The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 1998
Gerry and Janet Morrell – Gerry and Janet Morrell, high school sweethearts who later married, opened Morrell Graphics Communications in Lafayette in 1975. Twenty years later, the company was named Business of the Year by the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
When not providing printing, shipping and office services to Boulder County, the couple has been very active in the community. Gerry and Janet are members of the Lafayette Historical Society and Chamber of Commerce and have served as leaders of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Explorers. They also have been active in the Boulder County Retired Seniors Program, and their Lafayette residence was featured in the group’s tour of homes in 1989.
Gerry served as Lafayette Mayor Pro-Tem from 1989 to 1990 and as a city council member from 1987 to 1995. He was named Lafayette Citizen of the Year in 1984 by the Lafayette news and in 1995 by V.F.W. Post 1771. A member of the Lafayette Volunteer Fire Department since 1976, he was named Fire Fighter of the Year in 1987.
Janet currently works as business manager and typesetter for Morrell Graphic Communications with their four children: Jim, who runs the office supply and quick copy department with his wife, Jackie; Jeff, who works as a pressman; and Kristel and Matthew who help out when needed.
Richard Speaker Steele – The business ventures of Richard Speaker Steele, Broomfield inventor and entrepreneur, have led to the employment of hundred of individuals in Boulder County for more than 30 years.
His first company, Steele Precision Manufacturing Co., grew to become Colorado Leisure Products, which incorporated many of his patented inventions and employed more than 300 people. In the mid-1970s, Steele founded Thermal Technology Corporation, or TTC.
Along with inventor Wendell Colson, he helped create the honeycomb window shade that lured new Jersey-based Hunter Douglas in 1985 to purchase TTC and establish the Hunter Douglas Window Fashions division in Broomfield. The honeycomb shade evolved into Hunter Douglas’ popular Duette window fashion, and today Hunter Douglas is one of the largest employers in Boulder County, with more than 750 people at its 40-acre Broomfield facility.
Before his death in 1991, Steele personally was heavily involved in the community as well. He was active in the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce, The Broomfield Rotary Club and numerous youth organizations. With his wife, Joan, he helped found the United Church of Christ in Broomfield.
Steve Bosley – Boulder bank Steve Bosley founded the Bolder Boulder in 1979 and developed it into one of the leading 10K races in the country. In 1991, he was named Race Director of the Year by the Road Race Management Association, and throughout the years has been active with the USA Track & Field National Sports Federation and the citizen’s advisory board for the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine.
In the business community, Bosley served as president and chief executive officer of the Bank of Boulder. He stepped down as chief executive officer in December. During his 22-year tenure, Bosley led the bank’s growth from $1.5 million to $229 million in assets. He also engineered a number of innovative promotions, such as giving away (in lieu of interest) high-end items like Rolex watches to customers opening certificate of deposit accounts.
Bosley helped found the Boulder Valley School District Foundation, was a director for the Boulder YMCA and the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation and serves on the boards of the Boulder Economic Council and University of Colorado at Boulder College of Business and Engineering Center for Entrepreneurship.
He was named the 1991 “Citizen of the Year” by the Boy Scouts of America and served as a national delegate to the 1980 Republican National Convention.
William Coleman – William Coleman, chairman and general partner of Colorado Venture Management Inc., has been a business and civic leader since 1959.
CVM has helped boost the success of numerous well-known Boulder County businesses. CVM’s successful portfolio companies have included: BI Inc., Micro Decisionware Inc., Consumer Health Services Inc., Biostar Inc., McData Corp., Hauser Chemical Research, Advanced Forming Technologies, Sievers Instruments, Vexcel Corp. and Colorado Med Tech Inc. Coleman was awarded the Boulder Development Commission’s 1992 Esprit Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award.
Active in the community since 1959, Coleman has served on the Mayor’s Committee for Municipal Finance and Human Relations, as well as held the titles of vice president of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce; president of the Boulder Jaycees; board member for Boulder Memorial Hospital, Boulder Parks and Recreation, and Boulder County YMCA; and member of the Rotary Club.
Coleman also served as the president of Syntex Corporation, with its Boulder arm recently renamed Roche Colorado Corp., from 1972 to 1979. Coleman joined the firm originally called Arapahoe Chemicals, in 1959 as a research chemist.
He currently serves as a director for eight corporations – BI Inc. Hauser Chemical Research Inc., Micro Decisionware Inc., Econalytic Systems Inc., Cogen Technology Inc., Colorado Power Partners, Brush Cogeneration Partners and Sievers Research Inc – and is completing 20 years as director of Norwest Bank – Boulder (formerly United Bank of Boulder).
Ed and Ruth Lehman – Ed Lehman and his wife, Ruth, both lawyers, came to Longmont in 1957.
Ed became editor and publisher of the Daily Times Call and later formed Lehman Communications Corp., which publishes three Colorado community daily newspapers. Along with the Times Call, the publications include the Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald and the Canon City Daily Record.
In 1997, Lehman purchased the Louisville Times and the Lafayette News. Lehman Communications has been listed for several years among Colorado’s top 200 privately owned companies. The combined operations employ 365 people.
He has received the Community Service Award from the Colorado Press Association. He was a member of the Economic Development Association of Longmont from 1990-1993 and was president of the Longmont Chamber of Commerce in 1962. From 1954-1956, he was a member of the House of Representatives, 40th General Assembly Colorado State Legislature.
Ruth Lehman serves as associate editor, editorial page editor and vice president of Lehman Communications. She is a member of the Boulder County and Colorado Bar Associations as well as the American Society of Newspaper Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
She served as legislative chairman of the Colorado Commission on Women and was president of the Colorado Press Association as well as president of the St. Vrain YMCA and a board member for the Boulder County YMCA.