Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Business at Annual Dinner

Feb 25, 2015 | Chamber News

The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 110th Annual Dinner at the Hilton Fort Collins Wednesday evening, where over 550 people attended to celebrate local business achievements. Several outstanding business leaders were recognized with Chamber honors, including the Dellenbach Family, winner of the Chamber’s prestigious Collins Award.

First presented in 1977, the Collins Award recognizes long-standing contribution to the community. Tom Gendron joins previous winners such as Larry Kendall, Tom Gleason, Bohemian Companies, Curt and Nancy Richardson, and Rulon Stacey.

As a family owned and operated business that has proudly served Fort Collins and the surrounding communities since 1965, the Dellenbach family continually strives to build long-term client relationships based on mutual trust and respect.  In 1996 he acquired the Cadillac and Subaru franchises in Fort Collins. Due to the commitment to our customers, Dellenbach Motors was awarded the Subaru Stellar Care Award for 2014. Dellenbach Motors is still owned and operated by his children and grandchildren which employs over 140 Employees.

Additional awards included:

>>Recognizing young business professionals and upcoming leaders in the community, The Young Professional of the Year Award was awarded to Angela Penland, First National Bank.

>> The 2014 Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Pete Gazlay of Total Facility Care, who has been a long time volunteer sharing his time with the Local Legislative Affairs Committee, the Northern Colorado Legislative Alliance and the Board of Directors.

>>Recognizing those that have been stalwarts supporting the Chamber with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.  The Lifetime Achievement Award was awarded to Ralph Waldo.

The Annual Dinner would not be possible without the generous contributions of this year’s sponsors.

Gold Sponsors
University of Colorado Health, Woodward and Water Pik, Inc.

Silver Sponsors
Brock & Company and Kaiser Permanente

Bronze Sponsors
ANB Bank, Banner Health, BKD CPAs & Advisors, DTZ, FMS Bank, Flood & Peterson, The Fort Collins Country Club, Home State Bank of Fort Collins, Mortenson  Construction, US Bank, Warren Federal Credit Union

Award Sponsor

Reception Sponsors
Comcast Business Services, Northern Colorado Anesthesia

Good News Sponsors
Fort Collins Coloradoan and BizWest

Event Sponsors
American Eagle, High Country Beverage, Palmer Flowers and Amelia Caruso, Artist


About the Fort Collins Area Chamber
The Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading membership-based organization in Northern Colorado, dedicated to helping business succeed. Investing in the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce puts members in contact with more that 1,125 business owners and managers in the market. For more that 100 years, the Fort Collins Area Chamber has influenced efforts to maintain and grow the business community in Fort Collins. For more information about the Chamber call (970)482-3746 or visit