Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hard Work, Not Intelligence; Key to Getting Ahead

In this interesting article, Hard Work, Not Intelligence; Key to Getting Ahead, it is suggested that praising individuals solely based on their inherent abilities can actually be causing more harm than good. 

This has actually been an ongoing debate for quite some time. It is almost instinctual for parents to praise their children for their achievements, whether it be for getting good grades, performing well in a school play, or winning a sports game. Of course, parents want to compliment their children’s intelligence, athletic abilities, and even looks. However, is it detrimental to our children’s overall growth as individuals to focus so much on talents that you either have or you don’t? And what impact does this have on us as adults?

What this article is trying to say, is that it is much more crucial to place emphasis on the importance of effort and hard work in these circumstances. Instead of praising individuals based on their inherent talents, emphasis should be placed on their effort. It results in more satisfaction in the outcome or such events and more desire to learn from each circumstance. This behavior translates into all aspects of life and continues to mold us into more responsible, hardworking, educated adults, who don’t just sit back and rely on our talents to get us through life. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Meet the team; Samantha Brown- Professional Development Trainer!

Over the past few weeks, we have been introducing some of our incredible team members, here at Peak-Incorporated. Next, we would like you to meet a very inspiring young woman named Samantha Brown! Here is an interview that you won't want to miss!

-What was your upbringing with your family in Colorado like?

    I was born and raised in Arvada, CO, which is just 15 minutes west of Denver. It's a quiet little suburb at the base of the foothills. I have 2 older brothers, (Ryan and Steven), and an older sister, (Sara). I'm, of course, the baby of 4! My Mom is a full blooded Italian, also born and raised here in Arvada, and my Dad, who moved out here in his twenties to chase his career dreams, is from "The Great State of Ohio", as he likes to say. My parents are actually celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary tomorrow, which is pretty awesome considering the norm of America.
    I grew up in the music store where my Mom worked for 15 years, which was a blast. All of us in my family are musicians and LOVE to rock out at every family gathering we have! My Dad has been in sales for the majority of my life- starting off stocking shelves for Western Distributing company when we were living in a tiny one bedroom duplex, to now being the Division Manager for Neuro Beverage where he manages a good majority of the west coast and the south. Needless to say, he's pretty inspiring and definitely the most prominent leader in my life.
    We moved around a lot while I was growing up, but we mostly lived here in Arvada, which in turn lead me to go to high school at Arvada West (Go Wildcats!). I graduated from there when I was still 17, and shipped myself off to the United States Navy to start a new adventure!

 - What extracurricular activities did you participate in while in High School? 

     This is going to sound crazy, because normally these things DO NOT go together... but I was a HUGE band-geek in the marching band, whilst simultaneously being a cheerleader. I know it's weird, but I made it work! I was also in dance my entire life, participating in quite a few genres (ballet, hip-hop, lyrical...), gymnastics, and softball. I was also in all of the musicals and plays and adored being a part of the Shakespearean club. I know, my nerd is showing!

- What was your first job?

    My very first job was when I was 14, I did "makeup artistry" for the Field of Corpses Haunted house, and was also one of the actresses in the asylum bit. I know, not particularly normal, but it was a ton of fun! My first actual job was waiting tables at Buffalo Wild Wings until I graduated High School.

- Where did you go to college and what did you major in?

     I went to College at the same time I was active duty Navy, so I didn't get the usual college experience. I ended up getting my degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California but only spent about a year on the actual campus, which is really sad considering its been voted the most beautiful campus in the nation. And I agree, it definitely is. I ended up with a BSC in Biochemistry.

- What do you like to do in your free time?

     In my free time I love being outside in the beautiful Colorado sunshine! Hiking, biking, rock climbing, shooting, snowboarding, kayaking, or just laying out in the park with a good book working on my tan :) I love going to concerts, especially at Red Rocks. I also love building and creating costumes... especially Star Wars costumes... Stormtroopers, Mandalorians, you name it, I build it. Also, I'm a beer enthusiast, so I love going to breweries and trying out new things!

 - Did you always want a career in this field? If so, what first sparked your interest and if not, what made you navigate toward this arena of work?

