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 1000 employees, and its facilities generate more than $60 million in gross revenues. Tom, the firm's president and chief operating officer, 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 assistant to the president of Sonoma State College, Chief Administrative Officer of the State Assembly and Director of the Assembly Office of Majority Services.
, joined the firm as an owner and Vice Chairman 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.
PGA, President & Chief Operating Officer. Michael 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 decided to pursue a career in the golf industry, one that has earned him a reputation as a highly respected manager.
Working in, then managing, a golf shop during his college years, Michael graduated from Sacramento State University where he was a member of the varsity golf team.
In 1997 he joined ClubCorp at Teal Bend Golf Club. During his six-year tenure, he developed the leadership qualities and business acumen that led to his first club manager position. “My management philosophy is simple: follow through and meet commitments.”
StoneTree Golf Club was Michael’s next general manager position where the challenges of high end daily fee golf during the post 9/11 years enabled him to sharpen his yield management and cost containment skills such that he maintained net income margins even through declining rounds. The development of a self-sufficient, professional team at this elite property is a tribute to his overall management abilities.
Michael joined CourseCo in 2005 as a Senior Operations 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 of CourseCo.