Aug 18, 2020
What does the largest outdoor
swimming pool in the country, Portugal, the University of Rhode
Island, and lots of golf have to do with 12 Oaks? Golf may be an
easy connection, but you don’t want to miss this conversation
including the question I should have asked, but didn’t. Do you know
someone in the neighborhood that resembles Richard Gere? Tune in as
we put these pieces together to learn about another 12 Oaks
Ed Hanley is a
and our own general manager, right here in 12 Oaks. At the
age of 14, he started working at a golf course and immediately fell
in love. He has been a PGA
professional for 20 years and a
general manager for the past 10 years. Sports have been a part of
his life for as long as he can remember and are responsible for his
work ethic and business style.
Ed was born and raised in
Cranston, Rhode Island. He is the oldest child from a proud
Portguese family. They gather together each summer at his aunt’s
house in Portugal to catch up with his family that are still living
in Portugal. After high school, Ed went to the University of
Rhode Island. Ed is married to his wife Maclin and they have two
children, but we can’t forget their four-legged 3rd
It was great getting to know Ed
even more. We are so fortunate to have Ed as our general manager
and golf pro. Be sure to stop into the club and visit
In This Episode:
- [02:24] Welcome Ed Hanley our
15th “P” in the pod[cast]. He is a PGA
professional and general manager of
- [04:11] Ed and Maclin recently
celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.
- [05:53] Ed shares about growing
up in Rhode Island.
- [06:11] His mother was from
Portugal and his father from an Irish family. He lived in a
diverse neighborhood. It was a great way to experience
- [07:49] His mother’s family
is/was from San Miguel, Portugal.
- [08:28] When you immigrate to a
new country everyone has to stick together and that played a huge
part in their family’s closeness. Your bigger family is truly
your entire family.
- [10:07] When you recognize and
see the sacrifice of what my aunts and uncles did by leaving, it
truly empowers you to know that you can do anything. There
are no limitations or ceiling.
- [11:12] Ed enjoys putting
smiles on peoples’ faces the most.
- [11:02] His values and how he
puts smiles on peoples’ faces starts with respect. You have to
- [13:25] One of the most
important things he learned was the value of hard work. Once
you are taking responsibility for something, you now have an
obligation to work as hard as possible to deliver on whatever it
was that you took responsibility for.
- [16:01] His employment began at
age fourteen when the golf course said they might as well put him
to work since he was already there everyday. His first job
was as a weekend starter before they took tee
- [17:05] He did very well and
climbed up the ranks. He fell in love with the golf
- [18:55] Ed was the men’s golf
coach at Brown University from 2002-2007. He learned a lot
about managing and motivating as the golf
- [21:31] He loved learning from
the players about their background, what motivated them, and where
they were going with their lives. It was a very enriching
experience for him.
- [24:15] Today is today, but how
you work today is going to explain what you are doing tomorrow and
the next day. The better you are at what you do, the better
the team performs.
- [27:26] He took the job at 12
Oaks to have a positive impact on all the departments and elevate
the experience for the members of 12 Oaks.
- [28:08] Ed shares a typical
“day in the life” as a general manager at 12
- [30:01] He is a golf guy and
will always be a golf guy. He loves the business of golf and
golfers. It is in his blood.
- [32:41] Planning is a challenge
at the club because of the pandemic and the unknown. The
focus now is safety.
- [34:06] We really need to be
creative in our thinking right now. The pandemic is just
- [36:11] The pandemic has almost
put a microscope over things, so we have to be good at what we do
all the time.
- [39:09] The advisory committee
is the voice of the people. Their role is to share what the
people are saying so Ed can act on that. He really enjoys
making everything better.
- [41:17] Ed shares his fondest
memories in 12 Oaks. He loved the reaction after the Fall
- [44:08] He met Maclin at a club
called The Elbow Room in downtown Providence. It was fate that they
met, because it was a place that neither of them would have
typically gone to.
- [46:57] Ed shares about their
two children, William and AnaClaire.
- [47:45] Ed loves hanging out
with his kids. William is serious and very to the point and
AnaClaire is more on the fun side and enjoys laughing and enjoying
life. They are very different from each other and they are both
successful in their own endeavors.
- [49:19] They rescued their
four-legged third child, AnaBelle.
- [50:40] What are you most proud
- [52:01] If you had a mulligan
in life, what would that be?
- [53:19] When it is time to say
farewell, what would you be known for?
- [53:47] Which actor would play
- [54:18] What question should I
have asked you, but I didn’t?
Links and Resources for Episode 16