Introduction of Gerry Belisle, our Controller

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Introduction of Gerry Belisle, our Controller

Hi!  I chose to use the word “introduce” rather that “interview” because as the Controller of our property, Gerry is very behind-the- scenes, and many of you might not know him…. First, let me tell you he has a vast knowledge of accounting inside and outside of the hotel business.  He has actually been in the accounting business for 49 years and 42 years of that have been spent in hotel accounting.  Now we will go on to the interview…. Gerry was born in Rhode Island and attended LaSalle Academy and then went on to Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.  Upon completing his education, he  stayed in Rhode Island doing general accounting for about three years until he was hired by The Sheraton Corporation in Boston.  Gerry received excellent training at the Sheraton , as Sheraton was known for their superior training at this time.  Two years later he was transferred to St. Louis, Missouri to open a new Sheraton there.  Upon completion of that project he received an offer he couldn’t refuse…..The Controller of The Boca Raton Resort and Club, which was owned by Arvida at the time.  After a few years there he went back to Boston as The General Manager for a hotel, and then he ended up back in  Florida at The Sheraton Miami Airport.  It was during this time that he received another interesting and prestigious offer which was from Ocean Reef Club, as VP of finance.  Gerry and I talk a lot about Ocean Reef because my husband and I joined about 3 years ago, and we really love it there.  Next to Lago Mar it is our favorite place!!!  After Ocean Reef  Gerry made one more stop before he joined the Lago Mar Family. He worked for Techton Hospitality for about six years, and then the rest is history…. Gerry has beenThe Controller for our property for ten years!!!   I am actually off right now to join Jim Pancallo and Gerry in the dining room  for lunch.  I will let you know what is new in there…..Deb