For nearly 39 years, a quiet, reserved Mike Litzau has been community driven.
A Colorado native, Litzau (pronounced lit-zoo) has a deep passion for helping people succeed, a passion that has led him to a successful career working in and with credit unions, and actively volunteering throughout the community.
The passion for giving back is one, he says, is hard to give up.
“I think anyone has a responsibility to give back what we receive,” he said. “Once you do that, you start to like it, and I really do.”
Litzau, who has worked with credit unions for the last 39 years, was recently named the 2013 Man of the Year by the Arvada Chamber of Commerce for his extensive involvement and work with the Arvada community.
“For Mike, it’s the wide range of volunteer projects, he’s involved in,” Mark McGoff, a member of the award’s selection committee said. “He’s not just a member, but it’s the leadership he’s exhibited throughout his work with those activities.”
Through his community work, Litzau has been a part of numerous boards and associations, including several presidencies with the Arvada Economic Development Association (AEDA) and the Arvada Community Food Bank, as well as membership with the Arvada Sunrise Rotary Club.
For Litzau’s colleagues, it’s apparent he is happiest when serving others. They describe Litzau as a humble, lighthearted individual who enjoys spending time with his family and helping others.
“Mike Litzau is one of the most involved and giving individuals I have ever met in my life,” Sooper President and Chief Executive Officer Dan Kester said. “He will go out of his way to think of ways to help his community and those less fortunate. He is tireless in his efforts to be there for his fellow citizens and is happiest when he is helping someone.”
Through his work on those boards and organizations in the community, Litzau has helped develop projects such as the food bank’s capital campaign for a new building; the Bridges to Opportunity program; a volunteer tax program; grant program review with AEDA; sponsorship of the Arvada Festival’s Commission; and backpack programs at area schools — anything he can to help the community.
“I am going to continue what I’ve been doing,” Litzau said, “Which is support the community and be involved in the community. I don’t think it’s the end, but a milestone along the way.”