A Thanksgiving Message from Spinnaker Resorts
Happy Thanksgiving from Hilton Head Island
To our Owners and Guests,
2018 is a special year for giving thanks. After being heavily impacted by Matthew in 2016 and Irma in 2017, it appeared that Hilton Head Island would again feel the wrath of a storm when Florence threatened to be a direct or near direct hit. Fortunately, for Hilton Head, the storm shifted north enough that the island was spared with nothing more than a little wind and rain, although the governor had issued a mandatory evacuation and rescinded it less than 24 hours later – just a few days before the storm.
While our thoughts are with those to the north of us who were hit so severely with high winds and flooding rains and who are still recovering weeks later, we have so much for which to be thankful. We are so fortunate to be able to continue to welcome our owners and guests, who are all part of our Spinnaker Family, back to the island to enjoy their vacations.
From all of us at Spinnaker Resorts, Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy this time of the year with your family, friends, and other loved ones. We look forward to your next visit to your home away from home here at Hilton Head!
Stacy Dounias, Director - Resort Operations
Curtis Cole, Director - Resort Operations
Ormond Beach’s Special Thanksgiving
Dear Owners and Guests,
From your Southwind Management team and Spinnaker Resorts in Florida, we would like to wish you a warm and special Thanksgiving. We’d like to express to you our sincere appreciation for your confidence, friendship and loyalty through the years. We are so pleased to see the same wonderful personalities and faces each year, sharing memorable stories and opening their hearts to us.
This year has been exciting and successful!
It goes without saying that the impact of Hurricanes over the past few years has been felt by Spinnaker Resorts and all our loyal owners and guests. This year we have been spared any disruption in Ormond Beach, for this we are most thankful! Seeing the aftermath in the Florida Panhandle and South Eastern States after Storms Florence and Michael, we were all so blessed that we did not experience any Hurricanes this season. We all sincerely wish all those that suffered major damage and loss a speedy recovery and a life back to normal as soon as possible. This year we have seen the first successful phase of a major unit renovation plan to the Royal Floridian completed, with the second phase beginning late November. The project has started smoothly and the newly renovated rooms have made a major improvement to your “home away from home”. Renovations will continue through the next few years along with additional improvements to both properties. We thank you for your continued support and positive feedback to all the efforts put forward to make your Resort the most popular and respected in the area!
It is with warmest regards and utmost respect to all of you who make up the Spinnaker Resorts, Royal Floridian and Royal Floridian South family that we say – Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday season!
East Regional GM
Branson: A Time to be Thankful
Thanksgiving is a time to gather around those we love and care for. It is a time to be grateful for all that we have been so abundantly and selfless blessed with. It is also a time to sit-up and take note of those not so fortunate. It is a season of bountiful and provides for reason to share from the same bounty. True Thanksgiving is not a holiday or season but much more importantly, it is in actually doing that…. Giving! Give often and give much… you will be the greater recipient into doing so. At Spinnaker Resorts we wish all of you safe travels and abundant love and caring for all who surround you. From all of us in the Ozarks of Missouri, Happy Thanksgiving Ya’ll!
Regional General Manager, Branson Operations
About the Author
Alexis "Lexi" Bairstow Regional General Manager
Lexi was born and brought up in Kenya before immigrating to Ormond Beach 17 years ago. He has traveled to many places worldwide. His lifelong hobbies were rugby and motocross but he's toned things down now by playing tennis after becoming a father of 3! Before moving to the US Lexi worked and managed a 5000 acre Wheat farm on the slopes of the Great Rift Valley in East Africa. When Lexi is not working directly with Resort Owners and the Ormond team he spends as much time with his family making the most of the beautiful Ormond Beach and surf. Lexi has Managed the Ormond region for the past 15 yrs.
Scott Wuest Regional General Manager
Originally hails from NE Iowa and has been married 27-years to his wife, Deneen, an elementary teacher at Branson Schools; the two met while attending the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. They have lived in Branson for 22-years where they have raised two children. Their oldest daughter is an oncology RN that spends part of her time as a traveling nurse and the other time nursing for Mercy Hospitals in Springfield. Their youngest son is a junior at Missouri Southern State University (Joplin, MO) and competes as a pole vaulter on the Lions track team. As empty nesters Scott and Deneen take full advantage of their free time, hiking, biking, cheering the St. Louis Cardinals, and traveling when time permits.
Stacy Dounias Director of Operations
Stacy has lived in the Lowcountry for more than 20 years. She currently lives in Beaufort with her husband, their 14-year-old son, and 3 dogs. Stacy’s favorite vacation is a yearly 100+ mile kayaking trip following South Carolina and Georgia Rivers to raise funds and promote awareness for the local watersheds. When she’s not kayaking, camping, backpacking, playing softball or cheering for the Gamecocks, you can find her and her family out on the water and most likely fishing. If you ask Stacy, the best place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee is at Bluewater Resort and Marina when the sun is rising.
Curtis Cole Director, HH Operations
I’ve been with the company since April and I have 28 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Prior to accepting the wonderful opportunity offered to me here, I managed two timeshare resorts in Ormond Beach, Florida over the past 19 years. I enjoy reading, sports and music of all types and spending time with my family.