We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan (Mo) Fiorino and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan (Mo), what is the most important factor behind your success?
Passion is the Key to Success
When finding my post high school direction, my parents ingrained in me to follow my passions. We’ve all heard the saying “Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life”, I believe this is the golden ticket to true success and happiness.
Growing up in a musical home, my Music Business degree brought me to work at CID Entertainment, where I spent five years curating high-level VIP experiences at some of the largest music festivals nationwide such as Coachella and EDC Vegas in addition to international boutique events like Phish Riviera Maya. This is where I discovered a parallel passion for hospitality. Being able to create life-changing memories for others at some of the most spectacular shows out there has not only been extremely rewarding but also has led to some of the greatest days of my very own life.
I continue to discover and grow my passions each day by continuously learning, traveling, discovering and collaborating with incredible individuals. From living off-grid at a treehouse community in Costa Rica to learn about sustainability to building out a tiny home village in New Mexico, Passion continues to be the driving force.
I am now at the point where myself and partner Dylan are rebranding our full-service hospitality and events company, Connecting Roads. We recently took the time to write out our values, both professional and personal to ensure that we’re effectively working towards the goals that our passion drives. I think it’s important for everyone to do this in order to realign themselves and be the most successful in whatever fuels that fire.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As a creative, unique thoughts and ideas are constantly flowing. The creative expression that Connecting Roads produces is interesting because it ultimately is an experience that is being created rather than a physical piece that you might normally imagine as an artform. It’s fun to be able to step onto an open field with a concept and days later come in and execute, creating temporary communities, imaginative places and luxurious villages that may just last for a few days.
I’m most excited for our next phase that includes purchasing a host property which will serve as our ‘Basecamp’. This is where Connecting Roads will be able to produce our very own intimate style music events, retreats and welcome all walks of life for community initiatives and a platform for collaborating with new people. We are actively seeking land and investment partners to be involved in this special project as well!
I am most proud of the success of the CID Presents events that are produced in Cancun, Mexico each year between January and March. Being given the opportunity to work for my favorite band, Phish and create an intimate concert experience has been a project I feel so blessed to be a part of.
I’ve gotten to the point where I am today by never being too comfortable and always challenging myself by constantly tapping into new terrain. It’s easy to think that a consistent 9-5 job equates to success but if you’re simply just going through the motions and not happy, is that really success or living?
I for one am absolutely learning new lessons each and every day. One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is that volunteering and internships is the ultimate way to holistically pave your way into the industry you want to be in. Some of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever had stemmed from being able to provide free insight or services to someone. I recently had the privilege of being a Technical Advisor for LAGI x Fly Ranch. In exchange for my advising, I have now built direct connections with incredible individuals all over the world.
Something extremely valuable that stems off of this is networking. When done correctly, it is among the most powerful of tools. By always putting myself out there with the openness of simply just making a new friend and providing insight and ideas, I have built some of the strongest relationships both personally and professionally.
We each have a story to tell and Connecting Roads is ever evolving. By taking the route you haven’t travelled on before, you will stumble upon the most beautiful journey, ultimately ending up exactly where you want to be.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Funny you ask this.. I just wrapped up a contract with a luxury travel company where one of my main focuses was creating custom road trip itineraries for guests!
Day 1 – Climb in Eldorado Canyon State Park
Sip at The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
Dance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Day 2 – Explore Rocky Mountain National Park – Hike Dream Lake & Eagles Nest
Farm to Table Dinner at The Lyons Farmette
Day 3 – Drive scenic Trail Ridge Road in RMNP
Sunset Alpine Sailing at Grand Lake
Day 4 – See moose at Lake Granby
Day 5 – Explore Telluride & Soak at Ouray Hot Springs
Day 6 – Ride horses at Zapata Ranch, a 103,000-acre working bison, cattle and horse ranch and nature preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy
Day 7 – Sled down the tallest sand dune at Great Sand Dunes National Park
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My shoutout absolutely goes out to parents! I’m so very blessed to have such an incredible support system. Also, my life and business partner, Dylan. This crazy ride wouldn’t be the same without you!!
If you have never seen the movie 180 Degrees South, it’s a must watch! This inspiring documentary follows an epic climbers journey to Patagonia and really solidified what matters most in life, which is staying true to your vision and values and to never stop exploring.
Instagram: @ayoitsmo & @connecting.roads
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