Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, thank you for electing me as your next Board Chairman. We’ve been working hard to support, encourage, and promote member businesses in our community, and strive to be the loudest “voice” for business, ensuring a vital community through positive growth. This upcoming year will prove to be challenging, eventful, and fun. I’m very excited to be working with some of our community’s best and brightest on the Board of Directors and together will strive to elevate our Chamber to new heights!
For those of you who don’t know me, let me take a minute to share my history. I grew up and went to school in southern Ohio. I entered active duty in 1989 and retired from the US Air Force in 2010 at the grade of Lt. Colonel. We first became Castle Rock Residents in 1996, when I was stationed at Buckley AFB. I held several Space Command positions north and south, but have always commuted from Castle Rock, my permanent Colorado home. I cut my “business teeth” as co-owner of H&M Transmission and Automotive in 2007. My wife Lynette was a long-time bookkeeper and helped us in the shop. One day she decided she didn’t want to work at a desk anymore and discovered the Creative Colors International (CCI) Franchise out of Mokena, Illinois. After a day of discovery, Lynette was hooked. We sold our interest in H&M and started our CCI of Douglas County Franchise. She is the lead technician and I have taken over the books (with a lot of her guidance). Our business offers mobile repair and restoration services specializing in leather, vinyl, fabric, and plastics found in cars, trucks, boats, planes, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, commercial and residential furniture, and much more. We are in our fourth year of operations and having a great time helping people save up to 90% of the cost of replacement.
At the beginning of my business career, I had asked my Uncle, a commodities broker in California, the best way to be successful in business. He told me to join the Chamber of Commerce and get involved. I did, and never looked back! I was an Ambassador for five years, have been on the board for three years, and help run Winefest, Artfest and the Breakfast Club leads group. Outside of the Chamber, I am the Chairman of the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation and the Adjutant for the Harry C. Miller Post 1187 of the American Legion. I really enjoy playing an active role in our community and will continue as long as I can.
Last year our Chamber earned a 4-star rating from the US Chamber of Commerce--only 1 of 2 in the State of Colorado. An impressive feat, but we can’t stop there. We continue to focus on a busy events schedule which includes moving Artfest back downtown. We are working hard to expand our voice in government affairs ensuring our elected officials have first-hand knowledge of all issues impacting local businesses. We’re actively engaged in the I-25 Gap project, downtown projects, and Millers Landing project to name a few with our CREP partners, ensuring the interests of business and positive town growth stay on the forefront.
Probably the biggest issue for Castle Rock is our shortage of qualified people to work in our offices, stores, and service industries. While we enjoy a robust economy, we are in desperate need for future employees. We have taken key leadership roles by bringing industry to the table in the Talent Pipeline DC program and the Sturm Collaboration Campus projects hoping to grow our workforce to meet the demand. We want to enhance our presence in the local high schools and will be working with the Douglas County Superintendent, Dr. Tucker, to promote enhanced interaction with students entering the workforce.
We’re glad you recognize the importance of a strong Chamber of Commerce and need everyone’s support to keep Castle Rock thriving—Please talk to us on how you can help!
We’re looking forward to another great year!
Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, Board Chair