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Faces of Shift with C10

At Shift Workspaces, we take pride in fostering great relationships with each and every one of our members in the Shift community. This month we are highlighting the C10 team out of our Littleton location. Continue reading below to find out more about C10 and their commitment to successful and fun relationship-building within their industry. 

What about your industry motivates and excites you? How have you seen your industry change in the past year?

Our team helps people connect in a human way that brings people together to accomplish great things. We make networking and executive relationship-building accessible and enjoyable. CIOs are pitched all the time by technology organizations seeking to foist their products onto them. We transform this typically tedious, unproductive and business-focused pursuit into a relationship-centered opportunity that actually works. IT representatives benefit from the opportunity to connect with CIOs on a deeper level through carefully planned, exciting events. During COVID we pivoted and started doing virtual events. However, we have found that people more than ever are missing that in-person connection, so we are back up and running doing events in over 22 cities across the United States.

What is your biggest piece of advice for someone who wants to get started in your field?

Understanding that your network is your net worth. If you were to ask a top IT leader of any fortune 500 company how they got to where they are they will always say ‘the connections they made along their career.’ Our events are all about real relationships, good times with family, and making IT work better for all of us. At C10, the focus is firmly on the people, as genuine relationships are key to the sale.

What do you all enjoy doing in your free time?

We are all are big travelers and adventurous. We love being outside, Pilates, visiting our favorite restaurants as we consider ourselves ‘foodies’ and enjoying times with friends and family.

What drew you to Shift Workspaces and how has working here helped your team?

The atmosphere and amenities are definitely what drew us to Shift, as well as the people. Everyone is genuinely so nice and helpful. Also, Shift helps keep us productive and connected to the people in the office. It’s a community that has opened up opportunities where we have been able to work with people in the office.

What do you see for the future of C10?

In 2022, C10 is planning on doing 22 events in 22 cities. We will continue to connect with Fortune 500 executive decision makers nationally peer-to-peer and grow into new markets. We’re going to continue featuring our Spotlight Thought Leaders in a personal way to find their meaning of LEGACY both personally and professionally.

If you would like to know more about C10, you can visit them on their website

Faces of Shift with Avenue Logistics

At Shift Workspaces, we love getting to know each of our members on a personal level. This month we had the opportunity to sit down with the team from Avenue Logistics to learn more about them and what they do. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about this amazing team as much as we have!

 

Tell us about the work you do at Avenue Logistics.

We are a freight brokerage that offers a full suite of logistics services to shippers of all sizes in all major industries. We specialize in full truckload, partial, LTL, warehousing, consolidation, and freight management services. We thrive on bringing new technology to old relationships, and our focus at Avenue is on using our proprietary load matching software to reduce waste in the supply chain without losing a personal and familiar touch.

 

What about this business motivates you?

The personal connection and friendships we make with our clients, we thrive on these partnerships. We are constantly being met with new challenges and opportunities for growth. Every day we are given the chance to bring new transportation solutions to our clients. This keeps our days interesting, fun, and very fast-moving!

 

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

At Avenue Logistics we understand that it is important for our clients to connect with a live person 24/7/365 and we recognize that every interaction matters. We specialize in faster and more efficient coverage, and optimized transportation costs, all with lower environmental impact. We focus on Dedicated Carrier Opportunities and use proprietary matching technology that allows Avenue Logistics to quickly and effortlessly find opportunities that fit in a carrier’s network. Innovative and forward-thinking technology designed by in-house experienced professionals is advancing our growth exponentially. We know that it takes a team of amazing people to make each of these avenues a success. We deliver our best at all times and through all modes, it’s the Avenue way for transparency in transit with a partner you can trust!

 

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

Our people, we have a team of truly dedicated supply chain professionals here to provide the best solutions. The dedication our team has to supply chain solutions and our strong relationships with our clients is what keeps us successful!

 

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

We are happy to call Shift our home base for our Denver CO branch. We were drawn to the high-energy environment and convenience that Shift offers. We have been happy to interact with and meet people from many different industries here on a day-to-day basis. We also love the amenities and bright offices. full of natural light and fun outdoor spaces.

 

When you and the team are away from the office, what do you enjoy doing?

