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Welcome to the Larimer County Workforce Center!
Meet the Business Team
Economic Development Manager / Enterprise Zone Administrator / Workforce Investment Board Liaison
Jacob has called Fort Collins home since 1997 when he began his studies at Colorado State University. While at CSU, he earned three undergraduate degrees (Agricultural Business, Foreign Language and Literature, and Economics), and a double masters in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise Program (M.S.B.A.) and Agricultural and Resource Economics- all from CSU. While attending graduate school, Jacob launched his first company called PowerMundo, which was called one of six ideas that will change world, according to CNN/Money. Since then, he has launched Panda Bicycles, a leading edge bamboo bicycle designer and manufacturer headquartered in Fort Collins. Jacob’s economic development work began at the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation and it continues as Economic Development Manager at the Larimer County Workforce Center. Additionally, he serves on the Boards of Directors for the Sustainable Living Association and the Rocky Mountain Innosphere, and he teaches a course on Global Sustainability at CSU.
Business Development Manager
Adam joined the Larimer County Workforce Center in 2004 and has supported the invention and re-invention of a variety of services including Colorado Youth Wins, internships, wage reimbursement (OJT), incumbent worker training and other services offered by Larimer County workforce Center’s Business Development Team. A Loveland native, Adam has a MEd from Colorado State University and has worked in career counseling, K-12 education, food service, hospitality, and facilities management throughout Larimer County. As Business Development Manager, he builds relationships with local business leaders in order to collaborate and offer solutions to workforce needs. He understands what makes Northern Colorado special, and works every day to support it!
Business Services Consultant
Martha’s professional history includes senior management positions in state and national government and in higher education. In her Workforce Center role, Martha works with employers to establish on-the-job training opportunities for qualified candidates.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Jarvis Christian College in Hawkins, Texas; a Masters of Public Health in Health Services Administration and Community Health and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Management and Policy Sciences from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, Texas.
Business Development Department Specialist
Emma is a Kansas City native who recently came to Fort Collins, and has enjoyed getting to know a new landscape and a wonderful town. She has a passion for supporting and serving her community.
That passion has led her to volunteer roles in the community and service for several seasons with the Larimer County Conservation Corps. With a thirst for learning, she comes to Larimer County business services with a keen interest in discovering the business needs and economic development taking place in this wonderful community. Emma holds degrees in Biology and Spanish Language and Culture from Iowa State University – “Go Cyclones!”
Business Training Coordinator
Mike has been a business owner, business coach and corporate communication strategist for more than 30 years. In his role with the Workforce Center, Mike is responsible for providing area businesses with professional development workshops and business leader roundtables. Mike teaches brand communication and entrepreneurship in a master’s degree program at West Virginia University. He earned his MBA and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also serves as a CSU Entrepreneurship Institute advisor. The Nebraska native co-authored The Educated Franchisee, a guide for prospective business owners. He has held leadership roles with many nonprofit, government and Chamber boards of directors and has served as a Planning Commissioner. Mike and Deborah Kohler have co-owned their professional services consulting firm since 2004 and are passionate about supporting and strengthening small and medium-sized businesses.
Business Development Consultant
After having lived in 5 different states over the course of her career with the airline industry, Marie made Colorado her forever home in 2012. She joined the Larimer County Workforce Center’s Business Development Team with a passion for working with the local business community. She brings tremendous enthusiasm to her work, whether she is problem solving, providing candidate assessments, postings jobs, organizing hiring events, or any other challenge presented to her on a daily basis. Marie earned her degree in Organizational Communication from California State University in Fresno, CA and outside of work dedicates a great deal of time and energy to supporting charitable organizations.
Regional Veterans Reprensentative
As a member of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) team, Shelly is excited to work with the Larimer County Workforce Center promoting capacity building with focus on veteran employment. He works closely with workforce team members, workforce investment boards, local elected officials, employers and veterans in Colorado promoting the advantages of hiring qualified veteran job candidates. Prior to joining CDLE, Shelly spent many years in the private sector where he worked closely with businesses in developing partnerships that improved their bottom line and enhanced the opportunities for the communities served.
Business Development Consultant
A Cheyenne native with a passion for travel, Jackie perfected her resourcefulness and customer service skills while working in the airline industry. She learned recruiting business while working as an on-site staffing coordinator and recruiter at a local hi-tech company. She has been with the Larimer County Workforce Center for over 10 years and provides business with a wide variety of services including hiring event coordination, recruiting, layoffs and transitions services, and more. Jackie also represents Larimer County in the WY-CO Regional Workforce Partnership, ensuring that relationships and shared resources throughout Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming are optimized for business.