It is our pleasure to introduce you to a real star on the Tanque Verde Ranch’s Team, Sarah Lee. Sarah has been with Tanque Verde Ranch for over four years and carries the title of Sales Manager. Sarah has contributed to the numerous amount of awards the Ranch has received over the last five years with her hard work, dedication, and superb customer service. Sarah works with planning and coordinating all social events, from weddings to meetings and other gatherings. Guests who have worked with Sarah rave of her excellent service in the execution of their visions. She has a real knack for implementing her ideas to make any client’s wants and needs come to life right at the Ranch.
When Sarah first came to the Tanque Verde Ranch, it was a real turning point in her life where she finally felt her career would blossom. She first was hired as the Catering Sales Assistant to help Mary Ellen (Catering Manager at the time). After one short year, her dedication and service was evident. Sarah quickly was named the resort’s Sales Manager.
Sarah came from a long-time position starting at age 16 working with the Brunswick Bowling Center in Tucson. Here, she began as a Birthday Party Hostess, and after she graduated High School, she began working full-time at the front desk of the bowling center while also bartending on the side. Sarah quickly found herself promoted to Sales Director, where she became responsible for all marketing and sales in the center for leagues, holiday and company events, team building, and more. It was in this position that she found the sales department is somewhere she wants to continue to grow, but after 11 years, it was time for Sarah to move on to bigger and better events to sell.
To this day, after almost five years of working at the Ranch, Sarah’s favorite memory is the day she got hired. She knew right then and there that she was going to grow in the business of sales and meetings. After being in the sales field at the Ranch, Sarah feels this is what she is intended to do. Sarah exclaimed, “Wedding guests always leave saying ‘This is the BEST wedding I’ve ever been to’…”. It is most rewarding for Sarah to hear what clients have to say after hosting an event at the Ranch.
Sarah’s position as the Sales Manager allows her to meet new people every day. When she plans weddings, she loves to be involved in making each of the bride and groom’s personalities come together on their special day–and Sarah does just that!
“Sarah is a godsend. Not only was she so professional, and ON TOP of everything, she is an awesome woman who does everything in her power to make sure your day is as perfect as possible…” A wedding review from The Knot website.
It is no wonder Tanque Verde Ranch has received numerous amounts of awards and recognition. With outstanding staff such as Sarah, paired with extraordinary scenery that surrounds every angle of the Ranch, it is out of the question why anyone wouldn’t want to have a special event or group gathering hosted at the Ranch.
Sarah explained, “I love selling the Ranch! The Ranch is so different than anything else around here. People fall in love with the natural beauty of the desert. There is nothing else like it! Everything is so welcoming and inviting. Our Arizona terrain, rolling foothills, and captivating sunsets are sure to be a favorite.”
When Sarah isn’t working, you can find her being with her family. She has an eleven-year-old son, Devin, and a five-year-old daughter, Olivia. Sarah originally is from Tucson, Arizona; however, her family was in the military, so they moved around quite a bit while Sarah grew up. At age five, Sarah moved to Japan with her parents. After three years across seas, they moved back to Tucson, where she finished Elementary School. In 1999, Sarah and her family moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where she attended Junior High. It was in 2002 when she moved back to Tucson and began working at the Brunswick Bowling Center. Lucky for the entire Tanque Verde Ranch team and guests, Sarah’s life story brought her right here to us.
The future continues to grow and be exciting for Sarah and all of the Tanque Verde Ranch team. With the new ‘The Barn’ Meeting and Event Venue to open in November 2019, there are sure to be many more meetings, weddings, and events happening at the Ranch. The Barn is sure to be a new favorite. Sarah is thrilled to be part of such an expanding property she stated, ” I have learned everything about hospitality here at the Ranch, and I thank my Director of Sales, Mary Ellen for the opportunity and believing in me to get this far. I cannot wait for what the future holds!”
A big THANK YOU goes out to Sarah and all her hard work! It has been a fantastic experience to have such a positive hard worker on the Sales Team. We wouldn’t be where we are today without Sarah Lee!