Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oh, What a Week!


It’s hard to believe that the fifth annual McGladrey Classic has already come and gone. We hope you enjoyed following tournament-related activities via this blog and McGladrey’s other social media channels. As Bill Gorman, McGladrey’s Southeast regional managing partner, said recently during a Golf Channel interview, “Each year we think there’s no way we could have a better tournament and then we somehow manage to top it!”

One of the highlights from this past week (week of Oct. 20), has to be the announcement of McGladrey’s extension of our title sponsorship of The McGladrey Classic through 2020. We’re thrilled, and excited about what the future holds for this event! One thing we do know about the future is that the tournament will move next year to two courses: Seaside and Plantation, allowing The McGladrey Classic to increase its player field. The date has already been set so be sure to mark your calendars for Nov. 16-22, 2015!

While we posted daily updates throughout this year’s tournament, we thought you might enjoy a quick recap of some a few additional highlights:

·         Darius Rucker Concert: We cannot express how happy we were to have Darius as part of The McGladrey Classic once again and how appreciative we were of the incredible show he put on for his fans. PGA TOUR professional, Russell Henley, even made a special appearance playing the guitar during ‘Wagon Wheel.’ And to top it all off,  Darius and his band donated the entire concert to the tournament so those funds can go to charity. How AMAZING is that?! And another great example of how The McGladrey Classic and related activities have an unwavering focus on stewardship.  

·         Wounded Hero Home Donation: The PGA TOUR, representatives from The McGladrey Classic (including McGladrey’s very own CEO and Managing Partner Joe Adams), Bank of America and others were on hand just prior to the concert to present a Wounded Hero Home Donation, in collaboration with Birdies for the Brave and Military Warriors Support Foundation, to Gold Star Mom Reagan Gibbs!  

·         Military Appreciation Day: Hundreds of St. Simons Island residents and visitors greeted the Wounded Warriors during the bridge parade route to The McGladrey Classic. It was priceless. More than 100 motorcyclists led the buses carrying veterans and their family members. It was a great display of American pride.

·         Volunteers: The McGladrey Classic would not be a success without the more than 1,200 volunteers who donate their time in support of the tournament year after year. Each year, we hear from guests how helpful, kind and a “part of the experience” the volunteers are to attendees. We thank those who donate their time to the tournament.

·         Sea Island Staff: The Sea Island staff has always been exceptional, exceeding expectations tournament after tournament. No wonder their resorts are consistently winning five-star awards!

·         McGladrey Employees and Clients: It was another successful year for The McGladrey Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program, which raises funds for charitable organizations focused on supporting children and families in need. This year, McGladrey employees and clients once again raised more than $400,000 for local and national charitable organizations. We look forward to continuing our support of Birdies Fore Love over the coming year, and through the next McGladrey Classic.

·         Charity Putting Contest: Each year, one of our favorite events is a putting contest where local Special Olympics athletes are paired with PGA TOUR Professionals and supported by McGladrey “caddies” (leadership team members) for a friendly competition. The joy on the winners’ faces each year is indescribable.  

Before we know it, we’ll be teeing up plans for the sixth annual McGladrey Classic (Nov. 16-22, 2015). For those who were able to attend this year’s tournament and/or for those who watched via The Golf Channel, what was YOUR favorite moment from the tournament? We would love to hear from you, particularly if it’s about something you’d like to see us continue moving forward.

Check back next week for more updates on Team McGladrey and The McGladrey Classic. We hope your Halloween is happy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Beautiful Finish to the 2014 McGladrey Classic


Guest post by Theresa Altobelli, manager – tax services – with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Theresa is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of her involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.

The McGladrey Chalet overlooks the 9th and 18th holes, where a large crowd was gathered to watch the final round of The McGladrey Classic Sunday afternoon.  We, as spectators, and the players themselves, could not have asked for better weather. Spectators acknowledged each players accomplishments with a round of applause as they ended the tournament. And there was a strong sense of unity as we watched the final three players, Streb, MacKenzie and de Jonge, enter the playoff rounds. Each player had an exceptional game. What an incredible experience it was to see Robert Sterb win the 2014 McGladrey Classic, his first PGA tournament, Sunday afternoon with a four-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole (the 17th hole)!

We remained for the presentation of the trophy to Streb by Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III on the 18th green. This was followed by a champagne toast at The Lodge, where Davis and McGladrey Board Member Craig Radke officially congratulated the winner. 

The McGladrey Classic displays McGladrey’s core values. The event had a feeling of integrity, teamwork, respect and excellence. McGladrey’s partnership with the Davis Love Foundation and the PGA TOUR exemplifies the trusted relationships that we strive to achieve with all of our constituents. The McGladrey Classic demonstrates McGladrey’s core value of stewardship, a value that is also shared by the Davis Love Foundation and the PGA TOUR – and one
that we heard is important to clients, potential clients, guests, volunteers and others throughout the tournament.  

