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27th Annual Rocky Mountain Mortgage

Friday, January 5, 2018 – Exhibitor and Sponsor Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Freeman starts accepting shipments on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 and the final shipping deadline is Thursday, April 4, 2018. Sports Authority Field at Mile High does not accept shipments. All materials must be shipped through Freeman.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Freeman Discount Price Deadline. Freeman will provide exhibitor support services for the Lenders Expo. Review the exhibitor guide for booth and venue details.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 – Hotel Room Reservations Deadline


For your convenience, Hyatt Regency Denver offers both valet and self-parking options based upon availability. Underground, covered self-parking is located off 14th and Welton Streets. The parking office for vehicle departure is adjacent to the parking elevators on the lobby floor.

Parking Fees:

  • Self-parking: $35 for 5+ hours and overnight per night until 12:30pm on departure day
  • Valet parking: $49 for 6+ hours and overnight per night until 12:30pm on departure day
  • Late checkout fees for vehicles parked past 12:30pm on scheduled departure day may apply

Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5pm MST – Expo printed program guide deadline for sponsors and exhibitors. Exhibit spaces purchased after Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5pm MST will not be included in the printed program guide.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – Deadline for Freeman shipping. Sports Authority Field at Mile High does not accept shipments. All must be shipped through Freeman.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 5pm MST – Deadline for exhibitor staff name changes and submissions. Unused remaining passes cannot be redeemed on the day of the event.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 5pm MST – Deadline to register for expo online, sponsor, and purchase exhibit space. Exhibit booths purchased after Friday, March 23, 2018 at 5pm MST will not be included in the printed program guide.

Luis Benitez

Director or the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

"Discover Your Everest"

Over the course of a decade, Luis Benitez has quietly emerged amongst a growing field of climbers as one of the more experienced, respected and busiest professional guides and leadership development consultants in the world. Throughout his career, Luis has summited the top of the famed “Seven Summits” a cumulative 32 times, including being a six-time summiteer of Mt. Everest.

Between managing expeditions on some of the most remote peaks in the world, while consulting with a deep and varied group of clientele, Benitez works to tie the lessons available from the outdoors and carry them back to the everyday challenges of life and business during his keynote presentations and seminars.

In 1992, Benitez was hired by the well-established leadership development school Outward Bound Professional in Colorado. He initially conducted courses in various mountaineering/climbing/skiing techniques, all with the fundamentals of leadership, communication, and problem solving at the core of the Outward Bound curriculum. To this day Benitez serves as a Board Member for the Colorado Outward Bound School. More recently, Luis served as the COO for Adventure Consultants (AC), a highly respected New Zealand-based expedition firm with a long and storied history of leading trips on Mt. Everest. AC was founded by the legendary guide Rob Hall, whose ultimate peril was heavily documented in the book “Into Thin Air,” and the movie Everest. Benitez has also had the opportunity to climb with the blind athlete Erik Weihenmayer on his historic 2001 Everest summit, chronicled in the feature film “Farther Than the Eye Can See” and also in Erik’s book “Touch the Top of the World”. Benitez has reported from Mt. Everest for ABC-TV News, and has filmed segments for National Geographic on Mt. Everest.

At the heart of his career, Luis has always focused on teaching as well as serving. Some of his most rewarding work has been to help create the nonprofit “Trekking For Kids”, which focuses on service based expeditions allowing participants to climb and trek while teaching them about local issues like housing and healthcare for orphans around the world, as well as Warriors to Summits, a nonprofit focusing on serving returning Veterans by connecting them with the outdoors.

Throughout all of this, Benitez has managed and led programming in Ecuador and Chile for the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Benitez has currently grown to have a deeper investment in public service 1st by serving as a Town Councilman in Eagle, Colorado and now currently serving as the 1st State Director for the Outdoor Recreation Industry office for the State of Colorado.