“My hope for Colorado Springs Forward is that we can be a catalyst for change in our community. One important way for CSF to do this is to genuinely work together with others who have similar goals and desires for our community. For too long we have heard of silos and turf wars. My goal is to get past this and authentically work together with individuals and groups who believe in prosperity in Colorado Springs.” – Phil Lane, Chairman
Phil Lane – Chairman of the Board
After spending 11 years in Chicago, Phil Lane returned to his hometown of Colorado Springs to work in his family business, Lane Affiliated Companies, which was the 8th largest Pepsi-Cola manufacturing and distributing company. Lane also served on several committees and on the Board of Directors of the Pepsi-Cola Beverage Association representing all Pepsi Bottlers on issues with Pepsi-Cola North America.
Lane has been actively engaged in several civic efforts in the Colorado Springs region including the Colorado Springs Economic Development Committee, YMCA, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, 2008 United States Senior Open Golf Championship, University Colorado Colorado Springs Athletic Advisory Committee and more. He also has served on two statewide boards, The Nature Conservancy and the Colorado Golf Association.
Lane is a graduate of Northwestern University and JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Katherine Loo (Kathy) has been active in Colorado Springs for decades. She grew up in Billings, Montana and graduated from the University of Kansas where she was a Phi Beta Kappa, president of her sorority, a member of Mortar Board and Outstanding Senior Woman. Kathy Loo served on Colorado Springs City Council for six years and also served on the Colorado Commission on Higher Education. She has worked on numerous boards in the Pikes Peak region and the state and has been chair of many of them.
She renovated a grain elevator in Red Lodge Montana – now known as Hawkeye Center, a commercial office building; the renovation team received an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for this effort. She developed Aspen Ridge Ranch, an equestrian residential property in Red Lodge, Montana.
Kathy has received numerous awards for her work in the community and spends much of her time advising local non-profits and supporting them. She is Executive Vice President of High Valley Group and is worked with business partner, Darsey Nicklasson, to bring affordable housing to downtown Colorado Springs.
Her interests include piano, hiking, biking, travel, painting, cooking, her children and grandchildren and her husband, Jim Raughton.
Douglas Stimple is the Chief Executive Officer and a shareholder of Classic Companies, a leading builder and developer in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado since 1989. Classic Companies is annually recognized as one of the nations largest builders and developers by Big Builder Magazine, and has been ranked number one in the western region for construction quality and customer satisfaction in each of the last three years by JD Power and Associates.
Mr. Stimple is extremely active in the community. He has served as the Finance Chairman of the City Council appointed by Colorado Springs Sustainable Funding Committee and the Colorado Springs Community Improvement Pla. He has been on the Board of Directors of a variety of civic and service organization including Memorial Hospital, the Economic Development Corporation, Housing and Building Association, Chamber of Commerce, Heart Association and Downtown Partnership Development Committee.
Mr. Stimple is a graduate of the Pikes Peak LeadershipForum and has previously been recognized as the HBA Industry Person of the Year and was named the 2002 Business Citizen of the Year, by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Neppl grew up on a cattle ranch in Iowa and moved to Colorado Springs after college in 1985. He is CEO, president and owner of Springs Fabrication Inc. which is the region’s largest manufacturing company, employing over 200 people in Colorado Springs. The company engineers, designs and builds metal projects with specialties in development of machinery, parts production, process equipment and packaged systems in industrial markets.
Mr. Neppl and Springs Fabrication have been awarded the Excellence in Industry Award from the Colorado Springs Chamber, Quality Jobs in Community Award from the Colorado Springs EDC and the Celebrate Technology, Manufacturing Award, 2014. Tom is active in the Colorado Springs community and served as board chair for the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance and was also recognized as Business Citizen of the year. Tom is a 2016 graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute.
Tom and his wife Lorrie, have two children and three grandchildren. Both he and his wife enjoy mountain climbing, mountain biking and dirt biking.
Dan Stuart practiced law in Colorado Springs for more than 30 years. His practice focused on helping people solve problems and reach better agreements in the areas of family law, estate planning and municipal law. He served as a Fourth Judicial District Special Master as well as a CASA volunteer.
He is an active member of the community, having served on the Manitou Springs City Council, with two terms as mayor, and on the Colorado Transportation Commission with a term as chairman. He is a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute.
Dan also chaired the Pikes Peak Clean Air Campaign, the Mineral Springs Foundation, the Business of Arts Center, and the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Board. He has chaired successful campaigns for a School District 14 bond issue, for the Manitou Springs downtown improvement project and for the formation of the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority. Dan is married and has three children.
