Director of Tennis at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara CA
>This month we celebrate associates from different Nations across our facilities. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Galina Bykova now works as Director of Tennis at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara CA. Before joining the team at Cliff Drysdale Tennis (CDM), Galina was internationally known for her talent and success in tennis starting as a junior in her home county. She was ranked among the top 50 nationally and was invited to join the St. Petersburg team. The team won the Russian Team Championship, and Galina was awarded the prestigious title of Master of Sports of Russia. She went on to play Division I tennis in the U.S, on a full scholarship at Fresno State.
Upon graduating from Fresno, Galina entered into a training program at one of CDM’s properties, the Omni at Amelia Island. She then moved to California to be a Tennis Professional at a club and made her way through the ranks with a promotion into her current role at the Ritz Carlton property. Galina appreciates CDM’s structure which provides growth opportunities. Her favorite part of her job is the fact CDM has so many facilities and coaches whom she can learn from, collaborate with and even travel to their properties to support. Her advice to anyone who is looking to join the CDM team is, “Have patience and determination to work hard. [It will] go a long way in this company and once you get to know more people, you feel really supported.”