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Mr. Rod Barker

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Founder and Chief Executive Offic...

The Trail of Painted Ponies
Of Painted Ponies 7301 E Sundance Trail C-102
Carefree , Arizona 85377
United States

Company Description: The Trail of Painted Ponies is one of the premier fine art and collectibles companies in the world, crafting one of the most beloved collectibles in America. These...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Geology and Environmental Conservation
    University of Colorado , Boulder
  • Business
    University of Colorado , Colorado Springs
  • BA , Business Administration
    Fort Lewis College
169 Total References
Web References
The Trail of Painted Ponies Official Site – Best Online Shopping for Horse Collectibles!, 3 Aug 2015 [cached]
Rod Barker Founder
While researching a book in Chicago, this best-selling author came across a public art project that would change his life. Soon, this author turned entrepreneur, embarked on the adventure of a lifetime that would find him in a new frontier filled with horses that would stampede into American art history! And so, Rod Barker created The Trail of Painted Ponies. Born and bred in Santa Fe, it took the country and the art world by storm. Mr. Barker is an accomplished writer and public speaker who has been featured on numerous television shows including Good Morning America, CNN and the Charlie Rose Show. Mr. Barker is available for public speaking engagements.
Hand painted glass art Painted Ponies Press Release
April, 2009 make perfect gifts and home accessories for holiday, inspirational & every day occasions-In The News Painted Ponies Press Release
April, 2009, 1 April 2009 [cached]
According to Rod Barker, President of The Trail of the Painted Ponies, his company and Joan Baker Designs are a great fit for these times.
Rod Barker adds, "In this economy, people are looking for things that light up their lives and lift their spiris.
Strater Culinary Safari Monthly Theme Dinners, 24 Oct 2015 [cached]
Rod Barker
President and CEO Strater Hotel
When Strater Hotel owners, Laurie and Rod Barker, were invited to join a small group traveling to Africa on a photographic safari, they had no idea it would end up being the start of a new chapter for the historic Strater Hotel. The consummate hotelier, Mr. Barker is always interested in dining and lodging, and made it a point to meet each of the friendly and well-trained staff at the Breezes Resort in Zanzibar-their home base for several days.
"The Business Improvement ..., 16 Nov 2007 [cached]
"The Business Improvement District exists to help all business within the Central Business District," said Rod Barker, BID board member, and as owner of the Strater, host of the CD release reception.
Durango Business Improvement District » Board of Directors & Staff, 18 Jan 2015 [cached]
Rod Barker, Board Treasurer and Secretary
Rod Barker, BID co-founder and president and CEO of the Historic Strater Hotel, has been involved in hotel operations and design for most of his life.
As 3rd generation owner, Rod learned the industry from literally the ground up, serving as everything from bellman, buffet cook and accounting clerk, to general manager.
He did, however, take time away from Durango to attend college in Boulder and Colorado Springs, eventually returning to Fort Lewis to complete his Business degree. Rod's experience in the tourism industry includes serving as a tour escort for Tauck World Discovery, and various positions at fine hotels including the Broadmoor, Colorado Springs; the Brown Palace, Denver; and Westin Crown Center, Kansas City, before settling back in Durango at the Strater.
In 1980 Rod founded Strater Interiors, an interior design service, and has since been employing his talents in the redesign of the Strater's "look" - including the work done on The Office and Mahogany Grille.
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