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Dane Bohrer, Facility Manager

dbohrer@empiregolf.com

Dane Bohrer is the General Manager of both the Ancil Hoffman and Cherry Island golf courses. Dane got his start with Empire Golf in 2001, when he assumed a management position as the merchandiser at Cherry Island Golf Course. Since that time, Dane has been promoted to positions of increased responsibility within Empire Golf, including Head Golf Professional at Cherry Island, and later Head Golf Professional at Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. As the General Manager at both Cherry Island and Ancil Hoffman, Dane oversees all aspects of the both course's operations. He is in charge of customer service, staff development, merchandising and retail sales, marketing and advertising, golf car and range functions, as well as the instructional programs at both facilities. 

Dane's philosophy of success is centered upon building relationships with our customers. It is this "above and beyond" approach to operations, along with his outstanding work ethic, that have made Dane an invaluable member of Empire Golf's Management Team.

Dane has been golf professional since 1984 and is a Class “A” member of the Professional Golfers Association of America. He learned the golf business from the ground up, "in the trenches", if you will. During the golf explosion of the 80's and 90's Dane owned two golf retail stores in the Sacramento area. His genuine approach to sales and customer service is refreshing when you consider the amount of misinformation the shopper is faced with in today's competitive market. Dane resides in Sacramento with his wife, Lisa.

Derek Smith, Food & Beverage Manager

dsmith@empiregolf.com

Derek Smith is the Food & Beverage General Manager at both Cherry Island and Ancil Hoffman Golf Courses.  Derek started with Empire Golf as the restaurant manager at Cherry Island in August 2006.  When Empire Golf was awarded the food and beverage operations contract at Ancil Hoffman in December 2009, Derek was promoted to General Manager of F&B operations overseeing both courses.  Derek brings a wealth of experience in restaurant and banquet operations and has worked in the hospitality industry for most of his career.  Before working for Empire Golf, Derek served as Food & Beverage Director at the Davis Indoor Sports Center from Aug 1999 until March 2006.
Derek considers himself a self proclaimed “Coffee Guru,” having managed several coffee shops throughout the years, working as a coffee roaster for several years and most recently staying at a working coffee farm in Boquete Panama for two weeks during the beginning of harvest season.
Derek is also an accomplished jazz drummer, as well as guitar player, and won the Sacramento “SAMMIE” award in 2001 for best jazz band with his group “West Coast Rhythm Section.”  Derek enjoys snow skiing, golfing, mountain biking, camping, gardening; basically anything outdoors.  He lives in Sacramento with his wife Julia.

Eric Pollard, Director of Instruction PGA

916-977-1889

epollard@empiregolf.com

Eric Pollard's career in the golf industry spans more than 27 years and has taken him from a nationally recognized college golf team (Cal State Long Beach '73) to Ancil Hoffman Golf Course. His stops along the way include Bel Air Country Club, Riviera Country Club, The La Costa Resort, Haggin Oaks Golf Course and El Macero Country Club.

Eric earned his class A status with the PGA of America in 1977 and credits his vast teaching skills and knowledge of the game to Olin Dutra ('32 PGA Champion, '34 US Open Champion), LaBron Harris (Oklahoma State golf coach), Eddie Merrins (Bel Air CC) and Carl Welty (Jim McLean Golf School). Eric's strong background in swing mechanics, short game techniques and simply playing the game make him one of the most sought after and respected teaching professionals in the state. Lasting and significant game improvement is the hallmark of Eric's teaching philosophy.

 Kevin Cassidy, Marketing & Events Director

916-977-1888 Voice

kcassidy@empiregolf.com

Kevin was brought on as Marketing & Events Director for AHGC after serving as a member of the Pro Shop golf staff for 4 years. Prior work experience involves over 2 decades in the music & video industry working for iconic global brand Tower Records, as well as independent entrepreneurial projects in the entertainment content space. Sales, marketing, web & social media efforts, as well as managing the hundreds of tournament events each year are Kevin's areas of responsibility.