Blake Walker, CEO of Dallas-based Arcis Golf, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 in the hospitality category for the Southwest region by EY. Walker, an innovator who is reimagining the club lifestyle experience, has developed Arcis Golf from a small start-up five years ago to the second largest fee simple owner-operator of full service lifestyle private and daily-fee golf clubs in the United States.
The award recognizes entrepreneurs who excel in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Walker joins the ranks of mold-breaking entrepreneurs, and past honorees whose ingenuity and discipline have driven their companies’ successes and transformed their industries, including Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Larry Page and Sergey brin of Google, Howard Schultz of Starbucks, Hamdi Ulukaya of Chobani and James Park of Fitbit.
“Being recognized by EY is an honor for Arcis Golf and our nearly 4,000 team members around the country who are dedicated to creating extraordinary experiences for our members and guests,” said Walker. “This is a direct reflection of the commitment of Arcis Golf’s transformational leadership team, as we continue to approach the club business from an entirely new perspective.
Providing inventive direction that complements exceptional golf and lifestyle experiences, Arcis Golf has invested more than $60 million in upgrades, amenities, programming and content, personnel, training and systems to maximize the growth and future success of its unique collection of nearly 60 private, resort, and daily-fee clubs.
“We are thoroughly reinventing each of our clubs to be more relevant to today’s consumers and their families,” said Walker. “We are reimagining the way our members and guests live, connect and play. We bring a tailored sense of community to today’s consumer. Because at Arcis Golf, lifestyle matters.”
Arcis was ranked No. 2 on the annual Dallas 100 list for 2016 by the Caruth Institute for Entrepreneur ship at the SMU Cox School of Business, as well as the No. 2 ranking in the Travel & Hospitality category, and No. 171 overall, on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list recognizing the fastest-growing private companies in America.
Now in its 32nd year, the EY program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities and more than 60 countries throughout the world. As a Southwest region award winner, Walker is eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 national Awards, which will be announced in November.
Arcis Golf is the premier operator of public and private lifestyle clubs in the United States and an industry leader, providing dynamic direction and unrivaled amenities that complement diverse playing experiences. Arcis Golf properties tailor each element of the golf and country club lifestyle experiences to exceed the needs and expectations of members and guests of all ages. The Arcis Golf portfolio is supported by Arcis Equity Partners, LLC through strategic aquisitions that build and sustain the company’s leadership position in upscale golf and club experiences. For more information visit ArcisGolf.com.