July 2019

“We Move Lives” – A Profitable Non-Profit run by Recovering Addicts

Tim Stay, CEO Tim Stay was formerly the CEO, as well as a co-founder of Unitus Labs, an innovative poverty alleviation non-profit. Tim Stay started and ran Marketing Ally, which became one of the Top 50 Call Centers in the U.S.A and had over 1,110 employees. He started and later sold FreeServers.com to About.com. He was a co-founder of Bizcradle, a business incubator that launched such technology companies as SenForce, which sold to Novell. Tim was former CEO of Perfect Search Corporation, an big data search engine and software development company. Tim was most recently awarded EY’s 2018 Social Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Utah region, along with the others on the management team of The Other Side Academy. Tim was voted as one of the vSpring 100 technology entrepreneurs in Utah and was recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from BYU. He has served on the Utah Valley University Foundation Board and on the Advisory Board for the Center of Economic Self-Reliance at BYU. He has been Community Council Chair at Lakeridge Jr. High and at Mountain View High School. He also served on the Utah State Board of Education Advisory Panel for Community Councils. Tim holds a civil engineering degree and also has an M.B.A. and an M.A. in International Studies, with a focus on economic development in developing countries, all from Brigham Young University.

Dave Durocher, Managing Director
Dave Durocher was arrested for the first time at the age of thirteen. By the time he was 38, he had been to prison four times for a total of fifteen years. Dave was arrested yet again, and this time he was facing a twenty-nine year prison sentence. In what the Judge called “the chance of a lifetime” he afforded Dave the opportunity to go to Delancey Street instead of prison but reminded Dave in no uncertain terms that if he didn’t complete his commitment at Delancey Street he would be spending the rest of his life in prison. Not only did Dave complete his initial two year commitment, he stayed for a total of eight years and became the Managing Director of Delancey’s Los Angeles facility for five of those years, overseeing two hundred and fifty residents and a multitude of vocational training school businesses that funded the operation and provided the training ground for residents to learn how to live a constructive and meaningful life. Dave oversaw a 300% increase in revenue during his tenure over the facility. Dave is tenacious, interpersonally skilled, a good manager and an inspiring public speaker. He had helped countless others regain their dignity and their lives before he moved on to enjoy his own success as the person he had become. Now Dave has moved on to the next chapter in his life as the Managing Director of The Other Side Academy, in Salt Lake City, a two-year Life Skills Academy similar to Delancey Street, where men and women can come to learn about honesty, accountability, integrity hard work and self-respect. All the traits that will insulate them from a life like the one Dave had and enable them to become the kind of person Dave is today.

Gareth Bozung, Graduate 
Gareth started down his destructive path early much like most of the students at The Other Side Academy. He began using alcohol and marijuana around the age of 13 and spent the next 22 years of his life battling addiction and a severe opioid dependency. “I was the guy that was always influencing others to do wrong” he reflects. “Making empty promises, and going to any length to get what I want. I was completely selfish and I used others for my personal benefit.” When Gareth arrived at The Other Side Academy in February of 2016 he remembers himself as cynical and hopeless, full of shame and remorse for the people he had hurt throughout his addiction and for not living up to his full potential. “My change process at The Other Side Academy was a slow one. It took me a long time to believe in myself and the possibility of a different life.” With consistent work and commitment Gareth slowly began to turn his life around. He began to discover who he was and what was important to him. “The biggest lessons I have learned at The Academy are to not sell out for what I want in the moment, and that I can accomplish whatever I put my mind to.” Moving forward as a staff member at The Other Side Academy, Gareth is excited to have a purpose in helping people. He finally sees how his years of bad decisions can be used to help and benefit others. He is excited to be a part of the team that launched the second campus, this one in Denver, CO. He is excited to be involved in opening multiple facilities in multiple states and living his life’s purpose of helping others.

Matthew Sims, Graduate
Matthew’s criminal life began at an abnormally young age, and he became a convicted felon by age 13. Juvenile detention drove him deeper into the world of addiction and crime. He joined the military in an attempt to gain some structure but remained out of control; resulting in military prison and a dishonorable discharge. Matthew’s life dissolved into chaos with multiple failed marriages, gang affiliation, and a cycle of prisons and jails. He recognized it was time to change, and took the bold step of writing to The Other Side Academy to ask for help. Matthew began his stay at The Other Side Academy with great struggle as he refused to believe in the process. He continued behaving the only way he knew how before realizing the community would always, without fail, see right through him. Through his transformation, he has learned to use his influence and experience to help others. Among the many accomplishments of his stay at the Academy, Matthew helped build the #1 rated moving company in the state, an automotive / fleet care program, and a hair salon for men – all of which he now manages. Additionally, he operates graduate housing, post graduate activities and maintains a strong focus on interviewing potential students and mentoring them upon arrival. He is thrilled about his promotion to Staff and eager to use his many years of knowledge as a student to help others reach their full potential and give hope to the hopeless.

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Workshops Session III
A typical the Other Side Academy student has been arrested over 25 times. These same people now run the #1 rated moving company in Salt Lake City. The moving company is generating enough revenue to cover 100% of the operational costs of the Other Side Academy’s 2-year, residential life-skills community. In this workshop, you will hear from both staff and graduates about the alignment of mission and profit. With a culture of accountability and love, people work to change their lives and we can make a profit. Come learn how we combine it all to create a “wow” experience in terms of customer satisfaction.