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Sarah Shrader

Bonsai Design
Grand Junction, CO
Sarah Shrader is the Owner and Co-Founder of Bonsai Design, a world-class aerial adventure course design/build firm based in Grand Junction, Colorado.  Sarah’s attention to detail and profitability has facilitated Bonsai’s exponential growth over the last fifteen years, helping to position Bonsai as an industry leader in sustainable outdoor aerial adventure.  From treetop canopy tours to 3000 foot ziplines, Bonsai pushes the edges of the industry with their innovative installations that captivate hundreds of thousands of participants who experience their courses each year.
Sarah is a Founder of the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of the Grand Valley, a group of businesses and organizations committed to economic development in the outdoor recreation industry in Western Colorado. The ORC has had statewide recognition as a leader of the grassroots effort to bring economic diversity to rural Colorado through the outdoor recreation industry. Sarah also serves on the executive committee of the State of Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership Board, and the D51 Foundation Board, where she consistently advocates for K-12 education funding and economic sustainability in rural Colorado. Sarah was also a Colorado Governor’s Fellow for 2018-2019 and helped in Governor Polis’s transition at the inception of his administration.. 
Sarah and her husband and business partner, Thaddeus, are the designers and will be the anchor tenants of a business park on the Colorado River in downtown Grand Junction.  This park targets the emergent trend of a workforce that seeks and prioritizes a healthy balance between work, life, and play.
An avid outdoorswoman, Sarah is passionate about trail running, ski mountaineering, and mountain biking.  In her free time, she can be found climbing 14ers, paddling the Colorado river, and skiing at Powderhorn with her husband, Thaddeus, and their three active boys.