Jennifer L. Schubert-Akin — Chairman

Jennifer L. Schubert-Akin -- Chairman

Jennifer Schubert-Akin and her husband, Rick Akin, co-founded The Steamboat Institute in 2008. They have lived in beautiful Steamboat Springs, Colorado, since 1995. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and received her M.B.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Jennifer founded Marathon Accounting Services, LLC, in 1999, providing accounting and consulting services to a variety of small businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Beginning in 2014, Jennifer assumed a full-time role as Chairman and CEO of The Steamboat Institute.

Jennifer is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and also served on that organization’s Advisory Board for several years. In 2013, she and Rick received the “Leaders in Action” award from the Leadership Program of the Rockies. She is a member of the Advisory Council for Turning Point USA and the Advisory Board for Docs 4 Patient Care Foundation.

Jennifer was formerly Chairman of the Routt County Republican Central Committee and has also participated in many community activities in Steamboat Springs, including serving as Community Representative on the Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board, Steamboat Marathon Committee, Tax Policy Advisory Board appointed by the Steamboat Springs City Council and many other activities. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys trail running with her 4-legged children, Boomer and Cruiser. She has completed 3 Leadville Trail 100-mile Races, the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and the last 21 consecutive Boston Marathons, raising $83,000+ for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society along the way.

Rick Akin — Vice Chairman

rick-akinFounding Member, The Akin Law Firm, LLC, Attorneys and Counselors, Denver, Austin, and Steamboat Springs

Jennifer’s husband, Rick, is the Vice Chairman and a co-founder of The Steamboat Institute. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Letters Degree with Highest Honors from the University of Oklahoma and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and The Texas Law Review.  Rick is currently an owner of The Akin Law Firm, LLC with offices in Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  Rick began his career at Austin’s largest law firm, Clark Thomas & Winters, where he was a shareholder and member of the management committee before moving to Steamboat Springs in 1995.  Rick has also served as a member of the board of Directors of Marathon Kids, a non-profit corporation dedicated to exercise and healthy habits for school age children.  He is a former member of Steamboat Pilot & Today Editorial Board and the Routt County Airport Board and is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.   In 2013, Jennifer and Rick received the “Leader in Action” award from the Leadership Program of the Rockies.  Rick enjoys fishing, canoeing, hiking, and climbing 14ers.

Gary Hofmeister — Treasurer

gary-hofmeisterMost people know Gary Hofmeister from Hofmeister Personal Jewelers which he founded 36 years ago and remains the C.E.O. Prior to entering the jewelry industry, he was a professional singer/actor, salesman and health administrator. Though he says he never had one conservative professor all the way through his undergraduate studies nor his graduate work at Purdue, he has been an active conservative most of his life and was the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in 1998 for the 10th congressional district.

Gary’s political beliefs also led him to teach Applied Economics for Junior Achievement in several high schools for 10 years. Taking it to another level in 1992, he began going to the former Soviet Union to share Democratic Capitalism and his experiences as an entrepreneur after the Berlin Wall fell. He made 18 such trips developing his own curricula and running seminars from one to three days in various cities. Most trips lasted about three weeks.

Gary also hosted a political talk show in 1990-91 called TALK OF THE CITY and another for WFYI from 2004-06 called BROADWAY MEMORIES: MUSIC AND THE STARS, drawing on his experiences as a Broadway singer.

He is married to JoAnne and together they share 20 grandchildren.

Anne A. Lowe

Anne and her husband Rich have lived part time in Steamboat Springs for more than a decade, and have been full time residents since 2007.  Steamboat provides excellent recreational opportunities for the sports Anne enjoys such as skiing, hiking, biking and horseback riding.  Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Anne earned a BS in Biology and later a BS in Pharmacy, both from the University of Utah.  She later received her Pharmacy Doctorate (Pharm D) from the University of Colorado in 2006.  Anne is a Clinical Pharmacist and Anticoagulation Specialist at Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs.  This year Anne graduated from The Leadership Program of the Rockies, LPR Class of 2013.  She and her husband have three grown children and two grandkids.  Anne claims that becoming a grandma has been her motivation for involvement with The Steamboat Institute and LPR in the principled fight for liberty. She realizes that as Ronald Reagan said,  “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.”

The Honorable Bob Beauprez

bob-beauprezBob Beauprez is a Colorado native, buffalo rancher, author, former dairyman and Member of Congress.

Raised on a third generation dairy farm near Lafayette, he spent 20 years in partnership with his parents and brother marketing their animals across the globe. Following his dairy career, Bob purchased and managed a community bank growing assets from $4 to over $400 million in 12 years. He also managed the family’s real estate development, creating a 1500 residential unit golf course community.

In 2002, Bob was elected as the first representative from Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, and re-elected in 2004. While in Congress, he served on the Ways & Means, Transportation, and Veterans Committees. He was the Republican nominee for Governor in 2006 and 2014.

In 2007 Bob founded a public policy e-magazine, A Line of Sight. His work has been featured in National Review, The Washington Times,, RealClearPolitics, Politico, The Hill, The Daily Caller, The Denver Post, and numerous other publications. In 2009, Bob published his first book, A Return to Values: a Conservative looks at his Party, that has been applauded for his bold “Agenda for America,” a strategic plan to reclaim the nation’s greatness.

In addition to his writing, political, and other activities, Bob says his greatest enjoyment comes from Eagle’s Wing Ranch, the buffalo breeding ranch in the northern Colorado Mountains he operates with Claudia, his wife of 44 years, and Jim and Julie Beauprez, their son and daughter-in-law. It’s where he and Claudia love to spend time with their four children and four grandchildren and count their abundant blessings.

