Conversations with … Taylor French, Jr.
April 14, 2008
Q. What is your hometown?
A. Memphis, Tenn. I relocated to Colorado from Westchester County, N.Y. where I worked as a property manager focused on common interest communities (HOAs, Condos, and Coops).
Q. Who is in your family?
A. My wife, Tracy; my daughter, Abby; and my yellow lab, Sue.
Q. How long have you lived in Grand County?
A. About a month.
Q. Where do you work?
A. Allegiant Management, LLC. as a property manager. I am responsible for a diverse portfolio of Condominiums, HOAs, and a little bit of commercial/retail space all of which is in Grand County.
Q. What are your favorite types of restaurants/ bars here?
A. I have not found a restaurant or bar that I do not like. Whether it is Donna who serves me breakfast at Remington’s on Thursdays, the great food at Fontenots, the friendly staff at Deno’s after work, or the brew master’s contribution to a dinner at Untamed. It is all good.
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. I enjoy spending time with my family because it is fun to explore the world with a 3-year-old – just amazing what she sees, hears, and questions. I am involved with various things such as a nationally recognized industry association for property managers (IREM), the leadership at my church, and in the past I have participate in such organizations as Rotary Club International, The Shattemuc Yacht Club, and a fly fishing club. For recreation, I like the outdoors ” backpacking, fishing, skiing or hiking.
Q. What have you learned so far about this community?
A. On my first day, as I drove from Granby to the office in Winter Park, I noticed a trailhead sign within a quarter mile of the office. It was an affirmation that I was in the right place. This is beautiful country, and the people I am meeting are also beautiful. As a newcomer, the challenges seem self-evident: Tthe high cost of owner-occupied, primary residential housing, and economic reliance on a narrow range of industry.
Q. What do you think of the weather?
A. Love it. I lived in Jackson, Wyo. for a couple of years, so the climate is familiar, and I like it.
Q. How do you plan to spend the summer?
A. A bit of boating, a few hikes, some fishing. I look forward to learning about some of the trails. Plus, with the long days ahead, I look forward to hanging out with new friends after work.
Q. Do you read the Sky-Hi Daily News?
A. Yes, I read the Sky High Daily News, and the stories that impact business are ones that catch my attention the most. For example, the recent article on the reauthorization of the 1 percent lodging tax was important. When I review stories on other topics, it is with recognition that the elements of living in Grand County are multi-dimensional where one thing influences another, such as, reports about the school system, use of bond money, or new environmental legislation.