15 minutes with … a banker | PostIndependent.com

15 minutes with … a banker

Name: Michele DiamondAge: 52Place of birth: St. Paul, Minn.Occupation: BankerWhen did you move to Garfield County and why? Diamond, who lives in Eagle County near Basalt, moved to Aspen in 1987 to be the personal assistant for Barbara Walters.First thing you’d buy after winning the lottery? A home on a lake or an ocean, a second home like a cabin and have all my friends for wonderful gourmet meals.First or best job ever? This is the best, the job I have now (at WestStar Bank in Glenwood Springs). It enables me to be so connected to the community.Best vacation ever? New Zealand, because of the diversity of climates. You can go from glaciers to tropical.What do you do in your spare time? Aside from community work (Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts board of directors), garden, amateur chef and I’m a books and music enthusiast.Greatest accomplishment: Raising a dynamic 16-year-old daughter.Ever had a book, movie, news event change your life? 9/11 changed my life, but I’m reading “The World is Flat” (by Thomas Friedman) and I think it will open up my mind to the world’s realities and solutions.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received; or a cliché to live by? From my daughter reminding me if you can’t do anything about it, quit worryingAs a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a dancer.If you only had three TV channels, what would you watch? I would watch PBS, and whatever the Grammy awards are on because I like to know about current music, and the cooking channel.Any tattoos? No, but I’ve got some great scars.If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would they be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Bill Moyers, Maya Angelou and John Lennon; an appetizer of goat cheese and salmon, salad, mango chicken with black beans and salsa.What’s the greatest invention of all time? Computers.FavoritesMovie: “Reds” Breakfast cereal: Shredded Wheat with brown sugarSong: “In My Life” by the BeatlesSinger: Janis JoplinAthlete: Helen McQueeney Food: Papaya with limeWeb site: amazon.com for used booksPlace in Garfield County: Top of the tram on a beautiful Friday afternoon for happy hour.Sport to watch: Ice skating.

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