30 Apr Congratulations on 25 Years – Grant Easterby
There was a lot to love about the year 1994; Mariah Carey’s Hero launched as the number one song, the laughs kept rolling in Seinfeld and Tom Hanks famously said, “life was like a box of chocolates…” as Forrest Gump. 1994 was also the year our Chief Executive Officer, Grant Easterby, started his employment at the RSL.
As Grant approaches a milestone of 25 years’ service at the Club, we took this opportunity to get to know him and his journey a little bit better.
Congratulations on 25 years of service Grant.
Tell us about your journey here at the Club and how you came to be the Chief Executive Officer.
I started in the Club Industry at Goulburn Workers Club at the age of 18 picking up glasses and cleaning toilets. I then moved to the Central Coast Masonic Club as a barman/cellarman, next to Toukley RSL, and then onto Tamworth Workman’s Club as Assistant General Manager before accepting a managerial position at Dee Why RSL.
What have you most enjoyed about this journey?
No doubt it’s the people – from industry colleagues, to our trade suppliers but most importantly the staff, our Board and of course the members. Our industry is just such a wonderful, friendly environment where lifetime friendships are made.
What does success look like to you?
It’s a vision to improve peoples’ lives. An idea that turns into hard work, determination, facing all the hurdles no matter how hard they might be and never quitting. Then seeing the result – there is nothing more rewarding.
What are you most proud of?
There are so many things – our great facilities, our Retirement Village, our Childcare Centre and the Veterans Centre which are all underpinned by servicing our community.
It’s what we were formed to do, it’s what we should do and can do and it’s what we will always do.
What do you like to do for fun?
I like a round of golf, although the handicap is slipping! Lunch with friends full of laughter is great on a weekend. I like travelling and would
like to do lots more of that in the future.
How have you seen the Club change over the last 25 years?
I’m proud that our Club has remained relevant to our local community. Whilst we have continually grown and increased membership,
it must have a purpose and our focus is unwavering in delivering what our members and our community expects and deserves.
What advice would you give to anyone with aspirations of becoming a CEO?
Any success is built around people. Leadership is about creating a vision and then building teams to deliver it. From our Board to our Executive Management team, the operational and support teams and the front line staff we have excellent people. People with enthusiasm, energy, passion and commitment.
Then let them do their job. It’s easy to think sometimes that you should know everything and that’s simply not possible. Nurture, support
and encourage teams – the total output of a truly effective team will always be far greater than the sum of its parts.
If you could invite any three people to a dinner party who would they be and why?
The Dalai Lama – because often we make life harder than it is. We need to be more grounded to focus on the really important things in life.
William Shakespeare – because his work demonstrates such an innate understanding of human nature – what drives us, conflicts us and ultimately shapes us.
My Dad – because I miss him.
What most excites you about the future of the RSL?
There are endless opportunities. I have more ideas and plans in my head than I can cope with at times!! They won’t all work but some
will – and those will be the ones that deliver meaningful outcomes for our members and community.
We have seen you in some colourful suits, can you let us know what the next one will look like?
I can’t divulge too many secrets!! But hey – if you can’t have a laugh as well as laughing at yourself you’re probably in the wrong industry!