What’s your passion? What makes you feel most alive?
I feel most alive venturing off the beaten track. There is something thrilling about being deep in the outdoors. The feeling of knowing you are on your own with no connection to the outside world forces you to be present and to really enjoy every moment. The other day, I was 45 minutes north of our bottling plant staying in what most would consider an extremely remote cabin. It was around midnight on a super cold clear Wednesday night and the stars were breathtaking. I sat there for 30 minutes in the cold 15 degree temperature taking in the moment. I walked away reminded of why I am passionate about fighting for our planet.
Where do you live, and what do you love about your home/hometown?
Boise, Idaho is home. The big draw is being surrounded by the beautiful outdoors. Yet, the people are also really special. The community has a special buzz, and I love that the people are kind to one another. It’s been a joy launching a mission-based business in Idaho.
You’re an expert—that’s why we’re interviewing you. Tell us about your wellness journey and credentials.
I started my career as a practicing architect and engineer. In college, I discovered a passion for sustainability and problem solving. This led me to live a more thoughtful life. I began to think about my footprint / impact on a daily basis and how I could use good design to solve for simple environmental issues. This led me to building Proud Source. I was originally hired to design the bottling facility and offices. After visiting the small mountain town where the water was to be bottled, I felt like I could make a true difference in people’s lives by solving a local economic problem while addressing plastic pollution globally. The challenge was perfect.
What inspired you to pursue your area of expertise?
I have a big and lively family. Without question, they deserve credit for providing the original source of inspiration.
Drop us with some knowledge. What’s the one fact, insight, or story about your area of expertise you’d like to share?
I have three to share that I found very sobering when I was started Proud Source:
- 3% of the world’s water is freshwater
- 64% of bottled water is just tap water bottled
- 8% of plastic gets collected and recycled in the world