07 Feb Meet Scott Borden, Founder and CEO
What inspired you to open an addiction recovery center in Steamboat Springs? What were the challenges?
It was my own journey through addiction and into recovery that sparked my interest in opening a treatment center. My experiences from growing up in Steamboat Springs convinced me that this community and the surrounding area were an ideal location for the Foundry. Steamboat is a great place to get well and start a life in recovery.
The start up was quite challenging and an excellent lesson in the power of collaboration. One person helping the next and so on until you have a dedicated team working towards a common goal. Having the most talented people in the industry helps as well.
What do you enjoy most about working with the Foundry family?
The two things I value most in working at the Foundry is the opportunity to learn from others and watching each individual’s professional growth. We invest substantially in staff development and it is a key to our success. A question we want everyone asking themselves is ‘what am I doing today to set up others for success?’ Again, this speaks to the power of collaboration.
How would your team describe you?
I wonder that every day?! Perception is always so different from reality and to this end the Officers of Foundry Treatment Center will be receiving a 360 degree review. Transparency begets trust and it has to start at the top.
What advice do you have for someone who is unsure about entering residential treatment?
If you just take the chance and stay committed, you will be grateful for the rest of your life that you made the decision.
What are you most proud of about your work?
I try to stay away from pride, but I am grateful everyday to be a part of a team making a difference and giving hope to struggling addicts.
What will the Foundry look like 10 years from now?
We push the envelope at the Foundry, continually finding new ways to impact the lives of our participants. This creates an exciting environment of change, so I have no idea what the Foundry will look like in ten years, but I can’t wait to see!
What does daily wellness look like for you?
Daily wellness for me means staying mindful of who I am throughout the day and doing the next right thing so I can be accountable and reliable in each of my roles.
Last book you couldn’t put down?
Jesus: A Story of Enlightenment by Deepak Chopra
Favorite spot in Steamboat?
My family’s hunting cabin.
Tell us about your family’s involvement with Steamboat Springs’ annual Winter Carnival (February 7-11) and the largest firework in the world.
My father and I have been putting on the Steamboat Springs 4th of July fireworks show and a portion of the Winter Carnival night show for a number of years. Each year we try to do something a little different and special. Recently that has been my dad, Tim Borden, chasing the world record for largest firework ever launched. The progression has been from a 16” diameter firework to a 24”, to a 36”, to a 48”, and in February of 2019, we will be launching a world record 62” firework that’ll weigh over 1,300lbs. It really will be a phenomenal accomplishment.