When you look at the golfers relationships with their caddies you see not only a trusted advisor relationship, but a partnership where they consult each other on challenges to determine the best course of action to take to reach the ultimate goal. This is a very similar relationship McGladrey has with its clients. We are our clients’ supporters and we consult with them to provide them with the expertise they need to get them to their ultimate goal of success.   

Being on Sea Island was an incredible experience. The hospitality was world-class and the island itself is absolutely beautiful. The golf courses were in pristine condition. Birdies Fore Love allowed us, as employees of the firm and as individuals, to display stewardship. And being a Birdies Fore Love winner, I had the privilege to be a part of such a wonderful event. I encourage everyone to contribute to Birdies Fore Love next year and with the five-year extension of McGladrey’s sponsorship of The McGladrey Classic through 2020, I hope that several of my McGladrey teammates have the opportunity to experience The McGladrey Classic in person.

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 McGladrey Classic - Sunday Oct. 26th Recap


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Congrats, Robert Streb, Winner of the 2014 McGladrey Classic!


2014 marked the fifth year of The McGladrey Classic. At McGladrey, we celebrated this important anniversary by announcing a five-year extension of our title sponsorship of the PGA TOUR event through 2020. Following that, we posted over the course of the week a series of  “Top Five” lists that we thought our clients, potential clients, coworkers, friends and family members would enjoy.

Of course, one of the most exciting parts of the event each year is naming the tournament winner. This year, we’re thrilled to welcome Robert Streb to the McGladrey family, as he joins Chris Kirk, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey, Ben Crane and Heath Slocum as part of the history of McGladrey!

The 2015 McGladrey Classic is scheduled for Nov. 16 through 22. We hope we’ll see you next year at Sea Island!

2014 McGladrey Classic - Saturday Oct. 25th Recap


Nothing Short of Incredible


Guest post by Juliana Kreul, tax manager – not-for-profit, with McGladrey LLP, the nation’s leading provider of assurance, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Juliana is one of several of the firm’s Birdies Fore Love office leaders, who was chosen to attend The McGladrey Classic as a result of her involvement in the charitable aspect of this year’s McGladrey Classic.

Saturday (Oct. 25) at The McGladrey Classic was absolutely incredible! The weather was perfect and everyone was in great spirits. It was also Military Appreciation Day, which started with a parade across the causeway onto the island where veterans and more than 50 Purple Heart recipients were welcomed by McGladrey leaders and enthusiastic and supportive golf enthusiasts. Military personnel had access to a grandstand especially for them, which provided seating, refreshments and great views of the 9th greens. It was packed with some of our nation’s finest and bravest men and women. The flag on each green along the course was an American Flag. And active duty military service members were charged with tending each flag throughout the day’s play. It was an honor to watch every player and caddy shake each service member’s hand and thank him/her for their service.

My husband and I had an opportunity to play a round of golf on the beautiful Retreat Course here on Sea Island. We were joined by co-workers from McGladrey’s San Diego and Irvine offices, and our round was expertly caddied by a local Sea Island resident and long-time professional caddy. One of the most interesting highlights of the afternoon was our peek into the Golf Channel production trailer where we were able to watch how everything that you see during a nationally televised golf event comes together.  Back at The Lodge where we were able to tour the area, explore the McGladrey Fan Zone and watch some exciting finishes at the 18th Hole from the McGladrey Chalet. The players continue to play well, the conditions are superb, and the greens are fast; setting the stage for a thrilling conclusion to The McGladrey Classic.

Saturday evening, the Sea Island Beach Club hosted a dinner reception. With the ocean waves breaking in the background and a beautiful sunset, McGladrey personnel, clients, and potential clients gathered to enjoy the camaraderie and a delicious Southern-style buffet. PGA TOUR Professional and Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III and representatives from the Davis Love Foundation were recognized for their contributions to the community and programs benefiting children and families. Also recognized were the Birdies Fore Love office contest winners and all of the offices for their efforts in helping to support children and families in our communities across the nation. This year alone, McGladrey offices demonstrated their true stewardship to the community raising more than $400,000 to assist their local charities.

The McGladrey Classic is not just about golf. It demonstrates McGladrey’s commitment to the firm’s core values of excellence, integrity, respect, teamwork and, in particular, stewardship. The McGladrey Classic has raised almost $2 million for charities such as the Special Olympics and the Boys & Girls Clubs to date. It is an honor to be able to work for an organization so committed to giving back to the community.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014 McGladrey Classic - Friday Oct. 24th Recap