Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! It is said that the more thankful you are, the happier you are. If you focus on the good things in your life, no matter how small they are, it keeps your focus on what makes you happy. I am thankful for the great community of people I work with every day. They are always here to give advice, a listening ear, or an uplifting word. It truly makes your work day better when you have such fantastic support surrounding you.
What are you thankful for today?
We have another member spotlight for you this week. Meet Jaime Davis.
Jaime relocated to Wyoming in 2014 from Boise, Idaho with her husband, Joshua. This Alaskan native ended up purchasing a little house on a corner lot with beautiful trees, and adopted two dogs: Elijah, a pit bull, boxer mix; and Lily, a black lab, shepherd mix. Jaime enjoys music and the arts in addition to her full time job in the field of education.
“I enjoy music and the arts, and was recently gifted a piano. I used to play, and even taught lessons for several years, so I’m thrilled to have music back in my home! In my spare time, I can be found in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces for friends and family to enjoy.”
<<<< We think she should start sharing her culinary masterpieces with the rest of us!!>>>>
Jaime utilizes our wonderful space at The Second Floor first for her “day job”, a role with the Center for Excellence in Higher Education (CEHE) where she oversees academic operations, curriculum development, and student outcomes for sixteen campuses in five of the western states. In addition, she uses the space to house files, manage projects, and maintain a business environment separate from her house.
In addition to her day job, she also is the President of Beacon Harbor Services, an organization that offers speaking and training services for organizations across the country in areas related to leadership, customer service and retention, and conflict resolution.
She says “The benefit [of being at The Second Floor] for me has been four-fold. One, the office space. Two, maintaining a network within my community and building new friendships with other office mates; this has been particularly important for me since my work is often out of town and I don’t have the same opportunities to connect within my community during the work week. Three, collaboration on projects for my “side business”, including idea generation regarding business name, setup, logo, website, and other details. Four, the use of the conference rooms for meetings when needed, including board meetings for two local charities I serve with. I love the camaraderie and support of my Second Floor friends!”
<<Jaime, we think you are awesome and we are glad to have you as part of the community!>>
That’s right, it’s time for everyone to join together and belt out some tunes and dance! It’s another karaoke members happy hour. Bey’s Lemonade will be making another appearance (and some food, because alcohol). Who is going to be the first one up to the mic?
I will see you there on Friday @ 5:30pm!
Picking up with some of our newer members, let me introduce you to Gabriel Kaufhold.
Gabriel is the owner of Design the World, which is a small company (himself and his partner) that handles graphic design, web design, and marketing, and operates out of The Second Floor. They primarily focus on small – mid sized companies with a strong priority of helping the community they work in.
“We do like to support our community, and in order to do that we like to donate one website every 60 days to a non-profit or small business that’s in need. We’ve had the pleasure of working with a lot of Cheyenne’s non-profits and we’re always excited to meet new ones.”
Gabe uses The Second Floor as a professional place to put his best foot forward with his clients.
“Paramount’s Second Floor has offered a wonderful space for meetings and follow-ups. Since I work remotely with most of our clients, having a physical location that I could rely on for impromptu meetings has been integral to our success.
If you have been up to The Second Floor @ the Paramount within the past year, we have probably met. If not, my name is Stacy Koch. I am the Community Coordinator & Building Manager for The Second Floor and the Majestic Building (our sister building with a pretty cool 110 year old elevator). Since Conroy has left us for adventures on the East Coast, I will be taking over the blog – a task I have successfully managed to avoid up until now.
I suppose I should tell you a little about myself at this point.
I grew up all over the eastern side of the Mississippi – Virginia, Hawaii, Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Ohio. I spent my teenage and early adult years in southeast Wisconsin, the land of cheese & beer (oh, and the Packers, but who cares about them?). My husband and I both have always wanted to live in Colorado, so when a job presented itself out here a couple of years ago, we jumped on that opportunity. When looking for a place to live that was affordable and had a good community to raise our kids in, we stumbled upon Cheyenne, WY. While I never imagined I would say that I live in Cheyenne, WY, I am glad we moved here. There is so much about Cheyenne to fall in love with, and I continue to find more the longer we are here.
One of the things I love about Cheyenne is it’s history. Working here at the Paramount Building allows me to work in a fantastic historical building around a bunch of forward thinking people with great coffee and cocktails! Also, I work in the heart of downtown where all the cool things happen (which has its perks!)!
If you are visiting the Paramount Building, I hope you stop upstairs to The Second Floor and say hi!
As most of you know our wonderful social media guru and Community Coordinator, Rachael, took some time off and has made our lives a little emptier by making hers fuller. Unfortunately for all of us, she will not be back as she is going to pursue other passions and dreams. We are going to miss her and the awesome job she did up here at The Second Floor @ the Paramount! We will miss her more now that Conroy (that’s me!) will be trying to fill her shoes in the interim as the Community Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator.
I have been a member here at The Second Floor since May and have had the opportunity to meet most of you, but for those of you I haven’t had the chance to meet let me tell you a little about myself. I just graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Masters in Communication and recently have been filling in on Wednesday afternoons for Stacy at the front desk. I am looking around for “adult” jobs out on the east coast, in the mean time though I have the privilege (along with Stacy) to help out on The Second Floor Blog and Facebook. If you have any ideas on what you would like to see on our blog or pictures from The Second Floor for social media use, please feel free to send them on over to me.
This is going to be an awesome time!
Well, Frontier Days are in full swing!
We hope some of you are getting out and about – enjoying the rodeos, concerts, parades and, of course, the pancake breakfast!