We all enjoy the many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer! In our spare time, we enjoy camping, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. We also have a member of a Colorado-based band on our team, check them out! 3420 out of Fort Collins, CO.

 

If you would like to learn more about Avenue Logistics, you can visit them on their website.

Faces of Shift with EPIC

We love getting to know our Shift members on a level that goes deeper than the surface. Each month we highlight a group from the Shift Workspaces community to learn more about. This month, we interviewed EPIC from Shift Workspaces Bannock. We hope you enjoy getting to know more about EPIC as much as we did!

  1. Tell us, what is EPIC and what does your firm specialize in?

Evolution Private Investment Collective (EPIC), is a Denver-based asset management firm opening up private markets by connecting three stakeholder groups with unique problems: individuals, their financial advisors, and the managers to whom the firm allocates capital. EPIC was incubated inside a large multi-family office and now operates independently. Our flagship fund series is designed to empower financial advisors to focus on achieving their clients’ financial objectives through a diversified allocation to private markets.

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

EPIC’s mission is to make private markets simple and accessible for everyone. Right now, this means that we are focused on expanding the private market investor base. Historically, private markets have been dominated by large institutional investors such as university endowments or public pensions. Through our innovative fund structure, our transparent fees, and our focus on lower-middle market investment opportunities, we enable individuals and their families to confidentially invest in private markets.

  1. Speaking of clients, who is your target customer, and how do you successfully reach them?

We target individuals and their families, often working in partnership with that individual’s financial advisor. We have implemented a B2B2C model whereby we are focused on establishing relationships with independent RIAs (Registered Investment Advisors) who wish to offer their clients private investment opportunities via our strategies.

  1. What makes EPIC different from your competitors?

Our competitors often pitch financial advisors and their clients a story of access as the sole solution to participate in private markets. Realistically, in addition to access, advisors need to be confident that they are investing in high-quality opportunities, meeting client investment objectives, and offering a scalable and consistent strategy. All without significantly increasing their overhead and introducing administrative complications. We believe we are the only group acknowledging advisors’ needs in a holistic way.

  1. All companies face everyday struggles. What are some of the challenges you face as an asset management firm?

Trust is a key component of the financial services industry, and, as a result, most young financial services firms are hesitant to refer to themselves as start-ups. We are lucky enough to have a 3-year track record from our first fund which was started in 2018 when our investment team operated inside of the family office that we’ve since spun out of. That said, we face the same problems that most start-ups face: how do we establish our brand in the marketplace? where do we allocate our next dollar? and who should we hire to facilitate growth?

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

The financial services industry is dominated by a handful of large incumbent players, which can be intimidating. But it is this dominance that creates space for smaller start-ups to differentiate themselves by embracing new ways of thinking and doing. Additionally, this market is generally ripe for innovative disruption, whereby new firms can expand the market by addressing previously unserved or under-served customer segments.

  1. How did the two of you become business partners? Who else is on your team?

Michael Fitzpatrick and I (Alec Garza) have known each other for close to 20 years since we both grew up in Austin, TX. We used to play football and lacrosse together in middle school and we went to high school together, and we stayed close throughout college. Over the years, Michael became a sounding board for me as I started outlining a vision for EPIC. Once I launched the firm, it was a natural progression to have Michael join the team. The two of us work with Jimmy Hirschmann who was on our legacy investment team at IWP and is our third full-time partner. We have a handful of part-time investment committee members and advisors, and we were lucky enough to also have two interns this past summer.

  1. Share with us how you “Make private markets simple and accessible for everyone.”

I’ll address this question in two parts. First, we make private markets simple through our customizable fund-of-funds structure that provides broad diversification to private markets while taking into consideration an investor’s objectives.  Investors determine their allocation to the share classes in our fund, and from there we handle all the complexities of portfolio construction, reporting, capital calls, etc. Second, at the highest level, we make private markets accessible by developing strategies specifically designed for our target market (individuals and families) who were traditionally ignored by the incumbent players. It used to be that only large institutional investors were ever made aware of private investment opportunities; we are changing that.

