The Maintenance Department would like to nominate Jordan Lopez as November Associate of the Month. Jordan has been with us over the last eight months and continues to grow as one of our most versatile crew members. He has numerous skills that have helped us in his time here, whether it be his masonry knowledge, sodding skills, or his ability to operate any piece of equipment we ask him to. Over the last month, Jordan has continued to help get the course back in order by restoring all of the bunkers that were not part of the construction project back to pristine condition. He checked each bunker for proper depth, helped remove contaminated sand and properly distributed sand where needed to over 100,000 square feet of bunkers. He is one of our most reliable crew members, helping train new individuals on club house lawns or bunkers. Certainly, without his efforts, infectious positive attitude, and dedication over the last month, we would not be in the condition we are in. The maintenance management team would like to thank Jordan for all his hard work and look forward to a great season with him.
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.