I came to Colorado in 1965 for a good education and an overpowering desire to learn, live, hike and contribute to this beautiful state. In the years after graduating from the University of Denver, I founded a successful small business from scratch, met my wife, Susan, and bought a house in Lakewood where we raised our son, Roger. We’ve lived, worked, volunteered and played in the Lakewood area for 24 years.
For the past three years, I’ve been honored to serve as State Representative, working to protect and promote all those things that have made Colorado such a great home for me and my family. Education is the key. It’s what brought me here, and my son benefited from the excellent education he got in JeffCo public schools, Red Rocks Community College, and Colorado State University Colorado. K-12 education is the foundation for our future, and I’m passionate about making sure our next generation gets a good start. Post-secondary education is vital, too. Colorado has the third highest percentage of college graduates in the country (behind only Massachusetts and DC) and I believe our future depends upon us protecting this tradition of higher education.
I’m also passionate about protecting Colorado’s awe-inspiring beauty and natural resources. “America the Beautiful” was written about Colorado, you know. In my first year in the legislature, I sponsored legislation to increase our use of renewable energy resources. In a remarkable deliberative process, we brought together sustainable energy advocates and our biggest public utilities to forge a compromise to break our dependence on dirty fossil fuels while creating tens of thousands of jobs in local small businesses. Our Colorado sunshine and eastern plains winds are the clean way to power us into the future.
Finally, my small business experience has served me well. Three mottoes sum up my approach: “better, cheaper, faster,” “never stop learning” and “collaborate with others”.
I started my first business in 1974, armed with little more than 26-year-old naiveté and a market-changing new technology. Campro Systems provided photostats for graphic designers. I learned how to create jobs and meet a payroll. At its peak, Campro employed 25 workers at three locations in the metro area, working 24 hours a day, six days a week. In the early nineties I founded Compro (Computer Professionals), offering computer network support to small companies. Compro’s success came partly from partnering with others, a practice that makes it easy for me to reach across the aisle now at the State House. In 2004 I started my third business, The Star Group, advising small businesses on how to use their human resources and their technology more effectively. I held myself accountable, always checking back to find out if my advice had actually improved the business. I am a firm believer in strong accountability for both business and government.
Susan and I have always believed in the importance of giving back to our community. I served on the Board of Directors for the Denver Chamber of Commerce, helping hundreds of small businesses get started and grow. Susan has been an active volunteer at the Action Center for many years.
Our family also loves hiking, and I’ve competed in several marathons and triathlons – good training for the door-to-door walking I do to meet and talk with my constituents.