Breck’s Dave Hinton steps down |

Breck’s Dave Hinton steps down

BRECKENRIDGE – Dave Hinton will step down from his seat on the Breckenridge Town Council July 8 to move his business to Denver.Hinton is the president and chief executive officer of Similasan, a homeopathic eye, ear, nose and throat care company. Since he and five other partners started the North American division of the Swiss company in 1999, sales have doubled every year.”The business has just grown to the extent we need to move it down to the Front Range,” Hinton said. “It was a tough decision to make, but it’s the right thing to do and the right time to do it.”Currently, Similasan has the top-selling ear care product and the fastest-growing eye careproduct in the United States.It started with sales in natural food stores and has expanded to all the major food, drug and mass merchandise chains.Since Similasan’s distribution center is in Denver, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to operate the business from afar, Hinton said. He, his wife, Doris, and son, Tyler, plan to move somewhere near the Denver Tech Center.Hinton, who’s arguably best known for his fiscal conservatism and involvement in children’s programs, was elected to the town council in 2004. The council will likely appoint someone to fill his spot until the next election, in April, at which point voters will select a councilmember.Hinton is also known for his criticism of the Breckenridge Resort Chamber’s marketing strategies. He believes marketing funds would be better spent on entertaining and caring for guests already in town rather than advertising across the country.Mayor Sam Mamula said the council will encourage people who are “somewhat knowledgeable” about what’s been going on in town, including the town’s development agreement with Breckenridge Ski Resort, water issues, the B&B Mine open space acquisition and the new arts district.”David has been a very active contributor to ski area stuff we’ve done,” Mamula said. “He’s been a real good steward of the town’s treasury, a real advocate of a conservative approach to funding, spending and saving. I’m going to miss him. He’s done a marvelous job over the years.”Jane Stebbins can be reachedat (970) 668-3998 ext. 228

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