Yolanda Porras, winner of the 2018 James S. Kemper Staffer of the Year Award, pictured with Steve Lesnik, Val D'Souza and Tim Krebs

KemperSports Celebrates Honorees at Annual Awards Dinner

KemperSports recognized top performers from across the company at its Annual Awards Dinner, an event that marked the end of the 2019 KemperSports Leadership Conference. This year’s honorees include:


Facility of the Year

Desert Willow Golf Resort (Palm Desert, CA)

James R. Seeley General Manager of the Year

Randy Morrison – Heron Lakes Golf Club & Colwood Golf Center (Portland, OR)

Mady Lesnik Home Office Staffer of the Year

Bryan Howell, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis (Northbrook, IL)

Emil Esposito Golf Professional of the Year

Ryan Young, Director of Instruction – Chambers Bay (University Place, WA)

Retailer of the Year

Streamsong Resort (Streamsong, FL)

Salesperson of the Year

Todd Elder – The Governors Club (Brentwood, TN)

Superintendent of the Year

Will Bell – Forest Creek Golf Club (Round Rock, TX)

Hospitality Professional of the Year

Chris Pieters – Cantigny Golf (Wheaton, IL)

James S. Kemper Staffer of the Year

Yolanda Porras – Butterfield Trail Golf Club (El Paso, TX)


“Our people are what make us great,” said Steve Skinner, CEO of KemperSports. “Without their hard work and passion, we wouldn’t be where we are today. We are fortunate to have such a high-caliber team and we thank them for their dedication to delivering unmatched service to our clients and guests.”

The 2019 KemperSports Leadership Conference brought together company leaders nationwide for three days of learning and celebrating one another’s achievements. This year’s conference, which took place in downtown Chicago, was headlined by two keynote speakers, Matt Nagy, head coach of the Chicago Bears and NFL Coach of the Year, and renowned motivational speaker Dave Gordon.

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