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Top Company Awards 2021

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Now in its 34th year, the ColoradoBiz Top Company Awards program recognizes companies and organizations from around the state that exemplify the ethos of doing well and doing good in the communities in which they operate.

Winners and finalists this year were tapped in 13 industries and one additional category – Startups – for companies four years old or less.

Nominations were submitted online at (see our “Nominate” page for more information) and judged by a panel made up of ColoradoBiz magazine’s editorial board and select leaders from the business community.

As in past years, judging was based on three criteria: outstanding achievement, community involvement and financial performance.

Read on to learn about this year’s Top Company winners and finalists.















Top Company Awards 2020

There might be no greater measure of a great company than the way it responds in a crisis.

So it’s no surprise that when the ColoradoBiz 33rd Annual Top Company winners and finalists found themselves thrust into the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, they stepped up to meet the moment.

Titan Robotics immediately leveraged its industrial 3D printing capabilities to produce personal protective equipment for health care workers. East Daley Capital sponsored lunches for front line staff at Sky Ridge Medical Center and Swedish Hospital and encouraged its employees and their families to write letters, make cards and draw pictures to give to residents at two nearby senior living centers.

Focus Points Family Resource Center co-founded the Denver Metro Emergency Food Network, which delivers free, nutritious meals to homebound Coloradans in need, and the Lost City Market, a pay-what-you-can farmers market to help provide healthy, affordable food to its community.

The Burns & McDonnell Foundation donated $70,000 to the United Way COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund in Colorado, and Elevations Credit Union matched donations to the Elevations Community Relief Fund to support first responders and their families.

Giving back is just one of the criteria considered by the judging panel of business leaders and editors to choose winners from 44 finalists in 15 categories, carefully winnowed down by audit, tax and consulting firm RSM US. Outstanding achievement and financial performance factor in heavily as well, along with evidence that the company is not only surviving — but thriving.

That might be a tall order in the face of today’s unprecedented business challenges. But in typical Top Company fashion, technology winner Pax8 plans to put the experience to good use.

“A crisis creates a spotlight that shines on your organization and shows your strengths and weaknesses,” CEO John Street says. “We have used this as an opportunity to focus on potential areas of weakness and implement improvements, as well as to double down on the strengths that have come through.”

Read on to learn more about 2020’s powerful group of Top Company winners and finalists, presented by RSM US LLP.
















Top Company 2020: Tourism & Hospitality

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Imprint Events Group

In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists –represent the 2020 Top Companies in Tourism & Hospitality.


SummitCove Lodging


When COVID-19 closed Summit County to travelers, SummitCove had guests in-house and hundreds more arriving. It had to close all rentals and cancel future reservations.

That’s when the company culture kicked in.

“Our employees came together and built an extensive list of ideas to bring in additional revenues and cut operational costs without compromising employee benefits,” owner and CEO Peter Reeburgh says. “We were able to generate more revenue in May than ever before by implementing these ideas. We have created brand-new revenue streams that we never had before.”

The company credits Jack Stack’s “The Great Game of Business” system with helping spur growth, make smart decisions and engage its team of 40. SummitCove offers profit-sharing bonus opportunities to employees, along with such perks as ski pass reimbursement, health insurance plans, 401(k) matching program and discounted recreation passes.

“Our secret sauce is doing everything we can to take care of our employees and treat them like family,” Reeburgh says. “We take the stance that if you pay someone a fair wage, add in tons of benefits for everyone — including seasonal employees — that person feels comfortable and like they belong in a family that cares.”

Because of the pandemic, SummitCove launched a new campaign, “Clean It For A Cause,” which donates half of its retail cleaning services booked to the local food bank, the Family Intercultural Resource Center of Summit County, which also benefits from an annual food and clothing drive at the holidays.


Imprint Events Group


What do you do when your business is shut down by a global pandemic?

