I was born in Irving, Texas and my mother and I moved to Colorado in 1972. I have called Colorado my home ever since. I grew up in one of the first PUD planned developments of its kind in the state. I graduated from Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District in 1985. While in high school I discovered I was highly creative and, slightly, outspoken. I attended Texas Tech University with the goal of majoring in commercial art. Two semesters later I determined that my interests were better matched in the field of Landscape Architecture.
I graduated from Tech and I proceeded introduced myself to the working world. I landed a job with a concrete construction company based in Longmont and one of my first projects was working on the roadways/ highways that led to, what would become, DIA. After laboring through a couple of scorching summers and frigid winters, I was offered an opportunity to work for the City of Westminster as a Landscape Architect- I jumped at the prospect. I accepted the position and a huge pay cut, you’ve got to start somewhere, right? I spent almost 20 years working in all aspects of land planning, landscape architecture, and land development. I was blessed to receive guidance and mentoring from some of the most accomplished in the field.
Throughout my varied work experience, I collaborated with many city and county boards to achieve planning goals, managing budgets, and assisting in maintaining overall master plans. I created and sat on HOA boards and addressed homeowner concerns on a daily basis. As a site manager, I scrutinized developments every day and recognized certain details that, if done slightly different, would have a positive influence on the final project. I’m now a self-proclaimed critic. Every time I drive by new or completed development, I feel the need to critique.
I have lived in Erie with my wife, Hope, for 4 years. I have met outstanding characters and even more outstanding people. I love living in Erie!
Committee to Elect Jim Luthi