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Posted: December 01, 2012

CEO of the Year 2012: Large company finalists

Lisa Ryckman

(Now in its eighth year, the ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year award seeks to recognize outstanding professional achievement and community impact while taking into account obstacles surmounted, career-long body of work or other unique elements of the CEO’s life and work. Nominations from Colorado’s business community, ColoradoBiz readers and staff are evaluated by a judging panel made up of the magazine’s editorial board and, this year, representatives from the Colorado Association of Commerce & Industry.)

Here are this year's finalists in the "Large Company" category:

Peter Beaupré,

president and COO, PCL Construction Enterprises

Peter Beaupré's dream job? Comedian.

Meanwhile, he hasn't given up his day job: president and chief operating officer of PCL Construction Enterprises’ U.S. operations, which he has grown to $2 billion, one-third of PCL's worldwide revenue.

Under Beaupre's leadership, PCL has been consistently recognized nationally as one of the nation's top contractors and one of the top six green contractors in the U.S.

Described by PCL employees as a driven businessman and caring person who wears his heart on his sleeve, Beaupre points with pride to PCL's culture of hard work and community giving.

"PCL people spend a high percentage of their time at work – it’s the nature of the construction business," he says. "Everyone here is a vital part of the team and plays a key role in serving our clients. So it’s really important that all of our people feel respected for the contribution they make. At the same time we have developed a tremendous culture of giving, all across our company."

Beaupre created PCL’s "Million Dollar Club" for Mile High United Way's Lights on After School program. He challenged employees to raise $1 million for the program over four years; they did it in three.

Dan Caruso,

CEO, Zayo Group

Dan Caruso is a man of many hats.

President and CEO of Zayo Group. chairman of Envysion. Board member of GTS Central Europe. Instructor in a course on raising venture capital and private equity at the University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Partner with the Denver School of Science and Technology, a network of public charter schools focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.

Among others.

Caruso, who founded Zayo, has moved the Louisville-based global provider of bandwidth infrastructure services into 218 markets in seven countries and 45 states with a network that connects the largest cities in the U.S. and Europe and reaches more than 10,000 buildings.

Under his leadership, Zayo has gone from zero revenues to $1 billion and 1,100 employees since opening for business in 2007.

"Our first five years have been a wild ride," Caruso says. "We've acquired 20 companies. We've had to deal with a lot of circumstances along the way. Mostly it's been fun. Sometimes, it's been a bit trying. Overall, I think the folks at Zayo feel really good about what we're doing, where they work and how we've really done this as a team.

"We have high expectations for ourselves and what we're going to accomplish in the future."

John McCarvel,

CEO, Crocs Inc.

When Crocs stood at the edge of a corporate cliff, CEO John McCarvel pulled them back.

Under McCarvel, the company known for the ubiquitous, colorful plastic clog has evolved into a multi-dimensional footwear tour de force, with more than 300 styles – everything from flip-flops to boots – sold around the world.

"In 2008 and 2009, Crocs faced significant financial challenges, from excess inventory to a falling stock price," McCarvel says. "In two short years, the leadership team was able to turn the company around and reach the milestone of $1 billion in annual revenue at the end of 2011. I am proud to have been part of the team that helped Crocs accomplish this milestone as it entered its 10th year, particularly given our uphill battle."

McCarvel looks forward to doubling that annual revenue while strengthening the Crocs brand even more. The Niwot-based company was a ColoradoBiz Top Company winner in the Consumer Business category in 2012, and through its Crocs Cares program the company has given away more than 3 million pairs of shoes – about $20 million worth – to people in need
of footwear.

"Crocs is known around the world for the fun, comfort and innovation that make up our DNA," he says. "As we continue to grow and diversify, one of our challenges will be staying true to those important attributes."

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Lisa Ryckman is the Associate Editor/Online at ColoradoBiz. Contact her at lryckman@cobizmag.com.

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