Retired Police Commander Fletcher Howard
Retired-Commander Fletcher Howard joined the Colorado Springs Police Department in 1977. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1988, promoted to Lieutenant in 2003, and promoted to Commander in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and his Master’s in Organizational Management from the University Of Phoenix. In 2007, he became an Adjunct Professor for Colorado Technical University.
He is a 1999 graduate and class representative for Leadership Pikes Peak. In 2008, and 2009 he attended two different sessions of the Center for Creative Leadership; Developing Strategic Leaders for mid level employees, and CSLI for executive level managers. In 2012, he attended the Senior Management Institute of Policing, taught by Harvard Professors and taught at Boston University. He currently serves on the board of directors for CSLI.
During his career, he has been assigned to Patrol, Property Crimes Detectives, Airport Unit Supervisor, Community Relations, Traffic and the Marshal’s Unit. Commander Howard is the Southern Colorado Regional Coordinator for the Crisis Intervention Program, which teaches officers and civilian’s verbal skills in dealing with individuals having mental illness and personal crises.
He was also instrumental in seeing the Net-Centric Mental Health Model get completed and available for department use. He has served on many boards throughout his 38 year career and currently serves on the CSLI and Early College Readiness boards.
His last assignment as an officer was as the Commander of the Stetson Hills Police Division, which encompasses the NE portion of Colorado Springs. That division encompasses 59 square miles, serving 105,000 people. He supervised 85 sworn and civilian personnel in the division.
He has been an Adjunct Professor since 2007. He instructs at Colorado Technical College in the Criminal Justice-Homeland Security department. He has instructed ten different graduate and undergraduate classes in the field of law enforcement.
He has been in Colorado Springs since 1966, and since retirement he is looking forward to giving back to the community.
Frequently cited as a civic-minded change agent with a motivating and engaging style, Ms. Neumann’s career has successfully traversed tourism, public service, and wellness. Known as transformative and collaborative strategist with a proven ability to navigate through complex and highly-‐charged issues, Ms. Neumann’s accomplishments range from opening, operating, and developing over twenty successful domestic and international resort and hotel properties; balancing the City of Colorado Spring’s operating budget of $400M with the highest reserve fund in its history; and exceptional leadership during epic crises (property leadership during the 1987 Santa Cruz Earthquake, regional leadership during the aftermath of the 2001 World Trade Center Twin Towers fall, and city-‐wide leadership and policy-‐making during the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire).
A Colorado Springs resident for 14 years, Laura has worked for the Garden of the Gods Collection for the past three years while simultaneously overseeing her independent business consulting business. During her tenure, she expanded the Garden of the Gods Collection’s business model and opened nine new venues in 2017. Prior to that, she served as Chief of Staff for the City of Colorado Springs from December 2011 to March 2014, and Benchmark Hospitality International for 24 years prior, with seven spent as Vice President for Benchmark at Cheyenne Mountain Resort. Laura led Benchmark’s philanthropic efforts for three years prior to her departure. She was responsible for deploying over 5,000 employees to seek leading roles in their local communities. This resulted in national partnerships with high-‐profile charities and service organizations for each of Benchmark’s 32 properties.
Noted as “One of the Top Women to Watch in Colorado Springs in 2015” by Colorado Springs Business Journal, Laura has transformed her passion for leadership and service into a robust business career. Laura is a 2014 graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute. She received an official Resolution of Appreciation from the City of Colorado Springs for her dedicated services to its citizens in February 2014. She is a recipient of the 2012 Brava Donna Award from the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and the Business Alliance for embodying entrepreneurial spirit and leadership. She also received the Colorado Springs Business Journal Women of Influence award in 2011. During her fourteen years in Colorado Springs, Laura has served on the boards of the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Association, Boys and Girls of the Pikes Peak Region, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves on the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“I believe strongly in the good work Colorado Springs Forward puts forth to better the overall community and wish you and the Board and membership all the best in the future with your efforts. My schedule now requires me to spend a good bit of time at our new property in Sea Island, Georgia, and I also spend more time now at our second home in Arizona. As a result, my ability to attend Board meetings has been so limited that I don’t think it is fair to CSF as I cannot be as productive a Board member as I should be. Thank you.” -Steve Bartolin, Board Member 2016-2017
Our deepest thanks to Steve Bartolin for his service on our board and for his continued support of Colorado Springs Forward!
-Phil Lane, Chairman