Businessman, rancher Tointon named National Western's Citizen of the West


Business leader, rancher and philanthropist Robert G. Tointon will be honored as the next Citizen of the West at January’s National Western Stock Show in Denver.

A cattle rancher in Walden who hails from Greeley, Tointon is the chairman and former president and CEO of Phelps-Tointon Inc. He was CEO for 14 at Hensel Phelps Construction Co., growing its revenue from $6 million to $600 million a year.

Tointon has been a member of the Colorado Business Hall of Fame since 2003.

Gail Klapper, president of the Colorado Forum business coalition, said Tointon had been a respected member of the business coalition for three decades.

“Bob makes important public policy opportunities happen by identifying key areas of need, working with others to identify the best solutions, and sticking with the problem for months and even many years to accomplish a successful resolution,” Klapper said in a statement.

“He is smart, collaborative, tenacious, and resourceful. Bob gives his time, his financial support, and his remarkable intellect to make Colorado a better place for all of us. We are so fortunate to have him as a true Citizen of the West.”

He is a member of the Greeley Rotary Club and a past trustee of the Longs Peak Council of the Boy Scouts. He is the former chairman of the Greeley Downtown Development Authority and past chair of the University of Northern Colorado Trustees.

He and his wife of 60 years, Betty, established the Tointon Institute for Educational Change at the University of Northern Colorado, which provides leadership training to school administrators and teachers from across Colorado.

He received the United Way Humanitarian Award in 1990 and was named the Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen in 1992. In 2012 he was presented the Bonfils Stanton Community Service Award.

The annual designation honors those leaders who embody the pioneer spirit of the West and perpetuate that heritage. Past winners have included Lynn and former Vice President Dick Cheney, separately; beer magnate Pete Coors; businessman Philip F. Anschutz (owner of Colorado Politics); the late Supreme Court Justice Byron White; former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown and others bold-faced names.

Proceeds from the annual Citizen of the West dinner during the Stock Show supports 100 annual scholarships to students at colleges and universities in Colorado and Wyoming.

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