Class of 2007

2007 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees at the Hall of Fame's new installation in the Radisson Hotel & Conferences Center.

2007 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees at the Hall of Fame’s new installation in the Radisson Hotel & Conferences Center.

G. Lane “Earnie” Earnest – Colorado native Lane Earnest co-founded Caplan and Earnest, Boulder County’s oldest and largest locally owned law firm. For more than four decades of his professional life, “Earnie” has provided leadership, energy and good humor to numerous educational, civic, community, philanthropic and Christian organizations throughout the state. He has left an indelible mark on the State’s business communities, particularly on Boulder County.

Since retiring, Earnie serves as Protestant cha chaplain to passengers and crew members in the cruise ship industry; and, with his wife Barbara, assists Katrina victims in salvaging their flood damaged homes.

Bayne Gibson
 – Being blessed by a loving family, inspiring mentors, supporting employees, caring friends and a strong personal faith has permitted him to be a community activist, while pursuing a career of corporate leadership, management training and professional speaking.

Sports, outstanding role models models and challenging opportunities in the military, college and early jobs led to the “Mr. Fix It”, “Turnaround Business” career.

Bayne’s philosophy; “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much care.”

Daniel Pirrallo and the Harvest House Hotel – A consummate hotelier (“Humble Inn Keeper”), Dan brought the depth of his experience in nine major U.S. cities to the Boulder County community, to which he has passionately devoted his time and energy to forge partnerships betips between local charities, cultural arts organizations, and the business community.

Dan believes that business and community opportunities should be exploited with “passion, tenacity and patience.”

Dan advocates for increased access to the abundant business, cultural and recreational opportunities available in Boulder County by serving on numerous boards and committees locally and within Colorado.

Thomas Eldridge – Tom Eldridge arrived in Colorado in 1955. He purchased Tom’s Tavern, a Pearl Street MaStreet Mall institution in downtown Boulder, in 1959. He has been a member of the Chamber for more than 20 years; he served as Boulder City Councilman for ten years, and served as Deputy Mayor for three years. Tom was a founding member of the Downtown Boulder, Inc.

Tom is a man of the highest integrity, who gives generously of his time and resources to programs such as Imagine!, Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder Sister City program and Attention Homes.

Richard “Dick” Klein – Entrepreneur, community actity activist and philanthropist, Richard “Dick” Klein’s lifetime of leadership has been marked by innovation, creativity and a commitment to his community.

Founder of Longmont’s K-Theatres Corp., Dick never shirked from a challenge and, in fact, embraced new technologies, including television, cable and video rental, that others suggested signaled the end to his beloved theater industry.

A life-long Rotarian and former city planning commissioner, Klein’s sense of duty extended beyond his personal businusiness to the welfare of every community he was part of.

John “Ed” Mock – Ed and Bernice Mock founded Mock Realty Co., in 1965. Later their three sons became involved in the company.

Ken started the management department before leaving Boulder. Gail started as an agent in 1973 and now owns Mock Realty Co., and Bruce is the owner of Mock Management Co.

Ed has served on many community, church and bank boards, acting as president of several. He represented the Boulder Valley School District in procu in procuring school sites and acted as agent of the Boulder Community Hospital in their real estate needs. The Mocks believe in giving back to the community through service.