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Speltz a great mentor

I worked in the Spokane Chiefs office when Tim Speltz was hired. I was immediately impressed by his work ethic. He was the first one in the office, last to leave and at the end of the work day, when everyone went home for dinner, he jumped into his car and drove to scout a game. The next morning he would already be sitting behind his desk when everyone arrived for work. I learned so much about running a team from Tim and Bobby Brett.

When I left the Chiefs and became the principal owner and GM of a Tier II team, I relied so much on advice from Tim. No matter how busy he was, he always took the time to assist me with any issue. Too many times to count, Tim would call our recruit and assure him and his parents that we were a trustworthy organization.

I can’t thank him enough for the lessons I learned, which contributed to the success I had. Tim will be missed as a daily member of the Chiefs, but thanks to the lessons I learned from him and Bobby, I know he will always be considered part of the Chiefs family. Best wishes, Tim.

Eric Bonanno

Colbert, Washington

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