April 29, 2005

?Passion? for business runs in Hall of Fame inductees

Success follows passion.

That phrase certainly characterizes the 2005 class of inductees into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.

The 13th Hall of Fame class includes the Anspach family of Lafayette; Henry Beer, Richard Foy and Janet Martin of Boulder; Ron Cheyney of Longmont; Ted and Carolyn Manzanares of Louisville;
William Suitts of Boulder; and Teresa Warren of Nederland.

Each started with an idea ? a passion ? and used it to open a business that has flourished. Just as importantly, they also have been deeply involved in their communities.

The inductees will be honored during a luncheon ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, at Boulder?s Millennium Harvest House Hotel. The luncheon is open to the public, and reservations can be made by calling (303) 998-3856. Tickets cost $35 per person, or $40 at the door, with a corporate table for 10 at $350.
Each inductee receives a plaque that hangs in the Millennium Hotel, a founding sponsor of the Hall of Fame. The Boulder County Business Report is the Hall?s founding media sponsor.

?My thoughts are that every year, as in this year, the people who are inducted in the Hall of Fame have been successful in business and have given back to the community in specific ways,? said Dan Pirrallo, the Millennium Hotel?s general manager who also serves on the seven-member Hall of Fame board of directors. ?It?s great to be able to recognize successful, giving people .?

Other sponsors for 2005 include Heritage Bank, Tebo Development Co., Dwight Sullivan, Roche Colorado and Wells Fargo Bank.

Anspach family
The Anspach family still has a Chamber of Commerce brochure from the 1950s that reads,
?Lafayette: small mountain community.?

After arriving in that ?small mountain community? from Montana in 1955, Glen and Dee Anspach opened a store. Today, their shop, Anspach?s Jewelry, is in its 50th year of business.

?Running a small business is no small task,? said their son, Graig Anspach, who is now the owner.

?It?s a total family effort. I just happen to be the owner right now. I know every member of the family has had a part in this business.?

Along with Graig, Dee and her grandson Ty also work at the store.

Glen, who passed away in 1983, worked for the volunteer fire department, and he helped start the Celebrate Lafayette Festival. Graig founded the Centaurus Little League baseball program, while Dee is active in the Four Age program.

Graig probably spoke for all Hall of Fame inductees when he said, ?We feel like if we can touch one person in our community in a positive way, then we?ve done something good in life. That?s the reason behind why we do what we do.?

Henry Beer, Richard Foy, Janet Martin
Working for a design studio in California during the early 1970s, Henry Beer and Richard Foy learned a valuable lesson.

?There was an attitude in that office that design is a language that can express ideas and be of service to its community,? Foy said. ?We picked up that attitude at that office. We see design as an opportunity to communicate ideas in a broad range.?

Beer and Foy later ended up in Colorado together, and in 1973 they co-founded Communication Arts Inc., a design company based in Boulder. Janet Martin joined the firm as a managing partner in 1977.

The company?s work now spans 12 countries, four continents and hundreds of cities. Its employees total 65 as revenues reached $8.5 million in 2004, and Foy said they expect to open an office in New York City within a year.

The trio has helped with Community Food Share, the Colorado Music Festival and the Chamber of Commerce. Their local work includes designing the Pearl Street Mall, the Go Boulder bus program and the current Twenty Ninth Street project.

Ron Cheyney
In 1974, Ron Cheyney was traveling around the country on his motorcycle when he stopped in Longmont to find work after running out of money. He never left.
Four years later, Cheyney opened a typesetting business, which eventually grew into Ron?s Printing Center. With nine total employees, the Center is now a full-service printing shop.

?It?s because of our commitment to the customer,? Cheyney said of the Printing Center?s success. ?We?ve just made sure that our customer never leaves unhappy. We?ve tried to do quality work at a reasonable price.?

In his more than three decades in the area, Cheyney has been a part of the YMCA board of directors, the Lions Club and the Longmont Chamber of Commerce. He also has donated time, money and materials to such organizations as the Longmont Symphony, the Council for the Arts and Crimestoppers.

?I think it?s very important and a good way of giving back to the community, which has been so good to me,? Cheyney said.

Ted & Carolyn Manzanares
Senor T?s has been a mainstay on Main Street in Louisville since 1972.

Ted and Carolyn Manzanares opened the Mexican restaurant during September of that year, and recently they passed the business down to their children, Marc and Sherri.

?It?s pretty special to be recognized for something that you?ve had so much fun doing all your life,? Carolyn said.

The Manzanareses ? both from the Lafayette-Louisville area ? have donated to numerous local endeavors, among them the Boy and Girl Scouts, Boulder County schools and the Downtown Business Association. Ted also has coached baseball, wrestling and soccer and has worked on the volunteer fire department, while Carolyn has been involved with the city government.

?We had plenty of opportunities to expand and go different places by customers who had eaten here and wanted to invest in us,? Ted said. However, Carolyn added, ?We didn?t have the time for that because our family came first.?

William Suitts
When Bill Suitts moved to Boulder in 1955, he started working for the Martin Acres neighborhood, helping people qualify for mortgages as low as $99 total per month. At the time, a house in the subdivision cost only $11,000.

Home prices certainly have increased since then, but one thing remains the same. Suitts continues to work at Colorado Mortgage Co., a business he bought during its infancy in 1958.
The company has provided financing for more than 5,000 single-family residential homes.

Within the community, Suitts has donated to the Glenn Miller Archives and Opera Scholarship programs at the University of Colorado, as well as to the University of Denver, which created the Bill and Beth Suitts Placement Center in 2000.

?You just never know how you?re going to touch people, I?ve always felt,? said Suitts, a radar
navigator during World War II. ?When you get right down to success, it?s people, people, people.?

Teresa Warren
In her seven years with the Nederland Chamber of Commerce, Teresa Warren has been instrumental in helping implement two important events in town.

The world-famous Frozen Dead Guy Days just finished its fourth year in March, while the Nederland Summertime Fun Fair will complete its fifth year this June.

Warren, who recently wrapped up her two-year stint as chamber president, helped the organization grow its members to 140 and its annual budget to $140,000.

?I think that it?s important to be a part of the community that you live in,? said Warren, who has also chaired the Nederland school improvement team. ?Community is so much greater than what you can become on your own.?

Warren owns a small business, Off Her Rocker Antiques, which she opened in 1989. Her project for the next few years, she said, will be revitalization of downtown Nederland.

Success follows passion.

That phrase certainly characterizes the 2005 class of inductees into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame.

The 13th Hall of Fame class includes the Anspach family of Lafayette; Henry Beer, Richard Foy and Janet Martin of Boulder; Ron Cheyney of Longmont; Ted and Carolyn Manzanares of Louisville;
William Suitts of Boulder; and Teresa Warren of Nederland.

Each started with an idea ? a passion ? and used it to open a business that has flourished. Just as importantly, they also have been deeply involved in their communities.

The inductees will be honored during a luncheon ceremony at 11:30…

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