I’ve been quite successful in my businesses over the years, and now I like giving something back to the community.
Ted grew up on a ranch in Colorado that is still in the family, got his Masters in industrial engineering from Cornell, and went on to have a sparkling business career owning several businesses along the way. He had a belt buckle company in his early years and owned and operated a stock brokerage firm with his father for 21 years before retiring. Ted's wife Suzy will join him on the cruise.
Ted's work represents the best possible blend of American entrepreneurismentrepreneurism and volunteerism. Over the years, he purchased numerous buildings in downtown Denver, many of which he rents out to charitable groups. Some are at half the prevailing rent, and some are at no rent at all. His buildings are located in the art district of Denver, and he works with several tenants to bring art and art festivals to the community. The Chicano Humanity Arts Council (CHAC) features Latino artists and introduces Latino youth to the power of art. Art from Ashes works with at-risk youth through poetry, essays, and poetry readings and helps these kids learn the power of writing. Art Street is a third charity Ted works with, teaching kids computer graphics and helping prepare them for the marketplace.
From art to sport, Ted also helped form the D-Town boxers, an open gymnasium where 40-60 young adults learn how to box under the guidance of a nationally respected trainer. Each year, the D-Town boxers qualify 6-8 boxers for the Golden Gloves tournament. The program has proven to be a great outlet for kids to learn discipline and gain confidence. The rent, of course, is free, and Ted supports the gymnasium financially so the kids and their families don't pay anything for the training or use of the gym.
Ted is a prominent figure in Denver. His work includes helping beautify many sections of the city, working with the Top Cop program to honor the best of Denver's police force, and quietly lending a hand wherever needed. Says Ted: "I've been fortunate in my career, and now I enjoy giving something back."