Curt Richardson, Otterbox
Richardson started his first “business” while still in grade school. The serial entrepreneur owned several tooling and molding companies during the 80’s and 90’s before deciding to stop producing products for other people and focus on something he was passionate about. Richardson created the first prototype of a waterproof case in his garage in the early 90’s and in 1998, OtterBox was born. By listening to customers’ needs and staying focused on a set of core values, Richardson evolved OtterBox into a leader in protective cases for mobile technologies.
Kristen Tatti, Otterbox
After six years of covering the banking and technology industries at the Northern Colorado Business Report, Tatti joined OtterBox as a public relations specialist. She was able to take her skills in crafting stories for publication and leverage it to create winning award submissions. During 2011, OtterBox was honored as No. 22 on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Medium Workplace ranking; No. 70 on the “INC 500″ list of the fastest-growing private companies in America; the Fort Collins Urban Design Award for its new headquarters; the Outstanding Small Business from National Philanthropy Day Colorado; and many more.
Braun Mincher, PCG Telecom
A highly driven and motivated individual, Braun Mincher has been a successful entrepreneur for over 20 years in a diverse variety of business ventures. Since 1996, he has focused on being a leader with telecommunications and VoIP technologies. He currently heads several related telecom entities which specialize in Telecom Consulting, Hosted Voice-Over-IP (VoIP), and highly advanced IP-PBX phone systems for multi-location business enterprises and call centers nationwide.
Some of Braun’s other business endeavors include holdings in the banking, leasing, real estate and publishing sectors. Braun’s first business was a vending route at the age of 16, and his complete entrepreneurial story was profiled in the book he published in 2007.
Tami Spaulding, The Group, Inc. Real Estate
I got started as a realtor in 1987, after working in the title business for a number of years. My philosophy has always been that it’s not about me- it’s about what I can do for others. I always keep this in mind when working with my clients.
Cammie Cable, CLEARLINK
“The 3 C’s of life: choices, chances, and changes. You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change.” – unknown
Lee Prosenjak, Cherry Creek Dance
“I spend my days creating art. Some days that is done by inspiring others to dance and some days that is done by helping other businesses create.”
Matt Butler, ROLLORS
Butler designed, manufactured, and sold his game, ROLLORS, out of his garage. He did it as a part-time hobby, until he won some awards. Then it catapulted his business into his full-time passion and money maker.