Meet The Staff

GARY & KATHY DESERRANO

MANAGING PARTNERS, K&G SPORTS

garyd@kgsportsco.com/kathyd@kgsportsco.com

Gary was born in Bradford, PA, and Kathy was born in Garland TX. They met at the University of Texas, and married in 1988. Kathy had a brief career as a flight attendant for American Airlines before they decided to start a family. Gary began his career as a sales executive and manager in the Media Business before launching their sports management company – K&G Sports LLC. Today, they head K&G sports as Managing Partners which  operates the All Pro Tour and the Women’s All Pro Tour. Today, K&G Sports is a true family business as their youngest son, Cody joined the company after earning his MBA at the University of Texas Dallas.

CODY DESERRANO

OPERATING OFFICER, K&G SPORTS

cody@kgsportsco.com

Cody was born and raised in Dallas, TX and is the youngest son of Gary and Kathy. He attended the University of Tampa for two years studying both Marine Biology and Entrepreneurship. After two years in Tampa, he enrolled at the University of Texas at Dallas. There, he studied Business Administration and Real Estate Management, where he graduated with cum laude in 2017. Not long after, he went back to UTD to pursue his Master’s. He received his MBA with a concentration in Finance in addition to Entrepreneurship & Innovation in 2020. He has always had a passion for entrepreneurship and new ventures, so when the opportunity to join the family business presented itself, he was right on board.

KATIE MARKHAM

TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS MANAGER, WAPT

katie@kgsportsco.com

Katie was born and raised in Denton, Texas.  She attended Texas A&M University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and has a minor in Sports Management.  She also upholds certificates in Tourism Management, Hospitality Management and Professional Event Planning. Prior to the WAPT, Katie has had experience working with the AJGA as a traveling Operations Intern in the Spring of 2019.  In the Fall she worked as a Tournament Operations Intern with the Northern Texas PGA section before joining the WAPT full time in December of 2019.

 

TAYLOR DEIKE

TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS MANAGER, APT

taylor@kgsportsco.com

Taylor was born and raised in Tyler, Texas. After high school graduation in 2017, she decided to take a gap year before enrolling in college. For the next five months she solo traveled in Western Europe and Southeast Asia. After returning from overseas, she attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business. Taylor has held several positions focused on hospitality and sport operations. Her career in the golf industry began when her job with the Texas A&M softball team was impacted by COVID-19. With all games being suspended, she applied for a job at a local public golf course in Bryan, Texas. This is where she fell in love with the game of golf and the people involved in it. She then worked as a Tournament Operations Intern with the Northern Texas PGA section before joining the APT full time in January of 2022.

RICK WILSON

DIRECTOR OF RULES AND COMPETITIONS, WAPT

rick@kgsportsco.com

Rick was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada and graduated from the University of Western Ontario. He grew up working at golf courses before embarking on a 15-year career in the financial industry. In 2011 he moved to Texas to marry his wife, a girl he went to elementary school with. After they relocated to California, he had the opportunity to start his 2nd career, in his true passion and calling, golf! He worked for the Southern California Golf Association as a Tournament Manager and was the Tournament Chair for several AJGA Tournaments. Upon returning to San Antonio, Texas, Rick focused on Rules Officiating. He holds Expert Certification with the USGA and has officiated Korn Ferry Tour Qualifiers, USGA Qualifiers, Sectional PGA Tournaments, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments and Championships, US Kids, and AJGA. Rick joined the APT/WAPT in 2022. In his spare time, Rick enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, golfing, fitness and cooking.

CHAD GINN

DIRECTOR OF RULES AND COMPETITIONS, APT

chad@kgsportsco.com

Chad was raised in Gulfport, Mississippi and stayed in state for college, going to Mississippi State for golf and graduating with a degree in marketing. Chad was the 1991 and 1993 Mississippi State Amateur Champion, and a 4 year letter winner with Mississippi State Golf Team. Chad turned pro after his college career, playing for 22 years on APT and Web.com. After retiring from professional play, Chad joined APT in 2016 as an Operations Director. When Chad isn’t with us, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, watching college football, and spending time on the coast.

BRITNEY TYNDALL

TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS/RULES, WAPT

britney@kgsportsco.com

Britney was born and raised in Cape Charles, VA but eventually moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She currently attends Methodist University and is studying Professional Golf Management (PGM), Business Administration, and Management and Organization. She plans to graduate in December 2022. Golf has almost always been integrated in her life. Britney first picked up a golf club about 15 years ago. She worked at her home golf course and coached PGA Jr. League throughout high school. After high school, she committed to Methodist University to play golf, meanwhile pursuing a career in the industry. Since being a PGM student, she has completed internships with the Northern Texas PGA Section (2019), Carolina’s Golf Association (2020) and APT/WAPT (2021-2022). Her hobbies include playing golf, working out and spending time with friends and family.

TJ MCGRATH

TOURNAMENT OPERATIONS/RULES, APT

TJ was born and raised in College Station, Texas. He attended Sam Houston State University and earned a degree in Finance with a minor in Economics in 2020. Throughout college, TJ worked at multiple courses in the Bryan/College Station area. Before joining APT in summer 2021, he worked for the Southern Texas PGA section. His grandfather introduced him to golf at the age of five and he has been in love with the game ever since. In his free time, he likes to play golf and keep up with the Manchester City Football Club.

LUKE OTTO

DIGITAL PRODUCER, WAPT

luke@kgsportsco.com

Luke was raised in Livonia, Michigan. He attended Ferris State University and earned a B.S. in Business with specialization in Professional Golf Management in fall 2019. Luke has been in the golf industry since 2012 working at a local public course. Later in his career, Luke went on to work at Arcadia Bluffs Golf Club for 3 seasons and had the privilege to work at Rancho La Quinta Country Club in La Quinta, CA for one season. Luke was also able to work at 9&10 News, a local news station in northern Michigan, which helped him generate interest in media before joining the WAPT team for the 2020 season.

 

STEPHANIE PULIDO

DIGITAL PRODUCER, APT

stephanie@kgsportsco.com

Stephanie was born and raised in Saint Augustine, Florida. She attended Flagler College and graduated in 2021 with her B.A. in Business Administration. Soon after, she enrolled at the University of North Florida, where she is currently obtaining her M.S. in Communication Management. She grew up playing golf at a young age and pursued the sport at a competitive level. She fell in love with journalism after having the opportunity to interview PGA TOUR professionals behind-the-ropes at THE PLAYERS Championship in 2013. One of her favorite moments in her athletic career was being interviewed on the Golf Channel in 2017 for International Women’s Day. Stephanie interned with the PGA TOUR while securing her bachelor’s degree and previously worked for First Tee – North Florida as the Tournament Coordinator. She was also proud to be employed at TPC Sawgrass while in college, where she established friendships with the golf professionals in the area. Stephanie was honored to join the APT team in 2022 as a digital producer.

 

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