Lockhart to receive Wyoming Business Hall of Fame Award

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Local rancher Kelly Lockhard will be inducted into the Wyoming Business Hall of Fame tonight at the 2019 Governor’s Business Forum.

Created in 2013, the Wyoming Business Hall of Fame recognizes business and industry leaders who have demonstrated substantial business merit while making a virtuous impact on their community. The Wyoming Business Hall of Fame is a cooperative project of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation, the Daniels Fund, the University of Wyoming (UW) College of Business and the Wyoming Business Council.

“The Hall of Fame awards give us the opportunity to celebrate ethical business leaders who have made and continue to make significant contributions in Wyoming,” said Cindy DeLancey, President of the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation. “I have so much respect for how these businessmen have grown their companies and invested back into their communities. Their business acumen and integrity serve as a model for others to follow.”

The late Neil A. “Mick” McMurry of Casper, and Howard Woody of Mountain View, will also be recognized.

“Mick McMurry, Howard Woody and Kelly Lockhart are not only outstanding business leaders, they are true trailblazers,” says David Sprott, dean of the UW College of Business. “Leading a business to success can be a tough challenge, and I am proud to recognize and honor this year’s three outstanding Wyoming Business Hall of Fame inductees. Their successes reached far beyond our state borders and represent the very best of Wyoming.”

Lockhart was selected for the “Contemporary/Visionary” category, which recognizes an individual who is an up-and-coming emerging business person or entrepreneur with a vision for Wyoming’s future.

Lockhart has more than 40 years of experience in ranching, real estate, and investment management, but he stands out for his dedication to serving his community and state on numerous boards.

“The Business Council is proud to see Kelly recognized for his dedication to promoting broad and lasting growth in Wyoming,” said Ron Gulberg, Business Development Director for the Wyoming Business Council. “He brings a genuine and common sense approach to his work on boards like ours, and his expertise as greatly benefited the Business Council’s mission.”

In addition to his entrepreneurial and agricultural successes, Lockhart is also a devoted husband, loving father, and proud grandpa. His sons Cody and Chase both work with him at the Lockhart Ranch in Jackson.

“My dad has dedicated the majority of his life to his belief that hard work and dedication can make Wyoming a better place for all to have the opportunity to build a family and be successful,” said Cody Lockhart. “We are definitely proud of him.” 

“The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees truly embody business excellence in financial, telecommunications, agriculture, and mining industries in Wyoming,” said Governor Mark Gordon. “They also stand out for their unwavering dedication to improving the lives of others.”

“The Business Council extends its congratulations to all of this year’s honorees,” Gulburg said. “These entrepreneurs embody efforts to add value to Wyoming’s core industries and activate new ones while investing in communities and quality of life.”

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