Staff Spotlight

August 2019: Courtney Ferrante, Director of Signature Events

Hotels and automotive go together like peanut butter and jelly. The experience is just not the same if you have one without the other. Having a motoring vehicle that transports you to and from your daily destinations is critical to any traveler staying at a hotel. So when Quail Lodge & Golf Club made the decision 17 years ago to host a little car show that pays homage to the art of motoring, it made perfect sense. Today, that little car show known as The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has developed into one of the most preeminent motoring events in the world. For the past 13 years, the growth and world-wide recognition of this event, as well as the spawning of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering – the nation’s foremost motorcycle concours – has been attributed directly to the strong leadership of Courtney Ferrante, Director of Signature Events.

Courtney’s journey at Quail Lodge began in 2006 when she applied to be the assistant to the General Manger per a referral from her sister who worked in Quail’s sales department. She was instead offered the position of Event Coordinator, and through hard work, dedication and legendary compassion and loyalty to her colleagues and guests alike, worked her way to the top. If you ask anyone who has interacted with Courtney they will surely rave about her positive outlook, outgoing demeanor and kind heart that is almost certainly three times too big (metaphorically, of course). Which makes sense, as Courtney strongly believes that success goes hand-in-hand with happiness.

“I fell in love with Quail the day I started,” expressed Ferrante. But she not only fell in love with Quail, she fell in love at Quail. Courtney’s now husband, Vince, was Quail’s Assistant Superintendent while Courtney was the Event Coordinator. “I had grand ideas for the event – vehicles, helicopters, boats, etc. on the golf course. Being in the greens department, he didn’t always agree as those items could hurt the grass. I am sure he thought I was crazy.” Clearly he thinks she is just as amazing as we do, as they have been happily married for nine years.

When asked what she loves most about working at Quail, Courtney cited the family culture. “Quail is like one giant family working toward the same goal. We all have each other’s back and want to see each other succeed.” That truly is what hospitality is all about – making everyone feel right at home … like they are part of our family. So the next time you visit Quail Lodge or attend The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering or The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, don’t forget to thank Courtney as she truly is inviting you to a place that she is proud to call home.