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 Honoree Walter Isenberg, left, with Rob Cohen
Honoree Walter Isenberg, left, with Rob Cohen

This year's 2009 MAVERICK THINKERS was a special event that celebrated hope for today's youth and was hosted by Urban Peak, now on their 21st year of excellence in providing essential services to the young people of Colorado.  The event was held Thursday, February 19, 2009 at the Seawell Grand Ballroom at the DCPA and was emceed by the lovely and humorous Molly Hughes, anchor at CBS4.

WALTER ISENBERG, president and CEO of Sage Hospitality, was the event's honoree. Isenberg was honored for his dedication and commitment to health and youth services. He was recognized for his out-of-the-box thinking and outstanding contributions to our community. Isenberg co-founded Sage Hospitality in 1984. Sage has been consistently recognized for its ability to “give back” to the communities it represents.

As an illustration, Sage was the first recipient of Marriott International’s Spirit to Serve Award, given annually to a franchise partner that lives its vision to be an outstanding corporate citizen. Sage has also been recognized for its commitment to customer service, receiving excellence in Service awards at many of its hotels.

Active in the community, Mr. Isenberg currently serves on the boards of the Denver Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Downtown Denver Partnership, The Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Rose Community Foundation. Isenberg joins a distinguished list of past honorees that includes Anne Warhover, Judi Wagner, Jim Bye, Gail Klapper, Noel Ginsburg, Frederick Mayer, Sam Gary and The Haynes family.  

Urban Peak has a transforming power that can be seen throughout the community and in the faces of the young people served. "Every day we see hope in the faces of youth obtaining their first job, completing their GED, performing their poetry or moving in to their first apartment. These kinds of miracles happen daily, thanks to the creative leadership, dedication and commitment of ordinary people with extraordinary spirit,"  said board chair Stefan Stein.

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