Scott J. Spendlove | President
Scott J. Spendlove, a native of Lakewood, Colo., is an invaluable presence at the Colorado State Capitol for InterMountain’s government relations clients. He assists in developing and implementing legislative strategy and works with legislative leaders and state departments to advocate and influence policy.
At InterMountain, Scott’s lobbying efforts have been focused on the transportation, natural resources, and education arenas. Some of his key clients include Union Pacific Railroad, E-470 Public Highway Authority, and Bridgepoint Education. Spendlove also brings a variety of experiences in public outreach and strategic political advocacy, including work for such clients as the Lake Cedar Group of television broadcasters.
Prior to joining the InterMountain, Scott held several positions in Colorado Governor Bill Owens’ administration, including deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Legislative Liaison and chief of staff to the Lieutenant Governor, where he handled political and legislative relations and oversaw the Lieutenant Governor’s office of six employees. Most recently, Scott was a program/policy analyst for the Colorado Department of General Support Services, promoting efficiencies and cost savings in state government. Scott also worked on the New Century Colorado project to streamline the state procurement system, reduce bureaucratic overlap, and improve training for the state workforce.
Preceding his tenure in the Owens’ administration, Scott worked in Washington, D.C., for a state legislative nonprofit organization, on energy, water and environmental issues. In this capacity, Spendlove developed and crafted policy as a liaison between the private sector and state legislative members. Scott has also served the Colorado Republican Party as director of research and as staff assistant to Congressman Dan Schaefer.
Scott is honored to have served two terms, including one year as board chair, on the Board of Colorado Youth for a Change, which addresses the youth drop-out crisis in Colorado. He also has served on the accountability committee for his son’s schools in Jefferson County. Scott is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., with a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs. He and his wife Jenna have a 15-year-old son, Logan, and a Newfoundland, Rigel.
Tom Schilling | Chairman/Senior Strategic Counselor
Tom Schilling has more than 40 years of combined experience in daily journalism, government service and public affairs management. With a unique, multi-disciplinary approach, he teams with executive-level management to manage issues and controversial projects.
Tom’s client work has focused on high-profile and often controversial infrastructure development projects for the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD), including the FasTracks rapid-transit program and major planning projects on Interstate 70 and Interstate 25 in Colorado. Tom played a critical role in securing final federal approval for two controversial CDOT projects, as well as two of RTD’s FasTracks corridors.
Additionally, he has served as a strategic communications consultant to such Colorado corporate leaders as StorageTek, Western Union, U.S. Bank, Union Pacific Railroad and Piper Jaffray.
Relying upon his 15 years of experience as a political and business reporter at major metropolitan newspapers such as the Chicago Tribune and the Rocky Mountain News, Tom shapes messages to “tell stories” that resonate with the public. He also draws upon his extensive experience in Colorado state government, where he was a leader in Governor Roy Romer’s successful economic development program.
Tom has conducted rigorous media and presentation training sessions for private sector clients such as Western Union, StorageTek and McKesson, as well as for high-ranking staff from public entities such as the Denver departments of Human Services, Public Works, Parks and Environmental Health. Most recently, he helped prepare Colorado’s “marijuana czar” for a 60 MINUTES interview. He has also managed media crises for nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions.
Tom is active in public service. Governors Bill Owens and John Hickenlooper appointed him to the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College, where he served as chair, and recently completed his second term. Then-Mayor John Hickenlooper also appointed him to serve on the Denver Board of Human Services. Tom also has served on the boards of Urban Peak, Colorado’s licensed shelter for homeless and runaway youth, and Metro Denver Big Brothers.