Billy Sitton - Founding Partner
Billy has a rich, 32-year background of professional management and executive leadership in golf operations. He most recently is a Principal in Triumph Golf Management and was formerly a Vice President of Operations for ClubCorp USA and Managing Director of ClubCorp International, from 1996 until 2008. His senior management responsibilities at ClubCorp (formerly CCA) included development, marketing, and operations oversight of facilities in Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Australia, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, California (daily fees), and Bear's Best in Atlanta and Las Vegas.
Billy has extensive experience in Mexico and Latin America. He lived in Mexico from 1988 through 1996 and served as Director of Golf for CCA-Mexico from 1992 through 1996. In 1996, Billy assumed the Managing Director position for all of Club Corp's international properties, concurrent with his domestic responsibilities. During this time, Billy was directly responsible for the development and operations of seven Mexican golf courses. He personally supervised construction of Cozumel Country Club and Vista Vallarta, with 36 holes of Nicklaus & Weiskopf Signature Design championship golf courses.
Billy first joined Club Corp in 1981 and worked his way through the organization, holding positions as assistant golf professional, head golf professional, superintendent of golf course maintenance, and club manager at various properties. He is a Class A member of the Professional Golfers Association of America. Billy has played professionally and has participated in a number of USGA and PGA TOUR events. He has negotiated, developed and staged the EMC2 World Cup @ Vista Vallarta (a World Golf Championship), The Blue Agave Golf Classic (a Champions Tour event) and currently hosts both the Pinehurst Pro Am and the Puerto Vallarta Pro Am.
Billy was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Finance from Hardin-Simmons University.
Mike Feild - Founding Partner
Mike Feild has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 30 years. Originally from Miami, Florida Mike graduated from the University of Houston in 1981 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management. He spent several years working for the Sheraton Hotel in Downtown Houston and as a Kitchen Manager for TGI Friday’s before joining ClubCorp in 1985.
Working for ClubCorp for 25 years Mike held positions as Executive Chef, Food and Beverage Director, Club Manager, Regional Manager and Director of Operations for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean with ClubCorp International.
He joined ClubCorp as the Executive Chef at Deerwood Golf Club in 1985. He worked as the Food and Beverage Director at Atascocita Country Club from 1987 until 1989. After completing the ClubCorp manager-training program he became the General Manager for the Tower Club in McAllen, Texas from 1989 until 1991 and then the General Manager of the Club at Cimarron from 1991 until 1994.
In 1994 Mike transferred to ClubCorp’s International division and partnered with Billy Sitton to oversee ClubCorp-Mexico and supervise five resort golf clubs in Mexico until 1996. In 1997 he took over as the Director of Operations with New Club Development and Club Opening responsibilities for several City Clubs in Panama, Ecuador and Venezuela until 1999. In 1999 he returned back to the United States to again partner with Billy Sitton on the construction and development of two new golf courses in Puerto Vallarta and Cozumel Mexico. Both properties were opened in 2001.
In 2006 Mike returned to club management to take on the challenge of revitalizing the Kingwood Country Club. 9 months later the construction and permit delays were resolved and the Water Park was finally completed and opened for the Members. The Grand Opening was held in the summer of 2007 and included an adult pool, family pool, slide pool, zero depth splash pad and a 500-foot lazy river in the new resort style Water Park. This complex is the first of its’ kind in the Private Club Industry. A year later Mike opened the 17,000 F2 Fitness Center which includes a 6,000 F2 cardio and workout room, Pilates studio, private exercise classroom, full service health spa, fitness and tennis retail shop, welcome desk, Kid’s Club and Café. Under Mike’s leadership the club has repositioned itself as a value-based family oriented private club with a vibrant and growing membership. The club has also increased operating revenue year after year and almost doubled Adjusted EBITDA over the last 4 years.
Mike brings a wealth of experience to both the Front of the House and Back of the House Private Club operations. He has a proven ability to organize and partner with member planning committees and associations. He also has strong experience implementing Membership growth and retention strategies.
