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The true stars of Sea Island are our team members who provide gracious hospitality and deliver award-winning service to our guests and members on a daily basis. To celebrate them, and in honor of our 95th anniversary, we are excited to announce ‘95 Faces for 95 Years.’ Throughout the year, we will highlight 95 team members sharing fun, interesting facts about them as well as their time-tested expertise and tips with Sea Island Shares.

 

Sea Island Shares    Interesting Facts

David Cutia

Director of Beach Club Operations

Why David inspires us:

Becoming involved with Saved by Grace was a move that combined personal and professional interests for David. He currently employs six Saved by Grace residents at the Beach Club and from personally offering rides to and from work and providing a second chance for those who are longing for one, David is the epitome of what inspires us at Sea Island.

Robert Davis

Why Robert inspires us:

In his 61 years as a Sea Island team member, Robert “Mighty Fine” Davis is an inspiration to guests, members, and team members alike. His positive outlook, willingness to share his wisdom, and speaker expertise in service make any interaction with him the highlight of a visit to the Men’s Locker Room. When asked how his day is, his response is always “Mighty Fine,” earning him the name that most know him by.

Chad German

Transportation Manager

Why Chad inspires us:

Chad has served in a variety of roles at Sea Island, while also remaining an active member of the Army National Guard. He is currently deployed for a year overseas and is an inspiration and reminder of the sacrifices our military personnel make.

Blake Kroll

Executive Assistant to VP of Operations and Managing Director

Why Blake inspires us:

In her day-to-day role, Blake is responsible for supporting our resort General Manager. With her total resort perspective, she is well suited to lead Sea Island Cares, which is an internal team that leads our team members in working with local charities and causes. Her after-hours involvement in these efforts inspire all of us daily.

Laurie Weber

Special Projects Manager and Executive Assistant to President and CEO

Why Laurie inspires us:

Laurie started at Sea Island in 2022 and quickly became an integral part of Sea Island Cares in addition to her responsibilities. From assisting with the Second Harvest float set up at the Brunswick Christmas Parade to championing causes such as Hope 1312 Collective, Laurie has inspired others to get involved in our community outreach activities.

Dwayne Henry

Outlet Supervisor, Davis Love Grill
My favorite Sea Island memory is the day my Southern Tide co-workers voted me as M.V.T. (most valuable team member). I felt so honored to have been recognized by my peers.
If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to exercise more patience. You never know what someone else is going through.
My absolute favorite hobby is playing football. And by that, I mean real football – soccer.

Joby Jones

Lead Bartender, Georgian Rooms
My favorite Sea Island tradition is at The Lodge. I love the entire experience, especially the bagpipers who close down the course each evening.
If I could give my younger self one piece of advice, it would be that no matter what you attempt in life – always try your hardest. It’s not always about the outcome, sometimes it’s about the determination.
Playing golf is one of my favorite hobbies. Nothing beats getting out on the course with my friends and family.

Selena Lensch

Bartender, Ocean Forest Golf Club
I am an avid collector of books. I’ve always loved reading, so collecting books just seemed to make sense.
My favorite Sea Island memory is meeting my husband while working at The Lodge. There are so many stories of team members meeting their partners at work, that’s definitely the case for us.
If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to worry less and enjoy life more. Worrying won’t help anything, just embrace every moment.

Cedric McIntosh

Server, Colt & Alison
A fun fact about me is that I learned to play the piano completely by ear!
My most prized possession is my home. I have been wanting to buy the house I’m in since I was a young kid and a few years ago, I was finally able to do it.
If there is one thing I could tell my younger self, it would be that time is precious and spend every moment wisely.

Rusty Rhodes

Bartender, Davis Love Grill
A fun fact about me is that I am originally from Mississippi.
Something my friends may not know about me is that I am part owner of an oyster bar in Hilton Head.
If I could relive one experience over again, it would be my trip to Scotland. I love to travel and that has been the best place I’ve ever visited.

Meg Dowling

Human Resources Communications and Events Specialist
A fun fact about me is that I am the first person in Sea Island history to ever hold the position I have currently. I feel really honored to be able to say that.
My favorite part about working at Sea Island is that my job allows me to help others and make them feel like they are a part of a family. It’s uplifting being able to recognize team members for their hard work, diverse backgrounds, and accomplishments.
If I could tell my younger self one thing, it would be to always choose kindness and be understanding of others. You never know what someone might be going through.

