Board of Directors
Rick Rosen, PresidentView Bio
Rick is responsible for all financial functions as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for American Golf since joining the company in 2011. Prior to his time at American Golf, Rick served as CFO and Treasurer for Black Angus Steakhouses, a multi-restaurant company. Rick has also served as CFO for several other privately held corporations, including the Ruby Restaurant Group, Barbeques Galore, and The Johnny Rockets Group. Rick has also worked in a variety of financial roles for The Walt Disney Company, PepsiCo, and Amoco. Rick earned his master of management degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and his bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from Vanderbilt University.
Lee Finkel, Board MemberView Bio
Lee serves as Senior Vice President of Public Golf Courses for American Golf. Lee joined American Golf in 2003, and has gained experience as the General Manager of a variety of golf courses before he was promoted to Regional Director of the Northeast in 2009. During that time, he lived and worked in New York and was responsible for overseeing courses in New York City, New Jersey, Atlanta, Virginia, and Detroit. In 2015, he was promoted to Regional Vice President for the East and added the management of Dallas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee courses to his existing responsibilities. In 2016, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and now oversees the management and operations for all of American Golf’s Public Courses, where he has been instrumental in helping to champion fundraising efforts on behalf of AGF. Lee also sits on the board of the California Golf Course Owners Association. He is a graduate of the University of San Diego and earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Economics and an MBA in Venture Management.
Kathy Whitworth, Board MemberView Bio
During an incomparable career spanning nearly three decades, Kathy Whitworth captured 88 official pro tournaments, an all-time record for both men’s and women’s golf; earned LPGA Player of the Year distinction seven times; won six major championships; was the tour's leading money winner eight times; and earned the prestigious Vare Trophy seven times. She was inducted into the LPGA's Hall of Fame in 1975, and in 1981 became the first player in LPGA history to surpass the $1 million barrier in career earnings. Among her numerous accolades, Whitworth received the 1985 William Richardson Award from the Golf Writers Association of America for her consistently outstanding contributions to golf, as well as the 2006 PGA First Lady of Golf Award. For the past 10 years, Whitworth has spearheaded the Kathy Whitworth Invitational Junior Girls Championship at Mira Vista Golf Club in Fort Worth Texas, an event designed to provide talented girls the opportunity to participate at the highest tier of competitive golf on a premier championship course with entry acceptance based on merit rather than means or resources. Whitworth is the author of the recently published book, “Kathy Whitworth’s Little Book of Golf Wisdom.”
Robert A. (Pete) McDaniel, Board MemberView Bio
Pete McDaniel is interim director of alumni relations at his alma mater, UNC Asheville. He was a senior writer/contributing editor for Golf Digest and Golf World magazines from 1993-2013. His primary responsibility for much of that time was to collaborate on instructional and feature articles with Tiger Woods. Prior to joining the Golf Digest, he served as a senior writer for Golf World magazine for four years and sports editor of the Hendersonville Times-News for 13 years, where he earned numerous North Carolina Press Association writing awards. Among his many accolades, McDaniel is a recipient of the Harlem YMCA’s Black Achiever in Industry Award and co-authored Earl Woods’ best-selling book, “Training A Tiger.” Inducted into the National Black Golf Hall of Fame and the African American Golfers Hall of Fame, McDaniel also co-authored Tiger Woods’ all-time best-selling golf instruction book, “How I Play Golf,” and wrote the critically acclaimed “Uneven Lies: The Heroic Story of African Americans in Golf.” McDaniel also co-wrote and co-produced the documentary "Uneven Fairways,'' which aired on Golf Channel in 2008. He is also the author of the unpublished book of poetry titled "22: Musings and Misdemeanors'' and is currently writing two books, Calvin Peete's life story and the biography of his youngest son, Tristan. A native of Arden, N.C., McDaniel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from the UNC Asheville. He is the father of four sons and grandfather of 13. His longtime motto remains, "If we can make the time to mind our own business, we won't find time to mind anyone else's."
John Flaschner, Board MemberView Bio
John Flaschner (Flash) serves as vice president of public relations and community activation for PGA TOUR Golf Course Properties, where he is responsible for overseeing national and regional public, media and community relations for the TOUR’s TPC Network of private and resort clubs. He also serves in the same capacity for the TOUR’s Championship Management division, orchestrating communications surrounding charitable and community outreach initiatives during premier TOUR tournaments including THE PLAYERS Championship. Among his many responsibilities, Flash spearheads the TOUR’s support for Birdies for the Brave®, a national military outreach initiative dedicated to honoring and showing appreciation to the courageous members of our U.S. Armed Forces and their families. As part of the program, Birdies for the Brave raises funds for military homefront groups that provide critical programs and services for military families and wounded veterans – an effort that has raised more than $13 million since 2006 for military homefront charities that provide critical programs and services for military families and wounded veterans.
Prior to joining the PGA TOUR in 2004, Flash served as executive director of the American Golf Foundation. He previously served as national marketing manager and then director of public relations for American Golf, following a successful hotel management career. Among his many professional and philanthropic affiliations, Flash serves on the Board of Directors of the American Golf Foundation and the Jordan & Kyra Memorial Foundation.