The Ford Plantation announced today that the property has retained both the prestigious Platinum Clubs of America and the Distinguished Club Elite statuses.
The Platinum Clubs of America award ranks The Ford Plantation among the top five percent of all clubs in the United States and in the top 150 clubs nationwide.
The Distinguished Club Elite award is the only merit-based award program that recognizes private clubs and their management for outstanding delivery of exceptional member experience. Both awards recognize the world-class experience members enjoy every day.
“The Platinum Clubs status is determined by private club managers and presidents around the country. Since the last survey two years ago, Ford went from 150 on the Platinum list to 106, which is a significant jump over some very good clubs,” stated General Manager Marc Ray, CCE, CCM, CAM, CHAE. “We are excited to once again be selected to join this elite group of outstanding clubs.”
Creating a Platinum Clubs of America experience goes far beyond excellence in amenities and the beauty of the property. Achieving this milestone is the result of an intensive planning process and the execution of a long-range strategy by The Ford Plantation management staff and board of directors to recruit world-class talent, invest in infrastructure, increase conservation efforts, adapt to changing times, and take the steps necessary to ensure the legacy of the property for future members.
Ray also commented on the Distinguished Club Elite Status. “The Distinguished Club award program is entirely merit-based, and to receive the ‘Elite’ designation means that Ford is clearly viewed as in the top echelons of local and regional reputation and recognition, and key members of our leadership team and staff have demonstrably superior training and experience.”
As defined by Distinguished Clubs, “member experience” is that special combination of qualities that a private club provides its members. It is not just the quality of service, or of the facilities, or of the product provided, it is also the quality of the staff and of the management, as well as the overall club governance they deliver.
“These awards reinforce what we already know: Ford enriches the lives of members and their families by fostering enduring friendships and providing a competitively superior variety of first-class amenities,” said Club Board President Jeff Fusile. “These awards are a wonderful validation and much-deserved recognition of everyone’s efforts.”