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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. 

How To Be More Productive at Work: Summer Wellness Tips  

When we are in the heart of the warm summer weather, there are a lot of people who have a difficult time being productive at work. You might be more focused on what is going on outdoors instead of on what is happening in your workplace. Fortunately, there are a few wellness tips you can follow if you would like to be more productive at work. What are a few of the most important tips you should keep in mind?

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

First, you need to get plenty of sleep at night if you want to be more productive at work. One of the reasons why people have a hard time with productivity is that they are up late the night before. Then, they carry a significant sleep debt when they go to work in the morning, which can make it hard for them to stay focused on what they have to do during the day. Try to keep yourself on a regular sleep schedule during the summer to give your brain a chance to recharge.

2. Limit the Distractions

You should also limit the distractions at work during the summer. For example, you might be distracted by a party going on outside. Or, you might be focused on the pictures your friend has recently posted from his or her vacation. You need to take steps to limit distractions while you are at work. You may want to block personal apps or websites on your phone and computer. You might also want to close the blinds if there is something interesting happening outside. That way, you can stay focused on the work you need to do.

3. Take Breaks From Time To Time

You shouldn’t necessarily deprive yourself of all fun, but you do need to demarcate the difference between work and play. If it is nice outside, there is nothing wrong with taking a break to go for a walk. Or, you may want to invite a co-worker to go out to lunch. If you take breaks during the day, you won’t feel like you are missing out on anything, and you will have an easier time focusing on your work when you come back.

4. Place Yourself in a Productive Work Environment

Today, there are a lot of people who work remotely. This means that you might be tempted to work from your bed, your kitchen, or outside in your backyard. Unfortunately, there could be a lot of distractions, which might make it hard for you to be productive. Therefore, you need to place yourself in a productive work environment this summer. If you surround yourself with other people who are working hard, you should be more likely to work hard as well. That is where we can help you.

Be Productive This Summer With Us at Shift!

We situate members within concentric ecosystems of communities, helping them find balance in work and life, self and community. Request a Day Pass and let us support you as we all strive for better during these summer months.

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!

How Your Business Can Benefit Your Community

Being connected to your local community landscape is essential to continued success when you own a business. The benefits work both ways and staying in touch with other local area businesses and organizations will keep your brand exposed and lead more consumers to your door.

Five Ways Your Company Can Support Your Local Community

There are countless ways to get involved. Below are some examples of how your business can reap big rewards by contributing to the community.

1.      Network with Other Businesses

Forging partnerships or simply meeting to share anecdotes and information with other local business owners keeps you and your business at the forefront of people’s minds. Consider joining the local Chamber of Commerce. Networking opportunities will increase as you get involved in gatherings where professionals from various companies gather to enjoy a meal while swapping cards and discussing current local issues.

2.      Become a Board Member

There are always not-for-profit and community organizations that require board members. Finding and joining one that fits your business profile is another great way to contribute your expertise, expand your connections, and build up your local image.

3.      Sponsorships

A great way to increase your exposure in your community is through sponsorship. Perhaps you would enjoy becoming a sponsor of a local sports team or a particular up-and-coming athlete.

There are usually different sponsorship levels and may include supplying equipment to cover transportation costs or media coverage. Whichever route you choose, the teams are always grateful.

Another type of sponsorship is to become involved with special events or fundraising initiatives, for example, a hospital addition or vital equipment purchase. In this way, you are helping a completely different aspect of your community. You are not limited to any one event. Many companies will have an annual budget set aside for these occasions. Depending on sponsorship packages available, your business will receive exposure through event advertising, tickets, media campaigns, and beyond.

4.      Host Workshops or Special Events

Getting a community together to celebrate a special event or have fun can introduce your business to a completely untapped market. Throw a summer barbecue with entertainment or host a street dance. There are numerous ideas to brainstorm. Try to connect an event with something the community needs and demonstrate how your business can participate.

Workshops can also introduce people to your product and be a valuable resource for sharing information and expertise.

5.      Volunteer Your Time

Find ways to volunteer some of your time to help at a local event, charity, or service organization. Let people see you as the face of your business and be approachable. Not only will you be offering your knowledge, but you’ll also be showing your desire and willingness to support where you work and live.

There are so many ways in which you, as a business owner, can benefit your local community. At the same time, your company will reap the rewards of brand exposure, new and potential customers, and a broader networking base.

Shift Workspaces provides your business with exceptional administrative and technical services at your fingertips to aid you in reaching out to other like-minded and dynamic professionals. 

Shift Workspaces believes in community, and their office spaces are themselves a community of entrepreneurs and small business owners working to build up their businesses, just like you.

Applying Compassion in Everyday Life

Compassion. What exactly is it? We get confused between compassion and empathy, which is an awareness and attempt to understand others’ emotions. Compassion is an emotional reaction to help someone based on empathy and sympathy and is an integral aspect of any healthy relationship.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we are encouraged to be more aware of the value of love, but it needn’t be restricted to one person. This Valentine’s Day, use it as an opportunity to be compassionate to everyone around you—not just our nearest and dearest.

