2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Longmont Economic Development Partnership exists for the sole purpose of keeping the Longmont area economy strong. This is accomplished specifically by "leading a comprehensive, collaborative economic development strategy to promote and strengthen our community's economic health."
Longmont EDP is a public/private partnership, governed by a Board of Directors made up of representatives from primary employers, the City of Longmont, and the business community at large.
Sun Construction & Facility Services, Inc.
Andy Welch is the President of Sun Construction & Facility Services, Inc. where he has worked since 1998. Andy has started several companies in Longmont including, Auction Genius and Insight Automotive which he later sold. Andy's passion remains with construction and development, he owns and develops various real estate along the Front Range. Andy was raised on his family's farm near Yoder Wyoming, and moved to Colorado in high school attending Skyline High, which is where he met his wife Jenny, and they now have two teenage daughters. Andy is a member of his church and Rotary and supports several non-profits in the area.
Communication Concepts Public Relations & Advertising
Stacy Cornay is the owner of Communication Concepts Public Relations & Advertising founded in 1994. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and a Masters Degree in Communication/Public Relations from the University of Louisiana. Stacy currently serves on the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Via (formerly Special Transit). She also is a member of the Twin Peaks Rotary. She has received awards such as the Carl J. Turner Citizen of the Year Award, Woman of Distinction Award – Girl Scouts of America, Chairman’s Award - Longmont Area Visitors Association, Leadership Award – Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Business Partner of the Year Award – St. Vrain Valley School District. Stacy is married to Paul and has one son, Tanner.
Appointed President of Vapor Technologies in April 2001, David Humenik has been instrumental in guiding the development of Vapor Technologies' business strategies and the company's technological growth and innovation programs. Vapor Technologies is an industry leader in the manufacture of high-tech thin film coating systems. Dave brings over 20 years of experience in the development of advanced technologies for consumer and industrial products to his position. He joined the company in 1995 as Vapor Technologies' Engineering Manager and later became the company's Senior Vice President of Operations. Under Dave's leadership, Vapor Technologies has emerged as a respected provider of coating systems, finishes and implementation services. Dave continues to drive Vapor Technologies to innovate new technologies, products, finishes and services to maintain its market leadership position. Dave and his family moved to Longmont in 1998 and have been Boulder County residents for over 20 years. He has two children, Brian and Sarah.
Allison Closson is a Senior Vice President for AmFirst Bank N.A. She manages the bank’s Longmont Branch and keeps quite busy as a commercial lender for the bank as well. 15 years ago, Allison moved from Arizona to her current home in Longmont, Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University, and has over 24 years experience in banking. Her community activities include being a member of various committees for A Woman’s Work, being a volunteer business partner with the Longmont Area Economic Council, and volunteering with her local church. Allison enjoys the many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer and can’t imagine raising her two children, Carter and Lauren, anywhere else.
Gust Family Enterprises Inc./Ace Hardware Longmont
Dan Gust along with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Kirsten Pellicer, are owners of Gust Family Enterprises, Inc., a company founded in 1990 primarily to own and operate Ace Hardware locations. Dan holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Dakota State University and an MBA from Texas Tech University. Prior to starting the family business he held engineering and executive positions with Winnebago Industries, Texas Instuments and MiniScribe Corporation. He also served on the Ace Hardware Corporation Board of Directors from 1998 through 2007. Dan has been actively involved in the Longmont community serving as Chair of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce and the Longmont United Hospital Board. He is Past President of the Longmont Rotary Club and has served on many other boards including the YMCA, EDAL, the Longmont Industrial Park Board, Wells Fargo Boulder County Community Board and the Skyline Education Fountation.
Brent Van Der Vliet
Bio Coming Soon.
Wendell Gene Pickett is the Vice President of Operations for Frontier Companies, LLC. Frontier, originated in Longmont in 1960 and has developed into a diversified company with the majority of its activities focused in the front range real-estate market along with active investment in local business. Currently, in Longmont, Frontier is Co-Developer of the Mill Village Apartments, an active owner of Mountain View Welding, LLC, a primary employer, and owner of several industrial properties. Wendell joined Frontier in 1993 and during his tenure has been involved in the development of multiple projects including commercial, industrial, medical and residential projects along the front range. Wendell holds an MBA from University of Denver, Daniels College of Business and is a Certified Commercial Investment Manager (CCIM). Wendell and his wife Toni chose to move to Longmont in 2005 with their kids Austin and Samantha.
Joe Troutman is the Senior Manager of Space Systems and Development at EnerSys / ABSL Space Products. Joe has over 28 years of experience in the space power system area working with the major NASA sites such as Johnson Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Glenn Research Center. Joe continues to work with and support the space industry prime suppliers (Lockheed Martin, Orbital ATK Space Systems, Boeing Space and Defense, and Northrup Grumman Corporation, among others, in the design and development of space power systems with a focus on lithium ion battery technologies. Joe is a recognized expert in lithium ion battery technology currently is a United States representative to the International Standards Committee on Aerospace technologies, the Vice-Chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and member of the NASA Battery Safety Standards Committee. Joe and his husband, Lucas Barrett Busby, moved to the Longmont area in 2010 and has been an active promoter of aerospace technology and development of aerospace business within the Longmont area.
