Mayor Michael Hancock today tapped former RTD board member Chris Martinez to become Director of the Division of Small Business Opportunity - a position tasked with pushing an agenda to create and help grow existing and new businesses in the city.

Martinez has 35 years of experience in the financial sector from his time working for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Denver branch.

He joins an economic development team Hancock says will "refocus and reenergize the City's Office of Economic Development," led by Executive Director Paul Washington the founder and president of LJS Capital.

"Chris is a proven leader with extensive expertise in financial services, a strong sales aptitude and the drive to deliver the highest quality customer service in the city," Hancock said in a statement. "Denver is working diligently to become the most business friendly city in the country and Chris will help lead this charge."

In his first 100 days in office Hancock met with more than 200 business leaders and executives in an effort to come up with ideas to promote economic development.

"It is an honor to join Mayor Hancock's team and get to work," Martinez said. "I look forward to hitting the ground running to become the number one advocate for our small and start-up businesses, and build an ecosystem that supports the creation of jobs."