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Jared Baker is President and CEO of the Orange County
Visitor Center, where he has served since February 11,
2013. As President and CEO, Baker leads the organization
and oversees day-to-day management of all convention,
tourism and destination marketing programs. He also
plays a key role in Orange County product and visitor
industry business development, as well as future expansion plans for the Anaheim Convention Center. Baker is a member of the Orange County Visitors Association (OCVA) Executive Committee, and works closely with Visit California to further enhance exposure of Orange County as a premier travel and leisure destination.
Baker began his career in the travel industry as Projects Coordinator in the tourism department of the Philadelphia Visitor & Convention Bureau in 1988. While in Philadelphia, Baker held a number of executive positions in both convention sales and tourism sales. His experience also includes international marketing, management of seven international representation offices and five domestic sales offices. Additionally, Baker was a member of the host committees for Super Bowl XLV, National Tour Association, International Pow Wow and Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress.
Prior to joining the Orange County Visitor Center, Baker was President and CEO of Experience Philadelphia (Convention & Visitor Bureau) for five years. During his tenure in Philadelphia, the city hosted the NBA All Star Game, Super Bowl, US Open of Bowling and two World Series games.
Under the leadership of Baker, Experience Philadelphia adopted the Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA) program – a nationwide certification program that serves to increase tourism by training front-line hospitality employees to enhance their knowledge of the local region and sharpen their customer service skills. He also established a new partnership program (Advantage Philadelphia) and a new organization name. In an effort to make Philadelphia a more well-rounded destination, Baker also helped develop the Philadelphia Cultural Tourism Council to build awareness of the cultural offerings in Philadelphia.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Baker majored in Business Administration at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He has recently relocated to Orange County, Calif. with his wife, Janet, and their three children: Steven, Aaron and Angela. Baker is an avid sports fan, and enjoys participating in and watching sports with his children. He is looking forward to assimilating to Southern California culture by learning how to surf and stand up paddleboard.
Jared Baker, President & CEO
Orange County Visitor Center
Cheri Westly, Real Estate Agent & Property Manager
Westly Properties | Lombardi Realty
Specializing in property management and real estate sales
services in coastal Orange County, Calif. is a dream come true.
Having had first-hand experience as a multiple home owner,
renter and seller, I understand the pros and cons, ups and downs
and sometimes complex nature of property management and
real estate sales services. And I love everything about it!
I have spent the majority of my career in the sales and marketing world, and have grown to love – and thrive – in the fast-paced environment. From an early age I approached life with a sense of adventure. I bring a variety of unique experiences and passions to Westly Properties/Lombardi Realty, and I am truly grateful to channel that energy and translate it into high-quality service for my clients.
Growing up in Southern California was an incredible experience, and living in Orange County for more than 15 years has made it that much better. I have had the privilege of working alongside some of the most extraordinary members of the community. Aside from property management and real estate sales services, I am most passionate about giving to others. I have been able to do so in various capacities, such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate – Orange County), therapy dog handler, and search and rescue volunteer.
I have a knack for space efficiency and organization, almost to a fault (my children can especially attest to this!). I enjoy cooking, entertaining my family and friends, and the great outdoors. In Orange County there’s always something to explore, and I’ve made it a mission to discover as much of it as I can.
Two incredible children, Katie and Ryan, have kept me on my toes since the day they were born. My husband, Perry, and I have been married for more than 20 years. Of the many things I am proud of him for, the most is for his selfless service to our country as a Navy Corpsman.
My family and I currently reside in Huntington Beach, a.k.a. Surf City, U.S.A.
Show Review: Kurious by Cirque du Soleil
Published in 2016 for Family Review Guide
It has been said that curiosity killed the cat — but whoever said that has clearly never experienced Cirque du Soleil’s Kurious, now showing at the OC Fair & Event Center through November 29.
The new show invites its audience to take a step out of the proverbial box and leave all inhibitions and expectations at the door. To get curious, if you will. One thing I can guarantee is that whatever you were expecting once you entered through that distinctive blue and yellow tent is nothing compared to what will ensue once you take your seat. It can only be humbly described as a colorful and originally-crafted feast for the senses.
An eclectic blend of a 1920s circus/freak show act and a modern day Cirque performance, Kurious features outrageously constructed costumes with intricately designed patterns and a plethora of performers with endless talent.
