Steamboat Living: 20 Under 40-Reall Colbenson
For Reall Colbenson, who’s lived in Steamboat Springs for 11 years, it’s the people that make the Yampa Valley so special.
“What resonates with my heart so much here is the people,” says Colbenson. “I’m continuously blown away how every day I meet new people and make new connections here. There are some outstanding people who live here.”
Raised on a family-run agriculture business in southeast Minnesota, Colbenson’s dedicated work ethic was instilled early.
“There are opportunities here, you just have to work for them,” she says. “It’s about connecting with people and being involved in the community. Those doors will open, but you have to stay dedicated and work hard. It’s not just going to fall into your lap.”
Graduating from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, Colbenson worked in Steamboat’s real estate market before joining Central Park Management in 2008. From there, she moved onto working for Honey Stinger before recently joining Colorado Group Realty as a listing and marketing manager. She also runs a personal training business and is a fitness instructor at Old Town Hot Springs.
On the philanthropic front, Reall is involved in Partners in Routt County, Routt County Riders and the Steamboat Christian Center, the latter leading to a recent mission trip to Africa and Nicaragua.
Balancing work with her passion for running, biking and skiing, with a few races thrown into the mix, Colbenson says her outdoor hobbies are like therapy in keeping her grounded, healthy and well.
“You have to be healthy and well in your own personal life to thrive professionally,” she says. “I’m passionate about what I do in my work and I care about clients and their goals, whether it’s in real estate or personal training. I have a passion for helping and connecting with people.”
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