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Lloyd Lewan is the Chairman of Lewan & Associates, Inc., one of the largest office equipment dealerships in the nation and Chairman of the Board of Semester at Sea, an international ship board study program for college students. He has also written three books and is a popular speaker.

But Lloyd isn’t interested in titles. Instead, his life revolves around people. Despite his accomplishments, those who know him describe him as a strategist and a leader with an always-open door policy. Lloyd relishes the role of sounding board for employees, students and numerous people throughout the business world.

Much of Lloyd’s work goes into the strategy of grooming leaders. He takes the time to listen to people and helps them stay focused on what is really important in order to succeed and accomplish their goals.

Lloyd’s first book, Women in the Workplace, written in the late 80’s, acts as guide book to show that men and women are different and understanding this is important in order to put your best foot forward in the workplace.

Lloyd spends much of his time at Lewan and Associates, as well as on Semester at Sea addressing the concept of what it means to be a leader. In his next book, To Be a Leader, Lloyd explains that leadership and management are necessary for a successful business, but are not one and the same. Many of his lectures focus on the concept of management vs. leadership.

Lloyd is so admired by his friends, employees and students that his long time secretary describes him as “a behind scenes kind of person. It is his presence, his insight, his graciousness and his belief in people that really makes the difference. He is the motivating presence in many peoples' lives.”

Favorite Restaurant: Gandhi India's Cuisine in the Tech Center and Zaidy's Deli in Cherry Creek.

What are your volunteer activities? Director Emeritus for the Colorado Special Olympics and Chairman of the Board for Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, the Zach Burn Foundation and Human Services, Inc.

Who are the most interesting celebrities you have ever met? Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and Fidel Castro

What gives a woman/man style: Humility.

If your life were a movie, who would play your part? Harrison Ford.

Saturdays are likely to find you: Having coffee with friends and workmates.

Where can you be found at midnight? In bed.

Do you have any Pets? No.

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner, about you? I'm a neat freak, a perfectionist to a fault.

What one word describes you best? Peaceful.

How would you like others to describe you? A man who gives without notice, a man of faith, a leader and laborer.

What was your first job? US Marine Corp Officer.

If there were one thing you could change about yourself, what would it be? To be more outgoing and social.

Best gift you ever gave? My respect.

When and where were you happiest? On Semester at Sea

Which talent would you most like to have? Medicine, to be a Doctor.

What is your current state of mind? Content.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Living this long.

What is your most treasured possession? Small gifts that people have shared over all my years of traveling.

What is the quality you most like in a man? Strong but gentle

What is the quality you most like in a woman? A woman who appreciates being a woman.

Who are your favorite writers? Arthur C. Clark, the science fiction writer and James Baldwin, but there are really too many to name.

What is your favorite book? Too many to relate, I love to read. My basement is full of books.

What is the best advice you have ever received? I believe that "the measure of man is in his daily ledger", so just to show up everyday.

What is your greatest regret? Not having my own children.

What is your motto? "Semper Fidelis", the Marine Corps Motto, it means "always faithful".

What is your favorite quote? "There is no future without forgiveness"
-Desmond Tutu-

I remember your compassion and calmness while I was a student on S69 WCA and I had to have my appendix taken out in South Africa. Thank you for the memories Lil Dance WCA S69
Lillian Dance
06-Dec-17


Dr. Lewan is an extraordinary individual whose intelligence and compassion are without bounds. I have never known a kinder, more generous soul than he is, nor one with more understanding of the human condition. His contributions to all who know him are amazing, and his love, consideration and empathy towards others contribute to his deep and significantly unique humanity. Laraine Carmichael Nelson Estes Park, Colorado
Laraine Carmichael Nelson
21-May-17


Happy Holidays, Lloyd!!!
Becky Manning Skougstad
11-Dec-16


Mr Lewan, I was on the Spring '69 voyage with you as a freshman. I can honestly say those 3 1/2 months had more impact in my life than any other. Glad to see you are going strong and thank you for your contribution the the World Campus Afloat program. Harry
Harry M Green
19-Sep-16


Your accomplishments are amazing...I would like to be like You, when I grow up!!! Thanks so much for sharing your motto....always faithful is what we should all strive for in everything we believe in ....I have two children & 4 grandchildren & they are so special, but it sounds like along the way you have many blessings...
Roselyn Saunders
22-Aug-04