THE MINNESOTA YEARS
Let’s back up and fill in some of the Brummett’s history…
DEB (She’s officially “Debra,” but prefers the shorter version.) Deb grew up in Wisconsin, but moved after her Junior year to Brainard, Minnesota. After high school, she went to a vocational school and then worked retail, married, had two kids (a boy and a girl, born a year apart) and moved to Minnetonka, where she took a job with Benson Optical, then a national chain.
It was at Benson where she met Gary, and she was employed there until the company faltered and began closing the facility. Deb then worked for a series of companies, mostly insurance firms, until she found her current career home with Deluxe Corporation, which makes checks and other business forms.
Deb’s is still with Deluxe, and her job is selling key cards to hotels. She pointed out that this has been a good business for the company because the cards wear out, get lost, or hotel guests inadvertently take them after checking out. (I confessed to my own guilt feelings about how often I had left town only to discover a hotel key card still in my wallet. Deb laughed at this and said, “Don’t feel bad – you’re good for business.”)
“In April, I’ll have been there for 11 years,” she told us, then added, “And in 20 months, I’ll be retiring – July of ’24.”
GARY beat Deb to retirement, having spent much of his career as a professional installer – saying, “I can install anything” – including time with California Closets and the cabinetry firm Techline. Later, he spent the last years of his career with Superior Construction Services doing restoration work, including rebuilding after flooding or fires. The company prided itself that, even in cases of extreme damage, they could bring back a house or business. Gary tells us, “We had a motto: if there’s one wall standing, we can repair it.” Health issues eventually forced him from working in the field and into management, and then into retirement. “My doctor told me to find someplace warm,” Gary recalled. And that, as you have already guessed, is the start of coming to Arizona and The Resort.