Less than a year ago Rob Page and Georgie Pontoni worked together selling properties at a real estate agent in Sydney’s trendy eastern suburbs.
Fast forward to the present and their business lives are still intertwined but the setting and job couldn’t be more different – they now are managing the Best Western Sanctuary Inn in Tamworth, country NSW.
Some people inflate their age to join the army. For 16-year-old Darryl Brown, fresh out of school in Grafton, northern NSW, it was to get his first job as a kitchen hand in a local restaurant.
It was an inauspicious beginning to a hospitality career that continues to this day – Darryl is now the owner of the Best Western Zebra Motel in Coffs Harbour, 90km away from where it all started.
Evan and Jenny Thompson’s hospitality journey started one Saturday morning…
“We were both teachers in Victoria and wanted to do something for ourselves rather than work for wages. We were sitting reading the paper one Saturday morning and saw an ad for an agent who was in Melbourne talking to people about business opportunities in apartment management rights.”
Life takes some strange twists and for Jamie Pascoe that happened when he left the building industry to run the family-owned hotel in Wagga Wagga at the tender age of 23.
It’s doubtful that anyone knows more about Best Western’s members than Stevie Russell, who has been working with them since 2003.
So it’s a good thing she reckons they are the best thing about her job as Member Services Manager.
It was the lure of the Great Ocean Road that brought Robyn and David Ritchie to beautiful Apollo Bay, where they now own the local Best Western, the largest property between Lorne and Warrnambool on Victoria’s spectacular west coast. Read more about ‘Creating A Quality Experience in Apollo Bay’
Tourism is on a roll in Rotorua, New Zealand, and John and Kitty Davis are right in the middle of it. Literally.
They own Best Western Braeside Rotorua, just a few minutes’ walk to many major tourist attractions, and have witnessed the rapid evolution of the beautiful lakeside city’s tourism industry over the past few years.
Read more about ‘Rotorua Becomes Home For a Hospitable Couple’
Family, football and food!
These are the driving passions of Simon Marchant, quite possibly the most positive and upbeat member of Best Western Australasia’s management team. Read more about ‘Simon Says, Smile.’
It’s funny how things happen.
Leon Wood got into hospitality in his home town of Taupo, New Zealand, so he’d have the money and time to train as a commercial pilot.
The idea was he’d work split shifts and fly in the middle of the day on his downtime.
“Treat everyone as you would like to be treated yourself.”
That’s the first piece of advice Peter and Kathy Boland – who own Best Western Cattle City Motor Inn in Rockhampton – received when starting out in the hospitality industry many years ago.