Making it their way: Steph and Glen Traylor: Inspiring other young professionals
Making it their way
Steamboat Springs — When Steph and Glen Traylor started Ski Butlers in Steamboat Springs four winters ago, they ran their ski valet business with one van out of their single-car garage.
The economy also wasn’t that great.
“We had some hard nights,” Steph Traylor said. “It was the sacrifice year.”
Slowly and surely, the garage-based business turned into a profitable business.
“Now we don’t run it out of our garage anymore, and we have two vans,” Steph Traylor said.
The Traylors and their success story should sway even the most skeptical ski bum who doubts whether Steamboat can be more than a seasonal stop.
The key ingredient?
Plenty of passion and a lot of networking.
The Traylors, in their early 30s, have proven even young professionals can start businesses and grow meaningful careers in Steamboat Springs.
Today, they’re leaders in the Young Professionals Network, and they have big plans for the organization’s future.
“YPN was the first organization we really connected with,” Steph Traylor said. “We were looking for ways to meet other people, spread the word of our business, but also connect with our community a little more. It’s definitely done those things. YPN really encouraged us to encourage other people you can live here and have a career here.”
A few months ago, Glen Traylor touted YPN’s recent resurgence to Gov. John Hickenlooper at a local business breakfast.
Traylor said one of Steamboat’s biggest challenges in the future will be to attract and retain young professionals like him.
For their part, the Traylors have a strategy and a lot of it has to do with continuing the momentum of YPN.
Steph Traylor recently was named head of YPN’s advisory board.
“One of my biggest goals is to develop leaders,” Steph Traylor said. “It’s our responsibility to really spot these leaders, get them excited and start to develop them too.”
Another goal Steph Traylor has is to better connect YPN with the Steamboat Springs City Council.
“There’s a huge lack of young people connected politically in this town and that needs to change,” she said. “Even if you’re not a business owner, this is your town. You have a say and you should be passionate about the direction it’s going.”
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