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Master Association Board Candidates

2019 Master Association Board Candidates
(in alphabetical order)

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Scotty Martin

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Seth Murphy

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Scotty Martin
Seth Murphy

*Note: Candidates Jack Sawatzki and Matthew Purdy withdrew their applications. 

Scotty Martin

General Information (Contact Info, Community Involvement, etc.)

  • Email: scotty@martinize.com
  • Phone: 303-669-6866
  • Community Area: Valley
  • Resident Since: 2002
  • Occupation: Consultant
  • Involvement in Community Organizations: Leadership Douglas County (Trainer/Volunteer), City and County of Denver (Manager, Budget Office), Boy Scouts Troop 686 Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Hobbies: When I’m not doing my best to be a good husband and father, I enjoy tennis, volunteering, hockey, skiing/snowboarding, and hiking.

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

I’ve been a resident in Ken-Caryl Ranch since 2002. During that time, I’ve been focused on being the best husband I can be, being an Assistant Scoutmaster for my son’s Boy Scout Troop, volunteering at Chatfield High School, coaching volleyball, all while growing as a municipal leader working for two Mayors in Denver’s Budget Office. I recently left civil service to work as a consultant to several local area governments in the Front-Range, but I long for a way to get involved right here in Ken-Caryl, my own community. In short, I’m hoping to be of service here in our community rather than downtown where they have a $1.2 billion budget or consulting to local governments with over 6,000 team members. I long to meet more of my neighbors, to learn what they value about our community, and empower us to be even more data driven in our decision making. I would love the opportunity to actively facilitate and get involved in the conversations that will impact Ken-Caryl in the next 3 to 10 years.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMA Board of Directors?

I bring an eclectic balance of budgeting, facilitation, strategic planning, information technology, and data science skills with me. I’m a civil/environmental engineer by training that, through the luck of a varied consulting career, somehow landed me as a civil servant in Denver. While working for Denver, I built an internal process improvement and data science team that trained over 6,500 FTE in five years. Those trainees identified and implemented $22M of efficiencies and by doing so gained national and international recognition for the City and County of Denver. I humbly bring these skills in hopes of learning more about my neighbors, learning more about the history of our community, and ultimately learning how best to be of service if called upon for a role on our Master Association Board of Directors.

On which committee(s) do you wish to serve as a liaison? Why?

If called upon to join a committee or nominate committee members, I would want to learn more in order to be thoughtful about each committee. However, during a quick review of the committees there are three that seem to align best with how we might best leverage my background and experience:

•        Architectural Committee – One way in which a group of residents can directly translate their values into actions and norms is by setting the architectural look-and-feel standards for their community. I would be honored, if called upon, to help facilitate those values into our architectural standards. I feel that serving on this committee may be one of the highest duties a member of our Board can fulfill.

•        Community Planning Committee – It’s invigorating to think about collaborating with the Metro District (MD) and engaging our neighbors to document our collective vision for the next 5 to 10 years. I’d be honored to serve as a liaison on this committee to build close, trusting relationships with the MD board, with MD team members, experts, and our neighbors during future planning events. It may be important to catalog our accomplishments and measure the impact our current KC2020 plan has had before embarking on creating the next strategic plan for Ken-Caryl Ranch.

•        Historical Society Committee – I read a lot of history because knowing history helps me feel connected with the past and to feel more connected with where we came from. I also feel history helps set the foundation for our future. History is a passion of mine, and I’d respectfully want to join in hopes of finding ways to help protect our collections of distant history as well as find ways to add recent history before it’s lost in the fast-paced life we all lead.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next three years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

  • Planning our Future – I’d use my strategic planning background to help guide the next vision of our future in a collaborative manner. I’d seek to involve everyone in that process, including our sister organization, KCRMD.
  • Preserving What Makes KCR so Wonderful – I want to protect and promote KCR’s Open Spaces and surrounding beauty in a balanced, thoughtful, and data-driven way. We can leverage surveys and public input to inform decisions. There are always common-sense ways to balance shared values. We all desire to protect these assets and enjoy them. I seek to be a sensible representative, listening to all and giving voice to KCR’s silent majority.
  • Reserving KCR for KCR – During initial discussions with neighbors and groups, we should address how we ensure KCR residents are the ones enjoying our open spaces and sharing them with friends.
  • Investing in our Rich History – I’m a history buff and would commit to finding ways of investing in stories of KCR history and preserve our historical assets.
  • Community Safety – I would want to improve our partnership with our sheriff and fire protection district. They continue to teach and protect us, and a renewed partnership should aim at improving our overall sense of security.
  • Revenue Shortfalls for our Community Partners – It’s been my experience that it’s harder to budget good revenue years compared to years with revenue shortfalls. Our KCRMD partner is experiencing the strain of keeping expenditures in line with revenues. I’d seek to build a trusting partnership with them to help if and where appropriate since we can’t thrive if they aren’t thriving as well.
  • Partnering with Jefferson County Schools – Let’s improve our partnership with Jeffco Schools and schools in our community. It’s how we attract and retain quality neighbors who share our values of family, outdoors, respect, kindness, and lifetime learning.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

Simply put, my vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch is:

“Ken-Caryl will become THE sought-after community by every family in the Denver Metro Area.”

