Our Meet the Team series, continues with James Kenly. James moved across the country from Boston to Colorado with his wife and young daughter. He is passionate about skiing, soccer, startups, music, and loves a great scotch. With his previous artist management business, he travelled around the world, and we are lucky he has landed in Boulder as Account Manager. Every day you can be sure James will walk into the office with a massive smile on his face.
1.What is your favorite thing to eat?
A few years ago we started making our own pasta – I love homemade fettucini with Bolognese sauce. I grew up around Boston and I’m a sucker for a steamed lobster with corn on the cob.
2.What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
This is a really tough one. I grew up listening to the classic rock station (60s and 70s era) and then fell in love with the 60s folk scene – both the hippie movement in Laurel Canyon and the anti-war activism music a la Bob Dylan. I’m not an 80s music fan [ducking from rotten fruit thrown by the readers]. I worked in the music industry for many years, managing folk, pop and world rock artists and touring around the world. My most listened to music recently includes some of the following: Brendan James, PJ Loughran, Ryan Montbleau, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, Monocle, Dispatch, Adam Ezra, Taylor Carson, the Alternate Routes and a ton of kids music (I have a 2 year old daughter). The song I’ve been listening to the most is a not-yet-released track by Taylor Carson called Shine and I’ll finish this answer with some lyrics from it: “We can’t let life pass us by / Or let our minds get ahead of us / So go amaze / Share your grace / Give ‘em hell / Show ‘em what you’re made of / And shine.”
3.What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Failure to prepare is preparation for failure.” – John Wooden
4.If you could know the answer to any question, besides “What is the meaning of life?”, what would it be?
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll Pop?
5.Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?
When I was a kid, I looked a lot like Macaulay Caulkin in Home Alone. Fortunately, I think our visages have drifted apart over the years – and you won’t catch me wearing a t-shirt with my face on it any time soon!
6.What is your favorite form of exercise?
I love playing soccer – yes, I followed the World Cup very closely – but my absolute favorite form of exercise is skiing. I grew up knowing skiing as a survival exercise – we’d ski in the rain on the east coast – but I’m smitten with those not-that-rare-in-Colorado bluebird powder days! I telemark a bit, too, but only when I need a punishing workout.
7.What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
- Time of day: Sunrise
- Day of week: Sunday morning for family breakfast or family walk to the farmer’s market
- Month of year: September
8.What’s your favorite adult beverage?
I grew up sneaking sips from my dad’s scotches so I acquired the taste before I’d tried anything else. I enjoy most whiskies but I’ve got a soft spot for Glenlivet 12 and Macallan 15. I’ve recently been enjoying vodkas from Colorado distilleries as well.
9.What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
This is a big question. Certainly one of the hardest things I’ve ever done was to make the decision to shut down my business, Horizons Management. What gave me peace in the decision was knowing that the last project I worked on – as the Executive Director of Taylor Carson’s Defending the Name — was not saddled with any “yeah but” disclaimers. We did the absolute best we knew how to do with that project and it remains my proudest professional accomplishment. Leaving the music industry and my business was a difficult academic decision and emotionally taxing, but was ultimately the right move as it’s brought me to Quick Left!
10.The best part of waking up is…?
The opportunity to live another day to its fullest – to engage, to learn, to produce and to share it with colleagues, friends and loved ones.