Imprint Events Group, which annually produces more than 1,100 events for clients in Colorado, Nevada and Florida, turned on a dime. Within weeks, it had developed a full spectrum of digital and virtual services, established a twice-weekly webinar series for its community, helped found a nonprofit organization to assist frontline workers in need and retained 30 of its 46 employees.

Business is taking a hit, but the 51-year-old company is seeing future opportunities on the rise. In 2019, Imprint produced events in 12 states and five countries, and the addition of virtual services means it can now host events anywhere. It is currently working with a client in Saudi Arabia on a proposed virtual event to take place this fall.

Rocky Mountain Connections (RMC)


Since 1989, Rocky Mountain Connections (RMC), North America’s largest privately owned destination management company, has grown from a single location in Aspen to more than 30 destinations across the U.S. and Mexico.

RMC provides premier event-management services to a sophisticated and eclectic clientele of corporate and incentive groups, associations and travel and meeting planners. It is the preferred destination services provider for The Ritz-Carlton, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Marriott Luxury Properties and Montage Resorts and is exclusive Colorado hotel partners with a wide range of luxury resorts.

RMC supports Challenge Aspen, which creates adaptive experiences for people with cognitive or physical disabilities; Jazz Aspen Snowmass, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving jazz and supporting musical performances and education in the Roaring Fork Valley; and Trashmasters Aspen Scholarship Fund, which grants college scholarships to area students.

Top Company 2020: Technology & Software

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In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists –represent the 2020 Top Companies in Technology & Software. 



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Pax8 describes itself as the world’s best place to buy cloud technology—and a great place to work.

It starts with the Pax8 core values: Innov8, Advoc8, Elev8 and Celebr8 .

“The magic of Pax8 is that we have an extremely strong culture that understands the mission,” CEO John Street says. “We have created an atmosphere where everyone shares our zeal in showing an industry, which needs to change, how to do it and thrive.”

Moving to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the value of Pax8’s strong culture and sense of family, with the team staying connected by hosting virtual happy hours, book clubs, cooking classes, Netflix movie and chat events, daily Coffee and Chat events, and more.

“The pandemic has built new muscles and elevated our strengths as an organization: our people and technology,” Street says. “As we look to the future and eventual return to work in a hybrid model, Pax8 plans to work toward the best of both worlds, which includes a blended work environment that allows people to customize their schedules.”

The pandemic forced Pax8 to scrap an ambitious volunteer plan in favor of fundraising efforts for a handful of nonprofits that are focused on providing meals for individuals and families that are struggling financially. A recent three-week fundraiser raised more than $4,000, which will be donated to the Food Bank of the Rockies, Sacred Heart House, Food for Thought and No Kid Hungry.



Formstack produces ingenious solutions to the kind of daily tasks that bog down work, making it easy to build custom forms, create documents and collect eSignatures—all without any specialized skills or coding.

Remote-first Formstack has employees worldwide creating products to change how more than 22,000 companies get things done, including Cleveland Clinic, NHL, Netflix and Twitter.

To support local businesses in Colorado, Formstack contributed last year’s tax incentives to the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority Small Business Relief Fund to support storefront businesses most impacted by COVID-19. Formstack gives employees eight hours of volunteer time off each quarter for philanthropic efforts in their communities. In addition, employees can redeem their Formstack “peer recognition points” to help support charities such as One Tree Planted, Meals on Wheels America, Best Friends Animal Society, and the National Resources Defense Council.



Conga automates core business processes to bring in more revenue faster and enhance the customer experience. More than 10,000 clients rely on its digital transformation of business documents such as contracts, invoices and the business processes that surround them.

Its headquarters in Broomfield and San Mateo, California, feature wellness rooms, fully stocked cafes, fitness centers and yoga rooms, part of Conga’s commitment to foster an enjoyable work environment.

