Kathleen Cresse, Vice President & COO

Kathleen was born and raised in Piscataway, New Jersey. After earning two Bachelors of Art Degrees in Marketing and Fine Art from Stockton State College in 1989, she worked in Atlantic City for Bally’s Grand. She also worked for a local real estate firm and obtained her New Jersey real estate license and managed two restaurants.

In 1993, she moved to the Emerald Coast and settled in Destin. Shortly there after, she began a long and rewarding tenure with Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Food and Beverage management. For over fourteen years, she served the owners, guests and many thousands of patrons of the Resort.
Before leaving Sandestin in January 2008, she made the following marks:

A proven leader directing over 350 personnel in the successful delivery of $21 million annually in food, beverage, banquet, conference service, and retail services to over 245,000 guests at a very high rate of customer satisfaction.

Promoted to Executive Director at one of the South’s Premier Resort Destinations.

Award winning restaurateur creating one of the Emerald Coast’s most remarkable fine dining experiences at the Elephant Walk.
Garnered the highly coveted Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award (DIRONA).
Wine Spectator Top 200 award, and Emerald Coast Magazine “Best Place for Fine Dining” award.
A tireless entrepreneur helping to bring Starbucks Coffee to the North Florida by building corporate relationships and creating, designing, constructing, marketing and staffing four highly successful licensed outlets in and around Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and Grayton Beach.
Expert project manager overseeing all food and beverage aspects at the first ever and subsequent “Boeing at Sandestin Champion’s Tour” PGA event; Successfully fulfilling the diverse needs of 140 tour players, 20 different corporate sponsors with full service box seats, and over 50,000 spectators.
Kathleen is the proud mother of Katrina and Caroline Lathi and wonderful step mother of Zach and Kierstin Cresse. Kathleen’s parents, sister and brother have all joined her in moving to the beautiful Destin community.

We’d love to tell you our story and answer any questions about life in our community.