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Making it their way: Lindsay Dillenbeck: Fifth-generation local business owner

Lindsay Dillenbeck has enjoyed taking the reins of her family's business in Steamboat Springs.
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Lindsay raced on Dartmouth’s Alpine ski team, and at the White House, she worked in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s domestic policy. She then earned her master’s degree in business administration at Pepperdine University. When she met her future husband, Chris, Lindsay had a simple but important question for him that would decide their future. “How do you feel about Steamboat Springs?”

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Lindsay raced on Dartmouth’s Alpine ski team, and at the White House, she worked in former Vice President Dick Cheney’s domestic policy. She then earned her master’s degree in business administration at Pepperdine University. When she met her future husband, Chris, Lindsay had a simple but important question for him that would decide their future. “How do you feel about Steamboat Springs?”

— Even as she was working in the White House, doing business consulting in Boston and living for a while in Los Angeles, Lindsay Dillenbeck always knew she would be coming back to Steamboat Springs.

She couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take the reins of her family’s 109-year-old business and have a shorter commute.

“I absolutely love this town,” said Dillenbeck, who now runs F.M. Light & Sons on Lincoln Avenue with her husband, Chris. “It was a very important decision for me to step out of the rat race, step off what can be billed as the success train by outward appearances and come across a quality of life that truly has a work-life balance. I’ve come to appreciate the small things.”

For the 33-year-old Dillenbeck, those small things are the view out her front door, the changing of the leaves in the Rockies and the crisp air of Steamboat.

She said the air is worth “a million dollars,” and she loves being able to go eat lunch at the spot where her grandmother went on her first date with her grandfather on the banks of Fish Creek.

From her desk perched above the sales floor at the family store, Dillenbeck said she isn’t concerned about whether the customers trying on boots and browsing through hats actually make it to the cash registers.

If they’re smiling or appearing to have a good time in Steamboat Springs, Dillenbeck is happy.

“It influences how the store is operated,” she said. “We want people to have a good experience and a good time and a good day.”

Dillenbeck sees herself and other store owners as ambassadors to Steamboat.

For instance, Dillenbeck loves to tell the story of how she has helped lost tubers find their way in Steamboat or given rides to locals who need to get from Point A to Point B.

“I’m giving directions all the time,” she said.

As she runs her family business, Dillenbeck also is looking to get more involved with her community.

When the city of Steamboat Springs held a downtown parking forum, Dillenbeck came to the meeting armed with tons of research about parking solutions in other communities and plenty of recommendations.

“Instead of sitting back, we need to step up and get more involved and do our research and be informed,” Dillenbeck said. “I think there is great value to be gained if our generation can step up, do research, see all angles of a situation and come to the table with something to say. There’s much to be gained.”


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