For many years the Denver Business Journal has honored business executives as Corporate Citizens for their contributions to the community — first as part of its top public companies recognition and then as part of its former Partners in Philanthropy event.

This year it was decided to expand the award into its own program, selecting five honorees for 2016.

We asked readers to tell us about the executives leading metro Denver companies who also make giving back to their communities a personal and professional priority. We wanted to hear how they’ve lead their organization to develop best practices in specific partnerships with nonprofits at any level of engagement, including volunteer work, cash donations, in-kind donations and board participation. We also asked about their personal commitments and why they are so important.

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