The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame today announced the community leaders who will be honored with induction as the Class of 2024. The select members are: 

  • Andrew Quillen, Daniel Vonalt and Kurt Quillen
  • Ann Cooper
  • Clair Beckmann
  • Carol and Harvey Yoakum 
  • Dr. Tom Cech
  • Dr. Philip DiStefano


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 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.

The September 14, 2023 Inductee Celebration

200 people gathered to celebrate the induction of  Bill Fanning , Lucy Sanders, Efrain Gomez, Sean and Rebecca Gafner, Larry Gold, and Susan Graf. 


Since our inception in 1992, 170 Boulder County leaders have been recognized as examples of the highest level of business ethics, and celebrated for their commitment to innovation in business and philanthropic practices. We are a private nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement of business excellence in Boulder County by recognizing local leaders and inducting them into the prestigious ranks of our Hall of Fame.


Andrew Quillen, Daniel Vonalt and Kurt Quillen – Class of 2024

Main Street Mat Company is carrying on a legacy that began in Longmont in 1895. Today, Main Street Mat Company is a state-of-the-art business that was certified Green by Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) in 2008. Additionally, the company was deregulated by the EPA for its innovative wastewater discharge. For more than a century,…

Ann Cooper – Class of 2024

Cooper has been a leader in Boulder County residential real estate for more than 25 years, receiving praise from both clients and colleagues. Her work ethic is impeccable and blends seamlessly into her life’s mission of helping others. Throughout her career, Cooper has assisted non-profits in the sale of gifted real estate without compensation and…

Clair Beckmann – Class of 2024

Beckmann began her commercial banking career with First National Bank in Boulder as a credit manager in 1975 – then an unusual role for a woman. In less than a decade, she was promoted to vice president responsible for commercial and construction lending and made early loans to success stories such as Peppercorn and Kinko’s….

Dr. Philip DiStefano – Class of 2024

Chancellor Phil DiStefano has spent his entire professional career as a leader within the CU Boulder community, serving as an educator, dean, provost and chancellor. Upon his retirement as chancellor this summer, he will transition to senior executive director of the CU Boulder Center for Leadership. Throughout his career, DiStefano has been committed to making…

Dr. Tom Cech – Class of 2024

 At the University of Colorado, Cech and his research group discovered that the genetic material RNA could act as a biocatalyst, leading to Colorado’s first Nobel Prize (1989). He taught freshman Chemistry to more than 2,000 students over the years, and Cech founded one of the first RNA biotech companies, Ribozyme Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Boulder….


Elevations Credit Unit is our 2023 Presenting Sponsor. Elevations Credit Union empowers its members and the communities it serves along Colorado’s Front Range with financial solutions and education. In addition to offering a broad portfolio of consumer and business banking services, Elevations is the No. 1 credit union residential mortgage lender by volume in Colorado. Founded in 1952 as the U. of C. Federal Credit Union in Boulder, the organization has grown from 12 members and less than $100 in assets to over 176,000 members and over $3 billion in assets. Elevations became a two-time recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2020 and first received the award in 2014.  Learn more at


If you are interested in sponsoring the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame this year, view our sponsor kit. For more information on Boulder County Business Hall of Fame sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected]




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