posted on February 22, 2014 by Ian MacPhee
Welcome to my page about - me - Ian MacPhee aka Innkeeper Ian!
I'm often asked "How in the heck did you become an innkeeper?" as well as "Were you in hospitality previously?" so let me tell you that story:
In 2003 my partner Anne Mosher and I were rebounding from "domestic changes" and were looking to buy a home together. We were gainfully employed outside the hospitality industry in Vancouver and through a fortuitous set of circumstances it came to our attention that Abbeymoore Manor was for sale.
Now it had never been our dream to own a B&B, in fact Anne had never stayed in one nor had she ever baked a scone. Add to that the fact that the asking price was exactly $1,000,000 more than the top end of our house budget and we still shake our heads that we're here.
Luckily enough the previous owner was "negotiable" and willing to offer vendor financing and Anne was convinced that we could make a go of the business. So 10 weeks after we were first introduced to Abbeymoore we moved "inn" and served breakfast to a single guest the next morning. In the ensuing years we've made a few changes, baked a few scones and made a lot of friends.
Abbeymoore's success comes from the skills we brought to the job. In addition to guest services I look after accounting, marketing and am our industry liason.
Prior to innkeeping I worked in sales, manufacturing and distribution in the "Imprinted Sportswear" industry. I traveled extensively visiting clients and exhibiting in many, many trade shows across North America so I've stayed in a lot of hotels! Purchasing, distribution, marketing and accounting were all on my plate at one time or another and all of these skills play a role in innkeeping.
In my early twenties I took a year off and backpacked around the world visiting Europe, Asia and Australia. I trekked the Annapurna circuit in Nepal, quaffed a few steins of lager at Oktoberfest in München and learned to scuba dive in Jervis Bay, Australia. I slept in palm shacks on Koh Samui (before there was a paved road around the island) and I watched the morning cremations along the bank of the Ganges river. It was this trip that engendered a deep desire in me to travel and share experiences with people from all walks of life. Luckily now I get to meet folks in my home!
In addition to Innkeeping I lead an active volunteer life. In 2010 I joined the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. This organization was founded in the early 1700's and today focuses on providing social and financial support to the needy.
I represent the B&B community of Victoria at Tourism Victoria where I have been a director since 2006 and I am also a director of Tourism Vancouver Island, one of BC's six regional destination marketing organizations.
I love to travel, read, play games and spend time with family and friends.
You can reach me at the inn almost anytime or via social media ...
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