We’re kicking off our Team Member Spotlight Series with our talented Golf Sales Manager, Jerry Morelli. The success of our public golf courses is due in part to our incredible staff. Before hitting the links, get to know Golf Sales Manager, Jerry Morelli in his own words.
Why did you choose to work for Colonial Williamsburg?
I had been in the golf business for 13 years at another local property when I attended an annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Golf Course Owners Association. At this meeting, Director of Golf Glen Byrnes accepted an award on behalf of the Golden Horseshoe at Colonial Williamsburg. During his speech, he spoke so passionately about how proud he was of the way Colonial Williamsburg conducts business and treats people. I knew there were fantastic golf courses at Colonial Williamsburg, but the way he described the atmosphere and culture really made me want to be a part of it. I was fortunate enough to join the team about a year later and can definitely echo his words from that day. I remember him saying, “Colonial Williamsburg does things the right way.” This is true in all facets. They respect their employees, treat customers as partners, and are always striving to provide excellent service above everything else.
What is your current role and how long have you worked at Colonial Williamsburg?
I have been the Golf Sales Manager at The Golden Horseshoe for three and a half years. I am the point of contact for corporate events, charity outings, tournaments, and buddy trips. I also assist with our marketing efforts and sales strategies.
What is your favorite part of your current role and working for Colonial Williamsburg?
The Gold Course. It is a privilege to sell one of the best golf courses in the country. The classic layout has always been a favorite of mine and when Colonial Williamsburg invested in the restoration two years ago, the experience was elevated to elite status. The course has jumped 12 spots in the latest Golfweek national rankings. You just don’t see that happen. New courses usually bump the older ones down, but the Gold Course has stood the test of time and continues to improve.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
I’ve been in Virginia for 20 years, so my accent is gone, but I grew up in Boston, MA. My family still lives there and I try to visit as much as I can. Still rooting hard for the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins!
What hidden gem at Colonial Williamsburg do you think everyone should visit?
There are many fantastic restaurant venues at Colonial Williamsburg but I think my favorite one does not get as much credit as it deserves. The Taste Studio is an interactive experience that is a combination of amazing food, entertainment, and education. The Williamsburg Inn Chefs prepare the meal within a cooking show atmosphere and provide great stories, culinary tips, and some of the best food you will ever eat.