Bryan is the Founder and CEO of Maxim Golf Solutions, a golf industry management and consulting firm that manages a network of eight facilities throughout Missouri and Kansas. A former golf instructor, playing professional, and club professional, Bryan previously served as Head Professional, Director of Golf, and General Manager of many well-known properties such as The Wigwam Resort, The National Golf Club of Kansas City, and Alvamar. Bryan is considered an industry leading authority in facility management, golf property acquisition, and sales and marketing. His diverse background and accomplishments have made him one of the most sought-after professionals within the industry.
John formerly served as CFO of the Tribune Publishing Company. John played the lead role in taking Tribune public on the NYSE. He is the founder and managing director of Aerie Investments and sits on numerous boards for world leading companies. John, currently the COO of ReaderLink, is also involved as a Maxim Golf partner and owns 70% of Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Jefferson City, MO.
Toby Burkhart has more than two decades of experience as a golf course superintendent in the state of Missouri. He has been a certified GCSAA Member for 15 years and has held such distinguished positions as Superintendent of Johnny Morris’ Top of the Rock (designed by Jack Nicklaus). Toby’s oversight of Top of the Rock brought him industry wide critical acclaim when he hosted the 2017 & 2018 PGA Bass Pro Shop Legends event at his course in Branson. Toby has also served as Head Superintendent for Island Green Golf Club, Ledgestone Golf Club, and John Daly’s Murder Rock. Toby is a key component to the success of Maxim Golf. His leadership and cooperative planning ability has enabled the superintendents within the Maxim Golf and Maxim Golf Springfield markets to flourish in their responsibilities as course caretakers.
John is a golf industry professional with over 25 years of experience as an elite instructor/coach, master club fitter, and golf facilities operator. John is a Class A-1 Lifetime Member of the PGA. His core operational competencies are rooted in sales and retail operations, vendor management, membership growth, and building long term client relationships. He is an analytical and process improvement focused leader with a documented history of success throughout multiple markets. His belief in personalized service for each and every patron is a major component to the bottom-line improvement strategy that drives Maxim Golf.
Eric Brown has been in the golf course industry for over 25 years. Eric has served as both a Superintendent and/or GM of come of the Midwest’s best courses, including Heritage Hills Golf Course (Moberly, MO), Deer Creek (Overland Park, KS), Drumm Farm (Independence, MO). Old Orchard Country Club (Pittsfield, IL) and Blue Springs Golf Club (Blue Springs, MO).
As Director of Revenue Management for all Maxim locations, Eric is responsible for analyzing sales data and market share to forecast and make recommendations, as well as set monthly and annual financial goals for Maxim.
Ben Costain serves as the point person for Maxim’s Southern Region properties. His background as a General Manger, Golf Professional, and Maintenance employee gives him unique insight into the daily operational needs of Maxim’s facilities. Ben’s experience within the industry include work within maintenance at the prestigious Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro, ME, followed by a golf professional position at Samoset Golf Resort in Rockport, ME. Ben followed these stents by accepting a position as General Manager at Sable Oaks Golf Course in South Portland, ME before being recruited by GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness. Ben was the Regional Manager of GreatLIFE’s five Wichita, KS area properties before becoming the VP of Maxim’s Southern Region. Ben’s vast experience within the industry across multiple markets is an invaluable asset to Maxim’s management portfolio.
Justine LaVelle is highly experienced in television production and is well respected throughout the television industry. She has produced, directed, developed and managed numerous projects in the US and all over the world.
Russ is a 30-year golf industry professional. He has served in multiple capacities over the years, including GM positions at two distinguished Missouri based private clubs. Russ has been a part of Maxim Golf since 2016 serving as Director of Jr. Golf. Russ was formerly the General Manger of Liberty Hills Country Club. He currently serves both the Corporate Office as Purchasing Director for Maxim Golf and as the General Manager of Green Hills Golf Club in Chillicothe, MO. Russ also orchestrates and performs Maxim Golf’s summer Jr. Golf programs. He has years of teaching experience with an emphasis in Jr. Golf as well as over 25 years of Merchandise expertise. Russ handles all ordering and inventory management for the MidMO properties.
Jill brings 16 years of experience to the team, having worked in small businesses in various industries, from property management, construction, event planning and travel agency; she has served in roles performing bookkeeping duties, project coordination, and office management. She also has knowledge and skills in the areas of HR, budget management, and problem solving.
On her off time Jill loves to go golfing, traveling, and spending time with her son, family and friends.
Kailyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree for Hospitality Administration/Management from Kansas State University. She has practical experience in the golf industry, formerly serving in food and beverage and golf shop assistant capacities for Alvamar Country Club. She also served as a front desk agent for Bluemont Hotels and most recently before coming to Maxim Golf, Kailyn served as Guest Relations manager for Marriott’s Hilton Head Resort. Kailyn handles all HR, Membership Management, Corporate Compliance, and Payroll needs for the Maxim Golf network of facilities. She works closely with property GM’s to ensure that proper implementation of Maxim Golf’s procedures and protocols are consistently and accurately implemented.
Kyna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from Coe College. She is directly responsible for the promotion and sale of memberships for Maxim Golf. Kyna also handles membership event programming for Maxim Golf, as well as non-golf event programming for the Network of properties. Kyna also handles Stay and Play reservations for Maxim Golf Members and Patrons visiting the MidMO network of properties. Kyna works directly with Maxim Golf property GM’s to help orchestrate and track membership sales, renewals, cancellations, and collections.