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July/August 2014 - David Shelton

My first real job where I received a check was at age 15. I started working at Happy Hollow Country Club as a busboy with a starting wage of $1.75 per hour.
Working as many hours as I could, I became a waiter in the informal dining room after my first year. During the summer I worked in the snack bar and the laundry department (anything to get overtime). The following year the Chef hired me to work in the garde manger department. That’s when I realized I had skills and I wanted to work in this business. I learned and excelled at various stations in the kitchen. The Chef and General Manager of the Club were instrumental in helping me get my career started by offering a Club scholarship that would put me through the culinary school. After receiving my Associates Degree, I worked at Happy Hollow until the age of twenty-two.
I was hired in March of 1986 as the night manager at St. Louis Country Club by Huebert Van Gent. Mr. Van Gent challenged me to improve my skills in all areas of club management. He encouraged me to develop a routine, always be proactive by planning ahead, be engaged in all aspects of the club, and most importantly following-up on assigned and delegated assignments. Mr. Van Gent gave me the time and the help to pursue my hospitality and restaurant management degree.
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