Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving From the McGladrey Family to Yours!

Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO of McGladrey, put it best with the quote he included in his holiday wishes email to all employees just yesterday:

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of thanksgiving.”

At McGladrey, we are thankful for the opportunities and successes we’ve been presented with this year. Our employees have taken it upon themselves to show what stewardship means to them. Through the contributions from Birdies Fore Love, we were able to raise an estimated $430,000 for charities nationwide. (And doesn’t include what was raised from the 2013 McGladrey Classic – those numbers are still being tallied.) We are astounded by our employees dedication to giving back to the communities where they live and work!

Another way our employees give back is through their participation in the annual McGladrey Volunteer Day, scheduled this year for Thurs., Dec. 5. In 2012 alone, more than 2,500 McGladrey employees and clients participated in 190 volunteer activities across the country, contributing nearly volunteer hours in their communities. We thank them for that.

We are also thankful for our partnerships with the PGA TOUR, the Davis Love Foundation and Team McGladrey members Chris DiMarco, Zach Johnson and Davis Love III, all of whom play integral roles in the success of The McGladrey Classic. This PGA TOUR event provides us with a unique opportunity spend time with key clients and potential clients in a beautiful setting, while also giving us an opportunity to support local and national nonprofit organizations including Special Olympics and Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia by donating funds raised through the tournament each year. We’re also gratefully for all of the PGA TOUR professionals who have participated in The McGladrey Classic  – including all four of our champions to date: Chris Kirk, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Ben Crane and Heath Slocum – making it one of the TOUR’s “must see” events each fall.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? Share your comments below. We’d love to hear from you.  

We will return to our normal weekly posting schedule next week – Thurs., Dec. 5. Have a safe and plentiful Thanksgiving and enjoy the time with your loved ones.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The McGladrey Classic - Fun for the Whole Family

Today’s guest post is by Mary Anne Burke, national consulting talent acquisition director for McGladrey, based out of the firm’s Vienna, VA office. When Mary Anne’s family learned about volunteer opportunities related to The McGladrey Classic, their bags were packed for this “not to be missed” family event. Below is an update from Mary Anne about her family’s experience at the 2013 McGladrey Classic.

Volunteering for The McGladrey Classic was an easy decision for the Burke Family. We’re a golfing family. Everyone plays. And when my family learned there was an opportunity to join the 1,500 plus volunteers for The McGladrey Classic, we were happy to add our names to the list of volunteer supporters for this PGA TOUR event at Sea Island. I was thrilled with the family’s enthusiasm for the tournament, and thought this would be a perfect opportunity to give back to McGladrey by supporting the event behind-the-scenes. My parents even joined us. It was a fantastic experience for everyone, which created lasting memories and lot to talk about at the dinner table!

 Volunteering for The McGladrey Classic is not only easy, but fun, as well! We met so many wonderful people while at Sea Island. My son Connor plays on his golf team at school, and was happy to help with any assignment. His first appointment on Thurs., Nov. 7 was on the first hole, mid-fairway where he worked as a laser operator. On Fri., Nov. 8, he was on the 13th hole. Sat., Nov. 9, he was a standard bearer for two groups. Walking inside the ropes was a tremendous thrill for him. My daughter Brianna and I had mother/daughter leader board assignments. We enjoyed keeping up-to-the-minute scores on the big board, both on the 9th hole as well as in the Fan Village. My husband Bryan helped by transporting players from the practice green to the first tee – an assignment that allowed him to hold wonderful conversations with world-class athletes and their spouses.

I’d highly recommend volunteering at The McGladrey Classic. It provided our family with a tremendous opportunity to spend the weekend together, and to connect with other volunteers along the course. It was a great experience for the entire family.

 Interested in volunteering for the 2014 McGladrey Classic? Opportunities will be posted under the Volunteer tab ofThe McGladrey Classic website a few months prior to next year’s tournament (scheduled for Oct. 20 – 26, 2014). You’ll want to sign up early, though, as there was a waiting list for this year’s event. And if you register early, you’ll have a better chance of being able to choose which committee(s) you’d like to support.