The company brings its teams together with offsite brainstorming sessions to help fuel innovation. In 2019, the marketing team visited Orlando, Florida, for a session that emphasized creativity. Presentations included a Family-Feud game to discuss key parts of company brand messaging and dueling LEGO-assembling teams to show how different working styles apply to go-to-market strategy.

Through September 2020, Conga is offering nonprofits free access to its eSignature solution, Conga Sign, to help execute documents critical to their organization’s success, such as fundraising letters, tax forms and grant agreements.

Top Company 2020: Real Estate

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In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists – represent the 2020 Top Companies in Real Estate. 


Shift Workspaces


In 2010, Grant Barnhill posed a question to his family and friends: “If you were to work in the ideal office, what would it look like?”

The answers, along with insights from a year-long tour of 50 shared office spaces around the world, helped Barnhill create Shift Workspaces, a fresh take on shared office space.

“Rather than ping pong and beer, our spaces and our programming take cues from the hospitality industry to create a shared workspace community that offers members personalized, concierge-level service in a welcoming, arts-oriented environment,” CEO Barnhill says. “With refined and upscale amenities like massage therapists, health and wellness activities and cultural programming, our three locations feel more like a boutique hotel than an office.”

With more than 500 members and two Denver locations and one in Littleton, Shift Workspaces has proven that its office environment creates a community of people who care about each other. The company’s community-driven approach extends beyond its members: It donates 1% of its gross revenue to Colorado nonprofits every year. Donations of cash, volunteer hours and meeting space has benefited organizations including Colorado Public Radio, Denver Bike to Work, Best Buddies Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Food Rescue.

Shift Workspaces, a Certified B Corporation, belongs to 1% for the Planet, which supports environmental nonprofits, and all Shift Workspaces buildings have net zero carbon emissions.

In response to the pandemic, Barnhill waived all rents and fees for more than 500 tenants for the month of April. “When you show you care about people over profits, it makes a difference,” he says, noting that leasing traffic was up 20% during June 2020 compared with a year ago. “The demand is there for a workspace that is designed to support wellness, focus and comfort in this new era of work.”

Shift Workspaces also created Feed the Frontline Denver, a crowd-supported effort aimed at providing meals to frontline workers in partnership with Denver restaurants.


8z Real Estate


8z builds communities one real estate agent at a time. All of its 175 agents have received the training and support to live 8z’s culture of innovation, production and customer service.

In 2018, 8z closed more than $1 billion in sales and was ranked 264th nationally for brokerage sales volume, despite its relatively small size compared with others on the list.

“8z is productive, something that didn’t just happen, but was designed in the ‘8z System’ to help great agents close more real estate,” CEO Lance Hornung says. “The 8z System, which provides unparalleled training, marketing and administrative support, allows 8zers to do what they do best: assist their clients in buying or selling real estate.”

8z’s “Community Seeds” program provides a company match for any agent who spends money sponsoring a community event or cause. The company also supports Greenhouse Scholars, an educational nonprofit cultivating leaders to change low-income families and communities; and Salute Colorado, which helps U.S. veterans navigate the business world in pursuit of post-service careers.

Bray & Company

Grand Junction

After more than 70 years in business, Bray & Company has learned a thing or two about surviving a crisis: Never give up — and be willing to adapt.

Since 1946, Bray’s core values of family, community and integrity have guided its decisions. The company has more than 40 employees and another 80 independent agents, all of whom were carefully chosen to ensure a seamless fit with Bray’s culture.

That culture includes giving back in a variety of ways, including the Bray Cares Foundation, created in 2019 to support local housing needs. In its first year, the foundations gave $20,000 to local charities that provide emergency shelter, affordable housing, rent assistance, housing for special needs populations and services to keep seniors in their homes. The company responded to the pandemic by creating the Caring for Our Home Community fund, which acts as a bridge between full service dine-in restaurants and local nonprofits that help the hungry. The fund has supported more than 6,500 meals to those in need.

