Sports, fitness director enjoys seeing recreation facilities full

Rob Goldman has worked as teacher, tennis pro

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Howard At Play

September 10, 2000|By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND

Name: Rob Goldman

Job description: Vice president and director of sports and fitness division for the Columbia Association since 1989. Includes administrative oversight of 23 outdoor pools, indoor swim center, Supreme Sports Club, Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym, two golf courses, tennis operations, Columbia Ice Rink, the horse center, sports park and membership service center. The division, led by operations and marketing directors who report to Goldman, generates about $21 million in annual revenue, which ranks the Columbia Association 25th nationally among recreation

fitness organizations. 320 full-time-equivalent employees.

Age: 50

Residence: Hickory Ridge Village, Columbia.

Personal: Cincinnati native with English degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. College tennis player. Taught high school English for one year, then gave it up for career in tennis and, later, recreation.

"I realized I made more in one summer teaching tennis than I did in a year of teaching," he said.

Was teaching pro 10 years in indoor club in Cincinnati, then moved to Denver for two years as director of one of the nation's largest rec facilities while employed by a facilities-management firm; recruited for Columbia by now-retired Columbia Association President Padraic M. Kennedy. Three daughters, one grandson.

Best part of the job: "It always makes me feel good to be in one of our facilities at prime time - that means, for example, seeing about 2,000 people at the Supreme Sports Club. It makes you feel really good to see every part of a facility used."

Most challenging part of the job: "Finding and researching ways to provide more recreational opportunities for the community. My main goal for CA is to maximize the usage of our facilities while being fiscally prudent. But in the private sector, the emphasis is even more on the bottom line."

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