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.”