South Metro Chamber honors best in the biz

Former Denver Broncos executive earns lifetime achievement award

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Jim Saccomano, retired Denver Broncos vice president of corporate communications, accepts his Lifetime Achievement Award on May 7. The South Denver Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Small Business Leadership Awards at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village.
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Curt Dacar, center, CEO of RockPile Energy Services, accepts his company's award as the Emerging Business of the Year on May 7. The South Denver Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Small Business Leadership Awards at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village. At left is the chairman of the chamber's board of directors, Herm Brocksmith, and at right is the chamber's interim CEO, Marcia McGilley.
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Bradley Pelsue, center, CEO of T.A. Pelsue Co., accepts his company's award as Small Business of the Year. The South Denver Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Small Business Leadership Awards at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village. At left is April Lambatos, co-owner of Footers Catering, which won the award last year. At right is Herm Brocksmith, chairman of the chamber's board of directors.
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Peter Moore, left, senior partner with Polsinelli PC, is presented the Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year Award by Herm Brocksmith, chairman of the board of directors for the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce, on May 7. The chamber hosted the annual Small Business Leadership Awards at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village. At right is Vogt, CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens and former president of the chamber.
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Jim Saccomano knows a thing or two about building a healthy, productive relationship between employer and employee. He should after spending 36 years with the same franchise, the Denver Broncos.

Companies should have a clear mission statement, he believes, and should look for employees who are on the same page as leadership.

“There's a big question,” said Saccomano, who recently retired as the Broncos' vice president of corporate communications. “Are you in, or are you out? In is all  in.”

The South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce was all in on Saccomano on May 7, awarding him its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Saccomano's honor was presented during the chamber's annual Small Business Leadership Awards ceremony, held at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village.

“Sometimes you've got to say the things that go without saying… thank you very much,” said Saccomano, a graduate of Metro State.

Saccomano has seen 876 Broncos games in person. He witnessed some lean times early, the Super Bowl-winning years of the late 1990s and most recently, the resurgence of the franchise under the leadership of general manager/hall-of-fame quarterback John Elway and future hall-of-fame signal caller Peyton Manning.

The Broncos' 2012 acquisition of coveted free agent Manning, Saccomano said, was due in no small part to the common ground the all-time great players share as tireless workers and winners.

“It happened, in large part, because (Manning) and John Elway speak the same language,” he said.

Saccomano said the Broncos' mission statement is simple: “Win and represent.”
Before Saccomano spoke to the audience, the chamber unveiled winners in the following categories:

Brian Vogt Community Leader of the Year

Peter T. Moore, senior partner at the law firm Polsinelli PC, was honored with the award named after the chamber's former president and current CEO of the Denver Botanic Gardens. The honor, according to the chamber's website (www.bestchamber.com), goes to an “individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to the Chamber and the South Metro Community at large. Those eligible include owners or employees of a business, non-profit or government agency.”

Moore has 20 years of experience as a commercial trial lawyer and his areas of expertise include medical-device manufacturing and oil-and-gas exploration, according to the company's website (www.polsinelli.com).

Emerging Business of the Year

RockPile Energy Services was recognized with this award. Eligible companies have five or more employees and have been in business one to four years.

“Efficiency and exceptional service quality are found in our complete line of services from Hydraulic Fracturing to Pump Down,” says the company's website (www.rockpileenergy.com). “And, we have an uncompromised dedication to safety and the environment.”

Small Business of the Year

T.A. Pelsue Co. garnered the honor. Eligible companies have five to 250 employees and have been in business for five or more years.

“Since our inception in 1963, the T.A. Pelsue Company has designed and manufactured high-quality equipment to improve the personnel efficiency and working conditions in various underground, confined and outdoor areas,” says the company's website (www.pelsue.com). “From Telephones to the trenches, Pelsue provides a range of safety and construction products for Homeland Security, CATV, Electric, Gas, Water, Sewer, and Industrial facilities.”