As co-founder and President/CEO of The Rivalry Foundation, Brandon provides strategic direction for the company and the event. He is responsible for the overall management of the tournament and day-to-day operations. Prior to forming The Rivalry Foundation, Brandon played competitive golf in college and on a major world tour (South African PGA TOUR). He has acted as COO for two different companies and has coached at the division I level of college golf for more than ten years. He currently runs one of the most respected college golf tournaments in the country. Brandon’s experience led him to the conclusion that there was a significant opportunity to highlight college golf and create exposure for some of the up-and- coming golfers of tomorrow. His passion for college athletics paired with his understanding of running first-class events will produce one of the most exciting PGA TOUR Challenge Series events that has been seen in years.
As co-founder and CMO of The Rivalry Foundation, Janelle oversees the daily operations of the company’s marketing and strategic planning. Janelle brings more than 15 years of management experience in the marketing industry. She spent 10 years at The Irvine Company in Newport Beach, California in various positions, including Director of Events at Fashion Island, where she created and managed more than 40 events per year, and Director of Sales and Marketing at the Irvine Spectrum Center, where she oversaw the advertising, marketing, events, tenant and customer relations and tourism. Her latest position with The Irvine Company was as Director of Partnership Development, where she sold more than $5 million in sponsorships.
Scott Grooms, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER TM, is a financial services industry veteran with over 23 years experience providing comprehensive wealth management and risk mitigation advice and services to high net worth clients. In addition to being a CFP®, he holds the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 8 (General Sales Supervisor), Series 63 (Uniform Securities Agent State Law) and Series 65 (Uniform Investment Advisor Law) licenses.
Prior to joining LPL Financial, the nation's largest independent financial advisory firm, Scott served his client relationships through his affiliations with Charles Schwab & Co., Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, and Smith Barney's Private Client Group in San Francisco.
Decades ago, Scott was unique within the high net worth wealth management arena as an early adopter of fully integrated investment, financial planning and comprehensive wealth management technologies. Melding these technologies together enabled him to model, create and deliver truly comprehensive wealth management solutions and services for the benefit of his high net worth clients.
Through Grooms Wealth Management, Scott oversees and manages comprehensive wealth management and risk mitigation responsibilities for his high net worth individuals and families, corporations and non-profit organizations.
When not serving his clients, Scott is an ardently dedicated family man who simply enjoys quality time and living life with his wife, two sons and dog. He loves the outdoors, regularly hiking the scenic trails of Marin, back-packing, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, taking golf boondoggles with his golfing buddies, reading and listening to music. He spends nano-seconds of his spare time pondering where exactly on earth golf balls actually go when they are declared "lost or out of bounds".
Based in Mill Valley, Scott is an integral participant in his community by contributing financially to local schools and local and global charities benefitting humankind.
Jim McGee, a founding partner of McGee & Associates, has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years and has litigated cases in State, Federal, and Bankruptcy courts, as well as counseled clients in a wide range of substantive areas, including entity formation and governance, financing, securities (capital markets), and franchising. His clients span many industries, including real estate development, construction, energy, entertainment, sports, technology, and hospitality.
Mr. McGee has sat on the Board of Directors of numerous companies and is currently the President of the Newport Coast Community Association, representing more than 5,000 members. He is also the chairman of the Newport Coast Advisory Committee appointed by the Newport Beach City Council to give advice relating to all matters concerning the Newport Coast. Mr. McGee is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Assessment and Treatment Center of Orange County, the Orange County Performing Arts Center, and the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. Outside of professional interests, he travels widely with his wife and three children, reads, writes, and enjoys deep sea fishing, scuba diving, and playing basketball.
Mr. Villeneuve manages all golf operations and recreation for Montage Hotels & Resorts. He also oversees design, development, and construction activity for company-owned operations, and has pre-opening oversight responsibilities for other company-managed properties.
Previously the general manager/director of golf for Sandpiper in Santa Barbara, California - an award winning, oceanfront course next to the luxurious Bacara Resort, Mr. Villeneuve was instrumental in attaining numerous accolades during his four-year tenure, including the prestigious award from the Professional Golfers Association of America as the 2004 National Merchandiser of the year.
He has also served as the golf professional at Chicago’s Westmoreland Country Club, and held golf management positions with Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Desert, California and the El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Cameron is the chief investment officer of Martin Capital Partners, LLC. Prior to co-founding the firm, Cameron was a portfolio manager for IMS Capital Management, Inc. and previously managed private client portfolios on behalf of the Portfolio Management Group, a division of Smith Barney.Cameron has worked in the financial services industry since 1996 and is a Graduate of the University of Oregon, where he also played collegiate golf -garnering All Pac-10 conference honors in 1993. He is a past Director of the Eugene Country Club and the Hosea Youth Services Project, a non-profit organization assisting homeless youth.
