This month we focus on ACK San Marcos’ fearless leader, Andy Bruce. His official title is Store Manager and it comes with plenty of responsibility. He’s in charge of everything that goes on at our San Marcos location and that includes staffing, inventory, community involvement plus much more. Despite all of his other responsibilities though, Andy keeps focused on the customer and the majority of his time is spent talking with anyone who walks through the door.
Andy joined ACK in August of 2012 after obtaining a degree in Recreational Administration from Texas State University. He’s a hard worker and paid his way through school as the head cook of the The Gristmill River Restaurant and Bar. Before coming to ACK, Andy was the Director at the LBJ Student Food Court for Texas State for three years. I bet this guy could cook you up a good meal if you asked nice enough!
Nowadays, Andy spends his free time with his wife of two years and their two dogs, floating or paddling the river. While he loves San Marcos, he often visits his hometown, Freeport and Surfside beach where he grew up surfing and fishing. You wouldn’t guess it from just talking to him, but Andy has also quite a collection of game systems including a PS3, Xbox 360 and a PlayStation Vita.
Most of the time, you’ll find Andy at our San Marcos store with one of his four employees who he says have been very helpful with the transition from managing restaurants to outdoor retail. He’s caught on quick as someone who lives an outdoor life and has even made friends with several store regulars who come by daily just to talk kayaks or show off their most recent catch.
His favorite aspect of the job? Andy has really been enjoying the change in career and having the opportunity to be doing something that is both new & exciting, specifically NOT involving him working in a kitchen. Recently, he’s enjoyed his first Texas Boat Show season with ACK and is looking forward to the next.