“The programs department at Mo-Ranch has had a profound impact on so many lives. I feel honored to take this position and continue the legacy of so many that have come before me,” Grammer said. “Providing our guests with a world-class experience is impossible without the commitment and collaboration of every person at Mo-Ranch. From our groundskeepers to our board members, everyone knows and lives up to the mission statement and core values. I am proud and humbled to serve alongside every single one of them.”
While he comes to the position by way of Mo-Ranch Summer Camp, where he was the assistant day camp director, he has years of experience in the program world — Grammer previously worked at The Retreat at Balcones Springs, where he was the senior event manager and head of high school camps.
“In these roles, I was not only responsible for myself, but the success and development of everyone on my team,” Grammer said. “It was through these experiences that I learned the importance of pouring into my team professionally, emotionally, and spiritually in order to uphold our mission.”
It is that dedication to teamwork and collaboration that made him the right fit for the position, said Julie Chapa, vice president of programs, sales, marketing and communications.
“The quality of Austin’s work, as demonstrated through his leadership in our day camp program, was a clear indication that he would be an amazing fit for the position,” she said. “I consider every interaction with an employee in an interview, and Austin’s professionalism and ability to lead a team will benefit not only him, but the quality of Mo-Ranch programs.”
For Grammer, the most rewarding part of working in summer camp was empowering counselors to make positive differences in camper’s lives.
“Richard Bombach, director of camps, and I understood that we would not be able to impact the campers on an individual level nearly as much as the camp counselors,” he said. “Seeing our counselors grow in confidence to lead our camper’s in a loving, inclusive, Christ-like manner brought me so much joy, even on the toughest days.”
He plans to marry his experience in both summer camp and event and program planning to elevate Mo’s mission.
“The most important part to me is laying a foundation of Christ in the lives of our youth and adults,” he said.
Grammer wants to continue that collaborative environment.
“Our ministry through Mo-Ranch programs is not to fix or change anyone,” he said. “It is simply to love others as Christ has loved us. I am blessed to work with so many mission-focused people who continually learn and strive to improve the quality of our conferences.”