Brian Westerlind, RFL Academy 2019

//Brian Westerlind, RFL Academy 2019

Where are you originally from?

Born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley, 4th generation! My great grandpa came to Aspen and started Alpine Construction, ran by my grandfather for years. My grandmother ran Jills Carpets for years as well.

What brought you to the Roaring Fork Valley and how long have you been here?

After leaving to pursue medicine for a decade in Iowa, I returned to the Valley in 2015 to change career paths. Love being here!

What was your most interesting or unusual job?

Manager of a cadaver research lab in coordination with my medical research. VERY interesting job, quite strange. Better to leave more for the imagination.

Why did you apply to RFL?

Personal growth and meeting other like minded, excellent people! Huge success!

What is your definition of success?

Providing for my family while being able to enjoy what I do and provide an excellent work environment for those around me. I like to lead and to be innovative.

What are you most proud of in the last year?

Improving my relationships around me, building beautiful things with my fiancé, and completing a home I have been working on for two years.

What do you regret not doing in the last year?

Not getting to do some big hikes due to my existing athletic injuries. (Brian was on the Grinnell College Football Team. Do a search and find his old photographs.)

What’s something you want to do in the next year that you’ve never done before?

Besides getting married, I am excited to travel new places, and possibly create something that has the potential to be amazing.

Anything you would like to share so far about your RFL experience?

The insights gained are not entirely new, but the perspective and workshop experience have been a great way to cement better life habits and see their direct impact.

What is the best advice you ever heard?

My grandfather, “Work as hard as you can and be good to those around you. Do what you said you would do.”

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