The George Family:
Randy George - I came to Colorado from the east coast for college and immediately fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. After studying engineering and then business, I worked in several different states for a few years but longed to return to Colorado. My opportunity came with a management position for a small ski area, and I’ve never moved away from the mountains since then. A few years later, while teaching business and economics for a small college in the Denver area, I moved into the role as manager of a larger guest ranch about 40 miles east of Latigo. While there, I met and worked with the delightful woman who would later become my wife. Serving dude ranch guests has been my life’s work for 37 years.
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.
Spencer & Amanda - Spencer grew up at Latigo Ranch and has worked here in numerous capacities over the years. He has a deep love for Colorado, the mountains, and the family business. For the past seven years, he has been one of the ranch's chefs and has taken the cuisine to a gourmet level. He derives great pleasure from the creative challenge of cooking, both as a form of technical and artistic achievement and also as a way to serve others. His hobbies are numerous and varied: photography, videography, woodworking, leatherworking, saddle-making, and metal work all vie for his free time.
Amanda's earliest memories are of the high mountain deserts of Nevada, so arriving at Latigo felt like coming home during her first summer in 2014. One of her chief joys is the written word, and she has been writing novels of various genres since the age of seven. She was published as a teen, and writing is still one of her passions. She loves genealogy, baking, glassblowing, bookbinding, and calligraphy. She loves serving, and has been the dining room manager for three years; she also acts as the beverage manager and runs all the ranch social media accounts.
They were married in November 2016.
Hannah George - Latigo has been my home for the entire 24 years of my life. I grew up running through the woods with my two older brothers, riding, swimming, training mustangs, and enjoying every benefit life at Latigo has to offer growing kids during the summer; in the winter, it was skiing, sledding, and school. In 2013 I got my Liberal Arts BA in English and Psychology, primarily through distance learning. I have a deep love of reading and writing, and I started penning novels when I was thirteen. Latigo fosters creativity and inspiration like no other place on earth. I hope to seek publication in the next few years.
My other hobbies include digital art, painting, drawing, photography, laying ceramic tile, sewing, quilting, and the occasional bit of needlework. I started helping in the Latigo kitchen when I was small enough to sit in the sink while doing dishes, but I’ve been cooking professionally for the ranch since I was sixteen.
My life is filled with beautiful stories, wonderful family, and some of the best food in the world. I couldn’t ask for more!