We’re a collective of entrepreneurs, inspirational and educational thinkers, and intentional doers working in an old brownstone in Salida, Colorado. We love what we do, why we do it, and who we’re working with. We live and thrive on the joy and the nourishment we get from the profound and meaningful mission of Pinto Barn. Click on a pic for bios.
Bodhi is our Smile Bringer and CCO, Chief Cuteness Officer. Bodhi is offen confused for a dog, when in fact he is a valued member of our strategic team. Highly skilled in sniffing out even the smallest morsels of great ideas, he can be found hard at work under the conference room table after a meeting that involved snacks, or sleeping in his circular, soft, pillow-like workstation dreaming of new products.
Jim Anderegg – Care-Baker. Jim is our resident renaissance man. Father, care-baker, craftsman, musician, ultra- marathoner and burro-racer to highlight just a few of his talents. Yup, burro racer! He runs a marathon on extreme mountain trails, reins in hand of a fully packed burro. Or as he likes to say, “The burro guides him.” Only in Colorado, right? Our Jim is one of the kindest and most wonderful people we have ever met. Everything he does and everywhere he goes, he goes with all his heart. Our food is in good hands.
Kim Cobbs – Human Development and Mastery. We like to say, “All roads lead to and go through Kim.” She is the central nervous system for our company culture. She is wise and present and aware of the big picture. What we do is guided by our being, and Kim’s leadership in Human Development and Mastery is focused on empowering every member of the team to contribute and develop their unique gifts for the sake of creating products that positively affect the whole life of an individual. Kim reminds us often to stop, inquire and recognize what, how and why we do what we do. She is the angel on our shoulder.
Robert Bauer – Finance. Bob tells our story from a financial perspective. Credentialed with business school and time at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bob left the large-scale corporate world of NYC to guide our actions at Pinto Barn. Bob has the perfect balance of brilliant financial savvy and innovative thinking. He provides a deft hand and an open heart in budgeting for the present and forward thinking pragmatic and useful modeling of what is possible in the future. In a fast-changing global business climate, Bob is the guy with his hands on the controls, always with a smile. He is an inspiration and a joy to be with.
Lee Hunnicutt – Business Development. Lee is the person you would want to help develop anything. A true renaissance man. He is adventurous, daring, endlessly curious and passionately engaged in life. A father and husband. Lee is known as someone who is competent to the core, always prepared and informed while remaining open to the mysteries of life. He has a successful background in real estate development and was an early proponent of New Urbanism. He is an active skydiver, scuba diver, skier, river boater and holds the current world record for formation skydiving. He is a U.S. Army veteran with two Purple Hearts. He lives in Salida, Colorado with his wife Susan, a prominent artist.
Todd Armstrong – Logistics. Every company culture needs a mind and heart that places value on logistics. Todd is our director of “utmost care.” He is an artist at designing and implementing systems that help us know where every package is from the moment it leaves the field to the moment it arrives at its destination. Todd gives us the ability to do what we do because kids all over the world need our safe food. He manages global smiles and we are all better for his magic.
Shane Wright – Care-Baker. Shaneis integrity in motion. He is like a solo free climber on a 3,000 foot rock wall. Strong, steady, precise and completely and totally stoked. His training as a paramedic has blessed him with the emotional experience to keep calm and focused when our food production equipment pitches a fit. Shane has been there, done that. He is on it. Father, husband, friend, he is deeply respected and loved for his dedication and humility. Every meadow needs a rock to hold it in place. Shane is ours.
Beth Bechtold – Operations. As a partner to husband Brad and Co-Operations Director, Beth has the enriched eye of someone who is steeped in the experience of mastering the craft of commercial food production. She keeps us safe. Her processes and systems compose a symphony from the complex parts of equipment, place, ingredients and people. She is a graceful orchestra leader with an eye for detail and a heart stretching out to the children that she serves with her work. Beth blesses us each day with her gifts of being attentive, patient, present and kind. Her life is full with the love of family. Our lives are full with the love and care she brings with her each day.
