MEET THE STAFF 2017-09-12T22:33:39+00:00

MEET THE STAFF

PRESIDENT & CEO, Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina

PRESIDENT, Gibbs Christian Education Foundation

Jason Sheffield is the President and CEO of Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina on Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma. A native of Owasso, Oklahoma, Jason excelled to the top of his class in the Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma where he earned a degree in Management Information Systems.  He returned to Owasso where he worked with a diversified operation that handled management of varied enterprises including real estate development, home building, real estate law and title insurance.  He managed partnerships for multiple building and real estate operations, while also heading up a home building company of his own.

In January 2010, Jason partnered with Eddy Gibbs to purchase the storied Shangri-La Resort, where he took over as General Manager and oversaw the restoration of the historic property.  Under his supervision, a newly rebuilt 27-hole golf course, clubhouse, fine dining restaurant, full service marina, and multiple residential developments have taken shape.  A hotel and conference center slated to open in the spring of 2017 is now under construction as well.

Jason and his wife, Brenda, live near Monkey Island on Grand Lake with their three children, Nora, Isaac and Katie Rae.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER; SHANGRI-LA RESORT

Jon Davidson is Chief Operating Officer at Shangri-La, with responsibilities including oversight of design, construction, and operation of the Shangri-La Resort Hotel scheduled to open in the Spring of 2017. With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jon came to Shangri-La from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa where he served as Senior Director of Hospitality Services for eight years. During that time, he focused primarily on expansion and new construction of casinos and hotels in

in both Tulsa and West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma. Jon served a critical role throughout construction of the 50,000-square-foot casino in West Siloam Springs, which features multiple food and beverage venues and a 142-room hotel. He managed all furniture, fixtures and equipment selection, procurement and installation, as well as consulted on all design components and changes. He served in the same capacity for the expansion of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, which included a 20,000-square-foot casino, a 30,000-square-foot convention center, a 19-story tower with 208 new rooms and suites, several dining venues and a $20 million entertainment venue. Prior to his tenure at Hard Rock, he served in several different capacities for a full-service hotel ownership and consultant group for nearly 20 years, working with a full spectrum of hotel properties, segments and multiple brands as Vice-President of Operations.

jon.davidson@shangrilaok.com

PGA DIRECTOR OF GOLF AND CLUB OPERATIONS

A native of East Stroudsburg, PA, Rob is a second generation PGA Golf Professional with 20 years of Golf and Business experience under his belt. He has worked at some of the finest golf courses and clubs in America and prides himself on delivering premier products and first class services. With a BS in Business Management from Oral Roberts University and time as an owner and producer of Blue Yonder Films, Rob has a diverse background that enables him to wear the many hats that a Director of Golf must wear.

Rob is married to renowned Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr. Tammy Yanovitch, and has a son named Ilya who loves hockey almost as much as his dad does. Rob’s love of the game of golf goes far beyond the business world. He is an accomplished player and teacher and enjoys conversations about the swing, golf course design, and has a great respect for the history of the game, taught to him by his father Vince, a 50 year PGA member. Along with his PGA Class A Membership, Rob has achieved PGA Special Certifications in both Instruction and Golf Operations.

rob.yanovitch@shangrilaok.com


DIRECTOR OF SALES

Shangri-La’s Director of Sales Dana Able is a native of nearby Welch, Oklahoma.  After graduating from Welch High School and Oklahoma State University, Dana moved to the Washington, D.C area, where she worked briefly for real estate development/investment giant Trammell Crow Company.  After a year, she joined Bell Atlantic Telephone in a joint venture project with GTE.  Dana’s career spanned 26 years from Bell Atlantic through multiple acquisitions which resulted in what is now known as Verizon.    During her tenure, Dana held multiple titles and was asked to relocate a few times to facilitate start up organizations, acquisitions or corporate re-organizations. Dana had responsibility for leading top producing sales organizations while in her role as Area Vice President of Enterprise Sales in the Pennsylvania/New York market before retiring in February 2014 as Area Vice President, Regional Strategy and Development for the northern region of the United States.

She returned home to Grand Lake in March, 2014 and spent a couple of years enjoying relaxation and well-deserved time with many members of her family who live in the area. With the development of Shangri-La’s new resort hotel well underway, Dana joined the Shangri-La team as Director of Sales in October, 2016. She lives in the nearby “Vintage” community on the shores of Grand Lake.


DIRECTOR OF CATERING

Linda Wall came to Shangri-La from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa where she served as Senior Conference Service Manager for seven years.

Linda is a native of Minnesota and began her career in St. Cloud, Minnesota following her education in Food & Beverage Management at Willmar in Minnesota. She first came to this area when she accepted a job as Director of Catering at the Hilton Hotel in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

From Arkansas, she moved to Tulsa where she worked in catering at a variety of facilities over the last several years. Her first job in Tulsa was Director of Catering at the Tulsa Sheraton (now the Tulsa Wyndham). She also served as Senior Catering Manager at the Double Tree at Warren Place, Director of Catering at Embassy Suites, and Director of Catering for the Tulsa Convention Center and BOK Center before moving to Hard Rock.

