By Angela Higginbotham
Born and raised in Baltimore, Md., George Stavros moved to Ponte Vedra Beach in the summer of 2007 when he relocated his company from Pinehurst, N.C. Always an entrepreneur, Stavros started his first company during college, and is the founder of Pacesetter Technology headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach. Highly experienced in the golf space for the past 15 years, prior to Pacesetter, Stavros was the vice president of operations for Caddiemaster. Stavros has been married to Christine, a teacher at PVPV/Rawlings Elementary, for 22 years. They enjoy living in Ponte Vedra Beach with their children, Sydney and Aiden.
- What does Pacesetter Technology do?
Pacesetter builds mobile apps for luxury clubs around the world. Our focus is on creating a software platform that enhances the member experience with personalized name recognition.
- What do you enjoy most about living and working in Ponte Vedra?
I really love the great weather and the active lifestyle this area offers. I enjoy running, biking and swimming.
- You are an accomplished marathon runner. How many marathons have you run and do you have any upcoming events?
I’ve run a total of 10 marathons. In July, I’m thrilled to be traveling to Austria to participate in an Ironman Triathlon. A goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I have missed qualifying by two minutes or less on three different occasions.
- Apart from athletics, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I host the Greek Open golf tournament annually at Marsh Landing Country Club. The event is a fundraiser for my church. I enjoy speaking at several events each year. I often write and speak about lifestyle trends, technology and how they are reshaping the club industry. Additionally, my family and I are always in search of the best food that Ponte Vedra and Jacksonville have to offer. We also love to travel. Soon we are headed to Puerto Rico. This summer we are planning to go to Austria, Italy and Greece.
- If you could play a round of golf anywhere, where would it be and who would you like to play with?
I have been fortunate enough to play Augusta National a few times and I would love to take my son there to play some day.
Photo courtesy George Stavros