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Dennis Panagopoulos, CCM, CCE

Interim General Manager

We are delighted to welcome Dennis Panagopoulos as our Interim General Manager, effective May 16, 2022. The Board looks forward to working with Dennis in our endeavor to make our club even better. 

Recent history has demonstrated how critical the General Manager is to the club's success. The General Manager is very much like the conductor of an orchestra. He must be involved daily with the many various details while at the same time creating a meaningful experience for you. He must be a person with imagination and leadership skills who has the knowledge and experience to motivate and train the staff to deliver the services you deserve. The position requires a person who is a warm and friendly to you and your guests.

 

Dennis brings 40+ years of hospitality and club management experience to the table. Dennis most recently served as the GM and Chief Operating Officer of Hermitage Country Club in Richmond, Virginia, for 11 years. Before that, he served as the GM/COO of Rockford Country Club in northern Illinois for another 12 years. Dennis also spent 18 years in Michigan's hotel and resort industry. He was the General Manager of Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan, a 650 room AAA-4 diamond golf and ski resort near Traverse City. Additionally, Dennis held the roles of Director of Food and Beverage and General Manager of the Harbor Hilton in Muskegon. He earned his resort hotel stripes at Grand Traverse Resort Village in Traverse City, working his way up through the food and beverage department in the eighties.

 

He is married to Janie, a Great Lakes Researcher and Author of juvenile fiction, and together they have two adult sons, Chris, who lives in Phoenix, and Nick, who lives in Chicago.

 

Kori Isaac

Director of Sales and Membership

Kori was born and raised here in Washtenaw County and has been living in the Ann Arbor / Saline area for the past 20 years with her husband and two children.

A graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Kori joined the management team at TPCC in 2014 with 14 years of marketing and sales experience. Kori’s professional focus and expertise are in client relationship management and brand marketing. From her days at AnnArbor.com and MLive Media Group, Kori developed a deep appreciation for local businesses and promoting growth within our local economy. She has a strong devotion to our community and works with our residents and businesses to promote our club and grow membership.

Kori enjoys working hand-in-hand with members to stimulate membership recruitment and retention efforts within the club.


 

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Rocky Mullendore









 

Head Golf Professional

Rocky Mullendore took over as the Head Golf Professional at Travis Pointe on January 1, 2019. He has been on the Golf Professional staff at Travis Pointe since 2007. A graduate of Webber International University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, Rocky earned his PGA membership in 2010 and was awarded Michigan PGA Assistant of the Year in 2017. Since then, Rocky has continued to expand his expertise, adding his Level 1 Titleist Performance Institute certification in 2017 and his Level 2 Junior certification in 2018.

Rocky has combined his passion for golf and fitness to create a season-long approach to improving one’s game. He has made it his goal to utilize all of Travis Pointe’s outstanding facilities to enhance the club experience for all members and their guests. Both on and off the course, Rocky helps players of all skill levels to maximize their playing abilities.

Members of all playing levels have benefitted from Rocky’s instruction. His teaching proficiency has helped numerous club champions (Junior, Men & Women’s and Senior Men’s and Women’s), as well as multiple junior golfers to earn collegiate golf scholarships. With Rocky’s enthusiasm and continued specialization, he plans to offer Travis Pointe members the best in equipment fitting, golf instruction, and physical training for decades to come.

 

Andrew Thielk

Assistant Golf Professional

 
Andrew Thielk was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he played varsity golf for Pioneer High School.  Through working at several different golf courses ranging from public to private and resort, he fostered his love of the golf business.

Andrew greatly enjoys player development, especially working with junior golfers by emphasizing having fun, proper etiquette, and embracing data and technology.  Playing competitively and tournament operations are also two of Andrew’s strengths.

When he is not at Travis Pointe, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Donna and their three children Evan, London and Madeline where they live in Saline.  You may also regularly see Andrew and Evan working on his son’s golf game in the evenings at Travis Pointe.



