Roots

Something Independent (S|I) is about leadership. Specifically, leadership that resides at the intersection of lifestyle and commerce. It is at this convergence that doers come together to make good things happen. Particularly here in Colorado — a place like no other. S|I convenes founders, innovators, and those who are out there putting it all on the line, to the end of fostering opportunity and inspiring next generation entrepreneurs. S|I programs include the Art of Winter; the Wright Award, the Founders Series, DSTILL, CO:built, and S|I Insight Tours. Additionally, S|I collaborates with and supports organizations and initiatives that are inspiring others to find and operate from their intersection. These include, TEDx Mile High, The Millennial Trains Project and Denver Startup Week.

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Ally Seeley

Frederick, MD → Denver, CO
The Deets: Been doing a bit of everything with S|I for the past couple years, they just can’t seem to get rid of me. Just an outdoor junkie that just can’t get enough of sunny weather, new adventures and good people.
The mountains are calling and I must go… to the San Juan Mountains.
Top Outing of 2015: It’s to come! Taking time in October to explore more of Colorado and climb a few more 14ers.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.34.49 AMChuck Sullivan

A lifelong Denverite
The Deets: Ringleader of The Wright crew. Post-college moves to tent-living in Telluride and ski-bumming in Steamboat combined with professional stints in San Fran and Washington DC, eventually led to co-founding S|I in 2009 – an extension of my belief that if you surround yourself with good people, good shit is bound to happen. 
The mountains are calling and I must go…to a big bended river in the mountain meadow, seeking tranquility and trout.
Top Outing of 2015: The annual boys ski trip in Jackson, WY. Not to worry, 2016 is in Crested Butte.

 

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Cincinnati, OH → Evergreen, CO
The Deets: Coordination of The Wright programming. Has worked extensively with retail industry, most recently with a good run at Icelantic Skis managing customer service, operations and logistics for past few years. Currently exploring all things Colorado.
The mountains are calling and I must go… to Loveland and Front Range backcountry
Top Outing of 2015: Two weeks rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

 

 

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Johnny Klein

New England → Denver, CO
The Deets: In awe of the outdoors, the urban centers, the companies and the leaders that bring Colorado’s story to life. Support in guiding the brand narrative and program framework of The Wright. Enjoys good conversation with friends over sake and ramen.
The mountains are calling and I must go… to the Roaring Fork valley
Top Outing of 2015: Three days of moving bison near Alamosa in the presence of Blanca Peak and the Great Sand Dunes.

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.37.01 AMKelsey Elmer

Reinholds, PA → Denver, CO
The Deets: Sponsor liaison and dedicated team player. Hails from the healthcare field but with a passion for the outdoors and community culture, has found herself dipping into the lifestyle industry.
The mountains are calling and I must go…to Blue Sky Basin.
Top Outing of 2015: There are still many mountains to climb in 2015, but until those summits are reached, skiing the Utah backcountry takes the cake.

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.35.14 AM David Liechty

Cleveland, OH → Denver, CO
The Deets: My role with The Wright is to keep it real. 6’-2” 194lbs Aries.  Horrible spellor and sloth like wit. 2011 Wright Contender, participated in the first CO:Built with Denver Beer Company leading him to move from skis to craft brewing. My grandmother told me always have work, but I wish she would’ve told me to take a vacation every once in awhile.
The mountains are calling and I must go… To those luxurious outlets in Silverthorne..new Nike are in!
Top Outing of 2015: I have three more months to out-do the last one – The blood moon, full moon eclipsed mountain bike ride.

 

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 11.36.31 AM Jon Woods

Nomad → Denver, CO
The Deets: Brings a diverse marketing and social media background to the GroundFloor Media team, sponsor of The Wright. When not working on one project or another, he enjoys traveling to college football games and getting as many days on his skis as he can. He swears that one of these days he’ll take the plunge and buy a bike.
The mountains are calling and I must go… where the bump skiing is.
Top Outing of 2015: Nothing is better than a winter escape to the slow paced boat life and island exploring in the British Virgin Islands

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Mediapolis, IA → Denver, CO
The Deets: Sponsor of The Wright via GroundFloor Media, social media and PR by weekdays, snowboarding/fly fishing/rock climbing/camping/kayaking by (hopefully 3-4 day) weekends.
Top Outing of 2015: While Colorado mountains are clearly superior, I had a pretty epic day on the backside of Snowbird, UT with friends this past February.