Top Company 2011 winner: OtterBox
Years in business: 13
Location: Fort Collins
CEO: Curt Richardson (watch an interview with Chief People Officer Diane Zile)
Company snapshot: OtterBox makes protective cases for handheld devices such as cell phones, iPods and iPads. The company has evolved from a maker of waterproof boxes geared toward outdoor enthusiasts to a developer of device-specific cases for electronic products.
Notable practices: OtterBox’s revenue has grown more than 250 percent from 2009 to 2010; and its local employee base has increased from 140 last year to more than 300. It has expanded globally, with offices in Ireland and Hong Kong. To make this happen, OtterBox constantly innovates its business systems. It employs an aggressive strategic planning process that occurs bimonthly.
Community involvement: Last fall, the company launched the OtterCares Foundation, the charitable giving arm of OtterBox. The foundation has three separate grant programs. The Impact Fund provides quarterly program-specific grants to projects directly advancing the foundation’s mission of educating and empowering youth toward positive growth in Larimer and Weld counties. The Commuter Fund offers sponsorship and funding for charitable events in Northern Colorado. The Armor Fund supports youth athletics teams and clubs.