EKS&H's Dave Steiner, founding partner and chairman of the Board, and Melissa Brownstein, audit partner and leader of the private equity client niche, were both recognized for their accomplishments at the annual Leeds School Distinguished Alumni and Service Awards dinner on October 16th at the St. Julien Hotel in Boulder, Colorado. The Leeds School of Business was founded in 1876 and has recognized outstanding organizations and individuals for more than 40 years.

Steiner was given the 2015 Leeds School of Business Distinguished Alumni Lifetime Service Award, which acknowledges alumni for a lifetime of support and philanthropy to the Leeds School of Business and for exceptional achievement in the business community. His outstanding involvement with Leeds, including his participation as chairman of the Board, has been instrumental to the school's success.

Steiner is an active volunteer in a variety of community organizations, including Boy Scouts of America Denver Area Council; Village Care International (participating in multiple service trips to Africa); Mile High United Way; and the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) Leeds School of Business, from which he graduated with a BS in accounting. Dave has served on the Dean's Advisory Board for many years, most recently as the Board chairman from 2013 to 2015.

Melissa Brownstein was awarded the Leeds School of Business Alumni Service Award for 2015. Melissa graduated summa cum laude from CU with a BS in business administration with emphasis in accounting. This award recognizes remarkable alumni who have made significant contributions to the development of the Leeds School of Business, CU, and the greater community.

Brownstein has been an advisory board member for two years and is leader of the Board Workgroups. She is passionate about helping Leeds administration identify information necessary for running the school efficiently and effectively, and she has assisted Leeds in developing and executing a strategy for system-generated key performance metrics and automated financial reporting.

Outside of her service and involvement at CU, Melissa is a member of the Mile High United Way Tocqueville Society and is a graduate of Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Program.

"We are honored to have Dave and Melissa receive these awards from the University of Colorado," said EKS&H founding partner and CEO Bob Hottman. "They have proven throughout their careers to be true business and community leaders. There are no two people who more consistently offer their experience and passion to inspire the next generation of business leaders."

To learn more about the Leeds School of Business, please visit http://www.colorado.edu/business/.