We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrick Conrey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrick, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Well, risk means that you may sacrifice something. I do my best to make sure that my risks are my own. I don’t want to bring in outside capital or other peoples time unless I compensate them fairly. I do this so that during the early phases of business so that I know I am only putting risk on my shoulders and decisions. At that point I am less tied to systems and ideas because I am free to take risks that effect mostly me.
I’m only a year into running my first real business. By real I mean that I track my finances. I’ve been having a lot of conversations with people as of late who are unhappy with their jobs or life in school. I encourage them to look into entrepreneurship. To me the biggest risk is not enjoying this crazy and interesting ride we are all on. If you’re lost, figure out how much you need to make to be happy and then get out there and sell some shit.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m very proud of my current business. I believe that we are doing good things for our communities, the environment and ourselves. I’m quite different now from who I was in the past. I credit that to continuous improvement and a general curiosity in the world. Of course I have my ups and downs but to be surrounded by people who are full of energy and passion and curiosity keeps me going. I look forward to the impact that we are going to have in the agricultural sector of Colorado.
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.
If I had friends coming to town I would hope they like to eat and get into the great outdoors. I could always give them tours of my favorite farm and food businesses Hazel Dell Mushrooms, Aspen Moon Farm, Moxie Bread, etc. I live in Fort Collins and I am wanting some better local spots but The Little on Mountain is my go to. Later in the week I would try to go down to the San Luis Valley and see the Great Sand Dunes and fish the Rio Grande.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mother, she is also a small business owner. She works like hell and I’ve learned a lot from her. Her support early on in my business has been great. We talk often about problems and solutions in our businesses. She has a core set of values that she stands firmly upon and its passed down.