Director of Facilities
Susan Wardle and Russell Burlette
Hometown: Seabrook, Texas
How did you become employed at The Clubs of Cordillera Ranch?
I had the opportunity to move my family from Corpus Christi to Boerne in order to be closer to extended family. Shortly after arriving, I was encouraged to learn about Cordillera Ranch during my job search. I replied to an opportunity on Indeed, interviewed with Joe Davis and found a wonderful spot to get to work in the Maintenance Department.
What do you like most about working at Cordillera Ranch?
Solving new problems and learning new things every day really makes this job interesting. There are so many different moving parts and projects going on all the time. I enjoy the challenge in keeping everything running smoothly!
What past work history prepared you for The Clubs?
I think that every bit of my work history has helped prepare me for this position: working in the technical side of commercial security taught me a lot about alarms, camera systems and troubleshooting; experience in automotive repair provided me with a good basis for understanding mechanical issues; 10 years of experience in Food & Beverage has given me the ability to really put people and service first; and lastly, I was fortunate enough to build and manage my own establishment in Corpus — the eventual sale of which allowed me to move to the next stage of my career here at Cordillera Ranch.
What makes your colleagues an asset to The Clubs?
My team is so crucial to every part of Cordillera Ranch. We all have our own jobs and responsibilities but being a small department with such a wide range of duties makes working together as a team a must. Whether it was getting ready to open the new Georg building at the Lodges or opening the pool for the season, I work with a great team and we are always looking out for each other.
What has been your most rewarding professional experience?
Being considered for and receiving this Director of Facilities position.
What has been your greatest professional challenge?
Learning how to perform the Director of Facilities role! It was a challenge to juggle the new responsibilities, protocols, stay on top of the needs of the Club and fill our team with people who really contribute to our department’s success.
What are your hobbies and interests?
My time off is very similar to my time at work. I enjoy building things, home improvement projects and anything mechanical. My dad kept an old rifle from his brother and recently passed it down to me. It had spent the last 30 years in his attic and was in terrible condition but its value is completely sentimental so I decided to restore it — everything from polishing/bluing the barrel to refinishing the stock. I was able to take it back to my dad and shoot it for the first time since his brother had. I would like to build on that experience and turn it into a new hobby.
Most meaningful personal experience?
Watching my son learn how to do new things — it was really great when he realized how his bicycle works! Growing up, I never got involved in any kind of school sports. Instead, I lived on my bike. It became a passion and part of my identity all the way through high school. The day that we went from pushing him down the sidewalk, to him taking off on his own and enjoying it so much was a very special day for me.