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ColoradoBiz CEO of the Year 2015 finalist: Brent Handler

He has grown the travel club to more than 10,000 members


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Founder and CEO, Inspirato

Handler has grown the tech-savvy travel club to more than 10,000 members and 350 employees since he started the company with brother and chairman Brad Handler in 2010.

Average annual growth has topped 60 percent as the company forged a partnership with American Express and now offers “curated” trips in 100 different luxury destinations. The big initiatives for 2015 included a new hotel platform and an entry-level membership tier.

“Our maniacal focus on culture has really been the northern star for the company,” offers Handler, describing a multi-building campus in Lower Downtown, including a former restaurant that’s now the IT department by day and an employee lounge by night. “We encourage ‘work hard, play hard.’”

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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