Fond Farewell from General Manager, David Brightling
Friday, September 3rd is my last day as your General Manager.
I leave the Club with many fond memories of my daily interactions with Members of all ages. From our oldest Member, Dr. Einhorn, at 102 and a regular at Sunday Brunch to children as young as three giving me “high fives” and asking questions like “What happened to your hair?” You’ve got to love their honesty! When explaining my role to young children, I often say “I am like the principal at school…”, which sometimes brings concerned expressions to their faces, until I say “…except that my job is to make sure that you have fun”, which always makes them smile.
At the other end of the spectrum, I enjoyed representing the Club on committees at the Community Services Center, AmCham and the European Chamber of Commerce. Other fond memories range from participating in Chinese Calligraphy Day to being Santa at Club events. From hosting ACC Speakers Series evenings to presenting trophies at tennis, swimming, and basketball events. From watching families enjoy “Summer Slide and Splash” and “Kids Rule the Pool” – alas, not this year – to welcoming Members to Music Nights in the California Room. And many, many more.
Throughout my tenure, I have enjoyed working with the many Member volunteers who generously give their time and expertise to the Club. To cite a few examples (with apologies to those I miss), I particularly enjoyed working with the knowledgeable Members on the MIS and Finance committees. It was also rewarding to work with F&B Chair Max Liu on recruiting an Executive Chef, strengthening our culinary team, and improving the food quality. I also enjoyed working on new committees and taskforces, like the Community Outreach Committee and the COVID-19 Taskforce.
I would like to thank our volunteers for their dedication, feedback and support and particularly mention the three Boards that I have served and their dedicated Presidents: Ken Chen, Mike Brennand and Maria Ting. Each has focused on different aspects of the Club; with their oversight, the ACC has gone from strength to strength, as it will continue to in the future. Likewise, I am grateful to this year’s Board for its understanding of my request for a slightly early departure so that I may begin the next chapter of my career in Singapore.
Finally, a word about our wonderful staff. The ACC can rightly boast that it has some of the friendliest staff in the industry. Reciprocal club visitors – especially those from our fellow Platinum Clubs of the World – always compliment our employees for the warm welcome and the friendly service that they provide. The ACC is committed to training to improve service levels and to invest in our employees, many of whom have chosen to make their careers at the Club.
In my younger days, I took canoe trips in the Northern Canadian wilderness. The rule was “always leave the
campsite better than you found it”. Leaving the ACC better than when I arrived is important to me, and I am confident that my successor will build on my work foundation (as I built upon my predecessors’ foundations) and take the ACC to the next level. I will follow the Club with interest in the years to come.
It has been an honor and a privilege to have been part of the ACC community for the past three years. I will cherish my happy memories and the warmth, encouragement and support I have received from Members and staff alike. I have made some lifetime friends here. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your General Manager.
With sincere gratitude and warm regards.