Mark is thrilled to join the staff at Red Mountain Ranch as the next General Manager and become an integral part of the Red Mountain Ranch community.
With an extensive career spanning the golf and hospitality industry across various states in the western US, Mark has acquired a wealth of experience. His professional journey has taken him to places like Sun Valley, Idaho, Portland and the Oregon Coast, and most recently, Olympia, Washington, where he had the privilege of serving members and guests in diverse settings. Mark is deeply passionate about service and cultivating a culture of exceptional service, and he eagerly anticipates applying his expertise to enhance the experience at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club.
Mark is accompanied by his wife, Heather, and their children Rory, Alex, and Reagan, who are eagerly looking forward to becoming active members of the community in the near future. While Mark will be in the area initially, his family is set to join him later this fall. In the meantime, he is excited to meet each and every one of you, hear your stories, and contribute to the vibrancy of your esteemed club. Don't hesitate to stop by and say hello to Mark when you have a moment!
Scott was again recognized by Golf Digest as a Top 10 Instructor in Arizona.. He has been on their list every year since 2000. Scott was named Teacher of the Year by the Southwest PGA in 2000. He was previously Director of Instruction with the John Jacob's Golf Schools, starting his golf teaching career there in 1979.
Scott has taught all over the world teaching golfers from beginners to professionals. He currently offers private lessons to members as well as clinics to beginners, men, women and juniors. He also runs the summer junior camp at Red Mountain Ranch Country Club every summer. Scott and his wife Mary have three boys, Jeffrey, Ryan and Kyle.
Jovanka Blesich joins Red Mountain Ranch Country Club with over 22 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Jovanka had the opportunity to work for two of the largest banquet facilities in Northwest Indiana. She served as Sales Coordinator at the Avalon Manor Banquet Center in Merrillville and was responsible for the sales and execution of all events from small parties to weddings to large scale fundraisers. As the General Manager at the Halls of St. George in Schererville, Jovanka was responsible for the entire sales operation and supervision of staff.
Across both venues, Jovanka has overseen annual holiday brunches with 1,000+ attendees, execution of same day multiple events, expo shows, fundraisers, planning of weddings from 20 to 1,000 guests and organized special concerts/shows featuring WAR, Heatwave, The Rat Pack, Elvis impersonators and the Chicagoland Band “Together”. For Jovanka, the most rewarding part is she has established great longtime friendships with many clients.
Nicole is an Arizona native who joined the Red Mountain Ranch Country Club team in 2021. With customer service experience Nicole started out as the assistant to the previous Membership & Event Director while also sending out the weekly newsletter and event flyers to the members. As time went on, she quickly learned the different membership types while becoming acquainted with the members and was given the opportunity to be the Membership Director. Nicole’s husband, Brett, has been playing this golf course since he was a kid and his love for the club and passion for the game has only ignited a fire in Nicole to bring in more members by touring and showing off Mesas hidden gem that is Red Mountain Ranch Country Club, while also supporting the loyal members who make up the club.
On Nicole’s free time she loves spending time with her family, husband Brett, baby girl Cheyenne who was born in April of 2023, and their dog Nova. She enjoys the outdoors, keeping up on her health & fitness by doing CrossFit, and trying out new restaurants and coffee spots.
Tom was born and raised in Minnesota. He began working in Country Clubs and golf courses at 18 years of age. Since then he have worked off and on in the industry at clubs including Brackett’s Crossing and The Legacy, in Minnesota. In his mid-twenties, he made the move to the southwest so he could pursue his food and beverage options year round. Tom landed in Las Cruces, NM where he managed the Las Cruces Country Club and eventually became the Food and Beverage Director at Picacho Hills. After two years, he made the move to Phoenix, where he worked at The Friday's s Front Row inside Chase Field during the 2001 World Series and met my wonderful wife, Bobbie Jo.
His heart was still in the golf industry and kept part time employment at Alta Mesa Country Club for several years while pursuing other interests. When the position became available, Tom knew that this club and membership would be a good fit for him. He have a beautiful wife, a son, a daughter and a 7-year-old granddaughter who has him wrapped around her finger. Tom also enjoy golf and vacationing (usually the beach). He is bringing his brand of personalized service and creative fun to Red Mountain Ranch and will work his hardest to make our club a fun, exciting atmosphere we all will enjoy. Stop in and say “hello”. He looks forward to meeting you.
Robert, a native of Gilbert, AZ, discovered his passion for the Food and Beverage industry after embarking on a career as a service and repair contractor for Sears. While managing a pizza restaurant, he honed his skills and expertise before joining RMRCC as a dishwasher in 2016. Recognized for his exceptional work ethic and culinary talents, Robert swiftly rose through the ranks, assuming greater responsibilities.