Karen Attila – Care-Baker. Care-baker Karen provides our Kitchen with a bounty of gifts from her inner riches. As a trained Reiki master, she contributes her energy to our food production in the same way a rising tide lifts all boats. We are all better and happier for her presence. She mixes and measures and blends our ingredients with an enlightened ritual that infuses our food with love and care. She is a devoted mother and friend. We are grateful to Karen for keeping the energy flowing.
Amanda Wright – Inside Sales – Don’t Go Nuts. Every company needs someone who can dance. Amanda dances. She translates her passion into leading the internal flow of sales for Don’t Go Nuts with core stability, concentration, coordination and fluid movement all in a mood of spicy, fun and infectious enthusiasm. Healthy sales mean more to us than numbers. Amanda teaches us every day how to use our energy to remain flexible and to flow. She reminds us to listen to the music of our work, let go of our limiting conceptions of self and just dance to the rhythm of our mission in joy.
Carrie Robertson – Social Media – Mandala Place. Carrie has the mind of a scientist and the heart and soul of a great teacher. She is a Holistic Nutrition and Health Coach and embodies every aspect of her craft physically, emotionally and spiritually. Chiseled, disciplined, energetic, clear thinking and compassionate, Carrie has had enormous success helping people find life solutions for stress, sleeplessness, poor eating habits and lack of body movement. MyBody Mandala is an extension of her commitment to living a balanced, energized, joyful life. She lives in Salida, Colorado with her husband Paul, a conservation biologist, and her daughter Tess, who she describes as the lights of her life. Her secret rejuvenation therapy? Gelato and saunas, but not at the same time.
Jane Pinto is the CEO and Founder at Pinto Barn. Jane is often referred to as a “force of nature.” Brilliant, energetic, intuitive and generous in thought and deed. She is both leader and teacher. Her style is contagious, and she is on a mission to grow companies and grow people. She is a woman of dignity and grace with an enormous capacity to innovate and attract like-minded people who wish to make the world happier, healthier, wiser and freer. Pinto Barn represents a lifetime of Jane’s experience in business. She believes that something new is happening, and it has to do with how each of us connects and cares for each other. Jane lives in Salida, Colorado with her co-founder husband Doug and their twin daughters Mesa and Lily.
Arika Banghart – Sales – Sacred Sleep. Arika has a style, vision and essence that perfectly fits her role to represent Sacred Sleep to our customers. She understands that intrinsic in every “thing”, there is a beauty that is waiting to be expressed. Her creativity is blended with conscious business expertise. We rely on her ability to listen and respond. She is warm and gracious. Coming home to her family after a meaningful day of “work worth living” is what she cherishes most. Arika is our open invitation to enjoy the offerings of Sacred Sleep.
Doug Pinto is a Co-Founder at Pinto Barn. Doug is an emotional wellness practitioner and Ontological Coach teaching mindful awareness. Calm, compassionate, curious and introspective. Doug believes in paying close attention to what is happening within from the perspective of our bodies, thoughts, feelings and emotions. He is a key innovator at Pinto Barn and is particularly interested in creating products and services to manage stress and overcome specific challenges like food allergies, anxiety, insomnia, perfectionism and worthlessness. Doug lives in Salida, Colorado and shares life with Jane and twin daughters Mesa and Lily. When he is not fully engaged in helping others and growing Pinto Barn, he is studying the great wisdom teachers.
David Armstrong is the Chief Commercial Officer at Pinto Barn. The first thing you may notice about Dave is the magical resonance in his voice. It is the sound of power and wisdom. He is a unique blend of experience and vitality who brings a laser focus to both process and intention. Dave believes that performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy. He is rock steady, thorough and a gifted communicator of what needs to happen and what is possible. He brings a history of experience in manufacturing, sales and marketing, business development and P&L management for both large companies and start-ups. He lives in Salida, Colorado with his wife Kathy and is the father of five grown sons.
