We had the good fortune of connecting with Phyllis Gutin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Phyllis, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
People. Community. CO1000.org has been fortunate to have great support since the launch of our organization. We (my husband & I) approached Tom Gysin & Evan Harris, Owner’s of Homestead Title & Escrow, a Colorado based Title Insurance company, and discussed our plans and vision for local (Colorado based) business professionals to have an organization that focuses on giving back to our community in need. Without Tom & Evan’s immediate support and offer to fund us and agreed to be our Founding Partners, and support our goals of a 100% passthrough non-profit organization, giving back to local charities, our vision would not have come to fruition. They are true givers, and we are blessed to have them support our organization. Of course, we also have incredible local business professionals (entrepreneurs’, business owners and companies) that immediately saw the value of networking with likeminded professionals and quickly became Members, Sponsors and Community Gives Partners with us… hence our quick and steady growth. That’s how we all succeed!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I had a pretty “traditional” life starting out in my sales career, working for various media based companies in New York. Each direction always affording me the opportunity to learn & grow. I had always had an entrepreneur bug in me, trying small business as a sideline while my daughter was young and attempting to be a part-time business person and a full time mom. It wasn’t until my (second) marriage to my husband Lloyd, that I witnessed the true possibility of starting/owning ones own business as he has always been a self-starter, entrepreneur/business owner. He has a great energy and always willing to try something new, so when it came to starting new businesses, we were in! It’s never easy to start your own business or purchase and run franchises etc. but it is exciting. I think my strength has always been “willing to try new ideas/businesses” at hopefully a calculated risk, but we’ve had our share of disappointments. When we decided to relocate to Colorado, we thought of ways to become connected to our new community and what better way than to give back, connect with likeminded folks and support our community… and Colorado 1000 better known as CO1000.org was launched!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Number one most exciting place (as I am a music lover) is Red Rocks Amphitheater! Whenever we have out of state visitors, we always make it a point to take them to concerts at Red Rocks during their visit as well as hike and explore the trails/area around Red Rocks. When our friends or family come to visit, any place we can drive into the mountains is always a wow factor for our visitors as well as hiking on beautiful trails throughout Colorado.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My husband Lloyd Gutin, he’s always been a “true giver” to family, friends, employees, clients and associates. I’m super fortunate to have married a man that continues to be giving & loving and my partner if life.
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