Randy & Lisa George Randy and I met at the C Lazy U guest ranch in Granby, CO in 1982. He had just been hired as the General Manager, and I was working there during my summers off from Michigan State University. Once finished with school, I taught English for a number of years. As a chemical engineer by training, Randy worked at a variety of engineering jobs. Jim and Randy had known each other in graduate school and later worked together at another dude ranch where they decided to join forces in buying Latigo. Four months after they signed the papers on Latigo, Randy and I tied-the-knot in 1987. Over the years, my teaching degree came in handy as I home-schooled our children(and now they are all very skilled writers with two of them even writing novels).
Our work at another guest ranch offered us a good foundation in guest service and a great eye for what makes guest ranch vacations special. Some of our favorite standard recipes are ones that were given to Randy by the head chef upon his leaving to create our own journey at Latigo.
From day one, Randy has been in charge of the kitchen here, and once our three children were old enough to participate in our ranch program, I joined him in the food preparation.It is extra special for us that two of our kids, Spencer and Hannah, joined us in cooking each day. What a thrill to be able to work together full time. Our oldest son, David, is married now and makes his livelihood training horses for clients in Colorado, Michigan, and Illinois. Not only did he become the skilled horseman that he is through his work here at the ranch, but he also met his wonderful wife when she worked in Latigo’s kitchen.
With the retirement of our long time partners, Jim and Kathie Yost, Randy and I are assuming many more tasks beyond foodservice, while Hannah and Spencer, along with his wife Amanda, are advancing the cullinary arts for Latigo.
Although some of the previous training in our lives before Latigo seems non-applicable to the jobs we’re doing now, we joke about the fact that Randy’s chemical engineering degree is what makes him such a great chef. I do use my English degree, however, when I encourage our staff to use correct pronouns and to avoid saying on the radios for all to hear, “Where are you at?” I do believe many of our staff had never before heard that it was improper to end a sentence with a preposition.
Regardless of our backgrounds, Randy and I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to raise our family and work together in this wonderful environment. We have no trouble counting our blessings each day.