Class of 2013

 

2013 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees: Pictured left to right: Ryan Chapman, representing Tom Chapman – First MainStreet Insurance); Mark Retzloff – Alfalfa’s; Linda Cain – Cain Travel; Scott Nix – Nixcavating, and Court Dixon – Kinsley & Company.

2013 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Inductees: Pictured left to right: Ryan Chapman, representing Tom Chapman – First MainStreet Insurance); Mark Retzloff – Alfalfa’s; Linda Cain – Cain Travel; Scott Nix – Nixcavating, and Court Dixon – Kinsley & Company.


Cain-Linda-0320-2013-W175Linda Cain
 – Cain serves as chief executive of The Cain Travel Group Inc. in Boulder, which employs 60 people and posted annual sales of $104 million in 2012. The company, which ranks as the 56th-largest travel agency in the United States, provides a full suite of travel-agency services to the corporate, vacation and corporate-meeting markets.


Chapman-0320-2013-W175Tom Chapman
 – Chapman is managing partner of First MainStreet Insurance Ltd. in Longmont, a full-service independent insurance agency serving Longmont, the St. Vrain Valley, Boulder County and beyond. The agency has grown from seven to 25 employees under Chapman’s leadership and has been a major contributor to many local charities.



Court-Dixon-0320-2013-W175Courtland (Court) Dixon
 – Dixon was a longtime partner and owner of three businesses on the Hill in Boulder: Kinsley & Co., Kinsley Outfitters LLC and An Orvis Shop. Kinsley & Co. was a local, trendsetting haberdashery founded in 1949, providing men’s and women’s clothing. Dixon began working for Kinsley as a salesman and manager in 1982, eventually becoming sole proprietor.

Dixon founded Kinsley Outfitters to demonstrate and sell fly-fishing equipment. An Orvis Shop outfitted clients in casual and travel clothing and accessories.



Scott-Nix-0320-2013-W175Scott Nix
 – Nix is owner and president of Nixcavating Inc., a Longmont-based excavating company that he launched in 1982. The company employs 20 to 25 people. Nix got his start at Bradford Construction, founded by his uncle Jerry Bradford. Nix has donated excavation services to many Boulder County nonprofits over the years.



Retzloff-0320-2013-W175 (1)Mark Retzloff
 – Retzloff is a co-founder and chairman of Alfalfa’s Market Inc., an iconic Boulder-based natural and organic grocer. He also co-founded Aurora Organic Dairy Corp. in 2003, and continues to serve on the company’s board of directors. He also co-founded Horizon Organic Dairy Inc. in the early 1990s and once served as chairman of Rudi’s Organic Bakery Inc.



Jirka-Rysavy_W175 (1)Jirka Rysavy
 – Rysavy is founder and chairman of Louisville-based Gaiam Inc., a public company offering environmentally friendly, yoga and LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) products. Rysavy is a longtime Boulder County entrepreneur, founding such companies as the Crystal Market, which became the first Wild Oats Market when it was sold. He then took a small office-supply company and built it into Corporate Express, which became one of the few Colorado companies to achieve Fortune 500 status.


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Charles Hover Katherine Hover Beatrice Hover
The Hover Family – Posthumous Induction

The Hover Family – Charles and Katherine Hover moved to Colorado from Chicago in the early 1900s, eventually purchasing property on the west edge of Longmont. Charles Hover became a successful farmer and businessman and a member of the chamber of commerce. His wife, Katherine, founded Hover Manor, a retirement community where senior citizens could live in dignity. Beatrice, adopted at age 9 by the Hovers, continued to shepherd her mother’s vision for the retirement community, which continues to thrive.