2010 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees: Pictured left to right: Jeremy Martin, Doug Larson, Hung Tran, Kevin Sipple, George Karakehian, Butch Vernon, Bev Vernon and Marvin Caruthers.

2010 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees: Pictured left to right: Jeremy Martin, Doug Larson, Hung Tran, Kevin Sipple, George Karakehian, Butch Vernon, Bev Vernon and Marvin Caruthers.

The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is pleased to present its Hall of Fame Inductees 2010


Dr. Marvin Caruthers – Marv joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at the University of Colorado in 1973. His chief scientific achievement was his groundbreaking research in nucleic acid chemistry, which led to the efficient and automated chemical synthesis of DNA and RNA. When combined with other biotechnology breakthroughs, this work reshaped research in biotechnology, biology, and pharmacology, and paved the way for developing many life-improving and life-saving drugs.

Marv, several other research scientists and three venture capitalists founded Amgen, the world’s largest biotechnology company. He also co-founded Applied Biosystems and locally directed the early development of Array BioPharma, Dhamacon and miRagen.


georgekarakehianGeorge Karakehian
 – George Karakehian moved to Boulder in 1971 after graduating from CSU to follow his soon to be wife, Kristin. In 1980 he opened Art Source International, which specializes in antique maps and prints. It has been located on the Pearl Street Mall for the last 20 years. George is actively engaged in the Boulder community serving on city boards, not for profit organizations including Hospice, Imagine! and Chautauqua, and has been an avid supporter of CU athletics. He was the driving force behind the creation of the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District. In 2009 he was elected to the Boulder City Council. George and Kristin have two daughters, Jessie and Katie.


dlarsonjmartinksippleDoug Larson, Jeremy Martin and Kevin Sipple – The three men grew up in Boulder and met during middle school. After reuniting and becoming friends during their college years, they subsequently purchased the Eldorado Springs Resort property in 1983. Eldorado Artesian Springs was founded with the intention to bottle and sell what is now regarded as one of the finest natural spring waters in the world.

The company is dedicated to act as guardian of the spring and provide its waters to all those thirsting for its healthful benefits.

Eldorado Artesian Springs has a long history of sharing the benefits of the spring with the community, and now contributes to hundreds of charities and organizations each year, throughout the greater Boulder County area.

We wish to express our most sincere Thanks to our families, friends, employees, associates and especially our customers for making it all possible.


hungtranHung Tran
 – Master Hung D. Tran is a lifelong practitioner and teacher of the martial arts. Born in Saigon, Vietnam during the war, Master Tran and his 2 brothers and 2 sisters became refugees from their war-torn country at the end of the Vietnam war. In 1994, Master Tran opened Tran’s Martial Arts and Fitness in Longmont, and since, he has changed the lives of thousands of students of all ages and backgrounds. The Tran’s schools are one of the most successful martial arts organizations in the country. Master Tran has never forgotten his roots and his school provides a multitude of community minded projects and charity events every year. He also provides scholarships for underprivileged students. Master Tran now has licensing and affiliate schools throughout the country and is a life coach for numerous individuals. His passion is to “take your mess and turn it into a message.”


butchbevvernonButch and Bev Vernon
 – Butch & Bev Vernon started Budget Home Center in a 10,000 sq. ft. building on Main Street of Longmont in 1984 to give Do-It-Yourselfers and small contractors a place to get all of their materials in one location. It grew to 30,000 sq. ft. when they moved to 9th & Coffman in 1992. In 1999 at 780 Boston, they built their present 80,000 sq. ft. store, a family-owned business with the same ongoing goals. Strongly committed to give back to the community, they have helped with many local projects, with special interests in the Our Center, Boy Scouts, and Habitat for Humanity.