Mid-Atlantic Events magazine publisher and editor Jim Cohn recently sat down with Kris Fair, general manager of Bluestone Country Club, in Whitpain Township.
Jim: Kris, what have been some of the highlights of your career?
Kris: Jim, we’ve known each other for at least three decades. In those early years, I’d have pointed out the large catering events that I was part of in Philadelphia or the success of taking a small struggling country club and making it prosper.
Thankfully, I see highlights so much differently now. Today, I enjoy the relationships that made me a better business partner; I think of Robert Ryan Catering who mentored me in sales – we became such close friends, and we had fun doing business. Bob Ryan is the epitome of a mentor, he took every opportunity to show me a better way, a smarter way – and, for the client, a memorable way.
I can look back at Mike Boris of Frog Commissary at the Franklin Institute who ended every meeting with “Now let’s be upbeat and positive” – never a truer statement about how hospitality staff should be while providing top level service to demanding clients.
I appreciate Mike Bowman of Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board who doesn’t believe ideas should have boundaries. It is these individuals who are the highlights of my career. I hope to leave a legacy on those I impact in the same way these men have done for me.
The interview goes on to discuss the future of golf, Bluestone Country and Blue Bell Inn, and the future of both properties.
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