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A Night Of Champions

Published on June 27, 2013 by in Columns

It was early December, and hundreds of fans had gathered at Hotel Encanto to welcome Austin Trout back from New York City, and to congratulate the Champ on his victory over Miguel Cotto.  It was Austin’s homecoming, and the energy was palpable.

I was having a conversation with Levi Martinez, an international boxing judge who lives in Las Cruces, about New Mexico’s five World Champions—Bobby Foster, the late Johnny Tapia, Danny Romero, Austin Trout, and Holly Holm.  Many of them had met one another, but had never all been together under one roof.  That night, we decided to bring together as many of them as we could for a charity banquet, a fundraiser for Las Cruces PAL Boxing. Read more…

 
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Taking The Leap

Published on June 20, 2013 by in Columns

If, next Monday, you were asked to take one major risk to pursue something you’re passionate about, what would that be?  We’re all a little risk-averse, I think.  It’s in our DNA.  But I’m asking you to really think about it—what would you do to improve your community or family, to advance your personal goals or creative endeavors?

Last year, Victor Saad set out on a journey.  He was a youth and family counselor who loved his job, but had been kicking around the idea of going to graduate school in pursuit of an MBA.  But as he studied for the GMAT and explored various university programs, he began second-guessing that decision.  An MBA would be very expensive, and he wasn’t entirely convinced it would lead him where he wanted to go in life.

One morning, he woke up with an idea.  Read more…

 
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A New Way To Stay

Published on June 13, 2013 by in Columns

The recent recession has been particularly hard on leisure industries.  As Americans have pinched pennies and managed tight budgets, summer vacations have come to feel, for many, like distant memories.  However, one company has found a way to use the recession to its advantage—and is experiencing outrageous growth by making travel more affordable.

What began with a couple of guys renting out overnight accommodations on airbeds in their San Francisco living room has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry with the potential for changing the way we think about vacationing.  When the Industrial Design Conference hit San Francisco in 2007, it was difficult to find a hotel room in the saturated market.  Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia were struggling to pay the rent on their loft, and decided to rent out their living room to conference attendees, and along with homemade breakfasts.  With that AirBed & Breakfast was born. Read more…

 
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Creative Mornings

Published on June 6, 2013 by in Columns

Lately, I’ve developed something of an obsession.  Anyone who has found themselves stuck in a tailspin, watching an entire season of a television show in one sitting might be able to relate. You’ll understand, if you know what it’s like to compulsively push “play” as soon as one episode ends—that twinge of shame and guilt that comes with the conscious decision to sit there a little longer and watch another episode.  (Graciously, Netflix has omitted that decision in recent months—giving you about thirteen seconds, as the closing credits roll, to get your life in order before auto-playing the next episode.) Read more…

 
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