The Morningstar Team

In twenty five states from coast to coast, the United Kingdom and Japan and spanning more than three decades, the Morningstar Team has amassed unparalleled experience operating all types of private clubs and golf courses.

As owners, investors, managers or advisors we have been fortunate to oversee exciting projects including USGA, PGA, LPGA and European PGA Tour event host sites, national-championship caliber equestrian venues and exclusive sporting clay and hunt clubs.

With experience managing every facet of club and hospitality operations, from the visible front-of-the-house to the unseen, but vital, back-of-the-house, our team of experienced professionals literally brings a world of experience to every project.

The Morningstar Team is headed by President & CEO, Matthew Galvin.  Mr. Galvin closely directs all operations of MGH and leads a core group of key team members who are experts in their respective disciplines.  Prior to forming Morningstar Matthew was a principal with an owner and operator of high quality golf courses and country clubs with properties from New York to Florida.  Matthew also served in several project management positions of increasing responsibility for the nation’s then-largest owner and operator of golf courses, American Golf Corporation, and its sister company, National Golf Properties.  He was instrumental in the company’s growth from 47 courses to 111 courses in three years, representing investments in excess of $300 million.
 
Mr. Galvin also served as project co-manager under a multi-year contract to manage more than $1.5 billion worth of resort and golf properties owned by the Resolution Trust Company prior to their eventual sale, which included notable assets such as the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, the Kiawah Island Resort, PGA West and Mission Hills Resort.
 
Mr. Galvin is a director and past president of the National Golf Course Owners Association.  He is also a past board member of T-Links, a leading tee-time reservation business.
 
Matthew is a recognized expert in the club industry and has spoken at industry events, been interviewed by publications such as Forbes and Barrons and has served as an expert witness in industry-related litigation.  Mr. Galvin holds an MBA from Pepperdine University and a BA from the University of New Hampshire.  He has also completed additional coursework in real estate finance at New York University as well as the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  Mr. Galvin resides near Princeton, NJ with his wife and their four children.  Matt is active in his community, serving as an Executive Board Member of the Washington Crossing Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Working with Mr. Galvin are the following team members:


Kelley Nigra,  Director of Food and Beverage Services
 
            Kelley brings more than 20 years of hospitality management service and experience to Morningstar.  With a track record of success at both public courses and private clubs, Ms. Nigra has line-level, property level and multi-unit experience developing winning food and beverage concepts, financial benchmarking, budgeting, staff training, event execution planning capital budget planning and oversight.
 
            Kelley currently manages the F&B operations at Morningstar client Bensalem Township Country Club, a local government-owned golf course where she has been instrumental in executing a business plan to improve customer service, drive sales and increase profitability.  In additon, Kelley has regional F&B managemeent oversignt of Wildwood Golf and Country Club as well as Morningstar's newest purchase, Fox Hollow Golf Club.
 
 Becky Rotroff,  Director of Membership Sales and Marketing
 
            Becky is an industry leader in developing, implementing and marketing membership sales programs for private country clubs.  She began her career with law firm of Gunster Yoakley in West Palm Beach, Florida and helped develop membership plans for clients from within the firm’s hospitality practice.  Subsequently, Becky was employed by some of the nations’ leading developers and sponsors of private clubs, such as JMB / Arvida, RDC Golf, The Ginn Company and now Morningstar Golf.  Becky’s focus includes developing effective membership communication programs, hiring and training on-site membership sales and service professionals, designing and implementing effective membership sales programs and minimizing attrition.

Dean Wochaski,  Corporate Director of Golf Course Maintenance
 
            Dean has been a golf course superintendent since 1981 when he earned a degree in Turf Management from the acclaimed agronomy program at Michigan State University.  Dean has also been a Certified Golf Course Superintendent for more than 25 years.  Dean’s career has grown from working at the local golf course level, to the regional level, to the national level.  Mr. Wochaski and Matt Galvin have worked closely together on projects since 1992, analyzing golf courses for investment, jointly consulting for clients or diagnosing agronomic issues at golf courses in all types of climates.  Dean has an impressive career, which includes:

  • Managing superintendents and staff up to 1,000 co-workers.
  • Developing annual budgets and managed P & L of $19 M. 
  • Developed quality standards for the country’s largest golf course ownership firm.
  • Ensuring high quality standards for golf courses while maintaining operational efficiencies. 
  • Negotiating vendor contracts resulting in savings over $10 M.
  • Hiring over 80 superintendents and assistant superintendents.
  • Development of hiring criteria process created for superintendents and manager-in-training programs. 
  • Leading complete acquisition processes related to golf course maintenance for >40 properties including capital improvement needs, equipment needs, staffing, course condition, environmental assessment, and
  • Managing over 10 golf course construction projects at various stages of construction. Providing guidance with construction costs, quality control, maturation and start-up of the golf course maintenance operation.

From 1984 through 2003 Dean worked for American Golf Corporation, rising to the level of Director of Maintenance for the world’s largest golf course management firm at the time.  In 2003 Dean founded Golf Maintenance Solutions, which manages golf course maintenance departments as well as provides turf maintenance advisory services for golf courses throughout the United States.  In this capacity, Dean and his associates have been retained by Morningstar Golf and Hospitality and serve as our in-house agronomic team, working with our own property-level staff.

David Seidl,  Club Operations
 
David has more than three decades of successful club operations management experience, with a focus on high quality private country clubs.  From 1985 through 2004 David served in the private club operations division at American Golf Corporation, rising to Senior VP and overseeing 60 private clubs throughout the United States.  Notable clubs under David’s oversight included Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, site of numerous USGA, PGA and LPGA Championships, including Tiger Woods’ 1996 US Amateur Championship.
 
Later, David was also selected to lead American Golf’s international ventures into golf in the United Kingdom.  Subsequently, in 2004 David joined Pacific Golf Management, a subsidiary of Lone Star Capital, to acquire and operate golf courses in Japan.  From 2004 through 2010, as COO and later President of PGM, he expanded the portfolio of golf courses in Japan to 133 clubs, with 8,000 employees, 200,000+ members and 6 million rounds.  In 2008 David returned to the United States following a successful initial public offering of PGM on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (since taken private) and continued serving as a Special Advisor and Director of PGM through 2010.  David holds a BS in Economics from Ripon College in Wisconsin and currently resides in Florida.
 

In addition to those mentioned above, the Morningstar Team includes specialists in the areas of:

Human Resources
Accounting and Finance
Club / Course-Specific Legal Matters
Public Relations
National Accounts and Purchasing