I remember going to a Vail Town Council meeting sometime in early 2004 and thinking, “This new woman on the Council is way too young to have that much poise”. It later occurred to me that she was the same age as me, when I was elected to the Town Council in 1989, but I can tell you that she was a lot more prepared for the task than I was. I hadn’t met Kim Rediker prior to that, which is a little surprising given that we both worked in the hospitality business. I thought I knew everyone in the Vail hotel scene. Apparently not.
In the past dozen years I’ve enjoyed watching Kim work in a myriad of community roles, both public and private. It didn’t take long to appreciate how smart and dedicated she was, in addition to all that grace. I’ve also had the pleasure of working with her on the Vail Economic Advisory Council for a good part of the last decade. In that role (and others), she’s always demonstrated one of her great strengths … pragmatism. I have long valued that skill as highly as any other. Kim truly understands that you can be right about something all day long, but if you’re not effective it doesn’t do anybody any good. There are SO many circumstances that come up every day in the hospitality business where understanding, compromise and pragmatic decisions are the key to success.
I love the fact that Kim has that “big picture” view. That’s just one of the reasons I was so stoked when Magda convinced her to come be the Assistant GM. Combined with Magda’s similar talents, the Antlers is in REALLY good hands going forward.