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Hank Brown’s quiet demeanor doesn’t depict the many achievements and accomplishments that make up a large portion of his life. He is especially well known for his outstanding career in the House of Representatives and the US Senate, where he served for many years. He was also a Vice President of Monfort in Colorado, President of the University of Northern Colorado and is a decorated combat veteran. Now Hank is enjoying a new career as the President and CEO of the Daniels Fund.

A busy man who always finds the time…that’s the first thing you notice about Hank. His daily schedule is filled with meetings and people coming and going, but he never gets flustered. He moves quickly and quietly from one appointment to another. Even though his plate is full, he’s generous with his time and never gives off the feeling that he’s rushed.

These days most of Hank’s volunteer activities revolve around the Daniels Fund events. He takes great pride in being a part of the process wherein he can make a major difference in the lives of students by presenting them with the opportunity for a higher education. Over and over, Hank speaks of the energies put forth by the people at the Daniels Fund to realize the dreams of the late Bill Daniels.

What’s important in your life? The opportunity to make a difference in the life of others

What’s in your future? To do a good job with the Daniels Fund

Which social event is your favorite? Being together with family

Favorite restaurant? Choppers

Who is the most interesting celebrity you have ever met? Afghanistan Commander Amed Shah Massoud. He was a hero in the war against the Soviets and then against the Taliban.

If your life were a movie, whom would you want to play your part? I really don’t know

Do you have any pets? A St. Bernard whose name is Precious

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner about you? That we like books. There’s a big library in our home

What word describes you best? I don’t know

How would you like others to describe you? As a person of my word

What was your first job? Ran a snow shoveling business in Denver from around age eight

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Inability to say “no” to meetings

What trait do you most deplore in others? I don’t’ think about that. I think each person has strengths and weaknesses and it’s worth focusing on so much of the potential for good.

What is your greatest indulgence? Reading

What type of clothes do you like? Jeans

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Read the paper

What’s the last thing you do before bed? Read a book

Favorite comfort food? Meat

Tell me something about yourself that people would be surprised to know about you. That I get up between 3 and 4am. I try to find something to read, I work and I get the day started.

What is the best gift you have ever given? A donation to an athletic scholarship at UNC

What is the best gift you’ve received? Love from my wife

What or who is the greatest love in your life? My wife

What is your current state of mind? Engaged

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Our three children

What is your most treasured possession? The sword I received from the President of Poland Lech Walesa

What is the quality you most like in a man? Integrity

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Integrity

Favorite books/writers? History books.

What is the best advice you have ever received? To realize that each one of us is responsible for our own success or failure

Do you have a motto? No

What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you? One time when I was campaigning on the Western Slope, I spent the night at the home of my campaign manager. The next day I was behind schedule so I grabbed my suit bag out of the closet and high-tailed it home. That night my wife asked me what I was doing with this gorgeous piece of lingerie that was with my suitcase. I had no idea and began trying to figure out where it might have come from. When I called my manager and described the lingerie to his wife, she informed me it was hers. It was hanging next to my suit bag and I accidentally grabbed it when I reached for my suits. I was sure glad she knew it was hers.

If you could come back in another lifetime, what/who would you like to be? And why? I’d like to be myself again and have another shot at correcting my mistakes

What are your hobbies? Other interests? Reading and spending time with family

Who is your mentor? I’ve had many over the years

What would you most like to be remembered for? Being a good father

If you could go anywhere and do anything, what would it be? To be 24 again. Why? There’s an energy associated in youth that one never gets old.

What do you like about the town you live in? The people