June 12 – Happy Birthday Jim Masten

JimMastenBack in the early seventies, Jimmy Masten was an all-conference, two-way lineman for some of Dutch Howlan’s most memorable Bishop Scully Pioneer League championship teams. Then he went to college and eventually headed west to California, where about twenty years ago he got a very cool idea for a business.

He and his wife Robin were pioneers in the concept of corporate housing. What’s that? When a corporation relocates an employee to a new location either permanently or on a temporary assignment, the task of finding suitable living accommodations for that individual can be daunting and nearly impossible in major markets where appropriate housing is extremely scarce and at a premium.

Jimmy and his wife became experts at solving this problem for corporate customers in the California market. We’re not talking just finding these folks a place to stay here, the Masten’s provided a complete turn key service that took care of every single accommodation need a newly assigned employee could possibly have, from transportation, to furnishings, to housekeeping, to arranging for a dog walker if necessary. Then about twenty years ago they turned their expertise into a company called Suite America, that’s taken this high end niche service nationwide….

My complete birthday post for Jim Masten will appear in the new second edition of A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam, NY Birthdays, which will be available before the 2016 Holiday season. On June 30, 2016, I will also once again begin distributing an Amsterdam, NY Birthday Blog Monthly Newsletter that will include the full birthday posts for three of the twenty-to-thirty  people whose birthdays I will recognize each month. Each newsletter will also include an Amsterdam Birthday Quiz that will test your knowledge and memory of people and events in your hometown.

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