2016 Boulder County Business Hall of Fame inductees announced

LONGMONT — The Arnold family, Tom Kalinski, Joel Montbriand, Richard Polk, Christine Ralston, Leonard Strear and Don and Lee Weakland will be inducted into the Boulder County Business Hall of Fame, the nonprofit organization announced today.

The 2016 class of inductees will be saluted by the area’s top business leaders at a luncheon to be held April 27 at the Plaza Convention Center in Longmont. Their awards will be displayed permanently in the convention center’s lobby, along with the Hall of Fame honorees from the previous 23 years.

The Arnold family has a history in the retail automobile business in Boulder and lists development of a business park and much civic involvement among its achievements. Sandy Arnold served in the Colorado Legislature and on the state Public Utilities Commission.

Kalinski is a real estate broker and owner of Re/Max of Boulder. Montbriand is president of Louisville-based Metamorph LLC and Gastroenterology of the Rockies. Polk, a former Boulder city councilman, is president of longtime Boulder footwear retailer Pedestrian Shops and chairs the board of the Dairy Arts Center. Ralston has been an antiques dealer in Lyons since 1974. Strear founded turkey processor Longmont Foods, and the Weaklands have operated The Flower Bin in Longmont since 1971.

This year’s inductees also will be honored at a March 16 VIP reception at the convention center, open only to event sponsors and Hall of Fame alumni.

The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame’s mission for 24 years has been to research, document and recommend for induction outstanding business leaders from the past and present whose business efforts have resulted in communitywide economic, social, and/or cultural benefits to Boulder County and its citizens.

The Hall of Fame also annually donates scholarships to deserving students at the CU Leeds School of Business.

Information about attending the luncheon is online at halloffamebiz.com.