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C O N T E N T S September / October 2011
...........................................................2 LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
...........................................................6 MEET THE TEAM
IN F L U E N C E What Manners?................................22 Exercising Outdoors........................ 24 WILD ABOUT ERICA WILDMAN Pg 38
Navigating Today’s Technology....... 28 The Staffing Industry...................... 32
Trends in Residential Architecture......36
IN N E T W O R K Leonardo D’Almagro......................40
THE ART OF LIVING WELL ..................................16 Expressions of Joys and Dreams
WILD ABOUT ERICA WILDMAN ........................38 In Wild Pursuit of Art and Success
TRANSITION AND REFLECTION ........................50
Lisa Russell...................................... 44 Johnny Moallempour...................... 46
IN D U L G E Lemon Buttermilk Pound Cake........54 EVENTS
Simple Steps to Living Life Well
5 THINGS FINANCIAL ADVISORS DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW ..........................................58
EVENTS, MUSEUMS & GALLERIES...................................66
A Guide to Finding the Right Advisor ON THE COVER:
ON THE BACK COVER:
On Location: Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery Model: Laura Aidan. Wardrobe: Black Halo, Vamp “Frou Frou” Mini Dress ($385) and Rene Geneva, Feather Earrings ($165) both at Estilo; Givenchy, Peep-Toe Ankle Booties ($860) at by George; Heather Hawkins, Python Print Bangle ($150) at Girl Next Door. Styling: Brandy Joy Smith. Make Up: Maris Malone Calderon. Hair: Eric Leonardos. Photographer: Gregg Cestaro
On Location: Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery Model: Laura Aidan. Wardrobe: Badgley Mischka Lace Rouched Dress ($660) at Julian Gold; K Amatos, Wood and Gold Cuff ($68) at Eliza Page. Styling: Brandy Joy Smith. Make Up: Maris Malone Calderon. Hair: Eric Leonardos. Photographer: Gregg Cestaro
PUBLISHER’S NOTE the same mission and does not hesitate to lend their expertise. Included are contributing writers who share their wealth of knowledge on so many fascinating topics, as well as, photographers who lend their talents whenever called upon. And of course, there are our family and friends standing near to provide encouragement as we press toward the goal, no matter the size of the obstacle. Honestly, the thank you list is endless. Even though I cannot mention each by name, we hope the publication of InFluential demonstrates the level of our thankfulness. s I write my very first Publisher’s Note, I come to you from a place of tremendous appreciation.
Taking a huge leap of faith,
what began as a small idea earlier this year has quickly grown into something larger than I have ever imagined.
After months of diligent work,
our digital magazine InFluential is born.
Our theme for the premiere issue of InFluential is Art. It is very fitting as the Austin community consistently supports the Arts. We are delighted to have Laura Aidan, beautiful in both form and spirit, gracing the cover of our premiere issue. Laura is a work of Art who lends her talent consistently in so many charitable ways. She personifies the art of living well. Starting with this
“Why a digital magazine?” you ask. A digital maga-
premiere issue, our collective mission is to con-
zine is an extension of what I’ve developed through
tinuously publish stories that teach us about the
years of blogging about exciting happenings in
art of living well!
and around Austin, Texas. I wanted to take what I enjoyed about the blogosphere a step further to create first-class features. It is a perfect segue to focusing my interests in writing and living well and put them into a tangible product.
We are united by our desire to create a life that reflects who we are, by a shared belief in the merits of living well and by our deep respect for original ideas and avant-garde leaders who inspire us on personal and professional levels. To our con-
All things successful are achieved through out-
tributors and to our supporters, to our readers
standing support and collaboration. My execu-
and to our family and friends: Thank You. It is
tive team is a prime example: We share the same
an honor to be an Influential part of your lives.
mission of creating an outlet to impact the way
we live, dream and distinguish our world. To our delight, we have an extended family that shares William Jackson Founder & Publisher 2
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not least of which are the contributors and team without whom it would not have been possible. Now, upon its unveiling, I am deeply grateful to share with you that which we have held deeply in our hearts: The passion to share the myriad kaleidoscope of unique vision and independent spirit through story and perspective for the purpose of inspiring. When we share our greatest experiences we inevitably inspire others to create and shape their own lives into a living, breathing work of art. If you doubt my words for a moment, re-
flect on the old adage, “Art imitates life.” he exceptional, exhilarating sense of living well is the quintessential reflection
of our higher impressions formed through countless inspirations and stories we proffer and embrace along the journey of life. Intrinsic in our world of infinite possibilities are the ideas and dreams that burst forth from every soul seeking to realize its true aspirations. True to this joy, we have collectively gathered to create a fresh, in-
To all who have followed paths least taken, who have leapt with faith and who have sacrificed and committed diligently in their perseverance to live their dreams, we dedicate this first issue. Lastly, thank you to everyone who has ever shared a hope and dream for highest attainment. It is my fervent wish to cultivate this spirit for it is the source of all joys and the purpose of our being.
novative online magazine in Austin to invite and
The art of living well begins with one story and
uplift our experiences.
one person – you: It is never ending and strives
The art of living well is emotional, emanating from
for greatness- it is InFluential.
the affectations of high concept, meaning and feeling. It forms our perspective toward every significant area of our lives because it is rooted in imagination. This wonder is attained when we embrace
Sandra Rascon Editor-in-Chief
the appreciation of individualism, diversity and innovation. It is the ultimate expression of living. From its inception, ‘InFluential” evolved from idea to reality through a number of phenomenal steps, IN FLUENTIAL 5
MR. BRANDON PERRY
Perry Investment Management, LLC | www.perryim.com Brandon Perry CFA, CFP®, ChFC is the president of Perry Investment Management, LLC. Mr. Perry has been working in the capital markets since 2002 and his diverse background in equity portfolio management, hedge fund analysis and consulting has exposed him to a wide view of the investment world. He takes a practical and understandable approach to finance with a passion for helping people. He teaches Introduction to Financial Planning at the University of Texas at Austin while managing money for private investors. Mr. Perry lives in Austin with his wife and three children.
MR. CHAD BUTTERFIELD
FunHouse Media | www.funhousemedia.com Chad Butterfield is the founder and president of FunHouse Media, a full-service technology integration firm serving clients throughout Texas since 1997. His primary focus is on designing, selling and installing custom Home Theater and Audio systems. His passion for the world of Audio/Video technology started as a young boy when, at age 14, he built his first pair of custom speakers. Since then, he has seen the world of technology grow from what most called a hobby to a seamless integration into just about everything a person does on a daily basis. Butterfield approaches today’s technology with a “less is more” attitude and helps his customers balance their technology desires and their budget.
