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Faces of Shift with Whole Body Healing Nutrition

Each month at Shift Workspaces, we have the opportunity to highlight a valued member. We love getting to know our members not only on a professional level but also on a personal one. This month, we sat down with Georgia from Whole Body Healing Nutrition. Continue reading to hear more about her work being done at Whole Body Healing Nutrition. 

Tell us about the work you do at Whole Body Healing Nutrition. 

Whole Body Healing is a holistic nutrition practice that uses the power of food to help people heal. To put it simply, I work with people who do not feel well, whether this is an autoimmune diagnosis, hormone imbalance, Lyme Disease, weight loss/gain, or general inflammation like indigestion, bloating, or headaches. I then come up with a unique and customized nutrition and lifestyle plan for my clients to implement. We work together over time in order for clients to get their life back, start feeling their best, and confident with how to sustainably eat for their body type. Given that I am in the holistic space, I also address how a client sleeps, their stress levels, teach meditation/mindfulness, and much more!

What about this business/industry motivates you?

It was going through my own health journey that motivates me to do the work I do today. I was sick with autoimmune disorders and Lyme Disease, (a tick born illness), for several years. While I was sick, I fortunately had my nutrition degree, and knew that I could heal myself with food. I experimented with tons of different ways of eating, and ultimately learned how to take care of myself. I was able to send my health conditions into remission, where I stay today, due to the food and lifestyle changes I made. I knew that I had a needed skillset, that so many people don’t feel well, and was called to do the work I do with my clients. 

I also love how the nutrition industry is constantly changing. There’s always something to learn or a new dietary theory which makes my job fun and exciting! 

What are your company’s core values? How do they inform how your company serves clients?

Open communication, compassion, empathy, accountability, and trust. When someone is working with me, they are not only changing the way they eat, but they are changing their life! It’s an honor to guide my clients through massive shifts. Given the population I work with, many of my clients struggle with chronic, invisible illness. They are frequently dismissed by their doctors and made to feel they have a diagnosis with “no cure” or that their symptoms are “in their head.” It’s important to me for me to validate a client’s pain, and also give them hope that they don’t have to live this way forever. I find my clients feel really supported and held accountable by me since I’ve been through something similar. I also support my clients outside of their sessions through food journals and messaging in their online portal. I love the help I can offer people outside of their sessions. I find that the consistent communication and support I give is where the magic happens!

What has been the number one key to your company’s success throughout the past year?

I find people want to work with someone that they trust, and as a result I am primarily a referral-based business. I’ve found it helpful to not only connect with others but form genuine relationships in order to create a referral network. That being said, I love to meet new people, learn about other people’s businesses, so if you want to meet up after work one day for a drink or a coffee, let me know! 🙂 

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company here in Denver?

Even though I work with people most of the day, I have a lot of alone time! It’s important for me to be around others, have someone to say hi to, and be in an environment with motivated people. Plus, I was sick of commuting on I-25, thrilled to be closer to home, and love the free coffee!

What do you enjoy doing with your time when you are not working?

I love anything outside! Skiing, walking, spending time with friends and loved ones, Pilates, yoga, reading, and traveling are some other favorites. 

Faces of Shift With Point b(e) Strategies

Each month at Shift Workspaces, we have the opportunity to highlight a valued member. We love getting to know our members not only on a professional level but also on a personal one. This month, we sat down with the team from Point b(e) Strategies. Continue reading to hear more about who they are and what they are passionate about.

Tell us about the work you do at Point b(e) Strategies and introduce the team?

Point b(e) Strategies is an equity-centered, one-stop shop for organizational development and capacity building services. We work to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the social change sector – primarily partnering with nonprofits, foundations, institutes of higher education, and small city/state governmental entities. We offer strategic planning, grant writing and fund development planning, program evaluation, board and staff training, change management services, and justice, equity, diversity and inclusion services. Currently, we are a team of 14 people – but we continue to grow rapidly! While most of the team lives in Colorado, we have a staff presence in Oregon, Montana, Texas, Michigan and Virginia! Our team is composed of catalysts who are committed to changing the world through the exploration, dismantling and rebuilding of systems. 

