(I was reminded of this article today by the Facebook memories editors, and since the original link is no longer active I’m sharing it here. At the time of the interview we’d only been in Austin two years. Fun timing as I’ve just started working with the Austin Independent Business Alliance again to help with membership and partnership development. Now seven years older and 107 pounds lighter! Wow, do I look different! Love my new home town! )
By Michael Barnes | Thursday, May 28, 2009, 04:53 PM
If you are at all connected digitally — e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, etc. — you know Dean Lofton.
During her short tenure in Austin, Lofton has extended her web of friends and contacts far and wide. Some of her social connecting promotes her husband, busy jazz trumpeter Jeff Lofton, or other musicians lucky enough to gain her ear.
She linked up with me at Matt’s El Rancho, however, to discuss IBuyAustin.com, the nonprofit that spreads the word about local businesses and business districts. She knew in advance I didn’t need conversion.
After all, I live two blocks from South Congress Avenue. There’s only one national chain there: American Apparel, and I can’t fit into their skinny clothes.
Lofton’s from South Carolina. She’s spent time in California and Colorado, too, but she seems more closely suited to Austin, which she calls “peachy.” (Her only linguistic concession to the Deep South.)
She had met — or rather re-met — Jeff after many years and other other relationships because they had played in the same school horn section at one time. Now, Dean is helping to raise Jeff’s child; all three are thriving in Austin.
It’s largely thanks to Jeff’s professionalism and Dean’s grassroots marketing skills that jazz has bumped up its Austin profile in the last year. Catch him at the Driskill Hotel, Elephant Room and elsewhere soon.