After 22,183 registrations, 61,559 votes and feedback from PGA TOUR standout and 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love III, McGladrey is proud to announce that the 2011 Caddie for Love grand prize winner is Claudio Kawecki from Hoboken, New Jersey. As the grand prize winner, Kawecki will receive the once-in-a-lifetime chance to caddie for Team McGladrey Member Davis Love III at the RSM International Pro-Am during the 2011 McGladrey Classic, an invitation to the draw reception at the home of Davis and Robin Love, round-trip airfare for two and two nights of accommodations (Oct. 11 and 12) at Sea Island Resort.
Additionally, McGladrey’s own tax senior associate and fellow Cedar Rapids native will caddie for Zach Johnson at The McGladrey Classic this October. Matt Stoner, won a similar employee-only contest called Caddie Quest. Matt’s essay and video landed him in the winner’s circle. Seventy nine other employees submitted essays. That field was narrowed to five finalists whose videos went under employees’ review. Employees voted and Matt’s video came out on top and secured his win.
After impressive essays and photo entries that garnered thousands of votes, illustrating their knowledge of the respective PGA TOUR pros, the game of golf and The Power of Being Understood – the firm's approach to doing business by first truly understanding clients' needs and then providing exceptional value – Kawecki and Stoner were named semi-finalists. From there, they posted humorous semifinalist videos to http://www.caddieforlove.com/ and to an employee intranet site. Kawecki's and Stoner's winning videos not only again attracted scores of votes and illustrated the Power of Being Understood, but impressed Love, Johnson and others involved in the voting enough to make them the winners.
"The golfer/caddie relationship is an important one to me, one that contributes greatly to my success, similar to the relationship McGladrey has with its clients," said Love III, tournament host of The McGladrey Classic. "Claudio understood what voters, McGladrey and I were looking for and I'm excited to have him as my guest and caddie at The McGladrey Classic. Claudio and I are going to have fun at Sea Island, but we'll also be doing some serious work."
"I am looking forward to welcoming Matt to my home of Sea Island in October," said Zach Johnson. "It's one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I look forward to sharing it with everyone who participates in The McGladrey Classic."
"Caddie for Love and Caddie Quest were great successes and helped strengthen the McGladrey brand with our clients, potential clients and employees," said Ricki Lasky, senior director – sports marketing for RSM McGladrey. "We know that many of our clients and potential clients enjoy watching and playing the game of golf, and we're delighted that The McGladrey Classic provides them with an opportunity to enjoy the game. Perhaps most importantly, however, we're proud to support Special Olympics, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia and other local charitable organizations through proceeds raised by the tournament. I look forward to having Claudio and Matt participate in the excitement at Sea Island."
McGladrey Golf Links/URLs:
Caddie for Love Contest Page
McGladrey Golf Blog