MR. KYLE GOLDEN
Work it Personal Training | www.workittraining.com Kyle is the founder of Work it Personal Training. He is native of San Antonio, TX, but moved to Austin in 1997 to attend St. Edward’s University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology. After working in the financial services industry for many years, Kyle decided that he wanted to bring his passion for fitness to his career life. In 2007 Kyle founded Work It Personal Training. Kyle has been a guest speaker on fitness and health for organizations including the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association of the University of Texas at Austin and Amplify Federal Credit Union. Kyle was a featured trainer on the Austin 360. com in 2008 “New Year, New You” blog and was featured on KXAN Austin News for the 2009 Mayor’s Resolution Run. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Austin: Emerge program. 6
MR. JASON STONEBERG
KeyStaff, Inc. | www.keystaffinc.com Jason Stoneberg founded KeyStaff, Inc. with Amy Stanley in February 2004. He was able to leverage his analytical and organizational skill from an engineering background, as well as experience in large organizations to set up a successful foundation on which to build a growing business. Jason is a lifelong Austin area resident and attended the University of Texas. He later attended graduate school at Texas A&M University where he received a Master’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
MS. LINDA GINAC
TalentGuard, Inc. | www.talentguard.com Linda is the founder and CEO of TalentGuard, an organizational talent management firm headquartered in Austin, TX. With over 14 years of experience in organizational development, people strategy and career development, she supports individuals and corporations in developing, planning and managing a range of career management and worklife issues. Particular areas of expertise include: career development, change management, career transition, professional development coaching and performance improvement.
MS. MARJORIE BURCIAGA
Image Consuslting Austin | www.imagingconsultingaustin.com Marjorie is a professional image and wardrobe consultant trained with Empowerment Enterprises. She is a certified coach with World Coach Institute whose certifications include: career, leadership and professional coaching. She specializes in relationships and bereavement to aid those going through transitions. Marjorie relishes the idea of helping clients develop their own style by starting with a fresh approach to exploring one’s positive inner attributes. Margie’s services include working with staffs of organizations on appropriate company dress codes and styling show events. She has been featured on talk radio 1370 am and in Austin Woman magazine.
MR. WINN WITTMAN
Winn Wittman Architecture | www.winnwittman.com Winn Wittman, AIA has been called “America’s most rock ‘n roll architect” by Spaces Magazine in the UK and he is considered one of America’s leading residential architects. His work has been featured on the covers of numerous national and international magazines, including: Robb Report, Luxury Home Quarterly, Luxe and Objekt. Wittman’s homes have received awards and accolades from the American Institute of Architects, the Dream Home Awards, World Architecture News and Architectural Record, among others. His Austin-based firm Winn Wittman Architecture, founded in 1996 has designed homes around the state and around the world for captains of industry, Emmyaward winning writers and Grammy-award winning composers. IN FLUENTIAL 7
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generous spirit of our contributing team. Each
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Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief email@example.com Sandra Rascon is a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild and a veteran of the entertainment industry in music, television, live theatrical and post production in the areas of rights clearance, licensing, contract administration, mechanical rights distribution, intellectual property rights and business affairs. She has worked for Universal Music Group, Universal Studios Network and Television Group, MTV, America’s Next Top Model and Dreamworks in Los Angeles. She is also a literary educational consultant holding a Master’s in Education, is certified by the State Board of Educators and a published writer.
Editorial Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org James is our technical ‘go to’ guy, applying skills obtained through education and practice at well-known companies such as General Motors and Apple. James consistently applies appropriate business techniques to take an idea from vision to successful implementation. James has employed his innate entrepreneurial skills to develop several interesting businesses and is dedicated to seeing them grow and influence. In addition to planning activities for his very busy family, James enjoys savoring the outdoor lifestyle living in Austin affords, particularly playing tennis with his son.
LAURA S. FERGUSON
Assistant Editor email@example.com Laura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s of Liberal Arts in Humanities and English with a focus in creative writing. This training has helped her excel in her career path, which includes staffing coordination of a large family of hospitals and community outreach and education for an environmental organization. An avid writer, Laura has built a collection of short stories some of which are included in her work In a House Where the Rooms Don’t Lock. Laura also has a passion for records. She has an eclectic collection that includes everything from The Beatles to Richard Pryor’s entire discography to Motley Crue.
Creative Director firstname.lastname@example.org Joining with an aligned background working with industry leaders such as Dell and Key Bank, Marcia is an expert in conflict resolution and identifying win-win solutions. She applies these skills to create and execute new opportunities for our client roster and assists with negotiating the most lucrative deal. Marcia has always had a passion for style, making her a natural fit for a foray into personal wardrobe styling. Most recently she has directed photo shoots for our client roster including performing as the wardrobe stylist. In her spare time, Marcia can be found enjoying activities with her family and, of course, reading fashion magazines.
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F E A T U R E
By Z. Hereford
hink about it - there is an art to everything
When youâ€™re hungry you can just throw something
and living well is no exception. Of any art,
together from whatever is handy without consider-
this would be the one to master since it
ing the nutritional value, taste or visual appeal of
encompasses all the others.
the dish. You can shove something down that fills your tummy and satisfies your immediate appetite.
The art of living well is to make your life an expression of who you are, what you believe and your
Or, you can prepare a pleasing, nutritious, tasty
hopes, dreams and desires. Of course, to create
meal that not only satisfies your visual and prac-
your life as a work of art is an ongoing, evolving
tical needs, but also makes it a joy to experience.
and creative endeavor. And so it should be.
Of course, the second meal requires more thought, planning, imagination and work in general, but the
The difference between living well and just living
rewards are exceedingly greater on every level.
would be analogous to preparing a meal.
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So it is with life. You could live it indiscriminately
3. ESTABLISH AN OPEN, ACCEPTING
not paying attention to anything in particular or
AND APPRECIATIVE MINDSET.
you can make it a delicious, nutritious treat. Prepare yourself for whatever comes your way. When you do, the possibility of attracting ad-
HOW TO MAKE YOUR LIFE A WORK OF ART
verse circumstances lessens because of your willingness to stand up and face what is. When you maintain an open, accepting attitude life actually goes more smoothly and without incident. It’s as if you’re daring life to throw you a curve, but because you aren’t afraid, it becomes unnecessary
1. MAKE EACH MOMENT COUNT AND
and loses its impact.
LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST. When you get up in the morning, decide to wel-
4. BE WHO YOU ARE AND GO AFTER
come all the challenges and delights each day
WHAT YOU WANT.
brings. Be aware that everything you experience contributes to your knowledge, enjoyment and understanding of life. Every activity can have meaning and purpose. By acknowledging and recognizing it, you enrich your participation in it.
Be comfortable with yourself and don’t be afraid to go after what you want. So many opportunities are missed out of fear of failure (and success, too) and an unwillingness to take risks. Life is too short to not give your best shot at something. Strive to reach your potential. The worst that can
2. EXPRESS YOURSELF AND CREATE
happen is you learn a valuable lesson.
