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Meet Michael Musarra General Manager, San Jose Fairmont Hotel

SVL:  What led you to hospitality?MM:  In many ways I have grown up around hotels from when I was very young and my parents travelled to Puerto Rico. When I was still in college my mother and I started a company that custom designed hotel amenities. I had an early passion for Food & Beverage. All of these experiences, coupled with what I believe to be a fascinating, creative, and wonderful industry, have led and kept me in the world of hospitality.SVL:  Wh..

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Paul Hulme - A Man of Destiny and Quality

In 1990, in what was (and is) the quaint city of Saratoga, Paul Hulme co-founded Alain Pinel Realtors together with Helen Pastorino and Alain Pinel. It was a humble beginning. The three of them settled on the name “Alain Pinel Realtors” only because so many previous company name attempts were all denied by the Secretary of State, as they all seemed to be too close to other firm names. Little did Paul know at that time, it would be less than two months afte..

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Meet Anthony Hsia Executive Chef, Fairmont San Jose

SVL: Where did you grow up, where did you go to school and what did you study? AH: I grew up all over the globe due to my father’s job. During my formative years, I attended international schools and during college I studied Political Science, which I quickly found out was not the path for me. I then enrolled in and completed a culinary apprenticeship at the Federazione di Culinario in Milan, Italy.SVL: Who or what inspired you to become a chef and when?AH..

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Meet Tim Ritchie

I recently had the great pleasure of meeting and talking with Tim Ritchie, President of The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose.My conversation with Tim, who arrived at The Tech in October 2011, was so insightful and inspiring. Technology is in many ways determining our world’s present and our future. All ages, especially the young, need to be able to grasp it, and to find confidence in it. The Tech welcomes 400,000 to 500,000 visitors a year. I..

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Meet Craig McGrouther, Realtor, Wihtol Group  Intero Real Estate, Los Altos

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?CM: I got into Real Estate one month after I graduated from the University of Arizona in May of 2016. I started working as an assistant for about 6 months until I got my Real Estate Salesperson License early in January of 2017. Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle?CM: I cover the entire peninsula, from San Francisco to San Jose and also parts of Fremont. However, I am from Men..

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Meet Gregg Adams VMC’s top trauma surgeon

Gregg Adams, M.D., Chief of Surgery at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is on a mission to keep you alive. For the faint of heart, his job responsibilities would seem daunting; manage over 130 surgeons, maintain VMCs high standards for trauma services and disaster response and – oh yeah – scrub in for between 200 to 400 surgical procedures each year. VMC Foundation Executive DirectorChris Wilder sat down to talk with Gregg about his career, his day-today-..

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John A. Sobrato and the Art of Making a Difference

stories@svlocalmag.com   A recent sampling: The Sobratos Donate $20 Million To The New Packard Children’s Hospital Addition To Be Called The Sobrato Pavillion … The Sobratos Donate $5 Million To Build The Sobrato Pavillion at the Valley Medical Center (which is the largest donation ever to a general hospital west of the Mississippi) … The Sobrato Cancer Center at VMC (a most important addition, opened 2009, on a floor in the new Specialty Center Building) ..

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Meet Ray Martinez, Broker Skyrise Real Estate Group, Silicon Valley

Q: How long have you been in the Real Estate business?RM: I’ve been in the Real Estate Industry for 24 years. I absolutely love what I do, and my clients can see the passion I have for the industry. Q: What geographic areas and types of properties do you handle?RM: I was born in San Francisco, and raised in the South Bay. Being born and raised in the Bay Area has given me a huge advantage along with a vast knowledge of the area. We cover the entire San Fr..

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Kevin Hauge

The Magical World of Kevin Hauge & The Children’s Musical Theater San JoseY ou have not fully lived until you have seen a musical performed at CMT San Jose. All who have, know this. And, yes, it’s true, the more shows, the merrier. And, what’s more, now celebrating its 47th year, CMT has been recognized and continues to be arguably the best youth musical theater in the country. How and why this is, is indeed very special. It is no secret, one important rea..

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Meet Marc Zimmerman, Executive Chef Alexander's Steakhouse

SVT: Where did you grow up, where did you go to school and what did you study? MZ: Indianapolis Indiana, The CIA, Culinary Arts. SVT: Who or what inspired you to become a chef? What made you decide to become a chef and when? MZ: I’d always cooked. I originally went to school with music engineering technology as my major. I decided not to go that route and after several other majors, I finally decided that cooking is what I enjoyed the most. SVT: How lo..

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A Delicious Taste of Italy

The dream came to Joe Antuzzi II, the proprietor of il postale: to create a fun, festive and popular restaurant similar to what you would find in the Old World Italian fare - located in a historic downtown, close to the train station, where people would come from near and far, and feel right at home - enjoying such delicious Italian food and wine and in such a warm, friendly and comfortable setting. So it came to be that in 1995, il postale Italian-America..

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What’s Smarter – Paying Off Debts or Investing?

If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way – but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in your ability to achieve your important financial goals. Under what circumstances might you receive some “found” money? You could get a year-end..

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Meet Bobby Johnson, Interana Co-founder & CTO

Q: Tell me about what you and your team built at FB; how do you leverage that expertise at Interana?BJ: At Facebook my team-built software to give everyone in the business access to the information they needed to do their job better, whatever that job happened to be. We ended up building a lot of tools, some of which were great, and others not so much. The most important things we learned were what made some tools really valuable, and therefore loved, and ..

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A Conversation with Greg Smirin, CEO Interana

Q: You have an entirely new executive team, what are your strengths and how are you managing this restart to compete in the crowded PaaS industry? GS: Our CTO, Bobby Johnson led infrastructure engineering at Facebook through its first billion users. He transformed that unique experience into Interana’s unique IP stack that enables everyone in a company to fully understand each customer’s usage of their products and services. Interana has been able to suppo..

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