Steve D. Timms
President and CEO
As Houston Golf Association’s president and CEO, Steve Timms is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization and its subsidiaries, including The First Tee™ of Greater Houston, the largest chapter in a worldwide network of more than 180 chapters.
Timms was hired January 19, 2001, by the HGA board to lead the staff and serve as tournament director for the Houston Open PGA TOUR event. He served on the board of the PGA TOUR Tournaments Association and currently serves on the PGA TOUR’s Tournament Advisory Council, which he chaired from 2008 – 2011. He also served on the PGA TOUR’s FedEx Cup Task Force.
Timms has an appreciation and respect for the work of HGA volunteers, having served the organization as a volunteer himself for 11 years. His time as a volunteer included a three-year stint (1995-1997) as board chair and general chairman of the Houston Open.
Timms graduated from Angelo State University with a BBA in accounting and held various senior level positions in energy-related fields before being tapped by HGA to oversee its business affairs.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Amanda Hansen is vice president of marketing and communications for the Houston Golf Association and is responsible for building the brand and driving growth in all of the organization’s charitable endeavors including the Houston Open, The First Tee of Greater Houston, Municipal Golf and HGA Junior Golf.
For nearly 20 years, Hansen has produced results 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.
Prior to joining Houston Golf Association, Hansen was a senior vice president at MMI Agency, where she directed strategy for national brand activation accounts and managed an award-winning public relations team. She has worked with global and Houston-based companies throughout her career, including MD Anderson Cancer Center, TIAA, AIG and Shell Oil Company. A graduate of Texas A&M, Hansen has been a 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.