Rob Danzman

Endurance Entrepreneur

Outdoor leadership and psychology major Rob Danzman ’99 started Aberdium Consulting to provide small businesses with the information they need to develop an eco-friendly image through marketing strategies, human resources, and team building. Danzman’s company is based in Asheville but works with small businesses across the country. In creating his company, Danzman was able to combine a passion for environmental issues with his entrepreneurial talent. “I love working on old houses and entrepreneurship,” he said. “They have been a big part of my life because both were highly valued by my father. With my business I get to help small business owners develop their entrepreneurship through what feels like renovation of their company. Instead of replacing an old roof, I’m developing protective policies and procedures. Instead of refinishing the hardwood floors, I’m creating team-building strategies.”

After graduating from Warren Wilson, Danzman wanted to continue his athletic life, which had included soccer, swimming, and cross-country at Warren Wilson, so he looked for a new challenge. It presented itself in the form of long-distance running. Rob completed his first 50-mile run a few years after graduating, placing third. Following that race he picked up sponsorships and his race pace. Last year he placed third in a 150-mile ultra race in Utah. A few months later he soloed the 250-mile Blue Ridge Relay from Virginia to Asheville. He completed an incredible 110 miles with a few short breaks, and is determined to be the first solo runner to finish the Blue Ridge Relay this September.

Of his time at Warren Wilson he says “Like being part of a family, my relationship with Warren Wilson brought me some of my greatest times and some of my most significant challenges. I carry memories with me as much as I do the people with whom I shared that space. It was through the love and support of folks like Marty O’Keefe, Bob Swoap, and Louise Solomon that I identified my qualities, accessed my potential, and owned my shortcomings.”