Secretary Nicholson honored with 2013 Adam Smith Award

Secretary Jim Nicholson, a longtime fixture in Colorado and national Republican politics, was honored Oct. 9 with the Colorado Council for Economic Education’s 2013 Adam Smith Award. The biennial award recognized Nicholson for his strong record of community service, commitment to free enterprise, and high ethical standards.

The award was presented by CCEE chairwoman, Michele Warren.

Nicholson served as United States Ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican) from 2001 to 2005, at which time he was appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Terry Considine, right, congratulates Secretary Jim Nicholson, left, on receiving the 2013 Adam Smith Award from the Colorado Council for Economic Education. The biennial award recognized Nicholson for his strong record of community service, commitment to free enterprise, and high ethical standards.

Nicholson was cited for his lifelong accomplishments in the military, law, business, politics, diplomacy and government. He was accompanied at the awards dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel by his wife, Suzanne, and his daughter and son-in-law Katie and Bo Millice.

Keynote Speaker Fr. Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute, spoke about reconciling social justice and the free market.

CCEE President Rob Clinton, a former legislative aide at the Colorado legislature, explained the CCEE mission of investing in students by training teachers. Each year, CCEE provides economics and personal financial literacy seminars and grade-appropriate curriculum to about 1,100 Colorado K-12 teachers. Those teachers reach about 110,000 students. CCEE has played a key role in requiring testing of economics and personal financial literacy in the State Standards.

Shalom Busse, a six-grader at Hamilton Middle School and a CCEE “Stock Star,” and Terry Miller, a social studies teacher at Cherokee Trail High School, talked about CCEE’s Stock Market ExperienceTM. The real-time online investment simulation teaches students about investing and managing money.

Former Secretary of Veteran Affairs Jim Nicholson is flanked by Sherri and Buz Koelbel who attended the private Friends of Jim cocktail party prior to the event.

More than 280 guests attended the dinner gala. A private Friends of Jim cocktail party was held before the general reception with such illustrious guests as Will and Julie Obering, Buz/ and Sherri Koelbel, Ralph and Trish Nagel, Nick and Anne Hackstock, Joe Blake, Glenn Jones and Dianne Eddolls, Buck and Janie Hutchison, Jim and Jane Carpenter, Sean Fowler, Larry Mizel, Terry and Betsy Considine, John and Carol Saeman, Louisa and Bobby Jornayvaz, and Bill and Ellen Armstrong.

Suzanne Nicholson, Glenn Jones and Dianne Eddolls at the Oct. 9 dinner where Jim Nicholson was honored with the Adam Smith award.

The Business Sponsors included Colorado Lending Source, represented by Amanda Peterson; Noble Energy, represented by Tripp Kerr, and Koelbel & Co. Other Host and Entrepreneurial Sponsors included Jake Jabs of American Furniture Warehouse; Steve Farber of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Jerry Bruni and the Bruni Foundation; Dana Bondy of Colorado State Bank and Trust; Linda Childears of the Daniels Fund; Brian Travis of Eaton Metal Products; Kyle Hybl of the El Pomar Foundation; Richard Champion of Encana; Dave Cicchinelli and Bob Deuschle of FirstBank; Chris Hammond of Green Manning Bunch; Ethan Braid of HighPass Asset Management; Scott Drakulich of Hein & Associates LLP; Chris Benson of Northern Trust; Drew Testerman of Greenberg Traurig; Poe Leggette of Norton Rose Fulbright; Chris Flynn of PenFed; Pat Bridges of Tri-State Generation and Transmission; UMB Bank; Brooks Rarden of US Bank; and Tim Sheesley of Xcel Energy.

Other guests included former Colorado First Lady Frances Owens, Dutch Bansbach, Jerry Lewis, Mac McManus, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, Tom Kourlis, Cappy Shopneck, Meg Duke, Jim Rose, Chris Mohler, Andrew Wilson, Dave Morrison, Alan Hale, Linda Gorman, Helen Krieble, Morris and Janalee McDonald, Rep. Spencer Swalm, Steve Schuck, Bill Schuck, Ward Cerny, Nic Eliason, and Bruce Peterson.