August 1, 2014 | Author: Ralph Routon | Original Source
Best of Business 2014
Best Of Business — Still significant
Last year, we at the Business Journal decided to bring back the Best Of Business honors, which the previous owners had stopped after 2010. In our view, the annual voting and recognition was one of CSBJ’s best and most popular attributes.
So we revived Best Of Business, using our Book of Lists as well as some brainstorming sessions to produce more than 70 categories. The result was a noteworthy success, with more than 2,000 voters submitting more than 30,000 total votes.
Obviously, there was no hesitation about whether to try again in 2014.
This time the participation numbers were about the same, telling us that the honors have meaning and credibility in the local business community.
As you’ll see below, there are some cases where companies did their best to get out the vote — and that’s fine, because we monitored closely to catch and disqualify any blatant ballot-box stuffing. To have a ballot accepted, any single voter had to choose winners in at least 15 categories.
Many of the results were close, while others weren’t. As in the past, we’ve chosen to keep those vote totals to ourselves, but rest assured, they’re legitimate.
Thanks to all for your participation. We’ll do it again in 2015.
— Ralph Routon, Executive Editor
Best Real Estate Brokers – Commercial
Olive Real Estate Group
In business here since 1976, the principals of the Olive Real Estate Group are intimately familiar with the ups and downs of the Colorado Springs commercial real estate market. It’s not surprising that the company’s staff includes some of the canniest and most experienced brokers and dealmakers in the region. Senior company leaders include Stan Kensinger, Jim Justus and Jim DiBiase, who collectively give the company considerable institutional memory and market savvy. Other brokers and principals are equally strong, allowing the Olive Group to match or exceed the strengths of any competitor.
2nd Place – Hoff & Leigh Management, Inc.
3rd Place – Ankeney, Inc. – Metro Brokers Commercial Offices