Kingsmill Resort won the 19th annual Capt. John Smith Award for business leadership in James City County. It was presented Thursday night by supervisors chairman John McGlennon at a reception for business leaders at Jamestown Settlement.
McGlennon gave the award to Wayne Nooe, director of golf at Kingsmill. McGlennon cited the “beautiful community along the James River, unimpeded by power lines,” which drew laughter over the Dominion Power controversy.
He cited 196 resort condos, five restaurants and three golf courses as well as 29 professional golf tournaments over the years as contributing to the local economy. He also said that the Audubon Society has singled out Kingsmill for three years for its protection of wildlife.
Nooe accepted on behalf of Kingsmill general manager Robin Carson and 1,000 employees under the flag of the new owner Xanterra. “We’ll continue to be a good steward of our community,” he pledged.
McGlennon praised Xanterra for reviving the LPGA tournament this year and for reprising it again next May.
County administrator Robert Middaugh credited Xanterra for plans “to make major investments in the resort.” He was referring to more residential neighborhoods and a new hotel and conference center.
McGlennon said the annual reception is designed “to pay tribute to the business community and all that you bring to the county.” He cited the Glasshouse at Jamestown as the first industry in America.
Prior to the presentation, EDA chairman Paul Gerhardt briefed the reception audience of around 100 to recent successes, including a forthcoming regional approach with Williamsburg and York County on the James City incubator project.