THE TEAM

"I am so very flattered by and excited about the team that has come together around this incredible project. The commitment from all was immediate, heartfelt and complete. The teamwork has been magical, completely organic which has made for incredible productivity and fun. Golf tends to reciprocate, and our substantial investment of time and focus has been returned in multiples though the camaraderie, insight, and excitement that have resulted from this unique collaboration. The design of the West Palm Golf Park draws on and distills cherished memories of countless locations for each of us. It is against this backdrop that we intend to create a model for inclusivity – and a platform upon which to grow the game that we love in this community."

Seth Waugh | CEO, PGA of America

President, West Palm Golf Community Trust

WEST PALM GOLF PARK COMMITTEE

Seth Waugh CEO, PGA of America

President,
West Palm Golf Community Trust

Project Leader

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PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh guides the business and overall strategy of one of the world’s largest sports organizations, serving its nearly 29,000 PGA Professionals. Waugh served a prior term as an Independent Director on the PGA Board of Directors.

Waugh spent 13 years at Deutsche Bank, including 10 years as CEO of the Americas. He also served as Deutsche Bank Americas Advisory Board Chairman. For several years, he championed the Women on Wall Street Conference, to advance opportunities for women in the financial services sector.

Waugh holds a B.A. in Economics and English from Amherst College.

Dirk Ziff Managing Director,
Ziff Capital Partners

Board Member,
West Palm Golf Community Trust

Golf Course Development

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Dirk Ziff is Managing Partner of Ziff Capital Partners, a private investment firm established in 2014. Prior to ZCP, Mr. Ziff founded Ziff Brothers Investments in 1992. ZBI was the primary investment vehicle of the Ziff family and related entities and has been involved with the founding of a large number of successful investment vehicles. Prior to managing ZBI with his brothers, Dirk worked in the publishing and broadcast industries. Dirk has lived in North Palm Beach with his wife Natasha since 2008.

Dirk holds a B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard.

Gil Hanse President & Lead Designer,
Hanse Golf Course Design

Designer, West Palm Golf Park

Course Development

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Gil is the founder and the President of Hanse Golf Course Design. Since the firm’s inception in 1993, he has been involved in a hands-on capacity with each project that the firm has undertaken. The firm was founded on the principles of creating an intentionally small design group that takes a personal interest in the design and construction of each course. Prior to forming Hanse Golf Course Design, Gil received a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and worked for Tom Doak at Renaissance Golf Design, from 1989 to 1993.

Original Designs – Over the 27 years that the firm has been in existence we have completed, or have under way, 22 original designs. Some of these include: Boston Golf Club, Streamsong Black, Pinehurst Course 4, The Olympic Course in Rio de Janeiro, Castle Stuart Golf Links, Ohoopee Match Club, The Cradle at Pinehurst Resort and our first original design Craighead Links at The Crail Golfing Society in Scotland. Projects currently under construction include The New Course at Les Bordes in France, PGA Frisco in Texas and CapRock Ranch in Valentine, Nebraska.

Restorations and Renovations – We have built relationships with over 40 clubs providing restoration and renovation services for their courses. Some of our historic restorations include Merion Golf Club, Winged Foot Golf Club, The Los Angeles Country Club, Fishers Island Club, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Quaker Ridge Golf Club, The Country Club, Oakland Hills Country Club, Baltusrol Golf Club, Aronimink Golf Club, Southern Hills Country Club, and Tokyo Golf Club. Renovation projects include The Vineyard Golf Club, Doral Resort, Narin & Portnoo Links (Ireland), and TPC Boston.

Daniel W. Stanton Co-Chairman,
Wealth Partners Capital Group

Board Member,
West Palm Golf Community Trust

Co-Chairman, Capital Campaign

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Dan is a retired Partner From Goldman, Sachs & Co. Over his career he was responsible for managing the Private Wealth Management business globally, the Equity Institutional Sales business and also starting the Prime Brokerage business working with the hedge fund community. Dan and his family have lived in Palm Beach for many years and Dan is currently the Chairman of the Retirement Board for the Town of Palm Beach. Dan is also Co-Chairman of Wealth Partners Capital Group.

Dan’s undergraduate degree is from Canisius College in Buffalo, N.Y. He also holds an MBA from Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Ray Celedinas Former President & CEO,
Celedinas Insurance Group

Board Member,
West Palm Golf Community Trust

Co-Chairman, Capital Campaign

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Ray Celedinas is currently the National Chairman Private Client Practice at Marsh & McLennan Agency, LLC, and is the former President and CEO of Celedinas Insurance Group. Under his leadership, Celedinas Insurance Group grew into one of the country’s largest and most highly respected full service insurance brokers prior to being acquired by Marsh & McLennan in 2016. Ray is a serial entrepreneur and has been a founder and or investor in numerous insurance industry startups focused on improving the customer experience for both clients and insurance brokers.

Christopher J. Williams Chairman,
Siebert Williams Shank & Co.

Board Member,
West Palm Golf Community Trust

Community Programs

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Christopher J. Williams is Chairman of Siebert Williams Shank & Co., America’s largest women and minority-owned investment bank. Chris previously served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Williams Capital Group, L.P. from 1994-2019. Williams’ career includes senior roles at Lehman Brothers and Jefferies & Company prior to founding the WCG in 1994.

