Tom Huerkamp, one of the longest continuous business owners in Delta, will lead the Deltarado Days parade.
Huerkamp is the president and CEO of ProSpace Interiors, the company he and his wife formed over 43 years ago as Grand Mesa Office Supply.
"It's been my privilege to have lived in Delta County since 1957," he said. "This community has been good, very good, to me, and I'm extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to give back to a community that's done so much for me. It's an honor to be named parade grand marshal, and hopefully something of an inspiration to others to step up and serve, whether that's in elected office, as a volunteer or on a community board. Great satisfaction comes with being able to do that. I'm grateful for what the county has done for me and hope that in some measure I have repaid the debt."
The 73-year-old Huerkamp was born in southwestern Minnesota and during his high school years worked on farms and in grain elevators. During a stint in the U.S. Army, he was introduced to the news, radio and television industry. While in the military he continued his education at Mary-Hardin Baylor College at Temple, Texas, where he earned an AA degree in American history. After his release from the Army, Huerkamp moved to Colorado and learned hard-rock mining while employed at AMAX's mine near Empire.
In 1967 he came to Delta County and was employed by the Delta County Independent, at the time a bi-weekly publication, as a reporter and photographer. Shortly after his arrival he became the news editor for the DCI. During that time he married a Delta County native, Mary Lou Hawker of Austin, and in late 1968 they founded The Sentry, a weekly newspaper in Cedaredge.
While still operating the newspaper, the Huerkamps founded Grand Mesa Office Supply in 1970. In 1971 they disposed of their newspaper interests and committed full energy to the office machine, supply and furniture venture.
In early 2001 the firm disposed of the supply portion of the business to concentrate on office furnishings for firms throughout western Colorado. They recently changed their name to ProSpace Interiors, Inc. The firm has showrooms here in Delta and at 634 Main in Grand Junction.
Huerkamp has also been involved in the formation of two equipment leasing businesses and for a decade owned and operated a mini-storage business. He is the managing partner of H/S Properties which owns and manages commercial and agricultural properties in Delta and Montrose counties.
Huerkamp is active in community affairs and has served on the board of directors and as president of the chamber of commerce in both Cedaredge and Delta. He is a member of the Montrose and Grand Junction chambers as well, the Montrose Economic Development Council, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and was active in the founding of the Delta County Development, Inc. He founded the Small Business Development Center at the Delta-Montrose Area Vocational School which served as a model for SBDC across the nation. He is certified by Colorado State University as a small business management instructor and has been recognized by the Colorado State Board of Community Colleges for his efforts in that area.
Huerkamp served on the Colorado Dept. of Labor Advisory Council, two terms on the board of directors of the High Country News Foundation and a term on the board of the Independent Stationers, a national buying group of over 600 office supply and furniture dealers.
A lifelong conservationist, Huerkamp was among the original founders of the Delta chapter of Ducks Unlimited. He has received special awards from Colorado Trout Unlimited and the Colorado Wildlife Federation for his work in wildlife habitat preservation.
Huerkamp served on the board of the Orchard City Irrigation District and for six years on the Orchard City Planning Commission with three years as chairman. From 2004 to 2008 he served as the Town of Orchard City mayor.
He has returned to the board of the Delta County Economic Development, Inc., where he currently is vice president and is a member of the executive committee. He is on the Hospice Advisory Board in Delta, a member of the Hospice Legacy Society and is a member of the Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado Foundation Board. He was the lead person for the Delta board in the reopening of an Heirlooms for Hospice store here in Delta. Huerkamp also serves on the board of supervisors for the Delta Conservation District and is a member of the Lower Gunnison Basin Salinity Study Team.blog comments powered by Disqus