Where I Put In My 40 Hours: I own a State Farm Insurance Agency in North Aurora where we help people prepare for their futures and recover from the unexpected while building lasting relationships in the community.
My Favorite Thing About MHYP: I love attending the monthly social events as it provides an opportunity to meet new people and connect with friends that I have made in this organization.
Favorite Thing To Do (Other Than MHYP): My favorite thing to do is travel and explore the great outdoors!
One Thing You Love About Denver: One thing I love about Denver is how close it is to the mountains and there is always something to do regardless of the weather.
Would You Rather Be A Pirate OR A Ninja And Why: I would be a Pirate for sure, the freedom and exploration would right up my alley, and let's not forgot about the plunder!
Where I Put In My 40 Hours: Transworld Business Advisors, Business Broker. I help visionary entrepreneurs buy, sell, and grow their business.
My Favorite Thing About MHYP: I love the MHYP is a one-stop shop for community involvement. My favorite events are taking part in the recreational sports teams. MHYP has presented me with so many opportunities to participate in fun events that not only helped my professional development but also allowed me to give back to the community in a really meaningful way.
Favorite Thing To Do (Other Than MHYP): Fly fishing and skiing.
One Thing You Love About Denver: Incredible small business community!
Would You Rather Be A Pirate OR A Ninja And Why: Ninja
Where I Put In My 40 Hours: I work at Colorado State University doing Campus and Community Engagement - basically, I get to make sure everyone is connected!
My Favorite Thing About MHYP: There are so many great things about MHYP, one of my favorites is how easy it is to find people with common interests and goals and develop those relationships.
Favorite Thing To Do (Other Than MHYP): I love to be challenged and rise to the occasion so whether it's participating in a 24-Hour Tough Mudder or gaining new knowledge and expertise I'm always on the lookout for exciting opportunities!
One Thing You Love About Denver: The variety of activities you can do in Denver is amazing from restaurants to museums to water parks and more - there isn't much you can't do here and there are new things popping up daily.
Would You Rather Be A Pirate OR A Ninja And Why: Oh a ninja 100% - I've always wanted to be an assassin with a huge skill set and I feel like this is another step in the right direction.
Where I Put In My 40 Hours: STRIVE Prep, Founding High School Vice Principal. I'm the founding Vice Principal at STRIVE Prep-RISE High School. My primary responsibilities include professional development, coaching teachers on best instructional practices, and curriculum development.
My Favorite Thing About MHYP: My favorite event is the December holiday social at Footers, it's so much fun celebrating the holidays with MHYP and seeing a board member dress up as Santa Claus each year! I love that I've met so many new people, friends, and made wonderful connections within the Denver community through MHYP!
Favorite Thing To Do (Other Than MHYP): Exercising, traveling, meeting up with family and friends, tennis, hiking, trying new restaurants!
One Thing You Love About Denver:
The quick access to the mountains for hiking, snowshoeing, visiting mountain towns, etc. I also love the music/sports scene that Red rocks and other venues in Denver provide.
Favorite animal at the zoo: Bengal Tiger; it's my spirit animal apparently!
Where I Put In My 40 Hours A Week: Colorado Open Golf Foundation, Tournament Director. I manage the three-state open championships. They help support our junior golf program, First Tee - Green Valley Ranch.
My Favorite Thing About MHYP: The different variety of events and opportunity to network with people from various industries in Denver. MHYP has a lot of great ways to develop yourself professionally and make connections within the city.
Favorite thing to do (other than MHYP): Play golf and take yoga classes.
One thing you love about Denver: The outdoor lifestyle. It's really cool to have so many options for hiking, running, and snowboarding relatively close to Denver.
Would you rather be a pirate OR a ninja and why: Pirate for sure. Captain Jack Sparrow made it look awesome.
Ira Johnson was born in Fort Collins and raised in Iowa. He graduated from Luther College, a small, liberal arts school in Decorah, IA, with a B.A. in Biology and Spanish. A week after graduation, he returned to Colorado for nothing other than its world class skiing!
Currently, he is the Owner of Happy Llama Inc., a specialty print company that focuses on working with events. Throughout his professional career, he has been sole owner of a marketing company and part owner of a business networking organization. His previous experience includes everything from door to door sales to Director of Marketing in environments ranging from large international corporations to local 3 person start-ups.
Ira has previously served as an Ambassador with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Membership Committee at the Downtown Denver Partnership. In the community he has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the People’s Fair, and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. With his diverse array of experience Ira believes the one thing that remains the same is the absolute necessity of knowing, and learning from, as many people as possible.
When not working, you will find Ira bumming around the mountains skiing and camping with his two beautiful daughters, Finley and Lola Snow, and his wife, Robyn.
Dan Kobler grew up in Rockford, IL about an hour west of Chicago. He was drawn to Colorado by the snowy mountains in the wintertime when his family would take a yearly ski trip. He moved out for good in the fall of 2001 and has found the Mile High City to be the perfect place to call home.
Dan is a partner at Campfire Digital which offers comprehensive digital marketing services including website design and development, content marketing and social media for businesses looking to grow their online presence.
Dan has been a committed member of the Denver Community, including a graduate of Leadership Denver 2018, The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce's Chamber 100 program, Leads Groups, and Ambassador program. He was honored in 2013 as one of Colorado's Finest by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.