Two weeks after Trevor Harrison entered this world, his parents moved to Kotzebue, Alaska, eventually settling in Anchorage. Harrison completed his primary school years there.
Harrison randomly selected Ft. Lewis College in Durango to further his education.
“I went to the University of Alaska library, and they had a section of college brochures. I literally grabbed the first one I saw and it was Ft Lewis. It was fate that I ended up there three months later,” Harrison recalled.
Harrison jokes that during his Durango years he became a good skier but wasn’t the best student. His best college years would come in his 30s.
After a year at Ft. Lewis, Harrison met his wife Teri and they got jobs with the Red Lion Hotel chain, now known as DoubleTree by Hilton.
Early one morning after Trevor, who was the restaurants maître d’, came home after closing the hotel bar and Teri, who was front desk management, was at the same time preparing for her day at the hotel, it became apparent that it wasn’t the lifestyle the two wanted to live.
Harrison went back to college and obtained his degree. He then went to work for Investco Mutual Funds in Denver. In 2002, he joined Edward Jones and moved to Montrose.
“Montrose was on our radar because my wife is four generations here. Her family goes way back to Snoke’s Bakery which dates back to the 1940s. We always wanted to live here but didn’t know what I would do for a living until the Edward Jones opportunity came around,” Harrison recalled.
The Harrisons moved to Montrose with two young sons in tow. Their eldest son Triston is a member of the 2019 graduating class of Montrose High School. Their youngest son Trey will be entering his sophomore year at MHS.
The Edward Jones opportunity came through Mike King for the first eighteen months. Harrison has operated on his own now for 15 years.
Harrison built a successful business with his willingness to be involved in the community.
“The Jones model has you knocking on doors, but I found that to be a little inefficient. So, what I did was volunteer for everything,” Harrison said.
Harrison has spent time with organizations such as the Red Coats, Montrose Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of a variety of service clubs.
“For me with the type of business I do, 100 percnet of my business comes from a referral or from shaking someone’s hand and saying this is what I do for a living. I found that volunteering was the quickest way of showing people who I am, show them my work ethic. That’s what lead to the success of my business,” Harrison said.
Of the many organizations that Harrison has volunteered for Community Options is the one that is near and dear to his heart. Harrison has sat on the board for close to ten years.
“These are people who are part of our community and need our help. If Community Options wasn’t available, they would have a tough time. I’m very passionate about that group and that is why I stayed on the board for so long,” Harrison said.
Community Options provides and coordinates services and support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Harrison also sits on the board for Youth Appreciation Day.
“It’s been a great event to be involved in and it is well attended. It’s packed full of events for our kids. We count how many people attend that day by the hot dogs given away at Rec Fest and it’s well over 1800,” Harrison said.
Harrison believes Montrose’s strength is community.
“My wife and I were discussing this the other day. Our kids were raised with a lot of eyes on them. And we’ve kept our eyes on kids as well. It must be in the hundreds of people who treat my kids as they would treat their kids. I would say community in Montrose is the one thing I am most impressed with and how involved people are,” Harrison said.
Harrison is concerned about the drug problem in Montrose and sees it as a threat to the community. Although he doesn’t see the drug issue directly the number of panhandlers in Montrose is concerning to him.
After growing up in Alaska, Harrison says the climate is his favorite part of living in Montrose. “You can go three different directions if you want snow and another if you want to be in the desert. It’s all very accessible.”
Dennis Anderson is group publisher for Wick Communications, Alaska and Colorado. He can be reached via email at email@example.com