Rudy Anderson, Jim Simonini land new positions

Rudy Anderson, former vice president of investments for CNL Income recently joined ClubSpecialists Intl. (CSI) as their executive vice president of global business development.

Anderson will be responsible for directing global business development activities, spearheading growth in the company’s strategic advisory work and assisting with the hospitality transaction economics and associated stakeholder issues related to work-outs and potential real estate acquisitions and dispositions. CSI, founded in 2007, is a private club consulting and strategic advisory firm that works with member-owned private clubs, committee, lenders, developers and owners to discover and implement solutions for their troubled or developing Club assets.

Anderson’s 25 years of experience in national and international business with ClubCorp will come in handy. He led ClubCorp’s development efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as expansion territories for the company. In 2006 he joined CNL and jump-started the Florida-based REIT’s efforts for investments in golf where he developed a pipeline of target assets and led the underwriting processes for the eventual acquisition of a portfolio of 54 private and daily fee golf clubs worth in the aggregate over $600 million.

He was named to Golf Inc. Most Powerful People in golf and was on the cover of the March 2008 issue under the headline, “CNL’s Big Gamble.”

“Rudy has a tremendous amount of experience at the senior executive level,” said CSI CEO Jim Riscigno. “His leadership, vision and aptitude as a finance and operations strategist will only strengthen our ability to grow our international portfolio of clients.”

Western Golf Properties hired John McNichols, CPA, as the corporate controller to their offices located in Orange County, Calif. McNichols will be responsible for providing technical direction, guidance and team leadership to the Corporate Accounting team. Through financial reporting and analysis, he will manage and monitor expenditures as well as provide accounting processes and standards for Club accounting. His previous experience has spread across a variety of industries including the Information Technology, Civil Engineering and Real Estate where he served as Chief Financial Officer.

James Simonini, P.E., also joins Western Golf Properties as national director of Business Development. Simonini, formerly director of Business Development for Robert Trent Jones II, and president of Smart Rain, will head up efforts to grow the Western Golf Properties portfolio of managed properties.

Heritage Golf Group hired William Connolly as golf course superintendent of TPC Eagle Trace in Coral Springs, Fla. Connolly returns to TPC Eagle Trace after having previously worked as the assistant golf course superintendent. He was most recently the assistant golf course superintendent at Indian Creek Country Club in Miami Beach, Fla.

In another Heritage Golf hiring news, Brad Sliauter joined The Legacy Golf Club at Alaqua Lakes as head golf professional. Sliauter was previously the assistant golf professional at TPC Eagle Trace for four years. He has a wide range of tournament experience, having served as the chairman of TPC Eagle Trace’s PGA Tour Sponsored Birdies for the Brave Charity Event for the past two years.

Erin Strieck was named the new head golf professional at Fyre Lake National, a new course opening in Sherrard, Ill. Strieck was previously at Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa in Galena, Ill., where she directed all aspects of 63 holes of “Top 100” resort golf with over 100 employees under her supervision. She decided to go to Fyre Lake National to be a part of “building something great from the start.”

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