Before retiring, James (Jim) Field, Sr. spent the majority of his professional career as President, CEO of the Field company; a manufacturer and importer of sport and casual headwear, junior apparel, and assorted other accessory items. Founded by his father, the Field Company began in 1947 as a resource for novelty hats for various carnivals and theme parks. Among those were Disney Land, Knotts Berry farm, and Marine World. The company broadened its market by diversifying its headwear category into the golf and tennis industries, correspondingly selling its products in to the departments store and specialty shop trade. After Jim entered the business he expanded the marketing direction of the company to extend into the major mass markets of the time, including Sears, Penny's, Montgomery Ward, and eventually Kmart, Target, and the WalMart Chain. Jim also added uniform apparel accessories and later a separate division labeled the "Left Coast Clothing Company" Which manufactured junior apparel for the middle market retail chains.
The Field Company was one of the first manufacturers of light industrial products in the United States to develop an ongoing import relationship with the People's Republic of China. The company not only manufactured clothing and headwear overseas but introduced and established working partnerships with various other types of consumer products.
More Recently until 2004, Jim was a Principal in Victory Industries, a clothing and embroidery operation which supplied major golf manufacturers such as Nike, Cutter and Buck, and other brand name labels. Prior to the Field Company, Jim began his professional career with KXTV television (a CBS affiliate) in Sacramento, California from 1970-1972. In 1972 Jim purchased the rights to open several aircraft rental and charter services in San Jose, California, Broomfield, Colorado, and subsequently a flight school in Phoenix, Arizona.
During his professional career Jim was a member of the California Garment Manufacturers Association acting as assistant treasurer. Additionally he was a member of the board of directors of the Rohnert Park, California Chamber of Commerce. In his personal life Jim has enjoyed coaching youth sports programs such as little leagues and is a devout golf enthusiast. He currently is the chairman of Gifts in Golf (G.I.G) a non-profit organization formed to provide the gift of professional golf instruction catering to special people with special needs. Jim is also a member of the Riviera Country Club greens committee.
A native of Watertown, Connecticut, Mike literally grew up in the game and business of golf. His father, John, was the head professional at Watertown Golf club for 35 years. John learned the game at a young age and after WWII decided to make it his profession. He worked under the legendary Tommy Armour at Boca Raton Hotel and became one of Connecticut’s foremost players, teachers and promoters of the game.
Mike worked for his dad from the time he was 11 years old through college. He experienced everything that working at a golf club can offer from washing range balls, serving member’s needs, giving lessons, to organizing tournaments, something he did not yet know would impact his career as it has.
Mike attended and graduated from St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT in 1977 with a B.A. in Business Administration. Throughout school and his time employed at the golf club he considered becoming a club professional like his father after college. Soon after graduation an opportunity to work for the Bob Hope Desert Classic and Colgate Dinah Shore golf tournaments during the winter months in the Palm Springs area presented itself and he has never looked back. Mike stayed in the Palm Springs area learning tournament operations and administration from the ground floor up and worked on over 40 events in the area including The Skins Game, National Club Professional Championship, Vintage Invitational and many others.
In 1982 he was asked to join the tournament team of the Nabisco Dinah Shore as tournament coordinator working under former PGA Champion and tournament director, Dave Marr. Mike stayed with Nabisco and worked on the Nabisco Championship (the fore-runner to the Tour Championship), Team Nabisco (a group of 40 golfers and athletes and celebrities that represented the company) and other events that Nabisco sponsored such as the AJGA Nabisco Mission Hills Desert Championship until 1993. He succeeded Marr as tournament director of the Nabisco Dinah Shore in 1987.
Mike left Nabisco in the fall of 1993 to take on responsibilities with a relatively new golf equipment manufacturer, Callaway Golf, as Director of Tour Relations. The success of Big Bertha had vaulted the small company into the spotlight and they were in a tremendous growth phase. Mike successfully recruited many top professionals to endorse and use Callaway products and was promoted to Vice President of Tour Relations in 1994. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Tour Relations in 1999 and in 2000 was named Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing.
In this role Mike oversaw worldwide tour programs for the company’s four brands, managed a global team of 40 employees supporting 6 tours that attended over 200 professional tournaments annually worldwide, negotiated over 300 endorsement contracts with players on all tours including Phil Mickelson, Annika Sorenstam, and Arnold Palmer, and managed an annual budget of over $50 million. In addition he oversaw Callaway’s sponsorship of the Callaway Golf/Pebble Beach Invitational and the Callaway Golf Junior World Championships. Mike has attended tournaments from Beijing to Boston and Augusta to Turnberry.
His 12 years at Callaway saw him expand his leadership skills, create an extensive network within the worldwide golf community and help grow the company’s business. His reputation as an executive with leadership, integrity, golf knowledge, honesty and passion for the game are second to none.
In November of 2005 Mike joined PGA Tour veteran Peter Jacobsen as Executive Vice President of Peter Jacobsen Sports, LLC based in Portland, OR. The company is a sports marketing agency and event management company. When Mike was with the company he had instituted and championed many new initiatives and provided extensive experience and direction for this successful company.