What do you enjoy doing with your time when you are not working?

We are a team of diverse individuals with diverse hobbies! We ski, snowshoe, camp, read, travel, hike, climb, sing in bands, garden, do yoga, hang with our dogs and kiddos, volunteer in our communities, and hang out with each other!  

What is something about Point b(e) Strategies that most people do not know?

The weird spelling of our name is intentional! We think of the “Point b” of our clients being the place they want to arrive at the end of our work together. Simultaneously, we also want our work to help our clients better understand and articulate who they want to be! So, we design strategies to help clients identify who they want to be and to arrive at their desired point b!   

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

There is a lot about the social change sector that motivates us – in fact, all of our team members worked as boots-on-the-ground in the nonprofit sector before becoming consultants. I think I speak for the team when I say that one thing that really motivates each of us is the possibility of a different world and a different way of being. We are a company that is laser-focused on equity and the creation and maintenance of more equitable and inclusive spaces – we work towards this in everything that we do and the little wins we see along the way help keep us motivated to push for and work for change. We are also motivated by our clients! Folks working in the nonprofit and social change spaces are relentless and tireless in their fight for building a better world. Watching our clients and their commitments to their communities inspires and motivates us every day. 

What is a challenge you are excited to face in the next couple of years?

As we continue to emerge from the last nearly three years of the pandemic, the nonprofit sector Is having to reinvent itself in many ways. While it feels like a steep, uphill battle on many days, it is a challenge we are collectively really excited to take on. Our approach to consulting positions us well as thought-partners and true catalysts in the sector – giving us the opportunity to help our clients ask and answer hard questions about their work, the communities they serve, and opportunities to make the world more equitable. 

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

Coming to Shift has been a dream! We used to have just one tiny office space in a different coworking space – making the move to Shift has allowed us to level-up and to reconnect with each other in new ways. We have spent much of the past three years working almost entirely remote. While many members of our team remain remote, moving into three offices in Shift has allowed our team to reconnect and to build more natural synergies between projects. It’s fun to come to work and we love all of the wonderful staff and amenities available at Shift.   

The Power of Hospitality in the Workplace

CEO Grant Barnhill recently spoke with the hosts of Flex Uncensored podcast about how Hospitality drives success for Shift Workspaces 

In a post-COVID world where employees are transitioning to home offices and businesses are downsizing their office space, how does a coworking office company like Shift Workspaces maintain such a high level of “stickiness” among its members? In short, it’s through simple principles such as “serving others”, “mutuality”, and “hospitality”.

Unlike other shared workspace facilities, Shift strives to promote a sense of well-being for its members and is designed in such a manner to promote workplace happiness. The facilities opt for views over walls, light over dark, and high-end amenities and furniture over usual stale office decor. Perhaps the perk that keeps members coming back is the concierge-type services Shift offers, which are comparable to those you’d find at your favorite hotel or resort. Shift’s staff provides intuitive customer service that tends to your specific preferences both personal and professional. All to help infuse an element of comfort and productivity into the workday.

Barnhill says Shift targets the more serious working crowd as opposed to the Ping-Pong playing crowd, but there is a large social element involved at each of the three Denver-area locations. For instance, Shift brings the working community together once a day, usually around food and beverage – often garnering big crowds. The workspaces also offer complementary bar service with top shelf liquor, fine wines, and specialty beers for its members. When people ask Barnhill how Shift can afford to provide food, alcohol, and other perks daily, he says it’s “Part of our whole value proposition.”

Podcast co-host Jamie Russo said when she recently visited a Shift s center she was intrigued by hospitable approach because nobody in the industry does anything like it. “Why would anyone ever leave?” she pondered. “That’s the whole point,” Barnhill said “We want to make it sticky. We want to make it so people can’t imagine being anywhere else.”

