As baseball season kicks off, we are thrilled to host Dick Monfort, CEO Colorado Rockies, at our May Meeting. Dick will talk about Leadership in the context of a Major League Baseball Team. What it looks like to deal with these high-powered stakeholders (MLB Owners, league President, wealthy players, etc.) in a leadership capacity. Pulling back the curtain, here is what it is like behind the scenes.
Dick Monfort enters his 18th season with the Rockies franchise and in 2015 he continues in his role as Owner/Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for the club. A Colorado native, Monfort and the Colorado Rockies Ownership Group have established the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club as a leading organization in the Rocky Mountain Region in both the sport and business of baseball.
Brothers Dick and Charlie Monfort have done extensive community outreach through their family-directed Monfort Family Foundation. In September 2004, the Monfort Family Foundation, gifted $10 million dollars to Children’s Hospital Colorado for the construction of a new medical facility in Aurora, Colo. The oncology floor of the new hospital is named in memory of Rick Wilson, a cousin of the Monfort family. In addition, the family funded an artwork, photo and Rockies memorabilia display to enhance the seventh floor of the hospital. The foundation is a longtime provider of funding and endorsement for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Denver and Weld County. In 2012, they matched dollar for dollar on fans’ collected contributions for Coloradoans devastated by summer wildfires. Also active in higher education, the Monfort family supports the Monfort School of Business at the University of Northern Colorado and the Monfort Excellence Fund at Colorado State University; both impact students, faculty and the Northern Colorado community through scholarships for exceptional students and support of outstanding faculty. Other organizations that have benefited from the Monfort family’s years of philanthropic work include CU Cancer Center, Craig Hospital, United Way, the Denver Art Museum and Habitat for Humanity.
In January 2012, the Monfort brothers headed an investment group that purchased the Casper Ghosts, the Rockies affiliate in the Pioneer League now located in Grand Junction, Colo.
Individually, Monfort was the 2008 recipient of the United Way of Weld County Humanitarian of the Year Award-an award his father, Kenny Monfort, received twenty years earlier. Monfort is currently the Chairman of the University of Northern Colorado Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Board of Directors of University of Colorado Health and Chairman of the Colorado Economic Development Commission.
Monfort spent 25 years in the cattle business, primarily with his family’s company. He became president of Monfort of Colorado, Inc., in 1987 and joined ConAgra Red Meats in 1991 as the president & CEO. After retiring from ConAgra in 1995, he helped launch the Montera Cattle Co. in 1996. Currently, he owns the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif.
A 1976 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, Monfort has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management. In May 2012, Colorado State University President Tony Frank awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Monfort in recognition of his significant contributions to Colorado industry and higher education. Also in May 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship by Johnson & Wales University.
Born April 27, 1954, Monfort makes his home in Greeley, Colo., and he has three children: daughter Lyndsey (and son-in-law Aaron Graber) and sons Walker and Sterling.