Top Company 2020: Public Relations & Communications

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In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These two companies – one winner and one finalist –represent the 2020 Top Companies in Public Relations and Communications. 


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B Public Relations’ staff includes three certified sommeliers, one Cicerone, one spirits specialist and one food photographer.

“As a team, we completely immerse ourselves within the industries in which we specialize – hospitality, travel and food and beverage – not only because we’re super passionate about them, but because it gives us a deeper understanding of our clients’ operations, challenges, goals, lingo and more,” says Principal Jordan Blakesley, whose first job at 14 was busing tables at the local Holiday Inn restaurant.

BPR pays for all certifications, just one of many employee perks that include fully paid maternity leave, a retirement match, a month of paid vacation time to start, summer Fridays, flexible hours and work-from-home options. BPR also provides free employee family vacations at clients’ hotels and meals at client restaurants and generous commission on all new clients and revenue streams. Team members are regularly recognized for their contributions with the “Queen B” awards program and bonus.

“We pride ourselves on mutual respect and a positive, supportive culture,” Blakesley says. “We don’t follow a hierarchical structure; we’re all equally ingrained in accounts when it comes to tactical work. This has proven to be effective for us as we foster an environment geared toward celebrating each other and team wins, as well as the success of our clients.”

Team wellness and philanthropy are priorities at BPR, which has committees that oversee charitable initiatives and monthly “Wellness Wednesdays.” In 2019, BPR added a prom dress drive for Bella Boutique, a food drive for Bienvenidos Food Bank and launched a #RaiseUpRestaurants community initiative to encourage consumers to purchase gift cards from restaurants affected by COVID-19.


Novitas Communications


Novitas Communications specializes in corporate communications, crisis communications and issue management for highly regulated industries and organizations, such as oil and gas, banking, housing, health care, education, insurance and more.

Among Novitas’ innovations: Its PR Protect service, a pre-paid crisis communications program, ensures companies have a crisis plan in place should the need arise.

The company’s work-hard, play-hard culture rewards its team with birthday lunches, cakes and bonuses; happy hours; industry memberships; spot bonuses; and surprise presents, such as home champagne deliveries after a week of hard work, among other perks. Employees also receive an annual $2,000 education stipend.

Employee involvement in the community is a source of pride: Every year, employees put together and host different client events, some of which are catered. The firm also has donated more than $45,000 in cash and pro-bono work for nonprofit organizations across the state.

Top Company 2020: Professional Services

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BWBacon Group

In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists –represent the 2020 Top Companies in Professional Services. 


BWBacon Group


The folks at BWBacon love to have fun, and it all starts with founder Dave Bacon’s last name. Last year, they gave away more than 400 pounds of the yummy breakfast staple to clients, and they maintain an office “swine shrine” of novelties that celebrate all things pig.

Using a unique approach to staffing execution with Agile Recruitment, BWBacon provides both contract and full-time resources to help build the software, web and mobile applications that its clients create. The company is constantly working to maximize efficiency, speed and efficacy.

“We are always looking for ways to improve, and one of our values is to ‘look for lessons,’” Bacon says. “Every interaction offers an opportunity to learn, to provide a better experience for our employees and our customers, and while the company has been in business for 19 years, we feel like we have barely scratched the surface on what we can do to be better.”

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The company prides itself on living its core values of openness, enthusiasm, honesty and authenticity, and nurturing relationships with meaningful gestures, such as celebrating a client’s new baby with a customized piggy bank.

As a team, BWBacon skis at nearby Loveland Ski Area and has done escape rooms, axe-throwing, hiking and volunteering. The BWGiving program has donated to more than 50 charities, including Denver’s Bags of Fun of the Gabby Krause Foundation, which provides care packages to the families of sick children.

BWBacon supports the work of First Descents, which provides life-changing outdoor adventures to young adults impacted by health conditions or cancer, as well as the Denver Dumb Friends League and Rose Medical Center.