Barnhill began his professional career as a Denver real estate broker in the mid-1980s and started buying apartment properties in the mid-90s, becoming an adaptive re-use apartment redeveloper in the neighborhoods around downtown for about 25 years. He bought a property in 2010 to be used as an office for his property management company. But his company only needed 3,000 square feet and he wanted to figure out a way to rent out 7,000 square feet of unneeded space. That’s when Shift Workspaces was born, and the building ultimately became the very first Shift location. The initial look and feel of the workspace mimicked some design elements of a WeWork shared office but evolved into much more of a boutique hotel-like concept geared towards a different demographic.

Barnhill’s hands are involved in every aspect of the business, including the finite details of the facilities’ design and décor. He said he picks every light fixture, piece of furniture, and even wallpaper. “It’s my favorite part of what I do.” He first gained an interest in art in 1998 at Burning Man, the annual week-long community and global cultural movement in Black Rock Desert, Nevada dedicated to anti-consumerism and self-expression. He is still enamored with the complexity and size of Burning Man art and someday wants to integrate some of that artwork into his campuses. He laughingly added that if any investors were listening to the podcast, to please give him a call.

Podcast co-host Giovanni Palavacini calls Barnhill and Shift Workspaces the “Best boutique operator in the country – everything from the product and how much goes into choosing every single bit of the design.”

He asked Barnhill what’s next for the business.

“I think our industry is really evolving,” Barnhill said. “We’re really embracing the concept of making Shift more of a social club, amenitizing it even further.”

He pointed out Shift locations have outdoor workspace, gym facilities, yoga studios, meditation rooms, areas for massage. “That’s the future. Shifts of the future will look more like a cross between Battery in San Francisco, maybe our Littleton location, and maybe Equinox – a high-end athletic club. That seems to be our direction.”

He also declared his next goal is to add swimming pools to his facilities.

Shift’s knack for hospitality has allowed and enabled them to advance into the special events space. The Littleton location is already hosting weddings, birthday parties, and other events, much like a hotel or resort would. While office services account for about 80% of the business’s gross revenue, meetings and events now ranks second on the list and has become a solid revenue stream.

Membership Options

Shift offers several membership options:

Private Office: Move-in ready private offices with ergonomic furniture and ultra-fast internet. Offices can be customized for teams of any size and are furnished with sit-stand desks, ergonomic chairs, and filing cabinets and other luxury amenities.

Dedicated Desk: Individual space with access to Shift service and amenities designed to optimize your workday.

Coworking: Unlimited access to open workspace in an open, collaborative environment, with access to Shift service and amenities.

Virtual Office: An option designed to give you the benefits of a full-time workspace while allowing your business to stay lean and nimble.

Meeting Room: Fully equipped meeting and training rooms with state-of-the-art technology and support staff for any size meeting or event.

Locations

Shift has three convenient Denver-area locations:

Shift Corona
383 N. Corona St.
Denver, CO 80218

Shift Bannock
1001 Bannock St.
Denver, CO 80204

Shift Littleton
2679 W. Main
Littleton, CO 80120

Podcast

To listen to the full podcast from August 23, 2022, search “Flex Uncensored” on your favorite podcast platform or listen at the link below.

Grant Barnhill – Flex Uncensored

Faces of Shift with Justin Barnes of Trane Technologies

Each month at Shift Workspaces, we have the opportunity to highlight a valued member. We love getting to know our members not only on a professional level but also on a personal one. This month, we sat down with Justin Barnes, National Account Executive at Trane Technologies. Continue reading to discover Justin’s story. 

Tell us about the work you do at Trane?

To simplify it all, I’m a business outcomes advisor, helping clients leverage their buildings to meet business goals. I’ve been with Trane for 25 years this July. I’m a mechanical engineer in technical sales of HVAC equipment, controls, services, and energy solutions for buildings. I work specifically with national account customers in vertical markets ranging from restaurant, retail, data center, and commercial buildings. As a National Account Executive, I’m responsible for managing the business and have a team of application specialists, project managers, and project administrators who are located throughout the U.S. 

