Michael Sharp PGA, President and Chief Executive Officer. Michael joined CourseCo in 2005 as a Senior Operations Manager. He began his career in the golf industry at the age of 15 with an after school job at the local driving range. From that early experience with the game and serving the public, he earned a reputation as a highly respected manager. His continued dedication and success in developing management teams, strong business ethics and disciplined approach to financial performance quickly led to his becoming an owner, then president/CEO of CourseCo.
Tom Isaak, Founder & Chairman, established CourseCo, Inc, a California corporation, in 1989. In the ensuing years, the company has assumed the operation of multiple golf facilities throughout the West. It manages more than 1,500 employees, and its facilities generate more than $85 million in gross revenues. Tom, Founder of CourseCo, has a background in government and politics as well as business. A Stanford University Graduate, whose graduate studies include environmental planning and finance, he has served as assistant to the president of Sonoma State College, Director of Research for Operating Engineers Local Union #3, the largest building and construction local in the world; Director of the California State Assembly Office of Majority Services; and Chief Administrative Officer of the State Assembly.
John Telischak, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer, joined the firm as an owner in 1996. He received a bachelor's degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and an MBA from Stanford Business School and has spent 46 years in the fields of real estate investment, development, finance and management, beginning with IBM and moving to Kidder Peabody Realty Corporation before forming Telischak & Company in 1975.
Tom Bugbee, Chief Operating Officer, is a veteran of the golf business and joined CourseCo in 2009. Tom began his career in the industry as an Assistant Golf Professional where he worked his way up to General Manager, producing facility records for gross revenue, rounds and profit. Tom’s knowledge, experience and dedication to providing quality customer service, customer retention, player programs, online marketing strategies and golf course renovation, made him a perfect fit for CourseCo and led to his becoming an owner and Chief Operating Officer of the company.