Richard L. Monfort, Owner/Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Dick Monfort enters his 20th season with the Rockies franchise in 2017 and 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 sports and business.
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 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. The foundation is a longtime provider of funding and endorsement for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Metro Denver and Weld County. 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.
Individually, Monfort was the 2008 recipient of the United Way of Weld County Humanitarian of the Year Awardâ€"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 on the Board of Colorado Economic Development Commission and CoBiz Financial.
Monfort spent 25 years in the cattle business, primarily with his family's company. He became president of Monfort of Colorado, Inc., a subsidiary of ConAgra, in 1987 and in 1991 became president and CEO of ConAgra Red Meats. After retiring from ConAgra in 1995, he helped launch the Montera Cattle Company in 1996. Currently, he owns the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. as well as the Macaroni Grill Restaurant chain.
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 who both work with him at the Colorado Rockies.