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

I’m motivated to have “comfortable” customers with energy efficient HVAC equipment. Being in sales I’m motivated by thrill of business development and building long-term relationships. 

What are your company’s core values? How do they inform how your company serves clients? 

Our company’s primary mission statement is to “Reduce the Earth’s Energy Intensity”. We accomplish this by manufacturing and servicing energy efficient HVAC equipment and building controls.

What is your business’s long-term goals?

Trane Technologies has one primary long-term goal. We call it the “The Gigaton Challenge”. We’re reducing one gigaton – one billion metric tons – of carbon emissions (CO2e) from our customers’ footprint by 2030. 

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

Raising a family with my wife. We have three kids and all in sports. Tends to drive the weekend schedules at times. I love to mountain bike, ski/board, and all things outdoors.

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

I’ve been with my current company for 25 years. I had the same cube desk near downtown Denver until I moved to Shift Workspaces. The culture and atmosphere at Shift fit my outgoing personality. I live close by so I’m able to save significant time from driving every day. I’ve made friends and business connections that I would have never had the opportunity being at my corporate office. 

Faces of Shift with the Team from RealView Real Estate

(Featured Left to Right:  Jack Sanders and Alex Knight)

 

Our relationship with our members is of the utmost importance to us here at Shift. Each month, we ask one of our cherished members to tell us a little bit more about themselves and their company. This month, we sat down with the team at RealView Real Estate to learn more about the real estate industry, their team, and their company.

Tell us about the work you do at RealView Real Estate and introduce the team?

At RealView Real Estate, the majority of our time is spent brokering private client multifamily buildings. In addition, we also raise equity and prospect potential acquisitions for developers and investors in the apartment and industrial sectors. Jack and Alex teamed up in 2021 to start this new venture. Jack had previously worked in different real estate roles while Alex’s background was in equity research and trading. On the brokerage side Jack focuses on Denver County properties while Alex focuses on Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson Counties.

What is your favorite part about working in real estate?

In Jack’s opinion, the best part about real estate is working with all the different types of colorful characters. And Alex loves the work/life balance relative to finance and not being chained to a desk all day.

What has been the number one key to your company’s success throughout the past year?

Jack worked a few months alone prior to Alex joining the partnership. He feels very fortunate to be able to work with and spend the majority of his time with one of his best friends. In Jack’s own words, “Don’t tell him I said this, but when it comes to business he is also very smart, determined, and loyal. In my opinion the biggest reason why our partnership works is that our different personalities connect with different types of clients.” Alex goes on to say, “Jack’s experience and knowledge of the market were crucial in the early stages as I was transitioning to a completely different industry. A big thing for us is to celebrate the small wins but not lose sight of our long term goals.”

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company here in Denver?

We toured multiple coworking spaces prior to deciding on Shift Corona. The biggest draw for us was the great location, flexible agreements for growing companies, and the fantastic staff that always goes above and beyond. Also, the melting pot of different companies and people that make this place so special. 

What do you enjoy doing with your time when you are not working?

Jack enjoys spending time with friends and family, usually skiing, listening to live music, and watching CU Boulder and Northern California sports teams. Alex enjoys golfing as much as he can, hanging out with friends, and the occasional modeling gig. 

Faces of Shift with the Team from Belay Development

(Featured Left to Right:  Brock Fleming, Marshall Hamilton, Basel Fleischli, and Matt Kretzmann)

 

Here at Shift Workspaces; we are fortunate to work with so many interesting companies. This month, we sat down with the team at Belay Development to learn more about the rapidly growing industry of real estate development, their team, and their company.

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

Having worked on both the owner’s side and contractor’s side of the table in development over the past two decades, our team has had the unique opportunity to engage with and develop relationships with the full spectrum of stakeholders involved in bringing a new asset to market. Furthermore, Colorado has several metropolitan centers that consistently rank among the top destinations for both companies and individuals—driving strong demand for new development.

