Staff & Pros - OVGC
In order to provide a championship club, Okemo's has gathered an excellent Management Team to be responsible for the direction of the Okemo Valley Golf Club, maintenance of the golf course, and management of the Pro Shop. And, our top-notch Golf Professionals are committed to helping any player - beginner or experienced - improve their game and take it to a new level.
Meet the Okemo Valley Team...
Jim Remy, PGA - Vice President/General Manager/Director of Golf, Former President of the PGA of America
An accomplished and highly regarded golf businessman, Remy holds the distinction of having served in virtually every capacity within the PGA's Association governance, including an unprecedented six-and-a-half year term on the National Board of Control, which reviews and rules on membership issues. He was named to the Board in 1997, to finish the term of William A. Mitchell, who passed away, and was then named to his own term in 1999. Remy took part in nearly 1,200 decisions during his tenure.
By 2004, Remy was elected national PGA secretary, serving a two-year term, until his election to PGA vice president in 2006, and then PGA president in 2008.
Remy has served in almost every capacity within the New England PGA Section as well, including as the Section's president from 1995-97. Among various awards, he was named the 1997 New England PGA Golf Professional of the Year and inducted into the New England PGA Section Hall of Fame in 2008.
A PGA member since 1984, Remy is the vice president and general manager of the Okemo Golf Division at the Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow, Vt. He began his career at Worcester (Mass.) Country Club, site of the first Ryder Cup played in the United States. He served as a PGA assistant professional at Worcester Country Club and Mount Pleasant Country Club, two of Massachusetts's premier private facilities.
After accepting the PGA head professional position at Killington Golf Resort in Vermont in 1985, he went on to become the PGA director of golf and summer sports, and eventually the PGA director of golf for the Vermont Divisions for S-K-I Ltd.
In late 1997, Remy accepted a position with Okemo Mountain Resort and became responsible for the construction and development of the Okemo Valley Golf Club. Today, as vice president and general manager of the Okemo Golf Division, he is responsible for all aspects of one of New England's leading membership and resort facilities.
Michael Santa Maria - PGA Head Golf Professional
Michael's career in the golf business started out as an 11 year old caddie at the Worcester Country Club, sight of the first Ryder Cup, a US Open and a Womens US Open. Over a fifteen year period at Worcester Michael worked his way up through the ranks holding every conceivable job along the way, ball shager, caddie, bagroom boy, then onto Caddie Master/Assistant Professional, at this time Michael became serious about the golf industry and becoming a PGA Golf Professional. Michael moved up to First Assistant Professional for Worcester Country Club, a position he held for three years, during this period Michael earned his PGA Class "A" status. Michael then moved onto to the Nichols Golf Club in Dudley, MA., as the Head Golf Professional for a three year revitalization project, overseeing many facility upgrades. Michael then moved on to the Newport Country Club in Newport, VT., revamped a tournament program, a junior program and energized a teaching program as their Head Golf Professional for the past seven years, before joining the team at Okemo Valley Golf Club, as the Head Golf Professional.
Rodney Williams, GCSA - Head Course Superintendent of the Golf Division
Rodney Williams most recently served as the Head Course Superintendent at Neshobe Golf Course in Brandon, VT and is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture Turf Grass Management Program. Rodney's golf course experience includes positions held at Bellows Falls Country Club in VT and the Hartford Golf Club in Hartford, CT.
Rick Doyle - Pro Shop Manager
Rick Doyle is a long time employee of Okemo Mountain Resort. He started teaching skiing at Okemo in 1974 and moved into the Food & Beverage department in 1981. A long time golfer, Rick was a natural to move into a position at Okemo Valley Golf Club. Rick is married with three children and resides in Ludlow. " I feel very fortunate to be in a position where I can work around the two sports I enjoy most."