Jim has been a car enthusiast for most of his life. He remembers growing up as a teenager with images of a neighbor’s Ferrari 308 GTB hoping that one day he would be able to own one. While practicing cardiology in Naples, he was blessed to be able to acquire various cars including an Acura NSX ( his first “exotic”) and a Lotus Esprit Turbo. Later on he would experience the love of the Ferrari brand.
Jim has been a member of the original Ferrari Club of Naples and is now a Board Director with Ferrari Club of America - Naples Chapter. He has displayed his vehicles on the Cars on Fifth annual charity event in Naples. His track experience includes driving a Porsche Carrera GT at the Homestead Raceway, driving Ferraris at the Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec-the former location of the Canadian Grand Prix, and the Ferrari 488 Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas(COTA) in Austin, Texas - home of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
He is a student of the Ferrari Corso Pilota driving school-with plans to advance to the Challenge Series. He was fortunate to experience the Ferrari F1 simulator in Maranello and Milan, Italy (the only 2 Ferrari simulators in the world).
On a personal note, Jim has two boys; James, who attends the University of Michigan, and Joshua, who attends Jim's alma mater, Creighton University. Jim and his boys enjoy watching sports, attending car events, and going out to dinner when they are home from school.
Jim Buonavolonta, M.D.
President & CEO
Ultimate Garages, LLC
Born and raised in Naples, Florida, Josh is currently studying marketing and finance at Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. Throughout his childhood, Josh has been exposed to many exotic and classic cars. When he was seven, Josh went to Homestead Speedway to see his father track a Porsche Carrera GT, and remembers it being quite the experience. He has grown to love cars more and more every day he works at Ultimate Garages. Josh enjoys developing personable relationships with the Club Members of Ultimate Garages and is excited and thrilled to continue his journey here.
Growing up, and while in school at Creighton, Josh has volunteered his time to many charities and organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, Precious Memories Daycare, and Restored Hope in Omaha, Nebraska. Josh, and fifty-nine other members were selected from a pool of applicants, close to one thousand, to be a part of the Freshman Leadership Program established at Creighton. The program focused on serving organizations and individuals in the Omaha area and also on cultivating and improving inter, and intrapersonal skills as well. From assisting patients and staff at the Naples Community Hospital while in high school, to working in retail during college, Josh has extensive experience with customer service, and looks forward to applying those customer service skills to his position as Director of Operations at Ultimate Garages.
Josh considers himself extremely fortunate to be able to work alongside his father and help grow Ultimate Garages every single day. He is excited to take the responsibilities given to him, head on, and is eager to expand and strengthen his skillset.
Director of Operations
Ultimate Garages, LLC
Born and raised in Uniontown, PA, John graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Hospitality Management & Marketing. John has worked in the hotel & hospitality industry since he was 14, where he grew very fond of the customer service side of business. During college John worked for Nemacolin Woodlands, a prestigious resort in Farmington, PA, where he was a valet and bellman. During his time at the resort, John handled several exotic, classic, and antique cars. After John graduated in December 2017, he continued his career in the hotel industry, for companies such as Fairmont, Omni Hotels, and Ocean properties where he worked in Front Office & Restaurant Management. John then traveled and worked seasonally on the east coast, ultimately leading him to the state of Florida.
On a personal note, John has a love for cars, is an avid Pittsburgh sports fan, and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. John’s passion and love for cars stems from his childhood and still continues to this day. He has a passion towards German engineering, which began after he acquired his first car; a 20th anniversary edition Volkswagen GLI. He enjoys meeting fellow car enthusiasts at Ultimate Garages, as he is able to expand his knowledge about the automotive industry as a whole. Starting at Ultimate Garages in 2019, John yearns to excel in every aspect of his position as manager, and looks forward to his future with Ultimate Garages as well.
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Originally from Massachusetts, Amanda is a graduate of Bay Path University with degrees in Business Management Operations and Health and Human Services. She is also a Certified Wedding Planner and Events Manager. Amanda relocated to the Naples area six years ago. Her extensive experience with nonprofit organizations, marketing, fundraising, event planning, and donor relations has helped her establish her career in the event planning arena locally. In 2020, Amanda opened Niché Gala, an event planning and management company serving the Southwest Florida area. Niché Gala specializes in highly personalized events for any occasion and works closely with local vendors to ensure a one-of-a-kind experience. Amanda and the Niché Gala team are excited to work with Ultimate Garages to bring exclusive, custom, unique experiences to all car enthusiasts and members.
Amanda volunteers with youth in the Collier County area through coaching, mentoring, and assisting with local advocacy for youth in the foster care system. She feels fortunate for the opportunities she has had presented and wants to ensure that the youth of Collier County are afforded the same benefits.
Amanda considers herself extremely fortunate to have this opportunity with the exclusive membership of Ultimate Garages. She is excited to get to meet you and help your event dreams come true.
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Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, Melissa graduated from Radford University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising/Business. She has an extensive background as a Buyer and Merchandise Coordinator in the New York City fashion industry and has carried that experience with her throughout her career. After relocating to Naples, Melissa was employed by Stock Development in 2004 as Director of Lifestyle and Member Services at The Players Club & Spa in Lely Resort. Throughout her tenure, she has worked with The Players Club Team to create an extremely active and social lifestyle, and a very reputable Concierge Program for Stock Development. She prides herself on her creativity and ability to provide unique and memorable experiences for their membership and believes that "activities foster friendships and friendships foster healthy lifestyles!"
Melissa's friendship with Jim recently presented her with the opportunity to assist in creating a specific lifestyle for car enthusiasts who choose to indulge in the Ultimate Garages experience. She looks forward to meeting you and enhancing your lifestyle, while respecting that you may be as "private or as social as you wish!"
In her personal time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her three children and two grandsons. She volunteers for PACE Center for Girls, chairing their annual Love That Dress fundraiser in Collier County for several years, and is also an honorary Board member of Ambers Antibodies, a non-profit foundation helping local families fighting cancer. "It's all about the quality of life and finding a happy balance between family, friends, and work!"
Melissa considers herself extremely fortunate to have this opportunity with the exclusive membership of Ultimate Garages, while she continues to develop the lifestyle at The Players Club & Spa.