MEET THE STAFF

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GENERAL MANAGER, Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina

PRESIDENT, Gibbs Christian Education Foundation

Jason Sheffield is the General Manager 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.

VP OF OPERATIONS; SHANGRI-LA RESORT

Jon Davidson is Vice-President of Operations 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 ASSISTANT GENERAL MANAGER

 

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.

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 COMMUNICATIONS AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

Mike is 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 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 our facilities at Shangri-La Marina. He supervises all communications and government relations efforts for the entire Shangri-La operation.

Mike and Cari live in the midst of Shangri-La Golf Club’s 18-hole golf course, in Vista Towers.

mike.williams@shangrilaok.com

CPA, Controller

David joined the Shangri-La team from his post as a Financial Management Consultant for TruckPro LLC in Tulsa. He is a Certified Public Accountant with an Accounting Degree from Oral Roberts University.  In recent years, he has also served as Operations Controller at PCC Aerostructures and Spirit AeroSystems as Manager of Financial Accounting supervising 21 other finance professionals.

His experience with strategic planning and project management makes him a great match for the continually expanding Shangri-La Resort operations.

Human Resources/IT Director

Todd has a broad base of experience and education that qualifies him uniquely to handle diverse responsibilities. 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 came 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.