FOUNDERS

They Saw Historic Potential While Many Others Had Doubts

Former Mayor and Gov. John Hickenlooper, Foundation Founder Sam Gary,  Former Mayor Wellington Webb with The Green Book

Sam Gary established the Stapleton Redevelopment Foundation in 1990. Since then he has served as the lead advocate of his dream of a new community at Stapleton that could reduce the spread of urban sprawl and develop seamless connections to the airport’s neighborhoods. 

Mr. Gary and his company at the time, Gary Williams Energy Corp., have contributed several million dollars to planning the redevelopment of the old airport.  Mr, Gary has been in the oil business for over 50 years and in the past few years sold his successful business and now leads the Gary Community Investment Co. and the Piton Foundation and continues his generous philanthropic efforts of nearly 40 years for the Denver metro community.

The Foundation Contributors

These generous and visionary individuals and organizations funded work on the Stapleton Development Plan, the blueprint for Stapleton’s ultimate transformation from concrete to community:

Bank One Colorado
Daniels Fund
Boettcher Foundation
US Bank
Adolph Coors Foundation
CRL Associates
Davis Graham & Stubbs
The Denver Foundation
Eileen Byrne Associates
El Pomar Foundation
Fairfield and Woods

Gates Family Foundation
Gary Williams Energy
GBSM
Stifel Nicolaus Hanifen Imhoff
The Haddon Foundation
Hogan & Hartson
Holme Roberts and Owen
Kirchner Group of George K. Baum
Wells FargoWest
XCEL
Taurus Foundation
QWEST

Lawrence A. Atler

Of Counsel

Gelt, Fleishman & Sterling

 

Linda J. Collins

Exec. VP/Denver

Norwest Colorado Inc.

 

Hubert A. Farbes, Jr.

Partner

Brownstein Hyatt Farber &

Strickland

 

Zee Ferrufino

General Manager

KBNO Radio

 

Sam Gary

Gary Williams Energy Corp.

 

Beverly Haddon

Partner & Chief Operating Officer

CRL Associates

Paula Herzmark

Exec. Dir.

Jewish Community Center

 

Del Hock

Chairman & CEO

Public service Co.

Of Colorado

 

Barbara Hornby

President

Colorado Historical Fnd.

 

Harry T. Lewis, Jr.

President

Lewis Investments

 

Will F. Nicholson, Jr.

Chairman of the Board & President

Colorado National Bankshares, Inc.

 

John Scully

Chairman of the Board Colorado/VP

US West Communications, Inc.

 

Shinsaku Sogo

President

Inter-Pacific Institute for

Communication

 

Jack D. Taylor

Private Sector Dept.

Asian Development Bank

 

Rev. Sandra A. Wilson

Rector

St. Thomas Episcopal Church

 

Art Barela

CEO/Chairman

Barela and Sons, Inc.

 

Tyrone Holt

Attorney at Law

 

Jack MacAllister

Chairman Emeritus

US West, Inc.

 

Ann Mitre

VP

Federal National Mortgage Assoc.

 

Bill Roberts

President

Roberts Const. Co.

 

James W. Rouse

Chairman

The Enterprise Foundation

 

Lee White

Senior VP

George K. Baum & Co.

Original SRF Staff

 

Tom Gougeon

Alan Brown

Jim Chrisman

Beth Conover

Wanda Vestermark

Founding Board of Directors and Staff

(Positions held in early 1990s)

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