In the month of August 2014, we introduce to you to Hugo Kemp. Kemp is currently the Operations Manager for the Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd. In his early years, he was presented with the opportunity to work for the Blue Bulls straight out of University. Given one year to prove himself, as he did not have any experience, Kemp made it a point to make a mark to fight for his place at the Blue Bulls.
He first started out as the Stadium Manager, as the years went by he was endorsed to the Blue Bulls Event Manager. In 2013, Kemp was promoted to Operations Manager of the Bulls/Loftus Versfeld.
Job Title: Operations Manager
Kemp is responsible for identifying operational strategies as well as managing overall operational functions of the Blue Bulls. This also includes the stadium and all its facilities, contractors and services to ensure effective maintenance. He manages and co-ordinates all events to be held at Loftus Versveld. Providing guidance, leadership and coaching for the team.
Years of service: 16 Years
Age: 40 Years
Q. What is the toughest part of your job?
A. Having to often say NO to my fellow collegues and often on requests. Unfortunately that is the nature of my Job, as I have to manage the stadium and operations, fairly and consitently.
Q. What is the best thing about working at the Bulls/Loftus?
A. I enjoy the event management aspect of my job as every event is different. I get excited every weekend when I have to get up and go manage an event at Loftus.
Q. What is your fondest memory at the Bulls/Loftus?
Q: Sad/disappointing memory at the Bulls/Loftus?
A: The 2005 Currie Cup Final loss to the Cheetahs at Loftus. We were the best team the whole season and on the day, leading for most of the game. One mistake and everything dramatically changed in the last few minutes. It was devastating.
Q: Your Inspirations:
A: Anke, my 9 year old daughter. She is undeniably the centre of my world. And my fiancé, Michelle.
Q: Role Models:
A: Barend van Graan (Blue Bulls CEO). Barend appointed me straight out of varsity and had initially given me one year to prove my skills as I had no working experience after I had graduated. Barend was and is my mentor at the Bulls.
Q: What do you do for fun in you spare time:
A: My idea of relaxing is watching a good movie or spending time with my daughter and fiancé. I also enjoy golfing and having a braai with friends.
Q: Your greatest Achievement:
A: Being the best possible dad to my daughter.