San Antonio River Walk
Reid Hackney is a Penn State graduate with a leadership background in San Antonio that includes a past position with AGACI as chief financial officer. An outdoors enthusiast, Reid Hackney enjoys exploring the region’s cycling trails in his free time.
Many areas residents don’t realize that the Alamo City offers 75 miles of multi-use cycling routes, with the Mission Reach at San Antonio River Walk being an ideal starting point. Traversing 10 miles, the route takes in a diverse watershed ecosystem, as well as many of the area’s historic missions. A highlight is the Mission San José, which offers guided tours. Missions San José and Concepción also offer abundant eateries.
For those seeking more natural environs, the Leon Creek Greenway offers 20 miles of natural and paved trails that take in rolling and moderately steep terrain. Cycling up to Military Drive provides excellent views of fields blanketed with wildflowers in season, as well as limestone bluffs.
Penn State Football
Holding an undergraduate degree from Penn State University, retired retail executive Reid Hackney most recently served as a vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney is an avid college football fan and closely follows his alma mater.
Penn State football picked up a junior college standout after a single visit in early June. The Nittany Lions brought Lackawanna College wideout Norval Black in for a workout and liked him so much they offered him a scholarship on the spot. Black didn’t take long to think about it and accepted the offer immediately. Penn State was the only FBS (Division I) school to offer the junior college wide receiver a spot.
In his freshman season with Lackawanna, the 6’1 wideout hauled in 15 catches for 445 yards and 5 touchdowns. Black played his high school football at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. After his visit, he said he felt like Penn State was “home” the second he set foot on the campus.
Retired CFO and SVP Reid Hackney enjoys participating in outdoor activities. Reid Hackney’s preferred outdoor pastimes include bicycling and hiking.
The art of packing for a hike requires a delicate balance between weight and necessity. Carrying too much weight leads to fatigue, but taking too few items leads to unpreparedness.
Here are some of the most essential items to pack for a hike:
– A map, a compass, and a GPS unit are essential. While you may be tempted to take a GPS unit alone, you could easily lose it, or it could lose its charge.
– Extra food and water should always be a consideration. Hunger and thirst can kill. Always take a little more food and water than seem necessary.
– Safety items, such as matches, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit should be mainstays in any hiking pack. Sports outfitters carry prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers. A knife can also play an important role in safety and may be useful for cutting bandages and fishing out splinters.
Gruene Music & Wine Fest
The former vice president and CFO of A’GACI, Reid Hackney served as a leading executive the Ascena Retail Group. Now retired, Reid Hackney enjoys attending local dance halls and concert venues such as Gruene Hall.
The oldest continually-operating dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall dates back to 1878 and retains its original structure and design. The hall hosts numerous concerts and other events, playing an important role as a social and entertainment venue. Every year, Gruene Hall also hosts its annual music and wine festival.
The 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest will begin on Thursday, October 4, 2018, and run through Sunday, October 7. The festival will feature catered dinners from Gristmill River Restaurant and Le Cordon Gruene Food Alley as well as wine tasting from carefully-selected local wineries. It will also offer silent auctions and a variety of Americana and Texan music.
For more information about Gruene Hall and details about the special events at the 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest, visit https://gruenehall.com or http://gruenemusicandwinefest.org/.
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who recently concluded his tenure as vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney continues to lead an active lifestyle, with interests ranging from sampling the city’s newest restaurants to cycling at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
The hike and bike trail at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park provides visitors an opportunity to visit all five missions, including Mission San Juan and the Alamo, while enjoying a scenic cycling route of nearly 16 miles round-trip. The trail also provides direct access to the nearby Mission Riverwalk and passes through historic neighborhoods and picturesque farmlands.
Each mission provides water, while eateries are located near Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose. On-site rangers can provide individuals additional information about the trail, while the National Parks website, nps.gov, features a detailed map of the trail and surrounding area.
Recently retired, Reid Hackney was a vice president and the chief financial officer of A’GACI retail wear in San Antonio. As a resident, Reid Hackney particularly enjoyed the city’s well-known Pearl District.
Adjacent to the San Antonio River, the area’s revitalization began in 2001 with the purchase of the historic Pearl Brewery. Covering 22 acres, the district now hosts annual events such as Tamales! At Pearl and the Echale Latino Music Estyles. In addition to notable restaurants, the Pearl boasts several other landmarks:
– The Culinary Institute of America (CIA), whose students display their talents at the Nao Latin Gastro Bar. One of only three such locations in the country, the CIA operates a $35 million scholarship fund for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
– The Hotel Emma, a 180-room luxury hotel named after Emma Koehler, past owner of the Pearl Brewery. Visitors admire the elegant lobby, designed by architect August Maritzen.
– The Farmer’s Market features fresh, organic offerings drawn from 150 miles around. The San Antonio Current recently designated it the city’s best.
– The Museum Reach River Development is a 1.33-mile addition to San Antonio’s famed River Walk. Walking, biking, and kayaking accesses a park and amphitheater while riverboats traverse its waterway.