Congratulations to Holly Arnold Kinney, who won the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year award in the category of Mile High Leaders! The Denver Business Journal recognized Denver’s most influential women in business for 2016 in 13 categories: architecture, engineering and construction; banking, finance and accounting; communications, media and public relations; education, government and nonprofits; energy; health care; large business owners (more than 20 employees); law; lifetime achievement; Mile High Leaders; real estate; small business owner (20 or less employees); and technology and telecommunication. Nominations were taken online at the DBJ website for several months. More than 240 nominations were received for 190 individuals.
Newly appointed Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne was the keynote speaker, Belen de Leon of 9 News was the emcee and Lifetime Achievement Winner, Yana Vishnitsky of Jewish Family Services gave a powerful and touching acceptance speech upon receiving her award. Holly accepted the award at the ceremony at the Marriott City Center in downtown Denver. Holly graciously thanked her late Aunt Mary for her influence and guidance in her life, inspiring Holly by her strength and leadership. Holly also thanked her husband Jeremy for insisting she buy The Fort from her father (Sam Arnold), and for being her partner and rock. Holly also thanked Tesoro board members in attendance, Max Bryant and Lorenzo Trujillo, Fort Staff (Chris Seres & Victoria Lathrop) and Tesoro Staff, and Chelsea O’Neill of B Public Relations, all of whose support has been a significant part of her success.