Brad Bechtold – Operations. Brad has a passion and a gift for managing energy that inspires the Care-baking team and energizes the entire building. He is Co-Operations Director with his wife Beth, and together they lead our nut-free production facility in all phases. Brad is the perfect blend of tenacity and perseverance—you have to be to manage the complexity and responsibility of making food that is 100% safe for kids with nut allergies. He is wholehearted, a man of faith and a devoted husband and father. He is one of the key reasons our good work gets done.
Erica Clemons – Sacred Sleep. Erica is gifted with a unique balance of design esthetic and precision. She is style personified. Smart and sharp with a refined sense of who our customers are and what they need. Erica comes from a diverse retail background in merchandising, store design, product development and brand building. She has a particular affinity for collaborative and discovery processes that help uncover new product lines and consumer needs. She is always on the lookout for new ways to create a life worth living. Erica lives and plays in Salida, Colorado.
David Hill – Don’t Go Nuts. David is responsible for making connections. Sourcing the “what” and connecting it with the “how.” He is the link in how our food products come into being. Keen, mindful and attentive, he has an appreciation for the little things in business and in life. David has a history of working with agricultural products and how they move from farm to table. He has been a pioneer in developing new ways of delivering and distributing food products based on fairness and reciprocity. David has gentleness and kindness that belie years of working in competitive commodity-based trading. He values community and gives thanks daily for the fruits of our planet.
Leslie Kemp – Communications. Leslie is our resident master storyteller. Her more than 20 years of experience, wisdom and authenticity as a communications professional provides us with a unique and powerful capacity to speak and live our mission. She is kind and wise and compassionate. She radiates care. Leslie believes that what we say to each other creates our reality and guides our actions. With Leslie as the steward of our unfolding Pinto Barn story, we know we are on a path to unimagined potential. Leslie enjoys sharing life in Salida with her husband Dave, a GIS professional, and their two children.
Stefan Craine is Chief Strategy Officer at Pinto Barn.Every ship needs an experienced navigator and Stefan is ours. Rock steady. Keen vision. He is highly skilled in the art of getting from here to there. As a seasoned, high level business analyst and strategist, Stefan’s travels have taken him around the world into the heart of many companies who have benefited from his knowledge of how things get done and the wisdom of why things get done. He is passionate about delivering new and meaningful ideas to the marketplace. Stefan helps us chart our course to both create and discover our passion and purpose. He lives and plays in Salida with his partner Denise and daughter Maya.
Bobbi Wilson – Customer Love and Care. Love and Care. That’s our Bobbi. It begins with listening. She is our director of “smiling” listening. She keeps us in touch with how our products are being received by our customers. Insight. In-mind. If we are not “in-gaged” with our customers, we are living “at” our customers rather than “with” them. Bobbi holds the center of our commitment to always listen and respond from the point of view of “with.” Our products bring hope and help re-establish trust with food. Bobbi is your resource for good energy. Her light is always on.
Our care-baker Kathy acts in the domain of the soul – which is a way to say she loves community and cherishes integrity. She is one to value a small thing well done. Always with a smile and always with a bit of a dance her step. A native New Mexican, Kathy moved to Salida, Colorado for the peace and caring of a small community. She had a sense that it would be a place she could make a difference. She uses her work at Don’t Go Nuts as a place where her intention to be of service meets the world.
Brian Armstrong – Sales – Don’t Go Nuts. “Duke” is a moving “aha moment.” He leads our actions in how we move our products to our precious customers. This requires all the assets of a world-class athlete. Agility. Power. Strength. And curiosity, passion and fortitude of a first-rate adventurer. Duke excels in looking at relevant information and discovering what is possible. He is our guy to go up ahead and relay what amazing thing is up the trail waiting for us to see. Keep an eye out for him.
Kelly Roberts – Creative Direction. Kelly is color in motion. She loves to create stuff. Graceful, artistic, whimsical, fun and mindful, she has her creative hands in “what you see and feel” from Pinto Barn. Her work translates our vision, intention and actions. She is our resident visual storyteller with more than 20 years of design and branding experience. Kelly lives in Crestone, Colorado with her husband, Bill, and daughter, Isabella. She loves to hike and bike and travel and laugh. Kelly is our secret stash of imagination.