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CLUB: We're going to be present

Chairman Tom Piatak on how the family will split their time between Brunton Park and the USA

4 December 2023

Interviews

CLUB: We're going to be present

Chairman Tom Piatak on how the family will split their time between Brunton Park and the USA

4 December 2023

A key question that can follow any takeover is how 'hands-on' a new ownership group will be.

But it's clear that the Piatak Family will be very much involved in the running of the club - with plans already in place for a return to Brunton Park after their flying visit last week.

"We're flying back on 14 December for the Northampton match and then we're going back to the US on January 2," said Tom Piatak Sr.

"On the day-to-day, how we're going to manage the club, we've been discussing that. It's a little bit challenging because when you something of this magnitude you want to be able to drive the culture and if you don't drive the culture of the organisation, the organisation takes on its own culture and it might not be the culture you want. 

"That is a concern of ours and we were speaking about that last night - the amount of time we need to be over here. 

“As we’ve been spending more time in Carlisle, we’ve enjoyed the community, the people, talking to them, it’s made us even more committed to it. This is a challenge, there’s no doubt it’s a challenge, it’s requiring quite a bit of travel, but our family likes travel so that’s not an issue.

“To see where this club is now and where it’s going to be ten years from now, that is going to be a very fulfilling experience for us. To see the community experience that change and embrace that change.

"Our plans right now are that we're going to dissect and understand the organisational structure and what everyone's responsibilities are, what the requirements are for the club, put the plan together and make sure we have the resources, put the goals together and monitor how it's going. Monitoring through Zoom calls is a little bit more difficult. 

"We're going to be present, be available and we're going to put that vision and execution plan together. If we don't see it executing as it needs to be, we'll be the first to head back over here. 

"If we have to spend 60 days, 90 days here in the organisation to make sure we are getting the results that we want, we will do that. 

“I know the businesses can run on their own with the management team we have now. Last time we were here, Patty and I came, we were away from Jacksonville for 45 days.

“Between visits to Carlisle we went on a safari that we had planned for two years, then back to Carlisle. Living out of a suitcase is very difficult, that became a little bit of a struggle, but when we arrived back in Jacksonville we sat down and said hey, we were gone for 45 days, it was kind of a test.

“They said 'Tom, everything ran smoothly, the processes, everything’s in place to manage it. Yeah, we would have loved to talk to you once or twice, maybe a Zoom call once every two weeks would have helped, but everything moved flawlessly'. And we’ve built it that way so we could do that. We’re very pleased with the way that happened and it gave us confidence we could be here more and more.

"I believe we have a great team here and their heart is in the right place. They're doing everything they can, but there can be a little bit of difference in terms of new expectations and how we bridge that gap - and that's something we're wrestling with and will figure out."


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