As Doug Wakefield resigns after 13 years as the renowned Queensland club’s general manager, Adam Wiencke has been chosen to take on the role.

Carina Leagues Club undertook an extensive recruitment process, attracting over 90 applicants and a significant number of interviews. Wiencke, who is currently finishing up his role as group GM for Goodna Services Club, was ultimately successful.

In statement on LinkedIn Carina Leagues Club president Wade Core, thanked Wakefield for his tenure in the role, and welcomed Wiencke.

“Over the last 13 years, Doug has done an amazing job and we all thank him for his contribution and wish him every success for the future,” stated Core.

“Adam is passionate about family, community involvement, education, staff relationship and customer satisfaction and the Club looks forward to Adam’s contribution to the next stage of Carina Leagues Club ongoing development…  I know I can count on everybody making Adam welcome to the Carina Leagues Club family.”

Carina Leagues Club president Wade Core (left) with new general manager Adam Wiencke. Image: LinkedIn/Carina Leagues Club.

Wiencke is excited to take on the role at Carina Leagues Club, and help it grow even more.

“I’m just really excited about getting the opportunity to run one of the biggest clubs in Queensland and try to get it to the best standing it can be in the state, and bring something different and innovative. Getting a different view on the business and looking at opportunities, and really getting the community together and making it the best and biggest club that can be.”

In his career, Wiencke has spent eight years in management with ALH Hotels and Australian Venue Co, including overseeing Queensland’s top performing pub, the Browns Plains Hotel. He has spent the last two and a half years as general manager and then group general manager of Goodna Services Club. His tenure there included several covid shutdowns, a flood that destroyed the old Goodna Services Club,the move to a temporary adjacent site, and the build of the new club, now known as Club Parkview, which has been trading successfully for eight months.

“It’s been a very interesting time. But it’s also been really successful because we’ve been able to reopen and it’s been more successful than ever, so it’s set itself up for the next 20 or 30 years, which is great for the company, for the board and the community,” stated Wiencke.

The GM said that while many plans are in the works, one priority was the digital innovation of the Brisbane club.

“There’s lots of plans to work with the existing building and footprint to improve technology and bring a bit more of an innovative outlook to the club. It’s a top five club in the state, and needs to be progressed and be foolproof so it can continue to be that.

“But then it’s also about looking at diversity within and making sure the next 20-40 years are as strong as they can be for the club. She trades really well now. So it’s an opportunity to refine that and then look for opportunities to grow bigger and better as well.”

Wiencke starts in his role as general manager of Carina Leagues Club next week.

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