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Brendon Bashford

Brendon Bashford

Executive Chef – The Sanctuary

Executive Chef Brendon Bashford is excited by the opportunity of leading the culinary team at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Chef Bashford has traveled the world working within the Fairmont Hotels and Resorts collection of fine hotels. After starting with the hotel company at the Chateau Lake Louise & Banff Springs, Chef Bashford opened hotels in Dubai and rose to Executive Chef in Bermuda before moving to the Plaza Hotel in New York City where he oversaw four different restaurants including the famous Oak Room. He most recently served as the Executive Chef charged with opening the Fairmont Battery Wharf in Boston.

When asked about his new role at The Sanctuary, Chef Bashford remarked on the similarities between the Low Country and his hometown in Australia and the rich abundance of traditions and native ingredients found here. “I look forward to the responsibility of directing all culinary activities at The Sanctuary. We are fortunate to have such a wealth of traditions and native ingredients here in the Charleston area. It’s fits into my philosophy of sensible, sustainable and straight forward cuisine.”

Langdon Brockinton

Langdon Brockinton

Teaching Professional

Langdon is from Charleston, S.C., where he became one of the top juniors in Charleston and South Carolina. He was ranked as high as 5 in the Boy’s 18’s singles and No. 1 in the 21-and-under singles in South Carolina. He won the City of Charleston Men’s Singles Open title twice and competed in his collegiate career at Furman University where he played #3 singles and #2 doubles. Furman won the Southern Conference team title twice during Langdon’s collegiate career. He was a three-time all-Southern Conference player at Furman. Also, Langdon teamed with Roy Barth to win the 50’s doubles title at the 2009 Southern Senior Closed Clay Court Championship.

Angie Cimino

Angie Cimino

Hailing from Hershey, Pennsylvania, Angie Cimino graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Technology and holds a degree in Hospitality Management. After serving as the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager and Catering Events Manager for Hershey Country Club, Angie relocated to The Sanctuary to become the Catering Coordinator—assisting in a wide variety of events that include weddings and notable social functions such as Gourmet and Grapes.

Nicole Leaf

Nicole Leaf

Food and Beverage Marketing Manager, Nicole Leaf joined the team at Kiawah in 2008 as an intern at the Villa Front Desk. In 2010, Nicole accepted a position as a Leisure Service Coordinator for The Sanctuary Hotel and ten months later was promoted into her current position. Nicole graduated from Morrisville State College in upstate New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Business Management.

She will be assisting the Food and Beverage/Catering and Conference Service blog team with coordinating restaurant and special event details and promotional information.

PGA Championship

PGA Championship

Championship Director of the 2012 PGA Championship, Brett Sterba, and his team will keep y’all updated on the latest news of the South Carolina’s first major as we count down the final year to “Glory’s Last Shot.”

Tiffany Pickard

Tiffany Pickard

Assistant to the Director of Golf
Assistant to the Governor’s Club

Tiffany attended Charleston Southern University for both undergraduate and graduate studies. While at CSU, she played four years on their Division I Women’s Golf Team. She joined the KIGR team in 2005, starting in food and beverage at Turtle Point, then moving on to the golf department. She will be gathering and sharing golf information from the PGA Professionals at the resort.

Mike Vegis

Mike Vegis

PR Director, Kiawah Island Golf Resort

After cramming a four-year degree into six years at Michigan State University, a normal career path wasn’t in the cards for Mike Vegis. He went to Washington and landed a job on Capitol Hill, spending five years as Legislative Assistant to former Congressman Mike Oxley of Ohio the five years as Legislative Director to former Congressman Don Ritter of Pennsylvania. In addition to overseeing the legislative staff, he oversaw the press operations. He was also the chief strategist to two of Ritter’s reelection campaigns, handling media relations, opposition research, etc.

Ten years is a long time on Capitol Hill and he had no desire to run for office, so to have some fun and get paid for it, he headed to Miami and got a job as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Windjammer Barefoot Cruises. For the next 8 years he sailed the Caribbean on Tall Ships while showing the press the ins-and-outs of the Lesser Antilles. During his time with Windjammer, he took his 2-week vacation each year in Monterey working on the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, doing everything from contestant registration, hospitality, photography, even bag transportation — you name it, he did it.

After Windjammer and a year or so of agency work, he talked his way into the best job in the world at the most well run, well thought-out resort in America – a job he’s held since 1999.

Oh, yes. If you’re wondering, that is the actual PGA Championship’s Wanamaker Trophy he’s holding – a pretty presumptuous pose considering the sorry state of his game…

Kiawah Island Recreation

Kiawah Island Recreation

Kiawah Island is home to a fascinating array of wild creatures with a diverse ecosystem. Our recreation programs are, quite simply, unsurpassed, as well as our incredible staff. From Kamp Kiawah Counselors to experienced Naturalists and Captains, Kiawah Island Recreation staff will open your eyes to the natural wonders of the island, and help to create lifelong vacation memories for you and your family and friends.