#Squamishismyoffice | Community Profile: Paul Romero

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1. What is the nature of your work? How long have you worked in Squamish? What made you come here?

I’m an independent consultant to athletes and nutrition coaching. I organize performance high end training camps. Going on 5 months… since I made the commitment to call Squamish home. I was chasing a romance up here, silly as that was….but that switched off so to say, and  it allowed me to discover all that Squamish offers…

2. Where do you normally work? Is it in a local office? A local restaurant? Coffee shop? Trailhead?

I make it a habit to visit all the barista’s around Squamish.

Zack at Cloudburst is incredible. Tunisia at Galileo is very legit. The girls at Zeph, and of course the near perfect situation of the top of the gondola.

Maggs 99 is the new favorite. Best Taco’s outside of California, good clean wifi and such a perfectly tacky southwest style decor. makes me feel at home.

 

3. What do you find inspiring about Squamish?

The geographical features are to me the most inspiring…to have all these resources meters from each other- white water, single track, glacier, Kite, climbing, serious mountaineering and MORE singletrack

 

4. How has Squamish been good for your business?

The whole Sea to Sky has been incredible. It’s the right amount of progressive attitude,  smart, and clever trends are all arouund.

 

5. What inspires you in your work? 

To wake up and breath and be free, is to be inspired to make people better versions of themselves

 

6. What is your best advice for a budding entrepreneur?

Never work with Family, relatives or friend…its tough enough as it is!








#Squamishismyoffice | Community Profile: Alanna Gillis

1. What is the nature of your work? How long have you worked in Squamish? What made you come here?

I am a life coach. Coaching is about acknowledging the gap between where you are in your life and where you want to be. The nature of my work is inviting women into the adventure of their life and being their trusty sidekick! Seriously. I love my job! I inspire women to wake up, love themselves, reclaim their freedom and create the impact they long to have in their world.

My partner and I moved to Squamish in December 2014. We fell in love with this beautiful little town nestled in the mountains. We grew tired of the being stuck in the “city bubble” and decided to reconnect with our love of nature. I was working to Vancouver at the time and they said I could work from home 2 days a week so we just did it! Basically, we just knew in our hearts Squamish is where we belong so we took a step toward the life we dreamed of and moved here.

 

2. Where do you normally work? Is it in a local office? A local restaurant? Coffee shop? Trailhead?

I work all over. Primarily, I work in my home since most of my work is done on the phone. It’s tough because I have this fabulous view of the Chief. No really, the Chief is my inspiration. I also sometimes work in Vancouver, at the park and anywhere my clients want to meet me. I’m also hoping to work at Start Up Squamish more often in the fall to continue meeting more like minded folks here in town.

 

3. What do you find inspiring about Squamish?

Ummm… Everything? I am inspired by the strong sense of community here, by being surrounded by active, healthy people who love the outdoors! I am inspired by the spectacular views. I am inspired by the turquoise Howe Sound waters, and also by the entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep. Squamish is my happy place!!

 4. How has Squamish been good for your business?

I’ve already met some really great people here (David Crewson) who want to see people they come into contact with succeed. There is something about connecting with others and how we can all work together to see our respective businesses succeed. Another benefit is using this spectacular back drop as inspiration in my phone coaching sessions. People really love mountains!! I am sure being in Squamish will benefit my business in ways I don’t know yet too. There’s so much potential here.

 

5. What inspires you in your work?

Love is my main source of inspiration in my work. Love of the Chief, the outdoors, adventure, fun, community, connection. My business vision is “Creating a world where we all nurture our humanity.” The very root of nurturing humanity has to do with love. Self-love. Love for others. Even love for strangers. Who doesn’t love LOVE? Right?! Love is what keeps me working hard. Love makes a difference in people’s lives. It may only be small but when you know you’re loved…you can achieve anything.

 

6. What is your best advice for a budding entrepreneur?

Since I am a budding entrepreneur, I’d say BELIEVE in the beauty of your vision. Reach out. Ask for help. People want to help! So talk to as many people (Start Up Squamish especially!!) as you can. Don’t isolate yourself. Get involved. Hmmm I might take more of that advice myself come fall! !








Squamish Is My Office!

We told you that Squamish is a beautiful and inspiring place. But don’t take our word for it!

We spoke to over 30 local entrepreneurs who have chosen to make Squamish their office. We wanted to know what inspires them, how they work, where they work. Their responses were varied and rich, and we once again discovered how exceptional Squamish is as an entrepreneurial community.

We uncovered great new ideas for unique places to pull up the laptop in town. We discovered tips and tricks to surviving as a startup. We celebrated the successes of our local peers, but most of all were reminded of why we live where we do, and how exciting it is to be living in Squamish at this time, as the town’s entrepreneurs are rapidly on the rise.

We hope you enjoy the insights and contributions of these amazing men and women who are helping to shape and strengthen our entrepreneurial community. Join in the conversation and post your own #squamishismyoffice story!