The 28th annual Colorado Business Hall of Fame was held on January 26, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. This black tie event provides Junior Achievement and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce with the opportunity to recognize our state’s most respected leaders for their commitment to and investment in the community.
Colorado Business Hall of Fame laureates are part of a league of outstanding individuals who have made legendary contributions to the free enterprise system. Through their actions and accomplishments, the Colorado Business Hall of Fame laureates provide inspiration for the next generation as they take the reins of leadership in the years to come.
The 2017 Colorado Business Hall of Fame Laureates are:
Sue Anschutz-Rodgers serves as trustee, chair of the board, and president of the Anschutz Family Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals and communities. She has dedicated a good portion of her life to charitable work with nonprofit boards. Anschutz-Rodgers has received many honors, including the Citizen of the West Award, an annual award given to individuals who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer, and who are committed to perpetuating the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.
A Denver native, Joe Blake has been a vital part of the business and educational landscape of Colorado for more than five decades. While his early career included such diverse pursuits as FBI agent, legislative aide and real estate developer, many Coloradoans know him best as the former president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Blake also helped create Highlands Ranch and bring major league baseball to Colorado, and he served as the first-ever chancellor of the Colorado State University System.
Terry Considine is a life-long Colorado entrepreneur focused on business, politics and family. An active real estate investor for more than 45 years, he has served as CEO of four Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and has served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Apartment Investment Management Company (Aimco), since 1994. In addition to his extensive business contributions, Considine is active in politics and was elected twice to the Colorado Senate (1987 to 1992).
An architect and business leader, Curtis Fentress has graced the city of Denver with such structures as the Colorado Convention Center, Sports Authority Field and Denver International Airport, among others. And while his business is headquartered in Denver, the work of Fentress Architects extends far beyond state lines to include structures such as Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle and the Arraya Tower in Kuwait City. Fentress was honored in 2010 by the American Institute of Architects with the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest award for public architecture.
George & David Griffith
In 1858, two Kentucky-born brothers, George and David Griffith, headed west in search of gold. The promise of fortune and the thrill of adventure drew the brothers to the mountains of Colorado. George discovered gold at the base of the mountain that today bears the family name, and the area where the two men built their first shelter was named “George’s Town.” The discovery of major silver deposits in the area led to the community’s growth, and in January 1868, the Territorial Legislature passed a law incorporating the Town of Georgetown. George and David Griffith’s quest for adventure and minds for business led to tremendous financial and community development in what we now know as the communities of Georgetown and Silver Plume, Colorado.
Banker. Business leader. Humanitarian. Golfer. Husband of 50 years. Father of four. Grandfather of five. Prior to his death in 2003, Ron Moore was an icon in the Denver community and was the chairman and owner of Denver-based Guaranty Bank & Trust. Along with his wife, Carol, Moore was a major contributor to the community and a strong advocate for education. He served as a University of Denver trustee and served on the Douglas County Education Foundation Board of Directors. Moore was a passionate golfer who was named to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame in 1986.
For more information about attending or sponsoring the 2017 Colorado Business Hall of Fame, please contact Ellie Jordan at 303-628-7366.
Learn more about all of the Colorado Business Hall of Fame laureates by visiting www.ColoradoBusinessHallofFame.org.
Thanks to the 2017 Colorado Business Hall of Fame Sponsors
Underwritten by: UMB Bank
VIP Reception Sponsor: Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center
General Reception Sponsor: IMA Financial
Dessert Reception Sponsor: Lockton Companies, LLC
Entertainment Sponsor: Comcast