Emergenetics International


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Dr. Geil Browning’s Emergenetics International transforms how employees, teams and companies perform by providing insights into the ways that people prefer to think and behave. With this knowledge, individuals gain greater self-awareness and learn to work through their strengths while organizations improve efficiency, communication and business results.

Emergenetics International has a presence in more than 40 countries with more than 2,400 Emergenetics associates supporting organizations worldwide. Beyond the global headquarters in Denver, the company has offices in Singapore as well as Dublin, Ireland.

Emergenetics International was the 2018 winner of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Woman-Owned Business of the Year, and Browning was a 2019 finalist for ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year. The company was named a Colorado Company to Watch in 2014 and has been recognized by Inc. magazine as one of America’s fastest-growing companies for seven consecutive years.

National Valuation Consultants


Founded in 1991, National Valuation Consultants, the nation’s largest privately held commercial real estate valuation and advisory firm, has grown from a single office of five in Denver to eight offices across the country.

NVC provides a broad range of appraisal, consultation and real estate advisory services, including commercial real estate appraisal and appraisal review, valuation management services and debt valuation, among others. In 2019, NVC served 526 clients, completing more than 8,400 valuation and advisory assignments on a wide array of property types valued at more than $500 billion.

NVC’s 100 employees benefit from a wellness committee that promotes company-wide programs and initiatives for a healthy work-life balance and community partnerships. Team members and their partners from all NVC offices gather annually in January to reflect on the year and celebrate individual and company-wide events, milestones and achievements.

Top Company 2020: Nonprofit

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In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists –represent the 2020 Top Companies in Nonprofit. 


Focus Points Family Resource Center


Focus Points Family Resource Center is celebrating its 25th year empowering families through programs including early childhood education, economic opportunity, adult education and community development.

“Our commitment to meeting the evolving needs of our community has manifested in a two-generation approach, which means we are working with guardians and children simultaneously, providing each with relevant programming to enrich their lives,” Executive Director Jules Kelty says. “Our goal is to foster self-sufficiency and economic stability. Research indicates that if a child witnesses a parent successfully completing an education program, they are much more likely to pursue secondary education.”

Its Comal Heritage Food Incubator, a lunch restaurant and training program, provides skills in culinary arts and business to immigrants and refugees from countries such as Mexico, El Salvador, Syria, Iraq and Ethiopia. Participants honor their culinary traditions while learning about entrepreneurship and professional food services. The successful social enterprise has paid $650,000 into the community directly through earn-while-you-learn stipends, with a local economic impact of $2.5 million.

Focus Points offers award-winning PAT (Parents As Teachers) and HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) early education, as well as high-quality, curriculum-based child care to more than 200 children while parents participate in Focus Points programs. Adult education includes six levels of low-cost English Language Acquisition as well as GED support.

Focus Points recently launched Huerta — orchard, in Spanish — as a food-centered community space with greenhouses, retail and a commercial kitchen for classes. Huerta’s training program participants will earn wages as they learn and work toward such entrepreneurial endeavors as a florist shop or urban farming-centered business.


Aspen Academy

Greenwood Village 

Over the past 15 years, Aspen Academy has become one of the fastest-growing independent schools in the nation.

Its Aspen Entrepreneurial Institute is a year-long program focused on personal financial literacy, business financial literacy and entrepreneurship for students pre-K through eighth-grade. The program establishes financial management habits and skills; develops an entrepreneurial mindset, vision and practice; and creates mastery of understanding for students and faculty. The Aspen Youth Leadership Institute is a comprehensive and sequenced leadership curriculum program designed to help re-establish a culture of effective personal and community leadership.

Bear’s Student Enterprises allows seventh- and eighth-grade students to operate a campus store, café and broadcast network that produces bi-weekly newscasts, infomercials and news magazine segments.

