Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Q & A with David Contarino: Herrington Lake a Peaceful Retreat

David Contarino

David Contarino is a busy man. As a political and communications consultant, PAC chairman, and father, his days are a whirlwind of activity. That all changes when his family packs up for a weekend getaway to their cabin on Herrington Lake. Here, David Contarino discusses why time away from the hustle and bustle of life matters so much to him.

Q: Good morning, Mr. Contarino. There has been a lot of talk lately about mental health and stress. Much of this is caused by work. Today, we’d like to talk about how you, as a busy professional and public figure, handle your personal and family time.

David Contarino: The time I get to spend with my family are my most cherished moments in life.

Q: We understand your family owns a small cabin on the Shores of Herrington Lake. Can you tell us about the area?

David Contarino: Sure. Herrington Lake is a long Kentucky lake that runs from just south of Shakertown to near Danville and it's where we go for peace, quiet, and solitude. It's considered a playground for many of the outdoor enthusiasts that live in and visit the area.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Double Your Fun: David Contarino Discusses Taos Ski Valley, a Double Diamond Spot

David Contarino
While David Contarino loves his home base in Kentucky, there are other destinations he also enjoys. Taos Ski Valley is one of them. Keep reading for more information from David Contarino on this New Mexico ski resort.

About Taos Ski Valley

For a “city” with a full-time population of less than 100, Taos Ski Valley is one of the most visited ski resorts in New Mexico, reports David Contarino. One of the notable things about the resort is its recently built 12,481’ Kachina lift, the highest triple chair in all of North America.

Taos Ski Valley has a history dating back to the 1800s, when it was settled and later abandoned by miners who, David Contarino recalls, dubbed the area Twining. In the mid-1950s, Rhoda and Ernie Blake reinvented the region as a premier ski resort. The Blakes settled on the property and lived in a small travel trailer during the construction of what is now known as Snakedance Condominiums. Once the lodge was complete, David Contarino says the two set to work installing the property’s first functional ski lift in 1956.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

David Contarino on Keeping Politics in Perspective

David Contarino
As a political strategist, David Contarino has been involved in politics for nearly 30 years. David Contarino has consulted for, advised on and managed dozens of numerous campaigns from state legislature to the president. David Contarino has served for many years as a government official at the highest levels. According to David Contarino, political consulting is highly demanding but rewarding work.

The duties of a political strategist are diverse, says David Contarino. A political strategist, also known as a political consultant, supports the election of political candidates or interests of specific organizations. David Contarino explains that a strategist achieves this goal by coordinating campaign staff, planning and implementing campaign strategies, and arranging events and meetings to publicize the particular candidate or cause. A political strategist, then, must be organized and respectful of all opinions.

David Contarino reports that political consulting can be traced back to the 1930s in California. Whitaker and Baxter are credited with establishing the first consulting firm focused solely on political campaigns, Campaigns, Inc. David Contarino states that political consulting truly flourished with the advent of television advertising, a regular channel for campaign communications throughout the 1960s.

According to David Contarino, political consulting has risen in importance at all government levels of the United States. Many political strategists work for political action committees or political parties. Others do research and public relations work for governments and corporations.

Being a long-time strategist has inspired David Contarino to use that same perspective in all his professional endeavors. David Contarino grew to love politics at an early age, and he eventually developed the motivation to conduct his political career on his own terms. David Contarino believes that too many politicians and political consultants focus solely on one thing—politics. As a veteran of the political landscape, David Contarino has seen how much time and energy individuals must invest in order to see a significant turnout. In the words of David Contarino, politics is “tough, brutal and often all-consuming.” This is the case whether an individual works on a campaign or within a high level of government.

David Contarino knows that the intense commitment of politics will most affect family members and friends. While David Contarino emerged as a trusted adviser in his professional life, he fervently maintained important relationships in his private life. To accomplish this difficult balance, and to provide support for his family, David Contarino established interests in the real estate market. David Contarino has been involved in land development, title and escrow companies, working as a commercial and residential investor, as well as a landlord. These extracurricular pursuits have allowed David Contarino to keep his political career in perspective and enjoy only professional opportunities that are fulfilling and beneficial to him and his family. Moreover, by spending time outside of politics in the “real world,” David Contarino has developed tools to become a better political consultant. David Contarino remarks that he feels more in touch with the way most people live their lives through his various experiences.

Monday, June 10, 2013

David Contarino and Southwestern Title and Escrow

With over 25 years’ experience, David Contarino has considerable expertise in both the public and private sectors. David Contarino served as chief political advisor and chief of staff with New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, including during Richardson’s tenure as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association. Contarino has started and managed numerous successful businesses and is currently president of Contarino and Associates, LLC.

Q: As an entrepreneur you’ve founded two title and escrow companies. Can you tell us about Southwestern Title and Escrow?

David Contarino: Sure, I’d be happy to. My wife and I opened Southwestern Title and Escrow in 1995 with just seven or eight employees. Less than three years after we opened, we won the Chamber of Commerce’s award for best medium-sized company in town.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

David Contarino: The Kentucky Derby Is Part of What Makes Kentucky Great

David Contarino is enchanted with the state of Kentucky. The Louisville-based political strategist and consultant says that the “Bluegrass State” is known for its famous bourbon, which people around the world enjoy. But during early May, more than 150,000 visitors attend one of the greatest events in the world: the Kentucky Derby.

Q: You’re a huge fan of the Kentucky Derby. How many years have you been coming now?

David Contarino: I’ve been a fan of the Derby for many years, way before I even moved to Kentucky.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

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