An Interview with Jim Pancallo, Our General Manager

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An Interview with Jim Pancallo, Our General Manager

Hi!  I thought  now that Easter was over and summer was approaching I would interview some of the people that are key to Lago Mar’s success.  First, I chose Jim Pancallo, who I like and respect very much!!  He is our General Manager and is on property six days  a week.  His story is very interesting….. He actually was interested in pursuing a career in medicine ,and while trying to make ends meet he went to bartending school and was offered a job at The Sheraton Yankee Clipper.  I don’t mean to reveal his age… but this was during the height of Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale, so one could just imagine how lucrative a  bartending position could be in a hot spot like The Clipper.  Of course, he was noticed by the owner, who was a good friend of my Dad’s, and then promoted to Food and Beverage Manager.  Soon he was promoted to Night Manager and then to General Manager.  The Yankee Clipper was sold, and Jim moved on to the Pelican Grand Beach Resort.  That property was also sold, and Jim became part of The Lago Mar Family.   That was a little over 5 years ago…. I forgot to mention that Jim is a Native of Florida.  He was born at Broward General Hospital, just like me!!!  Currently, he serves on The Greater Fort Lauderdale Beach Council, the Marketing Advisory Committee for Broward County, and the Board for the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.  He is also heading up a  Committee for Emergency Preparedness for our Barrier Island. I found the last part of this interview especially interesting as I learned from talking to Jim exactly what our area plans to do in the event of a disaster.  Of course, I hope Jim’s plans never come to fruition….. The forecasts are saying we will have a mild hurricane season.  I pray!!!!!  Deb