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 and LPGA 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 expert in their respective disciplines.  Prior to forming Morningstar and since 1996  Matthew was Executive Vice President of RDC Golf Group, Inc., a leading owner and operator of high quality golf courses and country clubs.  Prior to RDC, Matthew served in several project management positions of increasing responsibility for the nation’s 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 of the National Golf Course Owners Association where he also serves on the executive committee as the Immediate Past President.  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:


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
Marketing and Sales - daily fee and private
Food and Beverage
Accounting and Finance
Club / Course-Specific Legal Matters
Public Relations
National Accounts and Purchasing