At its 2020 Leadership Conference, the management firm also honored Tim Ward of Heron Glen GC as General Manager of the Year, Joe Reilly of Black Golf GC as Golf Professional of the Year and Dustin Powell of Bay Point GC as Superintendent of the Year.
The KemperSports Leadership Conference was recently held in Chicago to bring together the management firm’s leaders from across the country for three days of learning and celebrating one another’s achievements.
This year’s conference was headlined by two keynote speakers: Suzy Whaley, president of the PGA of America and Ashley Mayo, head of brand at 8AM Golf and editorial director at GOLF Magazine/GOLF.com.
KemperSports concluded its 2020 Leadership Conference by honoring high-achieving employees and facilities. Those recognized at this year’s awards dinner included:
- Facility of the Year: Streamsong Resort, Bowling Green, Fla. Streamsong’s management team is led by General Manager Richard Mogensen and its Director of Golf is Scott Wilson, PGA. C+RB featured Streamsong as a cover story in 2013, shortly after its opening (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/putting-pieces-together-streamsong-resort/). At the beginning of 2020, C+RB reported on the property’s latest renovation and expansion plans (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/streamsong-resort-renovating-course-enhancing-amenities/)
- James R. Seeley General Manager of theYear: Tim Ward, Heron Glen Golf Course, Ringoes, N.J.
- Emil Esposito Golf Professional of the Year: Joe Reilly, Black Gold Golf Club, Yorba Linda, Calif.
- Superintendent of the Year: Dustin Powell, Bay Point Golf Club, Panama City Beach, Fla,
- Hospitality Professional of the Year: Jonathan Joosten, Food & Beverage Manager/Events Director, Forest Creek Golf Club, Round Rock, Texas
- Retailer of the Year: Chambers Bay, University Place, Wash.
- Salesperson of the Year: Ashley Romanelli, Director of Food & Beverage, The Village Club of Sands Point, Sands Point, N.Y.
- James S. Kemper Staffer of the Year: Ivan Martinez, Controller, Union County (N.J.) properties and Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West, Jersey City, N.J.
- Mady Lesnik Home Office Staffer of the Year: Kylen Trevor, Regional Sales & Marketing Director
“Our team is what makes this company successful,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. “We are proud of our honorees and we congratulate them for their successes.”