MULTI-TALENTED PUBLICAN – THREE OF THE BEST

Christchurch businesswoman Genaea Calvert is excelling in her current role just as she did as a rising young sports star back in the early 1990s.

 

Dean and Genaea - Christchurch Publican Royalty

Genaea and her husband, former New Zealand boxing rep Dean Calvert, own three pubs in the Garden City, the Valley Inn at Heathcote Valley, Protocol and Brick Works pubs up the Port Hills end of the city. (See their add on our website)

While Dean is generally front of house mixing with the guests and making sure everyone is enjoying themselves, Genaea takes care of the financial operation. However she’s also quite happy to do whatever is required, serving food and drinks, cleaning tables and toilets, mucking in when she needs to.

She’s certainly well qualified to run the books. Genaea has a bachelor of business management majoring in accounting and IT and in 2002 she moved to Australia working for a hospitality based software company.

She returned from Australia in 2010 just three weeks after the September earthquakes and later met Dean. 

Wedding Day Bliss

The couple were married in 2013 then brought out Dean’s business partner at the Valley Inn so they both own it. In 2017 and 2019 respectively they brought the Protocol and Brick Works pubs.

 Their 21 year old son Jack is also involved now, running the Brickworks pub and all three establishments are doing well in what is a very competitive industry.

Back in the early 1990s Genaea was a very talented golfer, taking up the sport as an 11 year-old when she moved with her parents who took on the catering at the Russley Golf course and lived onsite.

By the age of 15 she was selected in the Canterbury senior women’s rep team and at that stage was the youngest ever female to have achieved that feat,

In her last year playing for Canterbury she was number two and said she was much better at match play than stroke play.

Golf these days very much is in the background as the family businesses take up a lot of her time.

Family Time with young son George.

Genaea very kindly sat down and had a chat with myself, John Alexander at AbsolutelyFamous earlier this week and talked about her very interesting life.

We’ve also included interviews we did with Dean and Jack about what makes a successful pub.

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Former boxing champion Dean Calvert is proving just as successful in the hospitality industry as he was in the ring.

Unbeaten in seven fights as a professional, Dean also won the prestigious Jameson Belt twice and represented New Zealand at the Oceania Games.

Nowdays he’s a publican, owning three fine establishments in Christchurch, the Valley Inn in Heathcote Valley, Protocol and the Brickworks, all catering for the local demographics and all doing well in a highly competitive industry.

The business has a strong family focus. Dean’s wife Genaea looks after the finances and son Jack runs the Brickworks.

Dean and Genaea have come on board to advertise on absolutelyfamous and myself and Tony are delighted and proud to have them support us.

We’ll feature regular stories on clients and staff from their three establishments and encourage all those Cantabrians reading our stories to support them.

YOUNG GUN

Jack Calvert is making every post a winner in a big job for a young man on the Christchurch pub scene.

The 21 year-old runs the Brick Works pub in the Port Hills end of the city, owned by his dad Dean Calvert and step mum Genaea.

Jack Calvert - a popular young Brickworks publican

It’s one of three pubs owned by Dean and Genaea, the others being the Valley Inn in Heathcote Valley and Protocol bar.

Jack certainly had the ideal introduction to the hospitality industry having grown up at the Valley Inn and having done pretty much every job involved in running a pub from cleaning the toilets to serving drinks and running the place.

Jack explains how he came to run the Brick Works and what it takes to be a successful publican and his dad Dean was full of praise for the job he’s doing.

Three Of The Best

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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