Naples Yacht Club
Naples Yacht Club named to Platinum Clubs of America
Naples Yacht Club
, the first and oldest private club in Naples, according to a news release, has once again achieved Platinum Clubs of America recognition. In the latest ranking of the nation’s top clubs by The Club Leaders Forum Advisory Board, Naples Yacht Club is ranked as the number six yacht club in the U.S. and the top yacht club in Florida. In electing Naples Yacht Club as a Platinum Club of America, a panel of industry experts, historians and connoisseurs considered the Club’s universal recognition, respected membership, excellence in amenities and facilities, exceptional service standards, and how the Club has adapted to changing times, management and operations, and the overall experience. In total, there are only 300 Platinum Clubs of America, comprising 150 country clubs, 50 golf clubs, 30 yacht clubs and 20 city clubs. Located at the southern end of Seventh Street in the Aqualane Shores section of Naples, the Naples Yacht Club was founded in 1947 by three friends – Stephen Briggs, Benny Morris and John Glen Sample. In 2019, the Club completed a $10-million-dollar renovation and expansion that completely updated the clubhouse that was built in 1960.
The Club at the Dunes
The Club at the Dunes earns America’s Healthiest Club Certification
The Club at the Dunes
, a private club in The Dunes of Naples residential community, has been certified as one of America’s Healthiest Clubs, recognizing its culture of wellbeing for both members and staff. Each year, Prevo Health Solutions conducts surveys, research, interviews and on-site evaluations to determine the club industry’s most complete library of best practices, including activities, events, workshops, classes, programming, lecture series, challenges, incentive programs and management systems. America’s Healthiest Clubs is the club industry’s only wellness rating system, according to a news release, providing a third-party validation and recognition for a healthy environment. Certification is key for member recruitment, retention and experience. Recruiting and retaining healthy members and staff increases club usage and revenues while lowering employee-related costs, both of which help to improve member experience. Only a small percentage of the nation’s private clubs has been recognized among America’s Healthiest Clubs. Located just steps from Vanderbilt Beach, The Club at the Dunes completed a $9.2 million renovation and expansion project during 2019.
Beatrice “BB” D’Angelo
Emmanuel Academies, Emmanuel Communities welcome operations coordinator
Emmanuel Academies and Emmanuel Communities
have appointed Beatrice “BB” D’Angelo to the team as the new operations coordinator for both nonprofit organizations. D’Angelo will take the lead position for recruiting and student management for Emmanuel Academies. She will also provide support for the development programs for both entities, Emmanuel Communities and Academies. She holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, one in bilingual education and the other in journalism and mass communications. Previous to her new appointment, D’Angelo assisted attorney Chris Lombardo, worked as an advertising executive for a local publication, and supported sales and marketing at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. Originally San Juan, Puerto Rico, she relocated to Naples in 2002 after 13 years in the midwest.
Wire Experts Group names marketing manager
Wire Experts Group
(WEG), the parent company to Pelican Wire of Naples and Rubadue Wire of Loveland, Colorado, has named Trent Dunn as the new WEG marketing manager, with overall responsibility for the marketing departments of all business units, including the parent organization. Since he assumed the role of marketing manager for Pelican Wire in 2018, Dunn has brought the company through a complete brand refresh, rebranded the parent company from Pelican Holdings Group to Wire Experts Group, managed three website development projects, written, produced and edited 10 videos, and has had technical & corporate content published over sixty times in 20-plus publications in 14 countries. Dunn has also been instrumental in Pelican Wire receiving multiple local, regional and statewide awards for manufacturing excellence and business resilience, including the 2018 MAF Florida Manufacturer of the Year and the 2019 Southwest Florida Blue Chip Community Business Award.
Mediterra announces director of culinary arts
Mediterra, a Naples gated golf course community offering new luxury estates, has announced Joachim Buchner the newest director of culinary arts at The Club at Mediterra. With 35 years of professional cooking and kitchen management experience, certified master chef Joachim Buchner recently relocated from Mountain Lake in Lake Wales, Florida, where he was the executive chef for The Buffalo Club and Chevy Chase Club. Buchner received his dual master chef certifications from the American Culinary Federation and Germany’s Industrie-und Handelskammer. Throughout his career, Buchner has been featured on The Food Network
as well as CMAA Chef for education demonstrations. A 14-time gold medalist in international cooking competitions, he is also a world champion in hot and cold food competitions, according to a news release. Buchner has been featured in a number of cooking publications and performed as a guest chef for companies across the globe. For more information, visit MediterraNaples.com