The Gateway to the Rockies Podcast

Updated with original episodes every month, the Visit Aurora "Gateway To The Rockies Podcast" serves to amplify the voices of the influential people shaping the future of Aurora, Colorado, with a focus on business owners, community leaders, and those preserving history and moving culture forward. To be featured in an upcoming episode, please click here.

Courtney Samuel, Bodies By Perseverance

Once a top-rated NFL prospect, Aurora-born Courtney Samuel turned his passion for fitness & coaching into a thriving company. Bodies By Perseverance emphasizes training clients like athletes, transforming their mindsets as much as their bodies. Don't miss their new location inside Aurora's Stanley Marketplace.

Mark Arnold, Ascend Performing Arts

Established in 1958, The Blue Knights Drum & Bugle Corps is widely celebrated as one of the best in the world. Part of Ascend Performing Arts, based in Aurora, CEO Mark Arnold has dedicated nearly four decades to this local institution, enriching the lives of generations of young people through music education.

Gina Di Tullio, Gina's Kitchen Parkside

Dissatisfied by the options available to those with food allergies and intolerances, Gina Di Tullio created Gina’s Kitchen Parkside, a dynamic Aurora restaurant inside of Parkside Eatery specializing in gluten-free & vegan options with flavors that satisfy all palates.

Ana Valles, Aurora Sister Cities International

Through her work at Fitzsimons Credit Union, Aurora Sister Cities International, and Aurora's Art in Public Places initiative, Ana Valles has become a leader in Aurora. Her most recent efforts include a partnership with Chihuahua, Mexico, becoming Aurora's 4th sister city.

JW Lee, Seoul Hospitality Group

Born and raised in Korea, the dreams of Chef JW Lee led him to America 25 years ago. Today, he's CEO and founder of Seoul Hospitality Group, the engine behind dozens of restaurants in Aurora and the metro area, shaping our dynamic culinary culture.

Rich Cowden & Chelsea Jones, The Aurora Fox Arts Center

The historic Aurora Fox Theater is an iconic space in the heart of the Aurora Cultural Arts district. More than a venue, The Aurora Fox Theater Center promotes arts advocacy, provides a dynamic space for artists to grow, and also serves the community through performing arts education.

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