colorado Hispanic Hall of Fame. He has won numerous business and philanthropic awards and has served on several non-profit boards in Denver, Santa Barbara and nationally. Tim is a 2001 Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.