Kelly Milam

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Spine and Injury Clinic of Laramie

What personal accomplishment are you most proud of?

Nothing makes me prouder than my family! I'm lucky enough to be married to my best friend and business partner and we have two intelligent, kind, and ambitious daughters who make me proud every day.  Professionally, I'm most proud to be COO of two businesses that I built from the ground up along with my husband and brother-in-law.  In a sense, every day is an accomplishment, as I'm able to work at growing my business and balancing a healthy personal life filled with family and friends.  Being my own boss definitely allows me the ability to do that!

What is your primary personal development goal/business goal for the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years my biggest goal is simply to continuing working hard so that my businesses grow and thrive.  To this end I'd like to spend more time concentrating on continued education.  Both the healthcare and fitness industries are every evolving and I want to make sure that I'm educated in the best practices and equipped with the best skills to lead my team.  Personally, I hope to continue traveling with my family and friends when possible because nothing recharges my battery like these adventures!

What is your biggest philanthropic achievement?

One of my responsibilities at both Spine & Injury Clinic and Altitude Fitness has been to receive donation requests and donate funds, services, or my time to assist these organizations in their fundraising efforts.  We receive hundreds of requests and try our best to support all of them. I especially love adopting families through the school district at Christmas.  This year we adopted 4 families and our whole team got really into it.  Everyone contributed in some way and then we had a few days full of organizing and present wrapping (while jamming to Christmas tunes, of course).  I feel fortunate to be an owner in two companies that value community involvement and being as generous as possible in both our time and financial support.  I currently volunteer with the IMH Foundation, LCBA, and Laramie Girls Softball, and in the past dedicated a large amount of time to DLBA.  I feel that all of these organizations benefit the Laramie community and am proud to be a small part of their philanthropic endeavors.

What action or event that you’ve been a part of do you believe has made the biggest difference in Laramie? Or, which action or event are you most proud of?

I have served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Laramie Brew Fest since 2011 and feel that my contributions to this event have aided in its success and this event definitely makes a difference in Laramie. Brew Fest is the largest annual fundraiser for downtown Laramie and the funds raised are used directly to make improvements to our awesome downtown. As the volunteer coordinator I'm in charge of recruiting and coordinating 130+ volunteers to execute the event and then making sure everyone is doing what they need to do on the big day.  There are so many wonderful people that make Brew Fest a success every year and my part is just a small piece of the puzzle, but it's been awesome to collaborate with them on this fundraising effort and then see those dollars put to work in our downtown.  Another event that I'm particularly proud of is the community Santa Visit and Toy Drive / Food Drive that we have put on at Spine & Injury Clinic and Altitude Fitness for the past 3 years.  We put this event together to entertain the children in our community and collect toys for Toys for Tots and food for the Laramie Soup Kitchen.  It's been really fun to start this event from scratch along with the awesome staff at both businesses and watch it grow.

What excites you most about the future of Laramie?

The synergy I'm seeing more and more between like-minded business owners and community leaders.  I feel like there is nothing more important to the vitality of Laramie than leaders and business owners supporting each other.  In the past couple of years, I've seen more and more collaboration among people who could consider themselves competition or be perceived as having little in common, and everyone wins from this approach.  In a community our size I think it's especially important that we support each other’s efforts and try to play to each other’s strengths.  I'm excited to see how the growth in this approach will benefit our community as a whole.

What do you think has helped make you successful in your endeavors?

Hard work and a bit of fearlessness.  I also think I'm in a very unique situation where I have two business partners that have strengths where I am weak.  Working together I know I have achieved more than I ever would have on my own, and they have challenged me in ways I never would have challenged myself.

What advice would you give to other young professionals in Laramie?

Don't hesitate!  Put yourself out there and get involved.  Ask questions, bounce ideas off of your peers and don't be afraid to ask for help or utilize your resources.  Our business community is unique in its richness of knowledgeable, kind people willing to help..

20 Under 40Jacob Chavez2018