Leroy Welch, The Fun Chief
Posted by: Las Terrazas Resort
If you've visited Las Terrazas Resort, you've probably met Leroy Welch. His official title is "Beach Captain," but we refer to him as our CFO – Chief FUN Officer. If you check out the guest posts on our Facebook page, you'll see Leroy's big smile alongside some happy kids and maybe even a stray starfish that he's rounded up from the waters along our coastline.
We asked Leroy what's his favorite part of his job and he replied, "I personally can't say that there is a favorite thing, I love what I do! So I consider everything to be my favorite."
With eight years of service at Las Terrazas, Leroy knows the property like the back of his hand. During the day, you might find him beachside, giving sailing lessons on the Hobie Cat, organizing volleyball games, or chasing iguanas and teaching our younger guests how to properly handle them.
Teaching guests – both big and small – how to climb coconut trees is another unique skill in which Leroy excels. The key, he says, is to tuck your bottom in close to the trunk so that gravity doesn't pull you down. Leroy was even featured in American Way, American Airlines inflight magazine, providing step-by-step instructions on how to climb a tree and select the perfect coconut. Needless to say, he's truly an expert!
One of the things that makes Belize's history so rich is the wide variety of cultural groups that inhabit and influence the country. Leroy is skilled at recommending amazing local ethnic food for our guests to try during their stay. Ambergris Caye's is in close proximity to the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, which provides some of Leroy's favorite dishes – snapper, conch, and lobster. He highly recommends you try them all!
In October 2017, Leroy was recognized as the Front Line Employee of the Year by the Belize Tourism Board for his contribution to quality services within the tourism industry. The Honorable Patrick Faber, Deputy Prime Minister of Belize, was one of many distinguished guests who celebrated the accomplishments of Leroy and his fellow award winners that evening. What an accomplishment!
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On his days off, Leroy is a devoted family man, with three children. His family loves to take advantage of living on an island, with lots of family beach outings and fishing. He says, "I work a lot, but when I look at them all, it motivates me to do even better."
We're so grateful that Leroy is a part of our amazing staff. He truly goes above and beyond for our guests. In his video, Leroy says, "The tourists see all the happiness in me." Come find your happiness at Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris Caye, Belize - the perfect destination for your next family vacation.
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