Lyle Johnston is from Salida, Colorado, and has been keeping bees his entire life. His grandfather was one of the first livelihood-based beekeepers in Colorado. Lyle has been a leading officer in a number of beekeeping organizations over the years, at both regional and national levels. In the past he has managed hives in 10 different states, but Colorado has always been his home state where he is one of the larger operations. Lyle maintains an active interest in and helps beekeepers engaged on many different levels of involvement.
Derrick Mannes is from, Western Colorado and manages over 1,300 hives in both Colorado and California. He is a partner in one of the larger beekeeping operations in Western Colorado. In previous years, Derrick has worked in commercial queen rearing operations in Hawaii.
Jacy Johnston Eylar is a fourth generation Colorado heritage beekeeper. After finishing college, Jacy decided that she wanted to continue with the 107 year old family tradition of beekeeping. With her sister, Jamie, Jacy founded their own business Beeyond The Hive in 2005 which sells dozens of honey products at locations across the Colorado. The CPBA officers are very appreciative to have Jacy’s business skills and dedication as Secretary/Treasurer.
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Paul Limbach is a second generation heritage beekeeper located in Western Colorado. Paul’s father started Western Colorado Honey in Silt, Colorado in 1946 and Paul became CEO in 1976. Paul attended Colorado State University, graduating with honors with a B.S. & M.S. in Entomology. His academic advisor was Dr. Bob Simpson, former CSU Apiologist, who many older beekeepers in Colorado remember. Since the mid-1970’s Western Colorado Honey has managed over 2500 hives for honey production and pollination services. In addition to his beekeeping activities, Paul has been a leading officer in beekeeping associations at the State and National levels, and he has always been interested in helping beekeepers at all levels of experience. With his wife Nanci, they also operate the Pauline Schneegas Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, which is supported by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Scott Rice is a fourth generation member of the renowned Rice family and Rice’s Lucky Clover Honey company located in Greeley, Colorado. The Rice family has been keeping bees and packing honey since 1924 – now into a fifth generation. They are decidedly one of Colorado’s oldest heritage beekeeping families. L.R. Rice and Rice Family Raw & Unfiltered Honey are sold in stores and markets throughout Colorado and are probably the most widely distributed brand of Colorado honey sold here.
Danny Culhane is from another heritage beekeeping family in Colorado, and has been beekeeping all of his life. The Culhane family has been selling honey continuously on the Western Slope starting with Danny’s father, Vernon, in 1925. Vernon bought Honeyville in 1986 from the Mayer family who started it in 1918 in California and relocated to Durango in 1953. Danny and his wife Sheree have built the Honeyville business into a regionally famous source for not only honey, but for many honey-related products as well. Nowadays, Danny and Sheree operate Honeyville with their son Kevin, the third generation of beekeeping Culhanes. Danny, Sheree and Kevin remain dedicated to informing and educating the general public about the wonderful products and benefits we derive from the honey bee.
Hellen Jones with her husband Tom, have been beekeeping in Eastern Colorado for over 50 years. Tom and Hellen regularly attend craft shows where they sell their honey and bee products. Hellen was the Secretary for the original State beekeeping organization – the CBA – for over 13 years continuously, and she never missed a meeting! She was responsible for the overall fiscal as well as organizational operations of that organization. The CPBA Officers are pleased to have Hellen as one of our Directors as not only a resource of knowledge and experience, but also as part of the institutional memory of beekeeping in Colorado.
Al Summers is originally from Southern California, where he grew-up around beekeepers and beekeeping. As a child and teenager, the County Bee Inspector was Al’s neighbor. Al worked in commercial beekeeping, honey and beeswax processing in the early 1960’s. In addition to the practical aspects of beekeeping, Al has studied Entomology and Apiculture at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Al moved to Colorado in 1976 and resumed beekeeping (got new hives) in 1983. He has served as an officer or been a member in numerous beekeeping organizations at local, regional, national and international levels.
Bob Todd is a lifelong Colorado beekeeper, and for many years has operated a comb honey operation in Boulder County. Bob also has for many years mentored and helped local beekeepers with their beekeeping operations. Together with CPBA graphic designer Michael Hall, they own and operate Sweet Tooth Farms AKA Rabbit Mountain Comb Honey in Lyons, Colorado.
Matthew Hoepfinger is from Golden, Colorado and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science. In the last 25 years he has worked for small tech start-ups to fortune 150 companies as a software engineer. Matt is relatively new to the vocation of beekeeping, but his enthusiasm and attention to detail are both excellent predictors for successful beekeeping. Matt currently manages about a dozen hives. The other CPBA officers are very appreciative of Matt’s skills and knowledge and in getting the CPBA established.