It is our desire to support the growth of golf by cultivating the next generation of golfers & future country club members as golf enriches the lives of youth and instills the core values of sportsmanship, discipline, integrity, and respect for competitors and self.
John Fornaro CEO of Distinguished Clubs
Co-Founder, Owner, & Publisher of BoardRoom magazine
John G. Fornaro is President & CEO of The Association of Private Clubs and Directors and the Publisher & Owner of Boardroom magazine LLC, which publishes BoardRoom magazine, a bi-monthly publication founded 22 years ago and aimed at educating and informing boards of directors in the private club industry. He is also CEO of Distinguished Clubs, LLC, and CEO of the Association of Private club Directors / Boardroom Institute LLC, where the latter provides online training and orientation programs for private club boards of directors with the objective to help clubs operate efficiently by optimizing the relationship between the volunteers and the paid executives through collaborative governance. John is also co-founder of Professional Club Marketing Association, an organization aimed at furthering the interests of private club membership marketing directors. John has visited over 1,500 private clubs during his 24 years in the private club industry, and is a part owner of Bella Collina Towne and Golf club in San Clemente and a speaker, writer, and consultant for the private club industry. John lives in Laguna Beach, California.
Paul Levy was elected as PGA President in November 2016. Previously, he served two-year terms each as PGA Vice President and PGA Secretary. He was President of Club Operations and Development for Sunrise Company, where he served for 18 years. From 1999-2004, he was General Manager and PGA Director at Royal Oaks Country Club in Houston. After moving to Southern California, he became the CEO and General Manager at Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, California. Levy earned PGA membership in 1986, and has served in a leadership capacity at both the Section and National levels since 1992. A native of New Orleans, Levy is a 1983 graduate of LSU, where he was a golf team member. His community involvement has included creating scholarship foundations for employees of both Royal Oaks Country Club and Toscana Country Club. He was the creator and director of the Fort Bend ISD PGA First Swing Program; and a member of Katy (Texas) School District Partners, which presented him with its Education Award of Excellence. Levy and his wife, Heidi, are the parents of three sons: Nathan, Kristopher and Travis; two daughters: Nakayla and Destiny; and have five grandchildren.
Boca West Country Club GM, Retired
Growing up in the “West End” of Boston, as an eleven year old child, Jay worked as a kitchen boy at the famous Hampshire House; that early experience would inspire a thriving career in hospitality and establish an incessant drive to succeed. Jay’s management career started as a manager trainee for the Playboy Club of Miami, Florida and then manager of Playboy Clubs in New Orleans, Chicago and New York. He went on to management with Restaurants Associates in New York and Boston. Gaining valuable experience, he joined Longchamps of Florida where he operated five (5) high-end restaurants in the Miami/Dade area. In 1975, Jay entered the private country club industry as General Manager of the prestigious Bal Harbour Yacht & Beach Club. Progressing to Boca Lago Country Club, Boca Raton, Florida he became known as an industry commodity and was hired as the President/COO/General Manager of Boca West Country Club taking it from developer controlled to total membership owned. He dedicated 32 years as the President/COO/GM, transforming Boca West Country Club in to a leader in the Club industry achieving the Distinguished Clubs and Platinum rankings as number one in the country for Private Residential Country Clubs, number one in the State of Florida for all types of clubs and fifth in the world. Jay is a member of the esteemed CMAA Honor Society and is the Past Chairman of the Board for the CMAA Club Foundation. He is actively involved and serves on several local and national committees and has been an invited speaker at the Harvard University of Business, Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University and Florida International University. He has been the honoree of numerous foundations, among them are the National Jewish Federation, Special Olympics Hall of Fame, the Office Depot Listen Learn Care Award, and the SOS Children’s Villages as Florida Outstanding Individual of the Year. He has been honored as receiving the Florence Fuller award and recognition as the Man with the Biggest Heart, the Man of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. These are just a few of the many recognized honors. Jay is passionate about chairing the CMAA Seminole Region Charity Golf Tournament which is now in its 28th year of raising millions of dollars to be bestowed upon various charities for underprivileged and challenged children. Jay is happily married to his beautiful wife, Sharon and together they have nine children, 24 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
San Diego Junior Golf Association, Past President/Board Member
IMG Academy Junior World Championship, Director Links Fore Life Non Profit, Founder
Celebrating over 50-years in golf, Roger has been a leader in the development of junior golf world-wide. His vast experience includes being the co-founder and Director of Youth Development for the Porzak Golf Academy. Currently, Roger is Head Professional of a Golf Club and Academy in China where he is developing a junior tour and introducing golf into the private school system as part of the Physical Education requirements. For the past 10-years, Roger has been an active Board Member and Past President of the renowned San Diego Junior Golf Association and IMG Academy Junior World Golf Championships, Tournament Director. For the past 3-years Roger has been a Tournament Director for the Junior World, the world’s oldest and largest junior tournament. In 2018, Roger was instrumental in organizing and conducted the first formal Junior World qualifier in China for boys and girls, ages 7-18. His career includes having been Manager and Captain of International and National golf teams and the organizer of an International Golf Tournament with teams from the USA, Taiwan, Canada, Mexico and Australia competing. Roger brings a unique perspective to junior golf. He was a successful junior player himself, raised a son who was a top ranked junior player and have been around many juniors who have become successful tournament players. This experience has enabled Roger to effectively communicate with parents about their role in the raising of a junior golfer. Roger is a Callaway Staff Member, creator of a non-profit charity called “Links Fore Life” and on the Advisory Board of the Golden State Tour.
