Who Will Be Crowned ‘CEO Of The Year’ in 2022? — Meet Your Finalists

ColoradoBiz has announced the 10 finalists for our 2022 CEO of the Year, awarded annually to the head of a Colorado company who best exemplifies the qualities of leadership, vision, company success and community involvement. Nominees from around the state were judged by a panel made up of the magazine’s editorial board.

The CEO of the Year winner will be revealed and profiled along with the other finalists in the upcoming Winter 2022 issue of ColoradoBiz, slated for delivery to subscribers Dec. 1.

In previous years, we’ve had the honor of featuring incredible business professionals, owners and CEOs during our annual ColoradoBiz Winter Print edition, and 2022 is no exception. Sure, being crowned CEO Of The Year is a special accolade that should evoke a sense of pride in every CEO that’s considered for this outstanding award. However, the ColoradoBiz staff feels just as honored to spotlight the incredible Colorado business community and the remarkable leaders that represent the entrepreneurial spirit of our Centennial state.

Curious about past candidates and winners of our CEO Of The Year award? Click here to access our digital catalog and discover Colorado’s most promising business leaders.

Tiffany Grunert’s dedication to protecting animals

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Tiffany Grunert

President And CEO | Morris Animal Foundation | Denver

Morris Animal Foundation is the largest nonprofit foundation in the world dedicated to funding studies to improve and protect the health of companion animals and wildlife. But when Tiffany Grunert came aboard in 2017, the organization was a veritable revolving door of leadership and staff.

When the CEO left in 2018, Grunert, 46, stepped in as acting president/CEO, and after a national search, her CEO role became permanent. Amid the turmoil, the foundation under Grunert still achieved all program goals and exceeded revenue goals, ultimately completing a five-year strategic plan in 2 ½ years.

“Under Tiffany’s leadership, earned revenue increased 40%, enabling the expansion of the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and the development of a $1 million fund to support Australian wildlife affected by wildfires,” wrote a staffer with the 52-employee foundation who nominated Grunert for this CEO of the Year award. “Now, Tiffany is leading the development of a new community science program that will put the foundation in the driver’s seat to direct impactful outcomes for dogs and cats.”

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This article is part of ColoradoBiz magazine’s 2021 CEO of the Year feature. Read more about this year’s finalists: 

CARLOS ABISAMBRA | TODD BOWLING | SCOTT FARRELL | MARQUEZ FERNANDEZ | TIFFANY GRUNERT | CRAIG HENDERSON | ROBIN THURSTON | MARTHA WEIDMANN | ASHLEY WILLIAMS