Director

Erin McCuskey

As the saying goes in ski towns, a move to the mountains for one winter became a year-round home. Following training as a journalist in Iowa, Erin applied her networking and interviewing skills to a human resources career as a recruiter and business partner with Vail Resorts, Vail Health, White Lodging and Cordillera Metro District. In addition to general human resources background, her professional experiences include organizational development, leadership coaching and leading/developing communications, marketing and recruitment campaigns. She has first-hand experience with the challenges facing employers and small businesses in mountain communities.

Eagle County has been home for over a decade, with a few years away to live and work on a ranch near Saratoga, Wyoming. The experience cemented an appreciation for rural mountain living and the hard-working, help-your-neighbor values that are found throughout Northwest Colorado.

The opportunity to engage, learn from and support entrepreneurs and community-minded partners drew Erin to the Small Business Development Center in June 2019. She has a genuine interest in understanding what makes each community of Northwest Colorado unique while capitalizing on those that they share in common to promote a successful regional SBDC.

Business Consultant

Amy Hausman

Amy Hausman first worked with the SBDC in 1992 as a client opening her own small business in Basalt Colorado. She owned that retail kitchenware store for 13 years before selling it and moving back east. She returned to Colorado in 2015 and now works in Human Resources. She has hands-on management experience in hotels, restaurants, retail, and finance. Her varied background includes an Associate’s Degree from The Culinary Institute of America, a paralegal certificate, and a Master’s Degree in Business Management with a focus in Human Resources. Her areas of expertise include start-up assistance, business law and compliance issues, retail sales, staffing and human resources. She enjoys helping new businesses in the same way SBDC consultants helped her when she was a start-up. She lives and currently works in Glenwood Springs.

Business Consultant

Chris Karol

Chris Karol brings a wide range of skills and experience to the team. With a background in intellectual property, manufacturing, planning, budgeting, organizational charting and supply-chain management, Karol is also an early pioneer of snowboarding with decades of expertise producing events, schools, teams, camps, seminars and videos. As a successful inventor with eight licensed patents, Karol maintains a practical understanding of intellectual property and excels at helping clients focus resources, identify opportunities and use proven methods to bring their ideas to life. An innovator, inventor, small business owner and entrepreneur, Karol maintains a keen eye for emerging opportunities with authentic vision that puts entrepreneurs on the path to bringing their ideas to market.

Business Consultant

Dan Reynolds

Dan Reynolds is a transactional attorney and founding partner of Reynolds, Kalamaya & Voboril, LLC. Dan has lived and worked in the world class Vail Valley since 2000. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and his law degree from the University of Oregon. Prior to forming Reynolds, Kalamaya & Voboril, LLC in January 2014, Dan practiced law at Garfield & Hecht, P.C., the largest law firm on the Western Slope.

Dan has substantial experience representing local, national and international clients with their general real estate, business/corporate and homeowner’s association matters within the mountain communities. Dan’s real estate and business/corporate law practices included handling all types of business transactions, including forming business entities and negotiating and drafting contracts for the purchase and sale of real estate; leasing; lending; commercial law; and the sale and purchase of businesses. Dan’s homeowner association services include reviewing and drafting amendments to governing documents; reviewing and discussing the Colorado Common Interest Ownership Act and compliance therewith; analyzing construction defects; examining and assisting in the collection of assessments; reviewing voting issues; and preparing meeting notices and ballots.

Dan is well known within our local community for founding the Vail Valley Young Professionals Association, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a young, dynamic, professional community in the Vail Valley by providing opportunities in business development, community awareness, networking and community involvement.

Dan is also a member of the Continental Divide and Colorado Bar Associations, the Eagle River Watershed Council, and the Mountain Education Committee, CAI-RMC. Dan is a frequent speaker on homeowner association issues. Most recently, he presented at the CAI-RMC’s October 4, 2013 Mountain Conference & Trade Show in Vail on how to handle a tenant who violates the HOA’s rules and regulations.

In 2010, Dan was named one of the Top Young Attorneys in Colorado and recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star. Dan has also earned the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award based on Client Review Ratings in the categories of communication ability, responsiveness, quality of service, and value of money.

Dan’s goal is t provide quality, cost effective, legal service with the highest professional and ethical standards.

Business Consultant

Dave DeRose

Dave DeRose is a seasoned entrepreneur, trusted small business advisor, and dedicated community leader in Moffat County. In addition to growing several of his own businesses, Dave has also served his community in many leadership roles, including one term on Craig’s City Council and three consecutive terms as the City of Craig’s Mayor. He’s passionate about helping small businesses start, grow, and prosper in Moffat County.

Business Consultant

Don Rowe

Don graduated with a BS in Electrical Engineering and earned an MBA. He has 40 years of experience with a number of high tech companies in the area of instrumentation, computers, lasers and satellite communications. He has been involved with most aspects of the business, especially sales, marketing and general management, as well as considerable experience in international business.

Don enjoys working with startups and early stage companies in any business area and with companies looking to expand and/or move into new opportunities. He likes helping clients to develop business plans and strategies, financial models and to focus their activities and resources. Due to his overseas assignments in the past, Don speaks some Spanish and German.

Business Consultant

Jim Olp

Jim Olp has a depth of experience derived not just from his many years working with SBDCs, but also from his ownership of more than a dozen small businesses. He has taught virtually every aspect of small business management and operations at the college level for more than three decades. Jim has exceptional expertise in business financing options and can assist clients in structuring their business plans and pro forma projections toward the goal of securing financing. He can also assist with questions related to the various taxes and accounting problems.

Location: 

I-70 corridor from Denver to Rifle and related counties, including Summit, Grand, Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin

Business Consultant

Tom Erhart

Tom has over 30 years of upper level business management experience with an emphasis on operations, sales, marketing, human resources, organizational efficiency, community relations, project management and entrepreneurial leadership. He also has extensive experience in manufacturing, retail, building materials, hospitality and service industries.

Tom has a Masters in Business Management, started and owned several small businesses, and most recently operates as a business counselor and coach for entrepreneurs from start-up through growth stages.

Business Consultant

Jill Lau

Jill Lau is the founder of JRL Digital Media. From web design and redesign, SEO content marketing, social media management, brand strategy, email campaigns and offline marketing initiatives, Jill builds a comprehensive and targeted marketing strategy in order to help businesses increase lead generation online.

Jill has a special interest in personal branding. Your name is your brand. Having consistent brand clarity online is key to validating your business to new customers. As search engines become smarter, local ranking factors like business information and customer reviews are becoming more important in rankings. Actively managing your business online is crucial to ensuring that your business does not become obsolete online. The internet is truly an intricate web, everything is connected, and your website is at the center. All facets of digital marketing are intertwined, and having a robust presence online is key to growing your business.

Business Consultant

Larry Williams

Larry Williams has over forty years in positions contributing directly to the growth and success of various enterprises from small businesses to Fortune 250 companies. His career spans involvement in technical operations, business development, strategic marketing, technology development and integration, and enterprise resource management. Noted for highly effective communications skills and effective use of information technology, he has performed numerous technical and management assessments of various business issues to define the path to business growth and sustainable competitive advantage.