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Kristi Alford-Haarberg — CEO of the Year 2022 Finalist

Colorado is full of devoted entrepreneurs, business leaders and tech-savvy visionaries who are constantly taking the business world to new heights. It’s no secret that here, at ColoradoBiz, we love the Colorado business community. That’s why, every year, we spotlight the most impressive CEOs throughout our Centennial state and give credit where credit is due — to the forward-thinking minds constantly chasing the next great idea and upholding their business practices to the most purposeful ideals. We’re proud to introduce our finalists for CoBiz’s prestigious 2022 CEO of the Year award.

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Kristi Alford-Haarberg 
President & CEO, E2 Optics  

Kristi Alford founded E2 Optics in 2010 and remains instrumental in the day-to-day operations of the Englewood-based company and its 792 employees. 

E2 Optics is a low-voltage and infrastructure systems integrator. It’s one of the fastest-growing low voltage companies in the U.S., specializing in data centers, structured cabling, audio visual, electronic security and wireless/DAS solutions. 

Leading a woman-owned business in a predominately male-driven industry has been the biggest challenge Alford has faced, from securing bank funding to getting in the door with customers to establishing relationships with manufacturers and partners. 

E2 Optics has become not only a premier provider for many high-profile customers, but a sought-after employer for many looking to make a career in the construction and technology space.