The Board of Directors includes a representative appointed by the Town of Wheatland, a member of the Platte County Commissioners, corporate members and those elected by the general membership of PCED. Individually and collectively, they oversee and support our efforts. Our mission is to promote quality growth by mobilizing human, physical, natural and capital resources to produce marketable goods and services in a way that makes Platte County a desirable place to live. We are the primary resource in our region for business information and for those wishing to start, expand or relocate a business in the Platte County area.
Over the years, we have had the opportunity to develop strong partnerships locally and statewide. The board and staff continue to work cooperatively with the Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Rural Development Council, Small Business Development Center, Wyoming Workforce Development Center, Manufacturing Works, Wyoming Economic Development Association, Wyoming Community Development Authority, and the Platte County Chamber of Commerce. In addition we have a working relationship with the University of Wyoming, Eastern Wyoming Community College, and Laramie County Community College.
Premier Title Company
Alan Madsen and his wife Stephani opened Premier Title Company (email@example.com
) in Wheatland, in 2003. Alan is a Councilman for the Town of Wheatland and is active with youth activities including coaching little league and basketball. He also enjoys hunting and fishing. Alan and his wife have three children. Staying active in the community for youth and for business growth has and will always be a goal for them.
Thane Ashenhurst - Vice-Chairman
Thane Ashenhurst is a lifelong Platte County native. Thane grew up working on his father's and grandfather's farms and ranches in and around Platte County. Thane graduated from Wheatland High School in 1983 and graduated with degrees in business and political science from Oral Roberts University in 1988. Keri was talked into marrying Thane in 1989 and the two of them farmed for a year before taking over Drube Manufacturing. Thane and Keri grew the welding and machine business into a regional manufacturing business that produced equipment for the prison industry. The manufacturing business was sold in 2001 and Thane and Keri started a hardware store in Wheatland in 2001 which they currently operate. Thane and Keri have three children: 18, 15, and 13. They enjoy keeping up with the children's activities which include barrel racing, basketball, and lots of music.
Laramie Peak Motors
Chuck and Lori Ruwart moved to Wheatland in April 1994 to take over ownership of Laramie Peak Motors. They have five children ranging in age from 19 to 12. Chuck was on the board of directors for the Platte County Chamber of Commerce for nine years, and served as president in 1998-1999. He has served on the Platte County School District #1 School Board since 2004, and is currently on the board of directors for the Wyoming Auto Dealers Association. He also serves on the State of Wyoming Insurance Examiners Board. Locally, Chuck is president of the board of directors for the American Legion Post 10, Wheatland Lobos, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus in Wheatland and a high school catechism teacher. Chuck feels that economic development for Wheatland is very important if it is to sustain itself into the future. In their spare time Chuck and Lori enjoy attending the unending activities and sports that their kids participate in.
Bob Ruwart Motors
Bob Ruwart came to Wheatland in February of 1990 to pursue a career in the Automobile industry, and purchased a GM-Chrysler dealership, Bob Ruwart Motors. During the twenty years he has been in Wheatland, he has served on the Platte County Chamber of Commerce Board and the Platte County Economic Development Board. Bob was very active in the Wheatland Jaycees for 15 years. He served on the Wyoming Automobile Dealers Board of Directors for eight years, becoming President in 2004. He currently serves as a WYDOT Commissioner representing district 1. In his spare time, he enjoys going to his cabin in the Snowy Mountains, snowmobiling, and spending time sitting around the campfire with family and friends.
First State Bank
Jeff Brown is the Chief Credit Officer of First State Bank in Wheatland, WY where he has been employed since moving to Wheatland 18 years ago. He also serves on the bank’s board of directors. Jeff has been in the banking business in Wyoming for 23 years. He has served on the Platte County Chamber of Commerce board as well as the Wheatland Jaycees. He is a member of Kiwanis and the Covenant Lutheran Church. Jeff is married and has two children. He enjoys golf, camping and spending time with his family.
Platte County School District #1
Dennis Fischer is Superintendent of Schools for the Platte County School
District #1, which serves the communities of Wheatland, Glendo, and Chugwater. Dennis joined the district in 2012 after 22 years in education in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He and his wife, Patty, have three boys. Dennis has bachelor's degrees in Finance and Education, as well as a Master's in Educational Administration/School Business Management from the University of Wisconsin and an Educational Specialist degree from St. Mary's University. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time with family.
Platte Valley Bank
Keith Geis is the President of Platte Valley Bank in Wheatland, a position he has held since 2002. He is a Wyoming native and spent his early years in the Wheatland area, graduating from Laramie High School in 1970. Keith graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1975 with a degree in Ag. Economics. Keith worked with the USDA in Torrington after graduation before spending two years in Alabama with the USDA. He returned to Wyoming where he worked with the Federal Land Bank before moving to Iowa for two years to further his career with Farm Credit Services, returning to Wyoming as Vice President of Marketing for Farm Credit Services of America. In 2002 Keith was selected as President of Platte Valley Bank Wheatland where he works today. Keith serves on numerous committees and boards, including many associated with the banking industry. He is also active with the University of Wyoming, numerous agricultural committees, and many community boards and committees. However, one of the most rewarding of Keith and Marie’s endeavors was providing a safe haven for foster children for eight years; “one of the greatest legacies one can leave.”
Town of Wheatland
Cindy Kahler is the Clerk Treasurer for the Town of Wheatland. She is a lifelong resident of Wheatland and has worked for the Town of Wheatland for thirty-five years. She became the Clerk Treasurer in 1997 after serving as Deputy Clerk Treasurer and the Projects Coordinator. Some of Cindy's major accomplishments while serving the Town of Wheatland include the Downtown Pocket Park project, the band shell, extending the airport runway, construction of the Little Leauge Baseball Complex, and the lighting project on the Legion Field. She was also instrumental in obtaining funds for the waste water project and the Black Mountain water project. Cindy also serves on the Resource Conservation and Development Board. In her free time, she and her husband, Phil, operate a cattle ranch west of Wheatland.
Platte County Memorial Hospital
Shelby Nelson joined Platte County Memorial Hospital as CEO in August of 2011. Nelson came to Wheatland from Fairbanks, Alaska, where she most recently served as an associate administrator for Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and Denali Center (FMH/DC). Shelby had been with FMH/DC since 1992 and served as a senior leader there for the past 10 years. She began her career in the early 1980's as a ward clerk at McKee Medical Center in Loveland, CO. Shelby holds a bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (minor, Business Administration) from the University of Fairbanks in Alaska. In addition, she holds certifications as a FEMA crisis communications expert and Myers Briggs trainer. Nelson is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and the Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development (SHSMD).
Kent Smith is the owner and President of Smith Broadcasting, Inc., a company which has operated KYCN-AM/FM and KZEW-FM in Wheatland since 1991. He is also co-owner of KTGA and KBDY in Saratoga, Wyoming. Kent has been involved in radio since 1978. He is a former President of the Wyoming Sports Hall of Fame, the Platte County Chamber of Commerce, and has served two terms as Chairman of the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters. Kent is married to Catherine and they have four children. Kent coaches 8th grade girls’ basketball and is an assistant high school track coach. His hobbies are golfing, bowling and even curling.
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