I hope to see you at Sea Island next October!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Year Four of The McGladrey Classic – Another Success

The 2013 McGladrey Classic was another success by any measure, but here are some of the preliminary numbers we thought our readers might enjoy:

·         Nearly 27,000 golf fans attended the tournament.
·         More than 1,200 volunteers contributed to the success of the tournament by treating spectators to the best of good old-fashioned Southern hospitality.
·         600 youth participated in Youth Day activities, which included a demo by 2012 McGladrey Classic Champion Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey.
·         An estimated $430,000 was raised by McGladrey employees and clients through Birdies Fore Love. (We will have the total amount of charitable contributions raised though the tournament in the coming weeks, and will share that when it’s available.)

Our congratulations go out once again to the 2013 McGladrey Classic Champion Chris Kirk, who was such a gracious winner! And we send our thanks once again to the volunteers who make this event a success year after year, as well as to all of the golf fans who attend and/or watch the tournament via the Golf Channel.

The McGladrey Classic continues to be a great way for McGladrey to give back to the community, while also connecting with clients and potential clients. Our thanks go out to the Davis Love Foundation (host of The McGladrey Classic), Team McGladrey members Chris DiMarco and Zach Johnson who play in the tournament, and fellow Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III and his wife Robin who host the Pro-Am pairings party at their beautiful home each year (and Davis, of course, plays in the tournament as well) and all of the staff at Sea Island who put their hearts and souls into the tournament each year.

Writing this update makes us already miss the island, but…we’re already looking forward to returning next year. Go ahead and mark your calendars now for the 2014 McGladrey Classic, which will take place Oct. 20 through 26, 2014!
We’ll have another guest post for the McGladrey golf blog next week. In the meantime, enjoy these scenes from the 2013 McGladrey Classic…

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thank You From The McGladrey Classic

Today’s update is from Chris Parrish, a supervisor in consulting services with McGladrey, based out of the firm’s Vienna, VA office. Chris was the national leader for the firm's Birdies Fore Love initiative. As a result, he was given an opportunity to attend this year’s McGladrey Classic. Below is a message from Chris about his experience at the 2013 McGladrey Classic.

 The 2013 McGladrey Classic was an extraordinary event that culminated in a final round shootout between Chris Kirk and Briny Baird, with Kirk ending as the victor after sinking a six-foot par putt. My girlfriend Jamie and I were impressed by every detail of the weekend, and found ourselves saying thank-you on almost a minute-by-minute basis. We soon realized that this tournament, among other things, is really a platform to give and also give thanks in so many ways.

 Most obviously, the champion Chris Kirk was very thankful for McGladrey's title sponsorship of the tournament. For his win, Kirk took home a $990,000 purse and, with his second child on the way, there's little doubt where the majority of his winnings will go.

 The Cloister, Lodge and the entire Sea Island community was thanked by nearly every patron that passed through the tournament. Their class, generosity, and Southern hospitality created a special atmosphere that permeated the event.

 Then there were the volunteers, more than 1,200 of them. Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III took several moments throughout the festivities on Sunday to publicly thank these volunteers. Without these folks manning the food booths, question kiosks, and lining the fairways to ensure the sometimes raucous crowd was quiet as players were standing over their balls, the tournament could have never been executed at such a flawless level. Additionally, because the Davis Love Foundation (DLF) relied on these volunteers instead of hiring additional employees, the DLF was able to maximize the amount of money given to charity. (The amount raised through this year's McGladrey Classic is still being calculated.)
 As a firm, The McGladrey Classic allows us to say thank-you to some of our top clients and potential clients. Every attendee I spoke with was blown away by the facilities, the service and the tournament atmosphere.

 In keeping with the tradition of giving thanks, I'd like to take a moment to thank each and every one of the McGladrey employees and clients who supported our firm's Birdies Fore Love program this year. Collectively, we raised an estimated $430,000 for children and family-based charities across the U.S. If you pledged or donated, know that your generosity will help enhance innumerable lives in our local communities - and that gift doesn't last a weekend, it lasts a lifetime.

Monday, November 11, 2013

2013 McGladrey Classic - Sunday Nov. 10th Recap Video


The McGladrey Classic - A Magical Experience

Today’s update is from Vahan Zerounian, a director with McGladrey, based out of the firm’s Irvine, CA office. Vahan led that office’s Birdies Fore Love efforts. As a result, he was given an opportunity to attend this year’s McGladrey Classic. (Vahan's update was developed prior to yesterday's play, which resulted in Chris Kirk winning the 2013 McGladrey Classic. Congratulations, Chris, from your friends at McGladrey!)

 Kara and I arrived at Sea Island the morning of Sat., Nov. 10. During our drive in, we saw many billboards, signs and other materials with information about The McGladrey Classic. I was impressed by the quality and quantity of these items, and was proud to be part of an organization that sponsors such an amazing tournament.  

