April 26, 2007

15th Annual Boulder County Business Hall of Fame

G. Lane “Earnie” Earnest

Colorado native G. Lane Earnest co-founded Caplan and Earnest, Boulder County’s oldest and largest locally owned law firm. For more than four decades of his professional life, “Earnie” has provided leadership, energy and good humor to numerous educational, civic, community, philanthropic and Christian organizations throughout the state.

He has left an indelible mark on the state’s business communities, particularly in Boulder County.

Since retiring, Earnie has served as a Protestant chaplain to passengers and crew members in the cruise ship industry. With his wife, Barbara, he assists Katrina victims in salvaging their flood-damaged homes.

Thomas Eldridge

Tom Eldridge has owned and operated Tom’s Tavern at the Pearl Street Mall since 1959. He has been a member of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years and has 13 employees.

He has also served as a Boulder city councilman and a member of the Downtown Business Association. Eldridge has supported programs and institutions such as Imagine!, Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder Sister City program and Attention Homes.

Bayne Gibson

Being blessed by a loving family, inspiring mentors, supporting employees, caring friends and a strong personal faith has permitted Bayne Gibson to be a community activist, while pursuing a career of corporate leadership, management training and professional speaking.

Sports, outstanding role models and challenging opportunities in the military, college and early jobs led to Gibson’s successful career. He is a integral part of the Longmont business community and has played a hand in many business mergers and estate acquisitions.

Gibson also has served on the boards of youth organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Clubs and the Our Childcare Center.

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much care,” Gibson said.

Richard “Dick” Klein

Entrepreneur, community activist and philanthropist, Richard “Dick” Klein’s lifetime of leadership has been marked by innovation, creativity and a commitment to his community.

Founder of Longmont’s K-Theatres Corp., Klein never shirked from a challenge and always embraced new technologies, including television, cable and video rental, that others suggested signaled the end to his beloved theater industry.

A lifelong Rotarian and former city planning commissioner, Klein’s sense of duty extended beyond his personal business to the welfare of every community he was part of.

John “Ed” Mock

Ed and Bernice Mock founded Mock Realty Co. in 1965. Later their three sons – Ken, Gail and Bruce – became involved in the company.

Ken started the management department before leaving Boulder. Gail started as an agent in 1973 and now owns the realty company, and Bruce is the owner of Mock Management Co.

Ed has served on many community, church and bank boards, acting as president of several. He represented the Boulder Valley School District in procuring school sites and acted as agent of the Boulder Community Hospital in its real estate needs.

The Mocks believe in giving back to the community through service.

Daniel Pirrallo

A consummate hotelier, Dan Pirrallo brought the depth of his experience in nine major U.S. cities to the Boulder County community, to which he has passionately devoted his time and energy to forge partnerships between local charities, cultural arts organizations and the business community.

Pirrallo believes that business and community opportunities should be exploited with “passion, tenacity and patience.”

Pirrallo advocated for increased access to the abundant business, cultural and recreational opportunities available in Boulder County by serving on numerous boards and committees locally and within Colorado.

Hall of Fame Past Inductees

2006

Jesse Aweida

Dave Hight

Vanderlynn ‘Van’ Stow

George Henrichs

& Stephen Meer

Stephen Tebo

Marguerite Peoples

Past Years

Richard A. Ahlberg

Alonzo N. Allen

Anthony Arnett

Anspach Family

Dan Ball

Bob Beauprez

Karl and Mabel Boehm

Steven K. Bosley

Thomas Brock

Charles G. Buckingham

Walter A. Buckingham

Bob Charles

Ron Cheyney

Michael and Mary Colacci

William E. Coleman

Frank Day

Edward G Deborski

Carol Deborski

Steve Demos

William Henry Dickens

Stan Elmore

Tell and Theo Ertl

Richard Foy, Henry Beer

& Janet Martin

Vernon Golden

Carol Grever Gray

Bob Greenlee

Margaret “Meg” Hansson

Thomas S. Hendricks

I.K. “Ken” Hoyle

Tom & Caroline Hoyt

Joseph John Huddart

Glen and Ann Huey Family

David Jacobs

G. Raymond Joyce

Wayne S. Jurgens

Jim Kanemoto

Rob and Carol Lathrop

Ed and Ruth Lehman

J.D. and Everett Long

Leonard Loukonen

Reino Loukonen

Andrew J. Macky

Ted & Carolyn Manzanares

James P. Maxwell

R. C. “Merc” Mercure Jr.

Mary Elizabeth Miller

Gerry and Janet Morrell

Karen Mulholland

Laurence T. Paddock

Lucius & A.A. Paddock

Virginia P. Patterson

Kenneth E. Pratt

Susan M. Pratt

Francis W. Reich

Bill Reynolds

Walter Orr Roberts

Juan Rodriguez

John Sackett

Richard Salberg

Russell Shaffer

Harold H. Short

Mo Siegel

Marinus G. Smith

Fred L. Spallone

Richard Speaker Steele

John Jacob Steinbaugh

Steve and Margaret Strong

William J. Suits

Dwight Sullivan

Bal Swan

Jack TerHar, Sr.

Kevin Thede

& Ronda Leggett

Ed Trumble

John W. Valentine

John B. Valentine

Wayne Varra

Teresa Warren

Nancy West

A. Everett Williams

George C. Williams

Kumiko “Kate” Yoshihara

Roy Young

G. Lane “Earnie” Earnest

Colorado native G. Lane Earnest co-founded Caplan and Earnest, Boulder County’s oldest and largest locally owned law firm. For more than four decades of his professional life, “Earnie” has provided leadership, energy and good humor to numerous educational, civic, community, philanthropic and Christian organizations throughout the state.

He has left an indelible mark on the state’s business communities, particularly in Boulder County.

Since retiring, Earnie has served as a Protestant chaplain to passengers and crew members in the cruise ship industry. With his wife, Barbara, he assists Katrina victims in salvaging their flood-damaged homes.

Thomas Eldridge

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