The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 2001
Margaret “Meg” Hansson – Meg Hansson is one of Colorado’s leading entrepreneurial businesswomen. A co-inventor of the Gerry Baby Carrier, she founded Gerry Baby Products, which grew to be a premier national brand for children’s products.
In 1992, Hansson founded adrop LLC, a water purification company.
She is a founding member of the Committee of 200, and international organization of businesswomen, and has held management positions in PureCycle Corp., American Energy Alternatives, Genac Inc. and other businesses, as well as serving on numerous corporate boards.
Susan M. Pratt – Arriving in Longmont in 1976, Susan Pratt, now owner and general coach of Pratt, began providing homes for small to medium-size businesses.
Over time, she has helped create an environment that has provided more than 6,000 primary jobs for the St. Vrain Valley. Pratt operates one of the largest business parks in the state of Colorado.
Pratt was instrumental in making Longmont an international city with her deep respect and involvement with the Japanese business community.
Pratt makes a difference, whether it’s in her community, in the support she provides for the Pratt team members, or in the local, national or international world of business.
Wayne Varra – Wayne Varra, a Boulder County native, owned and operated his insurance and financial planning business, Varra Insurance Agency Inc., in Louisville and Boulder County for 36 years.
Wayne received numerous prestigious awards from the insurance investment industry, as well as for his outstanding volunteer service in many local and civic organizations throughout the county.
His most memorable contributions are: 24 years of service to the Louisville Volunteer Fire Department; 35 years of service n the Centaurus Community Scholarship Program; and as president of the Louisville Chamber of Commerce.
Nancy West – Terry and Nancy West opened their antique and home furnishings business 20 years ago in Old Town Lafayette.
Over the years it has grown to become one of the state’s largest antique furniture businesses.
Terry and Nancy helped to start the Lafayette Old Town Merchant’s Association, enabling businesses to work together to strengthen the community. They also helped originate several family-oriented events for area residents, including the Oatmeal Festival and the Antique and Country Peach Festival. The Wests have also been strong supporters of Boulder Valley Schools.
Since Terry’s death in 1998, Nancy has continued the business and maintains a strong involvement in Lafayette’s community events and business organizations.
Roy Young – Roy Young began Nature’s Own, a wholesale fossil and mineral business, in 1973 after graduating from Duke University with a degree in geology. Soon after moving his business to Boulder in 1976, he was the co-founder of Eco-Cycle.
The first Nature’s Own retail store opened in Nederland in 1986. Nature’s Own now operates additional stores in Estes Park, Fort Collins, Boulder and Breckenridge.
Young is the founder and on the board of Global Response, a local environmental non-profit, as well as the board of Pacific Environment, based in Oakland, Calif. Roy helped begin the Global Greengrants Fund and supports the Caribou Fund, engaging in international grassroots environmental philanthropy.