Social Capital Expert Hosted By Sarah Frances McDaniel
AUDREE GRUBESIC - TRAILBLAZER AND OFF-SITE CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST

AUDREE GRUBESIC - TRAILBLAZER AND OFF-SITE CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST

April 5, 2020

Audree, a Chicago native who has been in Colorado now for 18 years, began her career as a television engineer and experienced many facets of media and marketing. She launched a pet expo company and a pet magazine before making a transition into the construction industry. Audree now owns a company called Module Sure Site and focuses primarily on off site construction. She is passionate about creating a better building process and better product for people to live in. Audree believes relationships and strong connections is essential to living a fulfilling life both professionally and personally. It is all about sharing love and asking “How can I help?” those around us. Our lives are enriched when we spend time collaborating together and looking for opportunities to elevate those around us through support and partnership. Audree believes happiness is a choice and positivity is contagious and we can have an impact on the world around us through spreading love and positive energy. We don't have to know all the answers. Listen to the people around us and we can learn from them and grow better together. Audree stays grounded by spending time in meditation and taking time to quiet herself. She believes an important ingredient to building Social Capital is taking time to listen - listen to your inner self, listen to the people around you and listen to the collective wisdom. She also encourages us to be open minded and stay away from judgemental mindsets. Audree looks forward to connecting with you!   

Name: Audree Grubesic

Company: Modular Sure Site

Email: audree@modularsuresite.com

Phone: 303-472-6419

LinkedIn: @audreegrubesic

Company Website: https://www.modularsuresite.com/

 

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CHRIS LONIGRO - VANGUARD AND CEO OF GENERATION DEVELOPMENT

CHRIS LONIGRO - VANGUARD AND CEO OF GENERATION DEVELOPMENT

March 29, 2020

CHRIS LONIGRO

Chris, a Chicago native and long-time Denver resident, grew up at his dad’s side, working with his hands building and repairing things. After college, he started his career in construction at a large national builder where he spent time in the field and at their corporate office. As a Project Superintendent, Chris gained experience in building homes from the ground up. He became passionate about making special places by having thoughtful design. In the recession, Chris found himself in need of a job, so he launched his own company. In 2010, Chris built his first project, a 9 unit condo building in LoHi, Denver. Denver’s condo market was very challenging for developers/builders as a result of construction defect litigation and very few were taking the risk to build condos. Chris credits relationships for his ability to successfully start and grow his company during this time. Fast forward 10 years to today, Chris is doing what was said could not be done and he is successfully building condos (and now office buildings) in the Colorado market. Chris has been a trail-blazer and believes there is opportunity to be found in challenging situations. He encourages us to “Treat people how you want to be treated”, view this (life) as a long-term play and own your mistakes. Chris’ goal at the end of the day is to help those around him reach their goals and he is passionate about helping those around him find their place.

 

Name: Chris Lonigro

Company: Generation Development

Website: http://generationdev.com/

 

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TERI KARJALA - LIFE TRANSFORMATION STRATEGIST

TERI KARJALA - LIFE TRANSFORMATION STRATEGIST

March 22, 2020

TERI KARJALA

Teri, a Kansas native, got her first taste of entrepreneurship when she was 7 years old, she would take her mom’s makeup and repurpose it and sell it back to her mom. These kind of experiences have paved the way for where Teri is today. In high school, Teri became a Care Counselor and later received her Masters Degree in Counseling. Teri created a very large counseling practice that now successfully runs without her daily attention. She has launched a new business called Talking with Teri, where she provides entrepreneurs training and coaching them how to get out of their own way and living the life they were meant to live. Teri is an expert at muscle testing and is passionate about helping people create mindsets that empower them to live their dreams. Teri believes Social Capital is essential to building a successful business. She sees two ways to build your business 1. the marathon: building long-term, committed relationships that take time to develop 2. the sprint: speaking engagements, connection with an audience in a short period of time. Utilizing both of these can help fill and keep the pipeline full.  Collaborations and connections are key to building social capital. Teri loves to give gifts and showing gratitude; she does this alot by sending handwritten Thank You notes to people she meets. She encourages us to have a mindset of “adding value” to those you around you. Check out the book, The Go-Giver, for great lessons in finding success through giving. The current marketing trend right now is all about experiences and connection with other humans. Teri gives us a fun tool to work with to create more positivity and possibility in our daily life. “How much better can it get!?” - try it! Teri is excited about her upcoming workshops and events and welcomes you to join her!