I enjoyed a great round of golf at the Retreat Course, along with a colleague and two McGladrey clients. After settling in to The Cloister that afternoon, we made our way to The McGladrey Classic and our hospitality chalet. The attention to detail was precise, the service superb, and the atmosphere fostered relationship-building with clients. Every person I met hopes to attend the event again next year. We concluded the evening with a reception at The Cloister’s Black Banks Terrace, where we met many fascinating people. The food was amazing. The service was unmatched. Kara and I cannot thank McGladrey enough for this wonderful opportunity. It will be etched in our memory for years to come.

I’d like to leave you with a story illustrating the Southern hospitality for which this area is so well-known. Once the third round of golf had concluded on Saturday, Kara and I were a few of the few remaining people at the McGladrey hospitality chalet. We made our way to the shuttle pick-up area and boarded a standing-room-only shuttle. After about 10 minutes, Kara asked the gentleman behind us, Dale, where the shuttle was going and he told us it was headed to the airport, rather than to The Cloister. He then offered to give us a ride to the hotel, and we spent the next 20 minutes in his car listening as he shared the history of Sea Island, Simons Island, and Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III (who is a close personal friend of his). Dale was impressed with what McGladrey and Davis do for the community, and I shared with him information about McGladrey’s participation in Birdies Fore Love this year, and how it is aligned with McGladrey’s long-standing focus on stewardship. What an amazing way to end the day in this magical place!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 McGladrey Classic - Saturday Nov. 9th Recap Video


The McGladrey Classic and the Beauty of Golf

Today’s update is from Ryan McAndrew, assurance supervisor – private clubs for McGladrey. Ryan is based out of the firm’s Naples, FL office, and led that team's Birdies Fore Love efforts. As a result, he had an opportunity to attend this year’s McGladrey Classic.

It is apparent that McGladrey and its partners pour their hearts into The McGladrey Classic. The venue is full of vendors, activities and services to appeal to even the casual golf fan. Everyone on the island working toward a common goal, which was to create a charitable atmosphere focusing on serving the individuals of Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia, and Birdies Fore Love charities. McGladrey’s vision and core values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship are clearly aligned with this event.

My fiancé Ali and I drove from Southwest Florida, and nothing could have prepared us for the beauty of the area. The island is surrounded almost completed by marshland. We passed through St. Simons Island, a town with oak tree corridors and beautiful homes, on the way to Sea Island, where we stayed at The Cloister. The common area of the resort resembles a medieval castle. Our room was unbelievable – from the vaulted ceilings with wooden beams, to the massive bathroom with marble finishing, to the patio area overlooking the marshlands. The accommodations were wonderful but the tournament was the real reason we came to Sea Island!

We arrived at the Seaside Coursewhile the third round of play of The McGladrey Classic was underway. I was amazed by the excitement of all of those in attendance. We made our way through the Fan Village and to the course itself, where we were taken aback by the beauty of the surrounding areas and quality of the playing conditions. We quickly moved to the McGladrey hospitality chalet, which overlooks the 18th green– a great place to get a close-up view and to appreciate the skill with which PGA TOUR professionals assess for the unique playing conditions and then calculate and execute the appropriate approach. We were excited to be a part of all the action of a FedEx Cup event!

Saturday night, McGladrey hosted an evening reception at The Cloister for clients and potential clients. It was a wonderful opportunity to get to know them better. The event was an indoor/outdoor experience with live music, beautiful lighting and wonderful people. The food was spectacular and gave us a true Southern experience with steamed oysters, fried chicken, sweet potato casserole and a shrimp boil. We were truly appreciative to be in the midst of great people in an unreal setting!

The final round of The McGladrey Classic is starting, so it is my cue to sign off. Currently, Chris Kirk and Briny Baird are in the lead, but a lot can happen on the final day of a PGA TOUR event. Whether you are playing or spectating, everyone can appreciate the wonderful experience that is The McGladrey Classic!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

2013 McGladrey Classic - Friday Nov. 8th Recap Video


Thanks To Those Who Serve Our Country!

Wow! That’s the best way we can find to describe the weather today here at Sea Island for The McGladrey Classic. It was picture perfect as we celebrated Military Appreciation Day, which included a lunch hosting a number of those who have served our country. American flags flanked the course, and military representatives in uniform tended the flags on the course, adding a special touch to an already special day.

