by Jan Danner
With all the new shareholders and visitors in the park I would like to introduce the employees who run our office, maintain our 220+ acres and management.
Linda Krout is our office manager and park accountant. She lives in Englewood and in January will have been on board 2 years. A trained accountant, she manages all our daily affairs, payroll, audits and reviews.
Sandy Gonzales – performs her duties as receptionist/admin asst. She is the pleasant voice who takes your calls, listens to complaints and gets the right person to solve your problem. She has been with us since Dec. 2015.
Teri Ardin – is our newest employee having been here 1 ½ years. She works part time as the Administrative Assistant. She assists Linda in any research and works with the board. She can handle anything that comes up in the office.
Linda, Sandy and Teri work well together and Linda has cross trained Sandy and Teri to cover days off, vacation, etc. These ladies are our front line and represent your first impression of our park. They will help you with almost any request – pleasantly and professionally. If this virus ever ends stop by and say hello. You’ll find them hard at work but they always have time to help a visitor or shareholder.
Randy Browning is our park manager and has been with us 21 years. His knowledge of our park is encyclopedic – If he doesn’t know it about La Casa it doesn’t exist. He lives with his family in Tampa and commutes daily. Despite what you hear we don’t pay him mileage. He may not give you the answer you want but the answer is always fair and according to our rules and regulations.
James (Jim) Byler is our maintenance supervisor. He’s the one with the beard. A 5-year employee he can do most everything to keep the park up to our great standards. Give him a wave as he traverses the park keeping up with his duties. He supervises the other workers.
Jean Anderson is the lady with the cart that trims, prunes and picks up after a storm. Always friendly she goes about her business without interfering with players -bocce, pickle ball, tennis and shuffleboard. She’s been with us 4 years by the time you read this.
John Drye is the guy with the cowboy hat and he always waves or tips his hat as he does his tasks around the park. He has done almost every job – and then some. A 7-year employee he comes to work with a positive attitude and a willingness to help.
Sean O’Neal is our longest serving employee with 8 years of experience. He’s the guy on his hand and knees, scrubbing the tile at the pool. He maintains the pH of the pool, temperature and cleanliness as well as servicing all the equipment at the pool house.
All of our employees are here for one reason – to make La Casa the best park in the state. They take pride in their jobs and are always ready to help. They are the most experienced crew we’ve ever had. Say “Hi” or wave when you see them.