PAST Medal RECIPIENTS


Vanguard Legacy

Community Leader who has made transformational contributions to the community throughout his or her career.

Past Recipients:

  • 2018 | Dana Crawford | Preservationist

  • 2017 | William J. & Kathy Hybl

  • 2016 | Samuel Gary, Sr. | Chairman, Gary Community Foundation & The Piton Foundation

  • 2015 | Daniel L. Ritchie


Emerging Community Leader

Young business, nonprofit or community leader who has demonstrated professional excellence and positive impact on the community.

Past Recipients:

  • 2018 | Sara Gebretsadik | Student | Denver South High School

  • 2017 | Taylor Phinney | American Cyclist

  • 2016 | Lisa Tessarowicz | Co-Founder, Epicentral Coworking

  • 2015 | Craig Smith | President, HomeAdvisor


Public & Community Service

Government or community leader who serves that public with innovative, operational excellence and progressive vision.

Past Recipients:

  • 2018 | Russell George | Boettcher Foundation

  • 2017 | Christine Benero | Mile High United Way

  • 2016 | Darin Atteberry | City Manager, City of Ft. Collins

  • 2015 | John Suthers | Mayor, Colorado Springs


Corporate Citizenship

Colorado-based company that has made a significant and positive impact in the community.

Past Recipients:

  • 2018 | GE Johnson

  • 2017 | Otter Products & OtterCares

  • 2016 | FirstBank, Denver

  • 2015 | Zayo Group


Growth & Innovation

Entrepreneur or business leader who has led with exceptional ingenuity and growth while inspiring and creating new possibilities for others.

Past Recipients:

  • 2018 | Paul Major | Telluride Foundation

  • 2017 | Brad Feld | Managing Director, Foundry Group

  • 2016 | Kim Jordan | Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, New Belgium Brewing

  • 2015 | Nancy Philips | Executive Chairman, Flexential


Colorado Mountain Leader

At the discretion of the sitting Governor, the Colorado Mountain Leader is awarded in memoriam to a community leader or enduring organization that has provided an innovative impact on the state of Colorado while providing a role model for the nation.

Past Recipients:

  • 2017 | Emily Griffith