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Stephen and his wife Reiko have been married for over 20 years. They reside in Niwot with their three children, Edison (Eddie) who is 17, Justine who is 13 and 9 year old Jade. The family enjoys the company of their 2 dogs, Lisha and Crystal.

Stephen was born and raised in Warren, Ohio, the 2nd of 5 children in a family on the lower end of middle class. As a teenager, he first noted the problems that arise from corrupt government. Whenever the city government encountered a budgetary crisis, the first services threatened with cuts were police and fire. Even as a teenager, Stephen understood that the first priority of government is the protection of our individual rights and property and that these threats were used to extort the citizenry into accepting higher taxes. Over time, he witnessed first hand the economic decline and industrial rot of the Youngstown-Warren area, once the proud hometown of famous industries: Packard, Halsey-Taylor, Copperweld Steel, Republic Steel and more. Bad government drove industry away and the area has suffered and continues to suffer.

After a year of college at the University of Akron and employment in retail management, Stephen moved to Mobile, Alabama to escape the economic decline of his home town. While in Mobile, Stephen undertook a personal course of academic exploration through the writings of Milton Friedman, Ayn Rand and more on economics, politics and philosophy. Within two years, he was motivated to return to school. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force to serve his country while taking advantage of the Air Force’s tuition benefits.

Stephen was stationed at March AFB near Riverside, California. He was recognized as Airman of the Year in 1983. During his enlistment, the country was blessed with years of peace. He used his Air Force tenure to complete his Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Chapman University in Orange, California. Shortly after his honorable discharge, he put his college education to work in the high tech software industry of southern California. He also enrolled in graduate studies earning his Masters in Computer Science in 1989 from Chapman University.

His leadership in industry standards, conferences and publications provided valuable experience in forging coalitions based on shared values. He used these skills to shepherd competitors into cooperation based on mutually beneficial goals that did not require the compromise of fundamental principles.

Stephen and Reiko met in southern California through a mutual friend. A short time later, Stephen was offered a position in Bethesda, Maryland. They married on the 4th of July 1989. Although they enjoyed the DC area, they longed to return to the west. They relocated to northern California in 1990. Reiko finished her degree in psychology with developmental emphasis at San Jose State University and became an AMI-certified Montessori primary teacher. Their family life began with the birth of Edison in 1992.

In 1994, they vacationed in Colorado and fell in love with this beautiful state. In 1996, they took advantage of an opportunity to relocate to Colorado and moved to Niwot. They were pleased to find that Colorado’s beauty is more than environmental. After living in multiple places around the U.S. and Stephen’s variety of international business trips, they are happy to know that the people of Colorado are truly the nicest and friendliest people they have encountered anywhere! Justine was born a few months after they arrived in Niwot and Jade followed 4 years later. Stephen has continued his professional career moving from engineering to marketing and rising to his current position of Director of Marketing, responsible for a product line exceeding $100 million in annual revenue. After several years as a dedicated mother and home-maker, Reiko returned to Montessori teaching until taking a break at the end of the 2008-2009 school year.

Stephen and Reiko love their adopted hometown of Niwot and the state of Colorado. They love their country because it is founded on the principle of individual rights, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.