Rep. Max Tyler is midway through his second full term in the Colorado House of Representatives in House District 23 in Lakewood. He is chairman of the Transportation & Energy Committee, as well as a member of the Public Health Care & Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee. He is also chairman of both the Joint Technology Committee and the Transportation Legislation Review Committee, which meet during the interim.
Rep. Tyler has focused his legislative efforts on promoting economic development, improving government efficiency and promoting clean tech in Colorado. During the 2013 session, he sponsored a key component of the House Democrats’ economic development package boosting funding for Colorado’s highly successful Small Business Development Centers program. With a staff of four and a general fund appropriation of less than $85,000, Colorado’s SBDCs served more than 5,000 small businesses, created 1,700 jobs and assisted in nearly $132 million in small business capital formation in 2011 alone for Colorado startups. HB 13-1002 provided an additional $300,000 for the next two years and draws down additional matching funds to create new Colorado companies and new Colorado jobs.
In previous sessions he successfully sponsored legislation promoting “lean government,” based on Toyota’s Lean management system, which has been a worldwide model for private companies seeking to improve their effectiveness and bottom line. He also sponsored legislation increasing our use of renewable energy resources, bringing together sustainable energy advocates and public utility providers to modernize our energy portfolio and create jobs in local small businesses.
Rep. Tyler is a small business owner and entrepreneur. He started his first business in 1974; Campro Systems provided photostats for graphic designers. In the early nineties he founded Compro, which offered computer network support to small businesses. In 2004 he started his third business, the Star Group, a consulting firm focused on helping businesses use their human resources and technology more efficiently. He has also served on the board of directors of the Denver Chamber of Commerce.
Tyler and his wife Susan have been Lakewood residents for more than 20 years.