The Capitol Solutions Team
Sandra Hagen Solin
Founder and President
Sandra is the founder and head of Capitol Solutions, a premier government affairs and lobbying firm representing business clients at the local, state, and federal level. Sandra established Capitol Solutions in 1992 and quickly built a successful firm with exceptional clients made up of Colorado's leading corporate clients and trade associations. Sandra is also a founder and partner with Fulcrum, a newly established public affairs firm solving complex public affairs challenges for Fortune 500 corporate clients.
Sandra has distinguished herself and her firms as leaders in the areas of business, finance, banking, technology, transportation, land use, health care, energy and economic development.
Sandra has built a successful bi-partisan full-spectrum firm of 5 lobbyists and an 85% success rate. Capitol Solutions is the first and only lobbying firm in Colorado to incorporate a values-based communications practice into their lobbying efforts. Capitol Solutions counts among its current and past clients SheaHomes, RBC Capital Markets, Schaller Anderson (An Aetna Company), the Colorado Contractors Association, CSIA-Colorado's Technology Association, Broe Company, Range Fuels, Colorado Concern, Southeast Business Partnership, Hewlett-Packard, San Miguel Valley Corporation, Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance, among many more.
Capitol Solutions has been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a top 25 public relations firm in Colorado each year since 2004. Sandra was named in 2011 as a "Colorado Influencer" by the national Campaigns and Elections magazine. She was a top three finalist in the professional services category of the Denver Business Journal's Top Women Business Owners in 2004 and 2009 and was nominated for the same distinction in 2008. Sandra has been recognized as one of the Northern Colorado Business Report's "Who's Who in Northern Colorado Business" in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. Sandra was recently profiled in "Public Persona" by Colorado Expression magazine and during the Democrat National Convention was noted as one of "Colorado's Insiders" by The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Sandra will be a regular columnist on political and policy issues in Colorado View magazine.
When she is not being a business owner and mom to 6-year old Jonathan, Sandra serves on the Board of Directors of the Kempe Foundation Alliance, the fundraising arm of the Kempe Center for Abused and Neglected Children. Sandra also serves on the Board of Governors of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and the Public Affairs Council of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Senior Vice President
Randy Pye serves as Senior Vice President of Capitol Solutions. The firm is a leader in the areas of business, finance, banking, transportation, health care, economic and land development, energy and technology.
Randy leads both the local government practice and land development practice working with the development community in effectively moving through the land use process that creates a win-win for the applicant and the community.
Randy is one of the original five founders of the City of Centennial incorporation movement, the largest city incorporation in United States history and was the President of Arapahoe Citizens for Self-Determination, the proponent group. Randy was elected as Centennial's first Mayor in 2001 with 86% of the vote. The Mayor was re-elected in November of 2005 to a second four-year term. He campaigned on a simple three-prong platform of low taxes, contract services, and limited government intervention in a citizen's way of life.
Randy is a strong proponent of re-inventing government and believes that as many services as possible should be out-sourced or privatized. Within that framework he has successfully led contract negotiations for all three major cost centers in the city to the private sector or to other local government agencies. Rather than building a bureaucratic infrastructure, the city has maintained a limited direct paid staff of fewer than sixty people for a city of over 100,000 residents.
In 2003, 2004 and again in 2008 Randy was elected by his fellow Mayors as Chairman of the Metro Mayors Caucus. The Caucus is comprised of 39 Mayors from the region and focuses on regional issues of concern to all local governments such as transportation, water resources, and affordable housing. He is a strong believer in regionalism to solve the many challenges that face local governments and has used the Metro Mayors Caucus platform to work towards that end.
In 2006 he was asked to co-chair the newly formed Colorado Tomorrow Alliance that is looking at how Colorado and specifically the front-range will develop in the next 20 years. The Alliance looks at such things as transportation, intelligent land use planning, open-space, water and air quality while accommodating the projected population growth.
In 2007 the Brookings Institution a Washington D.C. think tank asked Randy to participate in the Metropolitan Policy Program as a Metro Partner for their "Blueprint for American Prosperity" Initiative. In his capacity with the program in March 2009 Randy was one of 24 Partners from across the country selected to work directly with the White House Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs creating a preliminary assessment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from a metropolitan perspective.
Randy came to Capitol Solutions from the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, where he was the Director of Investor Relations for five years. The Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation is focused on an aggressive plan to maintain the economic vitality of the region and to brand the metro area as a vital and sustainable hub for a new economy. It is a coalition of government, businesses, and local/regional economic development organizations throughout the region. Randy is a nationally recognized speaker on regionalism and regional cooperation and has been invited to speak at over two-dozen national and regional forums and conferences throughout the United States.
Politically active Randy has previously served as President of the Republican Leadership Program as well as a party precinct leader and is a campaign consultant and policy advisor.
Randy has received numerous awards and recognitions and has been identified by the Denver Post as one of "Ten to Watch" and has recently received the distinguished "Paul Harris Fellow" by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Randy and his wife Susan have been married for 33 years and live in Centennial. They have lived there for the past 25 years and have a married daughter Heather Sarbaugh who lives in Parker, CO with her husband Steve and their children, Sierra and Hunter. He is an avid reader and has been a guest columnist for the Centennial Citizen, Your Hub.com and The Villager newspapers. His hobbies include hiking, kayaking, outdoor photography, and antique map collecting.