THE LIFE YOU WANT. You are unique. Express your individual-
5. HAVE A SOLID PERSONAL FOUNDA-
ity and share your observations and insights
TION. BALANCE RELATIONSHIPS WITH
with others. Make your surroundings a com-
FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THE COMMUNITY.
fortable reflection of that individuality and uniqueness. For instance, if you’re a collector, a sports fan or have a particular hobby, decorate your home with artifacts and mementos that express that part of your personality. It makes for good conversation and reveals something about you to others.
We are social beings who need each other for comfort, support and interaction. It’s important to cultivate and value all of our relationships and engage in activities that promote good will and make the community, the country and ultimately the world a better place.
We can make an art of living well by expressing
YOU KNOW YOU ARE LIVING WELL WHEN YOU: • Wake up in the morning and can’t wait for the adventure that lies ahead of you. • Are optimistic, cheerful and confident. • Are interested and want to contribute to others and the world around you. • Focus on the good things in your life and improve on what’s not working. • Are aware, appreciative and engaged in life.
ourselves, being open and receptive to new experiences and by living each moment to the fullest. We only need to decide to do so.
“The masters in the art of living make little distinction between their work and their play, their labor and their leisure, their minds and their bodies, their information, their recreation, their love and their religion. They hardly know which is which, they simply pursue their vision of excellence at whatever they do, leaving others to decide whether they are working or playing.” - James Albert Michener
• Turn obstacles into opportunities. • Seize each moment. The Art of Living Well is Reprinted with permission.
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IN F L U E N C E
WHAT MANNERS? By Marjorie Burciaga
The art of living well dates back centuries. In the 1600’s, French nobility created rules of etiquette that would govern social interactions, many of which continue to be the framework of what we are to be using today. Social interactions, their times, where they took place, dress codes and behaviors were all a part of the rules of etiquette. Although the definition of etiquette came from the French royals, the earliest writings on social behavior date back to the Egyptians in 2500 BC. Other writings can be found by the likes of Aristotle, Cicero and Horatio, in biblical references and even in 13th century chivalric codes for knights. Later etiquette made its way West and our 1st President George Washington, at age 14 wrote 110 “Rules of Civility” stating, “Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect, to those that are present.” One would like to presume that this still holds true today. It is helpful to know that etiquette are rules that guide our conduct of manners. Manners are a reflection of inner character and used to make in-
teractions with people pleasant and to avoid conflict. Being decent or correct in behavior or conduct is about respect as much for oneself as it is for another. Dr. Jacque Lynn Foltyn, PhD, professor of sociology at National University in LaJolla, California says,
“Any self-representation is a performance, it is a way of communicating to others who you are.”
Etiquette is about making the choice to treat everyone with whom we come in contact - be it a child or business professional - with a level of kindness and consideration through how we speak, act and dress.
I am excited to share thoughts about image, wardrobing and life coaching situations. I invite you to contact me at ASKPRESLEY@INFLUENTIAL-
Today’s etiquette is less about restricted society
and more about how to behave appropriately in
with any questions you might like me to
an array of situations, be it business, social, tech-
respond to in future articles.
nological or familial. How one chooses to incorporate etiquette in daily life is part of the whole
Those wishing to curb swearing visit
image projected about oneself. It is important
www.cusscontrol.com for useful tips.
to note in modern society the use of technology communication (Facebook, texting, Youtube) creates an extended image of us and its misuse can impact a person’s life far into the future. One of the biggest changes in our social manners has been the use of profanity. Modern Manners Guy says, “Using profanity no matter what is said or where it is used is decidedly not mannerly.” (www.manners.quickanddirtytips.com) Profanity can and does offend others. Some US courts have ruled swearing “creates a hostile environment and constitutes harassment,” and profanity is unprotected speech for those who think they can invoke the 1st Amendment. The art of living well starts within oneself. It is an achievable state of being. It is a choice. Coco Chanel says, “Elegance is not the prerogative of those that have escaped from adolescence but those who have already taken possession of their future.” We all have the option to achieve excellence within our own self and project that sense of self-realization by how we present ourselves in our day-to-day lives. IN FLUENTIAL 23
IN F L U E N C E
EXERCISING OUTDOORS & STAYING SAFE By Kyle Golden It’s summertime and many of us want to get out-
pressure when standing up, muscle cramping,
doors, enjoy the environment around us and keep
nausea and headache.
fit. From fitness boot camps and long bike rides to hiking and stand-up paddle boarding, there is
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT HEAT
something for everyone in nature’s gymnasium.
EXHAUSTION? First, make sure you do not hide! Make sure you
Unfortunately, the summer heat can be very
are in an area where people can help you if nec-
dangerous for some of us who enjoy getting
essary. It is better to have a brief embarrassing
out and being active. This summer seems to be
moment than to develop a life-threatening situ-
one of the hottest we have experienced in quite
ation. Stop all physical activity and find a cool
some time, so it’s important to make sure you
(preferably air conditioned) and shaded place
stay safe outside under the sun. Here is some
to rest. Let those around you know you suspect
basic information on heat exhaustion, how to
you might be experiencing heat exhaustion.
recognize its effects and how to prevent it.
Drink cool water or an electrolyte replacement
WHAT IS HEAT EXHAUSTION? Heat exhaustion is a potentially dangerous condition where the body’s core temperature gets too hot due to a combination of environmental
like Gatorade or Powerade. You should seek medical attention if your symptoms do not go away within 60 minutes or if your temperature gets above 104 degrees.
heat, humidity and physical activity. Untreated, heat exhaustion could lead to heat stroke.
HOW TO PREVENT HEAT EXHAUSTION? Wear light clothing that is thin, loose and light-
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION?
colored or specifically designed for hotter en-
Heat exhaustion symptoms can appear suddenly
vironments. Wear a hat or visor. Apply plenty
during or after physical activity. The symptoms
of sunblock. Using a sunblock of SPF 30 that is
include: excessive sweating, dizziness, fainting,
sweat proof and covers the full UVA and UBV
weak but rapid pulse, sudden fatigue, low blood
spectrum should be sufficient.
Make sure you hydrate before, during and after
flushed skin, rapid breathing and heart beat,
physical activity outside with cool water or an elec-
headache, neurological symptoms including sei-
trolyte replacement. If possible, try to remain in
zure, hallucination, sudden speech or coordina-
shaded areas when outside and acclimate to the
tion problems and muscle fatigue and weakness.
environment before beginning rigorous exercise. If you think you are experiencing a heat stroke Ease into exercising outdoors if you are not used to
make sure you or someone with or around you
it. If you exercise with a trainer let your trainer know
calls 911 immediately for medical response. Try
your concerns. Check any medications you may be
to reduce your core temperature by the sugges-
taking that may increase your sensitivity to the sun.
tions listed for suspecting heat exhaustion.
