Fields September 2015
New York, NY, US
|Residence||New York, NY, US|
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Occupation||Entrepreneur, Environmental Advocate|
Ken Fields is an American real estate developer, entrepreneur and environmentalist.
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Real estate development
Fields is recognized as a hotel and hospitality investor and developer. In 2002 he purchased the Ankara Motel property on 23rd Street and Collins Avenue in the Collins Park neighborhood of South Beach. The motel was built in 1954 by the architecture firm of Reiff & Feldman and is one of the few remaining examples of googie style architecture in South Beach. Fields redeveloped the property into Miami Beach's first Arts Hotel, inviting artists to design individual rooms (notably Shepard Fairey, Camella Ehlke of Triple Five Soul and Kenzo Minami) and renamed the property The Creek South Beach. The redevelopment and design concept was widely praised by the media, winning best hotel in Miami Beach from The Miami New Times. Despite joint efforts by neighborhood associations, the City of Miami Beach and private developers, the area continues to have its ups and downs.
Fields owns a 3,000-acre cattle ranch in Uruguay. Beef from the ranch was briefly imported and made available online in the United States under the Uruguay Steaks brand. The company spokesperson and chef was Bravo TV's Top Chef's Lee Anne Wong.
Fields has been an active participant in a number of environmental initiatives. He is a vocal advocate for renewable energy, and solar power in particular, quoted by the media discussing tax benefits and financial incentives as an industry expert in The Miami Herald and Plum TV. He has been a strong supporter of Ecomb (The Environmental Coalition of Miami and The Beaches) and their efforts to establish the Miami Beach Center For The Environment. In 2010 he established the not-for-profit School Charging Program to donate electric vehicle charging stations to schools and other educational institutions.
On November 30, 2015, in recognition of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference Fields registered with the FEC as an Independent Presidential Candidate for 2016 although he waited until January 8, 2016 to make an official announcement. The primary platform of his campaign is based upon Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark Delucchi's The Solutions Project to advocate for the US to convert to 100% Renewable Energy in 20 Years. Picking as his campaign slogan, a jab at Donald Trump, "Greatness Must Be Earned". Fields has suggested that the effective cost of transitioning the US to 100% renewable energy would be zero, based upon a comparison of the estimated costs of renewables relative to current expenditures on energy as a percent of US GDP.
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- "What's Your Beef?". Daily Candy. Archived from the original on 2012-07-24.
- "Lee Anne Wong". BravoTV.
- Georgia Tasker "Greening Up The House: Rebates And Tax Credits Are Motivating People To Make Their Homes More Energy Efficient" Miami Herald April 19, 2009
- Christina Veiga "Pricey Solar Panels Worth It In The Long Run" Miami Herald April 19, 2009
- Community News: A Green Dream Come True
- "School Charging Program: Home".
- "Ken Fields FEC filing" (PDF). FEC. November 30, 2015.
- "Ken Fields Announces Presidential Bid As Independent For 2016". PR Newswire. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-29.
- "Ariston Flowers An Island Theme In The City". Manhattan Bride.
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