Steven D. Timms
President and CEO
Steven D. Timms is HGA’s president and CEO and is in charge of the day-to-day operation of the organization. He is also president of The First Tee™ of Greater Houston, which is the largest in a worldwide network of more than 180 chapters. Timms was hired Jan. 19, 2001, by the HGA board to lead the staff and also serve as tournament director for the Shell Houston Open PGA TOUR event.
Prior to that, Timms donated his time to HGA as a volunteer member for 11 years, including a three-year stint (1995-1997) as general chairman of the Shell Houston Open. A former assistant golf professional in his hometown of San Angelo, Timms pursued a career in energy-related fields after his graduation from Angelo State University with a BBA in accounting.
Before being tapped by HGA to oversee its business affairs, Timms held various executive positions in the geophysical data industry.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
For nearly 20 years, Amanda Hansen has produced results in marketing and public relations for cause-driven organizations and companies operating in compliance-driven environments. She has a passion for true marketing integration and helping organizations create new programs that layer advertising, public relations, partnerships, programming, talent, social, experiential and grassroots tactics. As the Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Houston Golf Association, Amanda is responsible for driving growth in all of the organization’s charitable endeavors.
Before joining the Houston Golf Association, Amanda was a Senior Vice President at MMI Agency, where she managed the strategic direction of national brand activation accounts and an award-winning public relations team. Amanda has worked with national brands including MD Anderson Cancer Center, AIG and Shell, and numerous Houston-based companies throughout her career. A graduate of Texas A&M, Amanda is a regular guest columnist in business and marketing media outlets, on the topics of best practices in brand activation and integrated campaigns.
John D. Sorrentino
Vice President of Business Development
John D. Sorrentino is a 30+ year veteran of the sports and entertainment industry in Houston. His primary focus has been in sales and marketing. As the Vice President of Business Development of the Houston Golf Association, John is responsible for driving revenue and new partnerships for the Shell Houston Open and will assist us with fundraising efforts for the restoration of the Gus Wortham Park Golf Course and future projects through the Houston Municipal Golf Association.
Since July of 2014, John has been the Senior Vice President for Sponsorships for the Super Bowl LI Host Committee. John’s role is to design and develop strategies for funding the host committee for the most popular annual sporting event in the world. Recent projects have included representing Prolinks Sports in promoting and selling their portfolio of five PGA Champions Tour events, focusing on The Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands and The AT&T Championship in San Antonio. Also John led the charge for the University of Houston in their quest for naming rights to the new football facility in 2013 and 2014.
John joined the Houston Astros Baseball Club as a ticket sales representative in 1987. He started the Astros first Community Relations department in 1988, and then returned to the sales arena in 1990, creating another position of Director of Premium Seating and initiating the first Diamond Club premium seating area in Major League Baseball in 1993. He was promoted to Vice President of Ticket Services in 1998 and held that position until 2005. John then took on the newly created role of Vice President of Business Development responsible for new business partnerships, special revenue initiatives, and directing the Astros sponsorship division. As a member of the Astros executive team, John was involved in many leadership roles including critical design and budget decisions for the building and continued improvements of Minute Maid Park, including the Insperity Club premium seating area. John left the Astros organization by mutual agreement in April of 2012, tallying 25 years with the MLB franchise.
John has a finance degree from Texas A&M.
Director of Fund Development
Claire Bey, JD is Houston Golf Association’s Director of Fund Development. As a full-time staff, volunteer and consultant, since 2004 she has helped numerous non-profits strategically increase and diversify charitable funds from individuals, foundations, government grants, corporations, United Way and civic organizations. In addition to on-going volunteer board and development work at her children’s Mandarin Immersion Magnet School, she most recently worked with Mission Squash, Family Services of Greater Houston and Child Advocates, Inc. Prior to moving to Houston, Claire worked and volunteered for charities in Minneapolis / St. Paul, Minnesota such as Girl Scouts and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
While assisting with the Shell Houston Open and Junior Golf, her primary focus is on securing the necessary support for capital campaigns to restore Gus Wortham Park Golf Course and future projects through the Houston Municipal Golf Association. She also looks forward to leading annual, major and planned giving fundraising campaigns for The First Tee of Greater Houston. This newly created position combines her passion for youth sports, helping at-risk kids reach their potential, preserving green spaces and, offering targeted neighborhoods with much needed economic revitalization. A former Division I college softball player, Claire’s favorite volunteer job is coaching her kids in softball, baseball and soccer. Originally from Southern California, she earned a JD from University of Utah College of Law and a BS from Southern Utah University.
Director of Finance and Accounting
Lori Butler, CPA is Houston Golf Association’s Director of Finance and Accounting. Due to the great growth of HGA, she was hired to lead the finance and accounting activities of the organization. Lori is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BBA in accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Before joining HGA, Butler was the Director of Finance for a federally funded nonprofit organization.