GOLF COURSE SERVICES TEAM
Paul Burley, Senior Vice President - Paul.Burley@img.com
Based in Singapore, Paul is responsible for overseeing IMG’s Golf Course Design business globally, as well as Golf Club Management across Asia Pacific. He has over 30 years experience in the golf industry, has worked in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia, and managed several of the world's leading clubs including the world famous Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland and the iconic Sun City Resort in South Africa. He is considered to be one of the leading experts in the golf industry, and is a PGA Master Professional, one of an elite group of golf professionals to receive this prestigious award from the British PGA. Paul is also a member of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA).
Russell Hannah, Senior Director Russell.Hannah@img.com
Based in London, Russell is responsible for all business development activities in Europe and Africa in addition to providing pre-opening services and operational support for IMG's managed golf clubs in the region. He has over 15 years experience in the golf industry and has worked at several award winning clubs such as the world famous Turnberry Golf Club and the award winning Le Touessrok in Mauritius, where he was General Manager. Russell is a Class AA member of the British PGA.
Chris Brown, Operations Director - Chris.Brown@img.com
Based in Scotland, Chris oversees a portfolio of IMG managed clubs in Europe providing pre-opening technical advice, marketing and operational support. He has worked at a number of high profile clubs including Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland and the award winning Els Club in Dubai, where he worked for 3 years as Director of Golf and then 7 years as the General Manager. Chris has a deep understanding of managing pre-openings, and has a wealth of experience of how to deliver outstanding financial performance. He is a member of the British PGA.
Kavin Kam, Operations Director - Kavin.Kam@img.com
Based in Hong Kong, Kavin is responsible for providing pre-opening services, operational support and staff training for IMG's managed clubs in Asia Pacific. Prior to joining IMG in 2012, he worked as General Manager of West Coast GC in Hainan, China. Kavin is a member of the Australian PGA and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Melbourne University, Australia. He speaks fluent English, Mandarin & Cantonese.
Leonardo Izzi, Director of Marketing - Leonardo.Izzi@imgprestige.com
Leo provides IMG’s portfolio of clubs across the world with industry leading marketing support with a focus on driving strategic marketing campaigns, advertising and promotional opportunities, PR, e-marketing, social media actions, website content and brand awareness. He also supports the IMG Prestige global club network. Leo has many years of high level club marketing experience from his time as Head of Marketing at the London Golf Club, one of Europe’s premier facilities. During this period the club hosted different professional events, including the Volvo World Match Play Championship and the Seniors PGA Championship.
Cameron Thompson, Agronomist Asia
With over 20 years experience in golf course maintenance and construction, Cameron is one of the world’s most highly respected Agronomists. He has prepared courses for world class, high profile PGA Tour events, such as the WGC HSBC Champions held annually at Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai. Cameron’s expertise includes irrigation, turf grass management and grow-in of new golf courses as well as the on-going golf course maintenance of championship golf courses. Cameron has a diploma in Horticulture from Grovely College in Brisbane, Australia, interned at the Ohio State University in the U.S.A. and is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the Australian Golf Course Superintendent Association (AGCSA).
Sylvain Duval, Agronomist Europe
Based in Madrid, Sylvain is widely regarded as one of the golf industry’s leading authorities on golf course construction and course maintenance. He is responsible for overseeing the turf conditions at IMG’s portfolio of golf courses in Europe and Africa and ensuring playing surfaces are maintained to world class standards. Prior to working with IMG, Sylvain worked at several high profile projects including Polaris World in Murcia, Spain where he was the responsible for the construction and maintenance of 6 Jack Nicklaus designed Championship golf courses.
Jimmy Zhu, IMG Prestige Coordinator - Jimmy.Zhu@imgprestige.com
Jimmy has many years experience in the golf industry and has worked for IMG since 2011. He oversees the daily operations of the IMG Prestige global club network, as well as providing operations support to our portfolio of clubs in China. Prior to joining IMG, Jimmy worked in golf operations at the Colin Montgomerie designed Meishi Mayflower Golf Club in Hainan, China.
Allan Zhang, Golf Course Design Associate
Allan has worked for IMG since 2010 and has been involved in providing design support to many IMG projects in Asia Pacific. He has created construction documents and plans for numerous courses, and has made regular site visits to review construction progress. He has made design visits with high profile golfers such as Sergio Garcia, ensuring design specifications are being followed on site. Allan is an expert with AutoCad which helps him produce detailed design documentation for our clients across the region. He has a deep understanding of golf course architecture and has visited many of the world’s great golf courses. He has a bachelors degree in Turf Science, and is a panelist for Golf Travel Magazine's Top 100 courses in Asia.
Leon Sun, Agronomy Associate
Based in Shanghai, Leon is responsible for providing Agronomy support to IMG’s portfolio of managed clubs in China. He has worked for IMG for over 5 years and is one most experienced Agronomists in China. Prior to joining IMG in 2014, Leon worked at Lan Hai Golf Club in Shanghai and Lake Malaren Golf Club, two of China's leading clubs. Leon is actively involved with assisting to prepare the course at Sheshan Golf Club for the WGC HSBC Champions tournament each year.