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Alumnus owns business, serves as mayor in Colorado city
Owning a business is time-consuming enough, but for Jeff Huff ’83, that’s just one of his jobs. His other is mayor of Castle Pines, Colo., an affluent community of about 10,500 people just south of Denver.
Balancing the two, especially with a family of three teenage daughters at home, can be challenging. But Huff said the two jobs are not so different.
“It’s a lot like creating a new business,” he said of being mayor. “You hire your staff; you prioritize your tasks; you get processes in place; and then things start clicking along. Ideally there’s not much day-to-day management that’s done by the mayor and the council members, so we can act in a more traditional policy role and guide the overall direction of the city.”
Born and raised in Ohio, Huff knew Colorado was where he wanted to live by his second year in law school. An avid mountain climber and the president of Ohio State’s mountaineering club during his undergraduate years, he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains and all the climbing opportunities that came with them.
“I made up my mind instead of working in Columbus and spending vacation time in Colorado, I’d work in Colorado, where I loved it, and spend my vacation time in Columbus if I wanted to,” said Huff, who has also climbed mountains in the Canadian Rockies and the Yosemite and Teton national parks.
As he prepared to graduate, he applied to jobs in the Denver area, but he said most firms did not take his willingness to move seriously. Unfazed, he moved there anyway and opened up his own general practice in Boulder, Colo.
In 1988, Huff decided to make a career switch and started advising clients at a major financial services firm. Twenty-five years later, he now owns Redpoint Capital Management and has been recognized as a leader in the industry. For the past four years, he’s been named a “Five Star Wealth Manager,” a distinction given to less than 4 percent of wealth managers in the Denver area.
He’s also become a leader in his community. As a member of the election commission, Huff helped Castle Pines be incorporated as a city in 2008. A political science major during his undergraduate days at Ohio State, he always was interested in public service. So when an opportunity arose to run for mayor, Huff entered the race.
He won and has served in that role unpaid ever since.
“Our residents who sit on city council are doing so with a servant’s heart and are genuinely interested in making Castle Pines a better place,” he said.
During his first four-year term, which is nearing its end, Huff said he’s most proud of the city’s strong financial standing: It has no debt and was ranked 17th on CNN Money Magazine’s 2013 Best Places to Live - Top Earning Towns list.
“The city is on a firm financial footing,” said Huff, who is up for re-election in November. “It was a challenge making sure all our internal sources of revenue were all in place.”
Huff’s parents still live near Ohio State, and he makes the trip back for holidays and occasionally visits his former school. He played the trumpet in the Ohio State Marching Band when he was an undergraduate, and even though he’s across the country, he makes a point to cheer on the Ohio State football team on Saturdays.
“We’ve got a group of very avid Buckeye fans that live in town, and we get together and watch the games,” he said.
Article by Michael Periatt