Jim Garcia is a native New Mexican and has an extensive career in the hospitality industry. Before becoming the Vice President for the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, he was involved in several unique clients through his consulting company HospiTotally. The company originated and operated the Destination Management services for the Hyatt Tamaya resort and spa. B2D Marketing in Seattle was a signature client providing advanced dental training services. Jim helped them relocate the company to Boston where the company is now expanded into International services.
As Director of Operations for El Pinto Foods, he helped to scale the company and developed the grocery business that features one of the top selling lines in New Mexico. The restaurant enjoyed several incredible moments like serving twice as the Official menu for the Cinco de Mayo celebration in the White House. He also was honored to be the last new Mexican to fly an F-16 with the New Mexico Tacos.
The foundation of his hospitality and restaurant background was forged in his eight years with Bennigan’s and seven years with The Olive Garden restaurants. Jim has served on several Boards including the National Board of The American Diabetes Association, Board of Advisors for CNM culinary arts, New Mexico Restaurant Association, and his favorite, The Board of Directors of The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Jim has a passion for the service industry and has created many cooperative relationships.
MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT ALBUQUERQUE
Albuquerque is special to me in so many ways and I want to share my favorite experiences with you. Starting with the wonderful weather, I appreciate a great trail ride along the Bosque and making a stop at Bike and Coffee on Old town farm. Continuing on the north trail to pick up my fresh organic produce at Los Poblanos organic farm. ‘One could spend a lifetime at Los Poblanos and never fall out of love,’ says SuCasa magazine. A quick trip to cool off at the Albuquerque Bio Park and Zoo is always time well spent, and then a trip down historic Route 66 where local merchants await your visit with amazing Southwestern hospitality. Since golfing and over 310 days of sunshine are part of the scene here, I get to choose from the most challenging courses like Canyon Club, Arroyo del Oso or Puerto del Sol on my way to the airport.
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is my favorite of all events. It happens in early October when the skies are filled with over 550 hot air balloons and a backdrop of amazing fall colors. Since our sunsets are some of the most beautiful in the entire U.S., I love to hike the Pino trail, Bear Canyon or La Luz trail, and then cap the adventure with a nice cold beer at the summit, and an 18-minute Tram ride down the longest Tram in North America. We Love our beer. The best thing about Albuquerque is the distinct culture and the people who make this place so special. You may remember the great places you’ve seen, but you’ll never forget the experience of Albuquerque.