  1. What is your long-term vision for your collective?

The long-term vision for EPIC is to facilitate a network of like-minded stakeholders (fund managers, individuals, and independent investment advisors) so that those stakeholders can realize the value created in private markets. In general, the opaque nature of private markets makes them difficult to operate in, let alone understand. By creating a network of others with similar goals, we will both encourage new participants while expanding the market itself.

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

Shift lets us right-size our office space for our firm. With a dynamic team, it is important for us to have the flexibility that’s inherent in the Shift business model. Besides the business consideration, the space is enjoyable to work in and you can’t beat the people you see on a daily basis!

If you would like to get to know more about EPIC, you can check them out on their website and LinkedIn.

Faces of Shift with Traction Financial Partners

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 are highlighting Traction Financial Partners from Shift Littleton. Continue reading below to find out all about their business and what makes them great!

  1. You have been with us at Shift Littleton for the past year now. What has it been like transitioning to a coworking space?

It’s honestly been such a great transition for us! We were a little nervous to make a change from such a traditional office space, but it’s been smoother than we could have imagined. Not only do we love working in such a gorgeous space with everything we need, but our clients are so impressed every time they come in.

  1. How does Shift help you better serve your clients?

Shift has provided us with a gorgeous, centrally located, professional office space for us to serve our clients. It has everything we need from a professional services standpoint but also has provided a calm and relaxing environment for us to connect on a deeper level as well. Eliminating the stuffy traditional office space from such a traditional industry has done wonders for our team and clients alike.

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

Our core values are stewardship, excellence, accountability, loyalty and innovation. We exemplify stewardship by faithfully caring for those we are entrusted with; excellence through our commitment to constant improvement; accountability by always doing what has to be done and communicating the process along the way; loyalty through our care for clients as we are a family and treat our them as family too; and innovation through our continual commitment to learn and advance in every way possible.

  1. What has been the number one key to your company’s continued success throughout the past year? Particularly, through the pandemic.

Communication, communication, communication. We make a conscious effort to communicate with our clients on a regular basis, to begin with, but the pandemic made it an even higher priority. Of course, we updated them on our views of the economic markets and their account status but we made a bigger effort to check in on our clients from a personal perspective too. The last year and a half has been extremely challenging on everyone from all directions so we’ve tried hard to let our clients know that we’re here for them in any way we can be, personally and professionally. 

  1. What advice would you give to young professionals regarding saving for their financial future?

The biggest thing is to just start somewhere. Even if you can’t put away hundreds of dollars a month, you’d be shocked at how much a little bit on a consistent basis adds up to, especially when it’s invested and can have time to ride out the market. The time value of money is huge and starting as early as possible will make a significant impact down the road.

  1. What is the most rewarding aspect of working with your financial clients?

Being provided with the opportunity to walk with clients through all stages of life is beyond rewarding. Helping them plan to buy their first home, save for having kids, and into retirement is such a blessing. Knowing that we can help provide guidance to help financial goals and dreams come true makes this hands down one of the most rewarding jobs out there.

If you would like to get to know more about Traction Financial Partners, you can visit them on Facebook.

Faces of Shift with the Team from Nimble Gravity

Tell us about the work you do at Nimble Gravity?

Nimble Gravity is a data science, digital transformation, and eCommerce consulting company. We help companies create data-driven strategies – which is increasingly important as business accelerates online. We’re geeks who also have business acumen. “Digital Transformation through Data Science” is our tag line. Stop by our office to introduce yourself and we’ll give you a pocket protector that says so! 

What do you think has contributed to your success?

Our team is a group of experienced and proven professionals with high standards. We love to get our hands dirty and enjoy exploring new ways to add value for our clients every day. Although our joke is that it’s all about the beards. 

What do you think the future of your industry will look like?

The insights you can derive as more data becomes available are increasing exponentially. Keeping your business relevant and competitive in today’s digital age will require deeper technical expertise and insightful analysis of the data to predict behavior and identify areas for growth.

How do you see Nimble Gravity growing?

FAST – We’re on track to grow over 500% this year and we’re not done yet!  

What about your job inspires you?

We celebrate the diversity of personal inspiration at Nimble Gravity. Some of us are motivated by solving hard technical problems or geeking out on serverless cloud architectures, or building “trusted advisor” relationships with our clients. Yet we all share a love of the outdoors and for using gravity to descend nimbly – on a bike, snowboard, or skis. 

