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Management Staff
 
 

 

Executive Offices

John Wash
John A. Wash, CCM - President Of Club Operations

John Wash brings a wealth of experience to all aspects of golf, resort, and country club service. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., then went on to become an executive chef. He transitioned to being a general manager, and successfully headed up some of America’s finest private country clubs. In 1996, Wash joined the elite group of accredited club managers by becoming a CCM (Certified Club Manager), a distinction that marks the highest level of professionalism within the industry. He was recruited to the top position at International Polo Club Palm Beach in 2007, and has been instrumental in expanding the club’s facilities since his arrival. Wash spearheaded the enhancement of the dining facilities, the addition of box seating in the stadium, the Wellington Zone, The Pavilion building, and several new polo fields. In 2013, the International Polo Club (IPC) celebrated a record-breaking season, increasing new memberships at the club, tagging all-time highs in food and beverage sales, and closing the 16-week polo season with ticket sales realizing a 63.9% increase year over year. New accolades were bestowed on the club as Wash accepted the President’s Award from the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, the prestigious Providencia Tourism Award from the Palm Beach County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Inner City Youth Golfers, Inc.’s Founder’s Award, and on behalf of IPC, Wash was honored to receive the Business of the Year Award from the Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce.

“My management philosophy has always been to provide a superior lifestyle for club members. The key to a successful club is to ensure that members experience the full potential this lifestyle brings. I also work closely with the staff, encouraging them to be innovative, to be decisive, and above all to maintain integrity. I am looking forward to continuing the IPC tradition and reputation as an international, world-class polo club.”

John Wash and his wife, Toy, live in Wellington. They have five children and four grandchildren. To contact John Wash, call 561-282-5353 or email jwash@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Ray Mooney
Director of Facilities

Ray Mooney joined International Polo Club following his role as Golf Course and Development Superintendent for Poplar Grove Club in Amherst, Virginia, which was ranked No. 8 in the New Upscale Semi-Private clubs in 2005 by Golf Digest magazine. It was there he acted as project manager in the construction of the facility and growing-in of the golf course. He also worked at The World Golf Village in St. Augustine, FL, Hilton Head National in Bluffton, SC, The Farm Golf Club in Dalton, GA and at Chattanooga Golf and Country Club. Ray also served as a volunteer for three Masters Tournaments from 1995-1997. In addition, Ray acted as project manager for Goodman\’s newly renovated Wanderers Club and oversees the golf course maintenance. Ray has a degree in turf management from Rutgers University, a Bachelor of Science in accounting and an MBA from the University of Chattanooga. To contact Ray, call 561-441-2046 or send email to rmooney@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Donna Zibura
Chief Financial Officer

Donna M. Zibura joined International Polo Club and Wanderer’s Club as the Director of Finance in June. She comes to us from Toll Brothers, Inc., Luxury Homebuilder, where she was the Assistant Division Controller of the Golf Division. In that position she was responsible for reviewing and consolidating financial information for Toll Brother’s nine Golf Clubs across the United States. Her career experience consists of working eight years in the golf industry, three years in construction accounting, six years in insurance accounting and five years in the banking industry. She is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. To contact Donna, call 561-282-5331 or send email to dzibura@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Maria Feola
Maria Feola – Box Office Manager

Maria Feola joined the club as Box Office Manager during its inaugural season in 2003, supervising cashiers, ushers, transportation and ticket sales personnel. She has been instrumental in making sure the Sunday polo matches run as smooth as possible behind the scenes. Prior to joining IPC, Maria worked in the front office management team at The Breakers Hotel, PGA National Resort Spa and Brazilian Court Hotel. Maria was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela and came to the United States in 1986. To contact Maria call 561-282-5334 or emai to mfeola@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Terrie Mooney
Director of Sponsorship

Originally from Michigan, Terrie is a graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Communications. After relocating to Florida she went to work for the Nicklaus Companies where she spent eight years as the Tournament and Sponsor Coordinator of an LPGA Tour event. Following her term with the Nicklaus Companies she went to work as the Event Manager with the Executive Women's Golf Association for three years. Terrie joined IPCPB in October of 2005 and is responsible for maintaining and securing new sponsorships. To contact Terrie call 561 204-5687 x127 or send e-mail to tmooney@internationalpoloclub.com.