It is very important to recognize the symp-
Be smart about the heat outdoors. Make sure you
toms of heat exhaustion to prevent the onset
are watching out for yourself and able to recog-
of a heat stroke.
nize these conditions in others, as well. If you are
WHAT ARE SYMPTOMS OF A HEAT STROKE? A heat stroke is a serious medical condition that results from untreated heat exhaustion. Seek medical attention immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: body temperature reaches and maintains a temperature over 104 degrees, lack of sweating and
not used to being outdoors in the heat, ease yourself into it. Start with short walks or jogs and progress to longer or more intense activities.
Have fun staying fit in the great outdoors! IN FLUENTIAL 25
IN F L U E N C E
NAVIGATING TODAY’S TECHNOLOGY By Chad Butterfield Today it is easy to be blinded by the technology tsunami that rolls in every fall with the release of the latest and greatest tech gear. But, approach with caution. I advise my customers to approach their home entertainment options with the general message of “keep it simple.” Ask yourself, “Am I getting what I need or what others think I want?” Only 10 years ago, most equipment was connected with good, old analog connections – the same way it had been for the 50 years prior. This was fairly easy for most technically-challenged people to figure out. And it worked (really well, might I add)! Today, nearly everything has an app associated with it and must connect to a local network in order to reach is maximum potential. All this does - when you boil it down - is add an unnecessary level of complexity and frustration to the whole experience. Many people do not have the time or technical aptitude to create their own “connected world” that is being pushed on them where everything from the garage door opener to the refrigerator are linked. 28
I ask my customers, “What is it that you really want to do?” The answers are usually “watch TV” or “listen to music” – the exact things we have been doing for the last 40 years. However, the demand that everything be “connected” has turned this once simple request into technological nightmare. “Keep it simple,” I tell them. Do not be lured in
with slick advertisements proclaiming you can
find online and most will talk to you for a mini-
control your house - from the thermostat to the
mal consultation charge. Trust me, it is worth it!
front door locks - with a web-enabled tablet. Sure it looks fancy on the surface. Then you
Keep it simple and enjoy life on your terms.
realize you will likely need to retain an IT firm when the system decides to take a day off (and it will) and you canâ€™t turn on the air conditioner or unlock the door! Those who constantly chase the technology trains are doing just thatâ€Śconstantly chasing. If you have an idea of what you want, talk to a professional. In fact, talk to three. Technology professionals deal with this on a daily basis. They can guide you through all the offerings and help you get exactly what you are looking for instead of technology with features you will rarely or never use. Professionals are easy to IN FLUENTIAL 29
IN F L U E N C E
THE STAFFING INDUSTRYWHAT YOU MUST KNOW! By Jason Stoneberg How does it
you take your car to a repair shop that has made
work? What does it really mean to be a “temp”?
the investment in the necessary tools and skills
The staffing industry is a key player in enabling
rather than work on it at home. Using a staffing
economic efficiency and as such, it is helpful to
service also provides the client a chance to try
understand how this important part of the em-
an employee before they commit to hiring them
ployment marketplace works.
THE THREE IMPORTANT PLAYERS IN THE
The candidate is the job seeker that is recruited
STAFFING RELATIONSHIP ARE:
and sent to the client for consideration. If the as-
What is the staffing industry?
signment is temporary or temp-to-perm, then the
• The client
candidate might then be referred to as a “temp.”
• The candidate
What this really means is the employee is paid
• The staffing service company or “head hunter” There are many reasons a client may choose to use staffing.
The staffing service makes
it much easier for a client to manage flexible workforce needs, such as when a client has temporary projects requiring a larger workforce for short periods of time. In other cases,
directly by the staffing company rather than the client company for some period of time. To dispel a common myth, working as a “temp” is not only for low-level candidates. Candidates as high up as CFO may work for the staffing company for some period of time. And of course, in some cases the candidate may go to work for the client.
it is more efficient for a client to outsource their
For the candidate, registering with a staffing ser-
recruiting needs rather than maintain the skill
vice will increase their number of potential job
set and tools in-house much in the same way
choices. They do not commit to working only
for one staffing service, but rather the staffing service will simply give them the chance to be considered for any jobs fitting their skills and interests. I always advise candidates to work with multiple staffing services, as well as, search on their own in order to cast as wide a net as possible in their job search. The staffing service itself is a group of professional recruiters who strive to find the best candidates for the clients. As described earlier, the staffing service offers many benefits to both client and candidate.
For the client, the staffing
company even if they now work in a different location.
The staffing service will not only find and evaluate the candidates, but also work as a liaison between client and candidate when a client is interested in hiring the candidate.
serviceâ€™s focus and investment in maintaining a
We help resolve any issues and work to en-
candidate pool allows it to be able to react more
sure both client and candidate are satisfied
quickly and efficiently than any of its clients could
with the arrangement and are a good fit for
on their own.
The staffing service also allows the client the abil-
understand client / candidate fit is key to a
ity to try an employee before they take the risk
prosperous, long-term relationship for both
of hiring them directly. And for organizations re-
parties. Our mission is to enrich both client
quiring a flexible workforce, the staffing service
and candidate by placing the right candidate
can make these ramp-up and ramp-down tran-
in the right job. We understand our success
sitions much easier for both the client and the
only follows from creating true value for both
candidate. For instance, if a company operates a
client and candidate.
call center and occasionally needs large numbers of experienced customer service staff on short notice, it is more efficient for the staffing company that works with several similar call centers to maintain a large customer service candidate pool. And, as one project slows down at one call center while another ramps up elsewhere, the staffing company can efficiently rotate the workers into the new position with minimal stress to
At KeyStaff in particular, we
Whether you are looking for a job or are looking to hire, I highly recommend you explore what a reputable staffing service can do for you. Keep in mind, as in any industry, there are some staffing services that stand above the rest and work hard to get things right. So, I also encourage you to do your due diligence and find a good staffing partner that has your best interest in mind.
either the client company or the candidates. The candidates will still get a paycheck from the same
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IN F L U E N C E
LESS IS MORETRENDS IN RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE By Winn Wittman “Perfection is achieved, not when there is noth-
sustain him through the long New England win-
ing more to add, but when there is nothing left
ters. His cabin, which contained only a bed, a
to take away.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
desk and a fireplace, enabled Thoreau to con-
Recently, I could be found driving the winding back roads west of Boston and visiting two homes whose influence projected far beyond
centrate on his work without distractions and “live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life...”.
their time and place: the 1845 cabin of writer
Today, standing in a replica of the cabin near
Henry David Thoreau, located at Walden Pond,
the original site, I can feel the purity and beauty
in Concord, MA and the 1938 home of architect
of Thoreau’s vision and his desire to get to the
Walter Gropius, in neighboring Lincoln, MA.
essence of what a home is: shelter, hearth and
Join me as we explore these architectural icons
refuge -- and nothing superfluous. We archi-
and how they relate to today’s more minimalist
tects can still learn a lot from this approach.
