2020 Master Class
The Bravo! Entrepreneur 2020 Master Class features three legendary entrepreneurs and thought-leaders who will answer questions on any topic from the audience. Want to know their biggest mistake or how they overcame their greatest challenge? Get your questions ready now for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Greeley Honoree, 2002
Loveland Honoree, 2006
Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch
Susan Jessup is 2nd generation co-owner of Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch and carries the responsibility for the guest and horse operations for this 3,000 jewel of the foothills located 7 miles west of Loveland. Having grown up at Sylvan Dale since the age of two, she has experienced hands-on literally every facet of the operation. Her drive and commitment to the Ranch is inspired by her parents who purchased the little Ranch on the Big Thompson at the end of World War II and dedicated their lives to making their dream come true. That Dream has become a legacy and Susan’s passion for carrying that legacy forward has allowed her to “cowgirl up” when the going get’s tough.
Inspired by her father’s career in education, Susan graduated from Greeley High School in 1962 and went on to obtain a BA in elementary education and Spanish from UNC. She taught at the American Cooperative School in La Paz , Bolivia before returning home to take on a 2nd grade teaching position in Loveland. When the Big Thompson flood of 1976 devastated her girl-hood home, she returned to Sylvan Dale to help her parents with the recovery and never left.
Susan raised her two children, Andy and Lisa, on the Ranch and is now grandmother of two grandsons, Dimitri and Sawyer Hagen, both living in Bend, Oregon. Her “Stable Mate” and high school sweetheart, Dave Armstrong, is Sylvan Dale Resident Naturalist and Susan’s best “cheerleader”.
Sylvan Dale has lured thousands of visitors to the Front Range, provided jobs for good folks in our community, and has protected 70% of its lands through perpetual conservation easements. To assure that the Ranch will remain a resource for the community and for guests from around the world, in 2013 Susan and her brother David established The Heart J Center for Experiential Learning, a 501©3 charitable organization, to be the designated successor to family ownership.
Outlying Area Honoree, 2007
Water Valley Land Company
A fourth-generation farmer of German descent in the Windsor area, Martin Lind became a land developer in 1985 after working in the agricultural, oil and gas businesses.
Martin has been instrumental in developing several emerging commercial, business, and industrial areas in Northern Colorado’s fastest growing region. The Brands at The Ranch, a 3 million square foot commercial and residential piece along the I-25 and Crossroads Blvd. corridor, the 180-acre Eagle Crossing Business Park, as well as the Windsor Iron Mountain Autoplex, all shine as exemplary examples of Lind’s work. In 1990, in establishing Water Valley Land Company, he purchased land around the Cache la Poudre River with the vision of mining the aggregate and then reclaiming the land for a residential golf community featuring five man-made lakes. Water Valley Land Company is a family owned and operated land development company with over 25 years of experience in business, commercial, residential and industrial developments. Based in the heart of Windsor, Colorado’s Water Valley master-planned community encompasses 1,500 acres and includes 2,600 homes. Nine years later, Water Valley was recognized by the state as the Premier Reclamation Project.
The Water Valley Land Company is involved in nearly 4,000 acres of real estate in Northern Colorado. Among that acreage is the 27-hole Pelican Lakes Golf Club, the Grillhouse and Sand Bar at Pelican Lakes, The Brands at The Ranch, and the currently under development RainDance master-planned community and the 18-hole RainDance National Golf Club. The project build out for The Brands at The Ranch is planned over the next five to seven years with over $1 billion worth of development.
In addition to his many development projects, Lind donated over $1 million to aid in the completion of the Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Center complex. In the early 2000s a group of local investors, led by Martin, was influential in creating what is now the Colorado Eagles. Fourteen years later the team has hoisted three league championships, and played in front of hundreds of thousands of fans. Today the Colorado Eagles are one of the most successful minor league hockey teams in the nation.
Martin and wife of 32 years, Viki, are involved in numerous philanthropic efforts all around the state and make their home in Windsor where they’ve raised four children and six grandchildren. In his free time, Martin enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.