PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Johannes Bacher

Chef Johannes Bacher

Johannes Bacher is the Chef/Owner of Johannes Restaurant in Palm Springs.  Known as the “Eclectic Chef,” Johannes was born and raised in the small mountain village of Koessen in Tirol, Austria. Inspired by his mother, he began making cookies and cakes for friends and neighbors at the age of seven before receiving his formal training. Johannes has received hundreds of awards from national and international media including Bon Appetit, Restaurant Writers association, Zagat, Wine Spectator, Alaskan Airlines, Elle magazine, Out and About, Travel and Leisure, Open Table, and The New York Times.

Johannes, I’ve been a fan of yours […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Johnny Coladonato

Johnny Coladonato is the Partnership Account Manager at the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Johnny and his lovely wife, Heather

Johnny, thanks so much for talking with us today! I’m intrigued by your title at the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau–what does it mean to be a Partnership Account Manager? Tell us a little about your work for the CVB. 

My job is to promote and market the local tourism and hospitality industries, sell Partnership benefits and advertising and, lastly, service and retain the Partnership accounts. The scope of work entails prospecting new businesses in the […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Joy Meredith

Joy Brown Meredith is the owner and operator of Crystal Fantasy, a fascinating gallery and boutique on Palm Canyon Drive in Downtown Palm Springs. Originally from Chicago, Joy is now a passionate promoter of Palm Springs and serves as president of the Main Street Palm Springs Association.

Joy Brown Meredith

Joy, I’ve followed your pursuits for years now and have always been impressed with your commitment to civic matters that deeply concern the tourist base and vibrancy of downtown Palm Springs. Through Main Street Palm Springs, you’ve mobilized merchants, informed the public, lobbied the town council and so much more! How in […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Ray Lovato

Raymond Lovato is the General Manager of Desert Vacation Villas, former owner and operator of Desert Shadows, an author, and a long time resident of Palm Springs. 

Ray, we’ve been buddies for a while–the Palm Springs Hospitality Association luncheons wouldn’t be the same without you–and I’ve always admired your community spirit, involvement and delightful attitude toward life. When I thought about who I wanted to interview next to shed more light on the wonderful town of Palm Springs, you were a natural! As you always say, “The stories I could tell!” It’s my hope that you’ll share a few of them […]

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PalmSprings.com Spotlight: An Interview with Lea Goodsell

Lea Goodsell is the principle of Goodsell Group. Goodsell Group is the culmination of her more than 25 years of experience in business development, branding, marketing, advertising and public relations. Lea lives in Palm Desert, California.

Lee Goodsell

Lea, it’s so fun to work with you on a project again! Most people don’t know that my first job upon moving to California was with your former firm with Scott Kiner—Kiner/Goodsell. That was, what, 14 years ago? How times flies! I always so enjoyed working with you and have a deep respect for your creativity and business acumen. What led you to […]

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