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They Saw Historic Potential While Many Others Had Doubts
Mayor Hickenloopr

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
Stifel Nicolaus Hanifen Imhoff
The Haddon Foundation
Hogan & Hartson
Holme Roberts and Owen
Kirchner Group of George K. Baum
Wells FargoWest
Taurus Foundation

Lawrence A. Atler

Of Counsel

Gelt, Fleishman & Sterling


Linda J. Collins

Exec. VP/Denver

Norwest Colorado Inc.


Hubert A. Farbes, Jr.


Brownstein Hyatt Farber &



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


Colorado Historical Fnd.


Harry T. Lewis, Jr.


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


Inter-Pacific Institute for



Jack D. Taylor

Private Sector Dept.

Asian Development Bank


Rev. Sandra A. Wilson


St. Thomas Episcopal Church


Art Barela


Barela and Sons, Inc.


Tyrone Holt

Attorney at Law


Jack MacAllister

Chairman Emeritus

US West, Inc.


Ann Mitre


Federal National Mortgage Assoc.


Bill Roberts


Roberts Const. Co.


James W. Rouse


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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