Social Capital Expert Hosted By Sarah Frances McDaniel
SALLA PALOS - PIONEER, INNOVATOR AND INTEGRATOR (Microsoft’s Center of Innovation)

SALLA PALOS - PIONEER, INNOVATOR AND INTEGRATOR (Microsoft’s Center of Innovation)

August 1, 2020

Salla, originally from Finland moved to the United States five years ago, after receiving her masters degree in Architecture in Finland where she started her journey in the AECO (Architect Engineering Construction Owner Operations) industry. Salla became hooked on developing information technology integration tools for the construction process.  Prior to leaving Finland, she was the project manager for a European Union funded Smart City project. Upon arriving in the US Salla worked with a general contracting firm to gain understanding into that side of the business. In 2018, Salla joined Microsoft’s Real Estate and Security Organization - Center of Innovation - where she is now the Director of Transformation Services and pioneering the Digital Building Lifecycle. Here she is discovering how the physical environment fits with the social environment and then add to it the digital environment to accumulate data that can be used throughout the construction process. Salla shares with us her experience being an immigrant to the US and how she has built new connections and relationships in her life. Salla embarked on her path to building a new life with an “end in mind” approach. She made a plan and layed out the actions she would need to take to arrive at the destination she desired. In this episode, Salla shares some of the actions that she took to build Social Capital and how they may work for us too! Salla encourages us to be brave and fearless when approaching new opportunities. She reminds us that curiosity will keep things fun and help us stay open minded. Listen as Salla shares about her experience with the Open Innovation approach and her “don't quit” mindset. She reminds us that “Everything is difficult until you do it for the first time” so just have the courage to go for it!

 

Name: Salla Palos 

Company: Microsoft

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sallaeckhardt/

 

 

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PAUL GORTZIG - COMPASSIONATE LEADER & MARKETING MASTER

PAUL GORTZIG - COMPASSIONATE LEADER & MARKETING MASTER

July 25, 2020

Paul, the Director of Sales for the BOKKA Group, works with builders from all over the country helping them with all facets of their marketing strategy. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Paul began his journey in the home building industry in 1988 as a new home sales agent for a local builder. In 2000, Paul had the opportunity to take a leadership role as a Vice President of Sales and Marketing for a regional home builder. This gave him the opportunity to train and lead a team of salespeople. In this episode, Paul shares the lessons his experience has taught him and shows us how the principles of relationship development are effective no matter the industry. Paul takes a holistic approach to leadership and believes having compassion towards one another and understanding how our actions impact others can make all the difference in leading.  “Leadership isn't a title, it is an attitude”, Paul says, and he is passionate about helping others achieve their goals. Paul believes collaboration is key in today’s business world and he shares how we can be better when we work together. Listen to Paul’s episode to hear his insight into building Social Capital.

 

Name: Paul Gortzig

Company: The Bokka Group

Email: paul@bokkagroup.com

 

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STACY TAUBMAN - ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR, SPEAKER & ONE WHO EMPOWERS OTHERS

STACY TAUBMAN - ENTREPRENEUR, AUTHOR, SPEAKER & ONE WHO EMPOWERS OTHERS

July 18, 2020

Stacy, founder and CEO of Rise Collaborative Workspace, is from St. Louis, Missouri and started her career as a high school math teacher. She is amazed at where her journey has taken her and in this episode she shares personal stories that can inspire us all. Stacy always had aspirations of high level leadership and a passion for helping people reach their full potential. In 2012, Stacy started her first company, “Girls Dreaming Big” where she found great success in supporting high school girls overcome obstacles and develop a sense of community during high school. She loved being an entrepreneur, but realized working alone most of the time that she desired more professional interaction. She started interviewing successful women (over 300 in total) to understand what their needs were, what they had done to get where they were and what advice they had for her and other women. This is where her vision for Rise Collaborative was born. In 2016, Stacy opened her first Rise Workspace in St Louis with 6,000 sq. ft. and had over 200 members within the first year and she soon realized it is about more than just the space; it is about community. Stacy has since opened a Rise Collaborative in Denver and doubled in size, both in  members and physical locations. Stacy shares with us that one of the biggest predictors in business success is access to Social Capital. At Rise, they do this by helping their members be connected to the right people and having a very intentional network. For Stacy, being a trusted resource and someone others can count on is essential to building Social Capital. She encourages us to be open minded about how relationships may impact our life now and in the future - we never know what part someone may play in the story of our life. Stacy reminds us that it is important to have a “long game” mindset and not be focused only on “what’s in it for me?” as we cultivate relationships and grow Social Capital. Listen to this episode to hear Stacy’s personal stories of overcoming challenges and finding success as she launches into the next phase of Rise Collaborative’s growth!

