We here at Supple have been working hard to find new ways to make it easier for librarians to serve their patrons during this time when we’re needing to be socially distanced, and accomplish this with solutions that will continue to be amazing pieces within our environments once we’re able to be safely interacting with one another within our beautiful spaces again. Through distanced collaboration, we have been reaching out to our dealer networks for ideas and developing ideas.
Today we are celebrating one particular partnership we’ve developed with Library Interiors of Texas. Michael and Trevor joined us in great brainstorming sessions and showed some real innovative thinking and as we searched for ways to both protect us now as well as making sure that the investments our libraries and schools make now will be relevant after we beat COVID and emerge back into fresh air to reconnect with those we’ve not seen for far too long. Let us introduce you to QuickServe.
“Hellbrook” has been the early working name for a couple of the businesses that Mike and I have started, including Battery621, the shared office space that is the home for our three other businesses, The Public Works, Supple Collection and Cirque Distribution – and a home we share with 26 or so of our best friends’ companies. Hellbrook was the name of our favorite out of bounds, side country snowboard run back in Stowe, Vermont where Mike and I met and forged our friendship while we worked together at Burton Snowboards. Hellbrook is the world in which we began inspiring one another to find the courage to face our fears and to actualize our dreams. We sessioned this powder run too many times to count, and it became one of the best places for us to have the deep conversations that became the foundation for all that we’ve done since.
In Supple’s initial emails, we’ve sent out over the past couple of months, I’ve talked about what I’ve learned from Jake Burton. In this email, I’m excited to talk about his wife, Donna Carpenter, who has been at the helm of the company for many of the years since I left to start my entrepreneurial journey with Mike.
Donna, with Jake’s full support, has been an ardent activist fighting for equal rights. Since I began working at Burton, I’ve known Donna to have been focused on gender equality in the workplace. She’s worked diligently to find more women leaders to fill upper level positions at Burton, and to make sure that all of the women who work there know and feel that they’re as large a part of the snowboarding community as men are. When I left Burton in 2004, I think that less than 10 percent of the leadership positions were filled by women and now it’s over 40 percent, and the senior team is fifty-fifty. Those I know who are still there at Burton tell me that it’s made Burton a better company.
At Supple, we see each project as an opportunity to collaborate with amazing partners, new and old. Every project becomes a great melting pot of ideas brought together in creative ways which we aren’t able to fully appreciate until the job is done. Right now, we’re in the final stages of putting together the Castlewood library, a part of the Arapahoe County Libraries. Here we have had a great opportunity to work with one of our favorite architecture firms, OZ Architecture, and one of our favorite independent Interior Design partners, Ali Johnston, who always make these projects fun and who always find interesting ways to bring out the best in our work. As this project wraps up, we’re finally standing back a little and seeing the results of the collaboration come more clearly to light.