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

We were terrifically tired of being stuck in our homes! Shift is a comfortable and classy place to work with a great location. We’ve found it to be a fantastic environment to grow our business and for our employees to thrive. And Mackenzie’s daily treats can’t be beaten!    

If you would like to get to know more about Nimble Gravity and their team, you can visit them on their Website, LinkedIn, and Facebook.  

Faces of Shift with the Outside Magazine Team

At Shift Workspaces we love getting to know our unique members on a personal level. Each month we sit down and chat with a different member to get to know more about them and their business. This month we’re highlighting the team from Outside Magazine. To learn more about the Outside Magazine team and how they value the outdoors and adventure, continue reading:

Since 1977, Outside has been about one simple idea: to inspire active participation in the world outside – how do you feel the team lives this out?

You’d be hard pressed to find an employee of Outside anywhere that doesn’t have a deep passion for the outdoors. You’ll find most on the weekends participating in outdoor activities or using their free time to advocate for environmental protections.

What roles do your Outside employees who office at Shift hold?

Laura Addison – Digital Campaign Manager

Jacob Longnecker – Digital Media Director

Rebecca Constant – Senior Digital Campaign Manager

Maggie Sweeney – Digital Campaign Manager

Jen Penningroth – Digital Product Director

Meghan Karcher – Digital Ad Operations Director

Jimmy Mills – Email Strategist

Can you tell us what one of your favorite Outside Magazine articles is? Why is it special to you?

Frozen Alive

This chilling article touches on what your body goes through during a hypothermic incident. It will have you grabbing a blanket and making sure your car always has the gear you need…just in case.

When planning a day hike or weekend camping trip, what are some of your favorite Colorado spots?

Many, many secret spots but some spots that we love for a day hike are the Twin Sisters Peaks near Estes Park, Royal Arch in Boulder or for Denverites Golden Gate Canyon is the quickest spot to feel like you’re really out there. For camping there are so many beautiful spots, I recommend always going off grid into BLM land and making your own adventure or there are always spots like Cottonwood Lake near Buena Vista or Red Feather Lakes near Fort Collins that are absolute musts. Also don’t be afraid to do some driving into Wyoming, Utah, or New Mexico; Colorado is incredible, but it just grazes the surface of the West.

Any interesting projects in the works that we should keep an eye out for?

Our company was recently acquired by Pocket Outdoor Media and the whole company has rebranded as Outside. This week we have released a membership program called Outside+ that includes exclusive access to the world’s best resources for training, nutrition, know-how, and how-tos—designed to get you where you want to be: an active life well-lived.

What is your biggest piece of advice for anyone looking to become an avid outdoorsman (or woman!)?

Just get outside! Start with day hikes from popular apps like AllTrails or take a friend’s advice and go from there – you’ll quickly come to find what you like and don’t like about being outdoors. Camping not your thing? There’s still so much you can do in a day. I’ve found that exploring news places makes me the most excited to be outside. And always remember: Leave no trace.

Share with us the benefits you find by being a longtime member?

The benefits have been great, we have definitely taken advantage of the coffee of course, the honor-system food options always come through when needed, and the offices are bright and comfortable. We love that the group is B-Certified. And we cannot wait for the post-COVID benefits of having happy hours once again at Shift.

Faces of Shift with Krystal Thompson and Liz Hyatt of Real Home Co.

Shift Workspaces is fortunate to host a diverse business community. Each month, we focus on one of these unique local businesses so that everyone has a chance to learn more about our members. We recently had the chance to speak with Shift members, Liz Hyatt and Krystal Thompson of Real Home Co. to get their inside perspective on the current Denver real estate market and more!

How did you discover and begin your careers in the residential real estate industry?

Krystal – I think my immense attachment to the concept of home fueled the fire. That coupled with my degree in Marketing and being raised by my mother who was in the mortgage world, gave me the perfect balance of experience and passion to pursue real estate. 

Liz – I have a background in Communications and worked at a digital marketing firm in Denver for many years learning how to juggle multiple projects while ensuring the clients felt taken care of. After I stepped out of that role and started to dabble in wine sales, Krystal came along and encouraged me to get my real estate license, something I had always considered doing. I ended up getting it a few months later and we have been working together ever since. First at another brokerage and then launching our own in October of 2019.

