Hall Of Fame Inductee — 1999
Joy Burns was the first woman chairman of the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and the founder and developer of the Burnsley Hotel, which opened in 1985. A leader in both the local and national tourism industry, she was a founding member and former director of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. She is also the founder, director and has served as a vice chair of the Colorado Business Bank; president of the Sportswomen of Colorado Foundation; and the first woman to chair the Board of Trustees of the University of Denver since its inception in 1864.
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