     I absolutely never considered a career in sales or marketing, even on a managerial spectrum. My original game plan was: join the military to pay for college, get a degree in hard science, then go to law school to become a patent attorney. As you can tell, my plan changed a bit since then.... I had a bit of an epiphany, class was BORING and it didn't stimulate me mentally the way I had expected it to. I couldn't stand the thought of being stuck in an office doing paperwork all day to make great money, but never actually ENJOY anything I was doing. So, I started bartending to pay the bills until I could decide what it was I wanted. I considered going back to active duty, because at least I was constantly on new adventures, seeing the world... but the military wasn't conducive for the other things I wanted in life, and after one of my very best friends died in combat I decided it wasn't the right fit for me. So, I just began searching for something that would grab my attention. I stumbled upon Peak and actually passed it up the first couple of times I came across it because "sales" didn't exactly sound sexy to me! However, it just kept popping up, everywhere I searched so I took it as a bit of a sign that I should consider the idea... I didn't realize at the time that this had little to do with sales and more so with coaching and development, which is exactly the thing I wanted most! Couldn't have worked out better.

 - What has the process been like working your way up through this company?

      The process has been unlike anything I've ever been through before! I've never been in an environment with so much positive energy, with so many incredible people. I legitimately wake up with a smile on my face excited to get to the office. I know in this day and age that's a rare thing to come across. When I started, I hit the ground running. The idea of no seniority motivated me to kick my work ethic into high gear and take control of the massive opportunity that was presented to me. The support system I've acquired and the coaching I've received while being here is really what's launched my development and pushed me to work my way up to my position.

- What are you goals with Peak?

      My goals with Peak are to be promoted to a managerial role in 2015, and help pave the way for others to do the same!

- What is your ultimate goal for your career?

      My ultimate goal for my career is to gain the financial freedom and time to fund and run the Christian M Pike foundation that will support families that have lost service members in combat, while being able to extend the same freedoms of finance and time to others so that they may see their goals achieved.

 -How do you keep a good work/ personal life balance?

      I keep a good work/personal life balance by really submerging myself into the time I have with my friends and family, making specific time to go out and have fun! Planning is really key there. When I'm a work, I'm 100% at work, when I'm at home, I'm 100% devoted to the people around me and whatever we may be doing that day!

- What advice do you have for those embarking on a career in this field?

      The biggest piece of advice I have for anyone embarking on this career path is to keep a killer student mentality, always be hungry to learn from those around you and grow with them. Push hard through the rough times, work even harder when you're faced with adversity and I guarantee you it will be worth it 10 fold! Lastly, have as MUCH fun as humanly possible!

Thanks for sharing your story with us, Samantha! We look forward to continuing this journey with you and we can't wait to see what the future holds for you! Watch out, world, this girl is on fire!!!!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Meet the Team; Team Leader, Katharine Veron!

Get to know our Team Leader Katharine Veron! ( As told by, Katharine Veron )

- I was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana into a big, Cajun, Catholic family. I have 1 younger brother, Dylan, an older brother, John, an older step-sister, Amy, and an older step-brother, Shane. I've got four nephews: Harrison, Aidan, Brennan, and Connor, and I've got one niece, Camille. There's not much to say about Lake Charles other than the fact that I miss the food, the culture, the football, and Mardi Gras terribly. Louisiana is a beautiful place, and I can't wait to own a home on St Charles Avenue in New Orleans. 

- I went to St. Louis Catholic High School, where I played soccer and was a cheerleader. Cheerleading was my favorite thing about my high school experience. We took it very seriously and competed on a national level, but cheering at football games was the most fun! 

- My first job was as a server at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lake Charles. I think I was 17.

- I went to college at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS where I majored in Anthropology. There, Dr. George Bey became my mentor and completely changed my life. He took me to Europe as his research assistant in the summer of 2009, and then I went to Yucatan in the summer of 2010 where I excavated Mayan ruins on a private, bio-cultural reserve in the jungle. I slept in a hammock for 6 weeks and my showers were from rainwater runoff. I found my bliss there and decided that my calling was Mayan archaeology. :)

- In my free time, I read, write, paint, spend time outside hiking, biking, playing frisbee, and soaking up sunshine. I love to travel and explore new places and to learn new things. 

- I had never considered a career in our field until after I started at Peak-Incorporated. I was really just taking a chance at bettering myself in any way that I could. I knew that I wanted to travel, to get my PhD and eventually teach archaeology, to expand my knowledge of the world, and to achieve the luxury of freedom to accomplish these things, but I had no idea how to make these things happen. I just never accepted that my dreams were beyond my reach. And when I found Peak, I realized that I had found a way to make it all happen for myself. That is, Peak has created the opportunity for me to achieve everything I've ever wanted out of life by teaching me invaluable skill sets that I can use and transfer anywhere. 

- My journey at peak began at the end of October of 2013. I have been promoted twice since then, due to my work ethic, student mentality, and the incredible support system I have in the team. The relationships I have with my fellow team members have been invaluable to my growth. I can honestly say that I've never worked in an environment where my co-workers were genuinely invested in my growth, nor have I ever been lucky enough to be surrounded by such motivated and inspiring people on a daily basis. 

