ANSONIA — Many people are wondering what Darryl Riffle, who has resigned as manager of the Darke County Agricultural Society after 12 years, will be doing now.
Andrew, his youngest son and owner of the Whistle Stop in Ansonia, is revealing that.
“When I found out about the news of Dad resigning from the fair, I immediately went to the drawing board,” Andrew stated. “When you think of an exceptional employee, community citizen and father, there was no question I had to find a way to bring him in.”
Andrew said his parents, including his mother, Mary, have always been involved in all of my decisions so far in his life.
“I am just happy that I am fortunate enough to have so many family members involved,” Andrew commented. “My sister-in-law, Jessica Riffle, is the restaurant manager and runs all the day-to-day operations. My mom and brother Adam Riffle do many things behind the scenes to help with the success of the Whistle. And most importantly, my fianceé Kalie Sanders supports me in any way imaginable, as well as does a lot of behind-the-scenes items. With the recent growth of the restaurant, as well as my aggressive schedule of improvements and changes, it takes a team of great and loyal employees and also support from family to keep customers happy and our product exceptional.”
When asked what role the elder Riffle would play, Andrew replied “That’s the beautiful thing. He can do anything. Anyone who knows Dad knows he has so many talents to offer. That’s why I knew I had to grab him. I can work on his exact duties later. I can tell you he will now run Riffle Mowing and Landscaping, which I have owned since 2001. He will do everything from the book work to the actual mowing.”
Andrew added, laughing, “He will be a one-man show. I think he will secure additional mowing yards because people know they can trust him and that he will ensure he does a great job. He will also manage all rentals I own under Riffle Real Estate, LLC. It’s just gotten to be too much as I now have 12 properties. Dad has rentals, so he will adjust to that task very easily. Lastly, I can tell you he will have much involvement at The Whistle working on special projects and assisting Jessica with anything she needs. Dad has also been on the Darke County Visitors Bureau Board for several years, so I would love to see him continue to participate with that organization, representing our awesome county and The Whistle on that board.”
Andrew, beaming, concluded, “I feel like I hit the jackpot on this one. With all six of us involved it’s now truly a family business.”
When Daryl was asked about his decision to get involved with the three businesses Andrew has established, he replied, “I am very grateful for of all the employment options that were available and offered to me, but this one seemed to fit me the best. It’s not every day that you get to work with your family members to achieve business and professional goals. I am very excited to be a part of this.”
Andrew said anyone wanting to inquire about lawn care services can contact them at 937-417-7240. More info regarding the Whistle Stop in Ansonia Ohio can be found at whistlebarandgrill.com
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