February 22, 2011

Six to be inducted into hall of fame

The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame will induct six businessmen as the class of 2011 during its annual luncheon in April.

Bradley Emrick, John Fischer, John Flanders, Dan Gust, R. David Hoover and Dan Souders will be honored on Wednesday, April 27, at the Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Longmont, the home of the hall of fame.

Emrick started BE Clean in Louisville with a partner in 1985. Twenty-six years later, BE Clean is a 24-hour operation serving more than 100 locations from Fort Collins to North Denver.  The company employs 18 people. While BE Clean was growing, he opened a Maid-Rite sandwich shop in downtown Louisville. He’s been involved in many community activities including the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Salvation Army, March of Dimes, AIDS Walk of Colorado and Louisville Rotary.

Fischer is the president of Break Through Energy. Previously, he was the chairman and chief executive of Air Control Science and Solid Systems Engineering LLP. He holds a number of directorships and advisory board positions including the University of Colorado and in particular, the university’s Leeds School of Business. As an international engineer constructor in coal handling risk management and pollution control systems for coal fired utilities and the primary metals industry, he has received numerous patents.  He has been involved in numerous community activities including the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra.

Flanders graduated from the University of Colorado’s law school and began practicing at the family law firm in 1970. The firm was founded by his grandfather in 1871. His practice focuses on estate and trust planning and administration, real estate, business, banking and taxation. He is active in Longmont Rotary and has served on the Longmont United Hospital board and Longmont Hospital Foundation board, the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce board, Longmont Red Cross, Historic Preservation Commission of the city of Longmont and many others. He’s coached youth basketball for many years.

Gust, president of Gust Family Enterprises Inc., owns and operates Ace Hardware Longmont, a retail and garden center.  He has been in the hardware business since purchasing the store in 1990.The business currently employs 40 people. Gust has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Longmont Area Economic Council, Wells Fargo Community Bank and recently was chairman of Longmont United Hospital Board.

Hoover recently retired as chief executive of Broomfield-based Ball Corp. after more than 40 years with the company. He remains chairman of the board.  Ball Corp., including its aerospace division located in Boulder, is a major employer in Boulder County.  Ball gives significant philanthropic support to the community and is a strong supporter of United Way. Hoover has served on many community boards including the Community Foundation, and given time to First United Methodist Church, Boulder Community Hospital and Boulder Rotary.

Souders is the founder and owner of Western Disposal Services Inc. in Boulder, employing 120 people. He has been a pioneer in introducing technology to waste hauling. In 2010 Western Disposal donated $500,000 to the community. Souders has served on the YMCA board of directors and received the Entrepreneur of Distinction award from the Boulder Chamber.

Tickets for the luncheon cost $55 each. Tables cost $500. For more information, visit www.halloffamebiz.org or call Stacy Cornay at 303-651-6612.

The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame will induct six businessmen as the class of 2011 during its annual luncheon in April.

Bradley Emrick, John Fischer, John Flanders, Dan Gust, R. David Hoover and Dan Souders will be honored on Wednesday, April 27, at the Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Longmont, the home of the hall of fame.

Emrick started BE Clean in Louisville with a partner in 1985. Twenty-six years later, BE Clean is a 24-hour operation serving more than 100 locations from Fort Collins to North Denver.  The company employs 18 people. While BE Clean was growing, he opened…

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