Aaron Fowler

Aaron Fowler was born and raised in Pinckney, Michigan. Before entering the golf business, Aaron worked in the car industry for 8 years. 
Aaron attended the Professional Golfers Career College in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he graduated Valedictorian. While at PGCC, Aaron worked alongside the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage Tournament. Aaron’s greatest passion is in club fitting, where he has received master certifications with both KBS and True Temper.  Aaron specializes in helping golfers of all ages with one on one instruction and on course lessons. Aaron also helps with tournament operations. 
 
While Aaron is not at Travis, he enjoys spending time with his family and watching the Michigan Wolverines. He looks forward to offering the best in tournament operations, lessons, and club fitting to the entire Travis Pointe membership. 


Steve Kemp



Controller

Steve joined the Management Team at Travis Pointe Country Club in 2013 with a background in manufacturing. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Steve has a BBA in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.
 

Jason Berthold

Executive Chef

Jason is a nationally renowned, award-winning chef having been part of top restaurants in the United States, such as The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and the openings of Per Se in New York City and RN74 in San Francisco, as well as several others. RN74 held a Wine Spectator Grand Award and was recognized as one of the country’s premier wine destinations.

Jason hails from Adrian, Michigan, beginning his career at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield. From there, he moved around the country training with some legendary chefs: Thomas Keller, Michael Mina, Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, Corey Lee and David Waltuck. Most recently, he has been Partner and Executive Chef at Monsieur Benjamin Restaurant in San Francisco. Not only was he integral to the planning and opening of this restaurant, but he created the craft cocktail program for them as well. The reviews of this restaurant are fabulous!

In the summer of 2018, while vacationing in Michigan, he and his wife, Danielle determined they wanted to relocate back here to be closer to family and spend more time with their 6-year-old son, Ace. 


Jason is a fabulous, well-rounded chef who is capable of producing amazing dishes in all culinary disciplines. He has a vast skill set in the kitchen and beyond, prides himself on being a teacher, a mentor who leads by example and a source of positive and impactful leadership. He is excited to be part of the Travis Pointe family. Additionally, Jason enjoys winemaking, home brewing and playing the drums.

You can learn more about Jason here:


https://vimeo.com/38204909 Interview with Studio Gourmet about RN74
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4oeLHCtkio Interview with Sophie Gayot from Gayot.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qFUEfliW20 Nationally aired TV commercial for the California Grape Commission that ran on Food Network featuring Jason
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtUKwNwXQOY Interview with ChatChow
https://www.chefsfeed.com/stories/285-why-french-food-is-always-coming-back-into-fashion-without-ever-having-fallen-out-of-it Article about Jason’s passion for French Cuisine at Monsieur Benjamin
https://abc7news.com/society/monsieur-benjamins-chicken-and-vegetable-soup-recipe/461428/ Jason creating vegetable soup
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkLKVUbvbNw Jason demonstrating methods for cooking artichoke
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Tia_cNPOXs Trout butchering with Jason

 

Sarah Biggert

Food and Beverage Director
sbiggert@travispointe.com


 

Mike Miller

Building Maintenance Manager

Mike has been in the building maintenance industry since 1981 when he worked with Sarns/3M in Ann Arbor. In 1985, Mike left for Scottsdale, Arizona for a position in property management. Upon his return to the area, Mike joined the Management Team at Travis Pointe Country Club in 1988 and stayed with the club until 1998 when he entered the home building business. Mike re-joined Travis Pointe in 2002 and was instrumental in leading the construction of the 2003 club renovation project.

Mike, an Ann Arbor native, has been a licensed builder since 1981.

 

Tom Moore

Director of Tennis

Tom brings a wealth of country club experience to Travis Pointe, including recently serving ten years as the Racquet’s Director at the Woodstock Club in Indianapolis, Indiana where he led both the tennis and platform tennis programs. Tom is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association, Professional Tennis Registry, Professional Platform Tennis Association and is currently working toward additional certification within Heath Waters’ ACE System. He has experience running events such as Professional and Midwest level tennis tournaments and the Mixed National Platform Championships. Tom’s expertise extends off the court to pro shop management, racquet stringing and clay court maintenance/construction. He loves the variety of working with all levels of children and adults and looks forward to the opportunity to take your game to the next level.