Aspen Academy supports more than 25 local, state, national and international organizations through a robust and integrated service learning program. Since 2008, the school’s 78,000-square-foot building has been renovated and expanded, adding 14 outdoor labs and classrooms and 10 teaching gardens.



YouthRoots guides high school students through a three-step philanthropic process, helping to build leadership skills and support charitable giving. One YouthBoard started in Denver a decade ago has grown to 11 in two states, serving 547 high school students who have raised more than $246,000 for 81 nonprofits, serving thousands of at-risk youth.

Participants build key non-cognitive skills including confidence, critical thinking, self-awareness and teamwork. Additionally, participants leave the program with awareness of community needs, business and fundraising skills, financial literacy and knowledge of how to invest in their strengths and passions.

YouthRoots partners with community foundations and schools to reach as many high school students as possible.

Top Company 2020: Manufacturing

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Titan Robotics Ltd.

In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists –represent the 2020 Top Companies in Manufacturing. 

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Titan Robotics Ltd.

Colorado Springs

When the nationwide shortage of critical personal protective equipment began impacting health care workers, Titan dedicated all its in-house industrial 3D printers to their production. Working with nonprofits Make4Covid and the Legacy Institute, Titan printed more than 4,000 face shields that were distributed to hospitals and health care workers in Colorado Springs and across the state.

That’s in keeping with Titan’s core value of innovation, which has helped the company double its revenue year-over-year from 2017 to 2019.

“With Titan, it’s not just about delivering a ‘box’ — it’s about creating solutions that are unique to each customer and their application,” Chief Marketing Officer Maddie Guillory says. “That is how innovation and new solutions are adopted and change how products are made — from hybrid rocket engines, to prosthetics, aerospace tools, mannequins and so much more.”

Titan’s managers can often be found working on the shop floor, a reflection of the value placed on teamwork. It’s “a culture where our highly skilled team members are constantly sharing ideas, improving Titan’s 3D printing technology and developing new, innovative solutions for our industrial customers,” Guillory says.

Titan supports education throughout the community and is currently sponsoring a Senior Design Project for four Colorado State University seniors. It also supports internship programs for students attending local colleges; four of those interns have become Titan employees. Titan’s leaders also volunteer on the Scholarship Board for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group to help students and educators attend the top 3D printing conference in the country. Finally, Titan supports the community’s STEM students at the high school level by providing mentorship and guidance for seniors in St. Mary’s High School Senior Engineering Capstone project.


Agri-Inject Inc.


Being more than two hours outside Denver has posed challenges for Yuma-based Agri-Inject, which manufactures chemical and fertilizer injection systems. But CEO Erik Tribelhorn’s three-pronged plan for overcoming that obstacle has helped the company thrive.

“One, we have developed a culture of self-sufficiency,” he says. “Two, we set very high standards. Three, we have invested in tools and technology that make us more effective.”

In the last six years, Agri-Inject has increased outreach in its small community, starting with a “Manufacturing Day” event for local students that includes tours and a game, “5-Minute Workday,” which simulates an entire production day in five minutes. The “5-Minute Workday” is now featured in an event at Morgan Community College hosted every year called “Girls Only,” where more than 60 eighth-grade girls come to the college to spend the day learning about women in manufacturing.

At the end of every tour, students receive a gift bag that includes a six-way screwdriver. “We ask them to build (or) fix something with it, put it to use and hone their skills,” Tribelhorn says.

Liteye Systems Inc.


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Tom Scott, CIO & Co-Founder of Liteye Systems

Liteye Systems, started in Colorado 20 years ago by two men with a vision, has now expanded to 50 employees dedicated to protecting American lives throughout the world.

The company designs and manufactures military and commercial Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), rugged high-resolution head mounted displays (HMD), micro-imaging viewfinders, surveillance systems, electronic warfare packages, radar systems and fire control software solutions.

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Liteye’s CUAS or Counter-UAS Air Defense products have been developed to answer the growing need for effective anti-drone solutions. When rogue drones were spotted over Eastern Colorado, Liteye activated a team to support authorities using its system.

