Jennifer L. Schubert-Akin — Chairman

Jennifer Schubert-AkinJennifer 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. Read More

Rick Akin — Vice Chairman

Rick AkinJennifer’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.  Read More

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. Read More

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. Read More

Ron Lazof

Ron Lazof Ron 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. Read More

Jean Pierre Sagouspe

Jean Pierre SagouspeJean 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. Read More

Dr. Matthew Spalding

Dr. 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. Read More

Bridgett Wagner

Bridgett Wagner is a well-known leader in the conservative movement. She is the vice president for external relations at The Heritage Foundation, a leading conservative think tank in Washington D.C. Her previous positions at Heritage include: director of development, director of business relations, and director of events. Read More

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. Read More

Anne A. Lowe (Ex Officio)

Anne A. LoweAnne 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. Read More