Announcing the Class of 2015

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Lenny and Sara Martinelli, William G and Lila Jean Stewart, Mitch Carson, Robert Gill, Terrence P. Gallagher Sr., William "Bill" Hofgard & Lenny and Sara Martinelli

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Encouraging and Recognizing Business Excellence

The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is a private, nonprofit 501C3 dedicated to the encouragement of business excellence in Boulder County by recognizing and inducting Boulder County business leaders into the prestigious Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame operates under the administration of a volunteer board of directors comprised of Boulder County business leaders. The board provides operational and fiduciary oversight as well as serving as the selection panel for the Hall of Fame honorees. Each year since its founding by the Millennium Harvest House in 1992, the Hall of Fame board of directors has chosen and installed a select number of business leaders from a diverse field of candidates nominated by their peers, family members and associates. Candidates are evaluated against a set of criteria set forth in the Hall of Fame bylaws. nominations are accepted from May through January online or in written format with inductee selections being made in February.

Annual Induction Lunch and Scholarship Presentations

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The Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel, the Plaza Convention Center, and the Susan M. Pratt Charitable Foundation generously support the Hall of Fame as the Presenting Sponsors for the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame induction lunch and private honoree reception. Inductees are honored and installed into the Hall of Fame at the annual April induction lunch.   Corporate sponsorships and individual ticket purchases support the expenses associated with the lunch as well as helping to provide funds for the scholarships presented at the induction lunch.   In 2006, the Hall of Fame expanded its focus on the encouragement of business excellence by establishing a scholarship fund. Future business leaders, who are graduates of Boulder County high schools now attending the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder, are eligible to apply for a Hall of Fame scholarship.

Hall of Fame Gallery

A permanent installation honoring alumni inductees is located at the Plaza Convention Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, Colorado. The gallery includes photographs and biographies of each honoree.   In addition to being permanently recognized as inductees in the Hall of Fame gallery, honorees are also eligible to become members of the organization’s elite alumni association.  Membership contributions support the scholarship fund.

Mission

The Mission of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is to research, document and recommend for induction into the Hall of Fame, those individuals who have been instrumental, through business-related efforts, in providing direction, energy and support to the shaping of Boulder County since its inception.

 

Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett
Founder of Leasetec Corporation
Principal of St. Julien Hotel and Spa
Richard Barrett’s business career spans everything from high technology to apparel to hospitality. He is president of Union Leasing Corp and founder of Leasetec Corp. and principal of St. Julien Hotel and Spa. A graduate of the University of Vermont and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Richard’s professional experience also includes positions with Storage Technology Corp., Digital Equipment Corp. and Pearl Izumi. The Barrett Foundation supports a number of nonprofit organizations locally and globally, and he is on the Board of Trustees of Mills College, Oakland, CA.

Founder and CEO Brock Media Company Tom Brock’s career in publishing began in 1976. His goal has always been to build something positive in the community, and support local businesses and culture. Boulder Magazine, Boulder County Home & Garden and 20-plus additional publications have shared stories of the remarkable people in Boulder County and beyond. Tom has a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from the University of Colorado.

Tom Brock
Founder and CEO
Brock Media Company
Tom Brock’s career in publishing began in 1976. His goal has always been to build something positive in the community, and support local businesses and culture. Boulder Magazine, Boulder County Home & Garden and 20-plus additional publications have shared stories of the remarkable people in Boulder County and beyond. Tom has a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from the University of Colorado.

David Brown

David Brown
Founders of Techstars
Techstars was founded in 2006 in Boulder by David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis and is a mentorship-driven accelerator that invests in the world’s most promising startups. David Cohen and David Brown were co-founders of Pinpoint Technologies. Brad Feld is a co-founder of Foundry Group and Mobius Venture Capital. Jared Polis serves as Colorado’s 2nd District representative in the U.S. Congress and co-founded electronic greeting card company, Bluemountain.com, and also founded ProFlowers.

