April 29, 2019

Boulder County Business Hall of Fame inducts 2019 class

BOULDER —The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Friday inducted its Class of 2019.

The inductees were honored at a  luncheon at the Embassy Suites, 2601 Canyon Blvd., in Boulder. This year’s inductees included:

  • Marcel Arsenault and Pete Wells, Real Capital Solutions, Louisville. Arsenault is founder and CEO of Real Capital Solutions, a private-equity firm specializing in value-add real estate investment. In more than 30 years, Arsenault has purchased and managed more than 265 real estate investments totaling approximately $2.5 billion. Wells does not hold an equity title at Real Capital Solutions but has been an instrumental development partner alongside Arsenault. The two also are world-renowned philanthropists.
  • George Berg, Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti LLP, Boulder. Berg is one of four founding partners of the law firm, which was founded in Boulder in 2001. Berg served as managing partner from the firm’s inception until 2016. Starting with just five attorneys, the firm now has 43 attorneys, with offices in Boulder, Denver, Cheyenne and Los Angeles.
  • Henry Braly, Braly Frontier Inc., Longmont. Braly began his career in Longmont in 1960, when he started Henry Braly & Co., a utility-construction company. After 10 years, the company grew to 25 individuals and was eventually sold to CAP Construction. That success was followed by the founding of Frontier Materials in 1972. Frontier developed numerous aggregate mineral mining sites in Colorado, and in 1980, Braly added a division to produce asphalt and then developed paving services. In 1982, it added a ready-mix concrete division. Frontier Materials later sold to Western Mobile and consisted of more than 200 employees at sites throughout Northern Colorado. Frontier Cos. LLC was founded in 1995.
  • Charles Haertling, Boulder architect (posthumous induction). Haertling was well-known for his modern and organic residential architecture in Boulder and Denver. A Missouri native, Navy veteran and architecture graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Haertling moved to Boulder in 1953. He served on the architecture faculty at the University of Colorado until 1955 and later from 1965 to 1966. He opened his own practice in 1957 and completed his first project the following year. Haertling would go on to design more than 40 buildings, completing his final project in 1983.
  • Sam and Cheryl Sussman, Eight Days a Week, Boulder. The Sussmans started Eight Days a Week, General Store News and Smoke Shop at 18th and Pearl streets, in 1976. Their shop featured an IBM copier, adding the first color copier when it became available in 1977. The combination of neighborhood general store and copy center began Eight Days’ community involvement with Boulder’s residents, businesses and nonprofits. In 1989, they purchased their newly built space at Ninth and Pearl and opened Eight Days a Week Imaging and Copy Center, where it remained until 2017, when they sold both the building and the business.
  • Vicki Trumbo, executive director, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. Trumbo grew up in Iowa and moved to Lafayette in 1976. Her husband, Dave, managed Hiway Drug in town, and Trumbo became involved with the community by volunteering with the Lafayette Chamber and for community events. In 1989, the first-ever executive director position was created at the Lafayette Chamber. Trumbo applied and was chosen from more than 85 candidates. Thirty years later, she remains in that position.
  • Phil Wiland, Wiland Inc., Longmont. Wiland Inc. provides insights into consumer spending behavior. The company’s database helps marketers identify the digital and direct-mail audiences most likely to respond to messages and become long-term customers, donors and subscribers. Willand in the 1980s developed the first artificial-intelligence merge/purge system and the first national directory of postal carrier routes.

The Hall of Fame also presented five scholarships totaling $10,000  to Boulder County high-school graduates attending the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder.The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement of business excellence in Boulder County by recognizing and inducting Boulder County business leaders into the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1992 and operates under the administration of a volunteer board of directors comprised of Boulder County business leaders.

BOULDER —The Boulder County Business Hall of Fame Friday inducted its Class of 2019.

The inductees were honored at a  luncheon at the Embassy Suites, 2601 Canyon Blvd., in Boulder. This year’s inductees included:

  • Marcel Arsenault and Pete Wells, Real Capital Solutions, Louisville. Arsenault is founder and CEO of Real Capital Solutions, a private-equity firm specializing in value-add real estate investment. In more than 30 years, Arsenault has purchased and managed more than 265 real estate investments totaling approximately $2.5 billion. Wells does not hold an equity title at Real Capital Solutions but has been…

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