Bo Parfet Shares Highlights from DLP Real Estate Capital’s Living Fully Day – Building a Strong Business Model
Bo Parfet’s career started out like many with ambitions to work on Wall Street—long days without much sleep and little time to focus on personal development. As a financial analyst with J.P. Morgan, Parfet gained experience and built relationships to elevate his career, yet he found himself yearning for more.
A couple of years into his career on Wall Street, Parfet set a personal goal for himself to travel to the world’s most remote locations and scale the planet’s highest peaks. Always looking for a challenge, Parfet made connections and began training for his first climb up Mount Kilimanjaro. It was from training for this feat and from connecting with locals in Tanzania that Parfet gained a deeper appreciation for living life beyond work.
Since his time with J.P. Morgan, Parfet has successfully climbed all Seven Summits, built successful real estate development company Iconic Development, co-founded Denali Venture Philanthropy, an investment organization dedicated to social change, and most recently joined investment organization DLP Real Estate Capital as Managing Director.
Joining DLP Real Estate Capital (DLP) was an easy decision for Parfet as the organization’s CEO Don Wenner has developed a winning business model that puts employees and clients above all else. DLP recently hosted its annual Living Fully Day, which it promotes to its employees as a day to rise above and focus on self-care rituals and practices to embrace success, both small and large, both personal and professional, every day.
Living Fully Day at DLP Real Estate Capital
This year’s Living Fully Day conference was especially important, as the entire globe has been faced with the plethora of additional challenges brought by the COVID-19 crisis. During these times of uncertainty and stress, DLP’s Living Fully Day reflected on the trials faced during the past nine months and gave positive affirmations for the road ahead.
President of Real Estate Management, Melanie French, kicked off the event with an inspiring message for what to expect from the day ahead.
“Self-care is a vital part of our personal growth,” she begins. “It is important for us to prioritize our mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being in order to become the strongest version of our best selves.”
French continued by providing encouraging support to those who may be wondering what to expect. “Some of you will have never been asked to consider or share your MEPS energy status i.e. where you are mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.”
She then references a Harvard Business Review article titled, “The Making of a Corporate Athlete” which identifies the importance of physical energy and overall well-being as a winning recipe for individual, family, and professional success.
Improving the Future of Community and Business
As Parfet has molded his professional career to reflect his personal beliefs on improving global society, this conference resonated with him on many levels. From the events focused on physical well-being with physical trainer-led exercises to spiritual connectedness with sessions focused on art therapy and stress management, the conference provided opportunities for all DLP employees to gain knowledge and feel assured that the faith they put in their company is being returned in kind.
DLP’s very own Don Wenner led a session entitled, “Achieving Big Goals in All Aspects of Life,” where he discussed his recipe for success. The company-wide meeting inspired team members to visualize their biggest goals and discover the importance of living fully in all aspects of life, introducing the idea of the 8 F’s. Wenner continued by sharing his steps to making personal and company goals a reality—no matter how big.
Other break-out sessions included tips for parents on balancing work life, home life, and working from home, financial well-being, and healthy eating. The main goal of this year’s event was to inspire positive change and for employees to begin living their lives to the fullest in the most passionate ways possible.
When individuals are inspired by their work and the things they do outside of work, they feel more connected with their company and their community. Building a strong community is important in not only maintaining the status quo of the local economy but just as important in strengthening it far beyond its limits.
Parfet is a firm believer in building up others as a part of building up yourself and your business, and after attending the Living Fully Day conference, he is even more inspired to create positive change in all things in which he is involved.
About Bo Parfet
Bo Parfet is a real estate professional, philanthropist, mountaineer, financier, and author. He is co-founder and CEO of Denali Venture Philanthropy (Denali), an impact investment organization focused on promoting global social and economic change which he runs with his wife Meredith.
Parfet began his career as a Research Fellow at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and later joined J.P. Morgan as an investment banker on Wall Street. He founded Iconic Development, a successful real estate development firm in 2012, and recently joined DLP Real Estate Capital as Managing Director.
While working on Wall Street, Parfet found a passion for mountain climbing and is one out of about 85 people in the U.S. to have completed the Seven Summits, reaching the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. He shares his experiences in his book, Die Trying: One Man’s Quest to Conquer the Seven Summits. He also contributed his stories to the book, They Lived To Tell The Tale: True Stories of Modern Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club.
Parfet is a member of the Explorer’s Club and Young Professionals Organization. He is an advisory board member for the non-profit, Adventure Scientists and sits on the board for the Gilmore Car Museum, a non-profit started by his great-grandfather.
Parfet has been recognized for his global-civic volunteerism, receiving the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for completing more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service worldwide.
Parfet resides in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two boys. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Colorado State University, a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.