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Bryan Pulte is on a quest - a quest to do as much as he can for others and make it really meaningful. From the minute I talked with Bryan on the phone to set up our interview, I sensed he was a fun-loving, gentle soul who valued every minute of life. His honesty is natural and refreshing, and his sense of humor is spontaneous and free flowing.

He believes we are all equal, and he would like to see a more level playing field for all people. Bryan sets a good example when it comes to respecting one another, sharing what you have, and being compassionate and giving. Bryan is one of nine children, and says it wasn’t easy for his late mother to raise such a large clan. Bryan goes on to say: “We had several sets of “Irish Twins” who were very close together in age.” When Bryan’s father remarried, five stepchildren were added to the Pulte family.

Bryan’s Dad, William Pulte, a self-made, hard working man, without a college degree, started Pulte Homes 56 years ago. When Bryan graduated from college, he was hired by Pulte Homes to do the interior decorating for about 100 model homes a year. Bryan found himself always on the road. He made a decision to move on and made Denver his new home. Bryan worked for Hartley House Interiors for about five years, and then he opened his own interior design company. Bryan says; “At that point, I never looked back.”

Bryan Pulte is retained by many of his clients to decorate their second homes in places such as Naples, Florida. He also has numerous clients in the Cherry Hills Farm/Greenwood Village area. He grins and says: “A lot of the kids of my clients are growing up, and now I’m doing their houses.”

His background in the home building business has helped him become an expert in such areas as plumbing and electrical; and he just knows the building business inside and out. It’s been very beneficial to Bryan’s interior design business to have an abundance of knowledge on how homes are engineered and constructed.

Bryan now serves as the President of the Board of Volunteers of America (VOA) and is aware of the huge responsibility he has. Bryan is proud of the positive impact VOA makes on the community and is always happy to inform people of the vast array of programs available through VOA such as: Meals on Wheels (home delivered meals for the homebound), Senior Nutrition Programs, The Brandon Center Shelter (for battered and homeless women and their children), Head Start Educational Programs (for low income families), Rainbow House Daycare (for children with special needs), Foster Grandparent Programs, and more. “VOA is just a highly-effective, well-run organization,” says Pulte.

Bryan was previously on the board of the QuaLife Wellness Community for ten years, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the quality of life for people with cancer or other life-threatening illness. Bryan says that the house at 17th & Gaylord, owned by QuaLife, was purchased by the nonprofit organization, Judi’s House. Judi’s House, founded by NFL Quarterback Brian Griese in memory of his mother, Judi Griese, provides hope and healing for grieving children.

A successful Interior Designer now for 30 years. Bryan says: “Be confident in yourself, and if you are good at what you do, others will notice.”

Brian Pulte doesn’t waste time not making things happen. It’s important to him, in both his profession and his community efforts, that he always focus on the end results and on getting the important work - that will make a difference - done. He also never forgets to keep hope and laughter in his life.

What word best describes your life right now? Fast.

What other charitable organizations are you or have you been involved with? In addition to VOA (the largest nonprofit in Denver) and QuaLife, - The Colorado Children’s Chorale, Colorado Aids Project (CAP); and I attend and support many other nonprofit events throughout the year.

What event do you look forward to attending the most each year? Western Fantasy!

What is your greatest strength? My spiritual faith.

What is your greatest weakness? Spending too much money.

What is your greatest fear? A fear of dying a slow painful death. I don’t want to struggle. I would just like to go quickly.

What is the best book you have ever read? The Color Purple.

What is your favorite magazine? Vanity Fair.

What is your favorite restaurant? Sparrow in Denver.

What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Peppermint. Hard to find these days, but Bonnie Brae Ice Cream on University does have it.

What three things are always in your refrigerator? Beer, Costello Blue Cheese and Skim Milk.

What is your fondest childhood memory? Christmas morning.

What is something you learned from your parents that still applies today? “To give is a greater feeling than to receive.”

When you were a young boy, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up? Since the age of five, I knew I wanted to be an Interior Designer.

There is a big gap in this country between the wealthy and those living in poverty; what can be done for those who don’t see much hope for their future? The wealthy need to be educated about their responsibility to help others. It’s their responsibility to support educational opportunities for those less fortunate than they are. There are a lot of selfish people who need to open up and help. Everyone should get involved in educational programs for the poor.

How do we get our young people more involved in charitable giving and volunteering? I really believe it’s how you are raised. You need to teach your children how to give. If children don’t see that being done in their home, they won’t do it themselves. It’s important also to help young people find a passion they can get involved in.

What is your proudest accomplishment? This doesn’t sound very grandiose: That I’m a good brother.

If you were to write your autobiography, what would the title of it be? “The Big B.”

What’s in the future for Bryan Pulte? Wanting less and giving more.

What’s your idea of perfect happiness? Being in harmony with God.

How do you want to be remembered? As the guy who tried his best to get to heaven and gave more than he took.