Daily Archives: 02/18/2011

Arkansas: Katy Perry Firework

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Huge Weekend

(Community Matters) huge weekend . . . our very dear friends Amy Grace Tharp & Doug Ulman getting married, another dear friend celebrating her birthday this evening, TEDxAustin happening – sponsor dinner this evening, the RIGHT NOW event all day tomorrow, Chris Fabre retirement party, beginning of Kip Keller’s & Michael Barnes’ Surfside Reading Week (see u guys later in nxt week), and two of our favorite Marfa friends, Tim Johnson & Caitlin Murray – owners of Marfa Book Company – our house guests on Sunday.

Tom Segesta

(Community Matters) Austin will miss Four Seasons general manager, Tom Segesta. During his tenure (8ish years?) Tom’s become a leader in Austin’s community and of course oversees Austin’s most important hospitality property. Friends, clients and guests turned out yesterday to say goodbye to Tom and hello to the new GM, Rob Hagelberg, who has transferred from their Westlake Village property in LA.

Sad to see Tom leave Austin, though imagine my future travel schedule will provide frequent opportunities to stay in his new domains, the Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton  in Chicago.

The ballroom full of well wishers including Lynn Meredith, Pete & Tomi Winstead (still swooming over the well deserved tribute at Wed’s ADL jurisprudence luncheon), Charles Barnett, Susan Lubin (who’s chairing the upcoming Seton gala), Mort & Bobby Topfer, Armando Zambrano & Brian Gardner, c/m Randi Shade & Kayla Shell, Ben Barnes, Will Wynn, Mary Herr & Rusty Tally, and heaps of others


(Community Matters) what a treat, a night out with one of Steven’s former students and his wife, Brandon & Jackie Willard. so let’s count, how many unexpected connections can folks have? We already knew Brandon is a former Acton student. And . . . he works at Bazaarvoice (where Steven and I are both engaged in various ways), knows Haylie Rudy (who’s like a niece/god daughter), one of his very best friends is a young man in San Francisco (Taylor Keep) who we met in London and had dinner with recently in San Francisco and he knew our godson Cameron Lockley while growning up. Jackie – it was our first time to meet – works for Sylvan Learning, the company of our good friends Mark Strama & Crystal Coti.

Dinner at Congress Restaurant was, of course, superb. Everyone at the trio establishment is deployed in making sure of that. Thanks, team.