This is Your Life - John Springer

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Date and Time: 
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Barb Wilkinson

John Springer, owner of the Highlands Ranch Mansion from 1897 to 1913, was a wealthy and ambitious lawyer with ties in law, banking, and politics. His wife, Eliza Clifton Hughes, suffered from Tuberculosis.  John, Eliza and his daughter Annie moved to Colorado because the sunny and dry environment was beneficial to Tuberculosis sufferers.  (Colorado is also known for National Jewish Health, a leading research institution on the disease since 1899).  Springer became president of Continental Trust Company and the National LIvestock Association.  He ran for mayor of Denver in 1904 and lost in what is known as the most corrupt election in Denver's history.  Eliza died days after the election.  The Western Cattlemen named him as someone who should be nominated for vice president of the United States. (Courtesy of Highlands Ranch Mansion).


Please Note:  This program is at the Highlands Ranch Mansion.  

Come Early as Mansion Tours Start at 6:00 pm.
The life of John W. Springer of the Highlands Ranch Mansion (Founding Father of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association).   

In 1898, the predecessor organization to today’s National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, The National Live Stock Association of the United States, was founded in Denver. The first president of the association was John W. Springer, a lawyer and cattleman and a one-time owner of the Highlands Ranch Mansion. Much of his working cattle ranch is today’s Highland’s Ranch. He was a true advocate for the livestock industry and understood the importance of working together. It has never been easy to bring together independent cattlemen but Springer was successful and 120 years later there is a strong organization still in existence. We will learn about Springer’s life and will look at the issues facing the cattle industry in 1898 when the organization was formed and look at how those issues have formed an industry and what the challenges are today.

Seating is limited so please register early.

Registration Required

Barb Wilkinson, Sr. Executive Director of Governance & Leadership Development – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association

Barb has spent the last 28 years working in the beef industry in a variety of association staff positions never moving outside of her home state of Colorado. She was raised on a ranch in southern Colorado near Trinidad.

Barb’s career started as a press secretary for the Republican Senators in the Colorado State Senate following graduation from Colorado State University. Later she joined the National Cattlemen’s Association where she managed the Myth Stoppers program; a spokesperson development program begun in the early 1990’s. Barb left NCA in 1996 to join the staff of the Colorado Cattle Feeders Association (later the Colorado Livestock Association) where she served as Director of Communications for 11 years.

In 2007, Barb returned to NCBA and is currently the Senior Executive Director of Governance and Leadership Development. In this position, Barb is responsible for developing NCBA’s Leadership Development Initiative for national volunteer leaders, state staff and state volunteer leaders. She also assists in overseeing the governance of the organization.

When not at work, she can be found singing with her church choir, working with youth in the church or chasing a golf ball.


Highlands Ranch Mansion
Great Hall
9950 E Gateway Drive
Highlands Ranch 80126