We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenny Roentz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenny, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Ready Set Go! My daughter had signed us up for a 1/2 marathon in Denver. I have ran a few 1/2 marathons and relays so I knew what I was signing up for. I was working at a Real Estate office at the time and my hours were roughly 8am – 6pm. I made excuses to not train before work and I was burnt after my 45 minute commute home. Needless to say, my daughter was training hard and counting down the days to race day. I ran a bit on the weekends and told myself I could do it. I had done a few right? Well race day came and my daughter had to back out because her knee had strained and filled up with fluid. I was on my own and not prepared to actually run 13.1 miles. I had my music playlist ready and the start gun fired and off I ran. About mile 4, I looked up and saw my daughter, she had come all the way downtown to root me on! I teared up and kept running adding a little more pep to my steps. She motivated me. By mile 11, I was hurting! I told myself just kept going Jenny, you are almost done! Miles 12 and 13 were tough. During my “so-called” training the furthest I ran was 6 miles. It was the final stretch and there was my husband, Jeremy standing on the side, smiling so big and rooting me on. Again, it pushed me to add even more pep in my step, I could see the FINISH line and I gave it my all. I DID IT!!!!! I ran the whole thing and to be honest, I don’t even know how! Taking risks is something that sounds good to me but deep down I am FULL of fear. I fear that I can’t do it. I feared that during the race, I was going to quit and walk, I feared that I could never leave my job. I feared that I would let my co-workers and Boss down. I feared that I would disappoint. After completing the 1/2 marathon, I had started to launch BeLocal Parker and I knew May was the deadline. I had planned to give my notice in March. Everyday, it haunted me. I couldn’t do it! 3 weeks went by and I literally could not do it. Finally, I took the RISK! It was a Friday afternoon around 4pm, end of the day! I walked into my Boss’s office, I was so nervous but I knew what I was going to say as I had rehearsed the conversation over and over in my head. When I shared the opportunity about BeLocal, spending more time with my family and the flexibility it offered, he said, “Jenny if anyone can go out and do this, it’s you”. He took it WAY better than I had expected! Taking that risk was the BEST decision of my life! “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far it is possible to go.” – T.S. Eliot
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was an avid student but had to work hard to get good grades. I was accepted into CSU and wanted to study exercise science. I had dated one boy in high school, was on protection and found out I was pregnant. At 18, we had a baby girl and life took a HUGE turn. I found a great paying nanny job where I could my daughter, Ashlyn with me. I would go to work during the day and took a few college classes in the evenings. Not sure how I did it but I just did. I never thought to myself this is hard, instead I just took each day at a time with more adult responsibilities. When the nanny family moved, I started working full-time at a high-end Photography Studio. It was a fun job, welcoming people, presenting their photos, selling which was easy since “capturing life’s moments” was the motto. I was in charge of creating the “In Focus” Mailer. It was the yearly mailer that was truly a news paper full of families, high school seniors, babies and fur babies. I loved creating the layout, selecting the images and diving into all the things that Photoshop had to offer. I am a hands on, learn by trial and error kind of person. I worked at the Photography Studio for 10 + years, then life threw another curve ball at me in 2012. I went and survived a divorce. We had been married 12 years, 2 beautiful girls, Ashlyn and Rylea. It was tough, but again, I somehow kept my head up and kept on going. I moved in with my parents, they had a lovely basement with it’s own entrance and we called it home for 2 years. My parents lived in Columbine Valley, CO. They received a really nice publication in the mail every month with a family on the front cover and cool, local content on the inside. One issue had a 1/2 page ad that read, “HIRING Part-time, you can make $3,000 – $5,000 per mo.” My mom saw it and thought of me since I love people and love photography and design. I called the number on the ad once my mom had pointed it out. I spoke to Kevin Ryan, he had me come in for an interview. I grew up in the area my whole childhood and now lived in the neighborhood so he thought I would be a good fit and hired me ad his AE. WOW! I realized how much fun it was to create my own schedule, meet many of the local business owners and was excited about my paychecks! It was awesome! I had some of my largest paychecks ever! Then…Yes many of you can relate…the then… I hit a rut. I was focusing on court paperwork for the divorce which was costing me an arm and a leg! I had to do something! My daughter needed braces, I needed a new place to live and my car was giving out on me! Instead of working harder at N2, I took a design job. Well I thought was a design job. The Real Estate Company that hired me consisted of new builds, redevelopment and low income housing projects. I not only knew zero about any of it, I had to learn, on my own how to create listings, contracts and all the things that go along with a full on Transaction Coordinator. Looking back, I am again best at hands on learning by making multiple mistakes. It was a stressful, yet rewarding job. Everyone in the office gave me high fives and encouragement. I was on top of the world on the outside but on the inside, I HATED it! I HATED the daily concrete grind of I-25 the busiest highway in Denver. My commutes were 45-65 minutes and if it snowed, well…. It was ruining my family, my mood, my exercise and my sleep. One thing I did love about the job was that I did get to design and stage many of the redevelopment or “Flip” projects. That was fun and satisfying for me! I love to decorate, organize and see a space and mentally fill it. When I finally stirred up the courage to give my notice, it was the most freeing feeling! I took the risk, I did it and I never looked back at the office life again! I began BeLocal Parker. I was back with the amazing N2! I had a stronger will and why this time! I think I had to leave the goodness of N2 to truly appreciate that I could be my own boss, take my own unsupervised lunch, no commute, travel and most importantly, more time with my family. I am proud of myself. I am happy I took that risk, I am thankful I can work side by side with my husband, my father-in-law and my daughter Ashlyn. We all work for N2, we support and encourage one another. On a side note, I still get to pick up side jobs as a consultant for my previous Boss to stage his new builds! It’s a WIN, WIN WIN!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend, Lacey came to town, we would go for a long hike, maybe even camp at the base of one of Colorado’s 14’ers. After a good workout, we would stop at a fun local Brewery eat and sip. We love music so we would definitely hit up a good concert at Red Rocks, prior to the concert we would stop and grab some good grub at Root Down, a funky mid-century venue. The next day we would hop in my car and head up to the mountains. Lacey and I met in the 2nd grade, she grew up in Littleton then moved to Silverthorn for highschool. Silverthorn is up in the mountains where she played on the boys soccer and rugby team! She is athletic and loves adventure just like me! We would stay in Breckenridge, hike, bike and shop and end or day with some good wine at the rustic-chic Aurum restaurant. Before the lights go out, we would sit in the outdoor hot tub, laugh and gaze the panoramic night sky full of stars!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
A huge shoutout to my husband, best friend and hugest fan, Jeremy Roentz. He inspires me, helps me and cheers me on everyday. He is the one who heard about the BeLocal product at the January conference and loved it. When he learned the ins and outs of BeLocal he thought, Jenny has to do this! I also would like to give a shoutout to my coach, Jason Pattee. He is always positive and shares tips that are small but have created huge changes and success in my business. Lastly, Denise Thompson! She is my rockstar, who taught me to be the CEO of my company and be honest and true to my calendar.
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