Honorable Wayne Allard
Senior Collaborator, Former U.S. Senator
Senator Allard joins the Capitol Solutions team after a quarter century of experience in national and state elected office. As a Member of Congress from Colorado, he specialized on issues related to western land, transportation and health, as well as broad experience in financial and budget policies. Senator Allard will develop and collaborate with Capitol Solutions in their federal government relations practice. As part of the Capitol Solutions team, Allard will focus on strategic consulting in Colorado and Washington, DC, utilizing his political, business and professional experience to serve a variety of clients.
Allard was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. For his 12 years in the Senate, he represented his constituents on numerous committees: Senate Banking and Urban Affairs; Intelligence; Agriculture; Budget; Armed Services; Environment and Public Works; Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and Appropriations. Allard also served as either chairman or ranking Republican on several key subcommittees, including: Armed Service's Personnel and Strategic Command subcommittee as well as Appropriation's Legislative Branch and Interior subcommittees. He founded and chaired both the Renewable Energy and Conservation Caucus, and the Space Caucus.
As a Member of U.S. House of Representatives, Allard led efforts on the Agriculture, Natural Resources, Small Business, Budget and the Congressional Reform committees.
In Colorado, Allard won a seat in the State Senate in 1992, representing Larimer and Weld counties. For six of the eight years he led the Republican Caucus as Chairman. Allard served on the following committees: Agriculture and Natural Resources; Finance; Appropriations; Institutions; Business Affairs; and as Chairman of Health, Environment, and Welfare.
Allard has achieved numerous accomplishments and recognitions both in and out of government. Of note, he secured the appropriation of more that $1 billion for Colorado mass transit projects and altered the mass transit allocation formulas to make more money available for new starts and smaller metro areas. He worked to ensure Rocky Flats Plutonium Plant site was cleaned and restored as a wildlife refuge and due to contract incentives, work finished one year ahead of schedule - saving taxpayers $500 million.
Special Recognitions include: Recipient of the Air Force's Distinguished Public Service Award and the Chancellor's Merit Award for the Colorado State University System; Served as Chairman of Veterinary Medicine for the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education; Recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association President's Award and Charter Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners; and Selected as Grand Marshall of the Colorado State Fair. Allard published several scientific articles on veterinary medicine; and authored a book titled: Colorado's United States Senators 1876-2000.
Allard earned a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Colorado State University in 1967, where he met his wife Joan. He established a veterinary practice a short time later in Loveland, Colorado.
In addition to his work with Capitol Solutions, Allard maintains a relationship with The Livingston Group, LLC in Washington DC.
Senior Collaborator, SCO Consulting, LLC
Steve joins the Capitol Solutions team with over 34-years of government relations experience with both the public and private sector including the Orange County Environmental Management Agency, Rob, Bein, Frost and Associates; Jack G. Raub Company, Mission Viejo Company and most recently Shea Homes.
He has consistently demonstrated his ability to quickly define a set of problems and recommend viable, consensus-based solutions to those problems. Steve has an undergraduate and graduate degree in urban planning from California State Polytechnic University providing him with a solid foundation on land use planning principles, policies and organizations.
Prior to joining Capitol Solutions as Senior Collaborator, Steve Ormiston served as Vice President Planning for Shea Homes. For the past 30 years, he was engaged in the planning and development of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and more recently participated in the development of Reunion by Shea Homes in Commerce City.
Steve has served on over 23 boards and committees focusing on local, regional state and federal issues. This community service has helped him fulfill his passion for meeting community needs through effective and efficient civic organizations.
Mr. Ormiston serves on several boards and committees including Highlands Ranch Metropolitan District, Centennial Water and Sanitation District, Chairman of Board of Trustees of Southeast Business Partnership, South I-25 Urban Corridor Transportation Management Association Board, FasTracks Citizens Advisory Committee, Denver Water Board Citizens Advisory Committee, Colorado Association of Homebuilders Board of Directors, Colorado Association of Homebuilders Government Affairs Committee, Colorado Association of Homebuilders Political Funding Committee, Chairman of Colorado Association of Homebuilders Green Building Sub-Committee, Denver Metro Homebuilders Association Government Affairs Committee, National Association of Industrial and Office Parks Board of Directors, National Association of Industrial and 0ffice Parks Legislative Affairs Committee, Douglas County Open Space Advisory Committee, President of School District 27J Capital Facilities Fee Foundation, Douglas County School District Long Range Planning Committee, Treasurer of Chatfield Basin Conservation Network, District Captain and Delegate for Douglas County Precinct No. 14. He has also served on the Reunion Metropolitan District, North Range Metropolitan Districts 1-5,TrailMark Homeowners Association, TrailMark Metropolitan District, School District 27J Long Range Facilities Planning Committee, Douglas County School Facilities Trust Fund Foundation, Denver Regional Council of Governments Regional Open Space Committee, Highlands Ranch Community Association Open Space Conservation Area Committee, and C-470 Task Force.
In 2001, Mr. Ormiston received the Denver Regional Council of Governments Local Government Innovations Award for Public Private Partnerships for the School District 27J Capital Facilities Fee Foundation. Colorado Association of Home Builders honored Mr. Ormiston with the 2008 Sue Birch Government Service Award.
Mr. Ormiston and his family have lived in Highlands Ranch since 1982 and are active members of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Highlands Ranch where Steve currently serves as Chairman of the Staff/Parish Relations Committee.
Mindy joined Capitol Solutions in 2007. Mindy comes to us from a start-up company dealing with leading edge technology in the telecommunications and wireless industry, where she dealt with set-up, daily operations and eventually a buy-out of the company. This role required full attention to detail and all day to day aspects of running a small business. She also brings 10 years prior legal experience, with a full understanding of client confidentiality and deadlines. She now tracks legislation for all clients and handles all logistics and operations for Capitol Solutions.