Nominations open for 2017 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Awards

BOULDER — Nominations of outstanding business leaders that shape our community are being accepted for the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame until Jan. 31, 2017.

The Boulder County Hall of Fame board of directors is looking for names of those from the past and present whose business efforts have resulted in communitywide economic, social or cultural benefits to Boulder County and its citizens. Nominations can be submitted at

Nominations will be evaluated by the board based on favorable impact on the community, notable business innovations, corporate philanthropic activities, and business and civic achievements.

The candidates for this distinguished award will be announced in March. The new honorees will be saluted and inducted to the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame at a luncheon attended by interested members of the business community in April at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont. Plaques with photos of the honorees will be permanently displayed in the reception area of the Plaza Convention Center, along with more than 170 alumni inducted since 1993.

The Hall of Fame will also be donating scholarships to deserving students from the CU Leeds School of Business at the luncheon. In 2016, five scholarships totaling $12,500 were presented.

The 2016 Boulder County Hall of Fame honorees included the Arnold family, including William Glenn Arnold Jr., and deceased family members William Glenn Arnold, Edward Ryan Arnold and Sanders Gibson Arnold; Tom Kalinski, broker/owner at Re/Max Boulder; Joel Montbriand, CEO of Gastroenterology of the Rockies; Richard Polk, president of Boulder’s Pedestrian Shops; Christine Ralston and deceased husband Steve Ralston, owner of Ralston Bros. Antiques; Leonard Strear, former president, Longmont Foods; and Don and Lee Weakland, owners of The Flower Bin.

To become a sponsor of the 2017 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame program and event, contact Ken Amundson, 970-215-3060, or Tickets to the induction luncheon may be purchased by contacting Emily Frare at 303-630-1953, or


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