Entrepreneur Emilie Baratta has received CREW Denver
's Step Up award, an honor recognizing her entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to the environment and efforts to make a difference with her real estate projects.
Gleam Car Wash
at West 38th Avenue and Wolff Street is the latest project for Baratta, founding principal of Turnbuckle Development
. Gleam is the greenest car wash in Colorado thanks to state-of-the-art water recycling programs and other energy efficiency investments, as well as a commitment to biodegradable chemicals.
Gleam also practices socially aware employment strategies, seeking to hire cognitively impaired people and recent non-English-speaking refugees for up to 50 percent of its staff, giving them career development opportunities and not just a transient job.
"Emilie embodies everything the Step Up awards stand for," says Kim Duty, the 2017 president of CREW Denver. "As founding principal of her own real estate development firm, she's a role model to other women in commercial real estate. She's also making a real difference in the community by investing in the lives of her employees and our environment."
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