Vail’s Gorsuches named to Colorado Business Hall of Fame
DENVER, Colorado – Dave and Renie Gorsuch are among this year’s inductees as “laureates” into Colorado Business Hall of fame. The announcement came from Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain Inc. “Inclusion in the Colorado Business Hall of Fame is the pinnacle of success and recognition,” said Brian Addy, 2011-12 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.” Laureates, selected for their professional and philanthropic contributions to Colorado, will be inducted at the 23rd annual Colorado Business Hall of Fame Dinner Jan. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center. The event is sponsored by UMB Bank. Here’s a rundown of the laureates, provided by Junior Achievement:Dave and Renie GorsuchThe Gorsuches in 1962 founded Gorsuch Ltd., a specialty ski and retail shop in Gunnison. They moved to the Vail Valley in 1966 to open a store on Bridge Street. For nearly 50 years, Gorsuch Ltd. has set standards in the ski industry, introducing generations of skiers to the beauty and magic of skiing in Colorado. The Gorsuches were some of the early leaders who helped establish Vail. In addition to managing Gorsuch Ltd., the couple helped build Vail Valley Medical Center, Vail Mountain School and Ski Club Vail.Pete CoorsCoors’ career in the brewing business follows a Coors tradition that has spanned five generations of Coors family members. He currently is vice chairman of Molson Coors Brewing Company. Coors’ outside corporate board of director membership includes Energy Corporation of America. He is president and a trustee of the Adolph Coors Foundation and the Castle Rock Foundation. He is a trustee and member of the executive board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and a member of the National Western Stock Show Association executive committee. Coors serves as a board member of the University of Colorado Hospital and as president of the University of Colorado Hospital Foundation. He also is a member of the International Chapter of Young Presidents Organization and the Denver Art Museum Foundation. Raymond T. DuncanRaymond T. Duncan has successfully drilled and produced oil and gas throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, Midwest, the Gulf Coast and Canada with his company, Duncan Oil, Inc. Duncan also founded Durango Ski Corporation and Purgatory Ski Resort in 1965, which has earned him a place in the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. Duncan also was a founder of Castle Pines Golf Club in Castle Rock. Jake JabsPerhaps best known for his American Furniture Warehouse commercials, Jabs is president and CEO of one of the top furniture companies in the United States and the largest privately held business in Colorado. Jabs’ first venture into the furniture business came in 1968 when he opened Mediterranean Galleries, a high-end furniture story with locations in Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Billings, Mont. In 1975, after closing Mediterranean Galleries, Jabs purchased the struggling one-location American Furniture Company. Now known as American Furniture Warehouse, the company now has 11 locations across the Front Range and in Glenwood Springs. Over the years, Jabs and his employees have contributed time and resources to thousands of charities, including more than $2 million in contributions each year. Lanny MartinPlatte River Ventures was founded in 2005 by Lanny Martin, who has served as the chairman and CEO of several publicly-held industrial, chemical and metals companies over the past 18 years. Most recently, Martin served as chairman, CEO and president of Titanium Metals Corporation, the world’s largest supplier of titanium used in aerospace and other industrial applications. He is a founding director and chairman of the board of Crown Castle International Corp., a leading independent owner and operator of wireless communications sites. Martin is also lead director of Halliburton Company, one of the world’s largest product and service providers for the oil and gas industry, and Intrepid Potash Inc. He is a board member and lead director of Apartment Investment Management Company, the largest owner, operator and manager of apartments in the United States. Martin is a trustee of Northwestern University and is involved with several Denver-based charitable organizations.