Team

 

Julien Renaut

Board President

Originally from Lille, France and in the USA since 2008, Julien founded La Belle French Bakery in 2016. Early 2020, facing COVID, Julien had a vision of pivoting La Belle French Bakery from a wholesale to an omnichannel retail bakery, still developing the wholesale business, thereby creating a direct relation with consumer. His ambition is to bring traditional French bakery up to modern time, explore viennoiseries, bread and pastries as an infinite field of creation, but without taking away anything from its soul.


The Board Members of the RMFACC judged that Julien’s entrepreneur temperament and uncanny talent make him the right person to revive the Chamber and lead its expansion.

Benjamin Grajzgrund

Board Secretary

Benjamin has 20+ years of experience in the real estate and finance industries. He lives in Denver with his Mexican-American wife where they are raising their two little boys in a multi-cultural environment.

Benjamin is a Vice President at Cresa - one of the world's leading commercial property and real estate services advisers - where he represents international companies (mainly French Companies) in their real estate matters.


Prior to that, he was in Geneva (Switzerland) leading teams in commercial real estate and capital markets for 10 years. An active member of the CCI France-Switzerland, Benjamin was also on the executive committee of the Lake Geneva Region association, which aimed to develop cross-border relations.


Charles Baillehache

Board Treasurer

Charles is a seasoned business executive with over twenty-five years of experience, ten of which working as general counsel for international hotel operators.
People-oriented and passionate, he was blessed with the opportunity to lead culturally diverse teams across Asia, Middle East, and Africa. After eight years in Asia, Charles and his family decided to reinvent themselves and relocate to the United States. Colorado seemed to be the perfect place to enjoy nature and skiing which Charles and his son particularly relish.
Recently Charles joined forces with Julien Renaut, founder of La Belle French Bakery, with the ambition to scale up this amazing omnichannel wholesale and retail business.

Catherine Deschamps-Potter

Board Member

Catherine is originally from Lyon, she lived in Wisconsin for over 25 years where she founded and still owns ICD Translation, a language translation company. She moved with her family to CO in 2017 and currently lives in Lakewood.


She is a Realtor and enjoys helping families new to the community with their real estate needs. Catherine loves spending time with her family and is an avid skier.

Yann Pigeaire

Board Member

Yann joined RMFACC in 2019. A consumer packaged goods executive with 20+ years of experience in the beauty and OTC spaces, Yann moved to Denver in 2014 after 14 years in NJ working for Johnson & Johnson. He is from Paris.

Victor Ducoulombier

Board Member

Victor Ducoulombier brings 15+ years of experience in IT and the tech industry. Originally from Lille, he worked several years in Montreal and New-York, then Denver in 2015 developing and growing multiple business agencies.


He believes that multiculturalism is an advantage in business. He enjoys challenges and feels the Rocky Mountain region is a perfect place to develop tech culture and other businesses.

Pierre-Yves Leclercq

Board Member

Pierre-Yves Leclercq is originally from the West Coast of France and spent most of his career in the oil&gas and carwash industry in operations, sales and general management positions.


Pierre-Yves currently lives in Denver since 2017 after working several years in Toronto in Canada, Paris and Orléans in France and Libreville in Gabon.


He enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and discovering the outdoor activities of our beautiful state of Colorado.

Kelley Kidd

Executive Director

Kelley is a French-English translator and copywriter specializing in marketing and tourism. She was born and raised in Colorado, and earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees in French Language and Literature from the University of Wyoming.


Kelley has lived in France and has translated and written throughout her career, both as a freelancer and throughout fifteen years in the financial/technical industry.


Serving as Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain FACC is an honor for Kelley, and she enjoys devoting energy to the organization and helping to promote business and cultural exchange between France and the Rocky Mountain region.

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