Downtown Denizen - Erna Barton

Erna Barton
General Manager, Oasis at Gold Spike

What is something about you that most people don’t know?  
I am a law school drop out.

If you won $100 million, what would you buy first?  
College education for my daughter, and then a Tesla.  

If you had to choose just one place to vacation every year for the rest of your life, where would it be?  
Holland. It's where I'm from and my family and friends are there.

What is your proudest accomplishment?  
Giving birth to my daughter at home.

What are some of the different jobs that you have had in your life?  
I was a proofreader in college and I was a greeter at the Mirage when I first came to Las Vegas.

Do you have a favorite quote or saying that inspires you? 
"We can not all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love." - Mother Theresa

If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try?  
Any job involving the care of animals.

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?  
Ikea. It’s opening next year down the street from me, yay!

What was the last great book you read?  
Sycamore Row by John Grisham and Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King. I actually don't read, but rather listen to books while I'm running.

The last concert you attended?  
I'm sorry to say Selena Gomez (with my daughter). The last awesome concert I attended is several years ago, it was an open air concert by Simply Red in Amsterdam.

If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?  
Question everything.

In one sentence, what does the future of Downtown Las Vegas look like to you? 
What I would like it to look like is the coexisting of residents, visitors and businesses, with more green space, shops, schools, restaurants, and art and event venues.

What is your favorite downtown venue?  
Container Park.

Erna Barton and her daughter

Erna Barton and her daughter