Face of The Gate bids farewell
Glen Christiansen wants to set the record straight.
The Cromwell father of three spent his last day as The Gate’s general manager on Monday amid a swirl of speculation about why he stepped down.
‘‘It has been quite funny. What I enjoy about Cromwell is the rumours and I’ve embraced the fact that I’ve been asked to leave because of my performance; the fact my wife is pregnant with our fourth child and she has put the ultimatum on me to leave.‘‘
The truth, while not likely to cause tongues wagging over coffee cups, is it is about family and the need for change.
‘‘The motivation is really just about getting a balance of life with the family and moving on away from the 24-7 on call work. Also, fresh eyes will be great for this place and I’m sure the next person will be fantastic. They may have a completely different view from me, but I’m confident it is going in the right direction.’’
Christiansen has been in the hospitality industry a long time. He graduated from the Cromwell Polytechnic in 1994 and in November 1995 took his first job as a porter in Queenstown, working through the ranks since then.
‘‘In 2005 I came to the Golden Gate Lodge as general manager. It was my first hotel placement and pretty exciting times. Cromwell had just gone through its first property boom really from 2001 and it was starting to get a name for itself. I came into a hotel that was in my mind a country hotel about to get into the tourism game.’’
The hotel directors had allowed him to run the hotel in a style that suited him.
‘‘[My resignation] took the directors a bit by surprise but they also understand it is coming up 12 years and change is good for them and it is also good for me. They were pretty supportive.’’
A career highlight had been the multi-million dollar redevelopment of The Gate - transforming it into a tourism destination.
Christiansen had taken a job with ITM in Cromwell, and was looking forward to the new direction, he said.
‘‘I have got a lot of emotions going through me at the moment. I have had it really good here, bosses who supported me, staff that are like family now...But it’s going to be good for me to move forward. I’m looking forward to it - a completely new industry and completely new direction so should be a bit of fun.’’