 

Name: Stacy Taubman

Company: RISE Collaborative Workspace

Email: info@riseworkspace.com

Phone: 720-541-8558

Instagram: @stacytaubman

Facebook: RISE Collaborative Workspace

Company Website: www.riseworkspace.com

 

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ADAM FENTON - ENTREPRENEUR, DEVELOPER AND INTENTIONAL CONNECTOR

ADAM FENTON - ENTREPRENEUR, DEVELOPER AND INTENTIONAL CONNECTOR

July 11, 2020

Adam, grew up in small town Iowa, attended college at the University of Northern Iowa and studied finance and real estate. In 2011, Adam decided to leave his home state and move to Denver, Colorado to explore a bigger city with more diversity, arts, and culture. Once in Denver, he worked with a private equity firm for a short time before moving to Holland Partner Group where he was able to begin getting development experience and was lucky enough to work on some iconic projects like Union Denver and Platform at Union Station. Relationships were key in Adam’s transition to Colorado as well as his entrance into real estate development and he quickly became aware of how important his network would be to his success. Having come into the development world during the recession, Adam believes there are many opportunities to be found in the midst of challenge. He recommends reading the book, “The Obstacle Is the Way”, for inspirational stories about overcoming obstacles and finding the silver lining in our circumstance. After 4.5 years at Holland Partner Group, a large institutional firm, Adam moved to BMC Investments, a smaller, private equity firm focused mostly on development in Cherry Creek North in Denver. Working with these two firms, Adam gained experience in many aspects of development and realized he was ready to start a development company of his own, and launched Narrate Companies! Having a strong network has been essential for Adam to make this entrepreneurial leap and he encourages us to build strong relationships in the areas that we want to grow our business in. Adam believes there are key elements to building a strong network such as being a good listener who is present and available to those around him. He also stresses the importance of being vulnerable and putting yourself out there to find commonalities with those we are connecting with. Possibly the most important element is being trustworthy, this is absolutely necessary to cultivate deep, meaningful relationships. People can easily see through wrong motives. As Adam was building his network in the early days, he attended many networking events and made as many connections as possible. Now, further in his career, he finds that most of his valuable connects are made through intentional introductions by others in his sphere. He encourages us to be mindful and intentional about the connections we are making while remaining open to what may unexpectedly come from an introduction. Adam encourages us to do what we say we are going to do and believes everything else will usually take care of itself eventually. Listen to Adam’s episode to hear him share about lessons he learned while building Social Capital.

 

Name: Adam Fenton

Company: Narrate Companies

Email: adam@narrateco.com

Phone: 720-334-1726

Instagram: narrate_dev

Company Website: narrateco.com

 

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HEIDI MAJERIK - COMMUNITY DEVELOPER AND PROGRESS LEADER

HEIDI MAJERIK - COMMUNITY DEVELOPER AND PROGRESS LEADER

July 4, 2020

Heidi, originally from the farmlands of Pennsylvania, graduated from Syracuse University before moving to Denver in 1995 as a civil engineer. This move launched Heidi into her real estate career. She credits her immigrant roots and rural upbringing for her strong work ethic and values and her drive to see progress for her family and the next generation.  Heidi worked with Intrawest to help develop the Village at Copper Mountain and later worked on her first master plan community before joining  Forest City where she spent 15 years and was involved in the redevelopment of Denver’s former airport.  Heidi spent two years with the home building company, Wonderland Homes, and she is now Vice President and General Manager for Southern Land Company, a multi-asset class real estate developer. Heidi believes that community development is the art of building places where relationships are cultivated and connections with one another are nurtured. Heidi believes relationships have “without a doubt” been the most valuable piece of her success. She sees authenticity as the foundational ingredient in building Social Capital. In this episode, Heidi shares a personal story of how her relationships supported her as she overcame one of the most challenging times in her career. Heidi encourages us to be focused on adding value to those around us and we will no doubt find ourselves with the opportunity to receive, (often more than what we gave). Currently, Heidi is working on the “Majerik Mandate” a series of policy ideas that can help bring home ownership to more people including those who are sometimes left out. Listen today as Heidi shares practical ways that she builds Social Capital!

