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Silver Ventures CEO Ken Halliday Tells Culinary Institute of America Graduates About Passion and Priorities

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San Antonio, TX – The chief executive officer of the company behind the redevelopment of San Antonio's Pearl Brewery complex delivered the commencement address at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) campus there on Friday, April 11. Ken Halliday of Silver Ventures advised graduates about the importance of passion and priorities during the ceremony. Within the last decade, Silver Ventures has turned Pearl into an emerging urban culinary and cultural destination along the River Walk. The CIA opened a campus at Pearl in 2008.

"If you do what you are really passionate about, you will excel at it and you won't work a day in your life," Mr. Halliday told 10 recipients of Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees in culinary arts.

Halliday encouraged students to keep a balance between their careers and personal lives, something he didn't learn until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. "It was a heck of a wake-up call. My priorities were suddenly in sharp focus. I saw clearly what was really important," said Halliday, adding that he is now doing well medically. "Be clear about what your priorities are and then objectively ask yourself if you are honoring your priorities in how you are living your life."

In addition to an AAS in culinary arts, students at the CIA San Antonio can also major in baking and pastry arts. As part of their studies during sophomore year, students work at Nao: New World Flavors, a public restaurant on campus. Generous financial aid is available through the college's El Sueño initiative and other scholarship opportunities.


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Silver Ventures CEO Ken Halliday speaks to graduates of The Culinary Institute of America, San Antonio on April 11, 2014. (Photo credit: Robin Jerstad, DA Media/CIA)
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Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is an independent, not-for-profit college offering associate and bachelor's degrees with majors in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts, and culinary science, as well as certificate programs in culinary arts and wine and beverage studies. As the world's premier culinary college, the CIA provides thought leadership in the areas of health & wellness, sustainability, and world cuisines & cultures through research and conferences. The CIA has a network of 46,000 alumni that includes industry leaders such as Grant Achatz, Anthony Bourdain, Roy Choi, Cat Cora, Dan Coudreaut, Steve Ells, Johnny Iuzzini, Charlie Palmer, and Roy Yamaguchi. The CIA also offers courses for professionals and enthusiasts, as well as consulting services in support of innovation for the foodservice and hospitality industry. The college has campuses in Hyde Park, NY; St. Helena, CA; San Antonio, TX; and Singapore.

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