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Editor & Writer
I’m one of the rare and endangered native Coloradan species. I grew up on the Front Range and earned a journalism degree from Colorado State University. I worked as an award-winning journalist and columnist for the Boulder Daily Camera for 15 years. I also have a ton of travel writing experience. I’m the Colorado Travel Expert for About.com and Fodor’s Travel Books and a freelance travel writer for USA Today 10Best.com, among many others. I am also a columnist for HuffPost Weird, where my coverage centers around Boulder’s quirkiness. I first met my husband (a Boulder County native) on the Pearl Street Mall, and my daughter was born at Boulder Community Hospital.
I’m a former newspaper reporter at the Boulder Daily Camera, with more than a decade of experience hula-hooping in the newsroom (literally; we kept a hula-hoop in the office), as well as covering the University of Colorado and Boulder. I’m now a freelance writer, specializing in travel. I am also a contributor to publications like Men’s Journal, Women’s Health, The Denver Post, About.com, Denver Life Magazine, Eat This, Not That! and others. When I’m not writing, I love hiking on Mt. Sanitas with my pot-belly pig, gremlin mix that the rescue group described as a “Boston Terrier.”
Writer, Copy Editor
I am a graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder with a master’s degree in English Language and Literature. Since I have moved more than 10 times throughout my life, sometimes across town and other times cross-country, it’s surprising to think that I would stay anywhere for too long. But as a Colorado native and CU legacy, I always knew I’d end up somewhere near the mountains. When I came to CU for grad school, I wasn’t sure I’d stay here after graduation, but Boulder stole my heart in a way no other place has. I spend my free time doing whatever I can outdoors: hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, documenting all the beautiful places I visit with both written word and photograph.
I moved to Boulder for a year – seven years ago. After growing up in Connecticut and going to college in Vermont, it’s been great living back among the woods and mountains where I belong. You can find me on the trails, at new breweries, or checking out the live music scene; you can come right here to find everything I know and love about this town, and everything to do and see in it.
I am a nature and travel photographer living in Boulder. Since forming my company, Synergraphics, in 1976, I have shot both stock and assignment work for a diversity of editorial and commercial clients. I now shoot only stock, focusing primarily on the Colorado tourism business. Passionate about the outdoors since childhood, I frequently travel throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West, exploring and hiking in search of evocative images for calendars, cards, magazines and websites. I love the excitement of discovering a new location and capturing its unique beauty. I pride myself in crisp, colorful, flower-filled landscapes and am persistent about waiting for the right conditions. When the light, wind, clouds and flowers cooperate for the camera, it is always a magical experience.
Jim “Frog” Heckel
My nickname is Frog (given to me by my daughter when she was in elementary school, and it stuck). I have lived in Colorado since the ‘70s and like to consider myself a native, never looking back. I have been an amateur/freelance photographer for decades. Originally starting out with a Russian Kalimar SLR ($50!) in the ’70s, I later graduated into the world of Nikon SLR snapping and darkroom work. Upon retiring from HP/Agilent, I now have entered the digital single lens reflex era, leaning back on my old manual processes/fundamentals. I have been published in various magazines for Hewlett-Packard, as well as various auto mags. When not taking photos, I visit Uganda multiple times every year, serving as president for the nonprofit Think Humanity.
I love cameras and hate talking about myself but here goes nothing! I am a student a CU Boulder pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology, Arts, and Media (a weird tech and art hybrid degree that is just perfect for me). I have filmed all over the world, most notably in Africa when I spent the first few months of 2017 living in Zimbabwe. I would consider myself a cinematographer or director of photography but those titles pretentious and a little restricting. I am just a guy who likes lights, lenses, and camera angles. I love hiking, mountain biking, and my motorcycle so Boulder is really the perfect spot for me. The combination of art, technology, and nature is unlike I have seen anywhere else which is why it is I have made it my goal to capture these to the best of my ability.
John R. Brice
CEO / Owner
I live in Boulder with my wife, Jill, and three children. As a local entrepreneur with 35 years of experience in the media industry, I have quite an extensive background.
I also started Campus Publishers, the largest publisher of official university visitor guides, and MYUVN.com, the University Visitors Network. I have developed more than 50 websites and published more then 38 mobile apps currently available in the iTunes and Google Play stores.
In my past life in New York, I worked for Advertising Age magazine for eleven years and was the founding publisher of Advertising Age’s Creativity Magazine. During my time in New York, I sat on the board of the New York Advertising Club and was the publisher of Lions News, the daily newspaper of the Cannes International Advertising Festival in Cannes, France, for three years. I also worked for the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times in Chicago and New York.
In my free time, I am an avid skier, classic car enthusiast, and I love projects, family and friends.
Seven months pregnant with two small children, my mom, a big dog, 13 pieces of luggage and a dog crate, I boarded a plane to Boulder, while my husband, John, and my dad drove our car across country, filled to the brim with boxes of our belongings. We wanted to start a whole new life in Boulder. We had no jobs and no home. Just a school for our kids and a dream to live in this great town. Why? Because Boulder!
While falling in love with Boulder and all that it has to offer, we built a flourishing national media company that specifically targets visitors in the university market. It struck us that there was a screaming, gaping niche here in our own backyard: an in-depth resource guide written by locals for visitors who come to explore Boulder. Hence, Travel Boulder was realized.
With sixteen years of experience in contract development, human resources and short-and long-term strategy planning, I am discovering many hats for me to wear at Travel Boulder.
I enjoy hiking, skiing and walking with my friends, but my greatest passion is ballet and jazz dance, something that I have studied since I was 6 years old and still do today.
Associate Publisher / Director of Sales
I am a graduate of CU, as are my wife and son. I know every square inch of hiking trail in Boulder County and can be found most weekends on those trails with Emmylou, my bearded collie. I am also passionate about the local music scene and am a frequent visitor to The Fox, Boulder Theater, Red Rocks and the Front Range’s plethora of musical establishments. I love to take advantage of Boulder’s foodie options, from its many unique and savory restaurants to shopping at any one of the (seemingly) 100 natural products stores in town. A proud Buff, I have season tickets to the basketball games and also attend the occasional football game at Folsom. Career-wise, I have decades of experience in delivering integrated marketing packages to businesses for tourism, natural products and high-tech publishing companies.
Creative & Technical Director
Drawn to the mountains, I knew I needed to live in Colorado. With no real plan, I moved to Boulder shortly after graduating with my design and technology degree.
Best decision ever.
I came for the rock climbing and snowboarding but quickly discovered a vibrant arts and technology scene. I fit right in with Boulder’s growing tech community.
When I’m not obsessing to an unhealthy degree over design or code, I’m usually venturing around Colorado in my custom camper van conversion in search of the next best climb, ride, hike or beer.
Content & Marketing Strategist
A little more than a decade ago, I set out across the country to attend CU Boulder and never looked back. I felt instantly at home. Growing up in Vermont fostered an adventurous spirit within me that has merged seamlessly with the unique community of Boulder. I love traveling and I find Boulder to be the perfect home base because when I can’t squeeze a trip into my hectic schedule there’s plenty to discover just steps out my front door. When I’m not a content and marketing ninja for Travel Boulder, I fill my time exploring hiking trails with my dog, camping, kickboxing, skiing and enjoying the plethora of craft breweries that BoCo has to offer. Go Buffs!