Allen Fuller

allen-fullerWith over a decade of experience blending marketing, design, technology, and politics, Allen Fuller currently leads the Principles That Matter project at The Centennial Institute, a Colorado-based think tank. During his career he has served as a legislative staffer in the US Senate and a communications director in the US House, staffed numerous campaigns, advised Fortune 50 companies, led innovation as the chief operating officer of a tech startup, and founded Flat Creek – a digital agency with over 300 clients across 35 states and 3 continents.

In each role he has focused on weaving emerging technology with advocacy for the principles he believes in. Allen holds a masters degree in eCommerce from The University of Alabama and is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies where he received the 2013 Defender of the Declaration award. He resides in Boulder County, Colorado with his wife and two daughters. Connect with Allen on Twitter @allenfuller.

Ron Lazof

Lazof, Ron - Head ShotRon is a Managing Director and Member of Prism Advisers, L.L.C. and Prism Advisors of Texas L.L.C. management advisory and consulting organizations focusing on emerging growth businesses ($10MM to $500MM in sales), founder of, a forum for the expression of current American issues and solutions, and an active investor.

He was previously President and C.E.O. of Behr Process Corporation, manufacturer of “Behr” paints and coatings. During his five year tenure at Behr he provided the leadership to grow sales from $250 million to $1 billion, while increasing profitability (dollars and percentage) in each year, and transformed the company from a privately held family business to a publicly held, multi-plant manufacturer and distributor of paints and coatings.

Prior to that he was for twenty-five years, the senior shareholder and founder of Lazof and Coss, attorneys, of Newport Beach, California with a practice limited to corporate, taxation and merger and acquisition representation. During the course of his legal practice he participated in over 300 acquisitions ranging in size from $5MM to in excess of $2B.

He graduated from California State University at Northridge with a B.S., in accounting cum laude, and from UCLA with a J.D., magna cum laude. He has also held licenses in California as a Certified Public Accountant, Real Estate Broker, and Life Agent.

Ron has served as a director of the Y.M.C.A., Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Laguna Art Museum, the U.C.I. Foundation, the U.C.L.A. Law Alumni Association, as well as several other boards of for profit and not for profit organizations, including the Lazof Family Foundation, Job Creators Alliance and Founding Circle and Member of the National Finance Committee of The George W. Bush Center. Ron frequently writes, speaks and comments on economic, financial and political affairs.

He is married to Chenza, has two children, five grandchildren, and lives in Dallas, Texas and Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Jean Pierre Sagouspe

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Jean Pierre Sagouspe is the third generation of a French Basque immigrant family. Originally, the family was in the sheep business but gradually moved into farming, primarily growing almonds and pistachios in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Jean is married with 2 children and four grandchildren. All family members are involved in today’s family farming business.  Jean started his own farming business after high school, got married and finished college with an AA degree in Ag business, all the while making a living in the farming business.

Jean enjoys big game hunting and flyfishing with his friends and family at the fabulous Ghost Ranch located near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Today, Jean and his family have a vertically integrated almond farm in California that includes growing, hulling and shelling, marketing and processing almonds for sale and delivery to consumers around the world. The Sagouspe family also has successful ranching and real estate ventures in the Steamboat Springs-Yampa Valley area of Northwest Colorado.

Jean has been and continues to be at the leading edge of developing economical water treatment facilities and hardware for the desalinization of brackish water for agricultural uses on farm. He is also a pioneer for on-farm solar generation to power all of the on-farm electricity needed to develop a self-contained, vertically integrated family farming operation.

Jean is a leader in promoting equitable and universal application of environmental laws. Under his leadership, the Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy & Reliability (CESAR) was formed. CESAR is a conservation group for the 21st century, with a focus on gathering the BEST SCIENCE to effectively protect the environment and the economy.  CESAR works to ensure the fair, equitable and universal application of environmental laws, with the belief that no one – not even the government – should be exempt from the rules and regulations created by these laws.

Dr. Matthew Spalding

Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs — Hillsdale College

matthew-spaldingMatthew Spalding is Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. As such he oversees the operations of the Kirby Center and the various academic and educational programs of Hillsdale in the nation’s capital.

He is the best-selling author of We Still Hold These Truths: Rediscovering Our Principles, Reclaiming Our Future, which details America’s core principles, shows how they have come under assault by modern progressive-liberalism and lays out a strategy to recover them. Spalding also is executive editor of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution, a line-by-line analysis of each clause of the U.S. Constitution. His other books include A Sacred Union of Citizens: Washington’s Farewell Address and the American Character; Patriot Sage: George Washington and the American Political Tradition; and The Founders’ Almanac: A Practical Guide to the Notable Events, Greatest Leaders & Most Eloquent Words of the American Founding.

Prior to joining Hillsdale, Dr. Spalding was Vice President of American Studies at The Heritage Foundation and founding director of its B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics. He continues at Heritage as the Henry Salvatori Visiting Fellow, and is also a Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in government from the Claremont Graduate School. In addition to teaching at Hillsdale, he has taught at George Mason University, the Catholic University of America and Claremont McKenna College.

He and his wife Elizabeth, a 1988 Hillsdale alumna, currently reside with their two children in Arlington, Virginia.

Cheri Carsten (Ex Officio)

cheri-carstenCheri Carsten is an active and enthusiastic volunteer for conservative causes and candidates in Colorado, and nationally. She is a native of Colorado and an avid horsewoman. She had a first career as a Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army serving in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and then as a civilian with the Department of Defense in Germany and Washington DC with a specialty in Organizational Development. Cheri holds a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. In her second career, Cheri was a senior Human Resources Management executive for several large corporations including Prudential and a subsidiary of Air Canada. Cheri is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.