Office of Gov. John Hickenlooper

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Gov. Hickenlooper awards 2016 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals

DENVER — Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today announced the recipients of the 2016 Colorado Governor’s Citizenship medals (CGCM). Inaugurated in 2015 by Executive Order and awarded on behalf of Quarterly Forum (QF), the CGCM is one of the highest honors bestowed upon residents or organizations of Colorado for their meritorious contributions to the strength and vitality of the state.

“The collaboration and contributions that we see from Coloradans in the business, nonprofit and public sectors are an inspiration to future generations of leaders,” said Hickenlooper. “I am honored to award this year’s medals to some of our state’s most remarkable leaders.”

The 2016 Medals categories and recipients are:

Emerging Community Leader: Lisa Tessarowicz, Co-Founder of Epicentral Coworking, Colorado Springs – This award recognizes a young business, nonprofit or community leader who has demonstrated professional excellence and positive impact on the community. Ms. Tessarowicz is passionate about Colorado Springs and has brought tremendous positive impact to her community as President of the CALM Foundation, Director of 5Star Bank and Member of the Colorado Springs Downtown Review Board.

Growth and Innovation: Kim Jordan, Co-Founder and Executive Chair, New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins –This award is given to an entrepreneur or business leader who has led with exceptional ingenuity and growth while inspiring and creating new possibilities for others. Kim has created one of the most innovative businesses in America through policies like employee ownership, open-book management and philanthropic giving to create a model business while contributing to the community.

Public and Community Service: Darin Atteberry, City Manager for the City of Fort Collins, Fort Collins – This award is given to a government or community leader who serves the public with innovation, operational excellence and progressive vision. Darin feels passionately that a model government can be instrumental in creating a vibrant, world-class community, and his entrepreneurial and collaborative efforts have led Fort Collins to be nationally recognized as a “hotspot for innovation and invention in America” by the Smithsonian National Museum’s Places of Invention exhibit.

Corporate Citizenship: FirstBank, Denver – This award recognizes a Colorado based company that has made a significant positive impact in the community. FirstBank is one of the most philanthropic organizations in Colorado and has demonstrated its charitable ethos by founding Colorado Gives Day, making significant contributions to Colorado-based charities and its Scholars Program, and implementing its Employee Volunteer Program.

Vanguard Legacy: Sam Gary, Sr., Chairman of the Board, Gary Community Investment Company and The Piton Foundation, Denver – This award is given to a business leader who has made transformational contributions to the community throughout his or her career. Mr. Gary has changed the lives of Colorado’s children and families through his founding of The Piton Foundation and the Gary Community Investment Company, as well as the revitalization of the Stapleton area, among various other initiatives.

This year’s Medals recipients represent the incredible leadership and innovation that is manifest throughout the state of Colorado. “Colorado’s secret to success is relentless collaboration across sectors, which drives innovation and provides a source of inspiration for future leaders as they craft their ideas to impact change,” says Erik Mitisek, CoChairman of QF and Colorado’s Chief Innovation Officer. “Core to QF’s mission is connecting and educating Colorado’s top leaders and—most importantly—celebrating their leadership; as such, it was natural for QF to collaborate with the Governor to develop and recognize the best leaders in the State and showcase them and their impact.”

Through its mission of elevating community leadership in the state of Colorado, QF was designated by the state to handle each year’s nonpartisan management, nomination and selection process for the Colorado Governor’s Citizenship Medals. The QF platform provides numerous opportunities to build valuable relationships and become a better, more informed business leader through the Breakfast Enrichment & Inspiration Series, Colorado Governor’s Fellowship Program, Scholarship Program and others. The governor selected the 2016 Medals recipients from a group of finalists provided by the QF Board of Directors, past Medals recipients and a designated Selection Committee.

About Quarterly Forum

Quarterly Forum is a Colorado-based leadership organization that connects, educates and inspires the state’s best emerging community leaders. The organization has a 17-year history of providing a place for developing executives to dream more, learn more, do more and become more by fostering strong ties among the business, government and nonprofit sectors in Colorado. QF is a nonpartisan and by-invitation membership-based community that represents diverse industries including healthcare, energy, agriculture, private equity, nonprofits, professional service providers, restaurants, consumer products and services, hospitality, real estate, building products, media, technology and telecom. Members range from young executives to our Vanguard Members, who are at the pinnacle of their careers.


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