Longmont Economic Development Partnership leads a comprehensive approach to building an economic ecosystem that not only supports, but champions, businesses and their owners.
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.
Eric graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984, served 8 years as a communications officer, and started Left Hand Brewing Company in 1993. Left Hand is one of the country’s most award-winning independent craft brewers and strives to “do the right thing”. Eric is a past chair of the Brewers Association Board and won their F.X. Matt Defense of the Industry Award in April 2009. He’s also past chair of the Colorado Brewers Guild Board, was inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame in 2012 and named an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Mountain Desert Region in 2014. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Longmont Economic Development Partnership and is a huge fan of Longmont.
Eric has been married to his wife Cinzia since 1992, moved to Longmont in 1993 and they have raised their three children here.
Bruce A. Hellbaum is the President/CEO of RNB State Bank and Front Range State Bank, a division of RNB State Bank. The community-oriented bank operates in Colorado and Wyoming. The bank was chartered in 1899 and has operated in the Longmont market for over ten years. Bruce became the President/CEO in September of 2015. Bruce lives in Longmont and primarily offices out of the Longmont branch, but also spends time each month visiting the other locations. In addition to being the President and CEO of RNB/Front Range State Bank, Bruce serves on the Board of Directors of the bank and its holding company. Bruce is also a member of the Board of Directors of Bankers’ Bank of the West in Denver Colorado.
Bruce is married to his wife Catherine of 34 years. Catherine currently works as a school secretary in Erie.
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, as 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 share two daughters. Andy is involved with and supports several non-profits in the area.
Cameron Grant is Managing Shareholder of the Lyons Gaddis law firm, a primary employer in Longmont with offices in Louisville and Ft. Collins. Cameron represents real estate developers, property owners, and investors in all aspects of real estate and land use, as well as businesses and individuals with entity formation and other transactional matters. Cameron also manages the family land and real estate business. Cameron is a 4th generation Longmont native. He graduated from Colorado College in 1991 and, in 1995, from the University of Colorado School of Law, where he met his wife, Erika. They now have three sons, Caden who attends Georgetown Law School, Nicholas who studies engineering at C.U., and Connor, a Senior at Niwot High. Cameron is currently the Vice-Chair of the Longmont Housing Authority and has served on the boards of various non-profit entities, including the Longmont United Hospital Foundation, Longmont Council for the Arts, and the Imagine Foundation. In his free time, Cameron is an avid skier and an occasional classical singer.
Bart Raspotnik is an Executive Director for Seagate Technology and has worked in the hard disk drive industry for 25 years. He graduated from the University of Colorado in 1987 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He began his career in start-up companies designing software for projects ranging from automated robotics for CNC milling machines to RFID card readers used for secure building access. He joined Maxtor in 1995 and moved to Seagate in 2003 where leads a team of design engineers responsible for delivering the manufacturing test process for Seagate’s hard disk drives. His group spans Colorado, Minnesota and Singapore and he enjoys traveling to meet with his teams.
Bart and his wife Nicki have lived in Longmont since 1992 and have three children. They have enjoyed watching the city evolve and are excited about what the future holds.
Joe has over 31 years of experience in the space power system area working with 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, Northrup Grumman Integrated Systems, Boeing Space and Defense, among others). Joe also supports the implantable medical device industry providing implantable lithium ion batteries for neuromodulation, deep brain stimulation, and heart monitoring applications. Joe is a recognized expert in lithium ion battery technologies and is currently the United States representative to the International Standards Committee on Aerospace technologies, Chair of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace Power System Committee, Board of Director member of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable, and committee member of AIAA battery standards. Joe and his husband, Lucas Barrett Busby, moved to the Longmont area in 2010 and has been an active promotor of aerospace technology and development of aerospace business within the Longmont area.
Lonnie R. Cramer is President of Longs Peak Hospital and Broomfield Hospital. Mr. Cramer is also a member of the UCHealth Ambulatory Surgery Center Board of Directors. Mr. Cramer was formally the Chief Operating Officer for Penrose St. Francis Health Services. Penrose St. Francis is made up of two acute care hospitals located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While serving at Penrose St. Francis Health Services, Mr. Cramer held the positions of SVP/Chief Administrative Officer for Penrose Hospital, Chief Operating Officer for Penrose Hospital and Vice President of Operations for Penrose Hospital. From 2011 to 2013, he served as the Administrative Director for surgical services, imaging services and the orthopedic and neurosurgery service lines for Penrose-St. Francis. As the COO for the system, Mr. Cramer was responsible for all aspects of operations, spearheaded hospital joint ventures and business development initiatives.
