2011 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees: Pictured left to right: John Fischer, John C. Flanders, Dan Gust, Brad Emrick and Dan Souders. Not shown is R. David Hoover. Photo courtesy of Lewis Geyer, Longmont Daily Times-Call.

2011 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees: Pictured left to right: John Fischer, John C. Flanders, Dan Gust, Brad Emrick and Dan Souders. Not shown is R. David Hoover. Photo courtesy of Lewis Geyer, Longmont Daily Times-Call.


Brad Emrick – Brad started B.E. Clean in Louisville in 1985 and has grown the business to a 24-hour operation, employing 18 people, and serving over 100 locations from Fort Collins to North Denver. In 2005, B.E. Clean was recognized by the Louisville Chamber of Commerce as the Small Business of the Year. Brad owes his success to his parents and their midwestern values, which taught him to work hard and share with others, and to his partner of 30-years. The success of B.E. Clean has allowed Brad to contribute back to his beloved Boulder County community through several community organizations and activities. Most of all, Brad is thankful for his dedicated employees and all of his wonderful friends across country and in Boulder County.


johnfischerJohn Fischer
 – John married Faye in 1974 and they have a son Baird and daughter Jordan. John and Faye founded Solid Systems Engineering Co. offering systems for mining and power. October 2008 it was acquired by a London company. They started Air Control Science Inc. 1994 to develop innovative pollution control systems for coal-fired power. In 2007 it was acquired. John has authored and co-authored numerous patents. He serves the National Coal Council for the Secretary of Energy, and boards of Energy Corporation of America, University of Colorado Leeds School of Business and other humanitarian boards. He is CEO of Breakthrough Energy LLC a capital investment and technology firm associated with energy production.


johnflandersJohn C. Flanders
 – John is a native of Longmont, graduating from Longmont High School in 1963, Stanford University in 1967, and University of Colorado Law School in 1970. In 1970 he joined the law firm which is now Flanders, Elsberg, Nash, Herber & Dunn. The firm was co-founded by his great grandfather in 1871 and is committed to providing quality legal services to the citizens of Boulder County. John has been in the general practice of law in Longmont ever since. He served as Chairman of both the Longmont United Hospital and The First National Bank of Longmont (now Guaranty Bank) for many years. John’s personal life has centered on his family (wife Laurie, their five children and nine grandchildren), his faith, youth basketball, Rotary, and numerous philanthropic and civic boards in Longmont.


dangustDan Gust
 – Dan moved to Boulder County in 1984 continuing an executive career in the high tech industry. In 1990, he left high tech to start a family business and purchased his first hardware store at 17th & Main in Longmont. The family still owns and operates that store today as Ace Hardware Longmont. He has served on the board of Ace Hardware Corporation as well as numerous community and nonprofit boards, he is a member of the Longmont Rotary Club, and is the current Chair of the Longmont United Hospital Board. Dan and his wife, Karen, live in Longmont and have two children and two grandchildren.


rdavidhoverR. David Hoover
 – R. David Hoover retired as CEO of Ball Corporation in January 2011 after a 40+ year career with the company. He remains chairman of Ball’s board of directors. Dave joined Ball in 1970, when the company was headquartered in Muncie, Ind. He transferred to the Boulder area between 1980 and 1987 to oversee the finance and administration of Ball’s agricultural systems division. In 1998, when Ball relocated its corporate headquarters to Broomfield, Dave returned to Colorado. During Dave’s 10 years as CEO, Ball’s stock provided a total return to shareholders of more than 500 percent. The company made a number of key strategic moves during that time, including greatly expanding its international presence. Dave’s commitment to Boulder County includes serving as a director of the Boulder Community Hospital and as a member of the Colorado forum.


dansoudersDan Souders
 – Dan was born in Boulder and graduated from Fairview High School in 1962. He founded Western Disposal Services in 1970 with one truck and two employees. Today, Western has 130 employees, 72 trucks and 20,000 collections are made each day. To support Western’s commitment to sustaining the environment, over the next few years natural gas trucks are being purchased to replace the current diesel trucks. To decrease miles driven to the landfill, Western operates a transfer station for public use; and Western owns and operates a compost facility to compost yard and food waste collected from customers. In providing trash, recyclables and compostables collection, Dan is committed to quality service and giving back to the communities with whom he works. Dan believes we live in a special place that deserves to be well cared for by all of us.


The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize and honor businesswomen and men who personify “business at its best.” Since 1992, 115+ individuals have received this prestigious award.