2017 Wyoming Business Hall of Fame inductees announced

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Cheyenne, Wyo. - Four individuals whose lifelong achievements in business stand out will be inducted into the Wyoming Business Hall of Fame at a Nov. 8 gala dinner held in conjunction with the Governor's Business Forum in Cheyenne.

Shoshoni rancher Lois Herbst, Patrick and Paul Hladky with Cyclone Drilling out of Gillette, and Maury Brown with Maurice Brown Exploration out of Cheyenne will be recognized at a gala Hall of Fame dinner Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne. Tickets are still available for the Hall of Fame gala at www.wyomingbusinessalliance.com. Registration closes on Nov. 1.

Started in 2013, the Wyoming Business Hall of Fame is a cooperative project of the University of Wyoming's College of Business, the Wyoming Business Alliance/Wyoming Heritage Foundation, and the Wyoming Business Council.

WBA President Cindy DeLancey said success in Wyoming is defined in many ways. "This year's outstanding honorees exemplify the high caliber people found in our business community. Through their notable contributions to their industry and communities, these business leaders are helping position Wyoming for future success."

"These Wyoming business leaders have found success in different ways, but they each share a willingness to take risks, a need to challenge themselves and the desire to give back to their communities," said Shawn Reese, chief executive officer of the Wyoming Business Council. "As we look to the future, these traits are critical for us to build a more prosperous Wyoming."


Lois Herbst is being recognized for her longtime dedication to agriculture. She is well known for being a person of strong convictions who turns those convictions into actions for the betterment of Wyoming. She has helped operate with her family a centennial ranch, called the Herbst Lazy TY Ranch LLP. She has divided her time between working on the ranch and agriculture issues and volunteering on numerous boards, including the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Board, the Wyoming Beef Council, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and the Wyoming Business Alliance and the Wyoming Heritage Foundation Steering Committee. She was inducted into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1999. She was the first woman president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and the first woman elected to serve on the Wyoming State Grazing Board.


Patrick Hladky

Carrying on the legacy of their father, Patrick and Paul Hladky have continued Cyclone Drilling as the Rocky Mountain drilling contractor of choice since 1975 and have been great community champions in Gillette. Born and raised in Gillette, the brothers worked their way through high school for their father's drilling company in the oilfields around Gillette. After graduating as an all-state wrestler, Patrick moved to Ft. Collins to attend Colorado State University. Paul attended Montana Tech on a football scholarship and received his degree in engineering. Upon graduating college, the brothers returned to Gillette to work in the family business. Together, they saw the company grow from a small drilling company in the Powder River Basin to a 700+ employee company drilling up and down the Rockies from New Mexico to North Dakota.

Paul Hladky

The Hladky family believes an educated workforce is critical to economic development. Patrick has helped the local Catholic school grow and advance to a K-12 high-level educational institution. Patrick's most recent project was to lead the effort in getting an applied sciences or STEM lab integrated into the curriculum. As a community member, Paul is incredibly invested in seeing local charities succeed, as well as helping to take Gillette College to the next level of educational institution. Paul's most recent project is a joint venture with the college to create a STEM center, enhancing community access to the applied sciences.The Hladkys' generosity and devotion to the community and state where they live are ever present in all that they do and a testament to the community where they were raised.


Maury Brown is a lifelong philanthropist and business owner in Cheyenne. His word of advice for success in business and in life is "FITCALS," feel, inspect, tighten, clean, adjust, lubricate and smell. He owns Town & Country Supermarket Liquors and Maurice Brown Exploration, an oil and gas business. He has received the 2016 Wyoming Tribune Eagle's Community Spirit Award and the 2013 Person of the Year Award from the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce. He has given generously to numerous organizations in Cheyenne and the region, including the University of Wyoming, Cheyenne Parks & Rec, Cheyenne Youth Alternatives program, 4-H & FFA Livestock Sales, Cheyenne Family YMCA, Central, East & South High Schools, the Governor's Arts Awards and the Governor's Capitol Art Exhibition to name a few.

The annual Governor's Business Forum runs November 7-9. Over 30 speakers from national fiscal experts to Wyoming leaders in tech, ag innovators, minerals, and tourism will be speaking about how Wyoming can use innovation and entrepreneurship to overcome the dynamics of changes facing the state's economy. Space is limited register at www.wyomingbusinessalliance.com.