Andy Osborne Ready for New Role at Texas Motor Speedway

ANDY OSBORNE READY FOR ROLE AS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SPEEDWAY CLUB FORT WORTH-DALLAS -- In his years of experience in the hospitality industry, Andy Osborne is no longer surprised by the requests he receives -- even when he was...

ANDY OSBORNE READY FOR ROLE AS ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

OF THE SPEEDWAY CLUB

FORT WORTH-DALLAS -- In his years of experience in the hospitality industry, Andy Osborne is no longer surprised by the requests he receives -- even when he was asked to get a snow machine and a team of reindeer for an Arthur Andersen Christmas party -- and did. Regardless of the seemingly impossible requests thrown at him through the years, Osborne has always managed to come through like a champ. Osborne will take his years of experience and put them to work for The Speedway Club as Assistant General Manager. "I'm very happy to be part of this project, "said Osborne. "I'm a detail person and I'm certainly having the chance to work on enough of those right now. But I love it -- this place is going to be incredible." Since joining the staff in October 1998, Osborne has stayed busy booking a number of special events for The Speedway Club, a duty he is quite familiar with. For three years, Osborne served as the Manager of Special Events at The Mansion on Turtle Creek and Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, one of the city' s premier hotels. One of his many duties was to set-up gatherings for 50 to 500. But perhaps, more importantly, making sure that the guests -- even the most finicky of celebrities -- were happy. "It's amazing some of the things people would ask for," said Osborne. "Sometimes it was the easy stuff like making sure they had wine and fruit sent to their room everyday, but sometimes -- well, let's just say that a certain actor who just had to have a hyperbaric chamber to sleep in. It wasn't easy; but I made it happen. It was my job to do the impossible and make it seem like it was nothing." Prior to his position with The Mansion, Osborne spent one year with Hilton Hotels in the New York sales office. In all, Osborne has been involved in some aspect of the hospitality industry for eight years. After receiving his Communications degree from Sam Houston State, he started his hospitality career as a meeting planner for Tecnol Medical Products, working on 150 conventions and 56 meetings each year during his four years with the company.

"It's really great to be doing something that you love," said Osborne. "I just seem to have a knack for knowing what people like -- finding special touches to make an event more memorable. That's certainly what we'll be doing here at The Speedway Club. The attention to detail is going to be phenomenal."

As assistant general manager for The Speedway Club, Osborne will continue to oversee the booking of special events. He will also work closely with general manager Bernard van Mourik in the day-to-day operation of the club. In addition to his duties with The Speedway Club, Osborne also serves as a member of 500, Inc. in Dallas and Meeting Planner's International.

A native Texan, originally from Arlington, Osborne currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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