The article about Wembley in Club Business International is a great celebration of a dream come true. I would just like to thank everyone who made it possible. The evolution of Wembley from a troubled, and mostly abandoned facility in 2014, to a vibrant center of exercise and friendships in 2021 happened through the love and effort of amazing members and staff.
From the beginning of the journey, it has always been the goal to build the most positive, and spirited atmosphere. Every hire for the staff has been made with the determination to have the most friendly, and welcoming club. In the beginning, we quickly promoted our future stars Ali Hively, Garry Tyson, and Michelle Scacchi to take on club leadership positions. In the early years, we grew due to the charisma of the staff, even while the facility was still in need of much improvement. I am extremely proud that the same key people continue to put their imprint on the Wembley atmosphere.
As the years have moved on, new club leaders have elevated us to outstanding levels of positivity and success. Colleen Ryan and Katie Allan have the rare ability to impact every corner of Wembley with their incredible versatility and ability across the entire spectrum of Wembley activities. The acceleration of Wembley’s facility and programming are in direct correlation to Colleen and Katie’s leadership over the last couple years.
The development of our fitness program is a true jaw dropper. We went from 7 classes per week, to 54 classes filled with love and good vibes. We are fortunate to have the same kind of spirited leadership with our tennis and pickleball pros. Our team of Dre Mick, Sherif Abohabaga, Ben Slade, and Robert Golsmith fulfill that vision of positivity. Heather Horschler and Laura Bursee continue that customer-focused friendly and skilled instruction in the pool.
The Heroes Behind the Scenes
Our behind the scenes heroes are also a huge part of Wembley’s ascension. Kelly’s unwavering support through every stage of the journey has been incredible. I am not sure how many wives would have been so willing for her husband to abandon a successful career to take on a dream. Trevor, Bob, Ira, Larry, and Tino have been instrumental in improving the facility, which has been a big challenge from day one. Kathy gives us great reliability and stability in the front office. The Wembley 2021 team is the foundation. It is my pleasure to be able to work with such great people every day!
I am enormously grateful for our members, who feel more like family. It still amazes me when I think back to 2014. So many special members that endured all of the tribulations, and continued to support the club. To the investors who believed in our potential, and helped us to move on the path to success, thank you. And to all of the members who have joined over the years, you have made Wembley the best place for the combination of exercise, and friendships. I have visited many dozens of clubs all through the Midwest, and northeast. I can say with certainty that there is not a single club anywhere that matches our camaraderie, and fun spirit. You have created something truly unique, and I am so proud to be a part of it.
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