OTHER BUSINESS VENTURES & ACTIVITIES
My earliest work (1975 - 1983) after graduating from college and a year of sailing adventures was in the field of real estate development in New York City and San Francisco with an emphasis on renovation and conversion of older industrial buildings to residential, commercial and cultural uses. After several years (1984 - 1986) traveling and working on film productions in Europe and a couple of years (1986 - 1988) facilitating personal development programs, I settled in Santa Fe, NM. The Planet Cafe was my first business venture there before returning to the field of film production and other personal development work. I also became involved with environmental and social justice issues locally and globally which includes my work with Global Relief Resources and a few organizations for which I have produced or managed events.
The following list begins with my current and most recent activity.
DECORATIVE PRAYER FLAGS
Retail and wholesale of decorative flag sets, wall hangings and streamers via website displaying over 60 unique designs including mandalas and thematic / archetypal images inspired from nature and diverse cultural & sacred traditions. Every piece is beautifully hand-painted, batik style on rayon, produced by small-scale, Fair Trade shops in Bali, Indonesia.
Owner, Santa Fe, NM, 2001 - Present
More Info.: www.DecorativePrayerFlags.com
GLOBAL RELIEF RESOURCES
Facilitated set-up of organizational infrastructure and accounts, prepared program budgets and oversaw internal operations. The work of Global Relief Resources (GRR) includes supporting young women taking a stand against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, financing their post-secondary education and planning rural community out-reach programs such as drilling fresh water wells. Most recently, GRR has partnered with World Hands Alliance to facilitate building reconstruction and provide fresh water filtration systems in quake-damaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Developed and managed in partnership with Azlan White.
Consultant / Manager, Santa Fe, NM, 2007 - 2011
More Info.: www.globalreliefresources.org
THE PLANET CAFE
60 - 90 seat community-spirited, macrobiotic and natural foods restaurant & juice bar featuring locally produced organic foods and many southeast Asian specialties. The food operations also included production of macrobiotic products for wholesale to natural foods markets in NM. In addition, the cafe offered a children's playroom, art exhibits and a calendar of cabaret and community events featuring inspiring local artists, musicians, performers, poets and other presentations with a heart-centered, mystical or transformational focus. Developed in partnership with Janella Moore.
Owner / Manager, Santa Fe, NM, 1989 - 1991
133 MERCER STREET HOUSING CORPORATION
Initiated and managed tenant co-op and renovation / conversion of an 8-story warehouse building in New York City's landmark SoHo district to artist work-living lofts.
Cooperative Housing Developer / Project Manager, New York, NY, 1975 - 1991
Property manager for the renovation and leasing of a midtown NYC office building and project coordinator for the renovation / conversion of the 10-story, full-block, 670,000 square-foot, Greenwich Village landmark, US Customs Warehouse / Federal Archives Building to residential apartments, commercial space and community facilities.
Property Manager / Project Coordinator, New York, NY, 1981 - 1983
REED INVESTMENT CORPORATION
Property Manager for several apartment buildings and Project Associate for the development and construction of the San Francisco Apparel Mart showroom building.
Property Manager / Project Associate, San Francisco, CA, 1979 - 1981
INDEPENDENT BUILDING CONTRACTOR
Renovations of various residential and commercial spaces.
Building Contractor, New York, NY, 1975 - 1979
OCEAN RACING SAIL-YACHT CAPTAIN
Delivery and maintenance of custom-designed ocean racing sail-yachts along the North & South Atlantic coasts of the Americas. Crew on major international ocean races including Newport - Bermuda, Southern Ocean Racing Circuit (Florida & Bahamas), Miami - Montego Bay (Jamaica) and Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro Races.
Yacht Captain / Crew, Atlantic Ocean, Carribbean & Gulf of Mexico, 1974 - 1975
P.O. BOX 22002, SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, 87502
PHONE/FAX: (505) 982-9950 CELL: (505) 470-9740
JOHN PAULDING MEADE