David Cohen

David Cohen
Founders of Techstars
Techstars was founded in 2006 in Boulder by David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis and is a mentorship-driven accelerator that invests in the world’s most promising startups. David Cohen and David Brown were co-founders of Pinpoint Technologies. Brad Feld is a co-founder of Foundry Group and Mobius Venture Capital. Jared Polis serves as Colorado’s 2nd District representative in the U.S. Congress and co-founded electronic greeting card company, Bluemountain.com, and also founded ProFlowers.

 

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Percy and Carolyn Conarroe
Former Owners
Louisville Times/Lafayette News/Erie Review
A fourth-generation Coloradan, Percy Conarroe spent 55 years in weekly newspaper publications, including 32 years as publisher of the Louisville Times, Lafayette News and Erie Review. His well-researched, sharply worded and award-winning editorials gave a voice to the voiceless, held politicians accountable for their actions and contributed to the thoughtful, well-planned transition of the small towns of Louisville, Lafayette, Erie and Superior into the vibrant, thriving communities they are today. In addition to helping keep the newspaper on its feet and free of typos, Carolyn Conarroe was Louisville’s town librarian for several years and published three books on Louisville’s rich history of coal mining. Together, they chronicled life in towns that they loved while raising three children: David, Cynthia and Douglas. They also mentored dozens of journalists who went on to become senior executives at national newspaper chains and reporters at prominent publications such as Crain’s Business and the Wall Street Journal.

Linda Snyder Crockett

Linda Snyder Crockett
Owner
Snyder Jewelers
Snyder Jewelers opened on Main Street in Longmont in 1948. Over the years, grandparents Hobart and Audrey, parents John and Barbara, Linda, and her sisters worked together building the business and serving the community. As the third-generation owner of Snyder Jewelers, Linda has continued contributing generously to numerous organizations. She is most proud of her work as a co-founder of A Woman’s Work, and service on the board of directors of TRU Community Care Hospice.

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Brad Feld
Founders of Techstars
Techstars was founded in 2006 in Boulder by David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis and is a mentorship-driven accelerator that invests in the world’s most promising startups. David Cohen and David Brown were co-founders of Pinpoint Technologies. Brad Feld is a co-founder of Foundry Group and Mobius Venture Capital. Jared Polis serves as Colorado’s 2nd District representative in the U.S. Congress and co-founded electronic greeting card company, Bluemountain.com, and also founded ProFlowers.

Wallace Grant

Wallace Grant
Senior Counsel
Lyons Gaddis Kahn Hall Jeffers Dworak & Grant PC
Wally Grant grew up in Longmont and graduated from Longmont High School, Yale University, Stanford Law School and Denver University Business School. He began his law practice in 1967 and now practices with Lyons Gaddis Kahn Hall Jeffers Dworak & Grant, PC in Longmont. Wally has been a director of the Economic Development Association of Longmont (now Longmont Area Economic Council), Longmont Downtown Development Authority, Longmont United Hospital and Longmont National Bank, and has worked with many other area organizations.

 

Dale Katechis

Dale Katechis
Owner
Oskar Blues Brewery
Dale Katechis is “soul” founder of Oskar Blues Brewery, Oskar Blues Original Grill & Brew, REEB Cycles, Hops & Heifers Farm, and the REEB Ranch. Oskar Blues Brewery, which has locations in Colorado and North Carolina, has experienced explosive growth and now distributes trailblazing brews to 41 U.S. states. Avid mountain biker, father and craftbeer-in-a-can pioneer, Dale has lived in Colorado since 1992 with his family. He served as president of the Lyons Chamber of Commerce from 1999 to 2006.

Jared Polis

Jarded Polis
Founders of Techstars
Techstars was founded in 2006 in Boulder by David Cohen, David Brown, Brad Feld and Jared Polis and is a mentorship-driven accelerator that invests in the world’s most promising startups. David Cohen and David Brown were co-founders of Pinpoint Technologies. Brad Feld is a co-founder of Foundry Group and Mobius Venture Capital. Jared Polis serves as Colorado’s 2nd District representative in the U.S. Congress and co-founded electronic greeting card company, Bluemountain.com, and also founded ProFlowers.