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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

Chilo Mendoza
Senior Vice President of Operations and Sales

Chilo recently joined American Golf to lead the operations team and direct sales initiatives for the company. A long tern certified PGA professional, Chilo has an impressive background in multi-unit golf course operations with the Club West/Foothills Golf Group. Most recently, Chilo served in senior-level operations roles with Topgolf in Arizona.

Chilo has a degree from Arizona State University in Agribusiness & Resource Management and is a member of the PGA of America.

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.

Jorge Badel
Community Engagement Director

Jorge joined American Golf as Community Engagement Director (CED). As CED he will be responsible for managing community relations and contractual requirements associated with community initiatives between American Golf and its landlords. Jorge most recently served as Senior Golf Director for the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation. In that role, he and his team oversaw all aspects the County’s 20 golf course system including the complex lease agreements between the County and its various lessees, contract development, compliance, capital projects and community relations. Prior to his County service, he served on the ground level in the golf industry as a general manager and golf professional at public and municipal facilities.

He is a Class “A” Member of the PGA of America. In 2022 he was bestowed an Honorary Life Member by the association. He is a Board member for the Southern California Golf Association, Serves on the PGA of America’s A Place to Play committee, the USGA’s Advocacy workgroup and is an SCPGA Advisory Committee member. Jorge believes that we must nurture and continue to build relationships with our guests and non-golfer constituent neighbors as well. Collectively, they allow us to thrive in the industry and collectively we will work together to fend off future economic and political pressures to repurpose our golf courses.