Company perspectives on governance
Richard W. Connor, Steven C. Halstedt, Meredith Williams
University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center
Institute for International Business and
Global Executive Forum
Center for International Business Education & Research
Following Ms. Williams' talk, three members of the Institute's Global Advisory Board formed a panel to
offer their insights and perspectives on the issues.
Richard W. Connor began his career with KPMG in 1971 after graduating from the University of
Colorado at Boulder with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He was elected to the partnership in 1980. In
1996, he was appointed managing partner of the Denver office, where he has spent his entire career. He
also serves as an audit partner and SEC Concurring Review Partner. His major focus is on clients in the
communications and media industries, as well as the energy and mining industries.
Steven C. Halstedt cofounded Centennial Ventures in 1981, and is in his 21st year of direct venture
capital investing. In June 1999, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the
category of Supporter of Entrepreneurship. He was the founding president of the Venture Capital
Association of Colorado and currently serves on the board of the National Venture Capital Association.
Halstedt holds a BS in management engineering from Worcester Polytechnical Institute and an MBA from
The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and was named an Edward
Meredith Williams is the chief executive officer of the Public Employees Retirement Association of
Colorado (PERA), a position he assumed in March 2000. Previously, he was executive secretary of the
Kansas Public Employees Retirement System. He has published and lectured widely on the subject of
public sector accountability and oversight. Williams is an active member of several professional
organizations and has served as the national president of the Association of Governme