Class of 1997

The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 1997

Anthony Arnett – Anthony Arnett was an adventurer, traveler, gold seeker and businessman. Born in 1819 in the Alsace-Lorraine, he moved to rural Illinois as the age of 9. There he married, farmed and worked in the mercantile business. During the Gold Rush, he sailed to San Francisco – surviving a shipwreck in Chile – to seek his fortune. He became prosperous, but as a businessman, not a prospector.

In 1859, Arnett was one of Boulder’s first settlers. In 1874, he built the Arnett Hotel on Pearl Street. Rooms were $3 a night with a warm fireplace costing 25 cents extra. It was Boulder’s largest public gathering place at the time and the center of entertainment, hosting guests like P.T. Barnum and General Ulysses S. Grant.

Arnett was a generous donor to the University of Colorado in Boulder, his legacy recognized in the naming of Arnett Residence Hall.

Bob Charles – As an entrepreneur, Bob Charles has owned and operated McDonald’s franchises in Boulder County, Arvada and Westminster, with annual sales at each averaging from $1 million to $5 million. He co-designed the “Happy Meals” concepts for McDonald’s and, through implementation of his ideas, increased drive-thru capacity from 100 to 400 cars per hour.

As a philanthropist, Charles has helped develop the company’s recycling program in Colorado and co-founded the Ronald McDonald House in Denver. He established a McPride program for at-risk high school students and, for management employees at his franchises, covers textbook costs and fees for college or GED programs.

Charles received the Esprit Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievements Award in 1993. His other achievements include founding the Boulder Memorial Hospital Foundation, establishing a scholarship program at CU and chairing the Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools.

Ed and Carol Deborski – Ed Deborski and his wife Carol founded Old Style Sausage in 1972 in a small shop on Louisville’s Main Street, equipped with an old grinder, a hand sausage stuffer and Ed’s family recipe for borogies – sweet homemade dough pockets filled with sauerkraut, Italian sausage, cheese, peppers and spices. Today Old Style Sausage markets 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of sausage a week – still linked by hand – to restaurants, institutions and retailers. In 1984, the Deborskis opened a second business, Louisville Store and Lock.

The couple’s community service includes 10 years of work and donations to the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the City of Louisville July 4th Picnic, the Tri City Elks Picnic, as well as various churches, charities, restaurants, firehouses and youth activities. Ed served as Louisville city councilman from 1972-1974, and he and Carol were named Business Person of the Year in 1991 by the Louisville Chamber of Commerce.

Both Ed and Carol are natives of Louisville.

Leonard and Reino Loukonen – Brothers Leonard and the late Reino Loukonen represent the third generation of the Loukonen Bros. Stone Co. in Lyons. Founded in 1890, it is one of the oldest businesses in Boulder County. Loukonen Bros. Stone Co. has furnished stone to many businesses, including the Boulder municipal building, the University of Colorado, Interlocken Business Park, Coors field and DIA.

It has attracted workers from as far away as Mexico, Sweden, Denmark and the brothers’ native Finland.

As well as operating the family quarry, the brothers have helped other stone quarries get started, including the Vasquez, Tribble and Spragues quarries.

The Loukonens have donated stone to schools, churches, parks and the Lyons Museum. In 1995, Leonard was honored as Lyons’ “Mr. Good Old Days.”

Karl and Mabel Boehm – For the past 38 years, Karl Boehm and his family have brought Old World charm and gentle hospitality to the Peaceful Valley Lodge and Guest Ranch. Karl, now deceased, was born in a Tyrolean village in Austria. When the Nazis came to power, Karl was sent to Berea, Ky., where he attended school and met his future wife, Mabel.

In 1953, the Boehms settled in Peaceful Valley’s original lodge, a structure that burned down shortly after their arrival and which the family rebuilt from scratch. Their dream was to make Peaceful Valley Ranch one of the finest resorts in the United States.

Today, Peaceful Valley is known throughout the region for its beauty and hospitality. The latter provided by four generations of Boehms. Its mountainside chapel is a architectural and sentimental landmark, hosting regular church services and scores of weddings.

Ken Hoyle – In 1958, Ken Hoyle was handpicked by the founders of Broomfield to be the city’s first bank president. On its first day, Broomfield Heights Bank brought in $300,000 in deposits. Over the next 27 years, through Hoyle’s retirement in 1982, the bank, which later dropped “Heights” from its name, grew to $50 million dollars in assets.

However, banking is only one contribution Hoyle has brought to Broomfield. He headed the Merchants Association, formed a businessmen’s club that preceded that Broomfield Chamber of Commerce and was active in all city functions. He and the local Jaycees founded Broomfield Days. As a banker, he was a major player on the State Banking Board, and, as a rancher, he was influential in the Cattleman’s Association.