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Faces of Shift with Jennifer Byrnes

Coworking Space Denver

Earlier this year, we welcomed Jennifer Byrnes to the Shift Workspaces team as the new General Manager at our Bannock location. We are excited for everyone to learn more about Jennifer and look forward to what she will be able to bring to the team.

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

I was excited for a challenge. Coming from years spent in hotels and some time working in corporate housing, I felt my background would help me take on this new chapter. One of my favorite parts of my career has always been learning about the businesses I partner with and growing along with them. This was the driving factor to why I was interested in Shift.

You recently moved from Portland, Oregon. Tell us about your last few months in Denver and what made you move to Colorado.

My husband grew up in the Denver Metro area and we have visited regularly during our relationship. We knew Portland was not going to be our forever home and as we explored areas we wanted to move, Denver stayed on the top of our list.

We love the fact we can be in the city and explore some great food options but then have the retreat of the mountains when you need mother nature’s magic.

You came from a long tenure at Hilton. What have you brought from your experience in the hospitality industry to your new career in managing a coworking space?

Hilton is known for genuine hospitality. I love building relationships and being the trusted advisor to my clients and my team. I am looking forward to learning more about the Golden Triangle neighborhood and building relationships with the neighborhood to better serve our members.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Have you had a chance to explore much of Colorado yet?

In my free time I like to travel. Last year we spent a week in South East France and a week in Barcelona. We ate and drank our way thru each country. Anthony Bourdain once said “Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go”. Thus, when we explore new areas, we do so by eating and drinking like a local.

We love talking to the bartender or barista learning about their establishment and where they would visit if it were their day off. This is also how we like to explore our local areas. We love taking weekend trips, exploring different parts of the state by visiting farmers markets, wandering our way thru tiny towns, and finding the towns best eateries.

Grant Barnhill

About the Author

Grant Barnhill

Grant has been thoughtfully managing, developing and investing in central Denver real estate for nearly 30 years. He is the Founder of Shift Workspaces, a shared workspace community committed to social stewardship, sustainability and an integrated view of commerce. Inspired by extensive foreign travel, each of his projects has honored the local flavor of Denver while weaving in elements of international art, architecture and culture.