It is our honor and privilege to announce that Noel Hall has been named the A. James Clark award recipient as TPC Network Employee of the Year for 2016. Noel has a long history of valued service at TPC River Highlands, with 24 years of employment at the club. Noel exemplifies the core values of the PGA TOUR’s TPC Network on a daily basis through his mentorship, work ethic, community service and connections with members and guests.
Noel has a willingness to teach others and does it with a positive leadership style. He is attributed to the long-term retention of the golf course maintenance staff, most of whom have 10 plus years with TPC River Highlands. Noel possesses an unwavering optimistic attitude that is infectious to all those around him. He makes everyone feel they matter, that their contribution is important and that he genuinely cares. Noel’s care for others extends past his fellow team members and Club staff. Noel seeks opportunities to assist and provide service to members, guests and strategic partners within the community.
In his addition to his work at TPC River Highlands, Noel participates in charitable work within his community. He works closely with the First Tee, maintaining their facility on property, as well as spending time annually speaking to the kids about golf course maintenance practices. He supports Wounded Warriors, donates to the homeless shelter, food bank, and local library. He also supports the Travelers Championship charity 5k where he and his team lined up at the finish line cheering on the runners.
Please join us in congratulating Noel on this prestigious award. We are extremely proud to have Noel as part of our TPC family, and are grateful for his dedication and continued service to our members and guests.
About Mr. A. James Clark
The PGA TOUR started working with Mr. Clark in 1987 and named him to what was its Investments Board in 1991. He became a member of the newly created PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties Board in 1994, a position he held until his death in March 2015.
The career of A. James Clark is a true American success story. As a young man, fresh out of the University of Maryland in 1950 with a degree in Civil Engineering, he joined a small local general contracting company that he would eventually own. Over the course of the next sixty years, his leadership and vision transformed it into one of the largest privately held and most successful construction companies in the nation. Clark Enterprises built prisons, power plants, hotels, military barracks, government research facilities, museums, sports arenas and transportation projects. Forbes magazine once dubbed him the “King of Concrete.”
Clark Enterprises was contracted to construct the 77,000 square-foot Mediterranean Revival-style clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass, a project the company completed in ten months, just in time for the 2007 PLAYERS Championship.
As an engineer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Clark was the recipient of many academic, professional and civic honors. He was an honorary Trustee of the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, where he contributed tens of millions of dollars to the University, which named its engineering school after him. He was also an Emeritus Trustee of The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine.
About the A. James Clark Award/TPC Network Employee of the Year
In honor of Mr. A. James Clark, this annual award is presented to an employee who upholds the values of the TPC Network and who exemplifies his qualities, including commitment, strong work ethic and inspirational leadership. The employee who most demonstrates these characteristics will be deemed the TPC Network Employee of the Year and recipient of the A. James Clark award.
Each Club submits one nomination. All nominees will be recognized on the A. James Clark plaque at each of their respective clubs, and the receiver of the award will be honored as the recipient on the permanent plaque located in the Players entrance at TPC Sawgrass. The recipient of this award will be recognized at PGA TOUR headquarters, along with a personal plaque and a donation to the charity of his or her choice.