BOULDER, Colo. — Mike Gilliland, founder and chief executive officer of Sunflower Farmers Market, has been selected as a 2010 Entrepreneur of Distinction by the Boulder Chamber of Commerce Esprit Awards committee, which recognizes and celebrates the outstanding spirit of entrepreneurship in Boulder County. Gilliland will receive his award at the 26th Annual Esprit Entrepreneur Banquet next week.
Gilliland has been involved in the natural and organic food business for more than 24 years. In 2002, Mike founded Sunflower Farmers Markets, which operates 30 natural food supermarkets throughout Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Texas. Gilliland also operates a 40-acre farm in Longmont, Colo., that provides produce for some Sunflower locations.