Later this month, seven past and current Colorado business leaders will be inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame.
Two of those individuals, Joe Blake and Ron Moore, will be honored for their impact in the Highlands Ranch community.
Blake, a Denver native and former president of the Denver Metro Chamber, served on the management team of Mission Viejo, the California-based company that created the master-planned community that is now Highlands Ranch.
“Communities are fragile, you’ve got to have leadership and people who care,” said Blake, 81. “You must make sure that every promise you make to the first family is achievable to the last family that moves in.”
Blake joined Mission Viejo in 1980, where he stayed for about 19 years. He worked on a team of about 30 people, many of whom he remains close friends with today.
“We all ended up as great friends — that’s a great thing to be able to say,” Blake said. “The greatest part of this business is the people in your life and the friends that you make.”
Blake now lives in Denver — though his son and family live in Highlands Ranch — and serves as the Chancellor Emeritus of Colorado State University.
Seeing Highlands Ranch unfold, he said, has been a wonderful opportunity.
“We were so enthusiastic and committed to doing what was best for Colorado,” he said, “what was best for the region.”
Ronald Moore, who died in 2003, served as the chairman and owner of Denver-based Guaranty Bank & Trust. His bio describes him as a business leader, a humanitarian, a father of four, a grandfather of five and a golfer.
Moore, originally from Nebraska, attended the University of Denver on a golf scholarship. He was later named to the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame after winning all four of the state’s major amateur championships. In 2002, he was inducted into the University of Denver Sports Hall of Fame.
Moore owned the Highlands Ranch Golf Club for many years. In tribute to his legacy, his bio says, Moore’s family donated the club to the University of Denver athletics in 2011.
Moore and Blake will be inducted at the 28th annual Colorado Business Hall of Fame Dinner on Jan. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th Street in Denver. To purchase a table or tickets, visit www.jacolorado.org.