We have the power to hurt, yet we have a much greater capacity to heal. Cynicism born of disappointment may conflict with our ability to treat others without judgment. However, displaying kindness and support from the empathy of shared experience takes us to a happier place.

Compassion develops meaningful connections, creates ease in group problem-solving, and improves mental well-being. Through understanding, we recognize and stand up against cruelty towards others, inequality, and racism, and develop a tolerance for those with opposing viewpoints. This is particularly true when it comes to our working lives. Treating colleagues in shared office spaces with respect and compassion is a reflection of how we ourselves wish to be treated, and providing support to those that face similar stresses in their business lives can only help foster a nurturing and supportive culture of professionalism, diversity, and courtesy.

Nelson Mandela once said that as humans, we are bound together by our compassion. We have the choice to demonstrate compassion to others every day. It is a natural and spontaneous reaction for some. For others, it is more difficult.

Expressing Compassion and Empathy Every Day

Compassion is expressed in a look, physical or verbal gesture, or combination of support and action. It is felt and understood through the offer of hope, support, and understanding.

Physical Communication

We live in a digital world. Cell phone calls, texting, emails, and social media posts may provide a quick and temporary expression; however, they are a distant bandage. The power of a warm smile, affectionate hug, squeeze of a hand, or pat on the back can help ease someone’s burden and demonstrate understanding. While it is difficult to convey these physical feelings during the current pandemic, virtual technology may help as a second-best option.

Express Interest and Kindness

Show consideration of someone else’s viewpoint and respect that theirs may differ from yours. Demonstrate interest in another person’s feelings and why they feel as they do. Show kindness through support. Volunteer within an aspect of their life that is difficult or be there just to listen.

Acting out of compassion is not meant to be a false action. We may need to develop skills and attributes that lead to a compassionate response, depending upon our own life experiences.

Awareness of how we feel is the beginning—acting upon these positive emotions to do a service, whether by being kind, being a listener, giving a hug, or going the extra mile to help someone out of their current predicament, is all a mark of the truly compassionate person. It is rewarding for both those who give and receive, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to extend our compassion, support to those in need, and give back.

Five Tips for Starting Strong in 2022

The year 2021 ushered in many changes in how we think about running our business and how businesses themselves had to adjust to market fluctuations and instability brought on by the pandemic, climate changes, and shifting politics.

As we steadily move into 2022, it will be essential to recognize new trends and create a strategic plan that incorporates realistic and flexible objectives to surf through potentially unpredictable waves of change.

Change Starts Here: Business Tips for a Strong 2022

By adopting a few of these tips into your year’s schedule, your business will not only cope with any market changes but also have the added fuel to thrive.

1.     Break the Old Mold

Too often in business, we rely on a consistent model that doesn’t work well with the current times and doggedly attempt to make it work. This approach can be financially wasteful and tie up resources better used elsewhere.

If your business has been flailing over the past couple of years, perhaps it is time to break the mold. Many owners, entrepreneurs, and sole proprietors are now choosing to work from home or in shared office spaces, which makes sense if you face a costly lease renewal when a brick-and-mortar space no longer makes sense.

2.     Review and Renew

Take the time to step back and go over the critical decisions made for 2022 before the new year and see if they still seem to work or if you need to adjust based on current times, even though we are only in the early first quarter. Adjust your strategy as needed and break down larger into smaller tasks to make them more achievable, keeping your eyes on the main objective and not getting lost in the small stuff.

3.     Be Aware of the Bigger Picture

With the ongoing challenges facing businesses due to the pandemic, it is wise to stay alert and abreast of disruptions in supply chains and work with distributors and suppliers to leverage product rollouts and delivery with as much consistency as possible. Create a flexible timetable and communicate with other companies in your industry to coordinate and work together. Being supportive of each other during these times is a significant factor in keeping everyone in the business.

4.     Communicate and Educate

If you are planning big changes in running your business, be sure to keep your business partners, clients, and customers in the loop. Management styles, office landscapes, and employee perspectives have shifted over the past couple of years. Providing updates on your adjustments and how they will benefit your network will instill trust and loyalty.

5.     Grow Your Online Presence

While this point may seem obvious, it is still worth mentioning. Make sure that your online presence and SEO are strong. Update your social media and website, refresh outdated information, and, if necessary, hire an outside consultant to work with you on refining your profiles to match your current business model. Review where you are in the present and make the necessary adjustments to ensure your online brand aligns with the times. 

Temporary office solutions, coworking spaces, virtual offices, and office service solutions such as those offered by Shift Workspaces are rapidly becoming one of the ways for businesses to remain strong and viable throughout these turbulent times. Speak to us today about how we can support your business growth.

Faces of Shift with George Curtis of Zoetic Coaching

Each month at Shift we highlight a valued member of ours. This month, we are highlighting George Curtis, NBC-HWC, CPT of Zoetic Coaching from Shift Corona. Continue reading to discover how George’s expertise positively impacts the health and wellness of people in our local community.

Tell us about the work you do at Zoetic Coaching. 

I am the Founder and Lead Coach at Zoetic Coaching. We are dedicated to helping people embrace positive behavior change and then equip them with the tools to take action in improving their health and wellness. 

