The Golf Department nominates Jon Fuller for the January Associate of the Month. Jon has a very strong work ethic and that shined in January. During the busiest week of the year, Jon kept a positive attitude when our credit card machines went down. He led the golf shop team during the week and made sure all transactions were rung in correctly at the end of the day/his shift. Checking in 200+ people manually is a rough task, but the entire golf shop did a great job keeping the guest happy and streamlining the process during Phoenix Open week. Jon takes on additional tasks willingly, sweeping the golf shop during slow times, refolding shirts mid-day and restocking low items. Jon is a team first guy and is a very valuable asset in the golf shop. If we could nominate the entire golf shop for January, we would, but Jon Fuller is a leader in the shop and our candidate for January.
Brady joined the team at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in the fall of 2012. Originally from Durango, Colorado, Brady attended Fort Lewis College where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English Communications. He went on to attend Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI, for post graduate work in Human Resource Development. Brady became a PGA member in January of 2005 and before coming to Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, served as the Director of Golf for Troon Golf at Classic Club, the host site for the PGA TOUR’s Bob Hope Classic from 2006-2008. Other Troon properties Brady has served at include Escena Golf Club (Head Professional 2007) and The Glacier Club at Tamarron (Outside Service Manager 1998). Brady also has worked at The Moors Golf Club (Head Golf Professional 2006) and The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame (Golf Professional 2003-2006). Brady’s first career choice out of college was coaching college women’s basketball, which he did at both Fort Lewis College (1996-1998) and Siena Heights University (1998-2000). Brady can often be found supporting his beloved Colorado sports teams in his free time or playing tennis. Brady is married to his wife Christy and together they have two children, Brooke and Robbie.
Devin joined Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in July 2014 as the Sales & Marketing Manager. Having booked and planned over 1,000 golf events and weddings in his career, Devin brings ideal event development and execution to the club. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Devin attended Kent State University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sport Administration and a Business Management minor. During his time at Kent State, Devin worked with the Men’s Basketball Program, assisting in operations and promotions for the team. Before relocating to Phoenix, AZ, Devin worked at Fowler’s Mill Golf Course in Chesterland, OH and Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Club in Lewiston, NY as the Director of Sales & Marketing, along with the Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy and International Junior Golf Tour in Hilton Head Island, SC. He also worked game days for the Cleveland Browns as a Special Events Coordinator, assisting with all pregame and halftime events and special guests. He and his wife Jaclyn have two rescue dogs named Lola and Dobby, and a baby boy named Colton . In his spare time, you can find Devin on the golf course or watching all of his beloved Cleveland sports teams and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Nate’s golf career began at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club in 2013 while attending the Golf Academy of America. He continued his career in the Pacific Northwest at Desert Canyon Golf Resort (Head Golf Professional 2018), where he was elected into membership of the PGA of America and earned his PGA Certified Professional status in the areas of General Management and Player Development. He returned to the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes team in 2020 as Head Golf Professional. Nate grew up in Missoula, MT and is married to his wife, Jenna. In his free time, Nate can be found spending time with family and friends, watching sports, or playing golf.
Bridget joined the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes team in April 2011 as a part-time server and beverage cart attendant. In the fall of 2012 she moved into a full-time position as the Administrative Assistant where her experience in all aspects of operations developed. Bridget grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Arizona in 1999. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Arizona State University and a Masters in Education from Northern Arizona University. She began her teaching career in central Phoenix where she taught Kindergarten for four years. In 2009, she moved to Maricopa and continued teaching Kindergarten and Second Grade. She currently resides in Maricopa.
Danielle joined Troon Golf’s family in September 2014. Danielle worked for Ocotillo Golf Course in Chandler Arizona her initial few years with Troon and then transferred to Ak-Chin Southern Dunes and Arroyo Grille in 2017. Danielle has climbed that employment ladder from part time server to her current role of food & beverage manager. Being a local of Maricopa since 2005 Danielle is excited to reach out to the local community and share with them Ak-Chin Southern Dunes and Arroyo Grille.
Chef Neil has over two decades of culinary experience in the restaurant industry. Thirteen of which were in public and private golf clubs. His most impressive accomplishment to date, and one he plans to mimic with Arroyo Grille, was achieving Troon Golf’s #1 Food & Beverage Operation worldwide for Bellatrix Restaurant at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, California.