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SPOTLIGHTING MIKE HOLMES, OUR BARTENDER/PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi. If you’ve been to the Lago Mar pool bar over the last seven years, you probably know Mike Holmes as our friendly bartender who serves up delicious frozen poolside drinks. (Mike’s come to my rescue on several occasions with a refreshing wine or margarita to help relieve stress!) But as the afternoon sun fades, Mike trades his blender for a camera and transforms into our resort photographer at sunset!

That’s right, he pulls double duty for us.  Mike has photographed hundreds of  families in scenic locations throughout the resort so that they will always have a beautiful, cherished memory of their time here at Lago Mar. If you haven’t actually met Mike, you may have seen some of his large photographic canvas prints featuring picturesque Lago Mar scenes that hang at the Promenade pool bar, and also in the elevator hallway, just outside the Resort Shop. And at Christmas, Mike is known to distribute gorgeous Lago Mar calendars to the executive staff that feature a different Lago Mar photo each month.

Originally from Moorestown, NJ, Mike moved to Florida in 1981 to attend the University of South Florida in Tampa where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. He had a natural gift for writing and creating publicity opportunities for his clients, and went on to enjoy a 20-year-career in corporate communications. As the digital revolution took hold in the new millennium, Mike became very proficient with digital photography. He was one of the first members of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) where he took several courses to master his craft, and began taking on digital photography clients in addition to his “day job.”

In 2005, Mike left his director of corporate communications position at Fort Lauderdale-based Kaplan University because he wanted an easier “day job,” and luckily he found a new home here as one of our Lago Mar bartenders. Shortly thereafter we discovered his photography talents and the rest is history. Mike continually receives rave reviews about his photography service from our hotel guests on both internal comment cards, and the website TripAdvisor.com.

Keep up the good work Mike, and I’m sure you’ll see me looking for a “stress reliever” at your bar again real soon!… Deb