We started Real Home Co. because we saw a need for a truly unique boutique brokerage experience for our agents and clients. Our philosophy encompasses authentic relationships, quality of life, and proven results.

What is the biggest change you have seen across the residential industry since your career began?

All of it! Haha

Something remarkable is the amount of buyers who have entered the market with a significant amount of cash on hand, whether it is for a down payment, the full purchase price, or appraisal gaps. 

Also, the home appreciation rates here in Denver are historically high – we have never seen anything like this (homes appreciated by 6.9% in March alone!). 

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

Krystal – Education, education, education! The real estate exam does not cover all the facets of our job. You will wear many hats so make sure you work with a brokerage that can help you where you need it most, marketing, training, contracts, and negotiations, etc.

Liz – Find a mentor. Find someone who you feel comfortable with and who never makes you feel dumb or annoying for asking questions!

What about your job inspires you?

Krystal – Helping people find their next home for them to make memories and grow wealth.

Liz – Sounds cliché but becoming part of someone’s journey and making lasting friendships with them.

What advice would you give to first-time home buyers?

Krystal – Find a Realtor that you connect with on a personal level and that has time to answer all your questions like a good friend would, but in a professional manner. That coupled with problem-solving skills and negotiation experience will make you actually enjoy the experience all while being protected.

Liz – Remember that your first home is an investment and not necessarily your forever home. Get your foot in the door with your first property. Build equity and then you can move up. Be willing to make some compromises. And have fun throughout the process (we can help with that)!

When you both are not hard at work, what do you like to do for fun?

We run a group called Denver Drinkers that meets up regularly for happy hours at different Denver bars and other fun events.

Krystal – Host parties, decorate spaces, and enjoy cocktails and all of Colorado’s seasons.

Liz – Eat, drink and travel!

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

The community at Shift is wonderful! We have made so many friends and connections, which is EVERYTHING in our business. It also provides an incredible & welcoming space for hosting our clients.

If you would like to learn more about Real Home Co., feel free to visit their website.

Faces of Shift with Mackenzie Sweeney

At Shift Workspaces, we love to be able to get to know not only our members, but our employees as well! We enjoy being able to learn more about what everyone does not just on a professional level, but on a personal one as well. A few months ago, we welcomed Mackenzie Sweeney to the Shift community as our new Community Manager at our Corona location. We hope you enjoy getting to learn more about Mackenzie as much as we have!

Tell us what excited you most about joining the Shift Workspaces community?

The more I learned about this company and the Shift family, the more excited I was to be a part of it. I am a big proponent of sustainability and supporting local businesses. I love that not only is Shift locally owned, but truly cares about giving back to and being a part of the community. Since joining the team, I have so enjoyed building relationships with members of the community and creating meaningful experiences here at Shift.

Where did you grow up?

I am from the Poconos in Northeastern Pennsylvania, in a small town called Kunkletown. I grew up in the same house my parents built together, right next to a small ski resort where I spent most of my childhood snowboarding.  Then I went to college at Penn State, moved to the Bay Area right after graduation, and to Denver a year later!

What were you doing before joining Shift as our Community Manager?

Before joining the Shift team, my background has always been in hospitality. I was a Conference Coordinator at the Gaylord Rockies with Marriott where I coordinated events on site for anywhere from 10-3,000 people. Before that, I worked for a local Denver-based event production company, spent some time as a Banquet Manager, and got my hands dirty working at Firefly Music Festival.

What does your ideal weekend look like?

The best weekends are the ones where I start my day off with a class at Fly Kickbox in Stanley Marketplace or take a quick trip to the mountains to get in some early runs. I love spending afternoons reading in the sunshine at Cheesman Park, roller skating, going to the Sie FilmCenter for a movie, and cooking for friends or grabbing food at a local restaurant. My current favorite is Ash’Kara in LoHi!

Faces of Shift with Scott Hagen and Don Inmon of Victrola

Research shows that when music is played, it can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure, decrease stress, and so much more! Shift is lucky enough that we have two great members who are able to speak to the power of music and get to implement this passion of music into their careers. This month, we had the privilege of speaking with both Scott Hagen and Don Inmon of Victrola. We encourage you to continue reading to learn more!