This evening, McGladrey will host clients and potential clients at a reception at The Cloister. McGladrey Birdies Fore Love (BFL) representatives will be on-hand, as well, after leading the firm’s efforts to support 65 charitable organizations nationwide. Through their leadership, McGladrey’s more than 6,700 people nationwide have raised an estimated $430,000 for deserving nonprofit organizations in the cities where our employees live and work. Giving back to the community is one of McGladrey’s core values, and we were thrilled to enhance the charitable component of The McGladrey Classic through our involvement with Birdies Fore Love this year.

Tomorrow’s post will feature an update from one of our BFL guests. We hope you’ll check back for that update from a first-time visitor to Sea Island and The McGladrey Classic.



Friday, November 8, 2013

Giving Back Through The McGladrey Classic

What do you get when you combine 600 youth, PGA TOUR professionals Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and William McGirt, good food, games and face painting with the Plantation Course at Sea Island? Youth Day at the 2013 McGladrey Classic.

There have been a lot of activities here at Sea Island during tournament week, but one of our favorites is always Youth Day, and this year’s was no exception. While it was a blustery day, the wind wasn’t enough to keep local youth away – or to dampen their enthusiasm as they participated in a Q&A with the pros, followed by a glass-breaking demonstration, where Tommy not only broke the glass, but then proceeded to destroy the frame.

Another favorite tournament activity each year is the putting contest, which pairs Special Olympics athletes and representatives from Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia with PGA TOUR professionals and McGladrey leaders for a friendly competition. And the proud winner takes home with a special trophy as a memento of the event.

The weather forecast for the rest of the tournament is calling for temperatures in the low-70s – perfect weather for a perfect event at a perfect location!

Check back throughout the week for daily updates, and tune in to the Golf Channel for live coverage of The McGladrey Classic.

2013 McGladrey Classic - Thursday Nov. 7th Recap Video


Thursday, November 7, 2013

Impressions from The McGladrey Classic

Today's guest update is by Barbara Casulli, senior marketing director for McGladrey's Southeast and Northeast regions (pictured below).
First impressions often set the tone and expectation of what’s to come.

Driving from the Jacksonville airport, to Sea Island, excitement and pride best describe how I was feeling when I first encountered the giant billboards on Interstate I-95 announcing the 2013 McGladrey Classic. As we approached the Island, it became fully apparent – The McGladrey Classic dominates this area of southeast Georgia, and has very much become part of this local island community. The posters and the hand-written leader boards tracking the progress of the Islands PGA TOUR members playing in the Classic are just two examples of how this town overwhelmingly supports the tournament and McGladrey. My pride was matched by that of local residents who told me how much this week-long event means to them, as they shared their stories about the island and its history, and reeled off facts about the tournament and the players. In the words of one local business owner, “We are so proud of McGladrey for sponsoring this event!” 
Last night’s Toby Keith concert was not only fun but a great example of how the town, the PGA TOUR and the event sponsors came together to celebrate The McGladrey Classic. Six-thousand strong, the crowd gathered on the 1st hole of the Plantation Course, and listened to classics like Red Solo Cup and Proud to be an American. McGladrey clients and prospects enjoyed a hospitality tent and front-row viewing of Keith and the band. 

After spending some time exploring the island and the properties where McGladrey hosts guests, I have a much fuller appreciation of why so many people view Sea Island as such a special place. The beauty of nature, views from Seaside Course and the amenities at the properties make this an ideal location to strengthen relationships and create shared experiences with clients and potential clients.

First impressions are often lasting impressions but at Sea Island and The McGladrey Classic, ALL impressions are (thankfully) lasting.

2013 McGladrey Classic - Wednesday Nov. 6th Recap Video


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The 2013 McGladrey Classic - Perspective from a "Newbie"

Today's guest post is by McGladrey Assurance Associate Mike Pinzini from the firm's Irvine, CA office. Mike was one of McGladrey's Birdies Fore Love winners and, as a result, had an opportunity to attend this year's McGladrey Classic. Below are his thoughts on his experience at Sea Island.

