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A look back at some of the leaders who have helped shape our community

The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Leader of the Year award is 5 p.m. on Friday, October 5.
Credit: Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation

DENVER — For almost 20 years, 9NEWS has honored leaders in our community who have made significant contributions to the well-being and development of our state.

Nominate someone you know for this year's award: https://on9news.tv/2NQxoKr.

Take a look back at some of the people who have won the 9NEWS leader of the year award over the last two decades.

Joshua Hunt

Joshua Hunt the CEO and founder of Trelora Real Estate.

In his off time, he's a mentor at Big Brothers Big Sisters, on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver and helps create housing for those who are less fortunate.

Stephanie Donner

Stephanie Donner, Chief Legal and People Officer with Galvanize, was the 2017 9NEWS Leader of the Year.

Donner is an advocate of empowering women and creating collaborative, innovative and connected communities. Her multiple leadership roles over the years were inspired by her desire to be a small part of something larger.

Dr. Ryan Ross

Dr. Ryan Ross, dean of Student Development and Retention with the Community College of Denver, was the 2016 9NEWS Leader of the Year.

Ross has committed his career to advocating for education equity in Colorado. In his role at the Community College of Denver, Ross ensures students have the support services they need to be successful and complete their degrees and certificates.

Tami Door

In 2012, Tami Door's job as president of the Downtown Denver Partnership was to boost the downtown area.

Door said the proudest accomplishment of her career at that time was pulling together more than 3,000 people to craft a new 20-year plan for downtown Denver.

Eric Duran

As a public finance investment banker with DA Davidson in 2010, Eric Duran built a career on providing the funding for government projects, including three new Denver libraries.

Duran also found time to volunteer on the board of Denver Health Medical Center. As a member of the board's finance committee, he worked to ensure there was enough money to care for the many uninsured patients that came to the hospital after being refused care elsewhere.

James Mejía

9NEWS' 2009 Leader of the Year, James Mejía hails from a family of educators, with both of his parents and many of his siblings teaching in Denver Public Schools over the past few decades.

He was the CEO of the Denver Preschool Program, which provides a quality standard for both public and private preschools, and provides tuition credits, allowing families to choose a high-quality preschool for their children without worrying about finances.

Christine Benero

Christine Benero, a Littleton native, worked as the head of our country's Domestic Peace Corps programs in Washington D.C. before returning home to Colorado in 2001.

Benero eventually became the CEO at the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter.

Monica Pleiman

In 2005, Monica Pleiman was Chairman and CEO of Optimum Management Services, Inc., the parent company of Optimum Management Systems LLC (OMS).

Pleiman formed her business with a vision of providing outstanding service to clients through a diverse team of employees who share her vision and commitment to excellence.

Kathleen Novak

Kathie Novak, a native of Colorado, earned her Master of Science in Management from the University of Colorado at Denver and has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She won the 2003 9NEWS Leader of the Year Award, at which time she was a Special Member of the Graduate Faculty for the Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Doug Price

In recognition of Doug Price's leadership potential and service to the community, he participated as a scholar in the CU Presidents Leadership Class. While in college, Doug began his career as a teller at FirstBank of Boulder and became president of the Boulder branch in 1982.

Within the next fifteen years, Doug served as president of FirstBank of Denver and FirstBank of Colorado.