Eric D. Stephenson, Principal

Eric brings more than three decades of experience and progressive development in the golf industry in all aspects of operational management, membership sales and marketing, human resources, financial management and property acquisitions. Areas of expertise include: re-positioning distressed properties, membership reorganization, sales and marketing, membership consulting, executive recruiting, property takeovers and employment law. Eric has supervised the management and marketing of numerous golf projects and developments during his long career. His reputation includes a knack for providing clear market intelligence, execution of marketing principles and marketing plans, successful sales initiatives and all aspects of golf facility operations. Eric co-founded Three Oaks Hospitality, Inc. as Executive Vice President where he helped build a significant consultancy business along with the oversight of numerous golf operations. Some of his many responsibilities included new account development and project acquisition, facility oversight, club marketing and membership promotion and financial supervision. After a rich history of involvement with such companies as Landmark Land Company (Oak Tree Hotels and Golf), Registry Hotel and Resort Corporation and Benchmark Hospitality, Eric, his wife and son now reside in New Braunfels between Austin and San Antonio, Texas.

 

Gary Henkin, Principal

As President and Founder of WTS International, Mr. Henkin has over 45 years of experience in the planning, design and management of health clubs, spas and fitness facilities of all types. He has also coordinated and developed numerous needs assessment studies for prospective spa and/or health club properties. WTS International has grown during the past four decades to become one of the world's largest and fastest-growing leisure and lifestyle consulting and management firms. At present, the firm has approximately 2,000 employees worldwide and provides its services to hotels, resorts, luxury residential properties, exclusive golf and country clubs, day spas and real estate developments throughout the United States and overseas. A frequent speaker at industry and real estate conventions, Mr. Henkin has also published numerous articles related to spa design, health club design and fitness and spa management in such publications as Real Estate Today, Hotel Business, Club Management, Club Business Magazine, Real Estate Forum, Resort Management Magazine, Club Director and Boardroom. His speaking engagements include addresses to the attendees at B.O.M.A. (Building Owners and Managers Association), I.H.R.S.A. (International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association) and Club Managers Association of America national conventions. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland in 1966. Presently, Mr. Henkin resides in Maryland with his wife and is active in a number of Washington, D.C. charitable foundations.

 

Executive Advisory Board

Jim Applegate
Penn-Florida Properties, West Palm Beach, FL

Jim is currently the Director of Club Properties for Penn-Florida Companies located in Boca Raton, FL. Jim brings more than 45 years of golf and property development experience to the Advisory Board for WTS Golf. Past affiliations include Director of Golf Operations for LaBonte Diversified Development, Founder of The Gary Player Design Company and Director of Golf Development for Boca Resorts, his knowledge of business development, real estate and golf operations is unsurpassed.  Jim is heavily involved with many charity organizations and business associations such as Treasurer of The Hope Center for Autism, Florida State Golf Association (past President), The Society of Seniors and he is the 2001 Florida State Senior Amateur Champion.

Bob Baldassari
Director of Youth Development, PGA Headquarters, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Gary Hamby
Tom Hoch Design, Oklahoma City, OK

Gary has worked in Business Development and Client Services since 2005 for Tom Hoch Design, a Worldwide Leader in Hospitality/Resort Planning. Gary has engaged principals of The PGA of America, Troon Golf, Marriott/Ritz-Carlton, Landmark Land Co., Landscapes Unlimited, Three Oaks Hospitality, Greg Norman, The University of Oklahoma, Honours Golf, Western Golf Properties, Lennar Homes, Weibring-Wolfard Golf, Forrest Richardson & Associates, Bass Pro Shops, The Kohler Co. and numerous private clubs. These include Northwood, Pecan Plantation and Royal Oaks Country Club in Texas; Oak Tree Country Club, Quail Creek Country Club and The Patriot Golf Club in Oklahoma; The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain in Arizona and The Ritz-Carlton Member’s Golf Club, Sarasota, Florida. Numerous projects were created with Lennar Homes through Western Golf Properties. Gary has attended The Golf Course Builders Association, The Masters, The Club Managers Association and The Golf Industry Show in representing Tom Hoch Design. He has been a speaker at Crittenden Golf Development Conferences in Scottsdale, Arizona on Renovating Clubhouse Facilities. Gary has a BBA from The University of Oklahoma and currently resides in Oklahoma City.

 

Strategic Partners

Clear Vision Turf Management, LLC
WTS Golf partners with Clear Vision Turf Management, LLC. CVTM provides quality and cost-effective golf course maintenance, renovation and construction services as well as general consulting for your daily needs in golf course maintenance. CVTM consistently delivers greater than client expectations in all areas of golf services. CVTM specializes in environmentally friendly, unique, innovative, and economical agronomy solutions whether it's a single 18-hole facility, championship venues, or larger complicated operations. Clear Vision will get your project completed on time and on budget.