New opportunities at OMNI a gift for the ambitious
Chris Weber prepares for more food services responsibilityJune 27, 2012
The first word that comes to Chris Weber's mind when he's asked how he feels about stepping into more responsibility at OMNI Health Care's home office is "exciting."
As of July 3, Chris Weber moves into the position of nutrition and food services operations manager, which will require him to build on the skills he's gained over nearly three years as nutritional-care manager, and he says part of the excitement is the unknowns that lie in wait.
His domain will move beyond just the menus and kitchens to encompass all the relationship building that comes with suppliers and team members in the name of enhancing quality in residents’ dining rooms.
"The opportunity to really have an impact and make improvements on the lives of residents from a food service and nutrition standpoint," jumps out as a big source of the excitement Weber feels as he prepares for the increased workload.
OMNI president and CEO Patrick McCarthy says he's confident Weber will thrive under the scope of additional responsibility because of his wide breadth of knowledge as a trained, red-seal chef, and as someone who has been steadily involved in each of the 17 homes since coming to OMNI, "so he understands long-term care," McCarthy says.
"We brought Chris in . . . and he's developed well. He understands the culture and is ready now to be able to take that additional work on."
McCarthy adds that Weber moving into a new position is an example of the benefits of bringing skilled staff into the organization, nurturing their skills and preparing them for leadership succession.
"He's got the capacity from a skills basis, and he's also demonstrated leadership and managerial skills," says McCarthy. "He's continually developing and he's always learning, so it's a good example of how you invest and get a return on that investment."
As Weber considers the new position, he acknowledges that new opportunities are a gift for the ambitious, and he's thankful to have a chance to prove himself in a new role.
"It speaks volumes to the type of organization that we have, that they're willing to educate and promote; there are great opportunities and great people behind them," Weber says.
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