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
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.
Melissa Campbell Speach
Lifestyle & Event Coordinator
Patrick was an avid car enthusiast, years before a driver’s license was within his grasp. His love for cars came from a mentor who introduced him to the German Engineering of Audis and BMWs. Growing up in Northern New England, Patrick was not a huge fan of the cold or the rural locations that generally included a 45-minute drive to the nearest grocery store. The day he turned 16, however, that all changed. The long drives through the mountains became a personal rally course and those cold winters with heavy snowstorms offered an empty parking lot for doughnuts.
Attending High Point University, in North Carolina, Patrick received his degree in Strategic Communications and during the Spring break of his senior year, he traveled to Florence Italy. While most people would focus on the architecture of the historical city, Patrick had one goal in mind – drive a Ferrari in Maranello. He visited the Ferrari factory, where he got to live out that dream and even spent time in the F1 Simulator. Rumors say the smile is still permanently creased into his face.
After graduating from college, Patrick went to work for Audi in Southwest FL. There, he learned about proper care for luxury automobiles, like the RS7 and the R8. He spent time driving, selling and caring for the kinds of cars he had dreamed of driving as a child. In a beautiful twist of fate, Patrick was introduced to Dr. Jim Buonavolonta of Ultimate Garages and now works as the facility’s Manager. Each month his knowledge and passion for cars expands. He has been blessed with a dream job and is excited to see what the future holds.