TROY — The city of Troy’s recreation department board unanimously voted to hire David Kerg as Hobart Arena and Troy Aquatic Park ‘s concessionaire/food and beverage manager on Thursday.
The Recreation board made its decision during an executive session of a special meeting on Thursday. The board approved Kerg’s salary at $50,000 per year. Kerg will begin the position on Oct. 19.
“I think it’s a very good hire. I think it will be beneficial for the recreation department and the city of Troy and for all of our patrons,” said President of the recreation board Marty Hobart. (Kerg) has a lot of experience, good background. We are very pleased to make the appointment.”
According to Kerg’s resume, he is a resident of Troy. His most recent work experience was at the Olive, an urban dive restaurant in Dayton’s Oregon District. At the Olive, Kerg serves as the lead chef and kitchen manager. The independent restaurant recently announced that it was closing due to building issues and did not renew the lease of the 28 seat restaurant which was housed inside the historic 1938 Wympee Diner, in downtown Dayton.
Kerg also served as a chef at the Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Mary’s, chef’s assistant at the Piqua Country Club, sous chef at Versailles’s Michael Anthony’s at the Inn. He graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute in Arizona with an Associate’s degree in Occupational Studies in Le Cordon Blue Culinary Arts. He currently is certified in ServSafe management.
The Recreation Department did not renew its concessions operations lease last June with a local, non-profit sports league organization. As part of the arena’s $7.3 million renovation project, Crossroad Consulting’s feasibility study included detailed concession analysis. The study reviewed the arena’s potential revenue and forecast an increase in profits, including the new concessionaire position, if arena staff moved the concession service operations back in-house.
Kerg will also be in charge of the summer food and beverage operations of the Troy Aquatic Park.
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