As one of the top golf resort destinations in the United States, TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., is all about giving its members and guests the most exemplary experience possible. That dedication can be seen in the resort’s two championship courses designed by master architect Pete Dye, one of which is the home of The PGA Tour’s THE PLAYERS Championship.
It also can be found in Nineteen, the resort’s signature restaurant. Senior Director of Food and Beverage Hector Gonzalez says Nineteen offers TPC Sawgrass members and the general public alike a world-class dining experience that could only be found at one of the country’s best golf resort locations. The restaurant’s entire staff is dedicated to maintaining that level of excellence, he adds.

Shortly after taking over her family’s Dairy Queen franchise operation, Karen Smith had a conversation with the company’s CFO. She admitted that she had a lot to learn about the business. “I had lived the DQ life, but hadn’t quite worked the DQ life, as I worked a number of different jobs over the years,” she says.
Smith found herself the owner of Smith Dairy Queens when her husband passed away in 2011. The business was originally started in 1947 by her father-in-law, Omar Smith. Omar Smith’s son Terry Smith graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in business in 1969. Terry Smith spent his entire life as part of the Texas Dairy Queen system, as he was born the same year that his father became a Dairy Queen franchisee. 

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