I’ve found it next to impossible to tell the story of what the show is actually about, but it is most definitely open to interpretation. I’d be willing to bet that each person who walks out of the performance will have their own version of the story to tell. Personally, I could hardly focus on the story line when my eyes were transfixed on the jaw-dropping stunts and my ears were engulfed in the perfectly timed (LIVE!) musical elements.
Which brings me to my next point: as I mentioned, throughout the performance I could hardly peel my eyes off the stage–which made it incredibly difficult to take a bunch of photos and upload some of the show’s awesomeness to Instagram. Ugh. But I definitely went on an Instagram-posting frenzy as I sat in my car in the parking lot after the show (yep, I did that).
From an invisible circus with well-timed sound effects (I swear, it’s quite impressive when you see it–er, hear it?), to outrageous acrobatics and breathtaking body movements, the show will leave you exiting the tent pondering the thought, “What just happened?”
So, by all means — make time to get curious and take a chance on one of the most bizarre and brilliant shows to ever come to Orange County.
*This was originally published on www.familyreviewguide.com, and is reposted here with permission.
Restaurant Review: Park Avenue
Published in 2015 for EatDrinkOC
Deep in the heart of a city not well known for fine dining restaurants (and not well known at all, quite frankly) lays a beautiful mid-century modern establishment with a menu so fresh and delicious it will make your head spin.
Walk through the front doors and step back in time to an era where Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack ruled the world and ate like kings. Had Sinatra and the boys still been around, I'd be willing to bet they'd belly up to the bar to grab a drink, then saunter over to a table with low lighting and rustic décor, all the while laughing, joking and smoking cigars.
Though smoking cigars is no longer allowed, the Rat Pack vibe is very much alive and well at Park Ave. Restaurant in Stanton, CA. From decadent signature cocktails to menu items carefully constructed with ingredients grown in an onsite organic garden, this place is worth the price of admission - which I will admit is fairly steep.
Prior to dinner, my husband and I each ordered a Park Ave. signature cocktail. My husband ordered the “Perfect Old Fashioned,” and I the “P.A.G. Margarita.” (Note: "P.A.G." stands for Park Ave. Garden—meaning the drink or dish was made with ingredients grown in the onsite organic garden).
For dinner we decided to share the “Nutella Martini,” which ended up not being much of a dinner drink, but more of a dessert. Read on to find out why.
Perfect Old Fashioned
Made with Johnny Walker Red, Orange Bitters, and Satsuma peel from the Park Ave. garden.
Taste: Strong and sweet with a robust Orange Bitters taste.
Made with Hornitas tequila, P.A. bees' honey, house-made sweet and sour.
Taste: A kick of tequila with a fairly sweet honey-kissed flavor, giving the drink a freshness not usually found in traditional margaritas
Chopin vodka, chilled up with Nutella.
Dear Lord in Heaven. I made the mistake of ordering this with dinner. This drink is like taking a taste of chocolate frosting from a cake cloaked in 24-karat gold. This drink is dessert.
P.A. Crispy Greens
Ingredients: Chard, spinach, tatsoi, Parmesan, sea salt, lemon.
This unusual dish is very deceiving. On the surface (the ingredients described on the menu), it is not something I would normally order due to the extremely healthy nature of the dish. However, Chef and our server raved about the taste of it so we had to try it. It was incredible! The flash-fried greens with a hint of oil, salt and pepper were perfectly complemented by the Parmesan cheese and lemon. My husband and I both agreed the flavor reminded us of Parmesan French fries, believe it or not. A melt-in-your mouth concoction; I highly recommend it.
Restaurant menu options were elegant and creative, without the super-fancy, scary-sounding items I can never pronounce.
The Special of the Day: Bone-in Pork Chop with P.A.G. Green Beans and Twice-Baked Potatoes
The most deliciously moist and flavorful pork chop I have tasted since I can't remember when. The greens were lightly crunchy with the freshness I expected coming from an organic garden. The twice-baked potatoes? O.M.G.! In the 21 years I have been on this planet (give or take 12 years), I have never tasted a twice-baked potato – or any type of potato for that matter – like the one I did that evening. I swear the heavens opened up and Angels began to sing as I took my first bite, then it was all over from there.
Thick-Cut, 14 oz. Prime USDA New York Steak
This center cut slice of tender beef deliciousness came perfectly flavored and precisely cooked to my husband's liking. At least one or two times I caught him with his eyes rolled to the back of his head as he savored the juicy tenderness of each bite.
