I grew up in Thornton, Colorado as a farming family that lived in the suburbs. I’m fortunate enough to have all of my family in the area - my parents, my two brothers and my husband’s parents and brother.
In the …
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In the Thornton/Westminster, area there is a great sense of community. While the area continues to grow, you still feel safe and connected with your neighbors.
Many jobs means happiness
I actually have a few jobs. In all my jobs I get to build relationships with those in our community and offer a lifestyle service.
Year-round, I am a licensed real estate broker and co-owner of D&G Construction and Remodels, the company I share with my husband, Darren Dinkel.
My father-in-law owned three Century 21 Dinkel & Associate offices and introduced me to the world of real estate. Since my husband grew up only knowing real estate and construction and I had such an entrepreneurial vision, it only made sense we go into business together - him with the contracting license and me with the real estate license - creating D&G.
Three months out of the year, I switch gears and focus on my seasonal businesses, Maize in the City and Haunted Field of Screams, which I co-own with my brothers, Mark Villano and Joe Palombo.
Pumpkins and graph paper
My family has been involved in the agriculture industry since they immigrated to the United States in the early 1900s.
About 17 years ago, my father, already one of the top pumpkin producers in the state at the time, planted a corn field and told my brother and I to make a maze with it. While we weren’t so sure about the idea at first, we took it on and transformed a simple concept into an agritourism destination.
In 2001, when we opened the corn maze, we designed and constructed the maze using only graph paper and a pencil. Still to this day, we hold true to designing our maze on paper and cutting it out using our own means.
Earlier this year, Westword named Maize in the City the best corn maze. D&G was also awarded a best in client services award by Houzz. Since we strive to provide our community and clients the best service possible, it was a huge accomplishment to receive both of these awards in the same year.
While my multiple businesses and my kids to keep me busy, when I do get to enjoy some time off I like spending time with my family at a lake. Our favorites are Horsetooth or Lake Havasu.
Since the kids have been born, we’ve made a tradition to road trip out to the blazing heat of Lake Havasu every 4th of July weekend. While some may shy away from that dreaded heat, we tend to run toward it as we’ve been creating some of our most precious memories at this location.
Obviously, my children are my greatest accomplishment. Their bright blue eyes and radiant smiles are something that keep me working hard and pushing forth each day.
Having children impacted my life in a good way. They’ve brought me the most joy and love I’ve ever felt. They also changed me in the sense that having them has made me realize how precious life is and how important it is to take in every moment.
The last book I read
“#AskGaryVee One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, & Self-Awareness.” This book gave me a real-life map to do social media marketing. I like his books because they’re very to the point without any gray areas.
My hobbies are tied to my passion for entrepreneurship. I’m constantly seeking opportunities to better myself and keep my entrepreneur game fresh. Although, I truly enjoy throwing on my cowboy boots and going out to country concerts.
Little known facts
Traveling is always on my bucket list. During a school trip years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Timbuktu.
Before my husband was my husband, we took a trip to Sedona, Arizona where we dined at an old western stage-coach restaurant and hand the pleasure of tasting some rattle snake. It was chewy and tasted kind of like chicken.
I would love to take a trip to the future. I want to see where our technological advancements take us 100 or even 200 years from now.
Honestly, I wish I was more mathematically inclined. While I have the basics down, I wish I was more of a math wiz who was able to put calculations together quickly in my mind and analyze data at the drop of a hat.
The downfall of tech
Technology is one of the biggest things in society that has changed my life. It has caused individuals to seek instant gratification making it more difficult to take a break or step away from your business for more family time.
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