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Colorado Business Hall of Fame. (Special Sponsorship Section).

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and Junior Achievement are proud to present the 14th Annual Colorado Business Hall of Fame.

Committed to ensuring the vitality of tomorrow's workforce, the Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding role models for Colorado's youth and sets a standard of excellence for our business community.

Wednesday, February 5, 2003

Denver Marriott City Center

For more information, please call 303-628-7369 or visit

Strength of character and steadfast integrity is what lies within the leaders who have helped create a Colorado in which we can all be proud to live and work. On Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 6 p.m., five of those extraordinary business and community leaders will receive their lifetime achievement awards at the Annual Colorado Business Hall of Fame ceremony Graciously underwritten by UMB Bank, this year's event will honor Lloyd Chavez, owner of Burt Automotive Network; John W. Iliff, baron of Colorado's beef industry; Roger L. Reisher co-founder of FirstBank Holding Company of Colorado; Peter Seibert Sr., founder of Vail Resorts, Inc.; and Robert G. Tointon, president of Phelps-Tointon, Inc. Ticket prices for the event are $250 for individual seats; $2,500 for corporate tables of 10; $5,000 for Spirit of Achievement tables of 10; and $10,000 for Legacy of Leadership tables of 10. Proceeds from the event fund the youth programs of Junior Achievement and the leadership, public policy economic development and small busi ness development programs of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. For more information or to make reservations, please call 303-628 7369 or visit


Through hard work and charitable giving. Lloyd Chavez brings love, honor and dignity to the automobile industry, Hispanic Americans and children with juvenile diabetes.

Born in Denver, Colorado on April 8, 1928, Chavez was one of five children. After returning from the Navy in 1948 he married his high school sweetheart Doris, and the two had three children: Lloyd Jr., Pamela and Denise. Upon graduation from the University of Denver, Chavez took what was intended to be a short-term job as a salesman at Burt Chevrolet in Englewood. Fifty-one years later Chavez owns the Burt Automotive Network, a powerhouse in the automotive industry that has nine franchised dealerships in Colorado and sales reaching $1.49 billion.

Chavez was recognized as the Top Hispanic Businessman in the U.S. in 1993 and as the National Hispanic Businessman of the Year in 1994. The Burt Automotive Network has been ranked the number one Minority-Owned Business in Colorado by ColoradoBiz magazine for the past four years. Chavez has also received such prestigious awards as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Denver Business Journal Executive of the Year and the Chevrolet "Genuine Leaders" Club Award.

Chavez has been quoted as saying, "You can grow your business by being community-minded and civic-minded." Chavez lives up to those words through his philanthropic acts such as donating cars to Craig Hospital's occupational department, sponsoring various children's sports teams and donating cars to the Littleton Public Schools Driver Education program.


With $500 and a little imagination, John W. lliff took a chance on a herd of tired cattle and became the acknowledged baron of Colorado's beef industry Born in 1831, Iliff grew up on a livestock ranch in the Ohio Valley and learned from an early age - there is money in beef. Educated at Ohio Wesleyan University, luff left school in 1856. He turned down an offer from his father for a $7,500 farm, and instead took $500 and moved west In April 1857, lliff stopped in Ohio City (now Princeton, Kansas), where he opened the small town's first trade store. He parlayed his $500 into $2,000, and moved to Colorado in 1859 to join the gold rush.

Iliff and his partners brought with them an increased load of groceries and supplies to Colorado, which they sold to gold prospectors who were descending upon the state. With the profits, luff bought his first herd of cattle that he settled and grazed on his ranch near Fort Lupton. Following the Civil War luff used the Homestead Act to acquire additional land around his existing ranch in Fort Lupton. The height of his ranching empire ultimately included 15,588 acres of prime land and over 26,000 head of cattle.

In 1868, while living in Cheyenne, Wyoming Iliff met Elizabeth (Lizzie) Fraser. The two married in Chicago on March 3, 1871, moved to Denver in I 874 and had three children. Upon lliff's death in I 878, Mrs. Iliff sold the cattle business to the Snyder Brothers of Texas, which made her one of the wealthiest women in Colorado Fulfilling a lifelong dream of Iliff's, Mrs. lliff donated $100,000 in 1884 to the University of Denver to found the Iliff School of Theology.


With a bum knee and stubborn dedication to his dream, Peter Seibert Sr. made a mountain into Vail Resort-Colorado's premier ski hill.

Born on August 7, 1924 in Sharon, Massachusetts, Seibert strapped on his first pair of skis at the age of seven. In 1943, Seibert joined the U.S. Army and volunteered for the I 0th Mountain Division, where he trained for high-altitude winter combat. He was one of 14,000 men assembled at Camp Hale under the leadership of Medal of Honor Hero General Ted Hayes. The division was trained in mountain warfare and went to Italy from I 944-1945, winning the Battle of Riva Ridge. During that time Seibert was seriously wounded by mortar fire.

With his right kneecap destroyed and his left arm nearly severed at the elbow, doctors assumed that Seibert would never walk again, let alone ski.


An entrepreneurial spirit and vision guided Roger L. Reisher to help found FirstBank 40 years ago and build it into the largest banking organization headquartered in Colorado.

Reisher was one of seven children raised on a small farm in western Nebraska, 30 miles east of Wray, Colorado. He served in the Army, then became the first in his family to attend college, graduating from the University of Colorado with the help of the GI Bill.