Nick Romano

Head Tennis Professional

Nick grew up in Pinckney Michigan and played 1 singles at Pinckney for 3 years. His senior year at 1 singles, he individually qualified for the state tournament earning all-state honors and a record of 28-5. He went on to play 1 singles and 1 doubles for Spring Arbor University. He received all conference at 1 singles for 3 years and acquired 107 career wins.
Nick worked at Barton Hills Country Club as a teaching pro for 4 years along with Huron Valley for some time. He has been a hitting partner/coach for some of the top juniors in the state. He has helped mold and shape players for college tennis and all levels of play.

He loves the game and continues to compete in various Division 1 men’s tournaments. Nick had been teaching tennis since 2013. He loves to improve the game for anyone picking up the racket for the first time or a high-level junior looking to play collegiate tennis. Nick is currently USTA & ITA certified and in the process of finishing up his USPTA certification. As a junior tennis player, he grew up training at Travis Pointe and loves the relationships he has built over the years.
 

Sharon Stafford

Accounts Receivable

Sharon began as our receptionist in 1984 and was quickly promoted to the Accounting Department, overseeing member billing. Her attention to detail makes it a perfect fit.
 

Daniel Graft 

  

Golf Course Superintendent

In 2019, Daniel Graft took over as the Golf Course Superintendent at Travis Pointe Country Club.  Danny, as many of you know him by, has been at Travis Pointe for eight seasons.  He is a graduate of Michigan State’s 2-year turf program.  During his time at MSU, Danny was awarded scholarships from the GCSAA (National) and the MiGCSA (state) affiliations.  He is currently a member of both.  Danny started working on a golf course at the age of 16.  At 21, he became the superintendent at Willow Wood Golf Club in Portland, Michigan where he grew up.  Danny also worked at Walnut Hills Country Club and Milwaukee Country Club in Wisconsin.  He is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in Business Management. In the future, he hopes to obtain his certification for the GCSAA.  Danny looks forward to maintaining our championship course for the members and giving them the best course conditions to play on.

 

Kara Smith

Aquatic and Fitness Director

Kara, originally from Buffalo, NY, attended the University of Pittsburgh where she earned her B.S. in Movement Science and her Master’s degree in Teaching Health and Physical Education. As a former diver at the University of Pittsburgh, Kara was an NCAA Division I All American.

Kara Smith brings with her over twenty years of Aquatic and Fitness experience.  While in Buffalo from 1998-2004, Kara was employed at UB as the Head Diving Coach, Aquatics Director, and professor of the American Red Cross Lifeguard training course & the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course.  Kara also held positions as a Head Diving Coach /Owner of Wings Diving LLC, and a Personal Trainer for SAFETI training at the Buffalo Athletic Club.                                                                                
 
After moving to Michigan, Kara continued coaching diving with her husband, Buck Smith, for Michigan’s #1 age-group diving program, Legacy Diving out of EMU. Kara is currently the Administrator of Legacy Diving, as well as the Saline High School Varsity Diving Coach.
Kara has worked here at Travis Pointe for twelve years as our Aquatics and Fitness Director.  Kara is a certified personal trainer in ACE: American Council on Exercise.  She lives in Ypsilanti with her husband Buck Smith, and two children, Allie and Karlie.

 

Carlos Nunez Jr.

Personal Trainer

Carlos has been a Personal Trainer since 2000 and has been teaching group classes since 2004. He is skilled and comfortable with people of all ages and diverse exercise backgrounds. If you are looking to get stronger or leaner, are recovering from an injury or dealing with a life challenge or degeneration of any kind, Carlos can be of service. Carlos is certified in the following:

  • NASM Strength and Conditioning Specialist

  • USA Weightlifting – Sports Performance Coach

  • ACE Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor

  • Mad Dogg - Spinning Instructor

  • YMCA Working with Kids and Senior.

  • CPR Instructor

He is also certified to teach conditioning kickboxing, sports conditioning, spinning, boot camp, body sculpting, core strengthening and stretching.