Q&A WITH K.M. THORNTON

"I TRULY ENJOY WORKING.  MY BIGGEST MOTIVATION IS TO MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON AN INDIVIDUAL'S CAREER, PASSION OR GENERAL WELL-BEING" 

 

HOW I RELAX:  Running is my downtime.  I enjoy listening to a book on Audible to mental unwind.

ADVICE TO YOUNG ADULTS:  I have four step-children that range in age from late teens to early twenties.  I have always told them to choose a major at university that will lead to a career that interests them, as opposed to one that appears to be the most lucrative.  I am a firm believer that if you enjoy what you are doing, than you will ultimately be much happier in your career and confident in personal relationships.

DREAM DINNER PARTY GUESTS:  Thomas Keller and George Morris because they are the quintessential professionals and perfectionists of their respective crafts. They have both worked diligently and methodically within their professions and have proceeded to continue educate future generations with their philosophies and techniques.  I think Audrey Hepburn would also be interesting because her style personifies simplicity and she embraced her atypical look.

BUCKET LIST HOLIDAY:  Because of my professional business background that includes opposite spectrums of commodity manufacturing and luxury management, I am totally fascinated by the commitment of Hermes to the company's unrelenting brand standards. My dream would be to be invited into the family vaults and learn the history of many of the icons collected over time and also to experience branding in motion as demonstrated by Saute Hermes at the Grand Palais.

ON EQUESTRIAN SPORT:  I had a few times in my life that for various reasons I had to give up riding.  These experiences taught me that equestrian sport is both important to my well-being and is an absolute privilege.  This understanding pushed me through the tough times of business school;  I am now determined to always provide a livelihood where I have horses in my life.  It is our responsibility as adults to not demonstrate any type of entitlement and to perpetuate horsemanship and stable management to those that are entering the sport.