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 100 plus 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.
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.
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 Rabbit Farm honey, a comb honey operation in Boulder County. Bob has for many years mentored and helped local beekeepers with their beekeeping operations. He has also partnered with Colorado State University supporting their research by donating hives, mentoring bee club members and participating in the research there.
Matthew Hoepfinger is from Golden, Colorado and has a Master’s degree in Computer Science. After 25 years working as a software engineer in the telecom industry he shifted careers in 2019 and is now a professional in the bee industry. Matt currently works for Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) on the Tech Team in California as a Honey Bee Health Field Specialist. In addition to working for BIP, Matt is also the owner of Hep Farm Honey and director of Mountain High Beekeepers Association.
Jack Moore is originally from Northern Florida were his fascination with bees began in the 1st grade. His background is in mechanical engineering, computer science, and history. After a 30 year hiatus from honeybees he moved to Grand Junction, Colorado and took up beekeeping professionally. Jack is the owner of Sticky Bear Apiary and provides bees and consulting services to other beekeepers. He is also a technical instructor at Western Colorado Community College where he teaches science-based beekeeping classes. Jack is involved with Western Colorado Beekeepers Association and has served on their board for several years in various positions including his current position as President.
Mike Andree is a commercial beekeeper operating out of Salida, CO where he and his wife Jamie run 800 colonies for honey production. In the winter Mike works for Lyle Johnston, helping to place more than 60,000 colonies for almond pollination. In 2006, Mike began work at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and Penn State University as a Research Technician under the direction of Dennis vanEngelsdorp during the onslaught of Colony Collapse Disorder. There he assisted in the execution of various honey bee health surveillance projects in conjunction with the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD. In 2011, Mike joined Northern California queen breeders participating in the newly formed Bee Informed Partnership, as the first ‘Tech Transfer Team’ member. The project was developed to help bridge the gap between scientists and beekeepers. During Mike’s seven years in research his main duties were to assemble field and lab data through hive inspections, surveys, and sample collections. He was also responsible for processing and distributing samples as well as reporting results to beekeepers. It was the enjoyment of working in the field and alongside beekeepers that led to his love for the industry.