Thank you to Ken Falke, owner of Boulder Crest Retreat for Miltary & Veteran Wellness, for answering a few questions with us. Congratulations on being a finalist in BOTH categories!
Finalist for Non-Profit of the Year
Finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year
1. What would it mean to you and your company to win a Small Business Award?
Boulder Crest Retreat is a two-year young organization and since our grand opening we have hosted over 1400 military personnel and their families. Our great work has primarily been unnoticed. Winning this award would help publicly recognize our staff for life changing work they do here everyday!
2. What business person has influenced you the most?
My father and grandfather were very inspirational entrepreneurs in my life. Their advice continues to shine down and influence my work on a daily basis.
3. If you weren’t running your own business, what would you be doing?
I would probably be retired. I am on my third career and can’t think of a great group of people to serve that my military brothers and sisters and their families. The last 14+ years of war have been very tough on them and retirement just doesn’t seem like an option for me.
4. What book are you reading right now?
“Once a Warrior, Always a Warrior” by Charles Hoge
5. What is your favorite app?
Facebook. It has made my world very small.
6. If you had a full 24 hours off, and your family was out of town, what would you do?
Relax! My family at home is just my wife and I. One daughter lives in Portland, Oregon and the other here in Purcellville. Our daughter in Purcellville is married with three of our grandchildren. We are lucky and get to spend a lot of time together. If I was all alone for 24 hours, I would just chill. Unless it was hunting season, then I would chill in the woods.
7. What is the smallest thing that has had the largest impact on your business?
I attended a one-day customer service presentation by John DiJulius. John’s simple approach to managing customers has made our service model “world-class”.