Women in Business Q&A: Kelly Roberts, Historic Mission Inn & Spa
After finishing my undergraduate degree at USC, I went on to earn my law degree and focused on a variety of businesses, investments and interests including running for office.
Before I became COO of The Historic Mission Inn and President of Casey's Cupcakes, overseeing all aspects of the hotel and brand, including operations, customer service and hiring, I worked closely with Harvesters, a foundation for the Orange County food bank, as well as the ATSC Youth Counseling Program where I was the honorary chair for the Sophisticates 14th Annual Designer Fashion Show. In 1995, I served as President of the Alternatives to Domestic Violence, a nonprofit agency aiding victims of domestic violence in Riverside County.
I have always been politically inclined, taking a great interest in local, state and national politics. My experience as Director of Political Affairs for Entrepreneurial Capital Corporation has allowed me to take an active role with political leaders, holding an elected member position of the Board of Governors for both Mt. San Jacinto Community College District and The University of California at Riverside. I was also a member of the board of directors of the World Affairs Council of the Inland Empire. This council is the premier forum in the Inland Empire of California, which presents national and world leaders for discussions about global issues. Diplomats, journalists, business leaders, military officers and others with leadership roles and global expertise address this unique and respected forum.
A Legacy of Sustainable Change
PORTSMOUTH – A local downtown establishment is up for sale, but the current owner's legacy of bringing green and sustainable products to the Seacoast is expected to live on. Holly Landgarten, the owner of Prelude “purveyors of imported soaps, fine jewelry & gifts” on Market Street, is putting the store up for sale.
“I've been here nearly 26 years, which is wonderful and it's the longest time I've ever worked anywhere,” Landgarten said. “I would love to still work here as an employee but I need not to work as many hours or have as much responsibility.”
Prelude is a different store than when Landgarten first bought it from Florence 'Fa' Vereen in May of 1998.
Prelude was founded by Thom Lager in April of 1983, who also founded many candle shops in the seacoast. Prelude was different from his candle stores since it carried bath, body and gift items. He also opened a second Prelude in Newburyport, Massachusetts, that