Tanque Verde Ranch Says Goodbye and Good Luck to Gus

August 3, 2011

Bob & Nicholas being coached by the King of the Square pancakes, Gus.


With mixed emotions, Tanque Verde Ranch announces that Paul “Gus” Gustafson will be leaving his position as General Manager and accepting the appointment as General Manager of Woodhill Country Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Since September 1992, Gus has been a loyal and dedicated member of the Tanque Verde Ranch staff. He started his career as a tennis pro and worked his way through the ranks, including management positions in operations, programs and recreation. In the spring of 2009, Gus was appointed General Manager. Through his hard work and dedication, Gus has become the hands on leader at Tanque Verde Ranch.

At Tanque Verde Ranch, Gus’s greatest strength has always been his excellent guest service skills. He prides himself on knowing his guests by name and strives to make each guest’s stay better than the last. During his time as General Manager, Tanque Verde Ranch received numerous awards including Top Ranch Finalist by Conde Nast, A Top Ten Family Vacation Destination by The Travel Channel, Top Wedding Venue by The Knot, and Top Spring Break for Families by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

“Joanne, the boys and I will miss all of our guests and staff, who have been like extended family, tremendously. We take with us 19 years of friendship, laughter and incredible memories. Thanks for your part in creating those memories,” said Gus.

Effective August 6th, Nicholas Gold will take over Gus’s responsibilities as the company works towards a permanent appointment. Gold is currently the Director of Operations and is responsible for all aspects of Ranch operations including food and beverage, reservations, housekeeping, grounds and maintenance. Gold has been with Tanque Verde Ranch since January 2011.

“We wish Gus and his family much happiness in their new home and new career,” said Scott Siler, Chief Executive Officer of Cote Family Companies.

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4 Responses to “Tanque Verde Ranch Says Goodbye and Good Luck to Gus”

  1. Megan Sarnecki Says:

    Gus!! You will be so missed! Hard to imagine a Thanksgiving without you. Good luck with your new endeavors in Minnesota. Maybe the Sarneckis will have to take up golf!

    • TVR Staff Says:

      Hi Megan,
      To say Gus will be missed is an understatment. He is what Tanque Verde Ranch is and stands for. Intergity and Family. The many of us who have had the opportunity to know Gus whether by working with him or being a guest here at the ranch are truly richer human beings for knowing him. We will miss Gus as you will but are exited to have your family back for yet another year at The Tanque Verde Ranch. Your family and families like yours make us who we are and we are happy to see you again, and agian , and again. Life will be different without Gus but we are all still here to mae your stay with us even better than the last one. Can’t wait to see you Megan and the rest of the gang. Happy Trails and see you soon,

      Leigh-Ann Kindberg
      Guest Services Director/Reservations
      leighannk@tvgr.com

  2. Janet Hartje Says:

    I am interested in the photo of the gila woodpecker on the saguaro cactus. I am making an art quilt for myself but it would probably be displayed at the state quilt show. I have a photo of a cactus and would like to use your photo of the woodpecker to add to my cactus. Would that be a possibility? How much would you charge for this image?

    • TVR Staff Says:

      That sounds just fine! The best photo we have is on our blog so if you can use, have fun. There is no charge unless you plan on making a whole bunch of quilts and selling them! Good luck!


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