There were some fantastic candidates for the position of general manager of Toronto Hunt, so you don’t assume you’ve got the job until you get the call. I start on April 15.
I know quite a few members there, the club and a lot of people on their team. I’m looking forward to dealing with people I know and people who know me.
They’ve got such a solid team. Marcel Bregstein is assistant general manager and head of food and beverage. In the club managers association, he’s revered as he is on the food and beverage side.
I’ve known Ron Janes, the head professional, Scott Heron, the superintendent, for years and look forward to working with executive chef Darrin Fedak.
You can’t say enough about the retiring Rick Johnson who is such a classy guy. He’s done such a great job at the Hunt over the years that it opens the door for me to walk into a fabulous situation.
I’ve thanked him for the direction and leadership that he’s given the Hunt of the years. Not only has he made it comfortable for me coming into this situation, but he’ll be around and he’s told me he’ll be an open book if I have questions.
Over the first 30 to 60 days, I’ll be acquainting myself with the board members, the membership and the entire staff.
I’ve been associated with fantastic clubs over the years and this is such a historic club and the golf course is fabulous. In the hour following the announcement of my new position, I received a number of e-mails from people who have played the club or know members and they all said they loved the club.
I called Gerard Waslen and Paul McLean at Coppinwood and I e-mailed the past chairmen of the board to thank them for giving me the opportunity there for the past five years. I had a fabulous time and was always treated with respect.
As I mentioned before, I have been associated with fantastic clubs over the years and it looks as if I’m about to continue that tradition.