What the...EL? with Noel Acres
Meet the faces behind the Hotel Eldorado team and what keeps them smiling
Who: Noel Acres
What: Marina Manager
Where: Kelowna born
Why: Heard only good things about the El
In the summer during his time off from UBCO, Noel Acres returns to his summer role at the Eldorado Marina. A reoccurring ritual for seven years, Noel still takes pleasure in his role. As a long time employee of the marina situated on the beautiful Okanagan Lake, Noel certainly has some interesting stories about the Hotel. He recalls a time a few years ago when a past Marina Manager attempted to organize the marina staff to put on a water show
“We meet every Wednesday to work on our set. We attempted floating pyramids” Noel laughs as he remembers. The funny part was that not many of the staff were avid water skiers and it was apparent in their practices. Though they never fully got it together for the show, the team had a lot of fun playing around in the water and building strong bonds. Memories like these stand out because they make the marina a happening place to be during the summer months.
As a natural leader, Noel enjoys the position of Marina Manager at the Hotel Eldorado. He finds the challenge exciting and is glad to be responsible for the role. The largest obstacle he mentions is trying to schedule staff around the weather. As the marina is an extremely weather influenced business, he cannot always use all of his staff as much as they would like and on the opposite end, sometimes he cannot round up an adequate crew last minute on a hot summer day.
Advice Noel offers to new or potential employees is to try your hardest and never give up. Every year, there are many staff members who aren’t sure whether or not to come back the following summer. From experience, Noel notices it’s always the return staff who get better roles and who move up with the company. When he works up an appetite from a day in the sun, Noel’s favourite menu item is Pat’s Pizza.
During the first season as Marina Manager, Noel has done a terrific job and is always a team player. Marina staff enjoys his kind management style and easily learn the ropes through his guidance. We invite you to come down and rent one of our many water toys this summer and chat Noel up!