The heart of our mission at VoyageDenver is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of Denver’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out Englewood’s rising stars below.
I was born in Iran in 1973. At age six, I experienced a revolution followed by a war between Iran and Iraq, which ended after I left Iran. During the war, I experienced many bombings and air raids. I recall having a bomb shelter built in our basement; my mother covering my brother and me with a mattress when the air raid sirens would sound, with the hopes of that saving our lives in case a bomb landed on our house or in our neighborhood. I recall at times the air raids would be so bad that my father would pack up the car every evening after work to head to the mountains outside of the city and camp to avoid possible death. We could watch the bombs being dropped on the city every night and go back to our house the next morning hoping our house and our pet was still there. Living in war was hard and scary. Music and art were my tools to cope with these traumatic experiences. Read more>>
I was in corporate for a little over ten years, most recently as VP Client Services for a tech firm and an entrepreneur in client support services for a few decades prior to that. I learned quite a lot about business in both realms but I struggled a bit with the idea that I couldn’t be direct with clients within the boundaries set by the corporate structure – I was asked to spin stories to clients rather than give them the straight answer – which goes so against my nature. When I was laid off for the third time, I had the opportunity to regroup and try to figure out where I best fit. I was talking to a friend who suggested I look at a career in real estate. My first response was that I didn’t want anything to do with the idea of selling anything. She encouraged me to look at the real estate industry in a different way as it is about 5% sales and 95% service with building relationships, using listening skills and really truly serving to the clients’ needs. Read more>>
I was born and raised in Mexico City, in a very patriarchal, “macho-ist” and conservative community; from a very early age, I was intrigued by the rules of my community, I felt very uncomfortable and challenged by the status quo. After finishing high school, I made a very courageous decision and moved to Israel, following my heart. I was madly in love with my high school sweetheart (which left a year earlier, after he graduated high school). I moved to the other side of the world with two suitcases full of clothes, dreams, and $500 in cash, trusting that I had everything I needed for the next chapter of my life. Read more>>
Honestly, it all started with a motorcycle wreck, prior to that day I wanted to be a Doctor. I grew up in Liberty, a small farm town in South East Indiana and joined the Navy at 17. I graduated high school and left for boot camp. I served for eight years as a Hospital Corpsman (Navy medic) attached to various Marine Corps and Navy units including two tours in Afghanistan. Afterward, I moved to Colorado for the first time, to be closer to my nieces and attend the University of Colorado Denver. My second year of college, I was hit by a car and thrown over the handlebars the day before classes started. I thankfully walked away with just a concussion and some minor scars, but my first and only motorcycle was ruined. A friend owned a metal fabrication shop and we made a deal. If I did the labor, he would teach me everything he knew. Read more>>
Paul Bowerman and Jeremiah Michael
We are outdoorsmen who love to spend as much time as we can in the mountains hiking, fishing, camping and most of all hunting mushrooms. We became very interested in the benefits of medicinal mushrooms and learning how to grow them on our own. The small scale hobby turned out to be incredibly fun and addictive! We couldn’t learn enough about the health benefits and medicinal importance of these unusual fungi. Medicinal mushrooms are still a major focus of Elevated Mushrooms, Inc. founders. We wanted more than anything to leave our current work to try something new and after years of talking about starting a business, we jumped into the mushroom world. Read more>>