Tell us, what is Victrola?

Don: Victrola is the most well-known name and the original name of record players. Victrola, to us, means music, and we believe it does to our consumers, too. Whether you want the vintage look of a classic record player with Bluetooth compatibility or a robust speaker system for your outdoor patio, we have you covered. Victrola’s goal is to create lifelong memories in every home through music record players.

Scott: You will find that the majority of what Victrola does today is build record players, in particular players that are easy to use (something you don’t have to plug it in), and that are also extremely elegant. Much of what we do is create a modern-day sound bar that not only sounds lovely, but makes your room look sleek and stylish. We offer creative music and audio experiences that will also elevate what the room looks like, the experience of the room and how to make the room come alive – something that is cool and relevant in our customers’ homes. Each home needs a lifelong, trustable, and durable product that any normal person can afford to have. We believe everyone should have the right to obtain a really special record player so they can have that experience of opening the record, reading it and listening to it from start to finish while fully experiencing the artist. Slowing down and listening to music is something we want to recreate.

What is the story behind this turntable company that is the oldest in the business?

Don: We like to say that this product is the one that first brought families together as an entertainment center in the home when it came about as a product over 100 years ago in 1906. You know, if you go back and look at those old advertisements, it shows people sitting down together talking and enjoying music around a Victrola player. Pretty cool to see.

Scott: Victrola was the first mass market consumer entertainment device in the US. It is ironic that over 100 years ago they stopped making the wind-ups and introduced them as electric turn tables. It was thought about as a music listening device – something that was all about entertainment. That culture, goal, and aura around the brand is what we are reinvigorating and rebuilding.

How does Victrola “stay on beat and ahead of the curve” (as you say!)?

Don: Records are looked upon as old, but at the same time they are as new as how we build them and what we are looking ahead to implement into. For example, one small feature that we took for granted could be a wow moment for customers. Playing record over Bluetooth really gives that wow factor. You will see us continue with speaker technology on record players.

Scott: How we do it is really having a scope on our customers about what they are telling us. We are listening to what matters and what is important. We have been watching and listening to see what people do with suitcase players and we commonly find that people are often actively listening to a turntable and listening to a record. Really, there is no product out there unless people are plugging in. So, we took that feedback and began building new products to assist. We feel like the category has almost been marginalized, and what I mean by that is there is a group of people who think you must spend so much money for a quality turntable or get something rather cheap – there is no in-between. But after in depth innovation development, we are bringing that to this brand. We are coming out with new products this summer that no one has ever seen before.

As for the future, what do you envision for vinyl and record players?

Don: I look at the turntable as an instrument, there is no other form like it. It is all about that ritual. Two of my kids now collect records whereas I used to drag them to record stores and they would hate it – now they beg me to go. Not only do they talk about the songs, but they talk about the art, the lyrics, the experience that we are striving for. That is something special to see in younger generations.

Scott: Vinyl is back. Not only are they building more, but better-quality sounds. Over 2 years ago vinyl had $4 million in sales and in 2020 there was $600 million in sales. Some are saying that we can potentially hit $800 million in the coming years! People are smarter about it – building better versions of what we have seen before. It is nostalgic for most, that crackly noise, but we are ridding of that and ensuring better quality. We are going to adopt the technology but keep the experience.

When you and the team are away from the office, what do you enjoy doing?

Don and Scott: Listening to music!

What about your career inspires you?

Don: Like musicians, we are creators. We get to create environments and feelings that people can experience. Knowing that Victrola creates a product that we believe in is something I wake up and leap out of bed for. How am I going to make people’s lives better? For me, it is being able to create and then share it with other people so that they can also share, enjoy, and love.

Scott: What inspires me is the outcome. You may not recall the exact song you were listening to, but there are these moments in time where you will remember who you are with, the process of the record, experiencing it, thinking about it. What I love most about my job is when you see that happen in music. Oh, and when young kids see a record for the first time – that is one of the most inspiring.

Tell us about your experience of coming to Shift Workspaces Bannock.

