Keith Pope – CEO

Keith Pope has over 35 years of golf course management experience and has been involved with the successful management of numerous golf courses nationwide. He has worked with all the major players in the golf industry from brokers, to financial institutions, to major golf course management companies and on projects from acquisitions, to turnarounds, to successful dispositions.  Keith’s experience includes working with Kitson & Partners Club Management as Director of Operations. Prior to that he spent eight years with Troon Golf managing some of the most prestigious clubs in the country, such as Troon North in Scottsdale, AZ, The Waikoloa Beach Resort in Waikoloa, HI, The Westin La Paloma in Tucson, AZ and The Legacy Golf Club in Sarasota, FL. Keith is a Class A PGA Golf Professional, a licensed Florida real estate broker, and a licensed private pilot. 


Ingrid Pope – CFO
 
Ingrid Pope has over 20 years of banking and finance experience in both large and small businesses.  As co-owner of Pope Golf, Ingrid has had hands-on involvement in all aspects of operations and accounting for the last decade.  Prior to starting Pope Golf, she worked for Wells Fargo for many years in the lending division.  Ingrid’s experience also includes managing a real estate office, directing the finance department of a telemarketing firm and working for one of the “Big-8” CPA firms in Washington, DC.


Denny Albert – Director of Agronomy
 
Denny Albert has over twenty years experience as a GCSAA Class A Golf Course Superintendent involved with all types of golf facilities from private club to public golf operations and has experience with all types of golf course grasses from Bentgrass to Bermuda. Denny spent fourteen years with Troon Golf overseeing the golf course maintenance departments at Legacy Golf Club in Bradenton, FL and Sarasota National Golf Club in Venice, FL.

 
Nicole Mattei, PHR – Director of Human Resources 

 
Nicole is responsible for the development of best-practice policies and procedures in the areas of benefits, recruitment, performance appraisals, employee communications, training and development.  She has served in various HR capacities for nearly fifteen years in the area of leadership development inclusive of training, communication, and performance management programming. Nicole's human resources experience spans various industries including hospitality, real estate development, Professional Employer Organization (PEO), consumer product manufacturing and agriculture, She is a member of the Sarasota-Manatee Human Resource Association (SHRA) and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Ken Powell – Regional Manager
 

Ken is a Northern California native, originally from the Lake Tahoe area. He brings 30+ years of experience in all facets of the golf business from playing and teaching to merchandising and administration. Ken is a former military champion at Ft. Hood Texas and has competed at the highest level of both the amateur and professional ranks. He learned to play golf at an early age from his Head Professional and PGA tour player Dick Lotz. His training as an instructor came from such notables as Donald Crawley, Shelby Futch, Tim Mahoney and Pope Golf’s very own Master Professional Pete Huber. Ken’s experience also includes professional stops at renown facilities such as Troon North GC, La Paloma CC, Gainey Ranch G & CC, Tubac Golf Resort, Worldwide Golf Enterprises, VB Golf LLC and Pope Golf.

Doug Slusser - Regional Manager

Doug Slusser has over 30 years of management and golf management experience, including ten years as an owner/operator of five clothing stores in Southwest Florida.  Doug began working at a local golf course at the age of 12 while growing up in golf-rich Akron, Ohio.  A Class A member of the PGA, his career as a golf professional included stints at courses in Ohio, North Carolina, Vermont, Connecticut, and Florida.  Doug worked for Arnold Palmer Golf Management before joining the team at Pope Golf where he serves as General Manager of Mission Valley Golf & Country Club in Venice, FL and as Regional Manager, overseeing several other Pope courses.  He specializes in turnaround situations in private, public and resort settings.