Rob Vega, PGA
General Manager/Managing Partner
Rob Vega is the General Manager and Managing Partner of Glen Erin Golf Club. Rob is responsible for the entire facility, including overseeing the golf operations and the Food and Beverage operation. Other duties involve player development programs, outing and league management, accounting and Human Resources for Glen Erin Golf Club.
Prior to Glen Erin Golf Club, Rob was the General Manager and Head Golf Professional at Kestrel Ridge Golf Club in Columbus. Rob was responsible for growing revenues 20% in each of the years under his control. He also marketed and managed a banquet facility holding 300 people and an 8,000 square foot clubhouse, along with a real estate development. Prior to Kestrel Ridge, Rob served his PGA Apprenticeship at Odana Hills Golf Course in Madison. Rob also played college hockey for the University of Wisconsin from 1997 to 2002. Rob is a Class A PGA member, and is also the recipient of the PGA Apprentice Scholarship and the 2006 Junior Golf Leader of the Year in the Wisconsin Section PGA.
Director of Golf / Head Golf Professional
Matt joins the Glen Erin family with more than 10 years of experience in the golf industry. He was most recently the Head Golf Professional at the Janesville Country Club the last three years. He is a graduate of Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, WI with an Associate Degree in Golf Course Management and became a PGA Member in 2016. His lowest score is a 69 and he has been lucky enough to have 4 holes-in-one. One of his favorite golfers is Tiger Woods because of how he has changed the game of golf forever for the better after winning the Masters in 1997. He put the sport on the map.
During his free time, Matt enjoys attending and watching Packers and Badgers football & basketball along with Cubs games.
He is passionate about the game of golf and all aspects of it and brings a wealth of experience with him. He enjoys seeing people come out whether for fun or competiton.
Dave Braasch, GCSAA
Golf Course Superintendent
Dave Braasch is the first employee of Glen Erin Golf Club brought on in February of 2002 to oversee the grow-in and construction of the facility that many of us call "home" today. He directs the everyday maintenance practices performed on the 150 pristine acres on which Glen Erin resides.
Dave came to us from Hughes Creek Golf Club, located in Elburn, Illinois where he presided as Golf Course Superintendent for six and a half years. Tenures prior to Hughes Creek include Assistant and Intern positions he held at Innsbrook C.C. in Merrillville, Indiana, Eaglebrook C.C. in Geneva, Illinois, Olympia Fields C.C. in Olympia Fields, Illinois. He began his career at the tender age of 13, as a caddy at Idlewild C.C. in Flossmoor, Illinois.
Dave is a former President of the Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents, as well as a member of the Wisconsin Golf Course Superintendent Association. Finally, his membership in the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America allows him the benefits of continuing education and networking with Superintendents from across the country. Dave resides in Beloit with his son Logan.
Food and Beverage Manager
Tom Ellis is the Food and Beverage Manager of the Cursing Stone Pub. Tom’s duties currently entail managing the daily operations of the restaurant, training and overseeing restaurant and kitchen staff.
His number one goal is to provide excellent customer service to all of the guests at Glen Erin and The Cursing Stone Pub. Tom joined the team at Glen Erin in 2007. Prior to working at Glen Erin Tom spent over 8 years employed at Spirits Bar and Grill in Janesville, WI gaining knowledge in the food service industry. He currently resides in the Janesville community.
John is Glen Erin’s Executive Chef. John brings over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Throughout his career he has served as Executive Chef, Director of Restaurant operations, and Chef Owner of the acclaimed Christophe Restaurant. John apprenticed at Le Vichyssoise, a small country French restaurant under Bernard Cretier. There he learned classic French preparations as well as service etiquette and the discipline to excel in a demanding restaurant environment.
John studied at The University of Wisconsin Stout Hotel and Restaurant Management program and then went onto The Restaurant School of Philadelphia Professional Chef Training Program where he graduated with honors. His background has taken him to many prestigious properties and private clubs in the United States including the The Fountain Restaurant Four Seasons Hotel, Le Prince Swiss Grand Hotel, Le Nomades and the late Charlie Trotters Restaurant. Closer to home he spent time in the Lake Geneva area as Executive Chef of The Geneva Inn as well as the Hunt Club Steakhouse and the Janesville Armory Dinner theater. He is also the recipient of many accolades and awards including Chef of the Year American Culinary Federation and a James Beard Award as well as media exposure in Chicago Magazine and North Shore Magazine to name a few.
John has a passion for the hospitality industry and enjoys teaching, mentoring and cooking.
In his free time, he enjoys snow skiing, fly fishing, traveling and dining.
Event Coordinator and Marketing Manager
Katy Cook is Glen Erin's Event Coordinator and Marketing Manager.
Katy grew up in a small town in Illinois with only one stop light in the entire county. After college she moved to Wisconsin and began her career in events.
According to Katy, attending parties for a living is no small task, but she loves every part of it. With over 7 years experience in event planning she has coordinated international conferences to upscale weddings.
She is ultra-passionate about making each event spectacular for the customer. Much of the fun is to help assemble the puzzling party pieces for each client all while making memories that last a lifetime!
Katy considers herself somewhat of an old soul and enjoys a good documentary or reading the newspaper. One of her favorite quotes by David Tutera is "Celebrate life every day as if it was a celebration". She has a love for movies, country music, and a good cup of joe - you will rarely ever find her without a coffee cup in her hand.
She is from Wasco, a small town just outside the Chicago suburbs. She grew up playing softball and singing. She actually has recorded two different CD's over the years, loves karaoke and has even competed on American Idol! She brings a fun and hardworking work ethic to Glen Erin. In her off time she loves spontaneous trips down to the Tampa area and hangs out with her kitty named Meow Meow.