-My progression throughout the company has been incredible. I've achieved things I never thought possible and have grown in ways that I couldn't have imagined. I've learned that I have limitless potential as long as I'm willing to step up to be challenged. 

- My goal at peak is to be promoted into management by the end of this year. 

- My ultimate goal is to retire from this business by 45, after having passed the opportunity on to many others, so that I can get my phd and go explore the world! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Meet the Team; Assistant Manager, Jonathan Leach!

We are proud to announce that our very own, Jonathan Leach, was recently promoted to Assistant Manager, here at Peak-Inc.! Jon has been with us for a little over a year and a half now, and his drive, ambition and passion for success helped propel him into management.

Jonathan was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming on May 6th 1988.  He grew up competing in the sports of soccer, basketball, paintball and tae kwon do.  He has an older sister (38) and younger brother (20) who live in Aurora, CO and Hartford, CT respectively.

Jon partakes in hobbies ranging from fitness (running and weightlifting), concerts, watching live sporting events, cooking, video games, movies, and, of course, spoiling his Jack Russell Terrier. His dog, Chief celebrated his 8th birthday on May 10th.  He is the first dog Jon has owned, and it’s safe to say these two are pretty close!

Jonathan relocated to Colorado in August of 2009 to continue his academic career at Colorado State University.  In May of 2012 he graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.A. in Business with a concentration on Marketing. (Way to go, Jon!!)  Shortly after graduation, He met Eric Norregaard and began working with Peak Incorporated.    

“Peak Incorporated has helped me develop into a successful young professional.  I have drastically developed personally and professionally over the past couple years.”, says Jonathan Leach, of Peak-Inc. “The skills and tools that I’ve acquired at Peak have far surpassed any of the prior training or schooling I received at other companies and institutions.  Much of the success of the office derives from Eric’s passion for helping individuals realize, then fulfill their true potential.”    

         Jonathan’s future career goals consist of continuing to grow and develop everyday, while learning the skills and tools necessary to be successful. He will be looking to move to the west coast of the United States in the next 6 months to continue managing an office. Eventually, he would like to look at international prospects later in his career and move to Europe.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March Madness 2014!!

It's about that time again, for our March Madness Tournament!! The competition begins on Monday the 17th and we have some exciting prizes again this year! The prizes include:

Rockies Tickets, Nuggets Tickets, Passes to The Denver Microbrew Tour, and a 47" Flat Screen TV!

Here's how it works; Everyone receives an entry and the competition is based on production. Each week, winners will be selected based on their performance and they will move on to compete the following week. The final four contenders will win one of the four prizes!
Let the madness begin!!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Check out What's Brewing at Peak Inc!

      A few of the guys from the office decided to get together on a Sunday to create something everybody loves.... beer!  We examined a few different types of recipes and determined that an India Pale Ale would suit our tastes best.  We did, however, spice it up a bit and created a more Americanized India Pale Ale using typical American hops, most notably Citra and Centennial.  We added a few Magnum hops to give it a nice bitter note as well.  
       We did a partial mash and extract brew to help cut down on the brewing time, which despite our best efforts, still took over 6 hours!  We steeped some secret specialty grains for about a half an hour to really add some body to the beer.  The smell of mashed grains in Eric's place was amazing!  After mashing, we threw the whole thing into our brew pot and cranked up the heat, boiling the beer for an hour.  During the boiling process, we added our hops. After that hour, we killed the heat and waited for our beer to cool.  It was 28 degrees outside and it still took 3 hours for the beer to get down to the correct temperature to pitch our yeast!  
       After thoroughly sanitizing our fermenting tank, we transferred the beer and pitched our yeast.  It took about two days for the fermentation to really get going.  We're expecting a super flavorful AIPA with an alcohol by volume right around seven percent.  We should be able to bottle it in about a week!  The name for our concoction?  I “Peak” A of course! Stay tuned to see how it comes out! 

Credit: Dan Fithian

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Meet Trevor Churney, Professional Development Trainer and Risk Taker!

Our Professional Development Trainer, Trevor Churney, here at Peak Incorporated recently went on an incredibly exciting endeavor that we wanted to share with you! Trevor decided to live on the edge and try out skydiving at Skydive Colorado!! He shared with us some breath-taking photos from their "Go-pro" camera, which was set to take pictures at 3-5 second intervals. I don't know about you, but I'm ready to try out some skydiving! Check these out!

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Helen Keller