Month: March 2007

A Rising Star : Lawyer Sonia Rodriguez

One of the first things you notice upon entering Sonia Rodriguez’s office is a model of the human spine and hipbones. It’s not something you expect to see in a lawyer’s office, but it is relevant to her line of work. “Right now I represent an individual who was injured in a car collision,” explains Rodriguez, a partner and shareholder at the downtown Branton & Hall law firm. “He has herniated discs, but he doesn’t quite understand his own injuries. So I use this to show him what’s going on with him so that he can have a better...

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For The Love of The Arts

Behind virtually every cultural institution in America stands a group of volunteer supporters who get little public recognition. Yet these folks work for free, contribute their own money and often devote huge amounts of time to the organizations they serve. For this article we spoke with four San Antonio women who have made an impact as volunteer activists, philanthropists and arts advocates. Without them and others like them, San Antonio’s cultural scene would be much poorer. “I SERVE BECAUSE I MUST” That’s how Aaronetta Pierce describes her life-long commitment to the arts, and the words are most appropriate. How...

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A Work in Progress: Women team up with their husbands for business success

From multinational companies to Mom-and-Pop storefronts, the family business is still the heart of American enterprise. It’s estimated that 80 percent of U.S. companies fall into this category. Choosing a spouse as a business partner seems like a no-brainer: You know and trust the person, and you already share a commitment to your path in life on a personal level. If your strengths and expertise complement each other, it may seem like all there is left to do is show up to work. Most couples in business together will say that it’s not as easy as that, but, as...

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She Loves The News: Kirsten Crow

For her first real post-college job, Kirsten Crow hasn’t chosen one of those hot new fields that didn’t exist in the last millennium. Instead, she’s pursuing a profession associated with Ben Franklin or, at best, the Watergate scandal of 30-plus years ago. Crow, 24, is a general-assignment reporter at the Laredo Morning Times, where she has covered county government and crime and has written some features. It’s the traditional training route for young journalists, but does she have young readers — a necessity to sustain a career in newspaper journalism? Among people her age, Crow admits, “Interest in reading...

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An Artful Blend : Contemporary furniture, Latino art update ‘20s home

The Monte Vista home of Henry Muñoz is a “sketch that is always evolving,” says the owner. As chairman of the board of directors and CEO of Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc., and an award-winning designer, he knows whereof he speaks. Since purchasing the circa 1922 house 15 years ago, he has made it uniquely his own. Russell Brown was the architect for the Tudor dwelling. He designed four others in Monte Vista, according to Donald Everett’s informative book, San Antonio’s Monte Vista: Architecture and Society in a Gilded Age.The book is available for purchase at Schnabel’s True Value Hardware,...

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