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

We’re motivated by helping our clients navigate the challenging landscape of bringing new real estate assets to market.

What is something about Belay Development that most people do not know?

Belay Development officially launched in April of 2021. As of the today, we are working on (or have completed) projects with a collective cost of development eclipsing $400 million dollars!

What are your long-term goals for Belay Development?

Long term, we aspire to establish Belay Development as a premier developer across Colorado, further develop our network of stakeholder partners, shape enriching communities for the public, all while continuing to create value for our clients.

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry you are in?

This industry is much too large and too complex for any single person to have all (or even most) of the answers. Surround yourself with good people and rely on them to be the expert in their field. 

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

Prior to Shift, Belay was operating entirely remote from our respective homes. Coming to Shift has enabled us to offer a home-base for our employees, and most importantly have a space to work collaboratively as a team. Coming out of a pandemic, it turns out that it’s incredibly difficult to design/manage construction of a building exclusively over Zoom meetings.

Tell us about the benefits you find coming into your office at Shift.

… ready-made coffee, the flavored water, curated snacks, what’s not to like?!

In all seriousness, Shift does an excellent job of creating a community amongst its members. We have two projects with an architect who is also a member in the building, who was actually the person that referred us to Shift. The management team does an excellent job of organizing social hours and events for members to meet one another/exchange ideas.

Faces of Shift with the Team from Nerd Street Gamers

(Featured Left to Right:  Joel Velarde, Sarah Williams, Derek McAdams, Brian Barr)

 

Here at Shift Workspaces; we are fortunate to work with so many interesting companies.  This month, we sat down with the team at Nerd Street Gamers to learn more about the rapidly growing industry of esports,  their team, and their company.

What inspired you to work at Nerd Street Gamers and what do you do?

Nerd Street’s mission is to lower the barrier of entry into esports. At our Localhost centers across the nation, we offer high-end gaming equipment, the best internet, and a safe place for players of all skill levels to compete or play, at affordable rates. We also host top-quality amateur online and in-person tournaments creating a pathway for players striving to go professional. 

What about your job do you enjoy the most?

Being a part of building local gaming communities and bringing people together.  Such as facilitating our Summer Camp programs and seeing the friendships students make with others.

How does your job/line of work motivate you?

Creating memorable experiences for our guests. Most players have never competed in person, and the energy is wild! Seeing teams meet in person for the first time after years of playing online together also always hits us right in the feels.

What is something about Nerd Street Gamers that most people do not know?

Our company is named after the street of our original center in Philadelphia at 908 N 3rd St! The original spelling was N3rd Street Gamers. 

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry you are in?

The esports industry is still young and very much still the wild west! Be ready to get creative!

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

It allows us to feel professional again since working from home! 

Tell us about the benefits you find coming into your office at Shift

It’s a perfect size. Not only can our satellite team work in the same room, but the phone booths are so convenient for private calls. We’re also very motivated by food – the daily snacks are always a surprise and delicious!

Faces of Shift with Hailey Hart Law

Our relationship with our members is of the utmost importance to us here at Shift. Each month, we ask one of our cherished members to tell us a little bit more about themselves and their company. This month, we had the pleasure of speaking with our members for Hailey Hart Law. Continue reading to learn more about what drives them to help others:

Tell us about the work you do at Hailey Hart Law.

We’re an award-winning women-owned law firm for plaintiffs.  We handle cases involving serious personal injury and significant insurance disputes.  We represent clients injured in automobile, trucking, bicycle, construction site, and workplace accidents.  In addition, we help policyholders collect benefits owed under homeowners, commercial property, disability, auto, and health insurance policies. 

What about this business/industry motivates you?

We’re motivated by helping regular people have equal access to the justice system for civil wrongdoings.

What are your company’s core values? How do they inform how your company serves clients?

Our core values are wellness, efficiency, and excellence. As a women-owned and operated business, our goal is to deliver excellent results consistently to our clients. We must deliver the best version of ourselves in all that we do.

