The Maintenance Department would like to nominate Alejandro Lopez for April Associate of the Month. Alejandro has been with us since 2009 and he continues to develop his skills as well as teach new associates certain tasks. He is one of our most reliable guys, and during the month of April, it proved very helpful with all of the tournaments we were hosting. His dedication to the property was on display when he would work at all hours needed in order to get the course prepped for the Wyoming tournament, Him Dak, and NABI. Alejandro continues to show pride in his work and leading by example, especially in trying to maintain the older bunkers so they play similarly to the newly renovated bunkers. We thank Alejandro for all of his hard work and look forward to a busy summer utilizing his skills.
Tatyana’s presence in the kitchen is one of leadership. She shares her knowledge with her teammates and has high expectations of their performance. The team can rely on Tatyana to leave the kitchen better than she found it. Her attention to detail to even the most arduous tasks sets the bar high for others. She understands that our guests expect a high level of service and quality and she excels at providing that unparalleled dining experience.
Frequently Tatyana goes out of her way to accommodate special requests from guests. This level of commitment from associates is instrumental when developing a Food and Beverage program that continues to surpass expectations. The quality and popularity of Arroyo Grille’s special events (wine dinners, etc) can certainly be attributed, in part, to the support and leadership Tatyana provides.
Arroyo Grille and Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club is a better place to visit as a guest and to work at as an associate because of the culture Tatyana brings to her day to day work. Thank you, Tatyana, for your commitment to excellence and positive approach to your craft.
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.
Dan joined Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in August 2016 as the Superintendent. Originally from South Dakota, Dan lived in Arizona for most of his childhood and went on to attended Colorado State University. Before working at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, Dan was previously a Superintendent at a Troon golf course in the country of Panama and also worked looked after the field at Fenway Park for the Boston Red Sox. Dan is married to his wife, Mallory, and they are new parents to a baby girl!
Jerrin joined the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes team in August of 2016. Born and raised in Arizona, Jerrin grew up playing desert golf. He earned his associate’s degree in Golf Complex Operations and Management through the Golf Academy of America in August of 2010, and later went on to pursue PGA membership which he obtained in September of 2015. Jerrin started his career with Troon in 2013, before becoming the Head Golf Professional at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, he held Assistant Golf Professional roles at other Troon facilities that include: The Golf Club of Estrella, The Phoenician Golf Club and Troon North Golf Club. Prior to Troon, Jerrin was the Head Golf Professional at Olmos Basin Golf Club located in San Antonio, TX from 2010-2013. Jerrin has a variety of favorite sports teams that include the Green Bay Packers and the San Antonio Spurs, however being from Tucson, AZ he is a true Arizona Wildcat. Jerrin married his wife Bridget at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club located in Fountain Hills, AZ and together they have two boys Jace and Jaden.
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.
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.
Ryan joined Ak-Chin Southern Dunes and the Arroyo Grille November 2014 as the Food and Beverage Manager. Before the Arroyo Grille, Ryan worked at Famous Dave's in Arizona and received his certification as a pit master in 2014. Previously, Ryan worked as the F & B Director at Sun Lakes Country Club in Sun Lakes, Arizona for three years. Ryan comes with an extensive background in all Food and Beverage facets, including Morton's Steak House Property Controller in Indiana, Sous Chef for the Ritz Carlton in Florida and in Scottsdale, AZ previous to these other opportunities. Ryan graduated from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute Le Cordon Bleu and enjoys traveling with his son, Zefren, camping, fishing, hiking, and taking his dog, Windy, to local dog parks.
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.