In 1956, Thomas Brock founded his own Longmont-based CPA firm, which, after several name changes, currently is known as Brock and Company.

It grew from one office and two employees (Brock and a secretary) to a company of more than 40 full-time employees and locations in Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins and Denver. He was active in numerous professional organizations and served as a director for several corporations.

A recognized advocate for small business growth, Brock was involved at various levels with the Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry, the Governor’s Small Business Council, the Small Business Administration National Advisory Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he held the position of director for six years.

He was treasurer for the Economic Development Association of Longmont in the 1980s, served on the advisory board for the Boulder Development Commission in the early 1990s and chaired the Esprit Entrepreneur committee in 1991.

Brock also supported Boulder County business as a venture capitalist. In the 1960s, his financial support helped launch Longmont-based Physionics Engineering Inc., developer of the first commercially usable medical ultrasound equipment – today a billion-dollar industry. Most recently, he was an officer for the Boulder Technology Incubator.

Brock’s honors include: the Lifetime Achievement Award, Esprit Entrepreneur (1994); Colorado Business Leader of the Year Award, Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry (1987); and the National Accountant Advocate of the Year Award, Small Business Administration (1981). Brock passed away in July 1998.