Introducing Paul Stornelli, this week’s Faces of HOPE feature!

Favorite Animal – Dog-Mini-Schnauzer

Favorite Food – Lasagna …meat.

Favorite movie/book/show – Sopranos

Background / History

Paul was born in Rochester, New York and came to Boulder a week after he turned 18 to go to school and ski. He earned his degree in Finance from CU, then started a couple of crappy jobs that ended him in graduate school where he earned an MS in Health Administration. Upon graduating from his masters, he went to work at Craig Hospital as a senior accountant. He didn’t feel a calling doing that so after 1 year, decided to get into real estate doing appraisals and ultimately ended up having his own firm via which he did for 20 years until the real estate collapse in 2008. At that point, Paul decided to retire and has spent the last 10 years working out, travelling and volunteering his time at HOPE. Paul has two children, a daughter who’s an OBGYN in Billings, Montana and a son who is in the O&G industry here in Denver.

Tell us about a unique experience/story that’s happened to you – 

“Right out of college me and a buddy decided to go to Hawaii. Even though we had bought tickets 4 months prior, that was the year the pilot strike happened. But that didn’t deter us…. we were able to obtain new tickets for $300 round trip. Armed with the book “Hawaii on $25 a Day”, we left for a month long excursion to Hawaii. We visited Oahu, Maui and Kauai. On our first island, Oahu, we pretty much camped out on the beach to keep costs low. On Maui, we found a hotel in Lahaina for $18/night at the Pioneer Inn and in Kauai we even found a lower rate of $13/night which even had a bathroom. It’s was luxury! Throughout our time there, we met a lot of people on the beaches and the road who often invited us to eat. I tried to learn body surfing, but got smashed. Snorkeling was probably the best activity as the reefs were incredible…but the best bargain were the booze cruises….4 hours of all you can drink fun!!!”.

If you could meet and have dinner with any person who would it be? Why?

“Bernie Sanders…. cause I’m a huge Berner. I think he seemed the most honest politician out there. I was extremely pissed when Hillary stole the nomination.”

What would you change about the world?

“I’d make the whole world socialist where everyone takes care of everyone else. For those who have a problem with socialism, quit driving down the public streets”.

Why is HOPE important to you?

“I like being able to help people, to feed them. I don’t want to see anyone go hungry. That aside, I really enjoy the people who come here. Both volunteers and clients”.