Alpine Bank founder bound for business hall of fame

Bob Young
Bob Young

J. Robert Young, the chairman and founder of Alpine Banks of Colorado, is among five people who soon will be inducted into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame.

Young and four other business leaders will be inducted in a ceremony set for Jan. 27 at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

The Colorado Business Hall of Fame honors Colorado business leaders from the past and present based on their professional contributions to the state as well as the ethical manner in which they’ve conducted business and their philanthropic contributions. Now in its 22nd year, more than 100 people have been inducted into the hall.

Young founded Alpine Bank in Glenwood Springs in 1973. The bank since has grown into organization that operates 37 locations in Western Colorado that serve a total of nearly 100,000 customers.

Since founding Alpine Bank, Young has emphasized philanthropy and community involvement. Alpine Bank is a major supporter of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves.

Young was named Colorado’s Outstanding Philanthropist in 1995. Alpine Bank was named Colorado Company of the Year in 2001 and repeatedly has been named one of the best companies in Colorado for working families. After his appointment as chairman of the State Banking Board, Young was re-elected four times.

The other four inductees into the Colorado Business Hall of Fame are: Charles Gallagher of Gallagher Enterprises, Walter Imhoff of Stifel Nicholaus & Co., Myron “Micky” Miller of Miller Global Properties and Mary “Ann” Padilla of Sunny Side/Temp Side.