Becoming one of Colorado's most legendary entrepreneurs takes more than building great companies. It requires the energy, drive and vision to have an enduring impact on our state, changing communities and lives for the better. Two pillars of Colorado's business community, and past chairmen of Colorado Concern, are being honored for their work in both their businesses and their communities.
In January, Larry Mizel - Colorado Concern's founder and inaugural chairman - will be inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame. Without question, this well-deserved honor recognizes Larry for launching and growing one of the nation's top homebuilding companies. Growing from a $50,000 investment in 1972, MDC Holdings Inc - the parent company of Richmond American Homes - has built and financed the American Dream for more than 180,000 homebuyers throughout the country.
Beyond that singular achievement in business, Larry has worked tirelessly to make Colorado, our country and the world a better place. From Colorado Concern to the Mizel Museum to a unique national counterterrorism education center that works on the international stage with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee -- and much more - his leadership has improved lives around the world.
Pat Hamill also embodies the unique combination of excellence in business and a deep and passionate commitment to philanthropy. Pat, Colorado Concern's immediate past chairman and the founder, chairman and CEO of Oakwood Homes, was honored by the Denver Business Journal as Corporate Citizen of the Year. Anyone who has spent time with Pat knows his enthusiasm for education reform, and particularly for creating world-class educational opportunities for young children. The DBJ highlighted Pat's Foundation for Educational Excellence and the 21st Century High Tech Academy, but his charitable endeavors are simply too numerous to list. One fact is clear: thanks to Pat Hamill's tireless work, the lives of many children and families throughout our region have been transformed.