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Hana Khouri
President & Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Hana Khouri has been President of American Golf’s parent company, Drive Shack Inc., since August 2019. Previously, she served as National and International Director of Operations at Topgolf, a golf-themed entertainment company based in Dallas, Texas, which she joined in 2013. At Topgolf Ms. Khouri opened over 20 venues globally, including the company's flagship venue in Las Vegas, and first international location in Australia. Ms. Khouri has extensive experience in the entertainment industry has also worked at House of Blues, a national chain of live music and entertainment venues, where she led efforts for city-wide concerts and events and developed strategic partnerships for the brand. Most recently, Ms. Khouri worked at New Fortress Energy serving as Chief of Staff to NFE Chief Executive Officer, Wes Edens.

Paul Ballam
Senior Vice President, Head of Real Estate & AGC Strategy

Paul has been a member of American Golf’s executive committee since 2014 and has led American Golf’s national business development efforts since 2007. In addition to his extensive involvement in numerous golf facility purchase and sale transactions, he has extensive experience negotiating and implementing golf facility leases and management agreements. Throughout his more than 20-year career with American Golf, Paul has held senior golf operations positions and has been integral to the Company’s efforts in partnering with golf course owners including numerous municipalities to provide capital improvements and professional golf management services to their constituents. Prior to joining American Golf, Paul held various management and operations positions at a wide variety of golf facilities including a municipally owned course, member-owned private clubs, and a major golf resort.

Paul earned his B.A. in History from Brandeis University where he was a co-captain of the school’s golf team

Michael Nichols
Chief Financial Officer

Michael Nichols has been our Chief Financial Officer since September 2020. Previously, Mr. Nichols served as Chief Financial Officer for Wilks Brothers, a diversified investor in energy, transportation, natural resources, and financial services businesses. Michael Nichols has extensive diversified global leadership experience in accounting, financial reporting, and treasury spanning several industries, having also served in senior-level finance and accounting roles with both Fischer & Company, a national commercial real estate and real estate technology firm specializing in tenant representation and GameStop Corp.

Michael DeJordy
Vice President Private Club Division

Michael joined American golf in 2014 as the General Manager of MountainGate Country Club located in Los Angeles.  Michael came from outside the company with an extensive background in private club operations including general management and Director of Golf positions.  In 2015 Michael was promoted to Regional Manager supporting the General Managers of four private clubs in addition to his role as GM at MountainGate.  In January 2020, Michael was promoted to Vice President Private Club Division with oversight for all of American Golf’s private clubs.

Michael is a Certified Club Manager through the CMAA, a Certified Golf Professional with credentials in Ownership and Leasing, Executive Management, Retail, Golf Operations, Instruction, and General Management.   He has also achieved the title of PGA Master professional in the area of General Management.  He graduated in 2003 from Saint Petersburg College with a degree in Technology Management.

Brian Bode
Vice President of Operations – West Coast Publics

Brian has been with American Golf since 1991 where he started at Knollwood Golf Course as Head Golf Professional and General Manager.  Since that time, he served as the General Manager at six different American Golf properties in Southern California as well as National Director for the American Golf Learning Centers and various Regional Management positions.  Currently, Brian serves as Vice President of Operations overseeing our West Coast Public golf courses.

Brian holds a BA in Business Administration from Azusa Pacific University and has been a member of the PGA of America since 1992.

Jeff Ginther
Regional Vice President of Operations / Revenue Management

Jeff has been with American Golf since 2015 where he started as a Revenue Manager for the East Publics.  In 2017 he became the Regional Vice President of the East Publics as well as Vice President of Revenue Management for the East Publics, San Diego, and Long Beach.  Prior to American Golf, Jeff served as Regional Manager and Assistant Director or Retail for Canongate/Sequoia Golf.  Prior to Canongate/Sequoia Golf, Jeff worked for ClubCorp for 12 years in various roles including Head Golf Professional, Director of Golf, and Southeast Regional Director of Golf Operations.

Jeff holds a BA from Kent State University and has been a Member of the PGA of America since 1997.

Tom Frost
Vice President-Business Development

Tom brings over 40 years experience in golf operations/acquisitions to American Golf and their clients. Prior to joining American Golf, Tom’s work in the golf industry included running his own management and consulting company and working with major financial institutions, government, management companies, and small operators. Tom’s experience in both a small business and corporate atmosphere offers a combination of practical “hands-on” experience and up-to-date industry knowledge to AG’s clients. Tom’s experience includes the construction of and opening of four new facilities and management of over $60 million in golf course-related capital improvements. Tom’s experience includes the construction of and opening of four new facilities and management of over $60 million in golf course-related capital improvements.

Tom was a founding member of the Board of Trustees for the First Tee of Northern Nevada and is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Golf Course Owners Association and the Southern California Golf Association’s Government Affairs Committee.

Tom attended Middle Tennessee State University where he earned a B.S in Mass Communications.