Deciding to work for yourself is often cited as the best decision folks in our community have made. Hearing the same response over and over led us to ask them about the next best decision folks have made and we’ve shared their responses with you below.

Diego Montemayor | Co- Founder and CEO of Chamba App

The single most important decision that contributed to my success was deciding not to work for myself only, but for my community. Deciding to work and devote all of myself to the community was a greater mission, a positive mission, something that would bring success even if I avoided it. A good, positive mission will always bring success, success in many ways. Read more>>

Traci Jones | Studio Six Branding Principal + Creative Director

Studio Six is a small branding agency producing big work. We develop brands and integrated marketing campaigns for cities, transit agencies and large corporations intentional about shaping their brand and image. THE STORY
Prior to founding Studio Six, I had the privilege of working for several highly-regarded national design and advertising agencies. With more than 15 years of experience, I was very accustomed to all that comes with the intense agency world—late nights, managing large-scale projects, endless details and relentlessly pursuing excellent creative. During these pivotal years, I designed a broad spectrum of large-scale work including corporate branding, advertising campaigns, signage systems for high-end hotels and retail centers, transit systems and everything in between. Read more>>

Maile Spung | Owner & Skiing/Climbing Hardgoods Buyer

Before deciding to take over the Ute Mountaineer from my dad, I wanted to see what aspects of my life might interest me as a career. My goal was to make sure that if I worked at the family business, it was because I wanted to be there and not because I didn’t know what else to do. I was very interested in the medical field and got my EMT certification to see if medicine was something I wanted to pursue. This led me to work as a ski patroller in Aspen during the Winters and a climbing guide in Washington during the summers. I split my time between Aspen and Mt. Rainier, Denali, and Ecuador’s Volcanoes. Taking the time to pursue other paths (even though they were in the outdoor field) led me to realize that I wanted to spend my time in the outdoor industry. I knew that the lifestyle of guiding and patrolling was not sustainable for me, but I had found my passion in connecting people with the outdoors. Read more>>

Camilla Carboni | Luxury Brand Copywriter & Consultant

To exceed expectations. Always. Today’s fast-paced work environment lends itself to quantity over quality and I firmly believe in the opposite approach.
By devoting the time, research, and commitment necessary to provide services that exceed client expectations, I’ve built a reputation for excellence that I’m proud to stand behind. Read more>>