Kathy Boe, founder and CEO of Colorado Springs-based defense contractor Boecore Inc., received the 2013 Accolades Business Leader of the Year Award Tuesday from the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce.
Boe started the company in 2000 in the basement of her home. Today, Boecore and an affiliated staffing company employ nearly 200 to provide software development and information technology services to military commands through offices in Colorado Springs, Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, New Mexico and Virginia.
In January, the company won a five-year, $30 million contract - its biggest ever - as a prime contractor to provide information technology support for the Army Space and Missile Defense Command and the Army Forces Strategic Command in Colorado Springs and Huntsville, Ala.
Boecore spent 5? years in the Department of Defense mentor-protege program under the sponsorship of Northrop Grumman Corp. During that time, Boecore tripled in size and won the department's Nunn-Perry Award, given to the program's most successful participants, in 2008.
Boe was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2009 by the Colorado Springs Regional Economic Development Corp., now the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance, and was finalist that same year for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Rocky Mountain region.
She served as a trustee for the Pikes Peak United Way and was appointed a founding board member of the Colorado Springs Health Foundation, which will receive the proceeds from the lease of Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health.
Boe was selected for Tuesday's award from among 11 other nominees. The award is given based on leadership, business accomplishments and community service.
"I am very honored to receive this prestigious award among such an amazing group of professional women," Boe said.
Other nominees included Camille Blakely, president of Blakely + Co.; Susan Edmondson, CEO of the Downtown Partnership; Lisa Jesse, senior vice president and co-founder of Intelligent Software Solutions; Akita Marcoulier, executive director of the Colorado Springs Small Business Development Center; Amanda Mountain, regional director of Rocky Mountain PBS; Hannah Parsons, co-founder of EpiCentral Coworking; Melissa Remick, systems administrator for Colorado Springs Utilities; Oda Roozeboom, vice president of professional services for Memorial Health System; Margaret Sabin, CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services; Cari Shaffer, president and founder of ADDStaff, and Linda Weise, CEO of the Colorado Springs Conservatory.
The award, given out during a luncheon at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, has been presented by the Women's Chamber since 1994. Last year's winner was Lynne Telford, CEO of the Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado.
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