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.
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.