Judges must like beer.
How else could you explain how Odell Brewing Co. rose to No. 1 in the two ColoradoBiz competitions featured in this month's issue?
The business executives who examined the Top Company nominations and the architects who reviewed the Colorado Sustainable Design Awards entries were never in the same room, nor would they recognize each other on the street. But when it comes to the Fort Collins craft brewer, they came to the same conclusion.
We'll toast a pint of 90 Shilling to that.
On the following pages, learn how Odell and the other 11 winners in the Top Company awards made the grade in one of the toughest and most stubborn economic environments in our nation's history. (On page 30 read how Odell's dedication to sustainability in its brewery plant expansion caught the attention of the design award judges.)
Top Company sponsor Deloitte winnowed the nominations to 36 finalists in 12 categories. A panel of business and community leaders selected the winners. We celebrated the finalists at an evening reception in September at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
As part of the Top Company tradition, UMB and fellow sponsors Deloitte and Holland & Hart hosted a trip to Napa Valley in October to honor the winners with a tour of wine country.
You can bet a few people also had beer on their minds.
Here's the Top Company winners' scorecard:
Consumer Business: Odell Brewing Co.
Energy/Natural Resources: Newmont Mining
Financial Services: CoBank
Health care: AlloSource
Services: Horan & McConaty
Tourism/Hospitality: Polk Majestic Travel Group
Legal: Kutak Rock
Manufacturing: StoneAge Inc.
Nonprofit: Colorado Uplift
Real Estate/Construction: Mass Service & Supply LLC