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BY Ruthie Flaa; Photo by Ellen Jaskol
 
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BY Ruthie Flaa

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Meet Kjell Mitchell, Glenwood Hot Springs Resort

Beginning in late January up until the first stretch of December, Kjell Mitchell can be found pedaling one of his many bikes to his job as president and CEO of Glenwood Hot Springs Resort. The daily, 15-mile bike ride in mountainous Glenwood Springs may sound strenuous for many, but not for a man driven by equal parts enthusiasm and dedication during his 40-year career at the world’s largest hot springs pool accompanied by a lodge and spa. 

Meet Tim Freeman, Executive Chef of Borealis

Tim Freeman’s 25-year culinary career included stops in Moscow, the Philippines and Portugal, before Nairobi, Kenya. From there, the 39-year-old plotted a return to the United States, first at Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana, before moving south to Borealis for the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center’s opening in early 2016.

“My son, he was born in Nairobi,” says Freeman. “I had been out of the U.S. for 10 years—I had not set foot on U.S. soil. It was time to come home.”

Meet Lindsay Arell, Honeycomb Strategies

It was the ski bum lifestyle that called to Lindsay Arell. Her only dream as a 20-something was a free lift ticket and enough tips to cover monthly rent; she was in Vail following college waiting to be accepted into the Peace Corps. Nonetheless, her passion for nature, the mountains and Colorado’s pristine attributes set in motion an avalanche of change for Arell and her beloved state. 

Meet Nicole and Scott Mattson, Nocturne

On a side street in the buzzed-about RiNo Arts District northeast of downtown Denver is Nocturne, a jazz venue and supper club with one foot in the 1940s and the other squarely in the 21st century.

It’s a throwback, sure, but one with a decidedly modern sensibility from proprietors Scott and Nicole Mattson.

Meet Steve Spangler

Mad science experiments have garnered Steve Spangler 185 million views on YouTube as the guy who originated the Mentos and Coke geyser. He’s since licensed the product for use in education and toys, founded Steve Spangler Science to make science-related toys, created more than 1,300 online videos, and appeared on Denver’s KUSA-TV 9News more than 1,000 times as of May 2015.

Meet Bruce and Donna Horii, Two Industry Veterans

Even after 30 years working in meetings and events, Bruce and Donna Horii find plenty of motivation in what they do.

“We both have a passion for the mountain lifestyle, Colorado as a state and Breckenridge as a home base; I think that kind of shows through to our guests and clients,” says Bruce, director of sales and marketing at Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center in Breckenridge for the past 15 years.

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