As an embodiment of creativity and dedication to his craft, it was only natural to select Robert as our esteemed Executive Chef. His commitment to excellence and his unwavering pride in his culinary creations make him an ideal choice for leading our culinary team. Beyond the kitchen, Robert enjoys indulging in his favorite pastimes on the golf course and cherishing moments spent with his loved ones.
Nick has many outstanding qualities, starting with a great education, significant experience and plenty of confidence. Nick has a beautiful wife, three children and grew up right here in Mesa. Nick’s love for golf course maintenance started 14 years ago at Painted Mountain Golf Club here in Mesa, while he was going to Red Mountain High School.
Nick loved golf course work right from the start, learning the trade from Gale Crawford, then superintendent at Painted Mountain. Nick decided he would turn his studies to Turf Management and Agronomy in college and enrolled at Rutgers University in New Jersey, one of the top Turf Management Programs in the country, where he excelled as an honor student. The past 10 years, Nick has worked at fine golf facilities in Arizona, Texas, and Florida.
Stephana is an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer and Group Instructor as well as a Health and Wellness Coach. She has been instructing groups for over six years and has strong passion and enthusiasm about Health & Wellness, and really enjoys helping others find success and happiness through fitness! She has a background in Hotel/Resort Management in which she had an internship at The Grand Hotel on Mackinack Island in Michigan.
She's also worked at other Golf resorts in the area, such as the Boulders and Scottsdale Villa Mirage, in Management for over fifteen years! Stephana is a third generation Arizona native, and when she's not in the gym, hiking the beautiful Superstitions, or walking her four puppies, you can find her on the football field coaching her nine year old grandson and his team! Stephana says motivating people to be the best version of themselves is what she loves waking up to everyday!
Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Ray was one and a half when his family moved to Los Angeles. Ray grew up playing all types of sports but did not pick up a tennis racquet until the age of 14. By the time he graduated high school he had put in more then enough time into tennis to get him to the next level.
In Ray’s short time on the tennis court, he learned to be productive and work hard to achieve his goals and play tennis at the next level. Ray played for Pierce Junior College for two years before transferring to Anderson University in South Carolina. Ray was ranked in the top 50 in Southern California junior college rankings and in the top 10 in doubles. He has also been ranked in the top 30in the nation singles and doubles men's 35 USTA.
Jared was a top 60 Pro before his season ended early due to injuries. As a player he understands the desire to improve and realize your potential - as a coach he cherishes the satisfaction and fulfillment that comes along with watching a struggling student finally hit their first aggressive dink or master that tricky third shot drop. Jared has been playing pickleball for four years and teaching privately for the last three years. In college he received a scholarship to play basketball, was a sponsored skateboarder, a 2x national champion with ASU’s Wakeboarding team, and was also a snowboard pro at Beaver Mt, UT. and later made the USU cheer team. He attended grad school in Canada (MUN) studying, theology, philosophy, and religion – and he also made the school’s tennis team.
In addition to teaching pickleball, Jared is also a part-time Philosophy Professor (TOCC). He loves combining his philosophical training to further investigate the nature and essence of playing Pickleball! He believes that sport is vital to personal growth. Sport teaches us – even compels us – to learn things like humility, loss, dedication, sacrifice, teamwork, and of course, the virtue of victory. It is his philosophy that pickleball is the perfect catalyst to propel one’s own personal growth. He believes that if you can walk off the court at the end of the day with a sense of dignity and self-confidence, then you have attained something far more beneficial than a medal – though, it isn’t a vice to have a collection of medals!
Craig is originally from the Detroit area and attended Michigan State University. He’s an avid snow skier, former competitive 2v2 beach volleyball player and is now retired after a 30+ year career in Computer Science. Craig took up Pickleball several years ago and has been very active with the Mesa Regal Pickleball Club. He is currently on the Board of Directors. Craig has extensively studied PB rules and refereeing and continues to volunteer as needed. He is excited for this new opportunity to broaden his teaching curriculum and help students sharpen their skills and enjoyment of this wonderful sport.
Becca is a Chicago native who found her home in Arizona when she moved cross-country in 2018. With no experience in any sport, she went from couch to court and transformed her body and life when she caught the Pickleball bug. Today, she considers herself a Conduit to Joy, bringing new players into the amazing pickleball life! Being an ambassador of the game, she uses her contagious energy and explosive Pickleball passion to teach people of all ages and fitness levels. Come see why her students have nicknamed her The DINKTATOR.