MEMBERSHIP AND MARKETING ADMINISTRATOR

Katelin Threet, a native of Grove, Oklahoma and a GHS graduate, is Shangri-La Resort’s Membership & Marketing Administrator. Katelin, who has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources from East Central State University in Ada, Oklahoma, is responsible for handling all membership inquiries, questions from members, and ensuring that needs are met for our valued members at Shangri-La. She dealt with similar responsibilities at Legal Shield in Ada, handling member charges, questions, applications, and assistance requests.

Additionally, Katelin assists in implementation of our short and long-range marketing plans for the resort, with a focus on expanding and enhancing our social media outreach and information operations.

DIRECTOR OF FOOD & BEVERAGE AND EXECUTIVE CHEF

Food & Beverage Director and Executive Chef Michael Bujold heads up the Shangri-La culinary team. He is responsible for all food & beverage services at both the Summit Restaurant and Buffalo Bar as well as Doc’s Bar & Grill at the resort hotel & conference center and Eddy’s Lakeside Bar at Shangri-La Marina.

With more than 20 years of experience, including 14 years as an Executive Chef, Chef Michael is a great addition to our staff. Prior to his job in Maine, he was Corporate Executive Chef/Food & Beverage Director for the Azur Hospitality group where he was tasked with the design and execution of opening five venues in Nassau, Bahamas. He also assisted Azur with operations at two Miami, Florida properties, Villa Azur and Brasserie Azur.

He is certainly not without local Oklahoma knowledge and experience, as well, having served for three years as Fine Dining Chef/Chef De Cuisine at McGill’s on 19 at Hard Rock Casino in Tulsa. He also handled the buffet venue at Hard Rock as well as working to design, plan and open “Casino 3” food & beverage venues at the casino.

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS & GOV’T RELATIONS

Mike Williams is both a longtime Grand Laker, a Shangri-La historical authority and a recognized advertising, communications, public relations and government relations expert.  He has a broad base of radio, television and newspaper experience, having served during his career as Assistant News Director for KTOK Radio and the Oklahoma Radio News Network, Managing Editor of KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City and Managing Editor of The Chronicle of Grand Lake.

Williams and his wife, Cari, owned an advertising, public relations, government relations and political consulting firm in Oklahoma City for many years before moving to Grand Lake full time in 1993. Mike and Cari were Grand Lake enthusiasts long before moving to the lake full-time.  They have owned boats and weekend Grand Lake residences since the 1970’s and were members of the original Shangri-La Resort.

Having worked as Manager of Cherokee Yacht Club Marina and as Director of Operations for Ugly John’s Custom Boats & RVs, Mike is also a valuable asset in the marketing of the wide variety of facilities at Shangri-La Marina.  He supervises all communications, advertising, public relations and government relations efforts for the entire Shangri-La operation.

Mike and Cari live in the midst of Shangri-La Golf Club’s course, in Vista Towers.  They are well known Monkey Islanders, having raised their four grown children, all graduates of Grove High School, on the Island.

RESORT HOTEL MANAGER

Michael Collins took a circuitous route from his boyhood home in Bernice, Oklahoma on Grand Lake to his new position as Hotel Manager at Shangri-La Resort less than ten miles from where he grew up. After graduation from Afton High School, Michael joined the U.S. Navy where his service to our nation included three tours in Iraq as a Combat Medic.

He began is hospitality career as a Night Auditor and Night Manager for the Orlando (Florida) Airport Marriott while doing undergraduate work in Political Science at the University of Central Florida. From there, it was a cross-country journey to Portland, Oregon, a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Portland State University.

As a 29-year-old Operations Manager at a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Portland, Michael made the decision that he wanted to move back closer to home. He took a job at the Residence Inn in Joplin where he worked for a year-and-a-half before joining the team at Shangri-La.

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RELATIONS/IT

Todd Harrison has a broad base of experience and education that qualifies him uniquely to handle the diverse responsibilities involved with management of both Human Resources and IT. With 20 years of experience in the information technology field and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Organization Leadership degree with additional years of experience, he is the perfect fit for the resort’s growing needs in both areas. Todd is also an ordained minister with a theological master’s degree.

Todd comes to Shangri-La from Orizon Aerostructures (formerly Precision Aerospace) in Grove, Oklahoma where he served as Network Administrator. Prior to that, he held a similar position with McCormick & Company, Inc. in Atlanta.

FACILITIES MANAGER

Brent Beyers is a Grand Lake area native and Ketchum High School alum. If it breaks, cracks, stops up, burns out, or just doesn’t work properly, the calls go to Brent. He and his staff take care of all resort facilities.

Brent comes to Shangri-La from Buffalo Run Casino and Resort in Miami, Oklahoma where he served as Director of Maintenance/Engineering.  He has also worked in the Joplin, Missouri area as Maintenance Specialist responsible for daily supervision and maintenance of all Freeman Hospital buildings.

Brent has a variety of certifications including Hunter Irrigation Specialist Certification, certifications for pool & spa operations, fire containment certification, OSHA safety certification – he is even certified as a Personal Trainer.