What has been the number one key to your company’s success throughout the past year?

There probably isn’t one key to success. We feel that our devotion to clients, collaborative approach, and experience has all contributed to our law firm’s success over this past year. 

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company here in Denver?

We loved the idea of working in an open and collaborative environment. The shared spaces and amenities are managed through Shift, which frees up time for us to do what we love – practicing law and helping our clients. Also, the snacks are always delicious!

What do you and the team enjoy doing when you are away from the office?

Liz enjoys spending time in the mountains with her children, dog, and husband. She also loves trying new restaurants, snowboarding, and hiking in the backcountry.

Melissa is an animal-lover who likes to spend most of her free time outdoors in the sunshine.  She and her husband enjoy good food and wine, hiking, and camping.  She walks her pack of three dogs daily and enjoys running, yoga, and kickboxing.

When Randy is away from the office, he can typically be found traveling internationally and fly fishing. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their dog, Charlie, grandchildren, and attending the Bravo! Vail Symphony Festival.

Faces of Shift with Design Like You Mean It (DLYMI)

We love the great relationships we foster with our members at Shift Workspaces. This month, we had the opportunity to meet with Jesse Weaver and Michael Dusing to learn more about their company DLYMI. Continue reading to discover their unique story.

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

Design Like You Mean It (DLYMI) is a digital product design firm. We focus primarily on user experience design for mobile and web applications. As co-founders, we’ve been in this industry for over 30 years combined. We’ve seen the positive things that can come from digital technologies for both people and businesses, and we’ve also witnessed the pitfalls. We believe that we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible, and DLYMI is an opportunity for us to help a lot of companies deliver truly positive outcomes for their customers and themselves. It’s also our opportunity to build a diverse, highly experienced team of designers who aren’t just consultants, but who have all worked within companies and understand the day-to-day challenges it takes to grow and succeed. Our mantra is great people, great clients, great work.

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

The speed of change and the scale of impact that can be achieved in the digital industry is mind-blowing. There are so many opportunities to bring benefits to people’s lives. Witnessing that benefit in others and knowing that, when something isn’t working, we have an ability to make it better is the driving motivator for us as a company.

What is something about your business that most people do not know?

While you might only see two of us in the office we actually have a growing team of 12 designers and engineers and can scale to meet any project need. One benefit of 30+ years of combined experience is a huge network of very talented people.

What are your business’s long-term goals?

Our goal is to build a portfolio of clients that are truly long-term partners. While we can (and do) take on “one and done” projects, we know the path to success is long and winding. We have a holistic approach that works best when we can be a part of that longer journey and continually improve products alongside our partners.

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry?

For new designers, it’s easy to get hung up on learning the latest design software and obsessing over the latest aesthetic trends, but the real value you can bring is in paying close attention to what’s happening around you. Tools change, aesthetics shift and while important, these aren’t the underlying drivers of good design. If instead, you can take the time to understand what makes a business tick, from finances to engineering to customer service, and what makes a customer tick, from motivations and goals to life circumstances, then you can become a bridge between those worlds. That’s where the true positive outcomes are created.

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

We both have families with amazing kids. A work-life balance is a huge part of our business goals and original motivations for starting DLYMI. Building something of our own gives us more flexibility to live life outside of work.

What types of activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?

In cliche Colorado fashion, we both love being outside. We do a lot of biking, hiking, and skiing. Michael is a major bike commuter, and Jesse is a terrible fly fisherman who mostly just stands in the water but for some reason still enjoys it.

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

Shift has been a huge benefit for us. Especially starting out, it would have been very hard to afford a space with so many amenities and support on our own. It’s really been an awesome experience so far. We love it because it gives us a place to meet face-to-face and work through the challenges of growing a business. While remote is great and most of our client work is remote, it can be easier to work through hard problems in person.

To learn more about DLYMI, you can check out their website or follow them on Instagram.