New leadership at The Ranchmen’s Club maintains high standards

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It has been an attention-grabbing and difficult two-year time period for Dena Dixon, the primary feminine president of The Ranchmen’s Membership, however she has achieved loads throughout her pandemic-era management.


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Following final week’s annual basic assembly she’s going to proceed to function past-president/board member for one more 12 months, blissful to have maintained a strong membership in the course of the eight months the membership was closed as a consequence of COVID restrictions and discovering wonderful replacements for basic supervisor Kim Iwamoto, who has returned to Ontario, and head chef Kenneth Titcomb, who retired after a formidable 26 years serving members.

Solely 9 per cent of the membership was misplaced; embrace the conventional drop as a consequence of attrition and the determine reveals a powerful loyalty to the membership that maintains a wholesome membership of round 1,160.

A search was held to seek out one of the best chef and the phrase was despatched to the Canadian Society of Membership Managers to make members conscious of the Calgary opening.


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The result’s the hiring of the 2 males who’ve created a nationwide culinary gem for this metropolis; the small however a lot lauded Von Der Fels restaurant on 1st Road S.W. between 10th and 11th Avenues.

Proprietor/operator Will Trow has offered the restaurant as a turnkey operation to mates who will run it underneath a brand new identify specializing in Italian delicacies. Already spending time attending to know The Ranchmen’s Membership, Trow will take over as basic supervisor in September.

Born and raised on the West Island of Montreal, his first jobs have been at a few of Canada’s most prestigious golf programs, working his method up in positions in bag retailers and professional retailers and, deciding that golf can be his profession, took the golf administration course at Georgian Faculty in Barrie, Ont.


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However second ideas a few career that had such a brief Canadian season led him again to Montreal the place he graduated in enterprise and advertising and marketing on the College of Montreal’s Hautes Etudes Commerciales Enterprise Faculty.

Whereas incomes his bachelor’s diploma, Trow began his first enterprise, taking on a well being meals bar in a health centre. He diversified into catering and meal planning, and found a brand new ardour in wine. After extra education to turn out to be a licensed sommelier, he had one other calling — the West,

His father was in enterprise right here and after a number of journeys to Calgary and Banff — his spouse, Sandi, is a ski teacher — he offered his enterprise and moved right here in the hunt for new alternatives.

Von Der Fels was opened in 2016 and the next 12 months received Air Canada EnRoute third-best new restaurant, adopted by many extra accolades.


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Trow’s chef since 2018, Douglas King, who elevated the delicacies at Von Der Fels by counting on high-quality regionally sourced elements, has been employed as the brand new head chef at The Ranchmen’s Membership.

King will convey his expertise from high quality kitchens such because the Lumiere, Hawksworth and Kissa Tanto in Vancouver however, though he appears to be like ahead to introducing Italian and Japanese menu objects to the membership, says his favorite preparation continues to be rib-eye — and he guarantees to all the time serve membership specialties of toasted lobster sandwiches and liver and onions.

King can also be a skier, having accomplished the strenuous 55-kilometre Canadian Birkebeiner cross-country race six occasions

Trow and King stay up for this new chapter of their careers, together with a employees of 30 serving members and friends of the 130-year-old membership. Now underneath the management of newly elected president Harry Taylor, it’s planning extra thrilling modifications that can embrace changing the Wolf’s Den right into a welcoming cocktail bar and extra workspaces out there for members within the post-pandemic enterprise world.


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Sport has all the time been a guiding ardour for Marco De Iaco, and he’s now again serving the trade because the newly appointed vice-president of enterprise growth for the Western Hockey League. De Iaco’s profession involvement with sports activities consists of phrases as vice-president of gross sales, sports activities and main occasions at Tourism Calgary, government director Calgary Sports activities Tourism Authority, and a director for Olympic & Paralympic Bid Exploration. Add his enterprise levels from the College of Calgary and the Smith Faculty of Enterprise at Queen’s, and De Iaco is properly suited to his new place.

David Parker seems commonly within the Herald. Learn his columns on-line at He will be reached at 403-830-4622 or by electronic mail at



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