National awards recognize Indigo Golf Partners' ‘Best of the Best’.
(KISSIMMEE, Fla.) – Indigo Golf Partners – the innovative owner-operator of more than 150 golf courses, country clubs and resorts in 29 states – announced the winners of the company's annual “Buffy Awards” during its 30th anniversary celebration this month in Kissimmee, Florida.
The 30th anniversary celebration honored the exceptional team members and facilities across the country. Their outstanding business results instilled a culture of acing the employee, guest and client experience, all while holding true to the Indigo Golf Partners company values. The national awards identify the “best of the best” in various categories including “General Manager of the Year”, “Superintendent of the Year” and “Facility of the Year”.
“Our Buffy Awards recognize the hard work, devotion and passion of our outstanding employees,” says Alex Elmore, Indigo Golf Partners president. “We are thrilled to celebrate our high performing teammates who represent the greatest team in golf.”
Chairman’s Award, Operations: Sandra Colareta, vice president of contracts & risk management, received the highest honor with this year’s award. Sandra has served Indigo Golf Partners for 13 years, initially joining the team in 2005 as contracts administrator and now guiding the risk management department at the Virginia Support Office (VSO). She was proudly recognized as the second female winner in company history.
Chairman’s Award, Superintendent: Juan Perez, superintendent of The Club at Eaglebrooke, was the joyful recipient of this award. He and his family's loyal dedication to Indigo Golf Partners spans over 11 years.
ACE Award: Prince William Golf Course in Nokesville, Virginia earned the Buffy Award for embodying the spirit of treating each guest to a well-conditioned golf course, friendly and welcoming service, and genuine respect for each person’s time.
Superintendent of the Year: John Spiwak from Eastpointe Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida took home the Buffy Award for going above and beyond in all areas of agronomic management. Respected by his co-workers and peers, Spiwak oversees the club’s two Tom Fazio-designed championship courses.
General Manager of the Year: Danny Ackerman of Oglebay Resort & Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia earned the Buffy Award as the premier industry role model to emulate. Wheeling’s native son and his team overcame record rainfall and a city-wide summer water shortage to uphold the resort’s two championship courses designed by legends Arnold Palmer and Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
Facility Top Performer: Ka'anapali Golf Courses – the 36 holes of breathtaking golf on Maui, Hawai'i, earned the sought-after prize as Indigo Golf Partners' most successful facility based upon financial performance.
Facility of the Year: Clocktower Café / Sydney R. Marovitz Golf Course – the well-respected public course in Chicago, won the distinguished award for best all-around service, operations, agronomic conditions, and financial performance.
Virginia Support Office ACE Award: Bonnie Paigo, director of payroll, in the VSO received this award for her continuous and outstanding support of local and national employees. Paigo is highly respected by her peers, as well as the people she supports every day.
About Indigo Golf Partners
One of the largest privately-owned golf course management companies in the U.S., Indigo Golf Partners owns and operates over 150 properties in 29 states. Headquartered in Reston, Va. with regional offices across America, Indigo Golf Partners has 30 years of results-driven expertise. The company specializes in full-service course management as well as assistance in specific segments of the golf business, including course and property maintenance, staffing and training, career growth, clubhouse operations, food and beverage, merchandising, golf instruction, marketing and public relations, special events and financial management.
Indigo Golf Partners continues to evolve the golf experience through customized solutions and innovative programs like the annual World’s Largest Golf Outing – a national golf fundraiser conceived by Indigo Golf Partners Chairman and CEO Peter Hill.