Buddy Noel joined the CGA Board of Directors in early 2007, but his passion for the game began many years earlier. One day while practicing at City Park Golf Course as a teenager, Buddy met Sidney Poitier who had come to Denver for the premier of "Lilies of the Field." Mr. Poitier and his host, Bob Rhone, a close friend of Buddy's family, were driving down York Street and saw Buddy on the practice tee and decided to join him. The actor had words of encouragement about the game of golf and life which made a life-long impression on Buddy. Within a few years of that chance encounter, Buddy participated as the first African American in the 1964 CGA Junior Medal Play Championship at the Denver Country Club. Buddy continues to play golf around town and belongs to Saddle Rock and Blackstone Country Club. Buddy has practiced law for more than forty years, handling matters involving employment law, commercial civil litigation, general business, and real estate law. In 1977 while at Holme Roberts & Owen, he became the first African American partner among the 17th Street law firms in Denver. Buddy's career with Holme Roberts & Owen spanned twenty years before joining Sherman & Howard in 1995. He started his own law practice as the Noel Law Office, LLC in 2002. Buddy received his AB in Economics from Dartmouth College, cum laude, his MBA from the Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College as a Tuck Scholar, and his JD from Harvard University. Buddy has served on boards of many of Colorado's most significant institutions, including the governing board of Colorado State University, Colorado Higher Education Commission, Banc One Colorado Corporation, Colorado Outward Bound School, Sportswomen of Colorado, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Buddy also served on the Tuck School of Business Board of Overseers and the Alumni Council at Dartmouth College. In the nineties Buddy became President and CEO of the Colorado Sports Council, a nonprofit community sports development corporation he helped found, which bid for the Winter Olympic Games and World Cup Soccer.