With several terms expiring on Silverthorne’s Economic Development Advisory Committee, several local residents with business experience tossed their hats into the ring.
“It’s awesome to see so much participation,” said Councilwoman Ann-Marie Sandquist. “It gives you a sense that a lot is going on in town. I was amazed at the quality of applicant, and it will help EDAC maintain its important position in the town.”
The council appointed six members at Wednesday night’s regular meeting. Those appointed include Marc Hogan, Larry Lunceford, Eddie O’Brien, Les Boeckel, Jayne Esser and Ken Gansmann. O’Brien, Gansmann, Hogan and Lunceford all were reappointed. Each already has served five terms.
Esser and Boeckel are filling spots left vacant by outgoing members Jim Aiken, who has served five terms, and Curt Krampert, who served two.
Eleven applicants applied for the six positions.
“There were so many qualified people we had a very tough decision,” Mayor Bruce Butler said. “In our case we have so many top-notch and retired business executives and other pillars in the business community. They perform a tremendous service. We couldn’t afford to go out and hire these people as consultants.”
New member Boeckel has a long history in real estate, including a stint with an apartment investment company in Denver that owned more than 285,000 apartments across the country. Esser has served as the general manager at the Outlets at Silverthorne for the last four years.
EDAC is a community-based advisory group that studies economic issues and makes recommendations to the Silverthorne Town Council.
According to the town website, it was formed to “assist the town council in their efforts to enhance and improve the business climate and economy.” Council appoints 11 members to serve two-year, staggered terms.