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.
‘STILL MORE TO DO’: club boss Kevin Rynne