Farrago Market Cafe / Alley House Grille
I moved to Pagosa Springs in 2004 with my wife, Kellie, and two sons. We have owned and operated commercial rentals as well as two well-received restaurants. I have owned, designed, consulted, operated and managed several restaurants over the last 10 years. I look at my potential election to the Chamber of Commerce board as an extension of what I already strive to accomplish on a daily basis. I always attempt to assist and give the best advice I have to any business owner who asks, in order to benefit our great community as much as I can. I love this community very much and look forward to serving it in any way possible. I sincerely believe that, “together we can accomplish anything,” and it will take strong, courageous and creative leadership to grow our community out of this difficult economic time.
Mud Shavers Car Wash
As a small business owner, I am excited to run for the Chamber Board of Directors. Since moving to Pagosa from rainy Washington six years ago, my husband, Ryan, and I have started several thriving businesses: Harmony Meadows offering horse boarding and leasing and Mountain Home Investment Group which manages short and long term rentals. Our other business, Mud Shavers Car Wash, is the most well known of our businesses. We have also now expanded to offer car detailing. I have experienced the support and education of Economic Development classes such as NXLevel Leading Edge and Marketing for Smarties. By also leading a mastermind group for other business owners bi-monthly, I believe I can add to the mentoring and business advisory group that the Chamber is expanding on. I look forward to offering a fresh perspective to the board, giving back to my community and having a great time!
Prudential Triple S Realty
I moved to Chama, N.M., in 1981 where our real estate office, NWMRE, was the Chamber of Commerce. While in Chama I became involved in the community through a service/education sorority establishing a free clothing bank, community Christmas tree and other projects. In 1985 I moved to Pagosa Springs where I became involved in the real estate industry. Throughout the years I have worked in the education field and at various real estate agencies. I am grateful to have been honored as one of the top 50 Realtors in the state when with Coldwell Banker and top Realtor of the year in Pagosa four times. I have worked for Prudential Triple S Realty since 2007 and have been awarded as one of the top 6 percent of Prudential agents in 2007 and 2008. I have represented the Pagosa Springs Association of Realtors at the state level serving on the CARHOF board (affordable housing), Political Survival Fund board, and as a CAR director. As real estate agents we are ambassadors for the community, promoting the community’s benefits and educating those who are interested in our town. Real estate has a big impact on the economy in Pagosa Springs and I would like to bring my community and business knowledge to work for the Chamber.
My wife and I have been married for 34 years and have two children. Brianne is married to a fireman with two children and lives in California. My son is a fireman and lives in Indiana. My wife has worked for Chicago Title insurance for over 25 years.
Prior to buying the theatre, I worked in the health care industry for Cardinal Health (a Fortune 12 company) for over 32 years. I was the director of operations for the distribution center located in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. We provided all medicine to over 400 independent pharmacies, hospitals and chain store pharmacies on a daily basis. My distribution center had 60 employees with revenues in excess of $700 million per year. I had full management/financial responsibility for the distribution center since 1984. In 2005, Cardinal made the decision to consolidate the Cucamonga distribution center into the Valencia distribution center approximately 130 miles away. It was at this point I decided to make a change in my life and purchased the Liberty Theatre. This has been a big change from the extremely fast-paced lifestyle I was accustomed to for 32 years. I love my time in Pagosa Springs and everything it has to offer.
Friend of the Chamber
Before moving to Pagosa Springs I served several terms as a city councilman in Gulf Breeze, Fla. I was involved in the Gulf Breeze Sports Association, which had baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, a football stadium and recreation center. I also had a three-doctor practice and medical dental management company. Since moving to Pagosa Springs I have served as a grant writer and president of Habitat for Humanity, chairman of the Republican Central Committee, president of the Echo Canyon Ranch Home Owners Association, Library Board, San Juan Basin Health Board, instrumental in forming the new Community Development Corporation and Archuleta County Commissioner from 2007- 2010 and served as chairman of the Board of County Commissioners from 2007-2009. The Pagosa Springs area is at the beginning of some very exciting changes. The Chamber, County Tourism Committee, Town Tourism Committee and Community Development Corporation will play major roles in that process and they need to work together to accomplish these goals. I feel I have the skills and experience to help the chamber take the next steps to help this community reach its true potential as a vibrant community with a healthy diversified economy.
My first visit to Pagosa Springs was in 1993 and all my energy thereafter was towards getting back as soon as I could. I was born in Chicago and lived there until 1993. In 1997 I moved to Pagosa Springs from Durango where I lived for almost two years. I moved into my newly-built home in Lake Pagosa Park in 1999. I still live there. I am a high school graduate, Morgan Park High School in Chicago, 1984. Almost everything I did before I moved to Pagosa Springs had to do with bicycles: riding, racing, repairing or selling them. After moving to Pagosa Springs I also worked in construction as a home builder and carpenter from 1997 through 2008 working for others and then with my own business, Pagosa Builders LLC. In 2001 I began working part time for Rocky Mountain Balloon Adventures as chase crew. In 2004 I began working towards my private pilot’s license in lighter-than-air aviation. In 2006 I obtained my commercial pilot’s license and began my ballooning business, Wind Wranglers Balloon Company LLC. Since that day I have enjoyed lots of hard work and sacrifice for the success of the business. In terms of advanced education: graduate of the school of hard knocks with honors where I am also enrolled for continuing education. I have tasted every flavor of humble pie. I am a lover of all things furry, slithery and feathered. The outdoors is my favorite room in my house. Summer is my favorite season in Pagosa Springs. There is nowhere in the world with a more enjoyable winter than Pagosa Springs.