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MAC makes big splash with director hire

After not coming up with a satisfactory candidate in its first effort to find a new executive director this past fall, it appears, on paper, that the Madras Aquatic Center Board of Directors has lured a major find in round No. 2.

Todd Andres, 44, has been hired as the new executive director at the MAC. He comes with a ton of experience as a lead executive, garnered at two much larger, likely more problem-rich entities.

For several years, Andrews was the operations director of the Running Y Ranch in Klamath Falls. Shortly after the resort was sold, Andres went on to run a large senior living complex in California that entailed 975 homes and several recreation elements, including a pool and a theater.

While the MAC has its own unique set of difficulties, I doubt they compare with the issues faced while running one of the state's largest resorts, or the expansive senior living complex. With that experience, Mr. Andres comes to this job with a self-imposed high bar. Hopefully the comparatively smaller-scale position of heading up the MAC will keep Andres challenged.

One has to appreciate the attitude he shared with the Pioneer regarding his new position, that he isn't here to just run a pool but to get the recreation program in gear. That will indeed be a significant challenge — but a well conceived, well managed community recreation program is something the Madras area is hungry for.

Since the pool opened in 2008, the MAC has struggled to find stable, longterm leadership. With Andres' arrival, hopefully that will change, that he'll be successful and stick around. With an improving economy and a stronger funding base, thanks to last year's voter-passed operating levy increase, hopefully the MAC will make the transition from merely surviving to absolutely thriving.

It sure looks like the district took a big first step with this hire.

Oh, and Broncos 27-Seahawks 24.




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