Durango Diaries, the biweekly storyteller series hosted by The Durango Herald, is back Wednesday with three local business owners who have grown their startups from small, scrappy companies into major organizations. They will share how they accomplished their dreams.
The event will be held at 6 p.m. at Durango Public Library, 1900 East Third Ave.
Speakers will include:
Joe Lloyd and his wife, LeAnna, opened their first coffee shop in 2004 in Durango. By 2019, they operated 12 Durango Joes coffee shops in Colorado and New Mexico. The mission of the company is to inspire people by providing each person they serve with a smile, a warm greeting and a great cup of coffee.
Matt Taylor recently retired as executive vice president of global integrated payments and small-business commerce at Worldpay’s 350-employee Durango office. Taylor was pivotal in the evolution and growth of the company that started as Mercury then became Vantiv then Worldpay.
Patrick Meiering is the founder and former CEO of Zuke’s, a pet nutrition company named after his dog and inspired by a fateful hike with him north of Durango in 1995. He grew Zuke’s into one of the largest pet treat companies in the world. He sold the company to Nestle Purina in 2014.This is the third session of Season 5 of Durango Diaries. The season will continue through May at 6 p.m. Wednesdays at the Durango library. Upcoming event topics are:
March 4: Alternative living. People who have lived off the grid, in yurts, tepees and tiny homes will share stories about why they opted to live in nontraditional ways.
March 18: Self-care. A popular buzzword, self-care is more than getting a massage, it’s taking care of your mind, body and soul. Three local self-care professionals will share their stories about how they discovered their paths.
April 1: Urban legends. From settlers hiding gold to ghosts haunting the town’s underground tunnels, Durango is full of urban legends, some of which are based on fact. For April Fool’s Day, three storytellers share some of the tall tales about the place we call home.
April 22: Earth Day. The world just recorded its second-hottest year on record. Storms appear to be stronger and more erratic than ever. But what can residents in rural Southwest Colorado do to make a difference? Three speakers share their stories about environmental activism.
May 6: Inventors. Coming up with an idea is just half the battle; manufacturing and producing your idea from start to finish is what separates the dreamers from inventors. Three local inventors will share their journeys from idea to item.
The podcast of each Durango Diaries, including past seasons, can be heard on iTunes, Spotify or the Herald’s website at durangoherald.com/durangodiaries.
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