Bought Beautifully's Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers passionate about BB's mission with an active faith, a variety of skills and knowledge and real talent they use to strengthen our collective impact.
Here's a bit more from each one describing how they view BB's mission and why they were drawn to join the BB team.
I believe so deeply in the mission of Bought Beautifully—to live out God’s call to love in all areas of our lives, including in our purchases. Some of my highest values are truth and justice and I believe that B.B. is living those aspects out in an amazing way and I’m honored to be a part of that. When I think about mine and others’ purchases supporting our brothers and sisters in Christ around the globe. I honestly can’t help but tear up. What an amazing thing we get to be a part of in coming alongside those who are also made in His likeness and showing we care about the injustice of their lives and situations. Exclaiming to our partners and their people we love and support them in their vision and call to live out His love in their own lives as well. I am passionate about justice and B.B. is stepping up in a big way.
When an organization’s stated mission is to enrich lives, restore hope, empower people and shine God’s love, it’s difficult to say no to jumping on board. Though my passion for Bought Beautifully has been sincere from the beginning, I have since developed a deep desire to see other people’s lives transformed by continuously making choices that reflect Christ and honor His people. My experiences with BB have changed my mindset and opened the door to a quiet yet persistent tugging on my heart, one which reminds me that the hands who created the things I own are absolutely worthy of love and respect. We truly are a marketplace that transforms lives, but I often find it’s my own heart transforming as we develop new and deeper relationships with our artisans. Being a part of Bought Beautifully provides a consistent reminder that there are opportunities to live out love daily and that our actions reach far beyond our own lives.
Cody Haar is married to Britni and they have two happy, curly-haired girls, Jordyn and Brooklyn. They live at the base of the Big Horn Mountains in Sheridan, WY.
Cody was raised as a missionary kid, which has had a major impact on so many of his life decisions. Upon graduating from a small high school in Dayton, Wyoming, he pursued his passion for music at Sheridan College. He changed his major when he transitioned to the University of Wyoming and graduated with a BA in International Studies with a focus on cultural systems. Cody then briefly worked for an international mission group that focused on distributing Bibles and humanitarian supplies to some of the world’s most challenging places. Traveling with this group expanded his desire to pursue missions.
Cody is currently on staff as a pastor at Cornerstone Church in Sheridan, Wyoming. He has a range of responsibilities; the most visible part is sharing the message approximately once a month. While pastoring was not his ambition, he strives to simply follow God as He leads.
Additionally, Cody serves on the board for two mission groups and as an advisor to another mission group. He also serves as the secretary/treasurer for a local pastors group that unites pastors across Sheridan County. While this sounds like a lot, he still manages to pursue his passions of photography, woodworking, and coffee.
I was given the opportunity to volunteer for Give With Impact in 2017 and was struck, not only by the mission of Bought Beautifully and the impact it was having for our partners around the world, but the energy and dedication of Emily and Colin to the mission. I felt like I was being called to volunteer to this cause and it was a chance for me to give back in a way that I had never had the chance to do before. Being a part of Bought Beautifully has made me pause and think about where my money goes and how it’s so important to give back to those that have been affected by so many difficult times in their lives. Now more than ever, these partners need our support, our prayers and our love. I am honored to be a small part of giving back to them.
Born and raised in Wyoming, Liz has resided in Sheridan County for the last 34 years and she believes the community of Sheridan is a perfect place to raise her family. After graduation from Sheridan High School, Liz earned her Bachelors of Science degree just up the road at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Liz cares deeply for this community that has raised her and now helps raise her own family. Although Liz has not had the opportunity to travel to any of Bought Beautifully’s vendor sites she feels blessed to have Bought Beautifully’s connections and their ability to bring the relationship to Wyoming. “Its easy to focus on what is going on in our neck of the woods but to be able to take part in helping a much greater need in other parts of the world is dignifying. I am forever grateful for the worldly/Godly perspective that BB has brought into my life so any chance I get to pray, support or volunteer in their mission, I’m in!”
Renzy Reno (Board Member 2020 - Current)
HOPE!!! What an amazing asset! We all need it, some of us have it and some of us have lost it. What a gift it is to help provide hope for the those running low on it. That is Bought Beautifully, a hope provider! When I saw the passion poured into bought beautifully And it’s partners by the founders and board to rejuvenate hope in peoples lives, I was sold! Greetings friends, I’m Renzy Reno. I have two boys, Boone and Ace and a fantastic wife khale Century. We live in foothills of the majestic Big Horn mountains of Sheridan Wyoming. As a relatively new member to the board, I’m excited to venture forward with Bought Beautifully on this journey of goodness!
God’s goodness to us reveals his desire for us to live selflessly and generously showing love to the world around us. He has equipped all of us uniquely to help those around us and BB is a way for us to reach across the world to connect and positively impact others with purpose and love.
Why Bought Beautifully?
I was challenged to look at how my spending has impacts that I cannot physically see when I purchase something. I wanted to see positive change in peoples lives through commerce and Bought Beautifully provides an opportunity for Christians to uses their money for good and also help our brothers and sisters in Christ. BB is unique in that it has personal relationships with its vendors, truly caring about the well being of each vendor and partners with them in multiple ways to encourage them and help them succeed.
Why Bought Beautifully? The ability for me to live out my faith in a broader capacity drew me to the heart and work of Bought Beautifully. The close connection Bought Beautifully has with hundreds of transforming stories around the world and the resolve to partner with ministries, organizations and individuals who are seeking God’s call to love, share Christ and provide relief for the vulnerable makes Bought Beautifully unique for me. It excites me to be a part of a work and heartbeat that extends across the globe, yet has the ability to impact my family and our community right here at home.
Why Bought Beautifully? Luke 10:27 tells us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind. And, Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Basically, loving Jesus and following him means truly allowing him to be lord of all areas of your life. Everything we do can impact the kingdom of God, and often we forget that in areas like our purchases. Bought Beautifully opens up the conversation about the impact our purchases can make, whether good or bad. I think equally important as making purchases that benefit others and empowers the poor, is educating those who have the resources to understand that how they purchase items can change people’s lives.
Why Bought Beautifully? BB works directly with the people they help by facilitating the sale of products made by these people, thus providing employment and economic improvement in their lives. By encouraging a healthy, responsible and respectful transactional environment, a win-win situation is created whereby consumers can purchase unique and skillfully crafted products while workers secure additional paid employment and monetary gains that can be used to better their lives. That's why I'm here...to donate my skills to help others build a better life.
Why Bought Beautifully? I love the BB concept because it connects products with real people, with real stories. It puts a much higher value on an item when you see a face connected to it and how with your purchase, you have had a positive effect on the lives of others.