Sample reference letters follow from the prior mayors of Seattle, WA and Asheville N.C., the Director of Economic Development from Myrtle Beach S.C., and an award and note from the President of the Ford Foundation.

Further detailed references or faxed copies of the original signed letters below are available on request.




Norm Rice was the Mayor of Seattle during the majority of Aaron Zaretsky’s tenure at Pike Place Market



Louis Bissette is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation. He is a former Mayor of Asheville NC and past president of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.


Susan Berresford was President of the Ford Foundation from 1996 – 2008


Clifford Rudd is the government official responsible for the community economic development programs for the City of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina:


Other references are available upon request.