Monica Pleiman, president and chief executive officer of Optimum Management Systems LLC, has been selected as the 2006 College Honor Alumna for Colorado State University’s College of Business. She will receive the award at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Friday, Feb. 17, hosted by the Alumni Association.
Pleiman graduated from Colorado State in 1987 with a bachelor’s in Information Systems. She formed Optimum Management Systems in 1998 and grew it from four employees and $40,000 in revenue to 90 employees and $7 million in revenue today.
As a student at Colorado State, Pleiman was involved in extracurricular activities including Student Affairs for Alpha Phi Sorority and serving as a member of the College of Business Council. She continues to support Colorado State as a member of the Computer Information Systems Advisory Board.
In 2001, Pleiman was recognized as a business leader and attended the Small Business Administration-sponsored Minority Business Executive Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. In 2002, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce honored Pleiman with the Athena Award, which is given to a select group of women who show excellence in their business and community. Other awards include the Outstanding Women in Business Award from The Denver Business Journal and the Denver Post Minority-Owned Business of the Year Award for outstanding entrepreneurial achievement and community support.
Pleiman provides services to her community through various organizations. She is a board member of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Denver School of Science and Technology and the DIA Partnership. She also serves as a member of the Rocky Mountain Minority Supplier Development Council and as co-chairwoman of Education to Elevate Colorado’s Economy Summit. She is a member of the Colorado Education Alignment Council and publisher of "Latino SUAVE" magazine.