SNOWMASS VILLAGE - Sometimes everybody needs a helping hand, and that includes both individuals and businesses.
"You have to give back. It's almost a human obligation," said resident Gary Hartman, a former Snowmass Village Rotary president.
But in addition to volunteering his service to Rotary and its many local and international programs, Hartman also is giving back to the Aspen/Snowmass business community with the Growth Coach, his new business and sales consulting business.
Hartman was hooked on skiing from nearly the time he started in Michigan. But the smallness of the mountains had him excited about the mountains in the West. When he got an opportunity to ski in Utah, he went for it, and he wanted more.
Eventually Snowmass came up on his radar, and he came to ski in 1990 before buying a Timberline condominium in 1991.
In Ohio, Hartman had launched a payroll business because he wanted to work outside an industrial products business his wife's family owned. He saw an ad for a small, independent payroll company and bought it.
But he continued traveling west to Colorado, and eventually he and his wife, Chris, bought a house in Snowmass and moved here full time in 2008 after Gary sold the payroll business.
"Snowmass is a great ski area," Hartman said. "I just like the feel of the place. The people. And I like Snowmass because it is its own great place and 20 minutes from everything Aspen has to offer.
"When I first moved out here, I knew I wanted to (continue working). I played golf and played as much golf as I wanted to. But I couldn't play golf or ski five days a week, and I wanted to keep my mind active. I was looking around for what my next business could be and came across business coaching."
Hartman began working with the professional programs and resources of The Growth Coach, an international organization of franchise owners that help small businesses, business teams and individuals with business and
"Coaching is a good fit for me," Hartman said. "A lot of what I have done is more than just providing service but solving problems. Helping people. Helping to see a lot of different businesses and how they work and seeing how different business principles apply to each of those businesses."
Hartman is one of 150 Growth Coaches across the country who work with business owners, managers and teams of sales professionals to identify business and personal issues and then help set a list of goals that solves those issues.
"There is a core process that is used," Hartman said. "That process involves both a business and personal side. Where are you trying to go? We want to solidify that vision and then work that down to a set of goals that we are going to complete in the next 90 days. I work in 90-day increments. It's a natural timeframe and gives you enough time to work out goals and make progress while life happens."
For business owner Hartman, the next 90 days will be focused on business expansion. He is expanding his geographical range for the Growth Coach from the Roaring Fork Valley throughout more of the Western Slope, including Eagle, Grand Junction and Rifle business networking efforts.
When he's not working, Hartman likes to enjoy the Colorado lifestyle.
"There are too many options in the great outdoors here," Hartman said. "I love being here because of the active lifestyle. But I have had to give up some things, like tennis, because there is just no time. Generally, I like running, hiking, biking in the summer. Both kinds of skiing in the winter."
What would be one new amenity he would like to see in Snowmass?
"We're such a great, family-friendly place," Hartman said. "The other ski resorts have added luges, slides and other things. We need to add one more amenity for our area. We need to come up with something different."
Steve Alldredge is the former associate editor/reporter for the Snowmass Sun. He now runs a local communications company whose clients include Related Colorado. He can be reached at