Larimer Small Business Development Center - Fort Collins Staff


Mike O’Connell

Mike O’Connell earned a business degree with a marketing emphasis from Purdue University, and worked in a variety of executive sales, marketing, and business unit management positions, including eleven years with Thermadyne Holdings, North America’s third largest manufacturer of metal cutting and welding equipment. In 2001, O’Connell purchased Mountain Woods Furniture (MWF), a leading national designer/manufacturer of rustic hand-crafted furniture, and co-owned and operated that business until its’ sale in December 2011. MWF’s products were sold through Cabelas, national furniture e-tailers, furniture stores, and to resorts and lodges desiring a rustic style. He provided over 6,000 paychecks to American manufacturing workers during his ownership of MWF.

O’Connell is currently a Board member with NoCoNet, a volunteer organization which provides support, advice, and networking opportunities to 250+ professional job-seekers in Northern Colorado. He enjoys spending time with his three children, hiking and exercising, playing guitar, and photography.

Assistant Director

Terri Donovan-Keirns

Terri Donovan-Keirns has been with the SBDC since November of 2009 and brings a wide variety of experiences with her. Terri graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies. She managed a local day care center for 10 years at which time the family construction business was growing rapidly. For the next 12 years Terri managed the family construction business with 5 other partners. During that time they started 4 additional companies in the areas of land development and rental properties. Terri also had a brief period working in the insurance industry.

Terri and her husband Randy of 33 years have 4 children, ages 31 – 19.

Administrative Assistant

Becky Douthit

Becky Douthit is the Administrative Assistant at the Larimer SBDC. Becky is a native of Fort Collins, CO and graduated from Poudre High School. She brings a wide variety of experiences with her. She has worked for an online correspondence school and most recently was the secretary of one of Loveland’s Elementary schools. Her understanding of small businesses comes naturally as both her parents and husband own their own mechanic businesses. She understands both the struggles and successes.

Becky and her husband Jason have 4 children combined, ages 13 – 18. They love spending time on road trips, camping and spending time with their family.

Loveland Business Development Center

Kat Rico

Kat has a strong operation and marketing track record having worked in the marketing and leadership positions in a variety of organizations including the Larimer SBDC. Most recently she held the title of Digital Marketing Manager for International Sports Management in Portland, OR. Kat is a Colorado native, raised in the NOCO community; she and her husband Kenny live in Greeley and work locally. Kat received her Bachelor of Science from Regis University, majoring in Business Administration.

Estes Park Economic Development Corporation

Vice President Estes Park EDC

Adam Shake

Adam Shake is the Vice President of the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation. Prior to arriving in Estes Park, Shake served as the Department of Homeland Security Transportation Security Agency Program Manager. Since his arrival in Estes Park, Shake has served on the boards of Visit Estes Park, Estes Valley Partners for Commerce, Rocky Mountain Performing Arts Center and Flinch Forward as well as volunteering for many other community initiatives.