 

Name: Teri Karjala

Company: Talking With Teri

Email: teri@talkingwithteri.com

 

Company Website: www.talkingwithteri.com

 

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CRYSTAL RUSSELL - FOUNDER, CEO, DESIGNER, DISRUPTOR

CRYSTAL RUSSELL - FOUNDER, CEO, DESIGNER, DISRUPTOR

March 15, 2020

CRYSTAL RUSSELL

Crystal, a Colorado native and fifth generation Edgewater resident, was raised by military parents, Crystal and her twin sister, often struggled financially when they were young and despite all odds, she received a scholarship to attend college at Philadelphia University. While in college, Crystal was at the top of her class and without knowing it at the time, she met the other two top students in her class, who would later become her business partners at TVL Creative!  After graduating, Crystal returned to Colorado to look for work during the recession where she began to connect with influencers in the creative world and went on to receive 2 masters degrees. After spending some time as a “glorified secretary” she grew frustrated and decided to self teach herself 3D renderings and then was asked to come back to Philadelphia University to develop a program and teach for them. While there, she also worked with a small construction company as their lead designer where she was able to put her education to use and learn hands on in the field for three years. In 2012, Crystal’s father passed away and it was an eye opening time for her, so she quit everything she had going in Philadelphia and went back to Denver to start her own business. She googled how to start a business and just went for it! She used her unique skill of creating 3D renderings to build a portfolio of her ideas and begin to brand herself. She began to get calls right away and was able to score her first 7 clients very quickly and her business was off and running! As she became increasingly busy, she realized she needed to grow her team, so she reached out to the other two ladies who were top of her class in Philadelphia University, Faris and Ashley, and they joining the TVL Creative team. In 2019, Crystal and her team changed their business model and are turning the traditional construction model upside down! They have become a full service design build company bringing all of their trades/subcontractors in-house to create a seamless, efficient process for their clients. 

Crystal is passionate about good design being available to everyone, not only the elite, and she is committed to making quality design available to everyone who desires it. She encourages listeners to go all in on their dreams, remember that failure is not failure - it's feedback, and to be approachable to those around you. She encourages us to be authentically ourselves and #dontbeadick. 

 

Name: Crystal Russell

Company: TVL Creative Ltd.

Email: hello@tvlcreative.com

Phone: 303-242-3184

Instagram: @tvlcreative

Facebook: TVL Creative

Company Website: http://www.tvlcreative.com

Other Information You Want To Share: I love you!

 

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CHERYL SCHUETTE - INDUSTRY “LEGEND” AND WAYMAKER

CHERYL SCHUETTE - INDUSTRY “LEGEND” AND WAYMAKER

March 8, 2020

CHERYL SCHUETTE

Cheryl, a Wisconsin native and from family of 5 kids, moved to Colorado to ski in her 20s and never left. Cheryl’s first job in real estate was in Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she became immersed in the development process. After 5 years, she left Steamboat Springs and moved to Denver to join a development company and soon after, she helped name and launch a home building company, Village Homes. Cheryl spent 25 years at Village Homes, where she started as an administrative and worked her way up to becoming the Chief Operating Officer of Village Homes.  10 years ago, Cheryl left Village Homes and by surrounding herself with amazing people she found a new path for her professional career. Cheryl believes the best ideas come from conversations and collaboration with those around us. She believes everyday we have opportunities to seek creative solutions for challenges that arise. Cheryl’s passion is found in the energy she brings to everything she does. She believes energy is the basis of passion and her energy is found in loving what she does and from her interactions with other people. Attitude is key everyday! Cheryl believes relationships are critical to everyone’s success. She says it is a special kind of success when you can bring people up along with you and even help them rise beyond you. She encourages us to trust one another, be open and vulnerable and sit at the table with like-minded people for collaboration - surround yourself with people who are better than you in specific areas - listen to what those around you are saying! When we have to have tough conversations, Cheryl suggests phrasing the statement with “I feel…” because people cannot argue with how we feel. She encourages us to have a genuine desire to help others and treat people with thoughtfulness, kindness and respect. Cheryl is very involved in the development and growth of the Colorado Homebuilding Academy and offers her experience to help other businesses through her consulting business. 