What is your philosophy toward Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities and spending money on those amenities?

I come with a background in fiscal management and data analysis that heavily influences what might be considered my philosophy of our amenities and spending money on those amenities. That philosophy may be summarized with the following phrases:

•          “Live within our means”

•          “The dollars we spend should have some measurable impact”

•          “What we spend money on demonstrates our community values”

What this means is we should strive to keep all things in balance. Spending money proactively now to save replacement costs in the future seems appropriate, and data, rather than emotions, should drive those spending decisions. I believe in maintaining investments and making good on financial promises before chasing any new investment opportunities. I also believe in being open to change and recognizing that sometimes to move forward, there may be situations where it is appropriate to stop spending on some items and shift those dollars to new areas. And, in closing, any money we spend should have operational and outcome metrics tied to those dollars that we collaboratively track to show how our investments are improving our community.

Seth Murphy

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General Information (Contact Info, Community Involvement, etc.)

  • Email: seth_murphy@hotmail.com
  • Phone: 970-485-0894
  • Community Area: Valley
  • Resident Since: 2011
  • Occupation: Lawyer
  • Involvement in Community Organizations: KCRMA Board, 2014 – Present; Summit County Countywide Planning Commission, 2009-2011; Pro-Bono Lawyer of the Year for Summit County, 2010
  • Hobbies: Outdoor activities, competitive swimming, beer aficionado

Why have you declared your candidacy for the Board of Directors?

I was originally elected to the MA Board of Directors in 2014 and been on the Board since that time. I am running for the MA Board again because I believe there are a number of issues that will be addressed in the next 2-3 years that are very important to our neighborhood. Most importantly, with Chris Pacetti resigning after 30+ years (!!!), the MA will be hiring a new Executive Director this year. Additionally, the MA and MD Board are moving forward with the re-development of the Ranch House swimming pool, which is a project I have been closely involved with since its inception. I believe my knowledge and experience will be helpful with these, and many other, issues.

What skills or qualifications do you bring as assets to the KCRMA Board of Directors?

I have been the President of the MA Board for approximately 4 years, which has provided me with a wealth of knowledge into the how the MA works on all levels. Additionally, I am a real estate lawyer, and I have a broad knowledge of the legal issues affecting HOAs. Finally, I believe I am very balanced and open to all sides on issues, which is essential when making decisions on how to best move the MA forward.

On which committee(s) do you wish to serve as a liaison? Why?

I have previously served as the MA Board liaison to the Open Space Committee, MD Board, and Election Committee. I would be open to appointment to any committee, as I feel they all serve essential functions.

What do you see as the major issues facing the KCR community over the next three years, and how would you deal with those issues as a Board member?

  • The most important action the MA Board will take during the next three years is the selection of a new Executive Director. The MA’s staff is essential in the day-to-day operations of our neighborhood, and the Executive Director is our most important single employee. The importance of selecting the right person cannot be overstated. Additionally, as stated above, the renovation of the Ranch House Pool, which is scheduled to begin the fall of 2019, is another project that I have worked on for the last few years, and which is finally coming to fruition. Lastly, I am hopeful that much of the contentiousness that has arisen over the Docmann Gulch and other open space issues can be remedied. I believe we have built out our trails for the foreseeable future, and I have worked hard to make sure all voices on those issues have been heard. Hopefully, that work will now pay off, and we can enjoy our neighborhood and its fabulous amenities.

What is your vision for the future of Ken-Caryl Ranch?

We live in a special place, and through the recent improvements made with the MD’s bonds, and the upcoming Ranch House pool improvements, we have greatly updated the look of our neighborhood. The MA and MD must work to maintain those improvements and continue to upgrade our neighborhood. However, challenges exist on this front, given the recent effect of the Gallagher and Tabor Amendments on the MD’s funding. The MA and MD should continue to work closely to insure our amenities are properly cared for and essential services continue to be provided. The MA has already assumed certain financial responsibilities the MD can no longer afford, and ongoing cooperation must continue to preserve our wonderful amenities and lifestyle.

What is your philosophy toward Ken-Caryl Ranch amenities and spending money on those amenities?

I am very careful with managing the MA’s funds. I fully understand the MA budget, and have worked with the Board and Staff to be a good steward of our community’s assets. Obviously, there are times when money must be spent, and I will always measure the cost v. benefit of those decisions. I believe the money paid to improve Dakota Lodge, the Ranch House, and Community Center was well spent, and I support further updating of our assets, to the extent necessary. However, those decisions have to be weighed against our ongoing, day-to-day obligations, such as maintaining existing facilities and providing services to our members such as reliable (and excellent!) trash pickup, open space management, and special events.

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