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BallenIsles Country Club’s Jackie Medford recognized for excellence in human resources

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (March 8, 2022) – BallenIsles Country Club’s Director of Human Resources Jackie Medford has been recognized as a 2022 Excellence in Human Resources Honoree by South Florida Business & Wealth in the Sports and Entertainment category. The South Florida Business & Wealth HR honorees were celebrated during the 7th Annual Excellence in Human Resources Awards program on Wednesday, February 16 and are featured in the March issue of SFBW Magazine.

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The Excellence in Human Resources award recognizes Medford’s outstanding ability to build and nurture talent with a professional HR skillset that has helped elevate BallenIsles Country Club to the top of the private club industry. Medford has been part of the BallenIsles’ team for 29 years and is a much-admired member of senior management.

“Leading human resources effectively in the hospitality industry is always a challenge and never more so than over these past two years,” said BallenIsles Country Club General Manager and Chief Operating Officer Ryan Walls. “While much of her professional life is conducted behind the scenes, I can attest that Jackie is a consummate HR professional and a consistently cheerful and positive influence on our entire team, taking the vagaries presented by a global pandemic and national labor shortage in stride. Congratulations Jackie on this prestigious honor.”

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South Florida Business & Wealth’s Excellence in Human Resource program celebrates the region’s outstanding HR professionals who build and nurture the talent within their organizations. Individuals are recognized for molding and developing the personnel who help raise their companies to the top of their industries. South Florida Business & Wealth honors HR professionals in the following industries: Accounting, Banking & Finance Services, Education, Health Care, Hospitality, Insurance, Legal, Marketing & Public Relations, Real Estate & Construction, Technology, Transportation & Logistics, and Lifetime Achievement Award.

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About BallenIsles Country Club       
In 1963 legendary Florida developer John D. MacArthur and the PGA of America teamed up with golf course architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee to design a championship-caliber golf facility. Over the next ten years, BallenIsles, then called PGA National Golf Club, hosted numerous major tournaments like the PGA Championship and PGA Seniors Championship and was home for the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. The Club was also the host site for the original PGA TOUR Qualifying School and held the inaugural PGA Merchandise Show. When the MacArthur/PGA of America agreement expired in 1973, the Club was renamed the JDM Country Club for John D. MacArthur. For the next 15 years, the prestigious local country club hosted many celebrities and professional golfers and staged many events on the three golf courses on the property. In 1988, the three golf courses and surrounding property were sold by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and renamed BallenIsles Country Club. A multi-year and multimillion dollar plan to develop a private country club community was unveiled. Since the early 2000’s, BallenIsles Country Club has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 Clubs in America.

A $35 million clubhouse renovation was completed in November 2018, featuring 115,000 square feet of luxurious space; three championship courses with 54 holes of golf; a world-class 21-court tennis and 9-court pickleball complex; and a state-of-the-art Sports Complex with a full-service Cosmo & Company salon and spa, fitness center, Pilates & spin studios and resort-style swimming pool. For more information visit

Media Contact:
Becky Collison
BallenIsles Country Club
Director of Marketing & Communication