The event, which gives locals of various backgrounds, professions, and skills 20 seconds to present 20 slides on any topic of their choosing, will begin with a happy hour at 6:30 p.m. Guests can mingle with presenters and enjoy beverages and snackes before the 7:30 p.m. start time with a $5 donation. Arrive early to ensure entry, PechaKucha San Antonio is a popular event – attendance regularly exceeds 300.
News 4 San Antonio anchor Randy Beamer will again emcee the event.
PechaKucha, Japanese for “chit-chat,” originated in Japan as an opportunity for “creative professionals to share projects and ideas that they are passionate about.” The PowerPoint presentations are often funny and always educational.
Here’s a rundown of this quarter’s eight speakers, gathered by PechaKucha San Antonio volunteers:
Houston Eaves, Beverage Director
Houston Eaves is an avid world traveler, and has been influenced by many cultures in his pursuit of providing the best bar experience in San Antonio, at The Esquire Tavern. He is incredibly excited to work with Chris Hill, and the staff of El Mirador, to bring another icon of San Antonio to new heights in the coming months. Through his travels and professional experience, Houston has been led to drink at the fountain of the Agave. As a member of the Tequila Interchange Project, Houston is an out-spoken advocate for the preservation of one of Mexico’s greatest historical, cultural, and downright delicious traditions…the distillation of agave spirits.
Sarah Brooke Lyons, Photographer
From Africa to New York, Brazil to the Hill Country, Sarah Brooke Lyons strives to capture the essence of a culture through photography. A Texas native, Sarah’s roots in the city of San Antonio have given her a unique and genuine perspective of the city’s cultural landscape. Utilizing ten years of photography experience, Sarah focuses on creating an artistic story in each image. Her aesthetic style is most evident, however, when immersed within a subculture, inconspicuously becoming a part of the group, and presenting an uncommon perspective of their story. Sarah’s desire is to continue her focus on finding the allure in every subject through her faith, entrepreneurial drive, and artistic spirit.
David Ericsson, Designer
Born in Mexico, but raised in the Midwest, David Ericsson moved to San Antonio after finishing degrees in architecture from University of Illinois and University of Virginia. A designer at Lake|Flato Architects, David’s interests in design lie in the opportunities and dilemmas of derelict sites. He has focused his energy seeking “lost architecture” around San Antonio – scouring real estate sites and neighborhoods for properties that are defunct. His current project in this endeavor has been the retrofit of the vacant Snow Flake Laundromat in Dignowity Hill.
Shanon Shea Miller, Historic Preservation Officer
Shanon Miller, AICP, is the Director of the City of San Antonio’s Office of Historic Preservation. Shanon is the chair of Preservation Action, the national grassroots lobbying organization for historic preservation. She is also a founding board member of the Power of Preservation Foundation. She is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. Shanon is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and has served as an adjunct professor teaching courses in historic preservation. Shanon received her undergraduate degree in history from Western Kentucky University. She has a Masters of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Arts in Historic Preservation from Goucher College. Prior to her current position, Shanon served as the historic preservation officer and interim planning director in Franklin, Tennessee, and the historic preservation officer in Fort Worth, Texas.
Mitch Hagney, Urban Farmer
Since arriving in San Antonio to attend Trinity University, Mitch Hagney has farmed in Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Costa Rica. He’s also worked for solar companies, farmers markets, and a fishery. As a founder of LocalSprout, now he is working on urban agriculture.
Michael Cirlos, Photojournalist
Michael Cirlos is a local photojournalist. When not gathering stories for Humans of San Antonio, he works as a foster care social worker for the State of Texas. Before completing his bachelor’s degree in psychology at UTSA, he spent two years in Thailand studying psychology at Webster University, where he was awarded a world traveler scholarship to continue his studies in Amsterdam. While in Europe, Michael discovered a passion for community volunteerism, journalism, and bicycle riding.
Erica Salinas, Innovation Engineer
Erica Salinas is passionate about leveraging technology to drive change across the developing world. In 2011, she won a research grant to study mobile money and its potential to have a global impact on the lives of the poor. Erica spent four months traveling across three continents researching mobile money. She analyzed the industry from the business perspective of financial institutions; the social perspective of meeting millennium development goals; and the technical perspective of mobile technology. During this time, Erica was most impacted by meeting entrepreneurial women across rural Kenya who have escaped dire poverty by having access to financial services. Erica holds a Bachelors and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. She also holds an MBA and an MA in Development Economics from American University.
Blanquita Sullivan, Fashion Designer
Blanquita Sullivan, originally from San Antonio, Texas, grew up in a family of professional artists. From an early age, she was surrounded by jazz, theatre, flamenco dance, and painting. Blanquita especially loves storytelling, historic clothing, and visual design and chose to study costume design at Virginia Commonwealth University and painting at the Studio School and Art Students League in New York City. Hoping to learn everything she could about the fashion industry, she moved to New York and spent 10 years working as a buyer, merchandise planner and retail director for great American designers Betsey Johnson and Anna Sui. Blanquita married and had three daughters. The family moved to San Antonio and live in the charming 1940s house that was Blanquita’s childhood home. She is currently Senior Visual Manager for Anthropologie and the Creative Director and Owner of Bonjour Biqui.*Full disclosure: The Rivard Report is a media sponsor of PechaKucha San Antonio.