Don and Scott: From the start we perceived Shift as a way to relax and enjoy the surrounding aesthetics, the same as what we aspire to do with Victrola. From the record players and the wallpaper, it is fun for us to experience. We always talk about how we feel the Shift Bannock building was built for Victrola. And we will definitely tell that to others.

If you would like to learn more about Victrola, feel free to visit their website, as well as their Facebook, LinkedIn, or Instagram.

Faces of Shift with Dale and Nick Schossow of Schossow Group, Compass

Shift Workspaces is lucky enough to surround ourselves and our community with an amazing group of members! Each month we are excited to interview one of those great groups of people so that everyone has a chance to learn more about those within our community. This month we were able to speak with both Dale and Nick Schossow of Schossow Group, Compass. Take a look below to find out more:

How did you discover and begin your own careers in the residential real estate industry?

Dale began his career in residential real estate while working at Coors Brewery in the bottle filling room. With a young family at home and a desire to make a better living, he got out of the corporate environment. Since then, Dale has seen nearly every aspect of the business side of real estate from owning/operating his own franchises, boutique firms, and now at Compass.

Nick began his career 6 years ago after selling his small business in Arizona. Working for Dale in real estate was the path back home to Colorado.

Dale, what is the biggest change you have seen across the residential industry since your career began?

I used to write every contract on paper with carbon copies for each party. To put a home on the market, we would submit it to the MLS book that was printed once a week. Nowadays, we can have a home on the market with a click and have it marketed locally, nationally, and internationally within minutes. Technology has drastically changed the way we operate for our clients. The one thing that remains the same no matter how much technology is creates, is that we are in the business of helping people, and that face-to-face relationship will never be replaced by technology.

What do you foresee the residential market to look like over the next 12 months?

Every indicator we look at points to the Denver market staying hot. With inventory continuing to stay at all-time lows, and demand staying strong, we don’t see a slowdown anytime soon. We are seeing buyers from major metropolitan cities move to Denver to take advantage of the laid-back Colorado lifestyle, now that working remote has become a viable option for most major corporations across the country.

With just over 2 years in the Colorado landscape, Compass Realty has quickly become one of the leading brokerage companies in the state. What distinguishes Compass from other real estate companies?

The way that Compass supports their agents is unparalleled in the real estate industry. Compass invests in their agents, the way agents invest in their clients, and it shows. They have created cutting edge technology and marketing tools to help us connect with our clients regularly and rely on their streamlined platform to reduce the time we spend completing the day-to-day tasks. Compass was the #1 Brokerage firm by volume in 2020, just our second year in Denver.

As one of Denver’s top-producing real estate teams, what is your biggest piece of advice for anyone starting out in the industry?

Surround yourself with a like-minded brokerage firm to set yourself up for long term success. We firmly believe that to have longevity in residential real estate, joining or creating a successful team of agents is the future.

What is the most rewarding aspect of being your own boss?

Real estate affords so much opportunity. The most rewarding thing for us are the lifelong relationships that are born out of helping people buy and sell their properties. We love the lifelong friendships that real estate has provided.

What is one of the most challenging realities as an entrepreneur in your line of work?

We wake up unemployed every day. This is an inconsistent way to make a living, and that can be a scary feeling not knowing that a paycheck will be deposited every other Friday.

What about your job inspires you?

For us, that is getting to the finish line with all the moving parts of a real estate transaction completed. We specialize in high-end new construction, and many times we are selling a dream home to folks that are trusting us, and our builder clients, that it will turn out the way they envisioned. When the home is finally ready to deliver, and the new homeowners’ expectations have been exceeded, that is the most fulfilling part of what we do.

When you and your team are not hard at work, what do you like to do for fun?

We love everything Colorado has to offer. Dale is an avid fisherman and loves spending time in Gunnison every chance he can. Nick spends any extra time with his wife and 3 kids (Toby 8, Levi, 6, and Isabella, 3) at their various sporting events.

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

Shift gave us a renewed energy to grow our business. We went through significant changes early in 2020, in addition to the unknown that COVID brought to the table. We joined Shift in July and having an office at the Littleton location has given us a renewed energy to be “in the office” and succeed. We enjoy the amenities, the atmosphere, the location in downtown Littleton, and we hope to have an office for a long time.