Kevin Marples of BlueGovTech

Zakery Ferry, Executive Director

The Lion Project
Thrive Ball Park

THRIVE: What is your business?

ZAKERY: We are a media-based nonprofit that leverages video storytelling to impact our nonprofit community and business partners. We love telling stories of “Lions” in our community—individuals who stand in the gap for the vulnerable. Currently, our efforts are focused on helping kids and families struggling with food insecurity.

THRIVE: How long have you been in business?

ZAKERY: We’ve been doing this for 11 years.

THRIVE: Where did the idea come from to create your business?

ZAKERY: The idea for The Lion Project came while I was sitting at a table with creatives from the Art Institute of CO. I realized the gifts they didn’t see as valuable could be used to tell stories of nonprofits and others doing incredible things.

THRIVE: What was your biggest success in 2023?

ZAKERY: Our 10th annual Lion’s Gala was a huge success, marking a decade of fulfilling our mission.

THRIVE: What recent challenge did you face?

ZAKERY: We encountered cash flow issues, which we resolved by selling video projects on a fee-for-services basis.

THRIVE: What’s your favorite quote that would inspire other entrepreneurs and business leaders for 2024?

ZAKERY: Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Winston Churchill

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt