It is with pure joy for our dear friend that we announce the well-earned retirement of Bryan Soth, founder of HighCraft Builders. After twenty-four years of dedicated service to the Northern Colorado community, Bryan has rolled up his last set of blueprints and is pursuing his dream of early retirement.
Bryan founded HighCraft Builders with Dwight Sailer (above, left) in 1998.
HighCraft has enjoyed steady growth during Bryan and Dwight’s years together as business partners. It’s fun to compare the size of the original HighCraft team, and the tree behind Bryan’s shoulder (left), to a photo of the team and tree (right) nearly two decades after purchasing HighCraft’s iconic office in Old Town Fort Collins.
“We’ve also grown a few gray hairs over the years,” Dwight admits with a grin.
“Bryan and I learned the remodeling business together,” Dwight says. “When I think about my own life and career, I can’t help but think of Bryan at major milestones. I think about the moment we decided to start a business together, when we bought our first company truck, the days our kids were born. We had such a dynamic partnership, but best of all, we built a great friendship.”
“Dwight is the closest friend I’ve ever had in my life, and a mentor in many ways,” Bryan says. “I can’t express how much respect I have for Dwight.”
When asked what makes him proud of HighCraft Builders, Bryan says, “Its reputation for excellence. The relationships we built over the years – with the trades, our clients, and local communities. Our work has touched so many lives, and that means a lot to me.”
Bryan is especially proud of HighCraft’s hardworking team, led by general managers Kira Koldeway and Scott Fetters, who have nearly forty years of combined work experience at HighCraft Builders. Dwight will continue to own the company and serve on its leadership team with the two general managers.
“In addition to Dwight, the depth of Scott and Kira’s institutional knowledge, that longevity, and the skills they bring to the table, are incredible,” Bryan says. “And the caliber of people on their team is phenomenal. HighCraft is in really good hands.”
When asked to describe Bryan’s contributions over the years, Dwight says, “I could never articulate the heavy lifting that he’s done for HighCraft Builders. Bryan is so good at creating order in an industry notorious for chaos. He built systems and processes that streamline our business today, and his influence will be felt for years to come.”
In his retirement, Bryan plans to spend more time fly-fishing, traveling abroad, and exploring the backcountry of America.
“It’s been such an honor, and one of the greatest privileges in my life, to do business with Bryan all these years,” Dwight says. “There’s nothing better than to celebrate him reaching his retirement goal, and to see him so happy.”
“I love Bryan, and I’m going to miss him – we’re all going to miss him,” Dwight adds. “The next time you see Bryan, please congratulate him on a career and job well done!”
If you’d like to send Bryan a note or share a memory with him, we’ll make sure he gets it.
Mailing Address: 429 South Howes Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Bryan will forever be an important part of our company’s story, and a member of the HighCraft family. From the entire team at HighCraft Builders, thank you for twenty-four wonderful years, Bryan. We will miss you!