Our organization

Dominion is governed by a five-member Board of Directors of, which three are independent members not associated with Dominion's current customer or partner districts. The Sterling Ranch community is represented by two seats to provide input as Dominion's largest customer. Click here for the District's regular Board Meeting Schedule. Dominion has an experienced and creative team of engineers, attorneys, district managers, and other disciplines that are passionate about the service we provide our customers. Click here to learn about the Dominion Staff.

Our board of Directors

Jeff LaForte

Director, President

A Colorado native, Jeff LaForte has been practicing commercial real estate since 1985. During his real estate tenure, he has completed more than 750 real estate transactions, representing an aggregate sales amount over a half a billion dollars. With integrity, commitment and professionalism, Jeff is a team player who brings the finest representation possible to assist clients in achieving their specific real estate objectives. Jeff is a specialist in office, industrial and investments, but has an extensive background in most facets of commercial real estate, including industrial, retail and the acquisition and development of land parcels. Jeff specializes in tenant and landlord/buyer representation at Fuller Real estate. He was previously employed by Colliers International, Moore Commercial, and The D.C. Burns Realty & Trust Company.

Jeff is a member of the Denver Board of Realtors, and formerly a director of the Board of the LoDo Learning center, a non-profit child-care center in Downtown Denver.

Jeff received his degree in Finance and Marketing from the University of Denver. He was appointed to the University of Denver’s Board of Fellows as a member of the Building and Ground Committee, which oversaw and directed the construction of more than $400 million in real estate capital projects and improvements.

Harold Smethills


Harold Smethills grew up around ranching before beginning his business career in banking, finance and investments. From executive positions at United Banks of Colorado, Smethills became executive vice president and chief financial officer of the Adolph Coors Company while also serving on its board. He led the development and implementation of a major restructuring program to spin off Coors' non-brewing businesses into a new Fortune 500 Company, ACX Technologies, of which he became co-president with Jeff and Joe Coors. Smethills subsequently formed his own investment management company managing a privately held real estate portfolio. He was recruited as CEO at American Stock Exchange, a New York Stock Exchange listed company, and later served as CEO of Menasha Corporation, a large, privately held manufacturing business. In 2004, he returned to his native Colorado to pursue development of Sterling Ranch, a 3,400-acre, master-planned community in Northwest Douglas County. As chairman and founder, Smethills oversees all aspects of Sterling Ranch.

Smethills earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Denver, as well as his MBA and juris doctor degrees. He is a retired Colonel from the Colorado Air National Guard, and received the Legion of Merit among other awards for his service.

Smethills is a trustee on the Denver Botanic Gardens board of directors and chairs the Sustainability Committee. He serves on the Board of Regents of Pepperdine University and as chair of the investment committee. He and his wife Diane are also involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research.

Jack Hilbert


Jack Hilbert was elected Douglas County Commissioner in November of 2006 and was re-elected to a second term in November 2010. He previously served in leadership positions in the public and private sector as well as corporate enterprise for 35 years.

In 2012, he served as President of Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), remains on the CCI Board, and is CCI’s representative on the Front Range District Board as well as the County’s representative on the CCI’s Taxation and Finance, Health & Human Services and Transportation & Telecommunications Steering Committees. Hilbert also serves as Vice Chair for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Board and is slated to be the Chair in 2014. Having served on the Board since January 2009, he is also a member of the DRCOG Executive, Administrative and Metro Vision committees. He also served two terms representing Colorado on the National Association of County Governments (NACO) Board of Directors. He serves on the NACO Finance Committee and Transportation Steering Committees and is Chair of the Airports Subcommittee. NACO represents more than 3,800 counties on a number of national issues.

Other organizations that he serves in a leadership role are: Douglas County Fair Association; Metro Area County Commissioners (past president); Chair, South I-25 Urban Corridor Transportation Management Authority; Developmental Pathways Board of Directors; SkyRidge Hospital Community Board; and serves as Chair of the C-470 Corridor Coalition Policy Committee and Chair of the Colorado Clean Water Coalition, Past Chair of Metro Area County Commissioners and Front Range District for County Commissioners.

He holds certifications in Project Management – Finance for Professionals and Executives; Avaya Certified- Associate-Communication Networking; Hotel Master Supplier and Retail Industry Management. Hilbert studied Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern Colorado; Theology at Drew University; Business at the University of Phoenix; Project Management Professional at George Washington University and a Fellowship in Technology from Ball State University.

John Ostermiller


A second-generation native of Colorado, John Ostermiller was born in Sterling in 1942, and grew up in Brush and Longmont. He received his BS Degree in Business from Colorado State University in 1965, and his MBA Degree from the University of Denver in 1970. John moved to Littleton in 1967, married Littleton resident Terry Mitchell in 1969, and moved to the Leawood area just west of Littleton. While in Leawood, John helped form the Leawood Metro Recreation and Park District and was elected to the first Board of Directors in 1976, and served as Secretary for two years. In 1978, John and Terry, along with their two daughters, returned to Littleton where they have resided for the past 40 years.

John’s business career began as a staff accountant with Great Western Sugar Company in 1965. Since then he has held the positions of Financial Planner for Great Western United Corporation; Finance Manager of Company Operations and Regional Manager of Shakey’s Incorporated; Regional Manager for Cablecom General, Inc; Vice President of Northern Operations for Capital Cities Cable and Vice President of Operations for Jones Spacelink. In 1990, John, and Peter Dart, formed Dart International, Inc., and developed the Dart Target System, an interactive archery and firearm simulator. In 1998, Firearms Training Systems of Atlanta, GA acquired the company. John joined Littleton based Deane Communications, Inc. in 2000, where he served as Vice President and CFO until his retirement in 2006. In 2008 he became the Business Administrator for Littleton United Methodist Church.

As a resident of Littleton, John has been an active member of the community. He served 20 years on the City of Littleton Planning Commission before being appointed to the Littleton City Council in 2000, filling the vacancy created when Susan Beckman was elected Arapahoe County Commissioner. John was elected to a four-year term on the Council in November 2001 and was elected Mayor following the 2003 Council election. In 2005 he was re-elected to his City Council seat, completing his term in 2009 and choosing not to run for re-election. In December of 2009 John was appointed to the South Suburban Park and Recreation District Board to fill a vacancy on the Board. In May of 2010 John was elected to a four-year term on the South Suburban Board, and was elected Chairman in 2012. Other community services include Littleton Public Schools Transportation Committee; Goddard Middle School Management Council; Littleton Leadership Retreat, Littleton Public Schools 21st Century Task Force and Facilities Use Task Force, Arapahoe County Judicial Facilities Housing Authority Board of Commissioners in April 2012. He is a member of Littleton Rotary Club, Historic Littleton Inc., Friends of the Library/Museum, Hudson Gardens and Littleton United Methodist Church.

John’s wife, Terry, is a retired teacher and instructional coach having served in the Littleton School District for 29 years. John and Terry have two grown daughters – Karen, who lives in Billings, Montana with her husband, two sons and a daughter and Heather, living in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with her husband and their daughter and two sons.

Brock Smethills


Brock Smethills was appointed the President of Sterling Ranch Development Company in 2019. At Sterling Ranch, Brock works with various technology partners to incorporate smart home and smart community infrastructure throughout the community. Brock comes from a strong aerospace background and prior to Sterling Ranch he worked on the OSIRIS-REx mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems as a summer intern. Brock graduated summa cum laude in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where he led the university’s winning aerospace team in the NASA USLI competition.

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