13 Things You Didn't Know About ... Ed Romanowski

It's easy to learn about someone's company with a few mouse clicks. But because Vacation Ownership is a people business, we want to introduce you to the People of CVOA. Each month we will profile a CVOA member, highlighting "13 Things You Didn't Know About" the person.

This month we introduce you to Ed Romanowski, CVOA's Board Chair.

A Few Things Almost Everyone Knows About Ed:

Where I'm From: Born and raised in Winnipeg and in 1977, transplanted to Alberta for a career. My family and I live in Calgary.

Family: In addition to my Bellstar family, my wife Alice and I have a 19 year old son, Ryan, who is studying Business at Mount Royal University.

Career:  Over past 11 years, I have served as President and Founder of Bellstar Hotels & Resorts.

Passions:  All aspects of the hotel and hospitality industry.

13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Ed:

1. Reading: “Good Leaders Learn: Lessons from Lifetimes of Leadership” by Gerard Seijts

2. Why I Joined This Great industry: In 1973, Professor Donald Stone at the University of Winnipeg really got me interested in the development and marketing of tourism and hospitality businesses; I have pursued jobs and investments in all faucets of the industry ever since

3. My Top 3 Passions: Bellstar, family and travel with my family

4. Forgotten Achievement That Makes Me Feel “Older”: I ran a 2 hour and 39 minute marathon many years ago

5. Next On My Bucket List: A Formula 1 Grand Prix event combined with serious food and beverage experiences

6. First Job Ever: Newspaper carrier for the two major newspapers in Winnipeg

7. Job That Paid For My Education: Gas jockey and service technician at my Dad’s service station

8. Community: Advisory Board Member on the University of Winnipeg Faculty of Business; Economics Advisory Board and Board Member for the Edge School for Athletes

9. Favourite Recreation: Running and golf with my family

10. Favourite Vacation Destinations: Canmore, Okanagan, Kokanee Springs, Arizona and Hawaii

11. Favourite Beverages: Black coffee and red wines from everywhere

12. Favourite Food: I’ll try almost anything at least once!

13. Favourite Annual Holiday: Christmas and New Year’s Eve with family

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