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Making a difference

Dear Editor:

In 1981, I stumbled into Snowmass Village after graduating from high school in Baltimore; I was 17.

The plan was to visit my sister Leah for a few weeks. As time unfolded she arranged a job for me as a dishwasher. By the end of that summer I had fallen in love with the valley and decided to stay on. Once again, Leah came through and set up an interview for me with Peter Greene, who passed me on to Bonnie. She hired me for the winter of 1981. This turned out to be a disaster! I had never skied, and I was a complete outsider with this team on the mountain. By the end of the holiday, Bonnie had to cut me loose.

Soon after, I made my way to Boulder, and once again Peter Greene threw me a lifeline. This would open up an entire new world for me. You see, Peter attracted strong powerful people to work for him. This was the team I worked for in Boulder. We all respected and admired Peter. You just wanted to be the best you could be. He would visit his restaurant Pedro Verdes and bring his kids and wonderful wife. They treated me as if I were the most important employee in the place. I had never before witnessed such a fun-loving family until this, and it began to empower my own life.

The next couple of years I worked for Peter and his fantastic team learning the ins and outs of restaurants; true service to the customer, integrity, team work and pride in the product. He trusted me with new tasks in a restaurant opening in Arizona that would transform my confidence. These were the formative years of my career, and they were extraordinary because of Peter Greene. I have supported myself since then successfully in the culinary world, and not a week goes by that I don’t think of those experiences and Peter Greene.

God bless you, Peter, and enjoy your place that has been prepared for you.

Karlen (Principe) Poma

private chef, Pebble Beach/Palm Beach


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