Todd Andres will start work Jan. 20 as the new Madras Aquatic Center executive director.An experienced executive director, Todd Andres, took over management of the Madras Aquatic Center on Jan. 20.

Andres, 44, of Klamath Falls, was selected from a large group of applicants, according to Anita Goodwin, chairman of the MAC Board of Directors. The search was conducted with the assistance of Central Oregon Seed Inc., which provided the consulting firm to screen applicants and narrow the group down to about 10 for an online assessment.

From there, the board selected four to interview. "After those were interviewed, Todd stood out for his management and financial experience, as well as his friendly and approachable manner," she said.

"He also has experience in turning around a troubled organization and experience in the resort industry," Goodwin continued. "Overall, I feel confident that he is going to be a real asset to the MAC and the community."

The MAC has undergone considerable upheaval over the past year, including the resignations of former operations manager Carolyn Harvey at the end of September, and aquatics manager Bobby DeRoest, who was rehired as the MAC coach.

During that time, the board decided to reorganize, and hired Margaret Kincaid as the interim manager in October. The plan now is to have an executive director, and hire an aquatics supervisor and recreation coordinator.

"Margaret is still helping out with the transition at the MAC," said Goodwin, indicating that Kincaid has helped with Andres' orientation. "She did a good job in a difficult situation as interim director, and we are very grateful for her willingness to do that."

The new executive director, Andres, "hit the deck running," said Goodwin, adding that he and Chuck Schmidt, the facilities manager, have already met with a representative of Myrtha Pools to work out a solution for repairing loose tiles on the pools.

Most recently, Andres was employed as the manager of a large active adult community in Sacramento, Calif., which had 975 homes, as well as a 25,000-square-foot club house, pool, theater, ballroom and activity rooms.

From 1996 until 2011, Andres was employed at the Running Y Ranch, a resort in Klamath Falls, starting out as the operations manager, and ending up as the regional manager.

In 2010, the parent company, Jeld-Wen, sold all their real estate interests to Northview Hotel Group, of Westport, Conn., which also owns Eagle Crest, outside of Redmond, and Brasada Ranch, in Powell Butte. Andres worked for Northview for about 10 months, then took some time off before accepting the Sacramento position, where he worked from June 2012 until August 2013.

For family reasons, Andres returned to Klamath Falls, where his wife and two sons, Seth, 15, and Harper, 8, had remained while he commuted. The family is in the process of moving to Central Oregon — possibly Terrebonne or Redmond, where his parents live.

"My wife was able to transfer her job from Klamath Falls to Bend," said Andres, noting that she is a treasury officer for Washington Federal.

Andres grew up in the Seattle area, and graduated from high school in Issaquah, Wash., before attending Washington State, in Pullman. He earned a bachelor's degree in social studies in 1992, and went to work for Trendwest Resorts, a time share company, from 1992-96.

"When I came here, I made it clear I wasn't interested in just running a pool, but in developing and expanding the recreation district," he said.

Attracted to the local position by the board's passion for the MAC, Andres has many ideas for increasing the recreation offerings in Madras. "I'm thinking a healthy mind, a healthy body," the new director said.

After a week on the job, Andres is enthusiastic about the MAC facility. "I think it's a beautiful piece of property, and a great asset for the community and region," he said.

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