â€œThe golfing and amenities of our resorts have always created a big draw for our guests,â€ said Tom Sparks, general manager for The Resort Collection. â€œThis year we are expecting an increase in visitors with the opening of the new airport and we want to be ready to put our best foot forward. John has the background and experience to bring our golf and resort amenities to a new level of excellence.â€
With an extensive background as a PGA professional, Ward comes to the company with a wealth of diverse experience in successfully directing golf operations. Prior to joining The Resort Collection, Ward was the general manager at Burnt Pine Golf Club at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort. In that position he supervised all of the golf, as well as the food and beverage operations for a corporately owned club with over 400 members. During his tenure there he successfully increased revenue and member tournament participation, redesigned the tee time policy, restructured the golf staff, developed a new training policy, and implemented a new orientation program for Sandestin Resort employees. In addition to his vast work experience, Ward has also participated in two PGA teaching and coaching summits, and served on the PGA membership committee.
As vice president of golf and resort amenities for The Resort Collection, Wardâ€™s responsibilities will include managing Hombre Golf Club, Majestic Beach Resort Health Club, and Resort Activities programs, as well as golf, tennis, and the health club for Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort.
â€œThe Resort Collection is an excellent organization and The Hombre Golf Club is widely respected in the world of golf,â€ said Ward. â€œI am excited about the opportunity to join forces with this amazing team.â€