Single dad Joe Lesniak has worked as a chef and a traveling salesman, but now he finally has a steady job he loves that allows time with his two daughters. “I’ve never been happier,” says Lesniak, 45. “I actually look forward to coming in Monday morning. I’ve never had a job like that.”
The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts honored UMB Financial Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Mariner Kemper with the 2019 John Madden, Jr. Leadership Award for continuing UMB's comprehensive and sustained commitment to the cultural sector through his philanthropy, leadership, business practices and personal passion for the arts.
Even before Gov. Jared Polis was sworn into office on Jan. 8, his agenda to improve the health-care industry in Colorado had begun to move forward with the introduction of two bills on the first day of the 2019 legislative session.
The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts honored attorney Dave Ratner, principle at Creative Law Network with the Colorado Attorneys for the Arts Volunteer Attorney of the Year award for dedicating his legal practice and volunteer service to the creative industries, including stewarding the development and growth of CBCA’s Colorado Attorneys for the Arts (CAFTA) program across Colorado.
The Arkansas River is the 800-pound rainbow trout of Colorado’s rafting industry. In non-drought years since 2000, commercial user days typically range between 200,000 and 250,000 on the Arkansas, according to the Colorado River Outfitters Association (CROA).
2018 was an expensive year for extreme weather events. California’s Camp Fire was the deadliest and most destructive fire in state history, with more than 150,000 acres incinerated; 18,000 structures destroyed and widespread loss of life among both humans and animals
These two vehicles belong in the same conversation because they are, on balance, amazingly similar: both are mid-sized SUVs, and both are stalwarts in the middle of their respective lines, and those lines, Acura and Lexus, are the luxury brands of two of Japan’s most venerable nameplates, Honda and Toyota, respectively.
The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts honored Greeley artist Armando Silva of Artmando Studio with the EY Next Wave Leadership award for his work as an artist, teacher and performer in Greeley who supports the community through performance paintings, engaging murals and an annual hip hop dance festival.
The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts honored Meredith Hutson, founder and executive director of Presenting Denver with the 2019 PNC Bank Cultural Leadership award for her work with the dance-focused nonprofit.
“The ski industry is this old, monolithic thing,” says John Lilley, formerly on the tech team at Vail Resorts. “It’s very easy to get $7 million to put in a lift.”
Colorado Springs-based nonprofit The Independence Center offers expansive services to people with disabilities, including "The Art of Accessibility," a quarterly First Friday arts event. The Colorado Business Committee for the Arts awarded the nonprofit as a 2019 honoree for their inclusive programming.
Kaiser Permanente's recent public health awareness campaign included powerful murals promoting the importance of mental health throughout Colorado Springs and Pueblo, making the health care organization an honoree of a 2019 Colorado Business Committee for the Arts award.