March 20, 2014

Boulder County Business Hall of Fame names class of 2014

Chad Collins

Jon Kottke, at microphone, president of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame’s board of directors, introduces the hall’s class of 2014 on March 19. Inductees are, from left, Mitch Carson, Terrance P. Gallagher Sr., Robert Gill, William G. Hofgard, Sara Martinelli, Lila Jean Stewart and Lenny Martinelli. Not pictured is William Stewart, who will be inducted posthumously.

LONGMONT – Eight business leaders will be inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame during a luncheon April 23 at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont.

This year’s inductees are Mitchell Carson, Terrance P. Gallagher Sr., Robert Gill, William G. Hofgard, Lenny Martinelli and Sara Martinelli, and William Stewart and Lila Jean Stewart. Inductees were announced Wednesday evening during a reception held at the Plaza Convention Center, home of the hall of fame.

Carson is the chief executive and president of Longmont United Hospital.

Gallagher is president of Gasamat Oil Co. and chief executive of Smoker Friendly International LLC in Boulder.

Gill is the principal of The Topaz Group and a co-founder of the Boulder Innovation Center, now the Innovation Center of the Rockies, in Boulder.

Hofgard is founder of Hofgard Insurance, an employee-benefits plan company in Boulder.

Lenny Martinelli and Sara Martinelli are co-founders of Three Leaf Concepts, a restaurant management group working in Boulder and Louisville.

The late William Stewart and his wife, Lila Jean Stewart, owned radio station KLMO in Longmont.

Inductees are chosen by the hall’s board of directors based on nominations. Inductees have been instrumental, through business-related efforts, in providing direction, energy and support to the shaping of Boulder County. Nominees are evaluated based on favorable impact on the community, notable business innovations, corporate philanthropic activities, and business and civic achievements.

Including this year’s class, there are 153 people in the hall, which was established in 1992. The first class was inducted in 1993.

This year’s event sponsors are:

Presenting sponsors – Best Western Plus Plaza Hotel and the Plaza Convention Center.

Gold sponsors – Elevations Credit Union and BizWest Media LLC.

Silver sponsors – Daily Camera, Longmont Times-Call, Boulder Community Hospital, Guaranty Bank, Millennium Harvest House Hotel and Wells Fargo Bank.

Bronze sponsors – Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, Kirkland & Company CPAs, Ron’s Printing Center, High Plains Bank, LJD Enterprises, Longmont United Hospital, ReMax Commercial, Smoker Friendly, TEBO Properties, Three Leaf Concepts, TrueNorth Insurance and Financial Services, and Western Disposal Services.

Copper sponsors – BC Services, Boulder Chamber of Commerce, Flanders, Elsberg, Herber & Dunn LLC, Kottke & Brantz LLC, Sun Construction and Facilities Services, and The Colorado Group.

To become a sponsor of the 2014 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame program and event, contact Chris Wood by calling 303-630-1942, or emailing cwood@bcbr.com.

The Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon will be Wednesday, April 23, at the Plaza Convention Center, 1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont. Tickets for the luncheon are $55 per person and may be purchased online at www.halloffamebiz.com or by calling event director De Dahlgren at 970-222-4791.


Chad Collins

Jon Kottke, at microphone, president of the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame’s board of directors, introduces the hall’s class of 2014 on March 19. Inductees are, from left, Mitch Carson, Terrance P. Gallagher Sr., Robert Gill, William G. Hofgard, Sara Martinelli, Lila Jean Stewart and Lenny Martinelli. Not pictured is William Stewart, who will be inducted posthumously.

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