Brand Champion of the Month
JANUARY Oprah Winfrey
We all know Oprah Winfrey. From her highly-rated talk show, magazine, and her very OWN TV network, Oprah remains one of the most influential people in the world. As a successful philanthropist, producer, actress, and publisher, she continues her accomplishments this year by landing coveted interviews from Beyoncé to Lance Armstrong. She is a Brand Champion to the fullest.
She’s been quite busy this year. With 1 year of motherhood under her belt, she began 2013 performing at Obama’s 2nd inauguration. 2 weeks later, she brought down the house at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. Beyoncé added a 17th Grammy to her collection this year when she won Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Love on Top.” To top it all off, she directed and produced her own documentary on HBO. Beyoncé is a Brand Champion simply for working her tail off!
MARCH Ben Affleck
He’s the comeback kid. It’s been a while since he won the Academy Award and Golden Globe for Good Will Hunting in 1997. He flopped with Gigli in 2003, costing $75 million to make and only raising $4 million. Among other box-office bombs, he really hasn’t made headlines, until now. In 2012, he directed, co-produced and acted in the film Argo, which earned him a Golden Globe for best director and the 2013 Oscar for best picture. And for that, he’s earned the March Brand Champion accolade.
APRIL Sara Blakely
As the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, Sara Blakely is a newcomer to the Forbes’ 2013 Most Powerful Women list and the creator of the shapewear giant Spanx. In April, Sara became the first female billionaire to sign the Gates-Buffet Giving Pledge, a campaign to encourage the world’s most wealthiest people to donate most of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Now that, is a natural born leader and our April Brand Champion.
MAY Jennifer Lawrence
She rocks her own brand, not because of her award-winning movie roles. Rather, it’s due to her likeable “perfectly imperfect” demeanor in press and talk show interviews. She’s engaging, charismatic and personable, but most importantly, relatable. The mix of falls on stage, wardrobe malfunctions, quirky facial expressions and hysterical comments makes Jennifer seem like she could be your best friend. Jennifer rocks it, setting her apart from other actresses in her category.
JUNE Aaron Kennedy
He was the founder and former CEO of Noodles & Company and forged one of the most successful brands in the history of chain restaurants. Having been the pioneer for the brand and leading them to go public last month, Aaron exudes everything a brand champion should. Today he is the Chief Marketing Officer for the State of Colorado and is now challenged with the goal of bringing new businesses and entrepreneurs to the state.
JULY Kate Middleton
Although she wasn’t born into royalty, Kate can still pull off her royal status without a hiccup. As if the popularity from the televised royal wedding wasn’t enough, she gained more notoriety when becoming pregnant in 2012. Known for her fashion sense, Kate faced the challenges of maternity wear with ease, continuing to top the best dressed lists. She gave birth July 22nd, looking as poised and beautiful as ever.
AUGUST Scott McLean
Scott McLean is the Brand Champion behind the evolution of Denver-based DI Graphics and creation of Implementix. DI Graphics grew from a sticker company to a vehicle wrapping company, which led to Implementix as it is now. It is positioned as a strategic consultant/advisor for brand implementation or corporate branding. Implementix fills a gap in the marketplace by melding technology and logistics to coordinate the rebranding of an entire organization’s brand assets, vehicles and signage.
SEPTEMBER Peyton Manning
After a summer of arrests, the Broncos needed a Brand Champion to step up. Peyton Manning took the initiative during the season opener against the defending Super Bowl champs and continued the rally in consecutive games, shattering NFL records. Manning averted attention from the team’s misconduct and sparked excitement among Denver fans across the country. We observe his leadership qualities not only on the field, but also through his community involvement as well.
OCTOBER Tim HeatonCAMA (Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance), Brand Championed by Tim Heaton, is the voice of manufacturers statewide. CAMA raises awareness of manufacturing’s value, provides tools and serves as a networking platform. Tim spearheaded the first Manufacturing Day in Loveland, CO to highlight strategic technologies and practices that will grow the industry. Tim’s passion is evident in each of his collaborative efforts to support job creation and energy independence across the country.