Every year the Denver Business Journal recognizes Denver’s top business newsmakers during their annual PowerBook Luncheon Celebration. This year’s event took place yesterday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in downtown Denver. I had learned I was a finalist when I received a letter from the Denver Business Journal on October 5th:
“The results are in and the Denver Business Journal and our gold sponsors, BKD LLP, Colorado Business Bank and Greenberg Traurig, are pleased to congratulate you as one of the Denver area’s top business newsmakers. You have been selected as one of the Top 10 business newsmakers in your category and you will be profiled in the 2010 Denver Business Journal Power Book.”
It’s true that Outskirts Press has received a lot of positive press in 2010. For the 4th year in a row we appeared on the Denver Business Journal’s list of Top 10 Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies. We also appeared for the second year in a row on the Inc. 5000, recognizing the fastest-growing private companies nationwide.
Nevertheless, it was quite an honor being recognized among such business stalwarts as Hikmet Ersek from Western Union, John Martie from Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Michael Fries from Liberty Global, John McCarvel from Crocs, Inc., and Jake Jabs from American Furniture Warehouse.
The CEO of Southwest Airlines, Gary C. Kelly, gave the Keynote and the Governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, added some comments to those in attendance as well. He was also a fellow-finalist. The PowerBook winner in our category went to Udi Bar-on of Udi’s Handcrafted Foods.
As if yesterday wasn’t good enough, I also received the following email from one of our recently published authors:
Love you guys. Thank you. I knew nothing about publishing. You folks took me by the hand and with no pressure guided me though my first book. I can now say… “I have been published.” The response I have had is overwhelming. I have already ordered my second book from you. You are a joy to work with.
All in all, a great day.