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Introducing the Team at Cyberhawk

We value our members here at Shift Workspaces, and love getting to know them better. This month we sat down with Chris Fleming. His company, Cyberhawk is a leader in drone survey and inspection for the energy industry, helping clients assess the condition of their assets which allows them to make evidence-based decisions. Continue reading to learn about his unique experiences with the company.

 

What inspired you to start your own company and do what you do?

It was not my idea. In fact, two of my friends convinced me to join Cyberhawk and invest. At the time, I knew relatively little about drones and software, but it sounded exciting, so I jumped in headfirst. I quit my job, sold a property, and invested over $100,000 of my own money. To say I was naive is an understatement. However, once I had committed, I gave it 110 percent. Thankfully, I knew a bit about inspection, so my skills were useful, and I soon learned a lot about drones.

 

What about your business and/ or industry motivates you?

We are truly disrupting normally conservative industries. We are doing things that have never been done before, and that keeps us motivated and fresh. By using remote technologies like drones to inspect assets, we are undoubtedly keeping people safer, which is a great thing. I’m also motivated by the stories and memories that we create as we go on this journey. We have worked in over 35 countries, and we all have great stories to tell about the places we have been.

 

What is your business’s long-term goals?

We strive to continue growing, and we aim to become a global brand that helps energy companies digitize their assets.

 

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

I’m motivated by adventure and new experiences. I enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles, and doing things that give me a thrill. Two of my most memorable trips include riding motorcycles through South Africa and Morocco. I have tried dog sledding once and would love to do that again. I also learned how to fly a plane, skydive, and scuba dive!

 

What does your ideal weekend look like?

I would go to see U2 at Red Rocks on Friday night. Saturday morning, we would take a private jet up to the mountains, avoiding the traffic, go heliskiing with friends and family in fresh powder all day. As the sun starts to set, we would take the dogsleds to a remote deluxe cabin with magnificent views across the mountain tops and enjoy a fine meal with some karaoke. On Sunday, we would grab the snowmobiles, head out across a frozen lake to meet with the ice rally team, and drive like lunatics around the frozen lake. A fixed-wing plane would bring us back to town in the afternoon, and we skydive out the back. We land in a field where Fat Boy Slim is just starting his first set, and the crowd is starting to go wild.

 

How has coming to Shift Workspaces Littleton contributed to your growth and success?

It is new for us to have a space that allows us to get together in Denver. Most people were working remotely, so having a beautiful, collaborative space has helped the team gel and be inspired by such a remarkable space. We have an office in Edinburgh that is awe-inspiring, so I thought it was going to be tough to find something comparable in Denver. Despite my doubts, I think we have. The surroundings and aesthetics of the working space are important to me, and Shift delivers in every way. I love the delectable food, the welcoming staff, and the ambiance in general.

 

If you want to learn more about Chris Fleming and Cyberhawk, you can check out his website

Faces of Shift with OnPoint Intelligence

(Pictured from left to right: Mark Goldfarb, Clinton Hughes & Geir Boe)

About OnPoint Intelligence?

Onpoint Intelligence is a boutique consultancy based in Denver, Colorado. We work with industry leaders to streamline their planning and analytics through the implementation of new practices, processes, & technology. Onpoint has over 20 years of experience across multiple platforms and numerous industries. Some of our recent customers include Stanford, Crocs, and Digital Globe.

What drew you to Shift Workspaces to be the home base for your company?

We had worked from another co-working space in Denver and decided to look around to see what other spaces had to offer. We toured a few and really liked the professional atmosphere of Shift offered. Plus, the Bannock location is conveniently located for all our team.

How do you see the company expanding in the next 5 years?

Currently, we are working on our first product: Onpoint Planning. We have partnered with a large enterprise planning software company and are developing a product on their platform, which we will offer to smaller clients who wouldn’t normally be able to afford such software. Ideally in five years we will have numerous clients running on our product and will have grown to 15-20 employees.

What does your ideal weekend in Colorado look like?

