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Bradley Joseph has been an event planner at Three Tomatoes Catering for the past nine years. In that time, he has not only collected hundreds of contacts and satisfied customers, but also established himself as the man to call if you want to host a memorable event – from a charity gala to a gallery opening to a bar mitzvah. He is also firmly committed his free time to numerous fundraisers and volunteer activities around town.

Bradley grew up as the middle child of three boys in the suburbs of Denver and describes his childhood as incredible. “I really wouldn’t change a thing,” he says. “But after a few trips to NYC in high school, I knew I had to move there and leave Denver for a while.”

Thirty days after graduating from college Bradley moved to the big apple and worked in the garment industry for a small European sportswear company. Six months into his new job, he found himself on a buying trip to Paris and Hong Kong where he helped the president and head designer oversee the manufacturing and merchandising of their fall line.

But after the stock market crash in 1987, Bradley was laid off and found it increasingly difficult to sustain employment in New York. “I had 5 jobs in 9 months and realized it was just time to go. I had a dream during this time that I was living on an island in the Mediterranean so, on a whim, I gave up my apartment the next day and moved to Greece where I lived and worked and had fun for an entire year.”

After his year of fun and sun, Bradley moved back to Denver and thanks to the encouragement of owner Peggy Neusteter Beck, he took a part time job at Three Tomatoes Catering. “At first I told Peggy ‘I’ll only work for you for a year’” he said. “That was nine years ago and I’m really glad I made the decision to stay in Denver. I love the mountains, my family and friends and they are all right here. Work wise, I’ve established great contacts which makes my job a lot more interesting and fun.”

Favorite Clothing Stores: Banana Republic

What gives a woman/man style: It’s not a physical item or thing, its more a sense of graciousness and humility.

Favorite Restaurant: Benny’s Mexican Cantina

Which social event is your favorite? The Doo at the Zoo

What are your volunteer activities? Currently, a two-year stint as the President of the Wild Things society, an outreach program at the Denver zoo that provides for underprivileged families. I’m also on the fundraising committee for Harrison Memorial Hospital / Mutt’s and Models Gala, Project Angel Heart, Aids Walk Colorado, the Children’s Hospital, Howard Dental and National Jewish Hospital’s A.I.R. Society.

Who is the most interesting celebrity you have ever met? I never met him but when I was living in New York, I often encountered Christopher Walken trolling around the upper west side and I would immediately cross the street to avoid him. He was kind of scary although I admit I was captivated by his sense of mystery.

Who is your hero and why? My parents for their dedication to their family in both good times and bad.

If your life were a movie, who would play your part? Joan Rivers

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Having Joan River’s portray me in an ABC Monday night made for TV movie and have it still capture less than 15% of the audience.

Saturday nights at midnight are most likely to find you: At a social gathering with friends.

Do you have any Pets? A 6-month-old yellow lab named Kuba.

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner, about you? This person hated to dust.

What words describe you best? Punctured, kind of deflated at times.

What word/ words would you like others to use to describe you? Gregarious

What was your first job? I was an aerobics Instructor for Holiday Health Club when I was 18 years old. I saw the movie “Perfect” starring Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta and decided I wanted to be an aerobics instructor.

What word or expression do you use too much? Nothing you can print

If there were one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be? My elastic waist dress pants.

What is your greatest indulgence? Taking a nap.

What is the best gift you have ever given? A warm smile.

Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to sing well.

What is your current state of mind? Peaceful.

What is your most treasured possession? My sense of humor

What do you consider the most overrated virtue:? Celibacy

What is the quality you most like in a man? Companionship, camaraderie

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Sensibility

What’s your favorite book? The Color Purple by Alice Walker

What is the best advice you have ever received? Shut up

What is your motto? Do onto others…