Joe is a Wyoming native, born in the agricultural community of Torrington and raised in Cheyenne. Growing up in Cheyenne instilled in Joe a passion for the sport of rodeo and western culture. Working the family farm in Veteran on summer breaks growing up, developed a strong work ethic that carried forth throughout his life.
He won’t deny at least part of his work ethic is hereditary. Joe’s dad, Jack Hertzler served the state of Wyoming as the Commissioner of Agriculture for Stan Hathaway’s administration and ultimately served at the national level as executive leadership in the Farmers Home Administration. Joe fondly remembers some of the sayings his father shared with him over the years – “Don’t ever open a can of worms, you’ll never get them all back in.” And “It’s never the wrong time to do the right thing.”
Joe attended the University of Wyoming, but ultimately became an aircraft mechanic, favoring the hands-on approach to life. As a mechanic, Joe developed a vision for a software solution to track aircraft maintenance using the internet. The timing was right and over a 20 year period, the little company he created evolved into an international organization with multiple global business units serving corporate aircraft customers in over 40 countries worldwide. Joe ultimately sold his business, as one might expect, and now uses the knowledge and skills he developed to help other business and non-profit organizations achieve similar successes.
Joe’s passion for the west and rodeo brought him and his wife Colette to Cody in 2013 for retirement. They have a small place on the Southfork and in their spare time enjoy their horses and the beautiful mountains surrounding Cody.
Mike Darby is the co-owner of The Irma Hotel. Mike has recently been named the Business Person of the year from the The North West Wyoming Board of Realtors. He has been in the business since the late 80s with the support from his wife Kim Darby. Mike was chosen because of his hospitality to tourists and locals, his involvement in the community and how he promotes Cody and the surrounding areas.
Lance Bower is an associate broker at Canyon Real Estate. Lance previously worked 17 years in the banking industry. He spent his youth growing up in Worland, Wyoming on his family’s farm and ranch. Lance truly enjoys helping friends and neighbors during the real estate process as well as meeting and getting to know new clients. Lance is a family man devoted to his wife, Lisa, and their three children. His hobbies include enjoying the beautiful outdoors of Wyoming, camping, fishing, hunting, horses, rodeo, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Tara is a South Dakota native who has called Wyoming home since 2000. She and her husband Jarren, a wildlife biologist, live in Cody, WY where they spend much of their free time traveling and enjoying the great outdoors of the Rocky Mountain West by hiking, backpacking, cycling, kayaking and rafting. Tara has a 20-year career leading and teaching in higher education, community and nonprofit organizations. She owns her own consulting firm, Tara Kuipers Consulting LLC.
Marc Thompson has been actively practicing law as a general practitioner on a full-time basis in Cody, WY since 1995. Prior to the formation of Thompson Law, LLC in 2006, Marc was a partner of Webster and Thompson, LLC. Marc serves as a magistrate for the Park County Circuit Court and is a Certified Guardian Ad Litem representing abused and neglected children.