Meet the Village Manager: Roy Martin, Evergreen Broadacres

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Originally from Durban, Roy’s long career in hospitality has taken him all over South Africa, from the Southern and Northern Capes to the Free State, Limpopo and Lesotho. He started his career in Knysna and progressed through the ranks with Protea Hotels, and eventually went on to hold the position of General Manager at various hotels throughout the country. He joined Evergreen Lifestyle Villages in September 2015 and has been serving the Broadacres residents ever since. We recently chatted to him to find out more about his Evergreen experience…

1. What does a typical day look like for you?
Every morning I have a quick discussion with management about what was done the previous day and what lies ahead for the new day. The rest of the day is devoted to interacting with residents, either in the Lifestyle Centre or around the estate, and, of course, squeezing in office work.

2. What do you enjoy most about your work?
The interaction with the residents and being able to serve and make people happy – to see the joy in others.

3. What are some of the things that you feel make Evergreen Broadacres special or unique?
The Evergreen residents themselves, as well as the lovely surroundings, gardens and open common areas that have abundant bird life.

4. What makes you feel inspired?
Being able to serve people (not only the residents) and to develop and lead others. As a result, I’ve been a mentor to many.

5. Do you have a favourite quote or mantra that you live by?
The phrase “The village of our dreams” resonates with me – I’ve adopted it from the residents themselves. My team and I strive to do everything we can to make these words a reality by helping residents to enjoy life to the fullest in the village of their dreams.

6. When you’re not managing Evergreen Broadacres, you’re…?
Following my passion for the outdoors.

7. What’s the greatest life lesson you’ve learnt thus far?
Patience and understanding.

8. What’s something the Evergreen residents might not know about you?
I am passionate about the outdoors – about both the flora and fauna.

9. What are some of your favourite spots in Johannesburg?
Broadacres Super Spar, Rivionia Barnyard, Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, The Cradle of Humankind, Pilanesberg National Park, Melville Koppies, Moreleta Kloof, Dinokeng and Rietvlei.

10. Who do you admire most and why?
Arthur Case and Derek Drew for their passion for the residents and for the Evergreen Lifestyle Villages business.