SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM
We have some amazing people at Bobby Jones Links working at our Club Support Center in Atlanta. What follows is only a partial list of the senior leadership team making a difference for our clients.
Once a consultant with Accenture and a Rice University graduate, Whitney is a long-time member of the PGA of America who is an entrepreneur at heart. He is also a former member of Merion Golf Club where he joined as one of the youngest members of this historic club where Bobby Jones won the Grand Slam.
Whitney began his golf career managing resort properties on Hilton Head Island. For the past twenty years, he has been developing, building, and managing golf properties and is the co-founder of Bobby Jones Links. He has written for Golf Digest, published two golf books, and is a Past President of the Georgia Golf Course Owners Association.
He is an avid traveler, reader, cyclist, and golfer and totally relates to the famous Bobby Jones quote that “no putt is too short to be despised.”
A standout athlete in baseball, football, and basketball, Steve chose golf before all others. He is now a PGA member with twenty-five years of experience managing all types of golf clubs in every region of the United States.
Before founding Bobby Jones Links, Steve was Director of Operations for Evergreen Alliance Golf Ltd. While at Evergreen, Steve was responsible for the management and operation of sixteen different facilities, including resort, daily fee, semi-private and private clubs while helping the company grow from five to 40 golf courses.
Steve is extremely experienced in the day-to-day operations of golf facilities and oversees all of Bobby Jones Link’s operations. He holds the team accountable to uphold Bobby Jones Links’ high standards of service to others and club performance.
He is a fanatical sports fan and has a good reason to be: his son was once an NFL quarterback and now plays in the CFL.
Founding Partner and Chief Strategist
Before co-founding Bobby Jones Links, Hud was the former Chief Executive Officer of Troon Golf, overseeing its growth from 25 properties to 150+ clubs in the U.S. and overseas and establishing the
Earlier in his career, Hud served as Executive Vice President for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, responsible for Starwood’s managed and franchised hotels. There he played a key role in updating the Sheraton, Westin, and St. Regis brands, overseeing $2 billion in revenues. Earlier in his hospitality career, Hud was General Manager of two of the most prestigious hotels in the world: the acclaimed Plaza Hotel in New York City and the Mobil 5-Star, AAA 5-Diamond Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix.
Hud is an avid reader and follower of current events. Like his other founding partners, he is a major sports fan. When not focusing on company strategy and the big picture issues, he is busy trying to beat Steve Willy in picking who is going to win today’s game.
V.P. of Development
Mark started his career running professional golf tournaments on the PGA and LPGA Tours, building high level relationships throughout the golf industry. This led to an introduction to the founding team of the Golf Channel. As a Senior-level executive that launched the Golf Channel cable television network in 1995 with Arnold Palmer, Mark was part of the team that help build the Golf Channel brand and take it from 0 to over 100 million households and build total revenues to over $500 million. He managed top level strategic partnerships and rights holder relationships with the PGA Tour, Champions Tour, Nationwide Tour, LPGA Tour, PGA of America, United States Golf Association, European PGA Tour and Canadian PGA Tour.
Most recently, Mark has worked with technology-based companies in the golf industry. Calling on national accounts and management companies for Tagmarshal, golf course intelligence and pace of play technology, and Teesnap, a cloud-based point of sale, tee sheet and golf management system.
Mark is a graduate of Wake Forest University but is surrounded by family with Auburn University ties. He loves all sports, is an avid sports fan and loves spending time with his family. As with all other members of the Bobby Jones Links team, he deeply believes and is committed to the company purpose to “make a difference. “
Partner & V.P. of Sales and Marketing
Prior to joining Bobby Jones Links, Kaitlin worked as a marketing specialist for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm sports franchises. Her experience also includes work for Fore Georgia, the official news publication of the Georgia PGA.
Kaitlin is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing where she helped earn her chapter numerous awards including a “National Award of Excellence”. With experience in many realms of marketing including media buying, event promotion, public relations, and budget and project management, Kaitlin maximizes the employment of our advertising budgets. She is also Bobby Jones Links expert in club membership sales, designing and implementing our proven sales system.
Kaitlin is a Georgia Bulldog, so when not at work, she’s at the game, thinking of the next game, or getting ready for next season.
AMY ANDERSON WILLY
Partner & Chief Financial Officer
Amy serves as our Chief Financial Officer, overseeing our company’s accounting, finance, banking, and audit procedures and designing the same systems for each of our client clubs.
Prior to joining Bobby Jones Links, she established and then managed the accounting department for two other large golf management companies. Armed with an accounting degree, Amy is extremely knowledgeable in the areas of golf course and country club accounting, point-of-sale systems, government compliance and tax issues, and audit procedures.
When not working too much, Amy’s hobby is an entrepreneurial clothing business she started called Urbanity.
Partner & V.P. of Operations
Prior to joining Bobby Jones Links, Tom was an award-winning General Manager with American Golf Corporation. While there, he managed many clubs, including the four City of Atlanta municipal golf courses. The company named him Manager of the Year for his remarkable work at mastering the process of maximizing a club’s financial performance.
Tom’s expertise lies in developing strategies that both drive top line revenue and find efficiencies and savings on the cost side of the equation. He is our profitability expert. Tom is skilled in all departments of club management including forecasting, developing budgets and creating a positive atmosphere for our company members.
Known for his sharp wit and love of his large family, Tom loves to follow all professional sports.
Partner & V.P. of Operations
Gautam (pronounced GoTom) is a very experienced club operator, having managed several high-end private and semi-private clubs prior to joining Bobby Jones Links.
A graduate of Rutgers University and inducted to his golf team’s hall of fame, Gautam’s is a master at transforming our clubs from being just a golf and dining venue to something more relevant and enjoyable by adding a multitude of creative and new programming for all ages. He is an outstanding team builder and a favorite with our members and customers. Gautam is also Bobby Jones Links customer service training leader.
Gautam makes certain that not one staff meeting goes by at Bobby Jones Links without breaking it up with a laughter.
Partner & Company Controller
Lucretia is a graduate of Georgia State University where she earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting. An avid numbers lover and one of the most popular company members, Lucretia is known as being the last to leave the office daily. She’s an expert in club accounting, banking procedures, compliance and controls, and how information flows between our clubs and Bobby Jones Links’ accounting department.
Before joining Bobby Jones Links, she worked in residential construction managing and overseeing all financial aspects of a regional company. Prior to that she was the vice president and controller of an oil analysis company where she established new systems and controls and managed the accounting and human resource departments.
When not at work, Lucretia’s passion is high school football. Her son is a coach of a winning team near our office.
Principal & V.P. of Human Resources
Suzanne is a graduate of The University of Alabama where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration.
Before joining Bobby Jones Links, Suzanne acquired more than a decade of experience in human resources and payroll systems. Suzanne has managed domestic and international human resource programs and services, including comprehensive benefits planning, streamlining payroll processes and implementing ERP systems.
She is committed to Bobby Jones Links’ core values and company purpose to make a difference, striving to create a work environment and culture where employees can reach their full potential, have fun, and continuously make a difference as well.
Suzanne is a “roll tide” fanatic surrounded by a lot of Georgia Bulldogs, which makes for some interesting conversations in our office.