The Clubhouse took another step towards opening on Monday when its new general manager, Kregg Clemens, came in for his first day of work. Clemens will now play an integral role in getting the family entertainment center ready for its opening day later this summer.
A native of the Omaha, Neb. area, Clemens moved to several western states as he pursued his career in retail management. Some of the companies he worked for are Toys R Us, Rite Aid Pharmacy, and most recently Pilot Flying J, which brought him to the Ardmore area just over four years ago.
Clemons said his wife works with the Ardmore Little Theater and helped with the Haunted Forest the last couple of years. This led to Clemens becoming more familiar with the parks department as well as the staff.
“When I found out about the opportunity at The Clubhouse, I was intrigued enough to look into it, and once I talked to them about it I was interested even more,” Clemens said. “It sounded like a great idea that would be good on both sides.”
He is most excited about being a part of bringing so many fun new activities to the area.
“My title is manager, but it feels more like being director of fun,” Clemens said. “For people in the Ardmore area, they’d have to drive 80 or 90 miles to find anything similar, so I’m really excited about presenting this to the community. It’s wonderful to provide so many fun activities and to employ about 60 people, which is what we’re looking to bring on board.”
Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin said both the parks department and the City of Ardmore are thrilled to make Clemens part of the team. She pointed out Clemens, a father of four, will be able to look at The Clubhouse through the eyes of a father and give insight into what will interest kids and teenagers.
“We think he’s going to do a great job for us,” Ervin said. “We’re glad to have someone coming in with a pair of fresh eyes because we’ve been looking at it for a while now. It’s exciting to have someone new working with us who can give us their opinions and ideas.”
Clemens said he’s extremely grateful to be coming in at this stage in the construction process. Though the plans are set and construction is well underway, he will be able to help with the fine details.
“A lot of my input is going to get factored in from the very beginning, and that’s so important,” Clemens said. “Coming from the corporate world, a lot of the times you’re told ‘this is what you get.’ To be able to get in from the ground floor and know that you helped bring something to life is amazing.”