What about this business/industry motivates you? 

I am motivated by the profound impact that a higher degree of wellness can have in improving people’s lives. A small amount of positive behavior change can produce an outsized improvement in one’s day-to-day life. With a little lifestyle tweak here and there you can have more: strength, stamina, flexibility, clearer cognition, healthier aging and better mood.

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

The core values of Zoetic Coaching are:

1) Integrity – Integrity is the basis of everything we do at Zoetic Coaching. Because trust is the starting point for all successful behavior change, integrity is the number 1 core value at Zoetic Coaching. We have no products for sale or “one size fits all” systems. We are not trying to sell anything other than our honest, hard work helping people identify a path to better health and then moving forward to achieve it. 

2) Mastery – wellness and exercise instruction are complicated. Success demands mastery of many disciplines, Zoetic Coaching is committed to finding and incorporating the best, most current methods of coaching and exercise instruction available to help guarantee success. Because a wellness coach helps develop a vision of what being healthier looks like and a personal trainer is a subject matter expert in exercise methodology Zoetic coaching has developed expertise in both areas. Board certification and Mayo Clinic training are requirements for all coaches at Zoetic.     

3) Inclusion – Wellness is for all. Zoetic Coaching is passionate about ensuring that we warmly welcome all who are interested in becoming healthier regardless of who they are, where they come from or where they are on their wellness journey. 

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

Zoetic Coaching is successful when our clients improve their lives.  So, the number one key to our success has always been and will always be our clients. Additionally, because our clients are so passionate about the success they have achieved at Zoetic Coaching, 100% of our current clients are customer referrals.

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

Shift has been transformational for Zoetic Coaching. Shift’s unique combination of a relaxed vibe with a high-end feel makes our clients feel pampered and right at home, simultaneously. 

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

I love to be outdoors. I spend my time off: walking my dog, skiing and riding my mountain bike.

If you would like to learn more about Zoetic Coaching, you can visit their website. All Shift Workspaces members from any location are invited to join a complimentary boot camp class on Thursdays at noon with George at the Corona location.

Work and Play at Colorado’s Best Ski Resorts

It is a fact that exercise is beneficial for the brain, sharpening your thinking, enhancing memory, and combating stress. When you find yourself spending too much time behind a desk this winter, take a break and get a workout. You may use office space solutions that provide amenities for getting the muscles moving; however, nothing beats the great outdoors. Why not head up a mountain to do some skiing? Invite customers or others within your coworking space. It’s a great way to network and gain new perspectives out in the fresh air.

Colorado’s Top Ski Destinations

Shift Workspaces provides a handy location, as Denver is considered the gateway to some of the best ski resorts in the country. Skiing now encompasses several new winter sports, including heli and snowcat skiing, and there are over thirty areas to choose from, large and small. Here are four of the top-tier resorts that offer a wide-ranging experience.

Vail

The ridge of mountains in Vail is truly magnificent to behold and experience. A global Icon among skiing enthusiasts, Vail is the largest luxury ski area in the state. A free bus system connects three areas of Golden Peak, Vail Village, and Lionshead, and each offers a world-class skiing experience with beginner to advanced terrain. 

Vail Village has a charming European flair and is pedestrian-only, with amenities that include heated sidewalks, luxurious accommodations, and limitless options for dining, nightlife, and shopping. The Golden Peak and Lionshead offer luxury accommodation in a quieter location. 

Aspen

This renowned gold star ski location has now grown to include four majestic mountain resorts of Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, and Aspen Highlands, each offering their own unique ski experience. Appealing to the rich and famous since the first resort opened in 1946, Aspen allows one ticket for all four locations, spread over nine miles. 

Explore the lively town’s restaurants, shops, and nightclubs, with other fun activities geared to younger family members. Luxurious accommodations range on the pricier side.

Telluride

This town has a genuine western feel with impressive terrain and breathtaking views, reminiscent of what you see in Hollywood movies. One of the top-rated Colorado ski resorts, all skiers from advanced to beginner will find the terrain challenging and exciting.

Families will appreciate the additional amenities like ice skating, kids camp, and the wild west feel of the former mining site, with plenty of shops and restaurants. The historic atmosphere, top-notch amenities, and magnificent scenery surrounding Telluride can’t be beat.

Breckenridge

This historic ski town boasts a vibrant nightlife, perfect for cutting it loose with friends, coworkers, and clients. There are close to two hundred trails that range across five peaks. Why not hit the top on the continent’s highest chair lift! There are numerous award-winning parks, bowls, and groomers in addition to excellent beginner and intermediate runs.

Other activities include dog sledding or snowmobiling. Visit shops, art galleries, cozy bars, and restaurants. Lodgings range from comfort to luxury accommodation, meeting all budget levels. 

The state of Colorado boasts some of the best skiing resorts in the US. There are several others worth investigating, depending on what you are looking for regarding the level of luxury and challenge in terrain. Many have been rated on several points, including the level of expertise, price, distance from the airport, etc.

Combining a business trip with some powder runs can rejuvenate your mind while destressing your body. Gathering with coworkers at your Shift Workspaces location will provide relaxed and fun downtime and some great networking opportunities.