LC Real Estate Group and LPR Construction win Loveland Chamber of Commerce awards
Thad Lutgens, director of IT and equipment for LPR Construction, talks about how surprised he was that his company won the Large Business of the Year Award during the Loveland Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Friday. Miss Loveland Valentine Ava McQuade, left, and chamber president and CEO Mindy McCloughan laugh at his comments. (
Craig Young / Loveland Reporter-Herald)
The finalists for the Loveland Chamber of Commerce awards, with winners’ names in bold:
Large Business: LPR Construction, Bank of Colorado, Total Facility Care.
Small Business: LC Real Estate Group, Secure American Insurance—Leivestad Agency, Mueller Pye & Associates, Ellis Ranch Event Center and Wedding Park, Wolfpack Ninja Gym.
Heart Award: Cecil Gutierrez, past mayor; Rick Lambert, Loveland Lions Club; Kelly Jones, city of Loveland.
Nonprofit: Philo Club, Meals on Wheels, Stillwater Ranch, Hearts & Horses, Larimer Humane Society.
Young Professional: Sarah Rice, Kaiser Permanente; Jane Brewer, Precision Chiropractic; Regina Dvorak, Graham’s Flooring & Design.
Ambassador: Cathy Bryan, Adams Bank & Trust; Chris Johnson, Be the Gift; Bob Skillman, The Group Real Estate.
Loveland’s business community donned its cowboy finery Friday to celebrate the best of 2017 during the "Denim and Diamonds"-themed Chamber of Commerce dinner.
Taking a break from parties in the Embassy Suites ballrooms, the chamber threw its annual party and awards ceremony in the rustic events center at Ellis Ranch west of Loveland.
After outgoing board chairman John Metcalf passed the gavel to new chairman Rollin Goering and wished retiring board members well, president and CEO Mindy McCloughan announced the winners of the chamber’s annual awards.
Longtime commercial and residential developer LC Real Estate Group was named Small Business of the Year for its business successes and contributions to community organizations.
Nathan Klein, partner with LC Real Estate Group, accepts the award of Small Business of the Year during the Loveland Chamber of Commerce annual dinner Friday night. (
In 2017, the company built more than 100 homes through its LC Home division, closed more than 100 residential real estate transactions and achieved record commercial brokerage volume, according to the nominating statement.
The company and its employees also are involved in the Loveland Chamber of Commerce, the Food Bank for Larimer County, Northern Colorado United for Youth Children’s Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, the Loveland Housing Authority, and in 2016 started a Coats and Boots program for children at two elementary schools.
Company partner and commercial brokerage manager Nathan Klein accepted the award for the company, with a large group of employees posing for a group photo on stage.
"We are so proud to live here, do business here, be with you here, and we really embrace our tag line: Mindfully Creating Community," he said. "With every project we do, every home we build, every building that we renovate, we really do it proudly knowing that we live here and do business here. … We all feel like if we all give back just a little bit, we’ll make this a great place to live and do business."
The Large Business of the Year Award, for a company with 26 or more employees, went to steel-construction company LPR Construction,which is the eighth largest employer in the city, McCloughan said.
Although not widely visible in its hometown of Loveland, LPR Construction has made its mark in a big way around the country, helping build such structures as the Denver Union Station redevelopment, the Denver Art Museum, the Real Salt Lake soccer stadium in Sandy, Utah, and Marlins Park, the home of the Miami Marlins baseball team.
LPR also will buy the old Larimer County building in downtown Loveland, spend more than $1 million to renovate it, and plans to add up to 1,500 full-time-equivalent jobs in Loveland in the next 10 years, McCloughan said.
Thad Lutgens, director of IT and equipment for LPR, accepted the award.
Former Loveland mayor Cecil Gutierrez, absent his signature grin, listens pensively as he is honored with the Loveland Chamber of Commerce’s Heart Award on Friday. (
"We made sure we’re going to keep our roots here," he said after the awards ceremony. "We wouldn’t be moving into that building if we weren’t establishing ourselves and staying here for a very long time."
And though his company is busy with projects on the East Coast right now, it also is working closer to home, Lutgens said. He listed The Foundry in downtown Loveland, the new Scheels store in Johnstown and the new Colorado State University stadium in Fort Collins as local projects LPR has had a hand in.
The chamber chose Cecil Gutierrez as the recipient of its Heart Award, which goes to someone who exemplifies the spirit of the Sweetheart City.
Gutierrez recently stepped down from the Loveland City Council after 10 years on the body, eight as mayor. He came to Loveland in 1976 to teach at the new Thompson Valley High School and lead its band.
"Cecil, with his infectious smile and laughter, have kept this community going forward with an impact on others in this community that is immeasurable," McCloughan said.
"He never failed to lift others up along the way and always looked for solutions to make Loveland a better place to live, work and raise a family," she said. "His hard work and dedication have yielded assets to this community that we will build on for a lifetime."
In accepting his award, Gutierrez said he was humbled to be chosen because of all the other deserving people in the community, and he gave credit to his wife.
"The most important person has been Kay, who has been there to support me through the whole time," he said, choking up. "She deserves this Heart Award as much as I do."
Other awards went to:
• Nonprofit of the Year: Philo Club, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
• Young Professional of the Year: Sarah Rice of Kaiser Permanente.
• Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Cathy Bryan, Adams Bank & Trust.
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