"Stepping onto a site for the first time never fails to elicit memories of past courses, ghosts of the great designers, anticipation of a new adventure, and the challenges of planning, personalities, rock, rain, and wind.
It is a tenet that the reward is a job well done, however there is undeniable satisfaction in having a hand in the creation and in the enjoyment that it will bring to players and onlookers alike.
In truth for me, to know a passion, to experience a passion like this; that is truly the reward"
- Sam Sakocius, President, Qualitas Project Control
Owner’s often have a vague vision for a property, but do not know what is reasonable or practical or if various ideas can fit together. Sometimes owners do not have any firm ideas for a property and benefit most by starting with no preconceptions.
Design Control and coordination is a critical element in the process. There are up to nine potential entities that will have seperate design duties. It is quite common to have overlap in design or worse to have gaps. As a first step QPC uses a time tested evaluation process.
Every project has various amounts of Ideation whether it is fomalized or just part of a prep-planning review. Strategic planning begins with a five mile high macro view and proceeds systematically to hone the many issues down to a comprehensive focal point.
As the project moves into the construction phase, QPC initiates a formal pre-construction kick off ,meeting, bringing all the team members together for a final check of project responsibilities. Over several days team members will commit to timelines.
COO, Spanish Trail Golf Club
Las Vegas, Nevada
“… Sam represented the Club in all aspects of the project: working with the designers on plans, val/sue engineering plans, bidding process, contract negotiations, construction management, and the grow-in management to the course re-opening…the course was literally blown up and put back together but kept the Robert Trent, Jr Design. The project was a phenomenal success.
The success of the project can only be attributed to Sam Sakocius. Sam 's leadership, golf course construction expertise, management and communication skills kept the project in scope, on time, on budget, and completed to the satisfaction of ownership.
At all times, his only interest was that of Spanish Trail and the successful completion of the project both toward re-opening goals and the long term value of the work completed. The knowledge of his craft combined with his ability to look at the big picture makes him an invaluable asset to any project. Even when issues emerged in the project, Sam 's ability to trouble shoot was amazing. One might call him a ..problem solver,.. but I think the better term is a solution expert... However, the biggest complement I can give Sam is that through his project due diligence and management, he eliminated issues.
I would without reservation recommend Sam Sakocius for any project; project consultant, project management, or project development. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly for any questions regarding Sam Sakocius or the completed project here at Spanish Trail.”
CEO, Steven Rockefeller Golf Development
“During the course of my business career I have worked with precious few individuals who possessed the skills, creativity, tenacity, and understanding of their business niche that Zenta Thomas does. Zenta and her company Dragon Rock is billed as “Access Asia – Cross Cultural Consulting” and it could not be more apt. Dragon Rock not only worked with us regarding marketing and positioning and branding but also with teaching us Chinese business and cultural customs which we had not heretofore known. From a value added perspective, we believe we would have had to have an executive on the ground for several years to have access to the relationships and depth of knowledge we have in Dragon Rock. At the forefront of Golf in China and through their unique boots on the ground perspective, while working to position the Steven Rockefeller Design Group and Olympic Architect Gil Hanes, Dragon Rock has demonstrated an ability to create for us a valuable network of relationships through superior insight and sensitivity combined with ingenuity and creativity in an untested market. Because of the excellent advice and work on our behalf we are certain we have avoided many missteps that we now see are so easy to make in Asia. It is without hesitation that I wholeheartedly recommend Zenta and Dragon Rock as a must hire for any golf ventures attempting to enter the China market.”
Kyi Hla Han
"When I decided to start my design business I had the good fortune to find Zenta Thomas and Dragon Rock to develop a market entry and brand building program for us. Through her many years in television and advertising production, and her behind the scenes knowledge of the golf industry, her knack for understanding what I was trying to create was spot on. She took my ideas turned them into branding program that is instantly recognizable and unique. Her web page development and promotional materials were as professional as could be. She really gets our concept into the marketplace in a simple easy to comprehend, but graceful way. I believe her excellent strategic advice will bear much fruit in the years to come. I could not be more pleased."
Qualitas is based full time in Asia allowing for rapid response to issues as they arise