Greenwood – A Welcoming Home Base

Chris Dilg, owner and CEO of McNevin, considers Greenwood Athletic and Tennis Club to be a “touchstone” in his life for nearly 25 years – a welcoming home base through the highs and lows of life.

Gene Bressler, Dean atimg_2082_chrissmall CU Denver, first introduced me to Greenwood after my divorce. Gene said, “You’re getting slobby! I’m your good friend, I have a place for you, you need to come with me.” I’ve been at Greenwood ever since.

Everybody here makes you feel like family; they may not know your name but they know your face at any hour of day or night. From Francisco and Willie in the men’s locker room all the way up to Paula, I always feel welcome by the staff here at Greenwood.

As a student of design, there are few places I feel at home. The club’s design and staff’s friendliness make it easy.  Even the physical design of the club is thoughtful; I’ve been through two locker room updates and this last one is incredible!

I’m focused when I come to the club – my goal is to get in, get what I need, and get back out.  And I still appreciate the staff greeting me and asking, ‘do you need anything?’ The customer service training they provide for staff is top notch.

Chris has many fond memories and appreciation for the family benefits he’s received over the years:

My son and stepdaughter grew up here while Jackie and I worked out. Greenwood helped keep our kids busy – they were always active. I never had to worry about leaving the kids in the class, or about safety with the staff.  When I took Austin for swimming lessons, the staff made sure he got into his trunks, got what he needed for the day’s lesson and got back upstairs.  I never had to worry about any of the details…where else can you find that?

Chris laughs while talking about his different uses of the Club:
Depending on the stage of my career, I’ve used the Club differently.  There have been times I wasn’t here frequently and other periods of time I was here all the time. Sometimes I did the “executive workout” of steam-sauna with an occasional massage.  In a different time, I was a treadmill fanatic. The Club and staff have been here for whatever I needed.

Born in Chicago, Chris moved to Lakewood at the age of 12.  He attended Bear Creek High, graduated from UC Boulder with a degree in environmental and started working at McNevin, his family’s company.

I started in the warehouse, moved into shipping and receiving, went into pump building and worked my way all the up.  Dad was severe and thorough. Eventually I bought the business from my father and will be celebrating my 34th year at McNevin this August.

“More than product alone” is our motto. Our work is service-oriented, with technical equipment engineered and built to order. We assist customers in setting up computer program regulations or with coupler alignments – whatever is needed.  We also run ownership training, engineering classes and serviceman classes. If the project scope gets beyond our capabilities, we bring in someone from one of the companies we represent. If a contractor needs a pump, there’s a 90% chance we have it in stock or have the parts to build one in an hour.  No one else in the area can do that.

If you are drinking water at Mile High Stadium, it went through one of our pumps. Our pumps also power the water for infield heating system. In addition, McNevin pumps provide the heat exchanges for the pool here at Greenwood. We do a lot of landmark work, including milestone projects like the RTD redevelopment of Union Station and the Z-block development.

Greenwood continues to be a home base for Chris through life’s ups and dfallgatc2owns. Despite health issues and hospitalization in the last year, Chris has stayed active through the support of friends, family and the community he’s built at Greenwood. “These days Greenwood serves as a base for my slow rehabilitation back to good health. Mind over matter – I’m doing this with the support of Greenwood and the people surrounding me!”

Break Patterns of Habitual Inactivity for a Healthy Lifestyle

dsc_1208Patricia McKenna was born and raised in LA. Graduating with a Journalism degree, her first job was as an on-camera reporter with an NBC affiliate.  She realized she preferred being behind the scenes, went back to school for a Masters in Art, then got an opportunity to work for Turner Broadcasting as an art director. Later her role shifted to a director and producer of commercials and features.
Twenty years ago she moved to Highlands Ranch with her husband, a SEC lawyer.  Today Tricia works at a branding and marketing agency downtown.
Her husband Steve, and children Jack, Chance and Grace, are very healthy and active. They work out regularly and enjoy time at the pool.  Last July, Tricia got a phone call from Sheri, GATC Member Coach. Sheri had noticed that even though Tricia’s husband and kids were active at Greenwood, she had not been coming.
“Sheri graciously invited me to come in and visit with her. We talked about my goals, why I wanted to lose weight and an action plan.  I am not a joiner, not one who participates in big classes or does weight watchers or talks about feelings. It is just not part of my DNA. Sheri said, ‘Let me give you a program to do three to four times a week.’ She suggested, ’Put it in your calendar – put it in writing and commit to it.’ That really helped!
I just decided to take this time for myself and I have come almost every day since.
It is true that you get the bug! I remember one day the club closed in the afternoon during a snowstorm. I had this moment of-Oh my gosh! I am not going to work out today and I don’t know how I feel about this!
It is amazing how in your 40’s you can slowly acquire weight and how much harder it is to lose it then it was in my 20’s, but I have managed to lose 40 pounds. There were plenty of reasons to not make it work, but I did. I had to work against habitual inactivity. The more sedentary I had become, the more it seemed like an incredible effort to get back in the groove. There adsc_1242re no easy ways to do it. I don’t think there is a staff member here who isn’t silently encouraging me. Just by their cheerful smiles as they greet me, I feel part of this community.  This is one of the reasons I really like it here. I appreciate the quiet encouragement, the diversity at Greenwood, the beautiful environment and state of the art equipment. In many ways, GATC is understated and that delights me.  I pay a reasonable amount to have a lovely place to work out, where my children feel safe and I am part of a community that values working out as a way of life. I feel as though I belong here.
For anyone who is struggling or stuck like I was, I want you to know there is no right or wrong way. Every single day do something.  Tomorrow, do a little more for a little bit longer. You will be pleasantly surprised if you make the mental decision-you want this for yourself.”