REMINDERVILLE — With nearly a decade of experience in the recreation and fitness fields, Aaron Tripp says he is excited to start his new position as operations director of the Reminderville Athletic Club.

Tripp was named to the post at a special Village Council meeting Aug. 15. He started his duties Aug. 29, and will receive an initial salary of $50,000.

He was one of four candidates for the position, according to Council President Thomas DiCarlo, and replaced interim director Thomas Plunkett, who had taken over for the retired Mario Molina. 

Tripp’s duties include membership recruitment, retention and marketing; managing daily operations; training and supervising employees; preparing the budget; addressing and resolving concerns from members and employees; and overseeing all aspects of the rec center.

"I am excited to bring my experience to the village to make the Reminderville Athletic Club a place that is city-close and country-quaint," he said. "It’s too early to think about specific things that I’d like to accomplish, but I want to make the facility something that everyone can be a part of. It’s a dream come true [to manage the facility]."

"I am very excited to have Aaron as the new Reminderville Athletic Club director," said DiCarlo. "His vast experience in the fitness industry and community involvement will be a big asset to both the village and the RAC."

A graduate of Brecksville High, Tripp, 33, has a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Kent State University and a master’s degree in non-profit administration from John Carroll University.

He and his wife Heidi have two young children and live in North Olmsted. He said his family has deep roots in the Brecksville and Broadview Heights communities, and his ancestors were among early settlers there. "I am very proud of that," he said.

Among places he has worked after his college career are Cleveland State University, the city of Broadview Heights, University of Minnesota, Cleveland YMCA and LA Fitness.

He said he also gained experience while working at Kent State and John Carroll universities when he was a student. He has worked in such areas as summer camps, fitness, facility operations and youth sports.

The 44,000-square-foot RAC at Glenwood Boulevard and Liberty Road opened last fall at a cost of $5.1 million. It features a 5,000-square-foot fitness center open 24/7, suspended 3-lane track overlooking two basketball and volleyball courts, Vortex Splashpad for youngsters and a 4-foot deep pool.

The project was funded through an $11.6 million (principal and interest), 25-year bond with the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, which was approved in April 2015.

When the facility opened, Mayor Sam Alonso said, "Instead of something institutional, we offer something a little different. We want this to have more of a country club feel to it."

He added it was important to design the center with an eye toward a younger age group. "This is every bit of what I envisioned," he noted when the facility opened last fall.

The center also employs director of community programming Colleen Martin, a former special events coordinator for the city of Aurora, and about 20 part-time staffers.

Tripp said a one-year anniversary celebration will run Oct. 1-7, with several activities being planned by a committee.

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