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  • Special Section BNov. 25-Dec. 8,

    George Hall:Former Greeley mayor,business leader winsBravo! Award forLifetime Achievement

    More inside onwinners, finalistsfrom across region

  • George Hall demonstratesspirit of entrepreneurship

    2B The Northern Colorado Business Report Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 2005

    George Hall ranks as one of the class actsof Northern Colorado entrepreneurs: abusiness leader and risk-taker whonever neglects to give back to Greeley, WeldCounty and Northern Colorado overall.

    His accomplishments in the building ofHall-Irwin Corp. and Bestway ConcreteInc. which have grown to employ morethan 500 workers truly reflect whatBravo! Entrepreneur is all about: honoringthose individuals who go above and beyondin the formation and running of their busi-nesses.

    Hall emerged as a clear favorite of ourAwards Committee for the 2005 Bravo!Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award.(We should note that the Awards Commit-tee was supplemented for the first time thisyear by past recipients of the Bravo! Entre-preneur awards.

    Youll read about Halls accomplish-ments and those of our other Bravo!winners in this special section.

    Before you move on, however, let usremind you of some important detailsabout this program. Bravo! Entrepreneuris, of course, a Northern Colorado BusinessReport program conducted in partnershipwith the Fort Collins Area Chamber ofCommerce, the Greeley/Weld Chamber ofCommerce, the Loveland Chamber ofCommerce, the Greeley-Weld EconomicDevelopment Action Partnership Inc. andthe Northern Colorado Economic Devel-opment Corp.

    Presidents of these organizationsappointed business leaders to the AwardsCommittee, which this year sifted throughmore than 130 total nominees anotherrecord.

    This years Awards Committee includedRene Clements, The Clements Co., FortCollins; Tim Dow, The Dow Law Firm, FortCollins; Bob Hessler, retired banker, Gree-ley; Lucille Mantelli, Kodak Colorado Divi-sion, Windsor; Kelly Peters, Loveland Cen-ter for Business Development, Loveland;Ron Schneider, Bank One, Loveland; andLynn Settje, the Greeley Stampede.

    Winners of Bravo! Entrepreneur awardsare chosen from Fort Collins, Greeley,Loveland and Outlying Communities.Additionally, an Emerging EntrepreneurAward, a Lifetime Achievement Award anda Regional Spirit Awards are also presented.

    Heres a rundown of all Bravo! Entrepre-neur winners for 2005:

    n Emerging Entrepreneur Award: Pauland Nenita Pellegrino, founder ofNitaCrisp.

    n Bravo! Entrepreneur, Fort Collins:Lori Schlotter, CEO of Colorado Cus-tomWare.

    n Bravo! Entrepreneur, Greeley: MarkKendall, founder of Kendall Printing Co.

    n Bravo! Entrepreneur, Loveland: JerryDonnan, founder of Factual Data Corp.,now Kroll Factual Data Inc.

    n Bravo! Entrepreneur, Outlying Com-munities: Tom Baur and Garry Gorsuch,Meadowlark Optics Inc., Frederick.

    n Regional Spirit Award: New BelgiumBrewing Co., Fort Collins.

    n Lifetime Achievement Awards: GeorgeHall, founder of Hall-Irwin Corp. and Best-way Concrete Inc.

    As always, we at The Northern ColoradoBusiness Report need to thank our manypartners, including those chambers of com-

    merce and economic-development agen-cies noted above. Thanks to MediaTechProductions, Caldera Creative Services,Kennys Steak House, Mountain Media,Colorado Biz Products, Simply Chocolateand to our own Jim Rath, who does such amarvelous job organizing our events.

    Lastly, thanks to our many sponsors,including platinum sponsors Bank ofChoice, Hall-Irwin Inc. and Ehrhardt,Keefe, Steiner and Hottman. Our receptionsponsor was Banner Health; our dinnersponsor was McWhinney Enterprises; andour awards sponsor was Kodak ColoradoDivision. Gold sponsors included FrontRange Real Estate Consultants Inc. andPalmer Flowers.

    We also are indebted to our many tablesponsors.

    Finally, we hope you enjoy this specialsection on Bravo! Entrepreneur 2005. Wellsee you next year!

    Reception Sponsor

    Dinner Sponsor

    Gold Sponsors

    Corporate Table Sponsors

    Agilent Technologies, Cache Bank, Cochran Freund & Young, Colorado CustomWare, Connecting Point, Front Range Internet Inc., Kennedy & Coe LLC, Kroll Factual Data, Optibrand, Realtec, The Group Inc.,

    Union Colony Bank, Wells Fargo-Greeley

    Video Display: MediaTech ProductionsAudio/Visual Coordinator: MediaTech Productions

    Flowers: Palmer FlowersEvent Coordinator: James Rath

    Event Decor: Caldera Creative ServicesMedia Sponsor: KUNC & KFKA

    Entertainment: Starkey Productions

    Platinum Sponsors

    Printing Sponsor

    NCBR tuxedos provided by

    Awards Sponsor

    Bravo! Steering CommitteeJ.J. Johnston, NCEDC; David May, Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce; Gaye Stockman, Loveland Chamber of Commerce;

