Gary McEnhill, a real Scottish, first stayed in our hotel of La Rochelle ten years ago and became one of our regular customers. Working as an aeronautical engineer in Rochefort, this customer looks like a rugby player and likes the peace of mind and the comfort of the Best Western Masqhotel.
Gary is a fan of the Celtic soccer team but also an amateur of rugby and good whiskies. He has everything of the typical Scottish, gentleness included. Nevertheless, this strapping lad spends more time outside of his country than in his city of Paisley, located about ten kilometers from Glasgow, where his wife Donna and their two children Louit and Niamh live. As a child, Gary dreamed to become an architect but he ended up studying engineering in England and then left Great Britain to find a job. Gary says: "The economic crisis in Scotland forced me to leave the country to work somewhere else " but he is still very attached to his roots.
Gary started as a "apprenti-ingénieur" in the automotive industry for Ford near London, but changed after two years by joining the head office of Boeing in Seattle (United States). Later, he flew to Hamburg to participate in the construction of the Airbus A380 and often traveled to Europe and the United States for Boeing. His last stop was in France where he is still working. "I was in Issoudun during a few years, then, in 2006, I was offered to be the contact between Boeing and the aircraft manufacturer Sogerma based in Rochefort." Renamed Stelia Aerospace, the company employs more than a thousand people and integrates Gary as the person in charge of one of the teams dedicated to the manufacturing of passenger seats.
When Gary arrived in Charente-Maritime, he was looking for a hotel that could be like his "second home". When he discovered the Best Western Masqhotel, Gary loved its personalized service, its modern atmosphere but also its localization. "I felt like at home, with a caring staff calling me now by my first name." Gary also likes the fact that the hotel is located just a step away from the city center but away from its noise. He now seems to be a part of the family, attending Rugby games at the famous Stade Rochelais with members of the hotel; he leaves his dirty linen at the end of the week and finds it clean and ironed every Monday morning. During his weekends, Gary goes back home to meet with his family and his dog Sony; he also does not miss a match at the Celtic Park. "When they were children, Louit and Niamh were sad on Sundays evenings; now, they are almost pleased that I leave!", he admits in a big roar of laughter. Even if he misses his kids a lot, our aeronautical engineer enjoys eating at many good restaurants of La Rochelle and loves the conviviality of our hotel for which he is the oldest customer... and undoubtedly one of the nicest!
(Published on January 7, 2016)