In a diverse life as a businesswoman and energetic philanthropist, especially for causes in rural Colorado, Sue Anschutz-Rodgers remains daring at age 81.
Distinguished, hard-working architect Curtis Fentress is praised by his two sons as having created an internationally known architecture firm with accomplishments that would have taken others two lifetimes.
When the owner of the gym where they both trained gave notice of its closure, the couple acted fast, joining forces with Todd Zalinski and opening Vital Strength & Fitness at 800 Lincoln St. in Denver in May 2014.
When it came time to build Sushi Den, the brothers’ meticulous care was palpable. Today, Den Corner, encompassing three independent eateries – Sushi Den, Izakaya Den and OTOTO – attracts throngs of customers.
The duo met in 1997 while working for Burton Snowboards in Vermont. They were fast friends, taking advantage of an unwritten powder day rule. Phillips worked on the engineering side of the business, while Arzt worked in marketing.
Combining a for-profit business with a giving arm, they thought, would be an ideal way to compete in an over-saturated market. As their trip came to a close, the newlyweds left their outerwear with their guides and Corbeaux was born.
The duo shook hands and set out to launch their public affairs firm in 2012 at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., leveraging their political reputations and quickly becoming notable brokers in the statehouse and local politics.
In 2004, husband-wife duo Mike and Janet Johnston took their love of food and built a brick-and-mortar retail space to spice it up: the Savory Spice Shop.
In 2012, friends, fellow Broncos fans and officemates Brian Watson and Josh Hudnall co-founded LAUNCH West CO, a nonprofit network of entrepreneurs and small business professionals from Western Colorado.
Scott Schaible has played founder more than a couple times. After an early stint in the nation’s capital working on high-profile political campaigns, he came to Colorado and started a public relations firm, followed by two pet projects.
When lawyers and the courts play word games, they soon find they have worked the law into an impossibly-difficult legal jigsaw puzzle. This is exactly the situation that developed in the patent world concerning software-related inventions.
Founded in 2010, FullContact launched its first contact management solution to 100 beta users, beginning a journey that would lead the company to tackle the challenge of fixing the world’s contact information problem.