After 12 years in banking in the Kansas City area, Reisher was eager for the opportunity to move to Lakewood and open a new chapter in Colorado's banking history in 1963. First Westland National Bank, in the newly built Westland Shopping Center; is now the lead bank in the FirstBank organization. Today, FirstBank has 2,000 employees at over 100 offices and more than $6 billion in assets.

In 1988, Reisher was honored by his colleagues with the formation of the FirstBank Scholars Program at CU. This program, funded by FirstBank employees and matched by company contributions, has created an endowment valued over $1.6 million, Scholarships emphasizing financial need and leadership capabilities are awarded annually at CU and UNC.

In 2001, Reisher, along with his wife, Margaret, and their daughters, started a Family Foundation which, working with The Denver Foundation, has funded scholarships for nearly 100 students at UNC and Metro. Reisher has served as a Director of the University of Colorado Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and the Jefferson County YMCA.

But, Seibert's determination prevailed and he landed a job with the Aspen Ski Patrol. The next year he won the Roch Cup, one of the most cherished U.S. skiing honors, and qualified for the U.S. Ski Team.

In 1950, Seibert managed to wrench himself away from Aspen to attend L'Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, an international school of hotel management in Switzerland. Three years later he returned to the U.S., taking jobs in Silverton and Aspen and ultimately managing the Loveland Ski Resort. While working at Loveland Ski Resort in 1957, Seibert and fellow dreamer Earl Eaton took a seven-hour climb to the top of what is now called Vail Mountain. Seibert and Eaton became determined to build "the most beautiful ski resort in the world," On January 9, 1960, Seibert pulled together a group of nine men for the first board of directors meeting for what would become America's largest ski company, Vail Resorts Inc. Seibert remained chief executive officer of Vail until 1977. In its 50th Anniversary issue, SKIING Magazine rated Seibert one of the 25 most influential people in the history of American skiing.


From swinging a hammer to managing conglomerates, Robert G. Tointon spent over 42 years literally building Colorado's engineering, contracting and manufacturing industries.

Tointon was born on May 19, 933 on a farm near Smith Center; Kansas, In 1949, he moved with his family to Almiena, Kansas, where he was one of 19 students to graduate from the small-town high school. Tointon earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University in 1955, where he also graduated with honors. That same year; he married his wife Betty and went on to have two sons, Bill and Bryan.

In 1959, Tointon began working as a field engineer for Eby Construction in Wichita, Kansas after leaving the Air Force. He was transferred to Colorado to supervise the construction of a nuclear missile site near Briggsdale, and in 1963 he was hired by Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and moved to Greeley, Colorado. During his first year with the construction company, Tointon was an estimator; project engineer, superintendent and project manager. In 1964 he became vice president and was elected president in 1975.

When Tointon first started with the company their volume was $8 million. By 1989, the combined revenue of the company's five operating divisions was over $600 million. In June of that same year, Tointon along with Joe Phelps, Larry LaFollette and Mike Holland, split off two of the five divisions of the company to form Phelps-Tointon, Inc. Tointon is currently president of the company, which owns and operates Rocky Mountain Prestress, Inc., Southern Steel Co. and Armor Safe Technologies.

Tointon is a member of the Greeley Rotary and Colorado Forum. He is also a trustee of the Longs Peak Council of Boy Scouts, chairman of the Downtown Development Authority, director of the Economic Development Action Partnership and a board member with the Big Horn Institute. In an effort to provide K-12 principals, administrators and superintendents with the opportunity to become better leaders, Tointon started the Tointon Institute for Educational Change at the University of Northern Colorado. In 2002, he received the Bravo Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award.

RELATED ARTICLE: Laureate History

Displays of past laureates may be viewed at the Colorado Business Hall of Fame located in the south entrance of the Daniels College of Business on the University of Denver campus. The building, which opened in September of 1999, offers a video kiosk for viewing biographical vignettes of the laureates and plaques honoring their achievements.


Morley Ballantine, Franklin and Joy Burns, Charles Hansen, Emmett Heitler and Joseph Wagner


Thomas Bailey, William Bent, Cortlandt Dietler; Walter A. Koelbel, Hannah Levy William Dean Singleton


Kathryn Hach-Darrow, Dick and Eddie Robinson, Ed McVaney, Horace Tabor, Allan and Gerald Phipps


Sam Gary, Del Hock, Bob Magness, John Malone, LaRae Orullian, Russell T.Tutt


Felipe Baca, Walter S. Cheesman, George E. Cranmer, Charles C. Gates, Frank S. Hoag, Sr., Mary Elitch Long, John A. Love, Robert T. Person, Sr.


Philip F. Anschutz, Elwood M. Brooks, Dana H. Crawford, Daniel L. Ritchie, William Thayer Tutt


Eugene H. Adams, William K. Coors, Bill Daniels, Emily Griffith, W. Clarence Kurtz


Helen Bonfils, Arthur E. Johnson, Bob Johnston, Ken Monfort, Aksel Nielsen


C.K (Chet) Enstrom, Cecil J. Hernandez, Elrey B. Jeppesen, Nicholas R. Petry, Anna C. Petteys


D.R.C. (Darcy) Brown, Jr., William N. Byers, Roger D. Knight, Jr., Henry M. Porter, Frank H. Ricketson, Jr.


Barney Ford, Lloyd King, Otto Mears, David H. Moffat, Churchhill Owen


Benjamin Harrison Eaton, John Evans, William D. Farr, Spencer Penrose, Jesse Shwayder


Clifford E. Baldridge, Claude K. Boettcher, Adolph Coors, Charles Cassius Gates, Carl A. Norgren, General William Jackson Palmer
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