    Larry Burkhardt, Greeley/Weld EDAP; Sarah MacQuiddy, Greeley Chamber of Commerce

    Bravo! Judging CommitteeTim Dow, The Dow Law Firm LLC; Rene Clements, The Clements Co.; Bob Hessler, Wells Fargo; Ron Schneider, Bank One; Kelly Peters, Loveland Center for Business Development; Lucille Mantelli, Kodak Colorado Division; Maury Dobbie, MediaTech Productions;

    Bruce Golden, Optibrand Ltd.; Ralph Switzer, Optibrand Ltd.; David Neenan, The Neenan Co.; Bill Ward, Front Range Internet Inc.; Sally Warde,Northern Colorado Paper; Mark Burke, Burke Cleaners/Mister Neat's Formalwear; Tom Gray, Gray Oil Co.; Reed Brannon, Longs Peak Council of

    the Boy Scouts of America; Lynn Settje, Greeley Stampede; Steve Stiesmeyer, Hewlett-Packard Co.

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  • Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 2005 The Northern Colorado Business Report 3B


    A proud citizen of the Northern Colorado

    Community Since 1969


    Entrepreneur Winners

    to The 2005 BRAVO!


    to The 2005 BRAVO!

    Entrepreneur Winners

    By Tom

    His eye always on some target or other,George Hall has scarcely missed a marksince his arrival in Greeley in 1958.

    He set about building the regions mostdiversified construction business, and didwith Hall-Irwin Corp. He sought the Gree-ley mayors office, and held it for longerthan any other person in the citys history.

    Along the way, countless clay pigeons onthe old Island Grove skeet range and pheas-ants flushed from eastern Colorado fieldskept Halls eye sharp.

    And while the title Mr. Greeley isappropriately attached to Joe Tennessen the broadcasting legend-turned-bank exec-utive Hall could just as easily wear themantle.

    You have to describe George as the rolemodel for anyone in the community whoaspires to leadership, whether its in busi-ness or politics, said longtime friendHarold Evans, the current chairman of theGreeley Water Board. Ive come to appreci-ate how humble he is, as well. Thats a qual-ity that doesnt often go hand-in-hand withthe kind of success hes had.

    Hall is so modest, so hesitant to talkabout the record that earns him the 2005

    Bravo! Lifetime Achievement Award, thatfriends become the most reliable sources forthe story of what he has done for his com-munity.

    Hes a giver, all of them say in one way oranother.

    There are a lot of people in Greeley who

    Building Greeley with innovation and involvementSharp-eyed George Hallfinds mark in business,politics, friends, family

    See HALL, 12B

    Courtesy of Hall-Irwin Corp.

    MAN OF THE MOMENT George Hall, here in the lobby of his companys former headquarters in Greeley, over-sees the work of nearly 500 employees at Hall-Irwin Corp. and Bestway Concrete Inc., a company Hall formed inthe 1980s.

    Past winners1998 W.D. Farr, Greeley1999 Bob Everitt, Fort Collins2000 Ken Monfort, Greeley2001 Tom Gleason, Fort Collins2002 Bob Tointon, Greeley2003 - Kathryn Hach-Darrow, Loveland2004 Bill Neal and Leo Schuster, Fort Collins and


    2005 Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement

    George Hall

  • By Tom

    When the Colorado region manager forTexas-based Whole Foods Market took astroll through a Fort Collins farmers mar-ket two summers ago, he stumbled upon abooth run by Paul and Nenita Pellegrino.

    He sampled NitaCrisp, the deliciouslysimple flatbread snack cracker that the twohad invented in the course of running theircatering business, All Occasions Catering ofFort Collins.

    He liked it. In fact, he liked it enoughthat he asked the Pellegrinos if they couldsupply enough for six Whole Foods storesin Colorado and 14 in Texas.

    It was a turning point for a business thatthe Pellegrinos, in the beginning, neverintended to take to the mass market nowhoping for a share of the $3.7 billion for snack crackers.

    This all started with our catering busi-ness, said Paul Pellegrino, who shares withhis wife the 2005 Bravo! Award for emerg-ing entrepreneurs. We produced this spe-cialty cracker just for our use. Then peoplestarted asking where we got them.

    Nenita Pellegrino began making thecrackers by hand in the kitchen attached tothe familys northwest Fort Collins home in

    1996.Demand from catering customers dur-

    ing the next five years resulted in a scatter-ing of random sales, but the couplerefrained from moving their product intoretail stores, focusing instead on their coreAll Occasions business.

    Low-tech NitaCrisp snatches piece of snack market4B The Northern Colorado Business Report Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 2005

    2005 Bravo! Entrepreneur Emerging Entrepreneur

    Paul and NenitaPellegrino

    FinalistsFinalists for the Emerging EntrepreneurBravo! Entrepreneur Award included: