The Maggie Budzar story begins in Cleveland, OH. Growing up as the 12th of 13 children, Maggie learned how to stand out from a crowd. That sense of individualism bred a resonating confidence in Maggie to inspire her personal and professional passions.
A broken leg eight years ago changed Maggie’s life journey. The Kent State graduate loved sports, but the injury suffered on a skiing trip to Breckenridge had Maggie reconsidering her extracurricular activities. She needed a sport to last her a lifetime – thus her foray into the professional golf world.
Even though she had never played the game of golf, Maggie moved to Orlando to train at the Professional Golfers Career College. Undeterred by her limited interaction in the sport, Maggie set her sights on the “super bowl” of golf – the Ryder Cup. She accomplished that goal and managed over 4,000 volunteers at the 2012 Ryder Cup and 3,500 volunteers at the 2013 PGA Championship while assisting in managing Player Transportation for both events as well.
Maggie was the Championship Manager for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Relying on a tireless work ethic and bright personality, Maggie has brought together the Johns Creek community, the Atlanta Athletic Club membership and the United States Golf Association to drive the success of one of the top amateur golf events in the United States.
Hipp Inspired was hired by Keeneland in Lexington, KY to organize on-site operations for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup World Championships. A pro at embracing change, Maggie shifted her focus from golf to thoroughbred racing and relocated her office to Lexington. While on-site, she worked with Keeneland and Breeders’ Cup staff, as well as several national and local agencies and vendors. Her quick wit, warm smile and ability to see the big picture made her a perfect fit with the established teams to build solid operational plans for items such as parking, security, signage and medical and emergency management operations. As a sign of a job well done, Hipp Inspired and Keeneland have continued their relationship beyond the Breeders’ Cup and look forward to many more “moments in the Winner’s Circle.”
A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, Maggie is still waiting for that elusive Super Bowl victory for her hometown team. When not watching Browns’ games on Sundays, Maggie spends her time golfing, tap dancing or hanging with her dog, Mister.