 

Name: Cheryl Schuette

Company: Cheryl Schuette Consulting

Email: Cls@cherylschuette.com 

LinkedIn: @cheryllschuette

Academy Website: https://cohomebuildingacademy.org/

 

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RICARDA DIETSCH - DIVISION PRESIDENT AND INSPIRATIONAL LEADER

RICARDA DIETSCH - DIVISION PRESIDENT AND INSPIRATIONAL LEADER

March 1, 2020

 

RICARDA DIETSCH

Ricarda was born and raised in communist East Germany, when she was in high school the Wall came down and her life changed dramatically. The world opened up to Ricarda when she signed up for an exchange program and moved to Arizona as an au pair. Her number one objective became learning the English language and beginning to communicate with the new world around her. After seeing the ocean and the lifestyle on the West Coast and knew she wanted to stay in this country and she figured out what it would take to make that possible. Ricarda shares stories of how her growing up impacted her hard work ethic and personal drive to be successful. Her professional experience grew from big corporate accounting into real estate investment and community development. Ricarda shares personal experiences of how her relationships have resulted in new jobs, great connections and numerous opportunities in her life. She gives her practical tips for building our own Social Capital.

Name: Ricarda Dietsch

Company: Taylor Morrison Home Corp.

Email: rdietsch@taylormorrison.com

 

Company Website: https://www.taylormorrison.com/co/denver/design-studio

 

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BEN HENRY - SURVIVOR STAR, NIGHTCLUB OWNER AND CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

BEN HENRY - SURVIVOR STAR, NIGHTCLUB OWNER AND CUSTOM HOME BUILDER

February 23, 2020

BEN HENRY 

Ben, a Denver, Colorado native, grew up, the oldest of three, in a construction family. After graduating from high school in 2004, Ben moved to Santa Barbara to study Film in college and live on the beach in California. After a few years, Ben moved to Los Angeles and took a position as a Production Assistant at Warner Brothers. During the 2010 Writers Strike, Ben was laid off and found himself working a number small production jobs. Through relationships he developed, he got involved in the nightclub business and created bussing tours to Hollywood nightclubs from the college campus. He later took a formal position with the clubs, where one day while at work, Ben was approached by a casting director to audition for the show, Survivor. At 24, Ben auditioned and was cast for Season 21 of Survivor in Nicaragua - an experience that impacted his social capital and his life in a big way. This experience put a lot into perspective for Ben about what is important to him and the importance of having an impact on the world around him. After Survivor, Ben and a few of his friends partnered to open their own sports bar in Hollywood called the Parlour, that is still there today. Long hours and late nights took a toll on Ben and in 2012 Ben moved back to Denver to work in real estate and construction with his family. He jumped in to Henry Development and began doing some marketing and branding for the family business. Before long, Ben found himself knee deep in the family business and has been here now for six years and has rediscovered his love for Denver and the creative side of construction. Ben believes communication and staying in touch with the relationships in your network is key to building social capital. Ben is passionate about bringing awareness to Denver Active 20/30, a nonprofit that supports at-risk youth in Denver. He is an avid tennis player and enjoys staying involved in the community around him. 

 

 

Name: Ben Henry

Company: Henry Development 

Nightclub: The Parlour

Nonprofit: Denver Active 20/30

Email: benhenryprops@gmail.com

Instagram: @benry26

Company Website: https://www.henrydevelopmentco.com/

 

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MATT STEWART - SOCIAL CAPITALIST AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT EXPERT

MATT STEWART - SOCIAL CAPITALIST AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT EXPERT

February 16, 2020

MATT STEWART

Matt, a true Social Capitalist, was born in rural Pennsylvania and was a very shy and introverted kid. He went to college at Coastal Carolina University and while there he found an internship at a country club/golf course in Colorado. He became a Class A, Golf Pro while going to college and graduated with a marketing degree. Thanks to an introduction by mutual friends, he moved to Colorado and began working at Cherry Hills Country Club in 2005, where he worked for six years as a golf pro. Matt believes that the quality of your relationships determines the quality of your life and that creating positive memorable experiences for those you encounter will change how you engage with the people around you. As this became more clear to him, he realized he needed to make a career change. Matt left the golf industry to enter Wealth Management with Northwestern Mutual where developing strong, genuine relationships built on trust is his focus. Matt’s philosophy to develop social capital is built on being serendipitous towards encounters with people, being curious about others and being a servant leader. He looks for opportunities to add value to those around him; anticipating their needs and ways to provide solutions and help them. Matt believes showing appreciation is the most underutilized tool for building social capital out there. You get the best out of people when they feel good about you - simple exercises of showing appreciation yield 10x returns. Matt is passionate about social capital and believes that next to our health, social capital is the most important thing that you have. He shares scientific research that shows that our social relationships dictate our health. Integrity is a key ingredient of cultivating social capital and building a strong reputation. He urges us to be cautious connecting to closely with those who lack integrity. Power Partners are an important piece of building social capital through creating an ecosystem of people who share your mindset and values and will represent you well as the network continues to grow - be willing to invest in them first! Today, Matt continues to help people through financial advisement and his involvement with Project Helping whose mission is to create innovative ways to improve mental wellness. He would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved. In closing, Matt reminds us of Jim Carey’s quote, “The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency that you have”.

