Posted: December 01, 2011
CEO of the Year: Medium company finalistsBy
David Henninger, CEO, Bayaud Enterprises
David Henninger's career in nonprofits began when he became executive director of Bayaud Industries nearly 40 years ago. Community-based Bayaud, created in 1969, has provided job training, employment services and vocational support to more than 7,000 people with mental, emotional and physical disabilities over the years.
With its current work force of 200 and $7.4 million operating budget, Bayaud has been able to expand its reach to include homeless and low-income individuals and families.
Bayaud received one of three national Mutual of America Community Partnership Awards and was one of ColoradoBiz's Top 250 Private Companies in 2011.
For nearly a decade, Henninger has been an associate faculty member in Regis University's Masters of Nonprofit Management Program, teaching courses in governance, leadership and theory of nonprofits.
"We have been able to provide daily employment for/with thousands of people for the past 42 years - this has taken incredible patience, persistence and flexibility to achieve," Henninger said, "based on the fact that the individuals we serve generally have significant disabilities and multiple barriers to employment beyond the vagaries of the current economy."
Dale Katechis, Oskar Blues Brewery
Dale Katechis began creating his own brews while attending Auburn University in the late '80s, sold Dale's Pal Ale at his Lyons restaurant in the late '90s and began putting it in cans in 2002.
It was considered a radical idea at the time, but Katechis eventually won over skeptical bottled-beer enthusiasts by emphasizing the "can advantage" - less exposure to taste-busting light and oxygen - as well as portability.
"We love the way people's heads spin around after they try one of our four-dimensional canned beers," Katechis says.
Other craft brewers followed suit; at least 100 craft brewers now sell in cans, according to the Brewers Association. Oskar Blues now has 80 distributors, 220 employees and annual revenue of more than $20 million, and has gained a nationwide following.
Oskar Blues' beer awards include Top American Pale Ale from the New York Times and World's Best Canned Beer from Details magazine; Top Rated Scottish Ale from Beeradvocate.com. a 2008 World Beer Cup medal, "Top 5 U.S. Extreme Beers"from the New York Times and "Best in Show" at the 2009 International Canned Beer Festival.
Elizabeth Hearty, president and CEO, LABS Inc.
In the last 30 years, LABS has become one of the top transplant medicine laboratories in the country, serving clients in the transplant, transfusion, biologics and tissue-based medical device-testing industries.
Elizabeth Hearty joined LABS in 2007 and has more than 18 years of experience in financial and business management. Prior to joining LABS Inc., Hearty worked as chief financial officer and vice president for the nonprofit tissue bank AlloSource, a LABS affiliate.
LABS Inc., which has more than 185 employees, was ranked No. 5 on this year's ColoradoBiz Top 100 Woman-owned Companies based on 2010 revenue of $33 million.
"As a global testing laboratory for human organs, cells, tissues and implantable biologic products and devices, I never forget that the work we do at LABS Inc. directly impacts patients in need every day," Hearty said. "I don't take this responsibility lightly. One of my proudest achievements as CEO is creating outstanding patient outcomes on a daily basis. LABS is committed to respectfully fulfilling the wishes of organ and tissue donors by ensuring their gifts are quickly and effectively screened so that they may go on to help patients in need. "
David Lamb, CEO, Good Day Pharmacy
Good Day Pharmacy grew out of one Loveland pharmacy to become the largest independent pharmacy chain in Colorado, with 10 community-based retail pharmacies and one specialty facility serving clients in assisted living, long-term care and group homes.
The company, owned by David Lamb and his cousin, Vicki Einhellig, and his wife, Nancy Lamb - all pharmacists - began in 1982 as a pharmacy-consulting provider. It expanded to include retail sales with the purchase of Doug's Pharmacy and Medical Supply in Loveland three years later.
At the outset, David Lamb was the daily staff pharmacist and began Good Day with just two employees.
In 2008, Good Day instituted "Operation Medicine Cabinet," a program to take back the public's expired medication and dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way. The company takes in about five tons of medication annually, which it sends to an EPA-approved disposal facility.
The founding of Good Day Pharmacy has provided several communities in Northern Colorado with excellent pharmaceutical care where customers are known by name.
The company says its mission is to "provide exceptional pharmacy services to the patients, families and facilities we serve. Our promise to our customers is that we are comprehensive enough to serve you, and small enough to really take care of you."
Michael Van Gilder, CEO, Van Gilder Insurance
Founded in 1905 by Hal Van Gilder, Van Gilder Insurance Corp. is now led by a fourth-generation family member. Michael Van Gilder was named to the board of directors in 2000 and became CEO five years ago, after spending 15 years in sales, 10 of those as the company's top salesperson. He remains involved in developing his sales staff while growing and broadening the scope of Van Gilder's business to include eight specialities.
Van Gilder instituted a wellness program that identifies specific areas for improvement and encourages the firm's more than 250 employees to stay healthy by offering a variety of incentives. In 2009, he consolidated two offices and moved everyone into new offices in LoDo near Union Station.
Michael Van Gilder has served on the advisory board of the University of Colorado-Denver Business School and helped fund its renovation. He earned a B.A. in communications from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1990 and has earned the Accredited Advisor in Insurance and Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designations.
John Tredennick, CEO, Catalyst Repository Systems
A pioneer in the field of legal technology, John Tredennick was a successful trial lawyer and litigation partner at Holland & Hart before founding Catalyst Repository Systems in 2000.
Catalyst now has a work force of more than 100 legal and technology professionals and has been named one of America's Fastest Growing Private Companies by Inc. magazine, a Bloomberg Businessweek Top 25 Companies to Watch and a ColoradoBiz Top Company and Company to Watch.
Tredennick, named one of the Top Legal Technology Leaders in the World by London's CityTech Magazine, edited the two-book series, "Winning With Computers: Trial Practice in the Twenty-First Century," which were ABA bestsellers. He is the author of "How to Prepare for, Take and Use a Deposition at Trial," "Lawyer's Guide to Spreadsheets" and "Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Excel 2007." Tredennick founded and edited Law Practice Today, a monthly ABA webzine that focuses on legal technology and management and is the former chair of the ABA's Law Practice Management Section.
Catalyst's awards include the Mark Logic Innovation Award; A.M. Best E-Fusion finalist for insurance innovation; and finalist in the Windows World Open.
Ed Forsman, CEO, FCI Constructors
Recognized as one of the ‘Top 400 Contractors in the United States' by Engineering News Record magazine, FCI has annual revenue of more than $380 million and offices in Colorado, Wyoming and Arizona.
The company is employee-owned, and about 130 of the 250 employees are stockholders.
"They are really what makes our company tick," Forsman says.
In the last five years, FCI has completed or has under contract more than $880 million in projects, including schools, homes, hospitals, churches, assisted living facilities, municipal facilities, correctional facilities and justice centers, as well as retail stores, fire stations, office buildings, banks, airports, manufacturing facilities, restaurants, bridges and storage complexes.
Founded in 1978, FCI prides itself on its new construction concepts and design development estimating, value engineering, site selection review, systems analysis and critical path scheduling. The company's commitment to effectively planning, providing design assistance, assembling resources and managing the construction of buildings under extremely demanding conditions has made it the builder of choice for more than 200 repeat clients.
"The greatest impact I have made as a CEO is we have empowered our employees and then gotten out of their way and let them work," Forsman said.
Paul Larkins, president and CEO, SquareTwo Financial
SquareTwo Financial, a leader in the $100 billion asset recovery and management industry, uses award-winning technology to create effective ways for companies and consumers to resolve their debt.
Paul Larkins has more than 25 years experience in the financial services industry. Before joining SquareTwo, he served as president and CEO of Key National Finance.
Under Larkins' leadership in 2011, SquareTwo has a new business model, nearly half a billion dollars in new capital and 50 new employees. The company also became a publicly reporting entity after completeing a $490 million recapitalization package
"I believe the area where I have been able to enhance value involved forming and focusing an outstanding leadership team," Larkins said. "We have brought together a very strong and committed leadership team to work collaboratively building our values-based culture and executing against our strategic initiatives day in and day out. Additionally, I have provided this executive team with the resources required to operate optimally. My Scorecard for measuring the effectiveness of our team involves not only the demonstrable evidence of our culture expanding, but most importantly, our bottom-line financial results."