trends in residential architecture. As many of you know, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) is best known for his writings on simple living, civil disobedience and non-violent resistance. He is also considered by many to be the father of the environmental movement. In 1845 Thoreau decided to live in the woods and built a tiny one-room cabin near Walden Pond. Thoreau built the cabin with his own hands; felling the wood; hewing the rafters; building the root cellar that would hold the food that would
About five miles up the road and a century later, Walter Gropius, the founder of the Bauhaus movement, built his personal home in a Lincoln, MA apple orchard. Gropius fled Hitler’s Germany to teach at Harvard in the late ’30’s. His home is one of the most influential examples in America of what came to be known as the International Style -- with its clean lines exemplifies the philosophy of “form follows function” and the oftquoted “less is more” as espoused by German architect Mies Van der Rohe. Like Thoreau, Gropius was trying to get to the essence of what a house was -- stripped of the superfluous, un-ornamented and well thought out. He re-interpreted local materials such as clap-
cade continue to weigh heavy on our collective
boards and fieldstone in modern ways. Unlike
psyche and wallets, people want homes that are eas-
Thoreau, who lived largely before the industrial
ier to attain, easier to maintain and easier to sustain.
revolution, Gropius revered the idea of mass-production as the best solution to society’s needs. He used as many commercially-available components as possible -- lighting, chrome banisters, glass block and a cast-iron spiral stair.
Our office has designed several homes recently in the 2,000 square foot range for families who wanted something simple yet unique. One of these is the Triple Creek Ranch in Lampasas, Texas, built in 2011. With a simple floor plan and an expressive struc-
But, there are also many aesthetically pleasing
tural design, this house cost less than $450,000 to
forms to this home which elevate it to a sculp-
build. The home features rainwater collection and
tural realm, as distinct from Thoreau’s purely
costs less than $100 per month to operate. Like
utilitarian vision. As I shuffle the cork floors in
Gropius, we sought to re-interpret the local ver-
staff-required blue booties, I appreciate the
nacular forms and materials (in this case the Texas
vintage kitchen and coziness of the small spac-
Ranch House) in modern ways.
es amply lit by large picture windows. I am also struck by how enormous and complex our current homes seem by comparison.
While we don’t all have to live as simply as Thoreau or Gropius, the distilled clarity of their vision can open our eyes to what is really necessary --
Today many of us are re-evaluating what our
therefore to what is really possible -- in architec-
dream home is. As the excesses of the last de-
ture and in life.
IN FLUENTIAL 37
F E A T U R E
By Marcia Nelson
hange is good. Ask Erica Wildman. It has done her well.
It all began one day while staring at the blank walls of her office while working in real estate finance. Desiring to fill the blank space, she hit upon the simple thought of creating art work over the traditional norm of seeking it out.
Erica Wildman has no rules to her technique. She paints from her soul. She is always finding ways to come out of her comfort zone to create – the hallmark of a true artist.
Shortly thereafter, a client noticed the paintings
During her evolution as an artist, Ms. Wildman
and inquired as to the identity of the artist. Mod-
learned from her experiences and found she
estly, Ms. Wildman admitted it was her own work.
possessed many desires; making a great deal
To her surprise, the client asked if she would be
of money is not one of them.
interested in hanging her artwork in their gallery
to herself that having plenty of money does not
and Erica Wildman the artist was born.
make one completely happy. Ms. Wildman has
Imagine being successful and established in
found her happiness in creating art because she
your career. Then, by inspiration, you embark
is doing something she loves. This allows her
upon a new journey where you discover a ful-
to stay centered, balanced and true to herself
fillment of satisfaction in your life in your new
as an artist.
career that corporate America has left void.
When asked how she would describe The Art
Ms. Wildman admits changing careers was no
of Living Well, Ms. Wildman responds, “Not
With this change came many ob-
being afraid to go for what you know no mat-
stacles that could have spelled doom for the
ter what people tell you. Many stated I would
nouvelle artiste; however, Ms. Wildman’s deep
not make it as an artist. But, I work very hard
belief in her career change and creative mind-
at what I do and take it seriously regardless of
set allowed her to find the solutions to continue
her artistic enterprise expression.
While some of us may not change career paths as
Many describe her artwork as fun, bold and
Ms. Wildman did, we can certainly learn from her
brazenly colorful. Ms. Wildman’s body of work
journey. Determination and passion for what we
is that and more. As you study her work, you
believe CAN equal SUCCESS.
get the sense of her personality: energetic, pas-
For those of us who are in the midst of recreat-
sionate and free-spirited. Vibrant colors come
ing ourselves, Erica Wildman and her art symbol-
alive in her paintings with an energy that draws
ize the greatest artistic truth held by the creative
the eyes and fills the imagination.
soul that indeed, all things are possible. Bravo!
She has proved
TO VIEW MS. WILDMAN’S COLLECTION VISIT WWW.ERICAWILDMAN.COM IN FLUENTIAL 39
IN N E T W O R K
LEONARDO D’ALMAGRO Fashion Stylist and Wardrobe Consultant Leonardo D’Almagro, LLC
As a fashion professional providing individualized guidance on clothing styles, colors, patterns and designs, Leonardo D’Almagro defines and customizes personal style to meet individual needs and goals. Leonardo enlightens clients on the art of style enhancement in order
The successful techniques he utilizes and implements are based upon listening to clients, identifying what works best and com-
to project the desired image for everyday life.
plimenting the two with the lat-
Originally from Venezuela and educated in ad-
est fashion trends.
vertising and marketing, Leonardo D’Almagro gained global experience while working in the marketing departments of several international companies.
His conceptual mind-
set parlayed well into the area of styling and wardrobe consulting.
Currently, he provides styling of fashion photographers, jewelry and fashion designers in Austin, Texas. He has previously worked with pageants and the Giorgio Alecci Model Agency, both in Venezuela.
Photography by Phillip Leach of Phillip Leach Photography
IN N E T W O R K
LISA RUSSELL Owner Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery
When people call the Russell Collection and ask, “How much is admission?” Lisa Russell knows she’s doing something right. The walls of her downtown Austin, Texas, gallery look like the walls of a museum, featuring works by Picasso, Pissarro, Chagall, Rembrandt and Matisse. She always smiles and tells them admission is free and that every single painting on the wall and sculpture on display can be taken home – for a price of course.
Sixth Street, the gallery receives a high amount of drive-by and walk-in traffic. That’s why, in 2009, when the space adjacent to her then 2800 square-foot gallery came available, she jumped on the opportunity to almost double her space and now hosts receptions, lectures and exhibits for internationally renowned art-
The New York Times has called the Russell Col-
ists such as Peter Max, Ray Donley, Alexandra
lection “Austin’s most exclusive gallery” and
Nechita, Michael Kessler and Royo.
living up to that name has been nothing short
Lisa began the search for contemporary artists
of exhilarating to a woman who doubled her
to add to her collection and has recently signed
retail space during one of the country’s most
on to represent Daniel Matlzman, Chuck Voel-
economically challenging times. Located in the
ter, Linda St. Clair, Rimi Yang, Ethan Diehl, Olga
popular West End shopping and arts district on
Porter and Ash Almonte.
