For 22 years, Johnny Baylor has been the smiling face that welcomes visitors as they step out of their cars at Colonial Country Club. And, with Danny Sumberlin by his side for the past eight years, Baylor has made it his mission to put a smile on the face of every member that pulls up to the valet.
“Sometimes they may not have on a smile when they arrive, but I can always get one on them before they leave,” says Baylor, who considers many of his clients to be close friends. “I always look forward to interacting with the members that I park cars for – whether it’s someone that I see almost every day or someone I haven’t seen in a while that I get to catch up with.”
The DEAN & DELUCA Invitational runs through May 29 at the Colonial Country Club.
From slow days that typically bring in 30-40 cars, to the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational tournament weekends that bring in hundreds, one thing holds true – you’ll never hear these men complain. “It’s our job to make sure the members are taken care of,” Baylor says. “It’s something I love doing because I can tell they genuinely care for us, just as we care for them.”
On occasion, Baylor and Sumberlin have looked after more than just the members’ cars. “I’ve had to provide my babysitting services a time or two,” Baylor jokingly recalled. “Sometimes, I have to call the parents and say, ‘Did you forget something?’”
“Johnny and Danny are often the highlight of my time spent at the Colonial Country Club,” says Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent and longtime Colonial member Jayne Landers. “Each time I drive up, I look forward to their contagious smiles.”
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