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This is a lifestyle here, a whole different concept. You feel part of something. –

Janell Jellison, Member, Ventana Canyon Alliance Board of Managers

continued from page 47 playing with some of the top leaders in their community on the golf course.” Janell Jellison, a member of the Alliance Board of Managers, agrees. “People join clubs now for community. They want the whole family to be involved.” Led by the Alliance Board of Managers and advised by the Board of Governors, the club operates like a public company. “With 247 shareholders, we knew very early on that we ought to conduct our business as a public company would,” recalled Carney, who chaired the Board of Managers for seven years. “We very quickly defined ourselves as a business – not a country club – and conducted ourselves accordingly.” Shrewd money management over the last decade has enabled the club to reinvest $8 million into the property. White’s leadership team also works in tandem with the Ventana Canyon Community Association, which manages the surrounding luxury residential properties. This relationship cemented Ventana as a top community with milliondollar homes, stunning cactus gardens,

George White

GM & CEO,Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club

fitness paths and sidewalks where neighbors are running, walking their dogs and exercising under the Tucson sun. “This is a lifestyle here, a whole different concept,” said Jellison, who joined in 1989 and found the club to be a fundamental part of her son’s childhood. “You feel part of something.” As a successful realtor, Jellison also lauds Ventana as one of the most attractive places to live. “Many desert neighborhoods in Tucson can be a little stark,” she said. “Here, we have the sidewalks, the grass. You can walk, ride your bike and you never have to cross a major thoroughfare just to go to the club or get a good workout.” The Lodge, a 50-room boutique hotel run concurrently with the club, is a AAA Four Diamond property – an accomplishment the Board of Managers has upheld for the past 18 years. “We are very diligent about keeping it that way and consider that our top priority,” Carney said. “I love this place. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished.”

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Ventana Canyon Visionaries Gerald D’Huy Jerold McCoy Taylor Payson Travor Beste Michael Goode

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Janell Jellison

Member, Ventana Canyon Alliance Board of Managers

Dave Carney

Investor, Ventana Canyon Golf &www.BizTucson.com Racquet Club

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