Name: Brody Colton Leven
A business-owner from age nine, ski competitor from 14 and student body president at 20. Needless to say, Brody Colton Leven has accomplished a great deal in life. When it came time for college, he decided to experience life and ski slopes from the other end of the country. After touring a number of colleges on the west coast, Brody decided on Westminster College because of the campus energy, business school and outdoor activities.
Brody considers his education and experience at Westminster incomparable to other colleges. On a smaller campus he has more opportunities to get involved, meet people and get to know the faculty. The administration knows him by name, professors ask about his summer in Argentina and his friends are from all majors and places—mountaineers, pilots and international students.
As a student of the Honors program, Brody receives an enhanced educational experience through a seven-course seminar sequence that replaces the college-wide Liberal Education (LE) requirements. He was one of two undergraduates to take the first Entrepreneurship course for MBA students during spring 2008. He is president of the Associated Students of Westminster College (ASWC), Westminster’s student government and activities board, a guide for the Outdoor Recreation Program and a climbing wall instructor at the campus gym—the Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department.
A businessman since age nine, Brody worked non-stop growing up. “I missed my childhood,” he says. Brody wanted a more typical college experience. Because of that, ASWC—student government—wasn’t part of his college plan. But when someone suggested he run for president, he took it into serious consideration. There were changes he wanted to see. He wanted to improve everyone’s Westminster experience. With the right running mate, he ran for office—with a tie-dye campaign—and became the first junior to win in years.
Brody’s commitment is to helping the student body. “We [the ASWC] listen to the students because our sole purpose is to provide for the students,” he says. “For example, why guess what events they want when we could ask?” The ASWC office now has an open door policy. They encourage students to visit, bring in ideas and ask for help, and campus tours take all prospective students to the office for a quick introduction. “I legitimately want to make Westminster a better place to go to school,” he says. “That was my only incentive.”
Since moving to Utah, outdoor recreation has also become a larger part of Brody’s life. He skis five days a week during the wintertime, while rock climbing and hiking the rest of the year. “I’m literally in the mountains everyday,” he says. As a guide for the Outdoor Recreation Program, Brody helps students love more of everything that Westminster and Utah has to offer.
Prior to attending Westminster, Brody already had a great deal of real-world experience. His passion for music led him to start disc jockey business and his passion for skiing led him to become a sponsored skier. At age nine, he took a $300 loan from his parents and by 15 was running a full-time company. Brody laughs, saying the loan took forever to pay back, but he did. Brody, along with his employees, played at every event—from large-format school dances to corporate events and weddings. By age 15, Brody’s Xtreme Sounds became a full-time job and his dad, “Brody’s Roadie,” was regularly driving him, his employees, and his equipment trailer to meetings, consultations and events.
Though a majority of Brody’s time was spent with the company, he continued to ski every day he could. During the last two years of high school, he spent two semesters at Mount Snow Academy in Vt., participating in freestyle competitions. Since moving to Utah, Brody, a sponsored skier, has now expanded his skiing outside of the East Coast terrain parks. However, he still skis every day possible—often backcountry, and always with friends.
Brody has been enjoying college, but he admits he’s antsy to start another company. While Brody’s Xtreme Sounds was highly successful, there was room for improvement. As an economics major, his main focus is to learn about aspects he felt was lacking—such as economics and marketing.