Doug Preston - Executive Director
University of Connecticut
Mr. Preston brings over 15 years of golf and tennis industry experience to the JCD team since his arrival in 2008. With seven years as the Golf and Tennis Contracts Manager for the City of Hollywood and as General Manager of two golf courses while with American Golf, Mr.Preston has been in both the private and public sectors of the recreation industry. He has had direct responsibility of all facets of golf and tennis operations and management. Mr.Preston’s previous experience as a systems analyst for Aetna Life and Casualty also provides the logistical experience needed in today’s business environment. Mr. Preston has been heavily involved in two not for profit organizations: The Diamonds in the Rough Youth Golf Program and Citizens to the Rescue.
Ira Glick, General Manager
Ira was born in Hollywood, Florida and has lived there most of his life. Ira started out in the golf business in 1995 at Hillcrest Golf & Country Club. After holding almost every position on the golf side of the business, Ira moved into the clubhouse to learn that side of the operation. He worked his way up and his last few years were spent as the Assistant General Manager. In November of 2006 Ira was hired as the General Manager of Orangebrook Golf & Country Club.
Bob Mallek, Director of Golf
Forty three years as a student of the game of golf. Thirty two years teaching golf to over 28,000 students. Written and published two golf instruction books and penned hundreds of golf instruction tips and stories for newspapers and golf magazines. Produced and hosted a cable TV golf instruction show for over 7 years. Golf commentator and special guest instructor for CLTV, Chicago Tribune’s 24 hour cable news media.
Ian Murray, Golf Course Superintendent
Ian Murray of Detroit, Michigan first became interested in turfgrass managment as the world cup was being held on real turf, indoors, at the nearby Pontiac Silverdome. Working at various positions within the scope of a few metro Detroit area golf clubs through High School, he decided to enroll, and eventually graduate from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Crop and Soil Sciences and a Business minor. " I recently found an old report card from first grade where the teacher stated I should have my ears checked because no matter if she announced it were time for recess, lunch, snack, nap time, etc. I would run and throw my coat on. It essentially explains my love for the outdoors, yet now prefer to keep the coat in storage."
Ian is a GCSAA Environmental Management Program Certificate holder in both Golf Course Development and Storage and Recycling.