AURORA | The Aurora Chamber of Commerce honored several local business leaders last week at the organization’s annual awards dinner.
The woman and man of the year, respectively, were Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Nita Mosby Tyler and Tom Tobiassen, who has served on the RTD board of directors. Tobiassen also announced just a few days after the ceremony that he is seeking a seat on Aurora city council.
The Chamber credited Mosby Tyler with inspiring them to launch their Diversity and Inclusion Council in 2016 after she gave a speech about equity and inclusion.
Tobiassen has focused much of his efforts in recent years on transportation issues in Aurora and across the metro area. The chamber said those efforts were why they tapped Tobiassen for the award.
The new Stanley Marketplace in northwest Aurora was named the chamber’s business of the year. The sprawling marketplace, which opened in late 2016, is home to dozens of shops, restaurants and other businesses.
“Stanley Marketplace is stimulating economic growth, and bringing people together in sustainable, thoughtful and creative ways,” the chamber said.
Barry Gore of Adams County Economic Development was named business person of the year, Guy Belleville of Cherry Creek School District was given the Community Leadership Award, and James Gillespie of Comitis Crisis and Mile High Behavioral Health was named Humanitarian of the Year.