The Loveland Business Partnership (LBP) continues a tradition of community support by business leaders since the 1950s. LBP works with Loveland’s city leaders, educators, and businesses to create, fund, and lead initiatives that help Loveland continue to thrive. LBP Board Member, Diana Precht, talks about why she became involved with LBP, what she loves most about Loveland, and where she sees our amazing community in five years.
Q: Why did you choose to become a volunteer board member for the LBP?
A: As a business owner, I appreciated the LBP focus on workforce issues. Over the past several years with unemployment hovering in the 2% range, employers have struggled to find employees that fit their needs.
The board members also have this concern and are actively involved in addressing this issue in collaboration with the Thompson School District.
Q: What do you love the most about Loveland?
A: We moved to Loveland in 1994. At that time I was working for the Loveland Chamber and saw first hand the struggles of our retail businesses. Over the years it has been exciting to see the development of downtown and the emerging economic strength of the business community. Loveland has always been a friendly, community-minded place to live. In order to continue to be a viable place to live and raise a family, we must fund our schools. I am 100% supportive of the upcoming mill levy and bond issue.
Q: What is your proudest professional accomplishment?
A: Our company has been in business for 22 years and have provided employment on average for 100 people. We have been through the ups and downs of the economy and our employees have been there with us every step of the way. There is satisfaction in knowing that you have helped families, especially when times have been tough.
In our business of electronics contract manufacturing, we work with many start-up entrepreneurs. These are people who have a dream to create something and are willing to risk everything to make it happen. We take some risks to be their manufacturing partner. Some work out and some don’t. Our proudest moments are seeing our startup customers, such as Rachio out of Denver, become highly successful multi-million dollar companies. We were there when it all started.
Q: What is your proudest personal accomplishment?
A: I love to volunteer and give back to my community. I am active in four other non-profit organizations and preparing to be President of the McKee Hospital Foundation in 2019. To see the fruits of my labor – the opening of the Community Health Center and Stepping Stones several years ago was a highlight for me.
As a 24 year member of the Foothills Service League, I have participated in raising funds to support programs at Foothills Gateway and Namaqua Center. I have developed lifelong friendships through my volunteer work and that is priceless to me. I am a grandmother to seven grandchildren and mother of two; they bring immense joy to my life.
Q: Where would you like to see Loveland in the next five years?
A: I want to see school funding to accommodate the growth within the city as well as support for programs that encourage alternative educational opportunities for non-college bound students.
Teachers need competitive pay and along with the proper tools to meet the challenges of the future.
I am a strong supporter of the Pulliam Building Renovation Project. Preservation of this historic example of Loveland, where school dances and non-profit organization meetings were held back in the day, is important to me.
Loveland is a city with heart. Maintaining a clean, safe and healthy environment for families would be my wish.