Long-time Employers Council President and CEO Michael Severns has announced his retirement, effective March 31, 2020. Kim Koy, the organization’s current chief operating officer, will succeed him, as confirmed by the board of directors on February 20, 2020. Kim will begin her new role on April 1, 2020.
“I am thrilled Kim has been appointed our new president and CEO. She is the perfect choice to lead our exceptional team of professionals in continuing to provide high-quality services to our members,” said Severns. “Over the past 20 years, she’s proven her leadership skills, and under her direction, I know Employers Council will undoubtedly continue, and surpass, the success we have experienced in the past and continue to meet the needs of our members.”
“I am thankful for Mike’s mentorship over the last several years. His leadership has paved a clear path for us to grow as a regional employers association and continue serving members with the evolving challenges they face,” said Koy. “This change is the result of years of succession planning and implementation, and I look forward to building on Mike’s hard work to ensure we continue to honor our strong history and the vision of our past leaders to foster a workplace that encourages collaboration and employee development all while providing exceptional service to our members.”
Severns has served Employers Council for half of its more than 80-year history and is the company’s fifth president and CEO. He assumed the role of president and CEO in 2002 and since then has overseen the organization’s expansion into northern Colorado, Arizona, and Utah and more than doubled the number of member organizations served. Under his leadership, the company merged with Utah-based Employers Council in 2015 and rebranded from Mountain States Employers Council to Employers Council in 2017.
Koy brings nearly 20 years of experience with Employers Council to her new role. As chief operating officer, she’s responsible for the organization’s day-to-day operations and oversees the company’s six offices. From 2005 to 2014, Koy served as director and managed the Colorado Springs office, where she maintained a 10% annual growth rate, a 95% annual member retention rate, and received the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award in 2008. In 2014 Kim became Vice President overseeing all membership services, including Human Resource Services, Employment Law Services, surveys, membership engagement, and marketing and sales. In 2018 Kim moved into the COO role.
Throughout her career with Employers Council, she has implemented vital changes that reduced the organization’s operating expenses while increasing overall revenue, restructured the marketing and sales departments to refocus efforts on member service and retention, and managed the development of three regional offices from the leasing process through the buildings’ finishing details.
Prior to joining Employers Council, Koy worked in employment and insurance defense and completed a clerkship with Denver District Court. An active member of the business community, she is a board member with the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Griffith Centers for Children. Koy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington State University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver.
In addition to this leadership change, the company’s current Executive Vice President, Deborah Brackney, retired from Employers Council on February 28, 2020. Brackney joined Employers Council in 1988 and has held several positions during her tenure, including trainer, consultant, director, and currently vice president, where she oversees five departments, including Organizational Development and Learning, Human Resource Services, Outsourced Consulting Services, Surveys, and Human Resources. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Colorado. In her time at Employers Council, she has played a vital role in the organization’s year-over-year growth and expansion of service offerings for members. In retirement, Brackney will continue to serve on several nonprofit boards, including Global Dental Relief, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, and the New America Schools. “Deb has been a key member of our executive team, and our employees will confirm she is an excellent leader. Deb has played a pivotal role in defining the culture that guides our employees in serving our members, allowing them to become better employers so they, in turn, can feel confident in how they take care of their most valuable asset, their employees,” added Severns.