It’s no wonder she has an eye for exquisiteness. Lisa was surrounded by beautiful things as a child; her mother is an interior decorator, her father an art collector and her grandmother an artist. Though she says artistic talents skipped a gen-
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eration and thankfully found their way to one
Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery
of her two young children, she’s always had an
1137 West 6th Street
entrepreneurial spirit and an eye for fine art.
Austin, Texas 78703
She moved to Austin with her husband in 2000
after graduating from Arizona State University with an MBA. With no plans to start a business, she fell in love with Austin immediately and be-
www.twitter.com/russellfineart Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
gan re-evaluating what she wanted to do with her life. She soon realized that Austin did not have a gallery carrying museum quality art, and
in 2002 opened her first location. For serious
art collectors, this was a good thing. She’s wise
to caution her clients not to purchase art for investment purposes and to find things that really speak to them – as it’s something they will be looking at day after day and passing on from generation to generation. Lisa has been honored as a finalist in the Austin Business Journal’s Women of Influence 17th Annual Central Texas Profiles in Power.
IN FLUENTIAL 45
IN N E T W O R K
JOHNNY MOALLEMPOUR Interior Designer MJM Interior Design San Francisco interior designer Johnny Moal-
is and London before migrating to the United
lempour of MJM Interior Design has cultivated
a distinguished career. An award-winning interior designer, Moallempour is an artist who makes it a point to custom design for each client. He seldom references designs of other en vogue designers so as not to compromise his own design technique. In fact, Moallempour has a set of rules for good design. “Designs should be specific to the location, the architectural style, the purpose and the people and their lives,” he says. “It should appear
“Initially I started my career as a fashion designer in 1991,” he explains, but with a family in the design and development business I soon became attracted to interior design.”
natural and comfortable. Nothing too fussy.” Johnny Moallempour studied interior and enviWhat exactly is interior design? Interior design is the decoration and functionality of a client’s space. Interior designers work closely with architects to determine the structure of a space and with clients to determine the style that
ronmental design at UCLA. His talent was further developed when he was offered an internship at a Los Angeles architectural firm where he assisted in design and space planning for the naval base housing in Long Beach, California.
best suits them. In fact, an interior designer is a combination of architect and artist.
In 2009, Moallempour’s approach to interior design helped MJM Interior Design receive the
Having spent his early childhood in the Middle East, he spent his formative years living in Par46
NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) META Platinum Award for Interior
Remodeling. For the award focusing on seven points of criteria, Moallempour and MJM Interior Designs remodeled the ten thousand square foot historic Atherton estate built for the one of Californiaâ€™s most prominent families. Moallempour recently traveled abroad to study the architecture, culture and diverse styles of Europeans. Albeit he has lived a charmed life, he relishes opportunities to give back. Moallempour is known throughout the Bay Area social scene as an active participant in many charitable events such as amfAR, Dining by Design and the American Cancer society. Whatâ€™s next for Johnny Moallempour? The sky is the limit, but you can bet the finished product will be of platinum status.
IN FLUENTIAL 47
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F E A T U R E
By Linda Ginac
areer change is one of the most dif-
People are under the misconception you must
ficult challenges you will encounter
cease doing your current work to achieve what
during your lifetime. Your prob-
you want in the future. This line of thinking is
lem is complex -- you dislike what
flawed and can cause a lot of undue stress.
you do, you donâ€™t know what you want to do, you will crash and burn if something does not change and yet you are paralyzed by fear of the unknown and continue to stagnate.
Career change does not need to happen in one big leap. It could take months or years to make a successful career change. Switching careers is not easy as picking a new line of work, updat-
CAREER TRANSITION SHOULDNâ€™T
ing your resume, networking with people and
HAPPEN IN ONE BIG LEAP
hoping for the best outcome.
Many view career change as an all or nothing
First, you need to explore why you feel unful-
event instead of a continuous process.
filled. Is it the work, the environment, the industry or a combination of all three? IN FLUENTIAL 51
Each of these variables can have a dramatic
• Learning about specific occupations by us-
impact on your career direction. Gaining self-
ing the Department of Labor’s Occupational
awareness in these areas will give you the foun-
Outlook Handbook at www.bls.gov/oco
dation you need to explore all of your career possibilities, investigate various career paths and trial new work prior to making a long-term commitment.
TIME IS ON YOUR HANDS
Give yourself permission to explore all things that interest you. If you like working with metals, write down all of the things you could do with metals such as: creating artistic sculptures, making jewelry or
• Finding a mentor in your area of interest • Conducting informational interviews with people in your desired field • Attending professional associations • Networking in your local community It is important to crystallize the specific requirements that will enable you to have a successful outcome. Take your time doing the necessary research required to make an informative decision. Be sure to seek the following information: • The required credentials to become proficient in your new area of expertise • The types and number of companies in your area that hire people in your field
crafting unique frames. • The minimum investment required to kickExperiment with different ideas until you find
start your transition
the one thing that excites you. Refrain from putting a time limit on how long this should take. Some people can make decisions quickly while others take weeks or months to crystallize their thoughts.
INVESTIGATE YOUR OPTIONS Once you clarify what you want to do (and can do), begin to investigate specific options and learn what steps are required to kick-start your career transition. During this phase, your goal is to get a better idea of the industries and fields that interest you. You can go about this using a variety of methods including:
• Opportunities to work part-time or as a volunteer • An understanding of new skills, knowledge or abilities needed to be successful
TRY THE NEW ROLE Do not just leap into a whole new career. Try the work to learn more about it before you make the final transition. This will give you the opportunity to understand thoroughly if this new career is right for you before jumping in with both feet. For example:
• To learn more about product marketing, ask
emerge, ask yourself why. If, for example, you had
a friend if you can job shadow him for a few
a date set to job shadow a metals artist and she
didn’t show up, remind yourself that it is not per-
• To become a metals artist, volunteer in a metals studio part-time on the weekends • If engineering is on your radar, attend a training session or pick up a book and write code for an application
sonal or intentional. Use the power of thoughts and words to balance your insecurity about the unknown with positive praise for taking on such a life-changing event. Career change should affect your life positively. Believe in yourself and you can achieve your ca-
• If you are trying to break into web design,
reer goals. It will not happen overnight. The most
volunteer your time and talents creating
successful career changers start by taking small
websites for family members
steps toward their professional goals.
