Russell “Jack” Farmer
Jack married his high school sweet heart, Karen Flynn (RHS 1966) in Hawaii in March 1969 while on his R&R from Viet Nam. They have four children – Ryan who married Yolanda Trujillo and have a daughter Ciara (3 years old); Cody who married Lisa Wolking and have two sons, Gavin (4 years old) and Trennan ( 2 years old); Erin (not married) and Beau who married Taby Livingston and have two daughters, Darby (4 years old) and Madison (1 year old). All the children live in Colorado and within easy driving distance. Ryan is a resident orthopedic surgeon at CUHSC, Yolanda is a registered nurse; Cody and Lisa have their own business (Mainstream Corp) that specialized in building high energy efficient residences; Beau is a machinist, Taby a manager for a credit card processing company; and Erin is a benefit insurance specialist.
Jack graduated from University of Colorado (Boulder) with a BS degree in Aerospace Engineering and received a second BS and an MS in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. After graduation from UNC he spent 4 years with Arthur Andersen (international accounting firm) where he became a CPA. He then became Corporate Controller with a manufacturing client, Hathaway Instruments, Inc. for 6 years. From there he spent 6 years as CFO and VP of Finance for Computer Technology Associates, Inc. a rapidly growing (from 30 employees to over 700 in the 6 years Jack was there) systems engineering Government contractor.
In 1988 Jack started his own firm, Personalized Business Consultants, Inc. (PBC) providing accounting, contract management and business support to small businesses contracting with the federal Government. His first client was ADA Technologies, Inc. (ADA), a company that develops innovative technologies and commercializes the resulting products. In 2000 he became one of the principal owners of ADA. PBC merged with another company in June 2012 to form ReliAscent LLC. Jack now spends about half of his time at ReliAscent and the other half at ADA. Jack is an invited speaker for national conferences on small business Government contracting especially as it relates to a small business program – the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program where he is a recognized expert. Jack has no desire to ever retire!!
Jack and Karen raise Percheron draft horses (they currently have 8) on their acreage their children call “the ranch” (it’s only 15 acres so not a “real” ranch). They enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. Both are politically active in a number of organizations including Leadership Program of the Rockies (Jack is a graduate of this program, Karen is a perennial volunteer); Reagan Club of Colorado (charter members); Liberty Toastmasters – North (Jack is a charter member); and in the Adams County Republican Party. They are both very active in the Tea Party movement.