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A Hero’s Parade — Santa Fe Style

Posted in General, Who's Who with tags , , on August 2, 2011 by Jenny Kimball

Yesterday I had a bird’s eye view of an event that the entire nation was watching–the parade honoring Santa Fe’s hometown hero, Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry. President Obama awarded Petry the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan; he is only the second living person since Vietnam to receive this award—the  highest military honor our government bestows. Sergeant Petry attended Santa Fe High and graduated in 1998 from St. Catherine Indian School in Santa Fe. Thousands lined the plaza and the streets of downtown Santa Fe yesterday cheering our hero on as Santa Fe feted Petry in a colorful parade in his honor.

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Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry waves from the front of the wagon that carried him during the parade in Santa Fe in his honor.

The Shaping of Southwest Style

Posted in General, Literature, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who with tags , , on April 4, 2011 by Jenny Kimball

Arnold Berke, Jenny Kimball, Stephen Fried, Fran Levine

Our Mary Jane Colter weekend in partnership with the New Mexico History Museum was a high-energy event, we had more people than I expected—a perfect example of how history can be brought to life and made relevant to us today. A sold-out crowd of 150 history and culture buffs celebrated the legacy of La Fonda’s feisty architect and designer in a truly interactive weekend of talks, presentations, and socializing. The youngest participant was a 13-year-old “Fred head” who will be giving me a tour at the former Montezuma Hotel in Las Vegas tomorrow! Biographer Arnold Berke, historian Stephen Fried, and architect Barbara Felix, kept us intrigued and amused with the kind of insights that emerge when you do historical research. Barbara even made us metaphorically lift our carpets in the guest rooms to reveal Colter’s original painted concrete floor underneath, awaiting restoration.

Barbara Felix

One theme that emerged over the weekend is the renewed emphasis nowadays on historical preservation, rather than just knocking down the old. Colter herself shows why: Her then-unique taste in local materials, artisanal products, and what we would call ethnic design and recycling suggest how deeply rooted these aesthetic values are, and how we respond to them in buildings like La Fonda without knowing exactly why—or didn’t know, until this weekend.

 

Jenny Kimball, Daggett Harvey

I was especially pleased to see a large number of Harvey family members come and share their insights. Daggett Harvey closed the weekend with an affectionate portrait of a woman who was assertive before her time: Mary Jane Colter was decisive, visionary, and intimidating at a time when women were not even allowed to vote! I think he spoke for all of us in saying that he had a new appreciation of what she did for the Fred Harvey Company—and for its legacy at La Fonda and throughout the Southwest.

 

A River Runs Through Val Kilmer’s Ranch

Posted in General, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who on November 1, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

And it was flowing Thursday when he graciously opened his house for a luncheon fundraiser for The Wildlife Center. The Wildlife Center owns 20 acres of land south of Espanola, containing a wildlife hospital and rehabilitation center. Their mission is to conserve and restore native wildlife and their habitats through action-oriented education, promotion of public awareness, strategic partnerships and responsible wildlife rehabilitation. Their volunteers and staff brought a variety of owls to Kilmer’s Ranch to show them off to all potential donors. Attached are a few pics of a burrowing owl, a screech owl and a great horned owl. Check out the Wildlife Center’s website www.thewildlifecenter.org to learn more about what they do and to read about donor and volunteer possibilities. My check is already in the mail. And, if you have a few extra dollars lying around, Kilmer’s Pecos River Ranch is on the market for a cool 23 million, which is down from the earlier listing price of $33 million a few weeks ago.

 

“Appetite” for a Good Read?

Posted in General, Literature, Who's Who with tags , , , on September 14, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

It is odd to read a book about the very business you run.

But Stephen Fried wrote Appetite for America – How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West.

I spent time with the charming Stephen Fried in Santa Fe a year or so ago before this book was published and then again recently when he came to La Fonda for a lecture and book-signing.  I recently had a chance to finish it and what a page-turner it was.  Fried draws on the Harvey history but puts it in the context of events.  It is an excellent overview of American history of that era (late 1800s through the mid 1900s) with an intriguing focus on branding and marketing, which Fred Harvey practiced before the concepts were even conceived.  While reading, I highlighted several statements Harvey made.  Over a century old, they still apply today in terms of providing top-notch service in the hospitality industry.  I share a few of the Harvey gems with our senior staff at our weekly meetings.