And as if that feast fit for a king wasn’t enough, our server brought out the dessert menu. All the selections! Where to start? One of each? Please don’t judge me. We ended up ordering only one dessert: the Cobbler with Apple and Cranberry, which came with a perfectly paired scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Behind the restaurant you’ll find Park Ave.’s organic garden, where they pull many of their ingredients from. After you’ve dined, stroll over to the garden and check out the rows and rows of organic goodness for an appreciation of what went in to creating your delicious dinner.
*This post in its entirety can be read on www.eatdrinkoc.com
Toy Story Animated Characters Create Fun & Mania at Disneyland Resort
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2008) – In the wondrous world of Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Green Army Men, guests of the Disneyland Resort can experience an energy-filled toy box of fun with the debut of Toy Story Mania!, beginning June 17.
Celebrating the Disney•Pixar classics “Toy Story” and “Toy Story II,” Toy Story Mania! takes the interactive ride-game experience to exciting new heights. High-tech, yet rooted in classic midway games of skill, Toy Story Mania! matches the delightful characters of the films with games that best suit their very animated personalities.
Fun for the whole family, Toy Story Mania! immerses guests of Disney’s California Adventure into the “Toy Story” world as never before. Mr. Potato Head serves as the Audio-Animatronic® boardwalk barker, and interacts with guests as they enter the ride’s cue. Donning 3-D glasses, guests board festive carnival trams that travel and twist along a colorful midway route. Upon arriving at each game booth, they aim for animated targets using their own special on-board “toy cannon.”
As guests score points, they are cheered on by favorite “Toy Story” friends like Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Hamm, Bo Peep and the Little Green Men. Hidden targets garner players extra points and lead to different levels of play. The energy of the characters, the competition with other riders and the comical, unpredictable game action make this a unique experience that families will want to try again and again.
The attraction features games that audiences of all ages and skills – from beginner to serious gamer – can enjoy. No matter how many times guests return to ride and play, they can be sure every ride-through will be different. Players pair up and sit side-by-side for a friendly competition that delivers an ever-changing variety of targets and surprises.
*This press release was originally published on www.disneylandnews.com.
Charles Harris Named Senior Vice President of Marketing,
Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 14, 2014) – The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) has named Charles Harris, former vice president of marketing for Luxe Hotels and L.E. Hotels, as senior vice president of marketing. In the newly-created role, Harris will lead strategic destination marketing efforts for Anaheim and Orange County and oversee the marketing, communications and tourism departments. He will also manage the organization’s rebranding efforts.
“Charles has an impressive background in tourism and sports marketing,” said Jay Burress, president & CEO, AOCVCB. “His depth of knowledge in these areas is essential as we embark on some very high-level projects, including the marketing of the Anaheim Convention Center’s expansion."
During his tenure at Luxe Hotels, Harris led the charge for a complete branding refresh of Luxe Worldwide Hotels and Luxe Hotels. Harris generated $7 million in incremental sales and thousands of room nights for L.E. Hotels, oversaw the company’s social media and public relations efforts and also spearheaded the company’s marketing programs.
“Joining the AOCVCB team gives me the unique opportunity to help strengthen the Anaheim/Orange County brand in the business and leisure markets during a critical time in the organization’s history,” said Harris. “I look forward to taking the organization, and the destination, to the next level.”
Prior to Luxe Hotels, Harris was the managing director of Coast 2 Coast Experts, a marketing agency which specialized in branding, social media, advertising and public relations. During his 25-year career, Harris has also held senior management positions at Experian Interactive, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Dodgers, University of California, Irvine, and created his own consulting practice.
Harris also co-authored “Social Media in Sport Marketing” (2013, Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers), which looks at the infusion of social media to promote sports organizations.
About Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau
The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) is Anaheim and Orange County’s largest destination marketing organization. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Anaheim/Orange County as a premier leisure, convention and meeting destination. More than 44 million travelers visited the Anaheim/Orange County area in 2013, generating more than $9.6 billion in revenue and creating nearly 156,000 tourism-related jobs. For more information, call (714) 765-8888 or visit anaheimoc.org. Follow the AOCVCB on Facebook (AnaheimOC), Twitter (@Anaheim_OC, @MeetAnaheim) and Pinterest (AnaheimOC).
*This press release was originally published on www.visitanaheim.com.