OBC makes change to golf board, head in new direction
By Travis Cottrell
The Oneida Nation Business Committee (OBC) decided to
dissolve the Oneida Golf Enterprises Board (OGEB) after a series of executive
session meetings held Sunday, April 14th and Monday, April 15th.
The decision to liquidate the board came after three of the five
members of the OGEB resigned within the past week.
The OBC appointed Janice Hirth to the position of Agent of
Thornberry Creek in Oneida. Hirth
currently serves as the Chairwoman/President at Oneida Airport Hotel
Corporation. She has also served
in many other managerial positions within the Oneida Tribal organization
including Gaming Manager, Hotel Manager, and Interim General Manager.
Hirth will perform a 90-day assessment of the facility,
meeting with managers to discuss the direction of the business. After the 90-day assessment Hirth may
recommend changes to make the business more efficient.
“The first thing I asked for were the financial records, to
see what kind of financial situation or financial need we had. I looked at priorities as far as the
staff is concerned. I looked at
the operational status,” said Hirth.
The goal of this transition is to continue to partner with
all of the revenue entities in the Tribe and to make sure the golf course opens
on time and without complications.
Hirth will report to Oneida’s Chief Financial Officer Larry
“I knew where to start with my assessment because the Hotel
Corporation managed Thornberry for years previous to January 1,” said Hirth.
According to Hirth, customers and front-line employees will
not be affected by the change in upper management. Thornberry Creek at Oneida will operate at its normal
function, opening the course for play once the snow subsides and the ground
The course was also recently named the official golf course
of the Green Bay Packers.
“Thornberry Creek goes
along with all of our other ownership assets that we have. This is a premier golf course and we need to keep it in that light,” Hirth said.