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A Conversation With Scott & Jerry
Jerry: So, Scott was burying himself with this over zealous project, racing around with the blueprints under his arm, his wife Holly picking up the slack cleaning houses, hemorrhaging cash to keep this dream alive. My expertise is starting and running small businesses, so it was natural for me to determine whether or not this business was actually viable.
Scott: Jerry was a member of the tennis club where I worked and he said, “Here’s $5,000,” because I needed to buy another month from my bank. I said, “I may not ever be able to pay you back,” and Jerry replied, “Scott, you’re wasting your time with this project, I don’t expect to be paid back, but you’ve always made my summer tennis great so I’m happy to do this for you.”
Fast-forward to a few days later, I was going to the city because the property was in receivership. I stay over with Jerry, we get dinner, and we go the next day to work out with Barry Emanuel. Jerry says, “I have an easy day today, let’s go to my office and I will make an excel spreadsheet, show you the numbers so you will know why you shouldn’t do this project.”
Jerry: We worked all day long crunching numbers. The original idea was Health Hampton… a health club, indoor pools, squash, raquet ball, and more. After much discussion, we pared it down to what tennis lovers were missing- an indoor facility where they could play throughout the cold weather season and on rainy days… with the vision to create outdoor courts in the future. I called Dick Tarlow and Barry Emanuel to invest and Scott called John Geelan and the partnership was formed.
Scott: Jerry crunched the numbers, they made sense, and he was in.
Jerry: Everyone enjoyed the indoor tennis so much that it lead to creating the outdoor club. And the great promoter Scott got people to come. His ability to pair people up and provide a welcoming, fun environment really made it a huge success.
Scott: I always say how fortunate I am that my partners are accessible, willing to help, and endlessly resourceful. They’ve come through again with The Clubhouse at EHIT and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Since these early meetings in 1995, the club kept growing, built a camp, and when East Hampton Bowl closed they realized the potential for the dream to grow once more. They developed plans for The Clubhouse, and the rest is history.
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