Our entire team likes to take advantage of the outdoors here in Colorado. You will find some of us enjoying the different golf courses around the state, while others will be riding bikes and hiking in the summer or skiing in the winter. We all also enjoy the food scene in Denver.

What is your #1 bucket list item for this summer?

Climb a 14er that we’ve never been up and launch our product and sign our first client.

You can learn more about On Point Intelligence at http://onpointintel.com/

Faces of Shift with Natasha Felton Colorado Commercial Companies

I started my commercial real estate career at Cushman and Wakefield and built an affinity for solving operational problems with creative real estate solutions. Every company’s top two expenses are their human capital costs and their facility costs. Creative management of how a company houses its staff and operations can add to NOI, while also enhancing recruiting and retention of the intellectual capital that fortifies the business.

My firm is Colorado Commercial Companies (C3). We specialize in helping users, owners and investors to infiltrate the difficult to penetrate commercial real estate market. I have handled office, industrial and land transactions for buyers, tenants, sellers and Landlords for over twenty years. My favorite part of the business is solving the puzzle of each unique deal. I work with two awesome professional partners, Ashley Weiler and Jonathan Ungar.

Where are you from originally? Do you enjoy living in Denver?

I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Boulder. I spent five years based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and as I was heading into my sixth winter, I decided I needed to get back to some Colorado sunshine. The rest, as they say is history. There is no better place to live than Colorado! In my off time I bike and hike, garden and cook.

Who are a few of your women role models and why?

There are so many feisty, capable female role models in Colorado and nationally. Locally, I have been lucky to be mentored by Colorado standouts including Barb Grogan, LaRae Orullian and Kathy Hodgson. Each of these women established respected, lucrative careers in traditionally male dominated industries. Each built diverse, far flung professional networks that create tremendous value for their clients/constituents.

The ability to bring people together and create unique solutions is fun and it helps differentiate service providers from one another.

What drew you to Shift and how has being here helped reach your career goals?

Shift was a decision that was a long time coming. As a relatively small firm, we wanted a work environment that added a more social component to our business than traditional office space would. We also wanted a platform that could result in increased referral business.

C3 is a small firm. I like to say we are like ants…we lift many times our weight in business annually, but we do it with a small tightly knit staff that believes in work/life balance, prosperity, excellence and fun. We came to Shift to integrate into a larger professional community and have fun working!

As a woman in the work force, what are some challenges and obstacles that you have faced and overcome?

Commercial real estate is a business of extreme competition. There are times when the competition moves from the field to street fighting. I have built a career of choosing ethics over return and it has positioned C3 as one of the top boutique firms in Denver for the last 15 years. Our clients know that we are focused on their goals and the long-term relationship—not our commission.

As a woman in the workplace I have found many challenges, but most of them have been navigable. My industry requires information exchange and flow. My networking is non-traditional. The men in my business do not often reach out to ask me to join a foursome, but I can get the same information in less time with breakfasts and lunches. As in all things, you work from your strength. My career has allowed me to work with many of the top brokers in Colorado. Those historic deals have built a network that I can rely on for information, support and resources.

What advice would you give to women entering the work force?

Do something you love. Making this fundamental choice early on will allow you to take joy in long hours and the challenges that accompany the creation of career. Be willing to sacrifice for what you want to achieve. There are choices every executive needs to make related to work/life balance. Be honest with yourself. Have fun. Work with good people. Build solid teams.

Faces of Shift with Carina Burger of Small Batch Consulting

Where are you from originally? Do you enjoy living in Denver?

Originally born in Moscow, Russia, I moved to Denver at 10 years old. I am the biggest Denver fan girl you will ever meet…I love it here. It’s a fresh city that has a lot of growing to do and I’m excited to be apart of its evolution.

Who are a few of your women role models and why?

All of the women in my life are spectacularly balanced. My mom, a top executive at EY, has never made work an excuse for not taking care of herself. She’s always well rested, beautifully dressed and on her game – that’s my ultimate aspiration.

What drew you to Shift and how has being here helped reach your career goals?

