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June 2019 Young Professional Profile: Eric Thompson

Eric Thompson recently became a Venango County community member! Eric grew up in wine country in North East, PA, but he became the new General Manager at Wanango Country Club in March, bringing him to this area.

Eric earned his degree from Edinboro University in Comprehensive Business Administration. His two greatest achievements are his wonderful children, Carter (age 7) and Peyton (age 4). Also, finding happiness and being successful in a career that he truly loves and enjoys working in.

Eric’s short term goal is to finish his Class A golf professional certification for his PGA membership. His long term goal is to attain a Master Professional Designation with a focus in golf operations/club management, which less than half a percent of PGA members achieve.

Eric is new to Venango County, but is looking forward to getting to know all there is to do here. He enjoys going on the bike trail with his wife, Deb. Eric also enjoys spending time with his family, including taking them to their family cabin in Allegheny National Forest. Some of his hobbies include hunting, fishing, and golfing.

Eric loves learning about the rich history of Wanago and Venango County. He finds it very inviting and welcoming, and stated that “the people here are very nice and down to earth.” Eric also noted that there are so many Steelers fans here which is a great change from when he worked as a golf professional in New England with many Patriot fans.

This article was published in the Future Leaders & Entrepreneurs Exchange’s (FLEX) June 2019 edition of the FLEX Your Ideas (FYI) Newsletter.

Wanango Welcomes New General Manager

Wanango Country Club is proud to introduce their new General Manager Eric Thompson.

Eric is a PGA Associate Professional with over 15 years of experience in the golf industry. From the town of  North East and an Edinboro University graduate, Eric recently moved to Oil City with his wife, Deb, and their two children, Carter, 7, and Peyton, 4. 

Eric loves to play golf, teach others how to golf, hunt, fish, and spend time with his family. They are all looking forward to getting to know Venango County and meet new people. Welcome Eric and family!

If you’d like more information, visit Wanango’s website at, or call (814) 676-8133.  

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s May 2019 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

Wanango Golf Club: Where Family is Everything

Like most long standing businesses in Venango County, Wanango Country ClubWanango1 has seen many changes over the past two decades.  Historically a private golf club, the venture into a public-private model has brought opportunity along with challenges.  Recently, under new ownership, the club is sporting a new energy and staff, excited to invite you to see the Club at its best.

Manager Mark London proudly remarks: “The golf course is back to its original quality condition. It is the best it has ever been!”

Wanango continues to offer the option of membership, which provides a number of exclusive benefits, including reserved tee times and member gatherings.  A newly remodeled pool is anticipated to be available for members in the future. Mark comments: “Young families are so busy these days and we want to offer a place where they can bring the kids and enjoy a day of recreation and great food, easily accessible to both the Franklin and Oil City communities.”

Wanango has long been a choice location for special events, including weddings and private parties, which are overseen by Jess and Alexa. Renovations throughout the facility include remodeled restrooms and locker rooms, with plans for dining room and deck improvements.

Among the newest on staff are chefs Eric and Kate Krupitzer. Eric, who began his career 22 years ago at Wanango2Wanango, is happy to be back and overseeing the kitchen.

“We are willing to tailor our meals to special requests, but have developed a menu that seems to be very appealing to customers,” he said. “Along with typical grill room faire such as burgers, we are now offering more variety in our daily menu.”

Tuesdays are ladies days on the golf course and provide an opportunity to customize the lunch with souffles and delicious desserts. While Eric is working from decades of experience, Kate, new to the business, is currently studying the art of cooking and Wanango customers are fortunate to be among the first to try her creations, which often appear as works of art. The two are often accompanied by Eric’s daughter, Alexa (pictured at left).

“The crest of Wanango says ‘familia omnia’ or ‘family is everything’,” Eric said. “This is shown both behind the scenes and to our customers.”

The Venango Chamber will once again hold the annual Golf Scramble at Wanango, on June 26, which has moved to a new month this year.Wanango3

Golf committee chairman Carol Williams suggested the change. “We are hoping we’ll have those who regularly golf with us, but additionally welcome the many visitors who are back in town for class and family reunions during Oil Heritage Festival,” she said.

 The outing is open to all, with registration available online at or by contacting the Chamber at 676-8521.

This article was published in the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce’s July 2018 edition of the VenangoWorks! Newsletter.