For instance, Fred Harvey’s list of “Fundamentals” is still inspiring.  We, at La Fonda, presently aspire to:

  1. Have a sincere interest in people.
  2. Like all your daily contacts with guests.
  3. Radiate cheer and make guest feel at ease and at home.
  4. Remember “Travel follows good food routes”.
  5. Keep well-informed and updated on the condition, origin, and season of different supplies, and the serving of same (a forerunner of the locavore mantra?)
  6. Be human and be yourself.
  7. Courtesy and a smile pay dividends.
  8. Real service is without discrimination.
  9. Preserve or create – Never destroy (precursor of the recycle/environmental movement?)
  10. Tact is an asset and honesty is still a virtue.

This book is available for purchase at La Fonda’s gift shop.  Call 505-988-1404. I highly recommend it.   It is very entertaining and I learned a lot while reading it.

It is a Very Small World Sometimes

Posted in General, Literature, Who's Who with tags , , , on September 1, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

It’s not often that I read a business book that I can’t put down, but Chip Conley’s book, Peak – How Great Companies get their Mojo from Maslow, is one of them.  Perhaps it is because, like me, he is a hotelier, and so his examples resonate with me.  Perhaps it’s because he references two new friends of mine as an example of connecting customers to a greater cause. Helaine Beckerman, Executive Vice President and General Merchandising Manager for Macy’s in New York City and Santa Fean Willa Shalit, Fairwinds Trading Company’s CEO, partnered to support Rwandan women artisans.   I met both these women at Santa Fe’s most recent Indian Market.   One more coincidence that might have contributed to my intense interest in this book was a quote on the back cover by another Santa Fe friend, Alan M. Webber, co-founding editor of Fast Company.

All these coincidences aside, the book is genuinely a good read for anyone wanting to gain peak performance for their company, while balancing the needs of employees, customers and shareholders.  Conley accurately describes his book as being about “the miracle of human potential:   employees living up to their full potential in the workplace, customers feeling the potential bliss associated with having their unrecognized needs met and investors feeling fulfilled by seeing the potential of their capital leveraged”.   I highly recommend Peak – How Great Companies get their Mojo from Maslow.

Hot off the Press!!!

Posted in Art, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who with tags , on August 20, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

For the first time ever, the submittals for Indian Market were of such caliber that the judges were not able to choose just one piece as Best of Show.   This year we have TWO Best of Show winners.  Filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (Diné) won Best of Show for his film entitled Shimásání, which roughly translated means Runner.  It is a wonderful black and white film that was shot on the reservation.   The second ribbon for Best of Show was won by Stetson Honyumptewa (Hopi) for his kachina submitted in the Pueblo Wooden Carvings division.

There were several other exciting firsts at this year’s awards. This is the first year to have a film classification at Indian Market and one of the films submitted won Best of Show. Delores Garza (Haida), a first-year Indian Market participant, won Best of Division in Baskets.   In addition, Eve-Lauryn LaFountain (Chipewa) won Best of Division in the Paintings, Drawings, Graphics, Photography division, for a piece of photography.  It is the first time that a photograph has won in this division.

The Best of Show was announced at a luncheon today at the Santa Fe Convention Center honoring all of the division and special category winners.  These pieces will be on preview tonight at the Convention Center from 5:30 and 7:30 before they go on sale tomorrow as Indian Market opens.

Did you know that La Fonda used to host Indian Market in its entirety?  It has grown so large that it now dominates all of downtown Santa Fe and over 1,080 artists are participating in this year’s Market.

On Pins and Needles Awaiting the Best of Show Winner

Posted in Art, Santa Fe Non-Profits, Who's Who with tags , on August 19, 2010 by Jenny Kimball

Today is judging day at Indian Market.  All of the artists’ pieces that were delivered to the Convention Center yesterday have now been classified.  As I write this, the judges are evaluating each piece of art submitted. The two head honchos in charge of the judging are Carole Sandoval (Ohkay Owingeh), Vice Chair of SWAIA’s board, a graduate of IAIA and John Torres-Nez (Diné), Director of Artists Services for SWAIA and former curator of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.  Both Carole and John have assembled a wide variety of artists and other art experts to judge each category and award the winning pieces with ribbons.

First place in each category, as well as the Best of Show winner, will be determined this afternoon and will be formally announced tomorrow at the Best of Show Luncheon and Preview (all tickets already sold out for this event).   All award-winning pieces will then be on display at the General Preview tomorrow night at the Convention Center (for tickets, please come to the Convention Center).

See pictures below of some of the work submitted.