Jim Hearn - Founding Partner
Jim has an extensive 28-year background in real estate including business development, acquisitions/dispositions, sales, brokerage, research and venture capital. With over $4.3B of closed transactions, Jim has overseen every aspect of the real estate deal from conception to final disposition. Jim's primary directive will be to source new business opportunities and expand the firm's capital sources. He brings a wealth of transactional knowledge and leadership skills to the team and is considered an expert at assessing the direction and accomplishment of the work flow process.
In 2011, Jim founded ApexOne Investment Partners, LLC, a boutique investment company focused on the acquisition and operation of multifamily properties. From 1998-2011, Jim served on the Executive Partners Board of Hendricks & Partners, the nation's largest private real estate company focused in the multi-family industry. Jim's professional background also includes partnerships with Allied Realty Services from 1990-1997 and with Eton Financial Group from 1986-1990.
Jim is currently active in his community through memberships and partnerships with the National Golf Course Owners Association, Houston Apartment Association, National Apartment Association, National Multi Housing Council, World Health Golf Association and Whispering Pines Golf Club. Jim attended Gustavus Adolphus College from 1978-1982. An avid golfer and former 3X All-American tennis player provide the impetus for Jim’s competitive nature and drive to win in business and life.
Mark Tiefel - Founding Partner
Mark G. Tiefel has over 25 years of experience in the real estate investment industry. Mr. Tiefel is president of Capital Equity Group, Inc., a private real estate investment firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. The firm is involved in all aspects of real estate ownership including acquisition analysis, capital formation, property management, and disposition. The company's philosophy is that careful acquisition underwriting combined with focused property management offers the opportunity for superior investment returns.
Mr. Tiefel currently serves as a managing partner for more than twenty properties located throughout the United States having an aggregate real estate value of more than $400,000,000. This includes properties located in Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Denver, and Los Angeles. Over the last twenty five years, he has served in similar capacities for companies that have purchased real properties valued in excess of $1,000,000,000. During that time, Mr. Tiefel has been involved in the ownership of multi-family properties in markets throughout the United States with a focus on the southeastern U. S. In addition, Mr. Tiefel has been involved in commercial properties and assisted living facilities in the western United States, shopping centers on the west coast, self-storage facilities in the northeast, and low-income housing properties in the Midwest. His commitment to the highest standards has led to an outstanding track record of performance for Capital Equity Group's investors.
In 2009, Mr. Tiefel took his business and investment expertise and applied it to the golf course industry. As managing partner of Birmingham Associates, LLC, the company purchased The Tanglewood Club, an eighteen hole championship golf course in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Mr. Tiefel and his partners began transforming the well- known Tanglewood Golf Club back into a profitable venue with championship-level facilities.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Kent State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of numerous real estate organizations including membership in the Ohio Golf Course Owners Association.
Tom Henslee, Henslee & Huguely LLP - Business Solutions for Your Club Legal Issues
Henslee & Huguely LLP is a legal consulting firm focusing on membership and other legal issues affecting private clubs and resorts. From our combined 53 years of experience in the golf and private club industries, Tom Henslee and Rand Huguely bring a unique, and "real world" perspective to legal matters. We pride ourselves on taking a pragmatic approach to club issues, seeking efficient solutions that will meet legal requirements as well as serve the business goals of our clients.
Scott Holtzman CPA - Golf Course Business and Real Estate Consultant
Scott Holtzman is a finance and accounting executive with broad experience in hospitality and real estate - acquisition due diligence and integration, brokerage, financing procurement, investor relations, turnaround projects, strategic planning, market studies, construction project management administration, accounting, financial analysis, management reporting, litigation support and internal audit. His prior experience included ClubCorp (25 years, including Senior VP of Development), two years with The Staubach Company and two years with BDO Seidman, LLP.
Michael Quimbey - Regulatory and Compliance Specialist
EMCUE Company, Inc. is an Environmental, Safety, Utility and Americans with Disability Act consulting firm specializing in the development and implementation of comprehensive solutions to meet the ever-changing regulatory and compliance demands specific to the service, hospitality and recreation communities.