 

Name: Matt Stewart

Company: Northwestern Mutual

Email: Matt@nwm.com

 

Nonprofit Website: www.projecthelping.org

 

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DENNIS POLK - “GODFATHER” OF CONSTRUCTION LAW

DENNIS POLK - “GODFATHER” OF CONSTRUCTION LAW

February 9, 2020

DENNIS POLK

Dennis is a trial lawyer who has practiced law for over forty years has been instrumental in cases and litigation that surround construction and construction defects. Coming from humble beginnings, Dennis, credits the gateway of home ownership as the way that his parents were able to provide for him throughout his life. He is passionate about seeing people own homes of their own and advocating for the construction industry and the people involved in it.  Dennis believes face to face and personal conversations are hugely important in establishing strong relationships with those around us. He believes every action we take towards one another plays a part in the big picture of building social capital. Principle #1: Integrity only comes in ONE size. Principle #2: the Circle of Friendship - once you are inside the circle of friendship, you are always there. Principle #3: Never be so bold/arrogant that you never back down - accept that you are wrong.  If you have done something that puts you outside the circle of friendship, admit that you are wrong, take a step back and readdress what has happened to get back on track. Dennis suggests that we become involved in public service and become involved in the community around you. He believes our lives are enriched by having a life outside our professional life helping us to be well-rounded people. He encourages us to show older people reverence and to be willing to meet the other person where they are. Technology aids with time management and Dennis encourages us to master technology to help us become more efficient in our daily activities. He reminds us to take time to care for ourselves, travel the world and take time to spend in nature. Currently, Dennis is taking on the “No Growth” litigation we face in Colorado and he’s finishing a book that he plans to be released soon. 

 

Name: Dennis Polk

Company: Holley, Albertson & Polk, P.C.

Email: dbp@haplaw.net

 

 

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KRISTEN BLESSMAN - CHANGE AGENT, COLORADO WOMEN’S CHAMBER

KRISTEN BLESSMAN - CHANGE AGENT, COLORADO WOMEN’S CHAMBER

February 2, 2020

KRISTEN BLESSMAN

Kristen has spent the last fifteen years working in the nonprofit sector having been drawn to it because they are masters of change. Due to circumstances in her early life, Kristen had to experience a lot of change and learn how to navigate her environment and the chaos in her life. Kristen considers herself a Change Agent Leader and is passionate about seeing people be masters of change. She is hooked on watching what human beings are able to do given the adversity they go through. Through her for profit and nonprofit work, she also became hooked on the ability to take her sales and marketing skills and apply them to do something good in the world. Kristen encourages us to never being ashamed to tell our story. She believes we need to start valuing peoples’ personal journeys more and realize that people are drawn to causes because of the experiences they have had - there is a reason people are the way they are! Let’s take people's passions and experiences and learn to channel them at work and in business. Kristen has been involved with the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce for over 20 years in various facets. As the current Director of the CWCC, she is leading the charge for “growth in business” for women. The needs of women in business have changed since the 1980s (the Chamber’s inception) and under Kristen’s leadership, the CWCC is committed to rallying it’s members and the community around advancing women in business and looking at innovative ways and practices to do it. Through focus groups, the Chamber has uncovered three things holding women (their membership) back 1. unconscious bias - workplace culture 2. communication - our self-limiting beliefs and 3. a lack of professional mentorship and sponsorship. Realizing that #2 & #3 are controllable with training and programing, the CWCC focuses most of its programming on these things because they can create change and have an impact.  Currently, the Chamber hosts five large scale events each year that raise awareness and advocate for issues facing women; these events highlight women doing incredible things! Kristen believes relationships are key to our success in life and continues to work on resources to help women have more time and opportunity to connect with those around them. Kristen’s advice is to just do it! Dive in deeper! Make more mistakes and just go for it! 

 

Name: Kristen Blessman

Company: Colorado Women's Chamber of Commerce 

Email: kblessman@cwcc.org

Phone: (303) 458-0220

 

Company Website: https://www.cwcc.org/

 

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