Club Hill adds new manager to its team

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  • By Airman 1st Class Melissa Dearstone
  • 75th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Club Hill welcomed the newest member to its team, Christian Peal, Club Hill manager, in December 2010.

Peal grew up in Califon, N.J., which is located in the northwestern part of the state. After earning an associate degree in culinary arts at Johnson Wales University in Providence, R.I., he spent a number of years working in commercial restaurants before joining the Army and spending two years as an armor crewman driving tank. He then used his GI bill and Army College Fund to return to college and earn a bachelor's degree in hotel/restaurant and yourism management from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, N.M.

For the last ten years, Peal has been managing Air Force lodging in different locations across the world.

"I went from assistant manager to manager at various lodging locations for the Air Force and then was given the opportunity to become the club manager here at Hill," said Peal.

"I wanted to take this job because of the opportunity," he said. "It's great coming in from outside the club world, even within the Air Force, because I came in with no pre-conceived notions, and I know from the outside what it was that I wanted to see in a club as a club member."

Peal said that being the club manager means he has the opportunities to help make some great changes here.

"One of our biggest goals is to give folks more things to do and more things to come out for," he said.

Peal wants to bring more activities and entertainment to the club that will appeal to more people. "Comedy nights, Mongolian barbecue night, disc jockeys and live music and 8 ball tournaments are just some of the activities we have planned," he said.

"For me, the point in what we do is to give the people on base things to do, so they don't have to drive to Ogden or Salt Lake City to find a good time," said Peal. "We have a great venue and when we do offer events, for example UFC fights, we get great participation, so for us it's finding more things to offer."

Aside, from offering more activities, Club Hill is looking to revise and revamp their menu.

"We are looking to refresh our menu and are looking at healthier options," said Peal. "We are taking into consideration what our customers want in order to accommodate them and current trends."

Peal said he works with a great team of folks who are really encouraged and want to fill their calendars so the club has something going on just about every day of the week.