Susan Eckels
Director of Retail

To contact Susan call 561-282-5295 or email to susan@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

 

 
 

 

Food & Beverage

 

Nelson Tamargo
Food & Beverage Manager

This Spanish-Cuban born father of two joined IPC after ten years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts in food & beverage roles for the Peach Tree Plaza, Atlanta, GA, Le Meridien Hotel Brand, Boston,MA, The Resort At Singer Island Luxury Collection Brand in Florida and Sheraton International, Philadelphia, PA as director of catering. His experience includes The Breaker's Beach Club, Palm Beach and The Thousand Islands Club, St. Laurence Seaway N.Y., among others. Nelson is passionate about family, food, service, esthetics and world travel. To contact Nelson send e-mail to ntamargo@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

William Sellner, Jr.
Executive Chef

William Sellner Jr. came to IPC in 2006. A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute Montpelier Vt., Chef William, as he is referred to by staff and members a like is a warm and lively presence around the club with and impressive array of experience behind him. Chef William worked under the direction of Chef Marc Colle, the former chef at the Italian Embassy. He was also Executive Sous chef at Yale University’s Private Club Mory’s, Executive Chef at Michelle’s Fine Dining in Bar Harbor Maine, achieved and maintained AAA Four star rating for ten consecutive years and has been published in two books. He spent several years at Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach as Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous chef and helped maintain its 5-star status. He has also worked under the direction of Karl Heinz Hauser a 3-star Michelin chef. To contact Chef William call 561-282-5340 or send email to wsellner@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

 
 

 

Membership & Special Events

 

Julie Pickens
Vice President of Club Hospitality and Membership

Julie’s upbeat attitude, attention to detail and ability to organize all aspects of a function has led to hundreds of successful events over the years. “We have created a setting where our members and polo and equestrian enthusiasts can come together to enjoy all of the amenities and excitement of a world-class club. I look forward to welcoming you back for a season filled with special events and activities for your family, friends and guests.” To contact Julie call 561-282-5343 or send e-mail to jpickens@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Farish Ensenat
Special Events Manager
To contact Farish call 561-282-5332 or send e-mail to farish@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

 
 

 

Tennis & Croquet

 

Paul Hope
Sports House Director

Paul is beginning his 12th season at IPC. He has been a U.S.P.T.A. Elite Pro for over 20 years, has a Masters degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation as well as licensed Cardio Tennis ™ and TRX Cardio Tennis ™ instructor. Former U.S.P.T.A. and U.S.T.A. Florida State Doubles Champion. “International Weekend Director” which hosted 7 seven sports in one location, featuring International and world-class athletes from USA, South Africa, South America, Ireland and Great Britain. Oversees the merchandising for the "Sports House" including exclusive brands unique to International Polo Club Palm Beach.. To contact Paul call 561-795-7228 or send an e-mail to phope@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Rick Landry
Croquet Director

Rick is IPC's Director of Croquet as well as Associate Tennis Professional. He represents International Polo Club Palm Beach at the National Croquet Championships and was selected to play for the United States in the first ever Golf Croquet World Team Championships in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the summer months Rick directs the Wyantenuck Country Club in Great Barrington, Massachusetts as well as teaching croquet at the Lenox Club. To contact Rick call 561-795-7228 or send e-mail to croquet@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

 
 


Polo

Jimmy Newman
Director of Polo Operations

A 40-year veteran of the sport of polo, Jimmy came to IPC in 2003 with an impressive history of polo management. In addition to managing the polo at IPC during the winter months, he also directs the polo at various polo clubs during the summer. From 1996 to 2001 Jimmy managed the polo at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club and from 1977 to 1996 he managed the Retama Polo Center in San Antonio, Texas. Career highlights include managing 21 U.S. Open Championships and the legendary 1980 Cup of the Americas. To contact Jimmy call 561-282-5882 or send email to jnewman@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Melanja Jones
Polo Coordinator

To contact Melanja call 561-282-5882 or send an email to melanjaj@gmail.com.

 
 

 

Spa & Fitness

 

Dawn Zweiban
Fitness Director

To contact Dawn call 561-282-5288 or send email to dzweiban@internationalpoloclub.com.

 

Maribette Salazar
Office & Spa Manager

To contact Maribette call 561-282-5310 or send email to msalazar@internationalpoloclub.com.







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