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February 07, 2008 - Colorado Business Hall of Fame Dinner

What: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement Colorado Business Hall of Fame Dinner

Where: Marriott City Center

When: Thursday, February 7, 2008

Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Host(s): Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement Colorado

Presenting Sponsor(s): UMB Bank

Gala Chairperson(s): John Freyer, President, Land Title Guarantee Co

Committee Members: Ray Baker, Gold Crown Foundation; Joy Burns, D.C. Burns Realty & Trust; Mario Carrera, Entravision Communications; Dana Crawford, Urban Neighborhoods; Tom Gleason, First National Bank; Pat Grant, National Western Stock Show; Barry Hirschfeld, National Hirschfeld Press; John Ikard, FirstBank Holding Company; Walt Koebel, Koelbel and Company; Rocky Miller, Miller Oil & Gas Assets LLC; Tim Schultz, Boettcher Foundation; Rod Slifer, former Mayor of Vail vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

Welcome: Ernie Bjorkman, CW2 News


Catering: Marriott City Center

Sponsors: General Reception Sponsor: Corporate Express; Vip Reception Sponsor: Denver Marriott City Center; Legacy of Leadership Tables: Accenture, The Anschutz Corporation, FirstBank of Denver, First Western Trust Bank, Land Title Guarantee Company, Wells Fargo.
Spirit of Achievement Tables: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP, ColoradoBiz Magazine, CW2, First National Bank of Colorado, GE Johnson Construction, Health One, Gold Crown Foundation, National Hirschfeld Inc., Steele Street Bank & Trust, Wagner Equipment
McClain Finlon Advertising, Al's Formal Wear, Rocky Mountain News, MultiMedia by Design, Corporate Express, Lufthansa

Quote of the evening: "If tonight is any indication, our future is very promising." Robin Wise, President and CEO, Junior Achievement - talking about the Junior Achievement students

Menu: Grille salad, petite filet and lobster ravioli, dessert bar

Attire: Blacktie

Special Thanks: Barry Seidenstat - Multimedia By Design Inc, CEAVCO Audio Visual, Becky Holden - CW2 Video Vignetts

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Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Steve Wise, left, Ramona Hamline, Junior Achievement president and CEO Robin Wise and board member Steve Hamline
Steve Wise, left, Ramona Hamline, Junior Achievement president and CEO Robin Wise and board member Steve Hamline

"The Architects of a Legacy"-- This was the theme for the 2008 Colorado Business Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. Hosted by Junior Achievement and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the evening was to honor five very distinguished Colorado business leaders who will be joining 99 other laureates into the Business Hall of Fame.

The evening began with a VIP reception and cocktails at the Marriott City Center. Over 800 guests were in attendance, representing many Denver businesses and organizations. Greeting the many guests as they arrived and checked in were a number of Junior Achievement ambassadors from Denver area high schools and middle schools, and ranging from 6th to 12th grade. All of these impressive young people also played important roles during the program in presenting the honorees and sponsors.

The evening's induction ceremony began as guests made their way into the grand ballroom. Ernie Bjorkman from CW2 News started things off by welcoming everyone to the ceremony. He talked briefly about the Hall of Fame and the outstanding leaders who have previously been inducted over the past 19 years. Joining Ernie Bjorkman on stage was Charlisa Maxey, a Junior Achievement 11th grade student, who shared some inspiring words about the 2008 honorees. Each of the five inductees were introduced by a Junior Achievement student.

The first award was presented by 7th grader Kendall Bundy, who introduced Sam Addoms. Mr. Addoms spent considerable time in the banking industry, was the chief financial officer with Monfort of Colorado and also had key roles in the start up of Colorado's hometown airline, Frontier.

Next up was Louis Clinton Jr. Making the introduction was Marcie Terry, who serves as president for Cherry Creek High School. Accepting the award was Louis Clinton's son, Rob Clinton. Mr. Clinton was being honored for his role as one of Colorado's most important aviation business leaders. One of his many accomplishments includes opening Arapahoe County Airport, now known as Centennial Airport.

The next award came from 7th grader Madeline Bruno. She introduced Harry Frampton III, who is well known for much of the development of Vail and Beaver Creek Mountain Resorts. Mr. Frampton is also an active volunteer with the Young President's organization.

The fourth inductee was John "J.K." Mullen, introduced by Gabriel Sullice, a 10th grader at Mullen High School. J.K. Mullen came to Colorado in 1871, served as president of the Union Savings and Loan Association and eventually founded J.K. Mullen and Company, Colorado's biggest flour mill. During his lifetime, Mr. Mullen contributed to many religious, charitable and educational organizations. After his death in 1929, the Mullen Home for Boys was established and is now Mullen High School.

The final award was presented to William Vollbracht. He was introduced by 9th grader Scott Gallegos. Mr. Vollbracht moved to Colorado in 1960 with the dream of owning his own company. That company is Land Title Company of Colorado, which he started in 1967. William Vollbracht has been giving back to the community through generous charitable donations and through the Vollbracht Family Foundation.

Also taking the stage during the ceremony where Junior Achievement Board Chair Jeff Potter and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Board Chair John Ikard. There was also a special appreciation to the evening's sponsors, which was presented by all of Junior Achievement ambassadors. At the end of the presentations, Robin Wise, Junior Achievement President and CEO and Joe Blake, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, came up to offer closing remarks. They brought two of the Junior Achievement students on stage with them to assist in offering a toast to the 2008 Colorado Business Hall of Fame inductees.

The program concluded with a few songs from Hunter Hall and then guests were served their dinner entrees of petite filet and lobster ravioli. A dessert buffet was served for guests afterward to enjoy some more socializing.

The mission of Junior Achievement is to inspire and prepare young people to embrace free enterprise and succeed in a global economy. Their purpose is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics to improve the quality of their lives. JA uses hands-on experiences to help students understand the "economics of life." Focusing on workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, JA brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential. To learn more about Junior Achievement and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, you can visit them at and

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