Dave Palenchar was raised in southern California and first came to Colorado to attend the United States Air Force Academy. After a career in the Air Force, he returned to Colorado and joined the El Pomar program staff. In 2007, Dave was recognized as the Colorado Springs Business Citizen of the Year by the (then) Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. He retired as El Pomar’s chief operating officer in 2013.
He currently serves as president and chief executive office of the Broadmoor World Arena and the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, chairman of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, president of the Air Force Academy Foundation, and is a board member of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Fame.