We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Pouse and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Stephanie, any advice for those thinking about whether to keep going or to give up?
I’m a big believer that people “overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in 5-10”. Living in a society where instant gratification is normalized – shopping, communication, etc. – delayed gratification in business can be challenging to wrap our heads around. But, if you wholeheartedly believe in your mission, your goals can be achieved; even if they take longer than expected.
Please tell us more about your business. How did you get to where you are today business-wise. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
Our local business, Brahma Roofing & Construction, is a full service Roofing and Construction team that services the Residential and Commercial space. As a female-owned business in industries that lack female representation –Construction at approximately 10% and Roofing at approximately 0.5% – part of our mission is to create more opportunity for women within these industries through adequate representation, quality work and philanthropic contributions.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Lucky for us, we’ve had a lot of visitors over the years! So, I’ve gotten the chance to show some of our favorite people around this wonderful state. Since there are so many places to visit, trails to explore and foods to eat all along the Front Range, these are only some of our favorites:
Fort Collins Monday: Breakfast at Lucille’s, hike at Lory State Park, beers and games at New Belgium. Tuesday: Breakfast at Choice City, float in Horsetooth Reservoir and margaritas at The Rio. Wednesday: Pastries at Cafe Bluebird, visit Rocky Mountain National Park, lunch at Smokin’ Daves BBQ in Estes, wine at Sweetheart Winery on the way back. Denver Thursday: Coffee at Crema Coffee House, Stand Up Paddle Boards at Sloan Lake and dinner at Los Chigones. Friday: Breakfast at Denver Biscuit Company, hike Red Rocks, drinks throughout Rino. Saturday: Union Station Farmers Market, Food and Shopping in Larimer Square with a picnic dinner at Cheesman Park.
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?
I’d like to highlight my family! Since I was a child, they’ve been my greatest support system. Through school, collegiate athletics and now business they’ve always been my biggest fans. Which, when you’re taking risks, matters. With each business being family owned and operated in some capacity, the commitment we share to one another – one of honesty, hard work and responsibility – is essential to the success of our businesses.
However, I do want to extend my gratitude to my Mom, Dad, Fiance and Fur-Baby, Odin. My Mom, for always being someone I can count on. My Dad, for showing me what determination and hard work can create. My Fiance, for being my rock. My Odin, for being my calm in any storm. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by love, from family and friends. Your support and encouragement do not go unnoticed!