Business Leaders

Denver’s soul food scholar cranks up the heat with ‘Black Smoke’

James Beard Award-winning food historian Adrian E. Miller built a career by breaking from convention … three careers, actually. Now he’s into his third career as an author and the nation’s premier soul food scholar. He’s also a certified barbecue judge who has lectured across the country on such topics as Black chefs, chicken and waffles, kosher soul food and soda pop. Adrian’s latest book covers the culinary contributions Black people have made to American barbecue.

UMB's Mariner Kemper Champions the Arts

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.