Dacorum is a name blended with the word "Decorum" meaning - behavior in keeping with good taste/propriety" and "Arete" which is the Greek word meaning - the excellence of any kind. And that is exactly what the team at Dacorum Strategies™ brings to every engagement; excellence in good taste to ensure lasting success!
Since Legalization began of cannabis (marijuana and hemp), our founders have worked tirelessly on two very different sides of the equation, but both keenly tuned in on public health and safety, consumer protection, and building an industry following the rule of law.
Todd Mitchem and Donald Rosier met when Don was a sitting County Commissioner for Jefferson County Colorado, and Todd operated within the marijuana industry as a lead consultant for government affairs/community outreach for one of the largest brands in the industry, The Green Solution. Right away their similar interests as well as expertise in a variety of professional settings,settings made them the perfect team to take these industries to the next level. Each with a personal connection and passion to seeing both cannabis and hemp flourish in the mainstream; they made a decision to join forces and build Dacorum based on their shared principles for collaboration, excellence in business, and an overall focus on strategic outcomes.
It all began with the idea that government and community efforts could best operate with reason, strength, diplomacy and a sense of excellence for each client. Dacorum's team all believe in this same philosophy.
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Managing Partner and Co-Founder
Before becoming a managing partner at Dacorum, Donald Rosier successfully served two terms as Jefferson County Commissioner. Jefferson County Colorado is home to over 560,000 residents and thousands of businesses with a yearly budget of approximately $580,000,000. The county commissioners act as the governing body of the county. They are elected at large to four-year terms and enact policies such as the establishment of the property tax rate and the adoption of the budget. They adopt ordinances or local laws that affect citizens living in unincorporated Jefferson County.
He was elected Jefferson County Commissioner (District 3) in November 2010 and won re-election to another four-year term in November 2014.
While commissioner he served on numerous boards and commissions including the following:
• Boundary Control Commission
• Colorado Counties, Inc. Legislative Committee
• C-470 Corridor Coalition board member
• Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) board member
• DRCOG Administrative and Executive Board member
• Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee
• Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation Board
• Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority Board - Chairman
• Noxious Weed Advisory Board
• Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee
• Jefferson County Transportation Action and Advocacy Group (JEFFTAAG) – Chairman
• I-70 Mountain Coalition
• Chairman of the Land Use and Natural Resource Steering Committee – Colorado Counties Inc.
• DRCOG Metro Vision Issues Committee
• Chairman of the WestConnect Transportation Planning Committee
Rosier is past chair of the Metro Area County Commissioners (MACC) group of Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), and is past president of the CCI Front Range District. He chaired CCI's Land Use and Natural Resource Steering Committee for over four years. In 2011, Rosier was named CCI’s Freshman Commissioner of the Year. CCI represents boards of county commissioners from more than 60 Colorado counties.
Rosier also served on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Transportation Steering Committee, which develops NACo policies and represents counties before Congress. In 2012, he was chosen to participate in a national leadership institute developed by NACo and the Cambridge Leadership Associates. He also served as President of the National Conference of Republican County Officials (“NCRCO”)
A graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, with an emphasis in water resources, Rosier has worked in the consulting engineering field, the public engineering sector, the land development and construction field, and he has worked in energy development and exploration.
Rosier, a fifth-generation Coloradoan, who grew up in Arvada and has lived in Jefferson County his entire life.
Managing Partner and Co Founder
For ten years, Todd worked as a Senior VP, leadership developer, and business development expert crafting learning as well as management change initiatives for companies all over the world. As a senior leader for one of the world's top change management companies, Mitchem helped to create robust and efficient solutions for some of the most difficult leadership and organizational challenges in many of the world's fortune 500 organizations. He went on to build startup companies to success as the co-founder and CEO as well as consult to help larger companies begin to think and act more like lean start-up.
Starting in 2013, he was invited to guide start-up brands in the emerging cannabis industry as they built new and hyper-fast moving companies.
His successes include;
- O.penVAPE – Chief Revenue Officer and Head of PR, achieved a status of largest brand in the industry within one year and drove revenue to 1600% increase in less than a year.