Mr. Cramer has over 25 years of operations health care experience. He served as Chief Operating Officer at MDiagnostics Inc., a company based in Metairie, LA., specializing in outpatient imaging with five centers in multiple states and Director of Diagnostic Imaging Services at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Florida. He began his health care career in the U.S. Army, serving eight years. Mr. Cramer holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Practice Management, Bachelors in Healthcare Administration and is certified in Angiography, Cardiac Cath, Radiology, Cat Scan, and Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
When Mr. Cramer isn’t working he enjoys the Colorado outdoors and spending time with his family. Lonnie and his wife Janet have been married for 27 years and have three children and two
Dan Gust along with his wife, Karen, and daughter, Kirsten Pellicer, are founders and 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 Instruments 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, FNB, Front Range State Bank, Wells Fargo Boulder County Community Board and the Skyline Education Foundation.
Tina Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer of Longmont United Hospital. She is an Emergency Physician who practiced for 20 years, including 12 years at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She served as Chief Medical Officer, then Chief Operating Officer of Lutheran Medical Center before taking the role of Chief Executive Officer at Longmont United Hospital in May of 2018. In addition to her Medical Degree from Columbia University, she has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Denver. Tina has served on the Board of Directors of the Leaven Captive Insurance Company and on the Executive Leadership Team for Go Red for Women, and she has been an active supporter of The Family Tree, a non-profit organization addressing child neglect, domestic violence and homelessness in Colorado. Tina’s husband, John, is a Cardiologist, and she has three children, Evan who is a junior in college, Eric who is a sophomore in college, and Natalie who is a high school senior. In her free time, Tina enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and trying new restaurants.
Allison Closson is Vice President for Adams Bank & Trust. Over the course of 28 years she has established her well-rounded career in the banking industry, with her experience ranging from fraud investigation, to branch management and commercial lending. 20 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. Her community activities include being a board member for the Longmont Economic Development Partnership, volunteering with her local church, and supporting her kids high school and college athletic events. Allison enjoys the many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer and can’t imagine raising her two children, Carter and Lauren, anywhere else.
Melanie Bimson is a Business Development Officer for Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc. Melanie invests her time in several key local and national initiatives, with a focus on Start to Home partnerships. Melanie brings 15 years of combined experience in real estate, customer service, and management to Cornerstone, and is based in the Longmont branch. Having lived all over the country, and with a love of international travel (particularly her family’s country of origin, Germany) she’s chosen to make her home in Longmont with her husband John, two teenagers (Piper and Pierce), and a Havanese dog named Mocha. When not cheering Piper on in volleyball, Pierce in skiing or Ultimate Frisbee, or cruising the neighborhood with John and Mocha, Melanie would choose to be on the water.
Marcia Martin is a retired software executive and innovator with 35 years of industry experience. She specialized in standards direction, vendor alliances, software requirements, architecture and intellectual property for the Storage and Smart Grid Communications industries. She holds patents in fields of virtual storage, data protection, and electric grid sensing and communications. She achieved bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Marcia currently sits on the Longmont City Council representing Ward 2.
Tim Waters, EdD, represents Ward 1 on Longmont’s the City Council. Tim was elected initially in February 2018 and was re-elected in November 2019.
Prior to election to Longmont’s City Council, Tim served as President and CEO of McREL International from April 7, 1995 until September 30, 2014. He joined McREL in 1993 following 23 years in K-12 education as a teacher, assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, education policy advisor to Arizona’s Governor, and Superintendent of the Greeley/Evans School District #6. During his tenure at McREL, Dr. Waters served on a variety of national boards and commissions. He was appointed by Governor Roy Romer to the Colorado Commission on Higher Education on which he served from 1993 – 2001.
During his 44+ year career in the field of education, Tim authored numerous articles on the topic of education leadership. He co-authored School Leadership That Works; from research to results (ASCD 2005), and District Leadership That Works; striking the right balance, (Solution Tree Pres 2009).
Tim earned a BA from the University of Denver, with Masters and Doctoral degrees from Arizona State University.
Dale Rademacher is a native of Longmont and a fourth generation resident of the St. Vrain Valley. He graduated from Longmont High School and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University. Dale has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the Longmont community for the past 34 years. Dale has been a member of the City Leadership Team for 20 years and is currently the General Manager of Public Works and Natural Resources for the City of Longmont. Dale continues to live on the family farm where he and his wife Karen raised their 4 children. Having the good fortune to be able to work, and raise his family, in his home town is truly a blessing in his life.
“Longmont has been my home off and on since I moved to Colorado more than 12 years ago. I fell in love with the community and in 2015 decided to make it my permanent home. Because of the strong ties with the community, there was no question when I founded Rigid Bits in 2017 that it is where we would set our roots down. As an added bonus, NextLight is the fastest internet service provider in the country, which is a great fit for us.
Rigid Bits provides cybersecurity services to businesses nationwide, providing valuable insight to prevent attacks and respond immediately to cybersecurity events. Since 2017, we have supported 70 businesses across 17 states and a variety of industries. We have experienced 300% year-over-year growth with no signs of slowing down. Our plans are to continue to expand Rigid Bits’ services to support businesses in all industries with their cybersecurity needs, changing the way we work as the industry and threats change. As our growth continues, we will bring on new employees and just last month moved into larger office space in Longmont in preparation for our future”.
– Jeff Oden, Founder