Role: General Manager Serving Since: 2018 Phone Number: 949.858.4100 ext 204
Rick Crowder was born in Omaha, Nebraska and raised in a small town in Western Iowa. As the youngest of 9 siblings, Rick was no stranger to competition and developed a strong passion for sports as he participated in football, baseball and basketball growing up. At one point Rick had shown great promise to play baseball or football as a profession yet, due to unfortunate injuries, he was unable to further pursue this passion.
Rick would go on to spend 14 years in hotel management within the Hyatt and Hilton families and during his tenure gained experience in all facets of the industry. He held executive roles at 7 properties throughout the country, applying innovative skills to secure employee satisfaction, customer retention and new business development.
Rick looked to capitalize on his skillset and in 2002 created his own startup business – K & G Hotel Services. For 6 years, Rick developed K&G into a highly successful hotel consulting company using inventive and original methods to negotiate hotel rates for companies and organizations across the nation. He sold his company in 2008.
In the down economy of 2008, Rick was sought out and brought on to American Golf Corporation (AGC) to manage Skylinks Golf Course and eventually El Dorado Park Golf Course (both in Long Beach, Ca). These courses are home to the highly featured Long Beach Open as well as home to some of the largest mini tours in the nation. Between both courses, Rick has led his clubs to their record revenue totals while improving member satisfaction. He’s also maintained a dual role as the AGC Corporate Revenue Analyst, optimizing company-wide revenue partner agreements.
Rick is happily married to his wife of 20 years (Michele) and currently resides in Rossmoor, California. They have two children (Kelsey and Garrett). His family enjoys traveling to their favorite vacation destinations on the Hawaiian Islands.
Role: Director of Operations Serving Since: 2015 Phone Number: 949.858.2790
Mike started as our Director of Operations in January of 2015. Prior to arriving at Coto, he served as the Food and Beverage Director at El Niguel Country Club, SeaCliff Country Club, and as the Assistant F&B at Dove Canyon Country Club.
He developed his wine expertise and service knowledge base as the Wine Captain at Morton’s Steakhouse and the Summit House in Fullerton. Mike was raised in Colorado until his family moved to Fountain Valley when he was in junior high. He quickly developed a love for all things Orange County; the Angels, the beach, soccer on the weekends, etc.
He currently lives in Mission Viejo with his beautiful wife, Beth, three daughters, and one son. Outside of work, he loves to coach soccer and is very active with his church.
Role: Membership Director Serving Since: 2009 Phone Number: 949.858.4100 x: 208
Holly has been with at Coto de Caza since 2009 where she started out at the Sports Club and now as one of the Clubs’ Membership Directors.
Holly’s background is in hospitality, travel and private event production and sales.
When she is not at the Club, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cheering on her son at his sporting events, hiking with her dogs, skiing, volunteering and finding time to improve her golf game.
Role: Membership Director Serving Since: 2016 Phone Number: 949.858.4100 x: 201
A golf industry veteran, Art Munda has served as Membership Director at several clubs including Canyon Crest Country Club, Porter Valley Country Club, Vellano Country Club, and most recently SeaCliff Country Club. He also served as Director of Membership Services for the Southern California Section of the PGA of America.
Art earned his undergraduate degree from Cal State Fullerton, a Masters Degree from The Ohio State University, and an MBA from UC Irvine. He has two children, Haylie and Brendan. In addition to watching his kids’ activities, Art enjoys watching Buckeye football, skiing, and playing golf and tennis as his favorite hobbies.
Art takes pride in Building Relationships and Enriching Lives at the clubs he’s been at, and looks forward to doing the same with the Members and guests at Coto de Caza.
Role: Private Events Director Serving Since: 2008 Phone Number: 949.858.4100 x: 218
I have been working for Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club as the Private Events and Tournament Director since January, 2008. In the past, I worked for SeaCliff Country Club for three and a half years as Catering Director; Dove Canyon Country Club for three and half years as Catering Manager; and Coyote Hills Golf Course for six years as a Server, Banquet Captain and Assistant Food and Beverage Director.
The Members I serve and the Employee Partners I interact with are what make me love being a part of Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club.
My favorite parts of being a Private Events and Tournament Director are being able to arrange a baby shower, helping charities raise money in golf tournaments and planning the most important day of someone’s life – a wedding.
Role: Private Events Director Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 949.858.4100 x: 212
Role: Director of Golf Serving Since: 1999 Phone Number: 949.858.4100 x: 233
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Rick has been playing golf since the age of 15 and has been in the golf industry for over 35 years.
Rick began his career in golf at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale, California. After spending four years at Oakmont, he moved to Rio Hondo Country Club located in Downey, California in 1982. In 1990, he became the director of golf at Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, California. In 1999, Rick became the director of golf at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club.
Rick is married with two children.
Role: Golf Course Superintendent Serving Since: 2008 Phone Number: 949.858.2775
Shane Roth grew up in Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor's Degree in Plant and Soil Science. He has fourteen years of experience in the golf industry, including four PGA Tour events, as well as involvement with construction of a Tournament Players Club facility. He is an active member of the Golf Course Superintendent Association and serves as the Vice President of the Southern California Chapter.
Shane resides is Laguna Hills with his wife and son. In his spare time Shane enjoys scuba diving and underwater photography.
Role: Director of Tennis Serving Since: 2003
I have been the Director of Tennis at Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club since 2003. I have been in the Southern California tennis scene since 1992. I got my start in Texas, where I played college tennis at Odessa Junior College and University of Texas – San Antonio. In 1982, I received my Professional One – USPTA certification and started teaching full time.
My beautiful wife, Michelle, and I have two wonderful children, Sean and Sydney.
Role: Spa & Sports Club Director Serving Since: 1993
I started my career with ClubCorp in January of 1993 as a Fitness Instructor at the Capital Club in Columbus, Ohio. Through the years, I have been the Athletic Director at: the Capital City Club in Columbus, Ohio; the Aspen Glen Club in Carbondale, Colorado; and most recently at Porter Valley Country Club in Northridge, California.
As a child, I spent two years in Rome, Italy and five years in Nairobi, Kenya. I have my Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology from Ohio University and am certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. I compete in the sport of adventure racing and, when given the time, I enjoy beating that little white ball around the golf course.
Role: Executive Chef Serving Since: 2016
Executive Chef Jonathan Gelman has served as Director of Culinary / Executive Chef for over 25 years and 15 years on an executive committee level.
Prior to joining Coto, Chef Gelman worked at the following hotels and resorts: The Driskill, Austin, Meadowood Napa Valley, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel; Arizona Biltmore, L'Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa and Hyatt Waikoloa on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Chef Gelman has experience with major golf and tournament events such as, Phoenix Open, Franklin Templeton Tennis and LPGA Superstition Mountain Las Vegas Invitational. In addition to golf tournaments, Chef Gelman has experience in wedding and high-end event planning.
Chef Gelman graduated from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco.