Posted: September 27, 2011
Top Company 2011 winner: XanterraBy the staff of ColoradoBiz
Xanterra Parks &
Years in business: 135
Location: Greenwood Village
CEO: Andrew Todd (Watch an interview with VP Chris Lane on ColoradoBiz TV)
Company snapshot: Xanterra operates lodges, restaurants, tours and activities at national parks, state parks and resorts. It is the country's largest park concessioner, with operations at: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Zion, Crater Lake, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley, Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., and eight Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio's Geneva State Park. Xanterra also operates Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.
Notable practices: The company has earned 71 national and international environmental awards in the past 11 years. Most recently, in May 2011 the National Park Service gave Xanterra the Top Award for Xanterra's environmental achievements at Grand Canyon National Park and another Top Award for the greening of the Grand Canyon Railway operations.
Community involvement: In addition to the numerous charitable activities that Xanterra employees undertake to benefit Colorado programs and individuals, Xanterra also donates substantial funding and support to the following national organizations: American Red Cross, World Wildlife Fund, National Park Conservation Association, and the National Park Foundation.