|Determined to make their town a better place, Bob and Lisa Scott have thrown themselves into community service, volunteering their time, resources and energy in various organizations that make Pagosa Country hum.
“Volunteering comes from our love of community,” Lisa said.
“You just feel a greater connection,” Bob added. “It feels good to make an impact.”
Bob, owner of Scott Strategic Investments, has served on the Pagosa Mountain Hospital board for the past six years and just recently joined the board for the Pagosa Springs Community Development Corporation. For her part, Lisa volunteers at the area’s local schools, coaches soccer and basketball, is a leader for the 4-H 5-7 year olds (Cloverbuds), and serves on boards for both the Archuleta County Education Center and the Pagosa Mountain Hospital’s Mary Fisher Foundation.
Like many area residents, the move to Pagosa Country was an intrepid and arduous journey. Bob left southern California to begin his career in investment banking on Wall Street. Moving to San Francisco, he met Lisa (a Denver native and who was also working in investment banking) and, after the couple married, they moved to Denver.
“We’d started a family and were looking to buy a business,” Bob said. “Denver was too crowded and I was travelling too much. We had three choices in Colorado: Pueblo, Eagle and Pagosa Springs. There was no question about where we wanted to go.”
“We had some criteria,” Bob continued, “close to an airport, proximity to a ski area … ”
“And a chain grocery store,” Lisa added.
Having made the decision to open a business, the Scotts were impressed from the beginning. “Jann Pitcher (a local Realtor) was a great help,” said Bob, “not just as a Realtor, but as a friend. We were looking for the perfect place to build on and she helped us find it. But she also introduced us to the community.”
“This has been a great decision for us,” Lisa added, “the quality of life, how great it is for our kids.”
“We travel a lot with our kids,” Bob said. “We’re not world travelers or anything, just visiting relatives around the country. But they’re always happy to get back to Pagosa Springs.”
Those three children — boys in seventh and eighth grade, a daughter in third grade — have advantages that they never would have had in a larger city, according to Bob. “They play every sport and do everything they want. They can play as little or as much as they want.”
Looking back on the days of living in the city, Bob expressed no regrets having made the trade, saying, “It was an hour commute in the morning, an hour or an hour and a half in the evening. I can finally be with my family and not need to travel out of town. I can do business anywhere in the world from here. I have clients in New Zealand, in the U.K. — it’s great.”
Bob also added that the commute to world-class skiing was also a definite plus. “The I-70 corridor was nuts, you could be stuck in traffic for three or four hours, wondering when you were going to get home or when you were going to get here. But here, you’re there in a half hour and having fun.”
And as far as the volunteerism, he felt like the city gave no quarter. “When I was in Denver, if I told my boss I needed to leave early to volunteer for this or that, he’d be like, you’re doing what? You need to be here! But now, my time is what I make it.”
To the Scotts, having that time, that “Pagosa Time,” seems to be what kept them here and deeply involved in the community.
“It’s full of a lot of great people; we’ve made a lot of great friends,” Lisa said. “We’re lucky to have found this place.”