Recent industry hires and promotions include new General Managers at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. and North Oaks (Minn.) Golf Club; a new Assistant General Manager at Richmond County Country Club in Staten Island, N.Y.; Head Golf Professionals at Dunwoody Country Club in Atlanta, Ga. and Black Desert Resort in Ivins, Utah; and Director of Racquet Sports at DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del.
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Here are some of the recent new hires and promotions announced by club and resort properties and other companies in the club industry. Announcements and photos for this regular People on the Move report can be submitted at https://clubandresortbusiness.com/submit-industry-news/.
Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash. named Leslie Ludlow, CHSE as General Manager. Ludlow was most recently General Manager at The Club at Snoqualmie (Wash.) Ridge.
Cleveland (Tenn.) Country Club named Rey Padilla, PGA as General Manager. Padilla was most recently General Manager at Elizabethton (Tenn.) Golf Club.
North Oaks (Minn.) Golf Club named Patrick Markley, PGA as General Manager. Markley was previously Head Golf Professional at Barton Hills Country Club in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Richmond County Country Club in Staten Island, N.Y. promoted Nikki Codis to Assistant General Manager. Codis was most recently Executive Assistant / Director of Membership at the club.
Hokuli’a in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii named Michael Haywood as Director of Golf. Haywood previously served as the PGA Director of Golf Operations for 21 years at Tucson (Ariz.) Country Club.
Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. named Michael Holyk as Director of Golf. Holyk was most recently Head Golf Professional at Mountain View Country Club in La Quinta, Calif.
Dunwoody Country Club in Atlanta, Ga. named Vincent “Vinnie” Paolozzi, Jr., PGA as Head Golf Professional. Paolozzi was most recently Head Golf Professional at St Ives Country Club in Johns Creek, Ga.
Black Desert Resort in Ivins, Utah named Zach Kelly, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Kelly was most recently Golf Professional at Wolf Creek Golf Club in Mesquite, Nev.
The Quarry at La Quinta (Calif.) named Stephen Phillips, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Phillips was most recently Golf Professional at Stone Eagle Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
DuPont Country Club in Wilmington, Del. promoted Jeff Wiedemann to Director of Racquet Sports. Wiedemann was most recently Assistant Director of Racquet Sports at the club and, before that, Head Professional, Director of Player Development.
Thompson Playa del Carmen named Osamu Roman as Executive Chef. Roman was most recently Executive Chef at The Grand Mayan Vidanta in Nuevo Vallarta and the Corporate Chef at Grupo Rosa Negra in Cancun.
Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif. named Coleen Reardon as Director of Marketing. Prior to joining Silverado Resort, Reardon was with Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.
The Beach Club in Santa Monica, Calif. named Carlos Orellana as Director of Human Resources. Orellana was most recently Director of Human Resources at Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles, Calif.
Boca Woods Country Club in Boca Raton, Fla. named Luisa Mesa-Forney as HR Director and Assistant Controller. Mesa-Forney was previously the Sr. Human Resources Manager and Assistant Director of Human Resources at St. Andrews Country Club, also in Boca Raton.
The National Club Association named Phil Mike as Communications Director. Mike joined NCA in 2014 and most recently served the organization as Communications Manager & Managing Editor.
Matt Schalk, PGA Director of Golf at Colorado National Golf Club, claimed his first 2022 Senior PGA Championship title and the Leo Fraser Trophy. Steve Schneiter, an Assistant PGA Professional at Schneiter’s Pebblebrook in Sandy, Utah, placed second. Schalk and Schneiter will lead a contingent of 35 Senior PGA Club Professionals into the 2023 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, May 25-28, at Fields Ranch East at PGA Frisco in Frisco, Texas—the first major championship to be contested at the new home of the PGA of America. Along with those two, Alan Morin, an Assistant Professional at The Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Cameron Doan, the Director of Golf at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas, Texas; Alan Sorensen, the General Manager at Buena Vista Golf Course in Taft, Calif.; and Todd Bailey, the Head Professional at Lake Forest Yacht & Country Club in Daphne, Ala. rounded out the Top 6. Others qualifying include: Kelly Mitchum (Southern Pines, N.C., Pinehurst CC No. 1-5), Brian Gaffney (Essex Fells, N.J., Essex Fells Country Club), Jeff Gove (Sandpoint, Idaho, Life Member Pacific Northwest PGA), Chad Proehl (Urbandale, Iowa, Sugar Creek Golf Course), Craig Bowden (Bloomington, Ind., Life Member Indiana PGA), Mark Brown (Hobe Sound, Fla., Tam O’Shanter Golf Club), Brad Lardon (Santa Fe, N.M., The Club at Las Campanas), Jeffrey Schmid (Iowa City, Iowa, Brown Deer Golf Club), Todd Sapere (Cobbtown, Ga., Ohoopee Match Club), Craig Thomas (Port Chester, N.Y., Metropolis Country Club), Jeff Brehaut (Park City, Utah, Life Member Utah PGA), Tim Fleming (Oklahoma City, Okla., Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club), Eric Bogar (Houston, Texas, Golfcrest Country Club), Kevin Shields (Pittsburgh, Pa., The Club at Nevillewood), Doug Rohrbaugh (Carbondale, Colo., Golf At River Valley Ranch), Bob Sowards (Dublin, Ohio, Kinsale Golf and Fitness Club), Rich Steinmetz (Gilbertsville, Pa., Spring Ford Country Club), Mark Mielke (Atlantis, Fla., High Ridge Country Club), Jason Schmuhl (Windsor, Calif., Windsor Golf Club), Micah Rudosky (Cortez, Colo., Conquistador Golf Course), Dave McNabb (Malvern, Pa., Applebrook Golf Club), Derek Stendahl (Maple Grove, Minn., Rush Creek Golf Club), Tracy Phillips (Tulsa, Okla., Cedar Ridge Country Club), Roy Biancalana (St. Charles, Ill., Blackberry Oaks Golf Course), Paul Claxton (Claxton, Ga., Richmond Hill Golf Club) and David Arbuckle (Colorado Springs, Colo., Life Member Colorado PGA).
Brit Stenson, ASGCA, was elected President of the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) at the organization’s recent 76th Annual Meeting. Stenson has designed more than 70 courses around the world, often in partnership with one of IMG’s well-known clients, including Nick Faldo, Mark O’Meara, Colin Montgomerie, Bernhard Langer and Annika Sorenstam. He will serve as ASGCA President through fall of 2023.
Fountain Life named Rakesh M. Suri, MD, DPhil as President and Chief Medical Officer. Suri was most recently President of International Operations & Cardiothoracic Surgeon at the Cleveland (Ohio) Clinic.
GOLFFOREVER added golf industry veteran Mark King to the company’s newly formed Board of Advisors. Before being appointed to his current role as Chief Executive Officer at Taco Bell (a division of Yum! Brands), King served as president of adidas North America from 2014-18.