We had the good fortune of connecting with Paula Neubert and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paula, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
Living in California in 1992 I hired a Sports Psychologist to talk to a group of high school students I was working with for the summer. He handed out a small 2.5″ x 2.5″ card that says “Attitude is a Decision” and I have carried it with me ever since. It’s torn and tattered, been taped a few times but I am looking at it right now as it’s taped to my computer screen. It reminds me every day that I have control of my attitude, and therefore, my day. Life is going to be filled with many ups and downs, but every morning when you wake up, you have the opportunity to make a decision on how you want to tackle that day and anything that comes along.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
First of all, I love my job and the people I get to work with every day. We are in the business of helping people be fit and healthy which is one of the most rewarding things possible. The past 11 months were the most challenging of my career and the most taxing on our company which has been a staple in Greenwood Village for over 33 years. We are recognized as a leader in our industry and are one of the most respected independent clubs in the country. Our team members and club members have become family over the years to create a vision that was defined by one of our members nearly 16 years ago…Club Greenwood truly is “The Best Part of My Day”! Being a female in a predominantly male industry (in my position) was a challenge but also something that helped me grow, be stronger, more confident and continue developing my skill set so there was no question I was the right person for the position. Lessons learned…rely on your team to be successful, realize you will never know everything, keep learning each day, think before you speak, be a role model, and most important…be grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in someone’s life!
2020 Woman Leader Award by IHRSA. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQWn4PDHVHw
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.
My home would be #1…we live on a 35 acre ranch south of Elizabeth that has the most beautiful view of Pike’s Peak. It’s quiet, peaceful, and evenings on the deck with a fire and a glass of wine looking at a sky full of stars is truly heaven! A hike would be #2…views of the City, views of mountain lakes and 14er Peaks are all breathtaking and show what Colorado is all about! If they are up for it we would tackle the Manitou Incline. Breakfast at First Watch (Floridian French Toast) has to be a way to start the day. 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver is a stop, especially if its during the holidays. A horse carriage ride around the city to see the lights. A Bronco’s, Nuggets, Av’s or Rockies game would be a plus as we enjoy sports. If it’s ski season then a favorite place is Vail with Steamboat being a close second. Date nights with my husband include Maggiano’s and when we want to kick back, outside and have some fun…it’s Fuzzy’s on south Parker Road. If our friends are visiting and want a bit more culture, we would spend time at some of Denver’s amazing museum’s and visit various landmarks around the city. There is so much to see and do in Colorado, they would have to come back for more!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family…I am a working mom, therefore I understand there have been times when I had to make the difficult decision to spend time working vs being able to attend one of my kids functions or be at home for dinner. They have never complained, never made me feel like I wasn’t there for them, and even recently, my son (junior in college) asked to interview me for a story he wrote during COVID about how hard people were working to keep their businesses open and operating. Made me smile 🙂