Former health plans executive receives Colorado ethics award

John Hopkins
John Hopkins

John Hopkins, former president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountain Health Plans based in Grand Junction, is among the individuals and businesses earning awards from the Colorado Ethics in Business Alliance (CEBA).

Hopkins received the Daniel L. Richie Award, which honors individuals for outstanding ethical achievement. CEBA presented the awards at a luncheon in Denver.


“The honorees exhibit all the qualities we look for in ethical role models from sustainable and community involvement to personal integrity and high ethical standards,” said Anthony King, president of the CEBA board of directors.

The award winners were selected from a group of 27 finalists that included 13 companies, seven nonprofit organizations and seven individuals. Teams of students from the University of Denver and University of Colorado Denver conducted research, interviewed the finalists and presented their findings to an independent selection committee that determined the winners.

Kazoo & Co. Toys of Denver, Otter Box Products of Fort Collins and Dairy Specialists of Evans all won the Bill Daniels Business Ethics Award honoring for-profit enterprises. The Family Tree of Wheat Ridge received the Samaritan Institute Award recognizing nonprofit groups.

Hopkins retired from Rocky Mountain Health Plans after working for the organization for 20 years, nearly seven as president and CEO.