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
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 email@example.com.
Director of Facilities
2016 will be Ray’s10th polo season with International Polo Club. Ray has maintained and prepared polo fields for over 1200 high goal polo matches including the most prestigious and competitive polo tournaments in the United States. Ray also served as Project Manager for the Wanderers Club golf course renovation and as Director of Turf Maintenance following the renovation. Ray has an MBA and a BS in Accounting both from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Golf Turf Management Certificate from Rutgers. Ray has extensive experience in golf course construction, project management, property management and turf management. Prior to IPC Ray worked as a Golf Course Superintendent, Assistant Project Manager and Property Manager at Poplar Grove Golf Club in Amherst, VA and Golf Course Superintendent at The Slammer and Squire Golf Course at the World Golf Village in St Augustine, FL. Ray also has several years experience working in a CPA firm performing audits, preparing tax returns and providing management consulting. Ray and IPC continue to host Polo Field Turf Managers meetings to help all managers share information on polo field maintenance and listen to agronomists speak on current issues facing turfgrass in South Florida. To contact Ray, call
561-441-2046 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
& Special Events
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 email@example.com.
Special Events Manager
To contact Farish call 561-282-5332 or send e-mail
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To contact Dawn call 561-282-5288 or send email to email@example.com.
Office & Spa Manager
To contact Maribette call 561-282-5310 or send email