GenXYZ Top Five: Kishen Mangat, 39

When a giant came knocking, BroadHop happily opened the door. in 2013, Cisco Systems Inc. acquired the company, a provider of next-generation policy control and service management for carrier networks. Kishen Mangat, who co-founded BroadHop in 2003, says the time was right to make the move.

GenXYZ Top Five: Mitchell Gonzales, 25

Mitchell Gonzales thought he wanted to get into the hotel and restaurant management business. He majored in hospitality management his first three years at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver, but then he had a realization.

GenXYZ Top Five: Leah Pilcer, 26

It’s not uncommon for someone to make a little money waiting tables, flipping burgers or juggling employee schedules to help pay for college. It’s a little more unusual for that same person to fall in love with the business. “I…

GenXYZ Top Five: Brandy Bertram, 36

When Brandy Bertram was in grade school, all her report cards contained the same critique. “It always had ‘Challenges the instructor,’” says Bertram, currently the executive director of YouthBiz. “I was always asking, ‘Why am I doing this, what is this and where does it come from?’”

GenXYZ: Colorado's 25 Most Influential Young Professionals

Now in its third year, the feature we’ve dubbed "Gen XYZ" for the age-group or "generation" it represents – the under-40 set – has boomed in popularity and participation numbers, to the simultaneous delight and consternation of the judges who pour over the nominations to come to a consensus on the...

GenXYZ Top Five: Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams, 29, wants people to be excited about a career in mining. That includes everyone from Girl Scouts on an educational excursion on Dinosaur Ridge to new hires at MWH Global, where Adams works as a senior geological engineer.

GenXYZ Top Five: Marc Crawford, Education Measures

Usually the way to make sure a student learned something is to give a quiz. Unfortunately this isn’t practical for continuing education for health-care professionals. Marc Crawford’s company, Educational Measures, helps companies capture outcomes, or the impact of educational programs.