Leinweber expands to net more customers

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David Leinweber, owner of Angler’s Covey, is hoping to reel in more business at a new 21st Street location.

David Leinweber is a fisher of men – and women – who need angling supplies.

Leinweber started his fishing supply business, Angler’s Covey, in 1982 and this year moved to 295 S. 21st St. – a storefront that’s hard to miss. Made of giant logs, the building looks more like a mountain lodge than a retail outlet.

Leinweber is hoping the building will lure more fishing aficionados to his business, which offers an extensive line of rods and reels, along with everything else from boats to lip balm.

Leinweber took time recently to tell CSBJ about himself and his business.

Organization: Angler’s Covey

Position: Owner/manager

Hometown: Born in Boulder, but I have lived up and down the Front Range.

How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Since 1991.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry from Rockmont College in Lakewood.

A few words about your company: Angler’s Covey exists to promote the enjoyment of fly fishing. We carry quality equipment and have knowledgeable staff to aid in the development of ongoing customer relationships.

Recent accomplishments: Relocating our business to a new building, doubling the size of our store.

Biggest career break: Venturing out of the corporate world and purchasing a business where I could put my talents and ideas to work for myself and my family.

The toughest part of your job: Getting out from under the “running the business” behind the scenes work and out front working with customers and building our employee team.

Someone you admire: Dr. Vernon Grounds, past president of Denver Seminary (He is a capable, Godly man who always remained approachable.)

About your family: Married for nearly 22 years to my wife and business partner, Becky, with 15-year-old twins, Rachel and Jon, who are attend Palmer High School.

Something else you’d like to accomplish: With the move of the business, I’ve had little time to fly fish myself this year. So I would like to fish at least 50 days by the end of 2006.

How your business will change in the next decade: With the new building, we have made a huge leap in doubling our size. So the next several years will be devoted to defining and fine-tuning our pursuit to become a fly fishing learning center where people can discover and pursue their passion for fly fishing.

What book are you currently reading? “Soul Talk” by Larry Crabb, “Why We Buy” by Paco Underhill and “The Confessions of St. Augustine.”

What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? I would change the premise that we have to find something to change in Colorado Springs – it’s a great place to live and do business.