- Building the world’s first global social network unique to the cannabis consumer High There! where he was the Co-founder and CEO this was the cannabis industry's fastest growing app from start-up to breakthrough success with more than 300k users in less than 12 months
- Conference of Western Attorneys General – First cannabis industry panelist and key speaker for discussion regarding raising standards and better business ethics in the cannabis industry
- Rebranding three companies to success
- Successfully negotiating and securing licenses for key clients in the Colorado cannabis market.
- Building the world's first cannabis job fair which saw over 3400 applicants from every corner of the world and secured 1000 new jobs
Todd also loves to write. Besides his articles in publications like Entrepreneur, he published the book YOU, DISRUPTED Seizing the life you want by shaking, breaking and challenging everything.
Todd is active in the media for his thought leadership in both the cannabis industry as well as business strategy and has been featured in Entrepreneur, Inc, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Financial Times, CNBC, to name a few.
VP of Regulatory and Government Affairs
Prior to joining Dacorum, Barbara Brohl was the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue. Appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper to his Cabinet in 2011, she was responsible for Colorado’s Tax Division; the Division of Motor Vehicles; Lottery; and Enforcement for Gaming, Liquor and Tobacco, Racing, and Marijuana. The Department has approximately 1,400 employees, collects between $11 - $13 billion in fees and taxes for the State annually, regulates more than 14,000 liquor-licensed businesses, issues more than 1.85 million titles and over 1 million driver licenses, and through the Lottery contributed almost $3 billion to Colorado’s economy.
Her most significant and historic responsibility for the development and implementation of the first-in-the-world regulatory program for adult-use marijuana. She was appointed by the Governor to co-chair the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force after Colorado voters approved the constitutional amendment allowing for the sale and consumption of marijuana by persons age 21 and older.
The amendment required regulation of marijuana growth, manufacture and sale. The Task Force was charged with forwarding recommendations to the governor, general assembly and attorney general regarding how the state should move forward with Amendment 64. Barb’s work formed the solid foundation for legislation and rules around regulatory and enforcement matters for this industry.
Seen as an expert in Marijuana Regulation, Barb has consulted with governments on both national and international levels to present “The Colorado Model.” In 2016, she spoke to global policy makers at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria for UNGASS 2016.
Her public sector accomplishments include:
- Barb built a collaborative environment between the regulator and the regulated industries, utilizing stakeholder work groups, transparency of government, and careful balance of public safety and burden on the industry.
- As an appointed member of the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Board of Directors), delivered technology innovation for state and local governments.
- Implemented numerous process improvements and successful driver license system replacement project, DRIVES, for the Division of Motor Vehicles, reducing wait times and increasing online capabilities and usage.
- Increased the profitability of the Lottery Division by 27% and increasing distributions to its beneficiaries.
Her private sector accomplishments include:
- As Regulatory Corporate Counsel for Qwest, she developed legal strategy and direction regarding the company’s general Regulatory Compliance requirements at the state and federal level.
- As an elected member of the Regional Transportation District Board of Directors she set policy, and advocated for transit at the federal and state levels.
- As an RTD Pension Trustee, she oversaw the multi-million dollar pension plan for salaried employees, identifying appropriate investments and ensuring appropriate funding levels.
Barb is active in the community and has received several professional, leadership and community service awards for her work, such as the 2008 Colorado Hispanic Bar Association Outstanding Hispanic Lawyer Award, 2011 Boy Scouts Vale le Pena Award, 2013 Colorado Women of Distinction Award from the West Metro Chamber of Commerce, 2015 Trailblazer Award from Latinas First Foundation, 2015 Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business Award, 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for Legal Inclusiveness, and the 2017 State Executive of the Year Award from the National Association of State CIOs, among others.
Born and raised in Colorado, Barb has a bachelor’s degree from Regis University of Colorado and a juris doctorate from University of Denver College of Law. She was a judicial law clerk for Colorado Supreme Court Justices Gregory J. Hobbs, Jr. and William H. Erickson.
“I was the Chief Regulator for marijuana in Colorado for six years and carefully considered all sides of the issue. What I learned is that prohibition isn’t the solution, responsible regulation is.”