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Greetings from Austin, Texas!

From: Carin Woodcock Hutchins
Date: 25 Apr 1999
Time: 22:32:37


Well, I’m feeling guilty after reading Joe Barrus’ update, so here I go with my 20 year update in two paragraphs or so.........

After graduation, I attended the University of Idaho, joined the Tri-Delt sorority, started off in electrical engineering and ended up graduating in 1983 with an accounting degree. I got married at the end of my junior year to John Baumgartner (I met him through a fellow MHS grad, Jerry Hein, who also attended the U of I). We moved to Juneau, Alaska (John grew up there) after graduation for a year. In 1984, we moved to Austin, Texas. My folks had moved to Austin in 1983, the economy was booming and there were lots of jobs. I got a job with Deloitte & Touche in the audit area and worked for the firm for five years. That sums up the first 10 years.

Lots of things happened the year following the reunion. I took a job with one of my clients, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), as assistant controller. The LCRA is one of 2200 public power organizations in the U.S. It is a quasi state agency that generates and transmits electric power to 44 wholesale customers (Cities and Rural Electric Coops) in Central Texas. The LCRA also has a water/wastewater business, provides stewardship over the Lower Colorado River and provides a bunch of other services that are mandated by the State. I was promoted to Controller in 1994 and will mark my 10 year anniversary at the LCRA in September, 1999. Life at the LCRA has been wild for the last 2-3 years with the Federal and State deregulation of the utility industry. Like everyone else, we are replacing our major software applications to meet our current business needs and fix some of our Year 2000 problems. We go live with the PeopleSoft financials/HR/Payroll and Maximo work management applications on May 3 (only days away!). If anyone has any experience with these applications, let me know.

The Spring following the 10 year reunion John and I got a divorce. John and I had been married for 7 years, but did not have kids. In the fall of 1991, I enrolled in the executive MBA Program at the University of Texas (Hook em’ Horns!). This is one of those deals where you go to school all day Friday and Saturday every other weekend. It was a lot of work, but I graduated in 1993. While I was going through the MBA program, I began dating Bob Hutchins who also worked for the LCRA and who was a year ahead of me in the MBA program. We got married in Lake Tahoe on the ski slope in our ski gear in December 1992. Bob is a native Texan. He is from a very small town outside of Corpus Christi. His parents and relatives were born in Louisiana and are die hard LSU grads/supporters, so he too graduated from LSU. We have two boys, Chad (4 1/2) and Chase (2 1/2). In terms of hobbies, we play golf like everyone else in Texas.

Bob left the LCRA about the time Chase was born and is working for a company called Pan Canadian Energy Services out of Houston. He and another guy get to office out of Austin, but travel to Houston at least two days a week. Bob is in the energy trading business.

I love Austin! It reminds me a lot of Boise. Austin is the State capitol, the University of Texas is right down town and the high tech industry is expanding. Austin is home to Dell Computers among other high tech firms. While I use a Dell computer at work, Joe will be happy to know that we have Mac’s at the house.

My mom and dad moved back to Boise in 1992 and my sisters, who were quite a bit younger than me (14 years), graduated from Boise High. Unfortunately, my dad died suddenly in February 1996. My mom is doing well now and traveling quite a bit. Her 40 year high school reunion is this year. She is still in Boise, so we will be staying with her when we come to the reunion.

I was in Boise a year ago for my sister Lindsay’s graduation from Albertson’s College. J.R. Simplot was the key note speaker. I hope I am that spunky when I am 80 or so years old. He had some advice to share with the graduating class and their family members, "buy something/anything (land, a piece of a company, whatever) and hold on to it". I guess that strategy worked well for him.

This is probably more than you ever wanted to know, and definitely more than two paragraphs, but I got on a roll. I hope everyone is doing well and I look forward to seeing you at the reunion in August.

On the slopes at Tahoe!


The Whole Gang


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