Member Spotlight – Fiona Bloom

 

Fiona Bloom

Music Industry Publicist / Founder of The Bloom Effect

Individual Member

Joined: 2012

Born: London, England – in the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital (Same OB who delivered Prince William and Prince Harry!)

Lives: Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

What brought you to New York?

I was a classically trained concert pianist and my dream was always to study at Juilliard School and end up here, but after auditioning, I wasn’t offered a full scholarship. I would have been 17. Instead, I landed here in 1994 as I was offered a job to run the marketing department at EMI Records. That was another dream come true and my first record industry gig.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

What I love about being a St. George’s Society member is all the interesting people that I’ve met. In my industry it’s very hard to network outside of it as I feel we live in a bubble and it’s a very taxing life. The GEORGE events can take the edge off. There’s always a good laugh, fun activities and the best part is – the charitable angle. It feels good to know that when I’m participating, I’m donating to a valuable cause and one that I have great deal of compassion for.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

I have a few favorite places and haunts. A couple are in my neighborhood. I love Saraghina, a great Italian spot. Brunswick Café is where I start my ritual almost every morning as they make one of the best Latte’s ever!

I often visit The Whitney Museum and spent a great deal of my Summer on the patio of their restaurant ‘Untitled’ with a nice glass of Sancerre.

I also love The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel and drinks at the Park Hyatt on 57th St. I can’t forget Sixty Five Bar – crazy expensive drinks but worth it for the to die for views.

Oh can I add one more? Brooklyn Botanic Gardens. I’ve been known to do a bit of reflecting and meditation there. Solace in this 24/7 city is crucial!

Website: http://www.thebloomeffect.com

Follow Fiona on Twitter: @Fionabloom

 

 

 

Member Spotlight – Sharon Carpenter

994213_540239222699562_1864011345_nSharon Carpenter

Broadcast Journalist / Host / Producer / Creator

Junior Member

Joined: 2012

Born: Watford, England

Lives: Brooklyn, NY

What brought you to New York?

You’ve heard of the American Dream, well it’s the British Dream that brought me to New York City.  Sounds cliché but the bright lights and the big city were calling me and, as someone who’s always been intrigued by US entertainment, media and pop culture, I answered the call.  Now I’m lucky enough to be making an impact in this world myself and I’m loving every second of it!

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

I’ve met some truly amazing people through St. George’s and GEORGE – all doing their thing in NYC – and the best part is they’re fellow Brits.  We get to bond over pub nights and glamorous galas and it’s all for a great cause.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

I love Brooklyn, which is where I live.  Brooklyn has a cool, eclectic vibe to it that Europeans are drawn to.  Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Williamsburg and Dumbo are my favorite areas – they’re filled with great restaurants and bars, interesting boutiques, beautiful views, parks and so much more.

Website: http://sharonlcarpenter.com/

Follow Sharon on Twitter: @sharoncarpenter

 

Member Spotlight – Michael A. Boyd

Picture1Michael A. Boyd

Senior Managing Director, Brock Capital Group

Life Member

Joined: 1990

Born: St. Petersburg, Florida

Lives: Greenwich Village, NY

What is your connection with the UK?

I spent three years studying at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and I currently serve as a Director of Americans for Oxford as well as a Director of The Royal Oak Foundation, the American affiliate of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What do you enjoy about being a member of St. George’s Society?

Membership in St. George’s Society combines the opportunity to socialize with a splendid group of people with the satisfaction of helping the Society’s many deserving beneficiaries.

What is your favorite New York place or pastime?

My favorite pastime in New York is listening to and meeting first-class poets at events sponsored by such organizations as the Poetry Society of America, the Academy of American Poets and Poets House.