TopGolf has always prided itself on hiring only the best and brightest. I mean, come on-I'm a prime example.
I kid, I kid...
But TopGolf needed a special way to recognize the true "best of the best" Associates who are center stage for our guests every day. These Associates have to wear multiple hats in any given shift to make sure TopGolf remains a best-in-class entertainment experience. Every day, they serve as hosts, event planners, tray jugglers, flash mobbers, golf cart chauffeurs, drink mixologists, golf pros and more. These Associates keep a smile on their face no matter how busy things get (or how fake it feels), and they always go out of their way to create a fun and memorable visit for all of our guests.
A few years ago, our TopGolf friends in the U.K. brilliantly devised the Star Awards. The Star Awards became a TopGolf tradition where we host a holiday party for Associates to dress up like stars for an evening of fun, food, drinks and, of course, lots of ridiculous photos. This year, we decided to adopt the tradition in the U.S.
From December to January, Associates at each U.S. TopGolf facility voted for their peers in a variety of categories, including hospitality, sales, brand standards, leadership and more. The voting was entirely peer-nominated, and bribes were not accepted (to our knowledge). We were originally looking for a more creative way to select these winners, but we had to scrap our Survivor and Hunger Games ideas because of some HR concerns. No matter½
Once we had our winners, the top three people from every category were given a brag-worthy trophy with the title of the award engraved on it. But that's not all! The nine gold winners and the General Manager from each participating site will be visiting the lovely and exotic city of Dallas, Texas this spring for an all-expenses paid weekend of fun! We promise lots of sunshine, margaritas, cowboys and country music, and some vicious games of ping pong at our cool corporate office.
In all seriousness, congratulations to all winners who have embraced TopGolf's Core Values to the fullest, and a special shoutout to the 27 gold winners! We appreciate all that you do for TopGolf and our guests on a daily basis.
- Alexandria: Hermela Bealfan, Terrance Haynes, Kevin Delcid, Candice Moore, Steven Kowalik, Duncan Smith, Sean Mimnaugh, Tony Souphida and Bryan Espicha
- Allen: Rhonda Givens, Zack Kozel, Jessica Sanders, CJ Clacker, Jarrett Wilkerson, Anthony Lazno, Andrea Funk, Allen VanValkenburg and Tracie Restovic
- Chicago: Jeanne Gratzl, Ken Tamaski, Chrissy Pryor, Monica Trojan, Jesse Arnold, Marcy Trojan, Lauren Jacobs, Phil Magnini and Ryan Klemp
- Dallas: Amanda Matt, Jesse Villareal, Bryan Crabb, Magali Rivera, Eric Zachary, Kim Koirtyohann, Tyler McCarthy, Henry Merbler and Karissa Giovino
This is the first of many more Star Awards in the U.S.!