Leisure Management

As a small ’boutique’ consultancy, RMP & Associates Pty Ltd often develops a team of consultants to ‘deliver’ a project.  The Managing Director, Denis Pontin acts as the Project Manager in thes larger projects or provides specialist services to the client to act as their “representative” in complex projects that require detailed knowledge of all aspects of the development.

To all consulting work, Denis brings the experience of his extensive involvement in developing viable projects and effective contracts.  Many of thes projects have involved determining the feasibility of new Aquatic and Indoor Sports Centres for local government throughout Australia. The success of projects such as Sutherland Leisure Centre, Ryde Aquatic Centre and Leichhardt Park Aquatic Centre as well as Campbelltown Catholic Club, East’s Leagues and “diggers@theentrance where he has provided a management strategy and “hands on” operational advice proves his expertise.

Management requires experienced and competent staff.  RMP develops a Business Plan for the client and where necessary, assist in the recruitment of staff, the development of a Marketing Plan and advice on Operational and Procedures that minimize risk and ensure a safe and viable outcome.  Marketing is a key component in most successful facilities. Price and location are as critical as promotion and the competence of staff. Financial and social benefits are reflected in the increased use, revenue and range of programs that result from RMP completing extensive market research and putting in place the business and financial plans that have targets and are achievable.

Denis is a regular speaker at conferences including the National Parks and Leisure Conference in Darwin 2009 and has spoken at a number of conferences overseas including London and Hong Kong. Various Australian Journals have published his contributions on Business and Management and specialist articles on Aquatic Centre development. Regular articles on management, planning and design of facilities to operate at no cost to the client, have appeared in publications such as DataSport, Australia Leisure Management and other professional journals

Denis presented papers at both the International Congress on Local Government Engineering and Public Works, held at Darling Harbour 22-26 June 1999, and at the Stadia and Arena 2000 Conference, 16-17 June 1999 London Arena, where his subject was Capital and Operational Financing. Denis has travelled to Canada, America, United Kingdom and Europe visiting new Aquatic & Leisure Centres and attending conferences. He is a graduate of the Venue Management Association, a member of IAKs – the International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities and a Life Member of Parks and Leisure Australia.