Opportunity calls

Published 11:27 pm Sunday, July 5, 2015

To the editor:


I began my job as executive director of Tryon Arts and Crafts School in February, and had to step down in May due to a job offer that is taking my wife and me to Arizona. I want to thank the Tryon Arts and Crafts board of directors for the opportunity to work at their wonderful facility, and to let the community know that my leaving TAC is no reflection on the organization.

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When my wife and I moved to Tryon in 2011, we knew it was quite possible we’d have one more move ahead before we’d be able to retire here, but when TAC offered the executive director position to me, we were thrilled to be able to stay in Tryon.


As luck would have it, within days of starting the job at TAC, I got an unusual call that led to my being offered a job as president of a company with a “blank canvas” for direction and growth that would be a capstone event for a long career in sales and marketing leadership. It was a rare opportunity and one that was too good to turn down.


Tryon Arts and Crafts School has a solid presence in the community and some exciting plans for future expansion of programs and operations that will require a unique blend of skills from a new executive director. I wish all the best to the fortunate person who will step into the position I had to leave.


Paul McMinn

Tryon, N.C.