Class of 1999

The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 1999

Thomas Brock – In 1956, Thomas Brock founded his own Longmont-based CPA firm, which, after several name changes, currently is known as Brock and Company.

It grew from one office and two employees (Brock and a secretary) to a company of more than 40 full-time employees and locations in Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins and Denver. He was active in numerous professional organizations and served as a director for several corporations.

A recognized advocate for small business growth, Brock was involved at various levels with the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Governor’s Small Business Council, the Small Business Administration National Advisory Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he held the position of director for six years.

He was treasurer for the Economic Development Association of Longmont in the 1980s, served on the advisory board for the Boulder Development Commission in the early 1990s and chaired the Esprit Entrepreneur committee in 1991.

Brock also supported Boulder County business as a venture capitalist. In the 1960s, his financial support helped launch Longmont-based Physionics Engineering Inc., developer of the first commercially usable medical ultrasound equipment – today a billion-dollar industry. Most recently, he was an officer for the Boulder Technology Incubator.

Brock’s honors include: the Lifetime Achievement Award, Esprit Entrepreneur (1994); Colorado Business Leader of the Year Award, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (1987); and the National Accountant Advocate of the Year Award, Small Business Administration (1981). Brock passed away in July 1998.

Carol Grever Gray – Carol Grever Gray was for 23 years co-owner of Express Services, a local and international staffing firm. She and her former husband, Jim, started their family business in Boulder County in 1973 and were instrumental in founding the Express International franchising organization, which earned revenues of $425 million in 1994 and employed at that time more than 30,000 people each week.

Grey currently chairs The Naropa Institute in Boulder. She has been heavily involved in community service throughout her career, having chaired the Boulder Chamber of Commerce, the Boulder Development Commission, the Private Industry Council and the Economics Futures Panel.

She was a founding director and vice president for the Boulder Technology Incubator and a director for Colorado National Bank, the Boulder Rotary Club, the YWCA, the Community Hospital Foundation and several other non-profit boards.

Gray has been named Business and Professional Women (BPW) Woman of the Year for Colorado and BPW Boulder County Woman of the Year. In 1994, she was recognized by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for her volunteer service on behalf of the business community. Other honors include the Boulder Business Pacesetter Award, the Colorado Community Service Award from the National Association of Personnel Consultants and induction into the YWCA Hall of Fame for Corporate Leadership. Her advertising and public relations efforts for Express Services were recognized with numerous national awards from the National Association of Temporary Services.

Wayne Jurgens – Wayne Jurgens was a partner for nearly 50 years (1947-1996) in the business his grandfather founded, now known as Longmont Insurance Professionals.

Jurgens used his experience and knowledge to author the first-ever insurance specifications for the State of Colorado and the first-ever specifications for minimum insurance requirements for county governments in the state, as well as teach for The University of Colorado, Central Business College in Denver and other educational institutions.

He has been involved in numerous industry organizations, including National Association of Realtors and Professional Insurance Agents of America.

Jurgens has been a member of the Longmont Chamber of Commerce for 50 years, holding the office of president in 1952. In 1997, he chaired the planning committee for Longmont’s 125th birthday celebration, a project for which the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce presented him with the “Momentum” award. He has served as director and president for the Longmont United Hospital, the Family Extension Board and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra Board.

Other civic contributions include: membership on the Boulder Community Crime Stoppers Board, the Friends of Longmont Museum Board and the National Ski Patrol System, as well as significant involvement with the Boy Scouts of America and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Rob and Carol Lathrop – Rob and Carol Lathrop opened Louisville Rental Center in 1986, owning ad operating it for the next 12 years (they sold it in 1998) and expanding it from two to 15 employees. In 1993, Louisville Rental Center was named Small Business of the Year the Louisville Chamber of Commerce.

For the past five years, Bob has represented Ward 3 on the Louisville City Council. He has served as president (one year) and as a board member (three years) for the Louisville Chamber of Commerce, as well as on the boards of First National Bank of Louisville, BankOne and Heritage Bank, where he currently is a director. For 20 years he was a volunteer for the Cherryvale Fire Department, serving as its chief for three terms.

Carol Lathrop has served as president (one year) and as a board member (six years) for the Louisville Chamber and co-founded the Louisville Leadership Class. Active in education, she was instrumental in the effort behind Louisville’s new high school and served as president for two years of the Foundation for Boulder Valley Schools. She is a former member of the BankOne Advisory Board and currently serves as a director for the Community Medical Center and Boulder Community Hospital.

Russel Shaffer – Russel Shaffer, with his wife Ann, launched Boulder radio station KBOL-AM in 1947 and were involved with it for the 45 years until its sale in 1992.

KBOL, Colorado Station of the Year in 1988, was known as a pioneer in sports broadcasting, community programming and listener participation shows. Shaffer also launched KBVL-FM in 1972, operating that station until 1986.

His goal, as reported by the Daily Camera in 1953, was “to operate a radio station that is of genuine service to the community.”

In 1974, Shaffer was named Colorado Broadcaster of the Year. He founded The Public Access Channel and the Shamrock Broadcasting and Buffalo Sports networks. He provided free air time to high school broadcasting clubs, which he helped organize. In addition, he was co-founder, president and a director of the Colorado Radio Broadcasters Association, which eventually represented more than 300 radio stations.

As a businessman, Shaffer helped bring IBM, Crossroads Mall and the National Bureau of Standards to Boulder. As a civic leader, he served as president of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce and the Lyons Club, was a long-time director for the Boulder Community Hospital and participated in numerous Boulder study committees.