We will be closing a little early – at noon – on Wednesday for Cheyenne Day, but other than that, we will have normal operating hours here on the Second Floor, so come on by!
As a side note, Tomorrow will be my last day here on the Second Floor in an official capacity. I’ll still be swing by to say hello, of course, so this isn’t a goodbye, but a see you later! It has truly been a treat getting to hang out with all of you fine folks! See you around!
Another week, another awesome member!
This week, we are featuring Conroy Stout!
Conroy recently graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Master’s Degree in Communication. His thesis focused on political communication through social media.
“I am a Cheyenne Native and a bit of an oddity here at the Second Floor,” he says. “I do not have a job or a business I run from the co-working space. Instead, I am working on finding a job in my field. I do help to run a small non-profit that supports the scouting in Cheyenne and the surrounding area – like the Boy Scouts and co-ed scouting like the Venture Crews.”
<< Full disclosure: we don’t think that makes him an oddity at all! >>
Conroy likes to spend time in the great outdoors, going backpacking, mountain-biking, and camping.
“Over the last year, I have also been able embrace my wanderlust, traveling to the UK, France, Jamaica and Canada, as well as a few of the most beautiful place that the United States has to offer – from famous National Parks including Glacier, Yellowstone, and the Badlands, to South Beach in Miami and Niagara Falls in New York. And I still would love to travel more.”
When he isn’t traveling far and wide, he enjoys reading, mostly in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres, but also news and current events.
“I like to spend my time keeping up with current events and trends in the political sphere,” he says, “and thinking about ways to better our political process or at least the communication that is currently making it so hard for our system to run smoothly.”
Conroy, we are so happy to have you here with us on The Second Floor, and thank you so much for sharing!
Happy Friday to all!
Well, it has been a while since our last Member Spotlight post, so it’s high time we featured another one of our awesome community members.
This week we are featuring Emily Loos!
Emily is originally from upstate New York, but she moved out west 17 years ago to earn her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Colorado State University.
“I met my husband while in graduate school and moved to Cheyenne to be with him over 10 years ago, ” Emily says. “I never thought I would end up in Cheyenne. I remember driving through when I was 19 years old and thinking I could never live here, but here I am! And I love it. It’s our home and I wouldn’t want to raise my daughter anywhere else.”
Emily is the owner of LIV Health, which provides case management and in-home counseling with a personal touch. LIV allows patients to have help coming right to their doors, giving them more control over their appointments.
“I think people present so differently when you see them in their homes versus a sterile, hospital or clinical setting,” Emily says. “You can learn more about people by walking into their homes and spending a few minutes chatting with them on their couch, than you can by assessing them in the hospital for an hour while they are suffering from an emergency.”
Emily has worked in social work for years, but she was inspired to start LIV after the birth of their daughter.
“We have a beautiful, vibrant, larger-than-life 6-year-old daughter, who gets most of our attention outside of work. We love to spend time together as a family traveling and exploring,” Emily says. “My dream was always to start a company, but it wasn’t until after my daughter was born that I had the courage to take the leap. I loved being a social worker and working with people, especially in their homes and the community. I also knew that I wanted something where I could incorporate being a working woman and a mom. I remember asking my employer after I had my daughter for more flexibility or the ability to work from home to spend more time with my daughter, to which he replied no, stating it wasn’t possible. After that, he treated me differently. That gave me the strength to leave the workforce and create this company.”
Emily works to make LIV Health a company where employees have a voice, flexibility, and more time with their families.
As a member here, Emily primarily uses The Second Floor as a place to come together with LIV employees for meetings and brainstorming sessions.
“The Second Floor has given us a space to be comfortable and creative,” she says. “First, the coffee is amazing and it really gets our creative juices flowing. Second, The Second Floor is a community in itself and we feel more immersed and comfortable there. It’s like we are part of something bigger than ourselves.”
When Emily isn’t working or spending time with her daughter, you will most likely find her reading.
“Not a day goes by that I don’t have my nose in a book at some point,” she says.
Thank you so much, Emily!! We love having you and all of the LIV Health folks as part of our community!
We are so excited to Feature Taylor Boykin in our Member Spotlight Series this week!
Taylor is a recent graduate from Array School of Technology and Design, which is also a part of our Second Floor community, so we’ve enjoyed having him in our space for several months now and we are delighted that he decided to stay on as a member with us!
Taylor was born and raised in Cheyenne. He graduated from high school in 2014 and attended the University of Wyoming for a while, but he eventually came back home.
“I had no real direction in life, and had a difficult time finding a job,” he says. “Array happened to pop up at the right time, and I went to open house on a whim (‘whim’ meaning I was badgered into it by my family). I was immediately enamored with Array, despite never working with any code before.”
Since working with code was something Taylor had not done before, he was surprised by how much he enjoyed it. “Like art, code is a bottomless well of learning,” he says, “but it has a more concrete feeling. You can explain exactly what it is you’ve learned, whereas with art you just do things after a while, because it’s all based on observation and taste.”
As a recent grad, Taylor has just re-entered the job market, so there are a number of directions in which he can make his next move.
“At the moment, I’d like to get a job, most preferably in advertisement, but long-term, I really want to be a creative director in some kind of game development team or animation studio,” he says. “I’ve got stories I’d like to tell.”
Like so many of our members, Taylor has the option of working from home, but The Second Floor is a place where he can get away from the distractions of home and really focus.
“I have great resources here,” he says, “Primarily ET and Josh at Array, but really it’s a huge benefit to be around all the other passionate people here.”
Thank you, Taylor! We love having you (and of course Amos, the famous pug) here!
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