Partners

Michael Abbott | president & co-founder

Recognized as an experienced senior-level executive with more than 25 years of proven success in resort operations, programming, real estate development, and hospitality, Mr. Abbott is one of the most recognizable names in the industry.

Mr. Abbott is a solid communicator adept at consensus management and is an expert in building and transforming teams and organizations within high-pressure environments. Reflective of this is his tenure as Vice President of Operations with Discovery Land Company, a worldwide leader in luxury golf, community and lifestyle development. While with Discovery, Mr. Abbott instituted service ideas for amenity enhancements and experiences. His ability to develop and execute distinctive service and member experiences for Discovery projects resulted in significant sales, member satisfaction and operational excellence.

Evident everyday at Bluejack National, Mr. Abbott has a keen ability to effectively execute simultaneous projects without compromising quality, timelines or functionality. Building upon the differences of the sales, marketing, operations and financial teams, Abbott has led successful executive-level marketing and finance campaigns in environments where growth and accountability were paramount.

In addition, Mr. Abbott is a two-time “PGA Merchandiser of the Year,” a former ESPN golf commentator and a swing coach to such noted PGA TOUR players as Mark O’Meara, Paul Stankowski, Pat Perez and others.

Abbott’s expertise and leadership is currently on display at some of the nation’s most elite private clubs and communities in North America. He is married with four kids, and is based in Dallas, Texas.

 

Casey Paulson | vice president & co-founder

Mr. Paulson has over 20 years of experience in the luxury hospitality industry with an emphasis on high-end private clubs and specializing in creating experiences to enhance generational relationships among his members.

Prior to forming Beacon Land Development with Michael Abbott, Mr. Paulson was General Manager/Chief Operating Officer of the Vaquero Club in Westlake, Texas. Vaquero has been consistently named among the premier private clubs and communities since debuting in 2001. Vaquero has 350 members, 125 employees and annual revenue of approximately $11 million. Paulson was instrumental in the club’s seamless turnover of the club from its developer (Discovery Land Company) to its members in 2009, and improved the financial position of the club by approximately $3 million in his first four years. Prior to his post at Vaquero, Mr. Paulson was the Director of Golf at the Kuki’o Golf and Beach Club in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii.

All of this success has followed Mr. Paulson to Bluejack National, a thriving private club and resort-style community in Montgomery, Texas. Named Golf Inc.’s Development of the Year for 2015 and Golf Digest’s #1 Best New Golf Course for 2016, Paulson oversees all operations as President of Bluejack.

Mr. Paulson is a Class A PGA Golf Professional, 2014 PGA Section Professional of the Year in North Texas, 2013 PGA Section Horton Smith Award Winner in North Texas, 2004 PGA Section Merchandiser of the Year for Private Facilities in Hawaii and was named one of the Top 25 Merchandisers in the Country by Golf World Business in 2004. An accomplished player, Mr. Paulson has won golf tournaments both on the collegiate and professional levels, and qualified for the 2012 PGA Professional National Championship in Monterey, California. He is a member of the Club Manager’s Association of America and is working towards his Club Manager Certification.

Paulson is married with three children, and maintains his primary residence in Montgomery, Texas.

 

Blair A. Majcina | chief financial officer

Blair Majcina has established a versatile career in finance having spent time in both the debt and equity communities as well as providing independent consulting for a litany of companies across various industries. Mr. Majcina has participated in raising over $800.0M in capital and operated three middle-market companies throughout the duration of his career.

Most recently, Mr. Majcina was a Senior Vice President with a lower-middle market debt fund named Briar Capital, LP. At Briar Capital’s Dallas office, he was responsible for the development of new business, underwriting and the structuring of debt products for companies in various industries including oil and gas services, telecommunications, manufacturing, education, technology, healthcare, construction, real estate and distribution. During his time with Briar, heproposed and structured 30+ financings and established a well-respected presence amongst the Dallas-Fort Worth finance community.

Previous to Briar, Mr. Majcina was with Lantern Asset Management, a middle-market, special situations focused, private equity investor. Mr. Majcina assisted the Lantern team with the underwriting, financing and asset management of investments across all industries including real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, energy, and technology. Prior to joining Lantern, he was a member of Wells Fargo Capital Finance, a national industry leading commercial lending group based in Dallas, TX. Mr. Majcina was involved in the funding of companies in numerous industries including resort finance, hard money real estate, asset based lending, equipment finance, leveraged loan funds, retail finance, and distribution finance.

In October 2014, Mr. Majcina founded Soryn Capital, LLC, an advisory firm focused on providing strategic planning, operational management and capital raising services to developing companies. Soryn Capital has worked with emerging companies in real estate, energy, and retail.

Mr. Majcina holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a double major in Finance and Political Science, from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. Mr. Majcina was a four year scholarship track and field athlete at the University of Notre Dame.

 

Leadership Partners

Beau Welling Design | beau welling, shane robichaud, dan ford

Beau Welling Design is a team of highly talented professionals who are focused on creating innovative and responsive solutions that meet the needs and objectives of each project. Following 10 years managing all operations for Tom Fazio’s golf design firm, Mr. Welling has been involved in over 100 different land development projects, many of which are among the finest in the world. Beau Welling Design has received recognition for his productive partnership with Tiger Woods Design at Bluejack National. From the Bluejack course to the community, Beau Welling and his team have been instrumental in delivering one the most anticipated championship golf courses, practice facilities and The Playgrounds, a unique 10-hole Par 3 short course.

www.beauwellingdesign.com

 

Michael Petty, Communication Links

Mr. Petty, along with his partner, co-founded Communication Links more than 20 years ago. His firm specializes in marketing communications for businesses within the golf industry. With 32 years of experience in golf, Michael provides counsel, key introductions and assists with shaping the vision, the brand and the message.

www.commlinks.com

 

The Governale Group

The Governale Group offers a combined 27 years of marketing, communications, media, public and client relations experience. They generate awareness, value, brand equity and client loyalty with services ranging from complete marketing plans and implementation to targeted consultations. They are steeped in strategic ideation, digital content creation, print collateral, social media, graphic design, public and press relations, brand management and handling high-profile clients. Governale and his partners deliver marketing solutions and storytelling that drive authentic value. At Beacon’s Bluejack National, The Governale Group has delivered over 3.02 billion impressions valued at over $42 million in earned media value.

www.governalegroup.com

 

NFA Architecture

Nick Fullerton Architecture is dedicated to the quality of life, natural beauty, and the hospitality of its people. They are committed, through their architecture, to preserve these things. Their work is insightful and a reflection of their values, as well as the values of their clients. Personal architecture with great attention to detail, sustains the level of interest and use, and becomes timeless. Their product is elegant and naturally thematic with the vision of a development.

www.nfullerton.com

 

Tiger Woods Design

An introduction to arguably the most popular golfer in history is truly unwarranted. TWD works closely with Beau Welling to create strategic, beautiful and unique golf experiences.

www.tigerwoodsdesign.com