In response to the pandemic, Liteye has used its manufacturing equipment, time and resources to provide ventilator shields to protect front-line medical workers.

Top Company 2020: Health Care

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Mount Evans Home Health Care

In its 33rd year, ColoradoBiz‘s Top Company honors the Colorado companies that have drive, determination, a vision and a plan and are ultimately making the state a better place to live and work. These three companies – one winner and two finalists – represent the 2020 Top Companies in Health Care. 


Mount Evans Home Health Care


Anyone who needs care can get it from Mount Evans, which offers home health and hospice care, palliative care, counseling and more for Jefferson, Clear Creek, Gilpin and Park counties — an area covering more than 3,500 square miles.

“Our generous donors allow us to make sure no one is ever turned away,” President and CEO Keri Jaeger says. “Mount Evans is often recognized for the hospice care we provide, but many people don’t know that we are the largest health care provider in the Denver foothills.”

The 40-year-old nonprofit offers direct patient care, multiple family platforms, frequent support groups, a children’s grief summer camp and other forms of companionship care. In 2018, Mount Evans clocked 11,018 home health visits, 6,834 hospice visits and 541 palliative care visits, and its volunteers contributed 12,685 hours. Its children’s grief program, Camp Comfort, has served 1,500 children since 1995.

“We remain a unique health care provider in a rapidly changing world of payment models, care delivery systems and regulatory reforms,” Jaeger says. “Although the rate of change is relentless, what has not changed, nor will ever change, is our commitment to serving our neighbors in the mountain communities the way we would want our own loved ones to be cared for.”

Mount Evans offers skills classes and a support group for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Other support groups focus on suicide prevention and loss and caregivers of other terminal and chronic conditions.

Seniors receive free foot and blood pressure checks through Mount Evans, which actively participates in quarterly networking meetings for agencies serving elders in the mountain area. Mount Evans makes a biennial support journey to its sister hospice in Africa and sponsors a July 4th 5K Freedom Run that draws 1,000 runners.


Hero Practice Services

Colorado Springs

Hero Practice Services has a simple goal: to serve as many children in need as possible. Already, Hero’s offices have helped more than one million children gain access to health care.

Through community partnerships, Hero has set up mobile vision and dental teams to conduct everything from basic vision screenings to fluoride applications on kids’ teeth. In 2018, Hero partnered with Von’s Vision, the nonprofit organization founded by Denver Bronco Von Miller, which provides vision screenings and eyeglasses to kids in need across the Front Range. As Von’s exclusive lens provider, Hero’s Colorado Springs lab has provided more than 300 free pairs of glasses. Hero’s doctors and vision techs volunteer their time to conduct vision screenings and full eye exams for children from 15 participating Denver elementary schools and two Denver Boys and Girls Clubs.

Hero supports the annual “Give Kids A Smile” initiative of the American Dental Association Foundation that provides free children’s dental service every February. In 2020, Hero provided more than $308,000 worth of dental care to 213 kids.

AllHealth Network


AllHealth Network provides mental health and substance use services to 18,000 people each year at 11 locations throughout Arapahoe and Douglas counties. The nonprofit also has clinicians co-located in schools, jails and with local law enforcement partners.

To adapt to challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, AllHealth Network now provides services via telephone and video conference, and substance use and depression Intensive outpatient programs are available via telehealth.

AllHealth recently launched the MOSAIC Center for Positive Living Depression Intensive Outpatient Program, the first of its kind in Colorado, offering individualized treatment in addition to group therapy, multi-disciplinary teams and medically integrated care. It previously created the Like Minds Movement, which focuses on elevating and normalizing the conversation around mental health throughout the community. The Like Minds “Speakers Series” kicked off in 2018 with an event featuring tech entrepreneur Brad Feld sharing his personal mental health struggles.