By Troy Curnett, Board President, Mission Hills BID
When I mention how quickly this year has flown by, I’m reminded by family, friends and colleagues that the older one gets the more quickly each year passes. I can’t be that old!
The good news is as this year comes to a close we have much for which to be thankful and much more to look forward to in 2016, including sharing the business of the Mission Hills Business Improvement District (the BID) with you each month through this column.
On November 4th I was elected BID president at its Annual Meeting along with the re-election of The KenGina Team, Ascent Real Estate, Inc’s Tom Curl as Vice President; Scott and Quinn Real Estate’s Krista Lombardi as Secretary; and Chase Bank’s Patti Yap as Treasurer. Stuart White of Stuart White Design and Terry Parks of Washington West Hair Studio were re-elected to the board of directors, joined by Patterson Engineering, Inc’s Audrey Patterson who was elected to her first term. I am pleased to be a part of this great team!
Having previously served as an active member of the BID and on its board of directors, I accepted the torch pass from Trish Watlington, immediate past president of the BID. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Trish, owner of the Red Door and The Wellington, for her tireless service as President to the BID and the community over the past 2 years. I know I have big shoes to fill and I also know I need your help.
If you own a business in the Mission Hills Business Improvement District, I invite you to join in the important work and the informative fun at the BID committee meetings on the first Wednesday of each month and the BID board of directors meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. Please visit our Meetings & Agendas page for meeting locations and times.
Over the years I have met many of you and for those I have not met, I’d like to share a little about my journey. My hope is to inspire your involvement with the BID.
My background is diverse beginning with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona. My first career was working for Boeing Advanced Systems Industrial Engineering department in Seattle, Washington. Our project at that time was the B-2 Stealth Bomber.
I then moved to San Diego to embark on a 10 year career in the pet industry. For the first five years I owned and operated a neighborhood pet store. After the pet store, I worked for the Petco Corporation as a Merchandising Buyer. Traveling the globe purchasing product for corporate America was fun and exciting, but ultimately I grew tired of traveling for work.
I left Petco to pursue a career in Real Estate which I have thoroughly enjoyed for 15 years. I obtained my Broker’s license in 2007 and chose to open my own brokerage, One Mission Realty, in Mission Hills in 2010.
My earnest participation in the BID began with a stop-by visit from the BID’s executive director. I asked several questions and agreed to attend a BID meeting. Prior to being willing to attend just one meeting, I had no idea how many important topics in which the BID has a voice. From banner signs to parking solutions to the planning of events like the Taste of Mission Hills, the BID seeks your valued input.
The month of December is a festive time and extends to my home and workplace. For so many reasons – live, work, play, relax – Mission Hills is the perfect place to be during the holidays, and all year long.
As I make my holiday plans I am reminded, and wish to remind you, our neighborhood of businesses are filled with treasures for all occasions, in all price ranges, for all ages. Please remember our Mission Hills businesses before, during and after the holidays by shopping local. As our banners say, Shop the Holidays and Taste the Holidays in Mission Hills. Your support makes all the difference!
From the Mission Hills BID to you, best wishes for a joyous holiday season and a prosperous 2016!