Principals

Stephen T. Harker
President & CEO

Steve Harker has over 25 years of professional experience in the golf course industry. Mr. Harker has completed numerous problem-solving and complex revenue management assignments during the tenure of his career in the golf business. Mr. Harker's direct roles have included progressively increased golf course management duties culminating in regional golf course management positions with as many as 28 courses under his administration. In addition, Mr. Harker served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing and National Sales Director for American Golf Corporation, the largest golf course operator in the world at that time. Mr. Harker is a Class A Member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America, an Emeritus Director of the First Tee of Oakland, a past member of the Employment Task Force of the PGA, and a Past Member of the Board of Governors of the National Golf Foundation.  Mr. Harker has also been elected to the Albany High School Athletic Hall of Fame twice, once for his role on the 1973 Championship Golf Team and recently for restarting the golf program.  Mr. Harker’s community-focused approach and experience is substantial including his initiation of the Women in Golf Day, that grew into a month long event adopted by Play Golf America.


Douglas J. Harker
Principal

Doug Harker is a veteran financial professional having served for over 20 years in the financial service industry in a variety of roles including CEO of a community bank. Mr. Harker has significant direct golf industry experience having served as Vice President of Sales for Redstone Golf Management and as General Manager of Wildcat Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Mr. Harker has also served in various board and committee assignments for the Houston Golf Association, Southern Texas Golf Association and United States Golf Association.


 


Mark Luthman
Executive Vice President & COO

During his nearly 20 year career in the golf industry, Mark Luthman has held a variety of management and leadership roles including Superintendent, General Manager, and regional administration of multiple golf facilities. As KemperSports’ Regional Director of Operations, Mr. Luthman’s responsibilities included oversight of ten premier golf courses as well as the planning, pre-opening, and operations efforts at three properties including Chambers Bay – the facility selected by the USGA to the host of the 2010 U.S. Amateur & 2015 U.S. Open Championships. Mr. Luthman’s wide-ranging background has provided him extensive experience in the areas of revenue management, sales & marketing, guest retention, staff recruiting & training, and golf course maintenance.


Troy Sacco
VP of Operations and Sales

  Troy Sacco brings extensive experience in sales and hospitality management to Touchstone Golf, where he oversees the company’s operations in Texas and the central U.S., in addition to heading up Touchstone’s group sales efforts to grow tournaments and catering.  Previously he served in a variety  of senior management sales and marketing positions with top companies including Main Event Entertainment, American Golf Corporation and Dave & Buster’s.

 

Carol McGrail
Controller

Carol McGrail began her accounting career in 1985.  She has 12+ years of accounting and financial management in the golf course industry with Club Corporation of America ("CCA") and Touchstone Golf.  Her tenure with CCA included regional oversight of a group of high-end private clubs. Ms. McGrail has significant experience in all aspects of golf course and club accounting and financial controls, as well progressive experience in the analysis of balance sheets and P&Ls.

 


Amy Watson
Human Resources Director

Amy Watson brings 15 years of experience in the Human Resources management field to the Touchstone organization.    Amy’s extensive background includes recruiting, employee relations, labor law and compliance, teambuilding and leadership development, and benefits and incentive compensation administration.  In the Touchstone organization, Amy is responsible for maximizing the human potential of Touchstone’s employee base, while maintaining an open and strong line of human resources communication throughout the organization.  Amy holds a BA in Human Resources Management and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management Organization.

James Birchall
Regional Manager

James Birchall has served in a broad range of roles within the golf course industry including catering, golf operations as well as general management duties. A graduate of San Jose State University, Mr. Birchall's degree in computer science provides significant resources to the Touchstone organization as the golf course industry evolves into a more information-oriented environment. Mr. Birchall has received certification in a variety of technical areas within the golf course industry that compliment his direct work experience.


Brian Melody
Regional Manager

Brian Melody began his career in the golf industry at the young age of 14 and never left.  He enjoyed competing as a player at various levels growing up and entered into operations when he moved to Denver, CO in 1999.  He has served many roles in the Denver area and is currently the General Manager at Applewood Golf Course in Golden, CO.  In addition to his course responsibility he is a Regional Manager overseeing the Colorado and Arizona regions.  Brian also heads up the National Account program for our company and brings great experience and new ideas to the company on a regular basis. Another contribution of his is the ability to mold/mentor new managers that are looking to grow their careers in the golf industry.


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