2018 Top Hat Finalist Spotlight – Peter Vigil

2018 Back of House – Food and Beverage Finalist

Peter Vigil

La Fonda on the Plaza

What was your first job in the hospitality/tourism industry?
Washing Dishes in Las Cruces at Tagmeyers Steak House

Who has helped/mentored you throughout your career?
My cousin Lela Cross

What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career has been working at La Fonda for 31 years. Also, being able to keep our guests happy year over year and see them coming back.

Red or Green?
Red.. but I do love green as well.

What is one suggestion or piece of advice you would share with young people entering the hospitality/tourism business?
Don’t jump around from job to job, it looks terrible on a resume. Always be positive and remember to work hard to move your way up. Don’t have an entitled attitude.

What is your favorite New Mexico travel experience?
The mountains in the Pecos.

What is your favorite quote or piece of inspiration?
Don’t be late to work.

What does being a finalist for the Top HAT Awards mean to you?
It is a privilege for me to be honored amongst my peers throughout the entire state.

Stay tuned for more Finalist Spotlights as we get closer to the 2018 New Mexico True Top HAT Awards Gala on November 8th!