What was the best part of The McGladrey Classic? Was it the golfing? The people? The hotel and scenery? It’s hard to say. Upon our arrival, everyone was so helpful and gracious. This event/tournament was spectacular, thanks to the individuals who organized and planned this fantastic event!
The first night, my wife and I attended a reception where McGladrey hosted clients and potential clients. The food was amazing, but the conversation was even better. The next morning, we played a round of golf with McGladrey partners, clients and potential clients at the Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia. The 18-hole, par 72, 6,500-yard, private golf course was magnificent!  The course was located directly off of the Atlantic Ocean with beautiful greens and fairways. We even had a nice heavy breeze on holes 17 and 18 along the coast. I was paired with two of McGladrey regional managing directors (Don Natenstedt and Bill Gorman) and a client. We had a great day of golf with some friendly competition!

Tuesday night was the opening reception to The McGladrey Classic, hosted by Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III and his lovely wife Robin at their stunning Sea Island home. The reception featured a live band as well as the pairing selection for the Pro- Am tournament. Davis was the most amazing host. We had the pleasure of talking with him briefly. He has such a great appreciation for McGladrey, and enjoys his work with Birdies Fore Love. We had a wonderful time.   

Wednesday’s Pro-Am was a spectacular experience. You could definitely feel the appreciation of all the people there. McGladrey has the perfect balance of character and prestige. The scenery was absolutely breathtaking and the tournament is well respected throughout the community. From the players to the people-watching, everyone is thrilled to be a part of the remarkable experience that is The McGladrey Classic. 

2013 McGladrey Classic - Tuesday Nov. 5th Recap Video


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A First-hand Account from Sea Island

Today’s guest post is from McGladrey Birdies for Love supporter Jignasha Voralia, regarding her first-hand experience at The McGladrey Classic.

I was very grateful to be picked as an attendee at the McGladrey Classic through the “Birdies fore Love” challenge, which was rolled out across all McGladrey offices nationwide to provide an avenue for McGladrey employees to support charitable organizations in the communities where they live and work.
I am proud of my office in Fort Lauderdale for raising a significant amount of money for our designated charity, United Way of Broward County. I am also proud to be a part of McGladrey, a firm that cares about the community.   

We stayed at The Cloister at Sea Island. The hotel and its surroundings are simply breathtaking and the Southern hospitality is warm and welcoming. We were greeted by many, and felt a part of something special. The hotel décor made me feel like I had stepped back in time. I remember watching the movie “The Great Gatsby” on my return flight from London to Miami recently. My room reminded me of this movie, as it was mysterious, yet charming.

On our walk around the grounds, we noticed a sign which read that lady Margaret Thatcher and her husband Dennis Thatcher had visited The Cloister in 1994, when they planted an oak tree. We both felt proud as we grew up in England when the late Lady Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. 

From The Cloister, we moved on to The Lodge. (I was surprised to learn that The Lodge itself isn’t really very old but, instead, was built to look as if it was a part of the original grounds. They did an amazing job!) While there, Roger and I observed Youth Day activities. I was pleased to see so many young children (about 600, I’m told) away from their electronic gadgets and enjoying outdoor activities.

That evening, we attended a reception at The Cloister were we met fellow McGladrey colleagues, clients and potential clients. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and met some wonderful people. The part of the evening that stood out in my mind was when Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO of McGladrey made a speech in which he drew parallels between the game of golf and the way McGladrey operates where being understood is critical, and the values or integrity, teamwork, excellence, respect and stewardship are a top priority. As Joe said, “Just as a professional golfer trusts his caddy with his game, so our clients trust us to help them achieve business and goals.”

Monday, November 4, 2013

Welcome to The McGladrey Classic!

It’s a windy day here at Sea Island, but that hasn’t kept the crowds away from The McGladrey Classic. Things teed off today with Youth Day, sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System. Hundreds of enthusiastic youth turned out for games, face painting, good food and golf demonstrations by 2012 McGladrey Classic Champion Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and his best bud (and fellow PGA TOUR Professional) William McGirt.  Following an audience Q&A, attendees were blown away, not by the wind, but by trick shots and glass breaking under bright, beautiful Georgia skies.

What else is going on here on the island today? McGladrey Birdies Fore Love winner Jignasha Voralia and her guest (husband Rajesh) arrived on the island in time for a quick tour before participating in Youth Day activities. Jignasha will provide a guest post here on our blog later this week with her first-hand account of her experience here at Sea Island.

But that’s not all. This evening McGladrey hosts and guests will attend a reception at The Cloister’s Spanish Lounge, where they’ll be joined by a special guest. Check back tomorrow to find out who this evening’s “mystery guest” is, and check back every day throughout the tournament for updates and images from the 2013 McGladrey Classic!