Dylan Jackson

Banquet Setup Manager
My favorite part about working at Sea Island is that we can make dreams come true for so many members, guests, and families. That’s not something I take lightly.
If I could go back to any point in time it would be to see my grandparents and show them how much I’ve grown since they left me and hope that I have made them proud.
One thing I would tell my younger self, would be to try not to let the small things get you down. The bigger picture is much more important, so focus on that.

Echo Kirkland

Accounts Receivable Specialist
Something my friends may not know about me is that I love to sing. I’ve even sung at a few of our Sea Island Christmas parties.
My favorite hobby is painting. I’m always working on something new and if you visit accounting or membership, you will see a lot of my paintings hanging on the walls.
Brandy Clark is my favorite musician. The stuff she writes about hits close to home and I think she is a wonderful storyteller. I’ve seen her live 3 times!

Joseph Lang

Stewarding Supervisor
A secret talent that my friends may not know about me is that I have my own record label. I also perform as an artist under that label as well.
My favorite artist is 2Pac. He was very smart and had so many talents when it came to writing, music, and acting.
The idea that something as simple as a smiling face or a friendly conversation can really make a positive impact on someone’s day, is the best piece of knowledge that Sea Island University taught me.

Monica Linares

Transportation Supervisor
Something my friends may not know about me is that I grew up believing my dog was my brother. When I was born, I was given a puppy to grow up with me, his name was Elian. As an only child, Elian was not only a dog but also my best friend and brother.
I love traveling and aviation. So, my favorite Sea Island memory is when I was a group transportation coordinator and I had to coordinate transportation at a private airport. Sea Island vehicles were picking up guests on the tarmac, like in the movies, which was an experience I will never forget.
My favorite Sea Island tradition is the gingerbread house. Every year during Christmas time you can feel the spirit and smell the delicious scent of the house everywhere you go.

Tom Mahlert

Billing Specialist
My favorite Sea Island tradition is the Team Member Turkey Toss. It’s such a fun time of the year, in between the holiday season, and everyone really enjoys it.
If I could go back in time, I would go back to my college soccer days. It was such a pivotal time for me.
One of my most prized possessions is my signed Tom Brady Rookie card.

Kandice Shaw

Housekeeping Manager
Something my friends may not know about me, I love watching fireworks. There is something exciting about them and I love watching all the colors light up the sky.
What I like best about working at Sea Island is everyone treats each other like family. We all have the same goal here at Sea Island, which is enriching lives.
My favorite Sea Island memory is when the G8 Summit took place at Sea Island. I enjoyed working during that time and meeting a few of the leaders who were here for the Summit.

Will Snyder

Warehouse Assistant
I do have one hidden talent; I can make people laugh. It’s a talent that puts so many people instantly at ease around me.
If I could go back in time for a day, I would love to relive the day we found out that the company was awarded our Forbes Five-Star designation. There was such a sense of pride throughout the entire property.
One of my favorite pastimes is to go to the St. Simons Pier and watch people enjoying the view. It makes me remember how fortunate I am to be working and living in such a beautiful place.

Austin Vagtborg

Senior Sous Chef, Colt & Alison
Something my friends may not know about me is that I played semi-pro football for over 10 years. It’s how I got to be in the movie, ‘Friday Night Lights.’
My favorite Sea Island tradition is hosting the RSM Classic. It’s amazing to see how Sea Island Golf Club completely transforms for those few days.
I collect currency from different countries.

Tori Wickham

Assistant Manager, Sales Information Center
Disney’s ‘Princess and the Frog’ is my favorite movie. Princess Tiana was the first black Disney princess and it was amazing to see someone who looked like me in the role of royalty. Plus, the songs are amazing, too!
If I could go back in time and share one piece of advice with my younger self, it would be to share that it is okay to be yourself no matter what. Your differences are nothing to be ashamed of.
My favorite Sea Island memory is the day I got to play Bingo with my son. After bingo, we danced together at the family dance party, it was so much fun.