 

Name: Heidi Majerik

Company: Southern Land Company

Email: heidi.majerik@southernland.com

Phone: 303-888-3866

 

Company Website: www.southernland.com

 

 

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MICHELE BOYER - “B.O.S.S. LADY” AND RECOVERING FINANCIAL ADVISOR

MICHELE BOYER - “B.O.S.S. LADY” AND RECOVERING FINANCIAL ADVISOR

June 27, 2020

Michele, an Iowa native, was raised on a farm by parents who also had their own businesses. She believes this example of work ethic and determination is what spurred the entrepreneurial spirit inside her. Four and a half years ago, Michele moved to Colorado - a single mom with a degree in social work and experience in pharmaceutical sales. She later entered into financial services and wealth management where she realized that she had a passion for real estate. Michele went out on her own and started doing “fix and flips” and helping others utilize real estate in their financial strategy. Michele is passionate about taking her experience and knowledge and sharing it with others so that they can reach their goals too! Listen as Michele shares how she is making home-ownership more attainable for those she works with and how you can utilize her strategy too. Her passion for having a positive impact on her community is contagious and it is easy to see that relationships and understanding people’s “WHY” is key in Michele’s life philosophy. She has recently launched B.O.S.S. Lady Werks, a community of women who are owning their life and living it to the fullest. Michele has recently taken on the role of Business Development Specialist through a partnership with Wealth Innovations Group.  They have an amazing process with some very unique planning area for Cannabis/Hemp, a grossly under served market due to tax code challenges due to the nature of the business under federal law. Listen to this episode to hear Michele’s advice for building Social Capital and having an impact on the community around you.

Name: Michele Boyer

Company: B.O.S.S. (Building Opportunities Supporting Success) Lady Werks

Email: michele@micheleboyerassociates.com

Phone: 720-892-9755

Facebook: Boss Lady Werks

Company Website: www.bossladywerks.com & www.wealthig.com

 

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BILL MCDONALD - THE GUY WHO IS CHANGING HOW WE BUILD

BILL MCDONALD - THE GUY WHO IS CHANGING HOW WE BUILD

June 20, 2020

BILL MCDONALD

Bill, a Michigan native, grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and caught the “business spirit” early in life. He now runs his own company, Phoenix House, which specializes in manufacturing single family homes in off-site construction. Bill’s love for construction was developed at an early age and he credits his family and his european heritage. Bill is passionate about creating high performance homes including creating passive houses that are energy smart and responsible. He believes passive houses paired with off-site construction is a nice partnership and sees many current building trends heading in this direction. International relationships have been critical to Bill’s success and he encourages us to use communication and looking at relationships from a long-term perspective as Social Capital building blocks.  “If there is a will, there is a way!” is a phrase that he heard many times growing up and he reminds us that we must exercise strength and will to stick with an idea/inspiration for the long run - there must be “stick-to-it-ness” to achieve our dreams. Bill was invited to speak at TedxDetroit where he gave an insightful presentation focusing on the performance and off-site nature of building being like the adoption of technology in the automobile industry (Tesla). It can change everything! Bill is currently working on Phoenix House Homestead - a co-living concept that reduces costs while providing community for those who live there. Bill is excited to see where this adventure takes him as he continues to think outside the box!

 

 

Name: Bill McDonald

Company: Phoenix Haus

Email: bmcdonald@phoenixhaus.com

LinkedIn: @bill-mcdonald-62742398 

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

Bill's TedX Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYiaRiNauFg

 

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MARQUES HARRIS - RETIRED NFL ATHLETE, FAMILY MAN & ENTREPRENEUR

MARQUES HARRIS - RETIRED NFL ATHLETE, FAMILY MAN & ENTREPRENEUR

June 13, 2020

Marques, a Colorado native, whose NFL career included 5 years with the San Diego Chargers and 1 year with San Francisco 49ers, is a husband and father of five kids (ages 5-16). After a major football injury in his senior year at University of Colorado, Boulder in the second game of the season, Marques’ draft hopes were shattered. He was able to recover from his injury, have a stellar season and his dream came true when he was invited to play for the San Diego Chargers. Overcoming one of the most challenging times of his life, a major football injury, Marques credits the relationships in his life and support from the people around him for his ability to push through those tough times and find success on the journey. Balancing family and football was possible only by being sure to set clear priorities and aligning himself with people who support what is important to him. He encourages us to understand who we are and who we want to be so that we can be focused on how we are able to arrive there. Personal development has been a key part of Marques’ journey and he listens to books daily to invest in himself and his growth towards his next level. He believes we can have the heart of a champion by being the best you can be and taking small steps consistently to reach your goals. Listen to Marque’s episode to learn more about how he is growing Social Capital today!

