Alum Profile: Cody Anne and Michael Yarnes

July 05, 2018 - By Prescott College

Married alums apply techniques learned at @prescottcollege to their successful local businesses.

Cody Anne and Michael Yarnes


Cody Anne and Michael Yarnes love being in Prescott, and work to make it a better place to live. Both of them have successful local businesses, and although they’re not currently working in their fields of study, they both credit the education they got from @prescottcollege with giving them the tools to achieve their success.

Cody Anne transferred into @prescottcollege in 2004 after two years at the University of Miami and traveling to New Zealand and the Bahamas on exchange programs. In 2006, she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Human Health Studies. ”I heard about @prescottcollege from a friend and co-worker at Denali National Park. School was never my favorite thing and I was done with the University of Miami. When I heard that there was a way for a great school to accept all the various credits I had accumulated and allow me to still graduate in a total of four years, I knew @prescottcollege was for me.”

Michael transferred into @prescottcollege in 2000 after a year at Paul Smith’s College in Western New York. He graduated in 2004 with his bachelor’s degree in Conservation Biology with a minor in photography. “I asked a professor at Paul Smith's College ‘where would you go to experience education rather than sit in a classroom and talk about it?’ “He asked me if I had ever heard of Prescott College.”

Cody Anne and Michael enjoyed their time at @prescottcollege so much that they stayed in the community after graduation. Cody Anne states, “We gained skills and became part of a great community that neither of us would have otherwise found.” She especially liked the orientation program, while Michael loved the time he spent studying at the Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies. “Michael and I always say that one of the most important life skills we learned at @prescottcollege was how to conduct research. This made a huge impact on our personal and professional lives. Self-direction is extremely important in small business, and @prescottcollege was all about self-direction.”

Currently, Cody Anne owns a successful real estate sales team, and Michael owns Rent Right Management Solutions: Cody Anne states, “For both of us, helping our community is the most satisfying part of our careers.  We love it here and everything we do revolves around making it a better place to live.” Their newest venture is an indoor climbing gym called Gripstone Climbing “Gripstone has been the fun addition to all the hard work we have been doing in this town for many years. We are creating something for this community that we love and enjoy so much.  This gym will be a community of it's own and fill a much needed niche in the Prescott Area. We are so excited to be a part of it!”

While they both credit their studies at @prescottcollege for shaping their skills, they point out that there’s no simple secret to success. “People always want to know how we got here and the secret is that we have sacrificed a lot,” said Cody Anne. “We have worked long hours, days on end, and have never given up on our goals.  The “magic pill” is hard work and knowing what you want. “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”