Think­ing big

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MOSS­MAN Bowls Club sec­re­tary man­ager Kevin Rynne doesn’t like to take too much credit but there’s no doubt he is one of the great as­sets of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

The for­mer golf pro brought a lot of skill and vi­sion when he came to the club in 2003 and has been one of the driv­ing forces be­hind the club’s progress.

‘‘One of the for­mer com­mit­tee men put it quite well – a lot of peo­ple want to give me the credit for much of this but I say no, no, the club was es­tab­lished, the busi­ness was vi­brant – and he said to me ‘we’ve al­ways known we had a gem here, we just needed some­one like you to come along and give it some pol­ish’.

‘‘So it’s not just me – it’s a good team, good staff, sta­ble com­mit­tee, a good at­ti­tude, and a lot of the mem­bers are very sup­port­ive and very en­er­getic. And things have re­ally flour­ished in the last few years.’’

He is proud of the skill level of his staff, point­ing out that some of them have had Cer­tifi­cate III hos­pi­tal­ity train­ing.

Mr Rynne has been around clubs since he was a kid.

‘‘I’m orig­i­nally from Bris­bane, and orig­i­nally a golf pro, so I was around clubs since I was this big as a ju­nior golfer.’’

Then he took a rest from golf and went to Dunk Is­land on a hol­i­day but ended up stay­ing six years, and it’s there he had his in­tro­duc­tion to work­ing in hos­pi­tal­ity.

When it be­came ob­vi­ous he needed to spend less time in the sun, Mr Rynne thought he’d have a look at clubs again and he worked at a Gor­don­vale venue for eight years.

But it was a move to Cazalys that he says took things up another level, teach­ing him to think on a big­ger scale.

‘‘I al­ready had a lot of man­age­ment, and then I did a dipl oma c o n c e n t r a t i n g on ac­count­ing, and I had pretty good sec­re­tar­ial skills and gen­eral ad­min when I went to Cazalys.

‘‘And then I saw pro­mo­tions and the big­ger club pic­ture.’’

He spent a cou­ple of years there and then the op­por­tu­nity arose to ‘‘come up here and it was just the ideal place to have a young feller in school . . . and that was 10 years ago’’.

Will there be another 10 years? ‘‘I’m not done yet,’’ he says. But though he has no plans to move on, when he does he will have done the man­age­ri­ally proper thing to en­sure there is a good suc­ces­sor to run the busi­ness.

And they won’t be from out­side, as he firmly be­lieves it is bet­ter to grow your own man­age­rial tal­ent.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

‘STILL MORE TO DO’: club boss Kevin Rynne

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