Leadership Steamboat

Examining the Community, Creating Future Leaders

Since 1992, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Colorado Mountain College have facilitated the Leadership Steamboat class, a leadership training program organized to develop leaders in business and community service. Each session, twenty students are selected from a myriad of local businesses to meet roughly once a month and learn more about the community through field trips and forums designed around the basic elements of the local economy and politics as well as the issues, infrastructure, and local businesses that interest the class.

Being a leader in our valley is a choice we make. Leadership can take a variety of forms; it can lie dormant for years and emerge suddenly due to a passion or life experience; it can be a lifestyle. There are many styles of leadership - from charismatic figurehead to quiet sage. In any case, a certain commitment to improving our world, whatever that may be, is a crucial component. To improve our world requires understanding. As Steven Covey found in his famous 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, one such habit is "Seek first to understand, then to be understood." Understanding the issues facing this valley, the politics, and the players is a first step in discovering what role we might play in improving this world, this valley, this community.

2013/14 Leadership Application

2013/14 Course Outline and Schedule

Program Facilitators

Randy Rudasics – Manager, Bogue Enterprise Center at Colorado Mountain College since 2006. Previously Randy was President of Star Staffing Services in South Bend, Indiana and was a Manager with Hewlett Packard Company. Randy is a 2007 Leadership Steamboat graduate. 819-2016, rudasics_1@msn.com

Tom has 30 years of experience starting and facilitating leadership programs from around the country.

2013 Leadership Class Project

The 2013 class invites you to stroll through downtown and enjoy the artistic benches that were created and installed in the 2013 class project.

The Flight of Art Bench

Located at Quiksilver (see right photo below), sponsored by Howelsen Place/Green Courte Partners.
Creators: Travis Mathey, Architect for Vertical Arts, Stephen Weinress of Storm Mountain Metal and Travis Holmquist of HLCC

This piece began as an abstraction of a ski jumper's aerodynamic form during flight. As this form evolved a more general use of the "flying on skis" theme came about. The sensation of flying, gliding, and floating is a thrill familiar to us in Steamboat Springs. Flying down a mountain bike run, gliding above the tree tops by paraglider, or floating through deep powder on a snow machine, there is something indescribable about these sensations. The form of this bench draws from many of these recreational activities.

The cantilevered steel base on this bench is a sculptural blur between the human form and their flight device. The technology that enables out flight is constantly taking new form, shaping our ability to fly faster, farther, and safer.

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Woven Valley Bike Bench

Located at Carl's Tavern (see left photo above), sponsored by Howelsen Place/Green Courte Partners.
Creators: Melissa Trueblood, Architect for Vertical Arts, and Travis Holmquist of HLCC

As the sun sets around the valley, the light plays deep into the trees creating a playful warmth, as it does with this bench. The elements that form this bench create a space similar to the valley that we live in. The wood elements allow for a quick seat, or the option to lounge in the warmth of the sun. Also, the wood segments that play off the end of the bench individually lend themselves to be a place for bikes to be locked up or simply an extension of the seating.

Community Bench

Located at All That Jazz (see left photo below), sponsored by Alpenglow/Green Courte Partners.
Creators: Brian Lech and Cactus of Artifact Furniture

The ring shape of the Community bench was constructed as a representation of the unity in Steamboat Springs. There was a mountain community in our valley long before there was a ski hill, it's this unique quality that separates us from other resort towns in the west. 

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River Run Bench

Located at Steamboat Art Museum (see right photo above) sponsored by Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Creators: Sarah Tiedeken, Architect for Vertical Arts, and Travis Holmquist of HLCC

The Yampa River is an integral part of Steamboat Springs and a lifeline of the businesses along Yampa Street. River Run sets out to emulate the flow of the river as it cascades over rocks and tumbles back onto itself.

The laser cut etchings seek to give the bench the movement of water flowing, while the continuous metal sheet gives the bench its rigitiy and strong form. The undulations in the bench also create opportunities for multiple uses. One can sit in all directions, lean back as if on a lounge chair, and children can play and slide.

The simple material pallette will make the bench strong and maintenance free over its lifetime. The "Gun Blue" finish on the surface of the metal will give the bench a deep blue patina that is weather and rust resistant. The patina will add dimension to the color, making it iridescent. The bench will change color depending on the time of day and angle in which the viewer stands.

We Would Like to Thank...

Thank you to the following people and businesses who have helped make these artistic benches a reality.

Thank you to Tom Kern, Randy Rudasics, and the Leadership Steamboat 2013 Team Members for all their hard work. Thank you to all the sponsors, artists, and creators listed above. Also, thank you to Main Street Steamboat, Steamboat Art Museum, QuikSilver, Carl’s, All That Jazz and the City of Steamboat (Parks and Recreation Department).

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The 2012/2013 Leadership Class Graduates