Mr. Williams is a member of the board of directors of Ameriprise Financial, the Clorox Company, Cox Enterprises, Inc. and Union Pacific Corporation. He also served for ten years on the Wal Mart Stores, Inc., board of director. Mr. Williams serves as a Trustee at The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College from 2013 until June 2019.

Christopher J. Williams holds a B.A. in Architecture from Howard University and a Master of Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Tom Frankel President,
Frankel Development Co.

Board Member,
West Palm Golf Community Trust

Construction Development

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Thomas Frankel is the President of Frankel Development, a leading Residential Real Estate development company in Palm Beach County, as well as the licensed Real Estate Broker and President for Admirals Cove Realty and the Real Estate Broker for Frankel-Ball Realty.

Frankel’s Development portfolio includes Admirals Cove and Valencia at Abacoa in Jupiter, San Michele and Azure in Palm Beach Gardens, and Ocean One in Juno Beach. The Company has also developed many premier properties in the Philadelphia area. Thomas currently serves on the board of Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches and previously served as Vice Chair of The Benjamin School Board of Trustees from 2000-2016.

Frankel holds a B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mick Walsdorf Co-Founder & Managing Partner,
Flank

Advisor, West Palm Golf Park

Architectural Building Design

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Mick co-founded the real estate development firm Flank in 2002 and continues to serve as its managing partner. Originally from Chicago, Mick holds a B.A. from Washington University in St.

Louis and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. He and his wife Christine have two children and reside in New York City.

Suzy Whaley, PGA PGA Master Professional,
PGA Honorary President,
Golf Magazine Top 100 Instructor

Advisor, West Palm Golf Park

Instruction and Youth Golf

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The first woman elected to serve as an Officer of the PGA of America, PGA Honorary President and PGA Master Professional Suzy Whaley is the PGA Director of Instruction for the Country Club at Mirasol in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. After serving two years as PGA Secretary, and two years as Vice President, Whaley was elected as the PGA of America’s first female President at the 2018 PGA Annual Meeting. She steered the Association through the onset of the global pandemic, leading to the establishment of the nearly $8 million Golf Emergency Relief Fund for golf industry personnel in need and an unprecedented growth in rounds played using social distancing protocols established in conjunction with the CDC and Back2Golf.

Recognized as one of GOLF’s “Top 100 Teachers in America” and with the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2019, Whaley’s resume includes numerous other teaching awards: Golf Digest Top 50 Instructor, LPGA Top 50 Instructor, and many more.

Whaley holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina.

Davis Sezna CEO/Owner,
Global Turf Equipment

Advisor, West Palm Golf Park

Club Operations

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Davis Sezna has designed the concepts for high-end restaurants across the country. A lifelong lover of golf and former college golfer at the University of Georgia, he always knew he wanted to be in the golf hospitality business and opened his first restaurant (Klondike Kate’s in Newark, Delaware) in 1980. Sezna founded the 1492 Hospitality Group in 1990, and built his first golf course — Hartefeld National in Avondale, Pennsylvania, in 1995. Today, he and his son Will are business partners in GTE Partners, a turf equipment company based near Tampa, Florida, and the largest independent seller and exporter of pre-owned golf course equipment internationally. Scezna is a graduate of the University of Georgia.

Dan Baker, PGA Senior Director of
Partnership Development,
PGA of America

Project Director
West Palm Golf Park

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Dan Baker is a 28 year PGA Member who has held a plethora of positions across the industry as a Tournament Director and athlete representative at Octagon. Baker is the only person in modern history to be the Tournament Director of a significant USGA, PGA of America and PGA TOUR event.

Currently, Baker serves as the Senior Director of Partnership Development for the PGA of America, in charge of the PGA’s relationships with golf Industry endemic partners. He additionally oversees the PGA of America’s business regarding:

  • Sponsorships of PGA Member Events and Programs

  • Strategic Partnerships to benefit the Association and its Membership

  • The Orlando and Las Vegas PGA Merchandise Shows

  • The PGA’s Golf Retirement Plus program

Baker holds a B.A. in Economics from Wake Forest University.

Charles Dillahunt Strategic Adjunct to
the CEO & CPO, PGA of America

Project Coordinator

West Palm Golf Park

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Charles Dillahunt is the Strategic Adjunct to the CEO and CPO for the PGA of America, one of the world’s largest sports organizations. In his role, he works closely with the Chief Executive and Chief People Officers to ensure that inclusion and the PGA’s value based culture is embedded throughout the whole Association, with particular emphasis on communications and partnership development as they pursue a game, workforce and supply chain that mirror America.

Tasked with developing strategic diverse multimedia and supplier inclusion partnerships across multiple areas of difference, including minority-, women-, LGBT-, Veteran-, and disabled owned businesses, he also works to ensure the success stories of the PGA of America’s inclusion efforts are being shared with all audiences by internal and external mediums.

Dillahunt holds a B.A. in Philosophy and a Minor in Business from Wabash College.