Left Hand Brewing
Jon Eric Wallace is the President and co-founder of Indian Peaks Brewing Company, parent company of Left Hand Brewing Company. Eric graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984 with a degree in international affairs, and spent 8 years in the Air Force as a communications officer in Italy and Turkey before moving back to the U.S. in 1993. Upon his return, he was inspired by the renaissance in craft brewing developing here in the U.S. and, along with co-founder Dick Doore, decided to jump headfirst into the craft beer business. Left Hand Brewing was founded by Eric Wallace and Dick Doore on September 21, 1993, and has been crafting a well-balanced portfolio of award-winning beers that are now available in 26 states and 10 countries.
Eric serves on the Brewers Association Board of Directors, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival Advisory Board, is a member of Longmont Odd Fellows Lodge No. 29 and Skyline Kiwanis. Eric received the F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award at the Brewers Association’s annual Craft Brewers Conference in April 2009. He was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2012. Eric received both the Tom Brock Award for business leadership in the Longmont community and was named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Mountain Desert Region in 2014.
Bendelow Law Office
Ted Bendelow is an attorney whose office in in Longmont, where he represents a variety of business related clients, including several irrigation ditch companies. He represents numerous small businesses in a range of legal matters. He also handles a variety of real estate activities. Ted has litigated civil suits for over 40 years, throughout the United States, and handled a matter in France and another in Germany. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Liberia. He also served as a State Representative in the Colorado Legislature.
Ted is involved in numerous civic activities, including President of the Mead Rotary, and former President of the Mead Chamber of Commerce. He is the President of the Colorado Water Innovation Cluster, a Director of the Longmont Area Economic Council and a Director of the St. Vrain Creek Coalition, dealing with the 2013 flood.
Ted holds a Juris Doctor Degree; a Master’s Degree from Cornell and another Master’s degree from the University of Denver.
CITY OF LONGMONT
Mayor of Longmont
Dennis Coombs – Mayor of Longmont is a second generation Coloradan. Born in Boulder, Colorado, he grew up in West Seattle and has lived in Longmont for 31 years. Coombs has both BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington. Having worked as an engineer in the Aerospace industry for over 30 years, he retired at age 55 from Ball Aerospace. Dennis was also one of the founders and is one of the co-owners of the Pumphouse Restaurant and Brewery in Longmont.
Coombs has previously served on Longmont Downtown Development Authority (LDDA) Board of Directors from 1998 to 2003. Dennis and his wife Kristen Kinard have been members of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Longmont since 1980. Dennis is also a member of the Longmont Twin Peaks Rotary Club and has been a local avid age group athlete in Longmont for 28 years. He has competed in two ironman world championships in Hawaii. He also was selected in a National Championship race in Wisconsin to become a member of the United States age group tri-athletes to compete in world triathlon championships in New Zealand in 2003.
Dennis and Kristen have a son Aaron and a daughter Alison. Aaron is an attorney working in Washington DC, and Alison is an attorney working in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Elected to the Longmont City Council in 2008, Gabe is President of Santos Accounting Services Inc. He earned his B.A. from the University of Houston in History and a minor in Sociology. Prior to moving to Longmont, he worked as a Congressional aide in the U.S. House of Representatives for four years. Gabe has served on many city boards and commissions as the Council Liaison.
He also is currently the Vice President of the Hispanic Education Foundation and is 2nd Vice President of the Hispanic Elected Local Officials constituency group for the National League of Cities. Gabe is married to Longmont native Vicki Stow Santos and they have two daughters, Sylvia and Isabel.
As provided for by City Charter, the City Manager is the chief administrative officer of the City and is responsible for the efficient administration of all affairs of the City. The City Manager directs the work of all City departments and subsidiary divisions.
The City Manager's office is part of the Department of Administration and is responsible for: assisting citizens, tracking legislation, providing public information services, providing administrative support for the Sister Cities program, providing intergovernmental support and services, leading customer service efforts for the City, administration and development of the city's web site, developing city-wide policies and procedures, resolving complaints, coordinating community activities, planning coordination of City Council agendas, and providing staff support to the Mayor, City Council members, and other City departments.
Longmont Power & Communications
Tom Roiniotis is the General Manager of Longmont Power & Communications (LPC). Prior to joining LPC, Tom was Director of Customer Field Services for the Pacific Gas & Electric Company in Northern California. Tom has over 30 years of experience in the energy utility industry. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Platte River Power Authority, the electric generation and transmission organization providing energy for municipalities located in Northern Colorado. Tom earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Tom and his wife Michelle have lived in Longmont since 1999. They have two children, Trisha and Alex.
Boulder County Commissioner
Boulder County Latino Chamber
Boulder Small Business Development Center
Front Range Community College
Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce
St. Vrain Valley School District