Colana Sports Group, Founder
A former Marine, with a 20 year career as a New York approach Air Traffic Controller, Tom joined the ranks of philanthropist in 1990, when he joined the Marty Lyons Foundation, a make-a-wish not-for-profit whose mission is to grant wishes to terminally ill children. While Tom was a wish grantor, his forte was organizing fundraisers and soliciting corporate sponsorships. Because of Tom’s MLF experience, he had the idea to design a program that married then fledgling airline, JetBlue, with resort partner, Doral Miami to garner JetBlue marketing access to the private country club community. Tom quickly realized that for Colana to be a one stop shop for their clients, he began adding golf equipment to the program. By cutting out the middle man, and working directly with NIKE, Callaway, Taylormade, Adidas, Puma, and Cobra, Colana Sports Group was able to deliver a product that no one could compete with. 19 years later, the JetBlue Challenge Golf enhancement program is still the only Hole-In-One golf tournament enhancement program of its’ kind delivered to golf tournament organizers, charities, and private country clubs by Colana Sports Group, the company Tom and his wife, Christine founded. As JetBlue’s only subcontractor, Colana Sports Group has since consulted on thousands of charity golf tournaments and assisted charities in raising millions of dollars for their respective causes. By partnering with over 1800 golf tournaments and events annually, Colana Sports Group has gained access to over 300,000 potential clients, mostly in the private country club community. Tom retains long standing relationships with the CMAA and the PGA and has worked with hundreds of country clubs’ General Managers. In 2007, Tom added a new element to the Challenge program by partnering with premium resort properties. What Tom accomplished for then fledging airline partner, JetBlue, Colana Sports Group was now prepared to do for their resort partners. By combining a fantastic resort experience with round trip tickets on JetBlue, Colana Sports Group provided their clients with vacation opportunities that they awarded to their charity supporters and country club members and some utilized these prizes to raise revenue. Colana Sports Group has relationships with hundreds of private country clubs, yacht clubs and city clubs, incentivizing their members to travel to our CSG partner resorts.
Colana Sports Group, Inc, President/CEO
Smithtown Children’s Foundation, Founder/Executive Director
For the past thirteen years, Christine has been President/CEO of Colana Sports Group which delivers a one stop shop golf tournament enhancement program that caters to both charities looking to raise funds & to private country clubs looking to entertain their member/guests. Prior to this, Christine spent fifteen years on Wall Street. In 1987, she was hired by Credit Suisse First Boston, and promoted to VP, Equity Research, a liaison in charge of orchestrating the daily Institutional Equity Research meetings, managing the firm’s Institutional Investor ranked analysts. Christine was tasked with marketing this product to CSFB’s global salesforce (consisting of Institutional & Retail Sales people, Traders, Sales Traders & Investment Bankers). She hosted weekly Refocus on Research meetings, and was a member of the Credit Suisse’s Equity Research Stock Selection Committee. In 1994, Deutsche Bank Securities recruited her as a VP, North American Equity Product Manager where she continued to run the daily institutional meetings & she was also tasked with repositioning/revamping equity research products such as the Weekly Portfolio Manager’s Summary. While still working on Wall Street, in 1990, Christine & her husband became involved with the Marty Lyons Foundation, granting wishes to terminally ill children & fundraising for the MLF which was what soon led her & her husband to create Colana Sports Group. But her philanthropic endeavors did not end with the MLF. Christine is one of three founding board members and the Executive Director of the Smithtown Children’s Foundation, since it’s inception in 2008, a not for profit dedicated to providing financial & emotional support to families in crisis. Christine holds an MBA Finance/International Business from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Business Administration/Management from Adelphi University. She was named a Fortune52 Woman of Excellence, 2010, and has received numerous community service awards from Stony Brook University Phi Delta Kappa, the Smithtown School Athletics Booster Club, The Knox Private School, & the Nesconset Chamber of Commerce. Christine is also a dedicated wife of 33 years with two children, living on Long Island.
DMR Concierge Services, Owner
In 2006, Denise became a Sales Coordinator with Colana Sports Group interacting with golf tournament organizers & charities alike showing them how to maximize their fundraising efforts through the JetBlue Challenge program. In 2007, Denise was promoted to VP of Strategic Partnerships & Resort Ambassador where she took on the day to day management of CSG’s resort partners and resort certificate recipients who made reservations through CSG’s program. In 2014, Denise formed DMR Concierge Services and her company took ownership of handling all of CSG’s reservations with the utmost care and professionalism. DMR Concierge Services go beyond what a typical travel agency would provide. In addition to booking all aspects of her clients stay, her resort site visits enable Denise to speak from personnel experience when it comes to a particular resort or amenity they may provide. The very discerning club member appreciates her spot on, firsthand knowledge of the resorts and they rely on her recommendations for future trips. Denise & her staff have become invaluable resources, building long term relationships with some of the country’s demanding travelers. She is also currently working on some new marketing initiatives focused on raising greater awareness of CSG’s Resort Partner Program through social media. Denise lives on Long Island with her daughter.