Slifers selected for state Business Hall of Fame
DENVER, Colorado – Rod and Beth Slifer, of Vail, have been selected as 2013 inductees into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame. The members of the Hall of Fame represent Colorado’s most distinguished business leaders from the past and present.Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain Inc. and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce announced the inductees.The Slifers’ community leadership has been an economic driver for tourism in Colorado for more than 50 years. Rod Slifer, the first-ever Realtor in Vail, has become a major force in Vail’s evolution from ski area to mega-resort. He is now the principal of Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, the Vail Valley’s largest and most prolific real estate brokerage. He has served as a member of the Vail Town Council and the mayor of Vail. He is a founding director of Alpine Banks of Colorado, director of Colorado Open Lands and the Vail Valley Foundation, and is one of the founders of the University of Colorado Real Estate Center and Real Estate Foundation.Beth Slifer is the founder of Slifer Designs Interior Design & Retail with locations in Vail and Denver. For the past decade, she has provided leadership for strategically marketing Vail, contributing to the economic vitality of the Vail Valley through her extensive business and community involvement. She currently serves on the University of Colorado Hospital Board of Directors and the University of Colorado Depression Center Board of Directors.”Inclusion in the Colorado Business Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of success and recognition,” said Chris Harr, 2012-13 chairman of the Junior Achievement board of directors. “These leaders provide inspiration for future trailblazers and have left a legacy that reinforces the importance and value of the free enterprise system. Because of their achievements, our community is a much better place.”Laureates, selected for their enduring and innovative professional contributions to Colorado, inspirational and ethical acumen and philanthropic endeavors, will be inducted at the 24th annual Colorado Business Hall of Fame Dinner on Jan. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Convention Center. For details about this event or to purchase a table or tickets, contact Shawna Robbins at 303-260-6286 or SRobbins@JAColorado.org.”The 2013 Colorado Business Hall of Fame class exemplifies the magnitude of what can be achieved through vision and determination,” said John Beeble, 2012-13 chairman of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce board of directors.Other Hall of Fame laureates are:• Temple Hoyne Buell, a civic and business leader in Colorado throughout his life. Buell established the largest architectural firm in the Rocky Mountain area and designed more than 300 buildings in Colorado including one of the first shopping malls in the country.• Glenn R. Jones Chairman, CEO of Jones International Ltd. and founder of Jones International University. He has spent four decades extending the reach of technology, first by bringing cable television to American homes, then by fusing education with the Internet to deliver education to lifelong learners worldwide.• Denver native Don Kortz, who has played an active role in consulting with law firms, other professional organizations and major corporations in their expansion, contraction and relocation needs. He is chairman of the board for Cassidy Turley, the fourth largest commercial real estate firm in the country with offices throughout the United States and 72 international offices.• Ronald E. Montoya, owner of Innov8 Solutions USA and chairman of Solera National Bank. He is a recognized business leader, promoting continued growth and development of business in the United States and abroad, bringing economic benefits and diversity to the community.
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