My company was just under a year old when I splurged for an office at Shift. It was easily the best thing for my career because at that point, I was “all in”. In the 6 months I’ve worked at Shift, my productivity has massively increased. Coming to an office base is one thing, but the Shift community really makes you want to stay. Simply being surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurs makes you realize that you’re not alone in the struggle and that it doesn’t have to be a struggle at all.

As women in the work force, what are some challenges and obstacles that you have faced and over come?

Out of college I felt the obstacle of being young and inexperienced as grounds for not being taken seriously. Once I got some experience and found my niche, being a young woman no longer felt like an obstacle. It’s all about what comes out of your mouth and what you can show for. There’s nothing more powerful than a well-dressed woman with a sharp tongue – at least that’s what I’ve been told.

What advice would you give to women entering the work force?

Keep your head down, do amazing work, and the rest will take care of itself.

About Small Batch Consulting, LLC: We are food science & engineering consultants in the natural food & beverage industry…and we love a challenge.  

Why “Small Batch” you ask? Our focus is startup companies. With our large network of ingredient suppliers, contract manufacturers and industry specialists, together we can help take you from conceptualization to commercialization.

Faces of Shift with Madison Carroll

Getting to know your colleagues can take time. But it’s so important to open up and share meaningful conversation, develop inside jokes and gather insight on those who surround you on a daily basis. It keeps us quick-witted, happy and sane. We want to provide that sense of comradery for our members, even if they don’t work for the same company. Our members have expressed interest in getting to know one another, so we’ve developed a platform to better share company backgrounds and personal interests via Shift Member Shout-Outs.

 

Shift Member Shout-Outs represent a way for our members to share their story. We’re excited to share our first, with member Madison Carroll—event planner and yogi extraordinaire! Check it out below:

 

Madison! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. We’d love to get to know you and your company better. Could you describe your business in your own words?   

I have the pleasure of working for Bespoke Event Group. I met our President, Justin Ball, while working in co-working at Shift. We networked, and the next thing I knew I was working with Justin at Bespoke. Our company coordinates meetings and events ranging in size from small executive meetings to large conferences. We have local and national clients in many different industries. I appreciate that there is no typical day for us, and I couldn’t get by each day without sharing a laugh or two with Justin and my colleague, Chanthy Na.

 

Very cool. Now tell us about you. Where are you from? Why’d you move to CO? Any hobbies or interests you’d like to tell us about?

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where I attended the University of Arizona for college. Growing up I spent enough time in Telluride, CO to know that I had to move as soon as I could because Colorado was calling my name. After graduating from college I picked up and moved to Denver. It’s hard to believe I have been here for about 3 years. I haven’t looked back once!

 

When asked why I moved, I say, “Life” but really it’s the Colorado lifestyle. I love the outdoors and the adventures that await each weekend. Frequently you’ll find me skiing, biking, hiking, swimming and running. I enjoy challenging myself physically and regularly participate in triathlons and endurance races. On the flip side, my passion for yoga keeps me grounded day to day. In 2013, I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and began teaching immediately after. Everyday I grow more passionate about yoga and the philosophies that surround it.

 

Join me at Shift Tuesday’s at noon for yoga! My goal is to create a safe space for everyone to explore their mind, body, spirit and breath. Beginners are always welcome. In addition to teaching at Shift, I teach at Karma Yoga Center on South Pearl every Tuesday at 6:15am (for the early risers out there. ;))

 

Heck yeah we will join you at yoga! It seems like something you’re really proud of. What’s something else you’re really proud of, from a business standpoint?

In the fall of 2015 we organized a beautiful evening outdoor fundraising event for a local non-profit client. It was really one of the most amazing moments in my career. It’s magic when everything falls into sync at the right time.

 

That’s awesome. Glad to hear it. Switching gears a little bit: do you have a favorite TV show?

I have been really into The Voice (a guilty pleasure)! Other than that, usually I am asleep by 9pm- it’s ok, call me Grandma.

 

 Yeah, sleep is nature’s beauty regimen! Any big trips planned?

Yes, I am getting my summer gear ready for a trip to Cape Cod this summer! It’ll be my first time there, so I look forward to some beach and relaxation time.