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Darren Zander

Head of Business and Creative

Darren has been in his role at Hydration Media since 2006, when he co-founded the company after five years of content management experience. Through the years, he's managed a diverse client list, often working alongside his wife, Janelle. 

About a decade ago, his focus and client list shifted almost entirely to the financial industry, where it has continued to grow; today, his time and skills are devoted to long-term business relationships with clients in NYC, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

In 2010, he relocated from Minneapolis to Colorado with his family of five. Since many of his favorite childhood memories are of his growing up years in Steamboat Springs, he's happy to be "back home" and loves life in beautiful Boulder Valley. 

An artist at heart, he balances his business side with a love of music and film. He oversees the creative direction at Hydration as well as business development. In his role, Darren constantly positions the company to follow Denzel Washington's advice: "Don't aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference."

He graduated  from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts.



"I’m very grateful for our partnership with Darren and the Hydration team. They’re a great asset, and I highly recommend them for marketing and social media expertise."

Don McLaughlin,

Founder, Falcon Discovery




"Darren and Janelle came into our organization in the midst of change and stepped up to help make us a success. They not only did their job, they also cared deeply about the project and went the extra mile when it was required."

Barbara Cerullo,

Founder, Everyday Woman, INSP Network

fun facts

He loves: A good '80s rock 'n' roll saxophone solo.

He swears by: A robust breakfast at a classic diner.

His family: His wife, Janelle, three (almost grown) kids, and Chewbacca the dog.

He believes: Work is just as much about building relationships as it is about getting the job done.