PERSEVERANCE IS A NECESSITY FOR SUCCESS Career change can be overwhelming making you
So stop wondering about the life you could have and start leading the life you want to live. Commit to yourself and begin your journey today.
feel frightened and angry. When these feelings
IN FLUENTIAL 53
IN D U L G E
LEMON BUTTERMILK POUND CAKE By Falencia Frazier Pound cakes were the cakes made by our mothers and our grandmothers. The name ‘pound’ was given to this cake because the original recipes contained one pound each of butter, sugar, eggs and flour. Today, the proportions may have been altered, but it is still a wonderfully rich and buttery cake with a lovely golden brown crust. As in the past, it is important to have the butter and eggs at room temperature so the maximum amount of air can be beaten into the batter. There is a tendency for the batter to curdle when adding the eggs but having the eggs at room temperature and adding each egg separately will help to prevent this. But, don’t worry if there is curdling as once the flour is added the batter will smooth out. Whether you enjoy a slice of this cake plain with just a dusting of powdered sugar or with whipped cream or ice cream, it is truly a king among cakes. You might also like to try toasting a slice or an even better idea, is to make grilled pound cake. Jane Rodmell in her book ‘Best Summer Weekends’ tells us to beat an egg
with two tablespoons each of milk and Grand Marnier and then dip each slice of cake into this
1 cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
mixture, as you would French Toast. Then place the slices of cake on the grill, browning each
Zest of 1 lemon
side. Serve for dessert along with fresh berries and whipped cream.
My Lemon Buttermilk Pound
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cake received rave reviews when served at the Four
1. Grease and flour 10-inch Bundt pan. 2. Sift together flour, salt and soda in a bowl and set aside.
Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas
3. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar until
to guests who attended Live, Laugh and Love
ing well after each addition. Stir in the lemon
Music hosted by W. Jackson & Associates,
extract and zest.
light and creamy. Add eggs one at a time beat-
publisher of InFluential. This delicious Pound Cake, an adaptation of a recipe published by FineCooking.com, is one of our popular menu selections at A Piece A Cake, my sweet homebased bakery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Enjoy, from my family to yours!
4. Gently mix in the flour and buttermilk alternately starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Pour batter into prepared pan. 5. Bake in preheated oven for 70 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 15, then cool on a wire rack completely.
LEMON BUTTERMILK POUND CAKE Ingredients
Serving Suggestion Serve with fresh berries and / or homemade
1 cup of butter, softened
real Vanilla Ice Cream.
3 cups of sugar
Yield: 16-20 servings.
6 large eggs 3 cups of all purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt IN FLUENTIAL 55
F E A T U R E
By Brandon Perry
ately, many people, including: insur-
advisor’s life, but it develops a real understand-
ance salespeople, stockbrokers and
ing of market risks and builds character. After
real estate agents are calling them-
all, “You only find out who is swimming naked
selves financial advisors. How do we
when the tide goes out.”
differentiate between the worthwhile and the subpar?
People ask me all the time, “What
should I look for in a Financial Advisor?” While each person needs to make the final decision in choosing an advisor, a good starting point, begins here.
You would be wise to check a prospective advisor’s dedication to his craft.
after their name can demonstrate how committed they are to the industry. Just like everyone knows a realtor and at least two people who used to be realtors, the same is true of financial
1. MAKE SURE THIS ISN’T YOUR ADVISOR’S
advisors. Stick with the dedicated ones. Hav-
ing CFP®, CFA or CPA after their name shows
While cousin Sue’s fresh- out-of-college son might build your social and family capital, he might not be best for your investment capital. I recall coming fresh out of college thinking the world worked one way. Then I got a swift dose of reality as I learned tech bubbles pop just like every other bubble. Going through at least one big market sell-off might take years off of an
they are willing to sacrifice hours and years to better their knowledge. Keep in mind not all designations are equal, so check into the letters after their name and know what they really mean (e.g., whether they indicate a three-year certification or a one-hour online course).
may not necessarily mean they are a better advisor, but it should at least mean they are in it for the long haul. Experience matters. IN FLUENTIAL 59
2. NUMBERS, SCHMUMBERS Any advisor can “make the numbers work,” but make sure his advice is practical given your personal views of risk. For example, if you are a relatively conservative investor, it may make a heck of a lot more sense to pay off debt (yes, even your mortgage) instead of putting additional money in the tumultuous financial markets. Your advisor should realize retirement projections are just a guide. Markets do not go straight up, incomes do not always increase every year and job losses happen. Make sure your advisor cares more about you having a solid foundation, such as: cash for emergencies and appropriate life insurance, rather than simply pushing all of your money into investments. Practicality is often more valuable than precision.
put your money in the bank if they gave you back 92 cents for every dollar? Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. I recently met with a client who had just talked
3. THE KISS METHOD (KEEP IT SIMPLE,
to his life insurance guy about his investments.
The client unwisely invested copious amounts
Not all financial products are created equal
of money into a product with “guarantees” to
nor do they pay the advisor equally. Make
not lose money. I explained to my client what
sure your advisor is not pushing products so
he had gotten into and that he is paying per
he can get that next trip to Hawaii. If he isn’t
year in hidden fees. I told him, “It sounds like
taking you to Hawaii with him, then make sure
you are guaranteed not to make any money, ei-
you understand every detail of what you are
ther.” Now he is locked into this product for
getting into, including how much he is getting
eight long years or risks paying an additional
paid. If it is too complicated, then say no. The
8% to get his money back. Understand there
truth is the “deal of a lifetime” comes around
is no silver bullet, magic potion or crystal ball.
once a day in the financial world. You can
You must patiently endure and run the race un-
always say yes later when you understand it.
til the end. Be the tortoise.
Avoid products that have early exit fees. Some financial products charge you fees if you want to get your money out in the first years. You should not be charged money to get your money back. Think of it this way: would you 60
4. IS THAT AN ALBINO TIGER SKIN ON YOUR WALL? You do not have to be of the same religious ilk as your advisor or belong to the rotary club;
however, if you donate to PETA and he hunts endangered species, it probably is not going to work. It is good to have common ground in things that matter to you the most – ethics,
It is better to work with an advisor who drives a 1988
have to be identical, but they should rhyme.
Chrysler Lebaron (if it is
5. BEWARE OF THE SKINNY CHEF
paid off), than to work with
priorities, values and goals. Your values do not
If he presents you with a product or solution to your financial concerns, make sure he is doing the same for himself. Just as you should be concerned to eat in a restaurant where the chef is skinny, watch out for an advisor that does not have his financial house in order. Do not be afraid to ask personal questions about the advisor’s finances. It may be uncomfortable, but it may save you from a big mistake.
one who has a late model BMW and is living paycheck-to-paycheck. Don’t buy the flash; not all that glitters is gold. IN FLUENTIAL 61
E V E N T S
LIVE, LAUGH & LOVE MUSIC By Marcia Nelson
William Jackson, President of W. Jackson & As-
sociates had the vision. He wanted to create an
lounge with the “best views in the house” to
event where guests would be “blown away” by
the staff who provided A plus service through-
the experience. As his assistant, I was tasked
out the event; no detail was overlooked. As a
with bringing this vision to life. I had a mission. I
special treat, compliments of Grey Goose, TRIO
had my work cut out and a short period of time
at the Four Seasons created a custom drink
to put everything in place.
