The crew that makes up Denik is about as varied as the style of notebooks we offer, and we think that’s great. If you couldn’t tell, we aren’t fans of boring, so we sat down with who you might think would be the most boring person on our team, Brent Crosby - Denik’s head of Finance and Operations. Not surprisingly, he isn’t boring at all. Check out some of his background, why he joined Denik and how he thinks art really can change the world.
Q: How long have you been with Denik?
A: About 2 and a half years!
Q: Do you do art?
A: Not at all. I definitely admire it, but can't draw or paint to save my life. I used to love to draw as a kid, not sure what the heck happened.
Q: If you don't do art, how do you still engage with the art community?
A: At Denik, I stay fairly engaged just doing my job and working with artists. My wife and I also love going to community art festivals and buying local art.
Q: Why Denik?
A: Entrepreneurship was something I got really interested in during college, but I kind of fought off the urge in favor of gaining some professional experience. After college I was lucky enough to land a job at a prominent investment banking firm and thought I had it made. I was making great money, working at a prestigious firm, and constantly being told how fortunate I was. Shortly after starting I realized I was completely miserable, as were most of the people I worked with. I was working crazy hours, under incredible amounts of stress, and did not feel fulfilled. When I was looking for an exit Tyler came by my house and asked me to come on board at Denik. It took me a few months to finally agree. One of the biggest reasons I jumped on board was the opportunity to really make a difference in the world. I'm a huge believer in education, I think its one of the few things you can invest in that really makes a difference long term.
Q: Can art change the world/ how has it changed your world?
A: It absolutely can. There are so many artists and poets who's contributions have had enormous influence on culture and society. For me, art is one of the things that makes life so wonderful. Good art expands your worldview; it has definitely expanded mine. I remember seeing Picasso's Guernica in the 2nd grade. Even though it seemed so grotesque, I remember thinking it had its own kind of odd beauty to it. Art allows you to see the world through someone else's eyes. I think if people could take that perspective more often, the word would be a much more tolerant and loving place.