OtterBox founders win chamber’s Collins Award

FORT COLLINS — OtterBox co-owners Curt Richardson and his wife, Nancy, won the Collins Award at the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner Wednesday night.

More than 500 people attended the 108th Annual Dinner at the Hilton Fort Collins. The chamber dinner is held to recognize contributions by businesspeople.

The Collins Award, first presented in 1977, recognizes business leaders who have made lasting contributions. Curt and Nancy Richardson join previous winners such as Larry Kendall, Tom Gleason, Bohemian Cos. and Rulon Stacey.

The Richardsons founded OtterBox, the mobile case technology manufacturing company, in 1998. The company employs 600 globally and operates OtterCares Foundation, a nonprofit designed to help young people.

Honoring businesses that make environmental strides in their daily operations, the 2012 Environmental Awards went to Advanced Animal Care of Colorado and DOG TALES Activity Center, as well as Odell Brewing Co.

The chamber gave the Ripple Award, an environmental honor recognizing organizations affecting change in others, to Gallegos Sanitation Inc. for its sustainable waste removal and hauling service.

Recognizing young business professionals and upcoming leaders in the community, the Young Professional of the Year Award went to Amanda Miller, owner of The Place Setting Co. Miller manages her event planning company and also volunteers.

David Everitt won the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. Everitt served as co-chair of the chamber’s Moving Fort Collins Forward! fundraising campaign.

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