 

Name: Marques Harris

Email: marques@nestwiselyhomes.com

 

 

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LAUREN SIMMS - SELF-MADE BUSINESS WOMAN, WELLNESS COACH & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

LAUREN SIMMS - SELF-MADE BUSINESS WOMAN, WELLNESS COACH & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

June 6, 2020

Lauren, a Colorado native, who has an extensive career in health and wellness, is full of drive and self motivation. She struggled through high school and in her senior year she realized that unless she made a major shift, she would not be able to graduate on time. She put her mind to it and was not only able to graduate early, but she also went on to college. After gaining more than the “Freshman weight” she knew she again had to make a life change to better herself. At this point, she found group exercise, fell in love with helping people in fitness and became a personal trainer. This began her nearly 20 year career in health and wellness. Lauren currently is a high level producer, keynote speaker and leader for a world wide wellness company. She is passionate about having an impact on the world around her through strong relationships and opportunities to help others live their best life possible. Lauren shares her experience with unworthiness and how she overcame negative self talk to find her confidence. Personal development is hard work and critical to our ability to have success, professionally and personally. Lauren is motivated by contribution and growth and believes we are at our best when we are pursuing our purpose. She encourages us to reflect on what makes us unique and use our unique strengths to have a greater impact on those we meet. She also reminds us that we must be thick skinned and realize that we will never please everyone. We must be willing to be confident in what we do and stand up for it with fortitude even if it ruffles feathers sometimes. Lauren believes starting each day with gratitude, positive intentions and physical fitness before she gets on her phone, social media, or email accounts. She exhorts those listening to build a financial wall around themselves to help ward against financial pressures and stresses - find your side hustle and live a life of positive impact!  

 

 

Name: Lauren Danielle

Company: Fuel For Life LLC

Email: info@lifewithlaurendanielle.com

Phone: 3038103096

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lifewithlaurendanielle/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaurensL.I.F.E

Company Website: www.lifewithlaurendanielle.com

 

 

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MATT JOBLON - VISIONARY WHO “MADE” CHERRY CREEK WHAT IT IS TODAY

MATT JOBLON - VISIONARY WHO “MADE” CHERRY CREEK WHAT IT IS TODAY

May 30, 2020

Matt, a Massachusetts native, grew up working in his family’s textile business. He credits his strong work ethic to his father’s leadership and his many responsibilities in the factory as he grew up. He went to college in Boston before moving to Los Angeles and getting a job in wealth management. He quickly became aware of the importance of relationships when he met two people while on vacation with his family in the Caribbean who later were instrumental in his professional career. Realizing wealth management was not his passion, Matt began finding potential real estate deals and sending them to one of the people he met while in the Caribbean who was based in New York. He found a few deals that penciled out well and that is how he began his real estate career. After 7 years of working in Los Angeles, Matt moved to Denver in 2010 and opened his own business, BMC Investments. Matt’s original dream was to work in the family business, but after finishing college, he and his father realized that Matt’s entrepreneurial spirit would be better served going after his other passions and building a company of his own. Matt has a genuine interest in people and learning their stories and understanding more about people's belief systems. Understanding their journey helps us relate to them and better serve their needs, professionally and personally. Matt believes we can learn how to connect with people if it doesn't come naturally, and the key is being authentic to yourself and being aware of our own bullsh*t. He believes owning your own weirdness and being vulnerable is key to being an effective leader. It is important to realize that our own insecurities can hold us back from building strong relationships with those around us. We need to be willing to work on ourselves in order to be comfortable being authentic with others, he says. This allows us to live from a place of love and abundance instead of fear and scarcity. He encourages us to never do things just for the money - bad decisions and bad results most often result from it. Matt works with a leadership coach and encourages us to have good mentors and coaches. Since 2010, Matt and his team at BMC Investments have been focused on developing the Cherry Creek neighborhood, now a vibrant, impressive, upscale community in Denver. Some of the developments Matt has spearheaded are: 

  • Steele Creek Luxury Residences
  • Halcyon Hotel
  • Moxy Hotel
  • Financial House Office Building
  • St. Paul Collection Luxury Residences

Through examples, Matt reminds us that our true character is tested in the tough times. Challenging times allow opportunities for each of us to step up and rise to the occasion and deepen relationships with those in our family, teams and network. As Matt looks to the future of Cherry Creek, he is excited to pioneer the opening of a Social Club (like the Soho House, Denver style) as well as a world class gym! The future is bright for Matt, his team at BMC Investments and Cherry Creek.

 

Name: Matt Joblon

Company: BMC Investments

Phone: 303-996-2324 (Office)

Company Website: www.bmcinv.com

 

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