named The C Note Martini. Made with Grey
For Live, Laugh and Love Music, it was imperative to select a venue which has a superb reputation for excellent service. Austin boasts many the Four Seasons Hotel was chosen because it situated on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, has impeccable service, as well as, delectable food and drink. Working with Jim Lee, Manager of the Four Seasons Lounge ensured the experience was
From a designated area of the
Goose La Poire Vodka and Disaronno amaretto, guests savored The C Note Martini throughout the evening. As a sweet ending, guests enjoyed lemon buttermilk pound cake made from the Jackson Family Recipe and complemented by homemade vanilla ice cream provided by the Four Seasons. We were thrilled to have such guests as: Linda Ginac, CEO at Talent Guard; Karen Frost,
1. Wendy Nolin and Linda Ginac 2. Kate Stoker and Sofia Avila 3. William Jackson and Denise Hopewell 62
Principal and Owner of Frost Media Relations;
from the collection of Ana Reign Designs. Both
TJ Shelton, Portfolio Risk Policy Manager at
Ms. Sanchez’s voice and her adornments where
NetSpend and Chip Becker, President and Pub-
lisher of the Performing Arts Programs Inc. and his lovely wife Stacey Cogburn Becker.
of course, were thrilled all of our friends and guests accepted our invitation because it is our guests who made the event special.
Guests were presented with custom designed Gift bags filled with W. Jackson & Associates’ favorite things. Included were an oil painting from Ariel Art Galleries, custom pen and keychain sets from Lexus of Austin, spa ser-
The Courtney Sanchez Duo performed a mu-
vices incentives from Milk + Honey Spa among
sical program consisting of favorites such as
other products and services.
Georgia On My Mind, Someone To Watch Over Me and The Nearness of You.
social columnist for the Austin AmericanStatesman, “The voice of Courtney Sanchez is delicious”. Ms. Sanchez, not only dazzled with her voice, but with jewelry selections worn
Live, Laugh and Love Music we did! Our vision and mission were accomplished, guests were blown away. Photography by: Jonathan Garza of Jonathan Garza Photography
4. Chip Becker and Stacey Cogburn Becker 5. The C Note Martini IN FLUENTIAL 63
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B.B. King w/ Leon Russell Oct 9, 6:30pm
The Moody Theatre
Sept 23, 8pm
Oct 15, 7 & 9:30pm
The Moody Theatre
One World Theatre
An Evening with Pat Metheny featuring Larry Grenadier
Sept 27, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre
Oct 18, 8pm The Moody Theatre
Sept 29, 8pm
La Dolce Vita
The Moody Theatre
Food and Wine Festival Oct 13, 6pm Austin Museum of Art on the grounds of Laguna Gloria
Meshell Ndegeocello Sept 30, 7 & 9:30pm One World Theatre
Boz Scaggs with Michael McDonald Sept 30, 8pm
Theater Charlotte’s Web Oct 8, 12pm One World Theatre
The Moody Theatre
Other Guitar Man George Benson The NEA Jazz Master in Concert Oct 1, 8pm Riverbend Centre Javier Colon Winner of ‘The Voice’ Oct 2, 6 & 8:30pm One Word Theatre George Jones Oct 6, 8pm The Moody Theatre
CowParade Austin 2011 July 28-Oct 16 Throughout Austin Dress by Candlelight Hosted by Candlelight Ranch Oct 19, 7pm Saks Fifth Avenue
Art Salvador Dali Sept 23-Oct 31 Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery
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Elisabet Ney Museum 304 E. 44th St. (512) 458-2255
Austin Childrenâ€™s Museum 201 Colorado St.
Hours: Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 ci.austin.tx.us/elisabetney
(512) 472-2499 Hours: Tue 10-5, Wed 10-8, Thu-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5 austinkids.org
French Legation Museum 802 San Marcos St. (512) 472-8180 Hours: Tue-Sun 1-5
823 Congress Ave. (512) 495-9224 Hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 10-5, Thu 10-8, Sat 10-6, Sun 12-6 amoa.org
George Washington Carver Museum 1165 Angelina St. (512) 974-4926 Hours: Mon-Thu 10-9, Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-4 ci.austin.tx.us/carver
AMOA-Laguna Gloria 3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458-8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tue-Sun 10-4 Grounds hours: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 10-5 amoa.org
Harry Ransom Center 300 E. 21st St. (512) 471-8944 Hours: Tue-Wed 10-5, Thu 10-7, Fri 10-5, Sat-Sun 12-5 hrc.utexas.edu
Blanton Museum of Art 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
LBJ Library and Museum
2313 Red River St.
Hours: Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat 11-5, Sun 1-5
Hours: Mon-Sun 9-5 lbjlib.utexas.edu IN FLUENTIAL 67
B. Hollyman Gallery
419 Congress Ave.
1202-A W. 6th St.
Hours: Mon-Thu 10-6, Fri-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5
O. Henry Museum
409 E. 5th St.
1304 E. Cesar Chavez St.
By appointment only
Hours: Wed-Sun 12-5
ci.austin.tx.us/ohenry Brocca Gallery Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
1103 E. 6th St.
605 Robert E. Lee Rd.
Hours: Tue-Sat 11-5
Hours: Wed-Fri 10-4:30, Sat-Sun 1-4:30
800 Brazos St. (512) 354-1035
Art on 5th
Hours: Tue-Sat 11-6
1501 W. 5th St.
(512) 481-1111 Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6
837 W. 12th St.
Artworks 1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472-1550 Hours: Mon-Sat 10-5 artworksaustin.com
(512) 477-4929 Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-4 davisgalleryaustin.com Flatbed Press 2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd.
1219 W. 6th St.
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6
Hours: Mon 10-3, Tue-Sat 10-5 or by appointment
Gallery Shoal Creek
2905 San Gabriel St., Ste. #101 (512) 454-6671
Hours: Tue-Fri- 11-6, Sat 11-4
Russell Collection Fine Art
1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478-4440
Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6
1122 W. 6th St.
(512) 477-2700 Hours: Mon-Sat 11-6, Sun 11-4
Stephen L. Clark Gallery
1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477-0828
Jean-Marc Fray Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-4
1009 W. 6th St.
(512) 457-0077 Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6
411 Brazos St., Ste. #107 (512) 477-9092
Hours: Tue-Sat 1-6
227 Congress Ave.
(512) 477-6007 Hours: Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat-Sun 9-3
Wally Workman Gallery
1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472-7428
Lora Reynolds Gallery
Hours: Tue-Sat 10-5
360 Nueces St., Ste. C
(512) 215-4965 Hours: Tue-Sat 11-6
Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477-1064
Hours: Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 12-5
1009 W. 6th St., Ste. #101
(512) 474-1700 Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6
1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912-1613
Maranda Pleasant Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-6, Sun 12-5
2235 E. 6th St.
(713) 922-8584 By appointment only bigmodernart.com
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