Mayor Steve Bach was sworn into office on June 7, 2011 by an overwhelming majority and leads the City of Colorado Springs through a Mayor-Council form of government, sometimes referred to as a Strong Mayor. He is extremely active within the community and stays in constant contact with citizens through Townhall Meetings, social media, Spirit of the Springs initiatives, his Newsfeed, and other forms of communication.
Steve Bach grew up in a family of two boys and two girls in Kansas, spending summers in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. Weekends on his family farm in Kansas instilled in him the value of hard work, ingenuity, and helping your neighbors. He first came to Colorado Springs as a member of the Army stationed at Fort Carson, from which he received an Army Commendation Medal and was honorably discharged. Mayor Bach was an honors graduate from the UCCS College of Business.
Mayor Bach fell in love with Colorado Springs, but had to leave after graduating from UCCS because of the lack of job opportunities for young professionals at the time. It was a challenge not unlike the one our community faces today. So Steve Bach ran for Mayor because he wants to be a part of solutions that will make Colorado Springs a great place to do business, which will create those opportunities that will keep the City’s young professionals here. He was encouraged by friends and community leaders to run for the City’s first “strong” mayor position to bring his business management skills and community leadership experience to local government.
Mayor Bach brings with him a long track record of success in the private sector, including as a business manager and commercial real estate broker. He returned to Colorado Springs originally as Vice President of Marketing for Current, a local social-expressions product company where he fostered the company’s steady growth for seven years. He worked as a homebuilder before moving into commercial real estate with The Schuck Corporation as their Chief Operating Officer. From there, Bach started his 27-year career as a commercial real estate broker, specializing in representing primary employers and nonprofits find better facilities to meet their needs through innovative use of existing space.
Mayor Bach co-founded the Business Climate Initiatives Group (BIG) within the Chamber of Commerce in the 1990s. He was named Business Citizen of the Year for his work with BIG. He previously had served as chair of the City’s Economic Development Corporation. Bach has also served nonprofits in our community, including as a member of the Board of Trustees and Campaign Chair for Pikes Peak United Way. He has volunteered on the Board of the Pikes Peak YMCA, Cheyenne Village, and the UCCS Chancellor’s Roundtable. Bach co-founded and chaired the UCCS Chancellor’s Leadership Class and the UCCS College of Business Alumni Leadership.
Mayor Bach is married to Suzi and the couple has two adult children, Alison and Aaron. He has lived in Colorado Springs for 45 years.
- Stationed at Fort Carson with the Army
- Army Commendation Medal recipient
- Honorably discharged
- UCCS College of Business honors graduate and alumni leader
- Successful business manager for start-up, turn-around and growth companies large and small
- Commercial Real Estate Broker in Colorado Springs for 27 years helping companies with their facility requirements
- Past chair, Economic Development Corporation with a strong track record in attracting high quality jobs
- Past founder-first chair for the Business Climate Initiatives Group retaining high quality jobs
- Change agent in business and non-profit human service worlds
- Volunteer leader for Cheyenne Village, Pikes Peak United Way and YMCA