RANCHO SANTA FE — In keeping with the new tradition of inviting a member of the business community to be recognized by the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board, Matt Basham, manager of Stumps Village Market was invited to speak at the board’s Sept. 15 meeting.
Basham said he has worked for the market for 17 years, starting when he was 15 and still in high school.
“I broke the Cardinal Rule and started dating the bosses daughter,” he said. The two eventually married.
He and his family live in Valley Center, but he says he does not mind the drive.
“It’s a nice drive in and a nice drive out,” he said. “It’s a great family to work for and the people (who frequent the market) are nice. They have been very generous with us.”
He said the company owns another store besides the one in Rancho Santa Fe, which has 22 employees.
“It’s a lot of fun up here. We try to stay real active in the community,” he said.
Pete Smith, Association manager asked him how the store survived the blackout that occurred on Sept. 8, which left the county without power in some places for more than 10 hours.
He said very little was lost because about five years ago, the company installed new coolers that are deeply insulated and also some back up battery packs that kicked in.
“The ice cream didn’t even melt,” he said.
Jack Queen, Association director said he and others appreciate the market because they are always on hand to help out at fundraisers. He noted one time when he was buying wine for a fundraiser and was prepared to go to a national chain beverage store, but that Stumps gave him a very good deal because the event was not for profit.
It’s not only wine.
“We are always running to Stumps at the last minute asking for 200 or 300 hot dogs,” said Smith.
“They do wonderful things for the community and I enjoy shopping there,” Queen said. “Thank you for being here and all your hard work.”
In other board business, Director Anne Feighner reported that her committee is studying water issues, including the use of reclaimed water.
“We need to protect our most valuable asset, the golf course,” she said.
“It is a critical issue for us going forward,” said Jack Queen, director.
Also at the Sept. 15 meeting, the board went electronic with each member having his or her own Ipad.
“It is a way to disseminate more information and improve the openness of the meetings,” Smith said.
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