Meet the Team

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Desert Highlands!


Monty Becton
General Manager / Chief Operating Officer

Monty joined the Desert Highlands team as the General Manager / Chief Operating Officer in July 2018. During his three decades in the private club industry, Monty has held regional and national positions for two of the country's largest private club management companies. He most recently was the General Manager of an 8,700 acre master-planned community with seven clubs including Rod & Gun, Equestrian, Golf, Tennis, Pool, and Social.


Ron Koohbanani
Assistant General Manager

Ron joined Desert Highlands as Assistant General Manager in July 2018. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his 25-year comprehensive career in the Hospitality and Food and Beverage industry. His very impressive resume includes leading teams at numerous Golf Clubs, national and international golf and tennis tournaments in the United States, Major League Baseball stadiums, and world-renown theme parks. 



Joan Sykora
Director of Sales/Member Relations

Joan joined us as Director of Sales/Member Relations in July 2018.  She is an accomplished professional with more than 29 years of experience in private club membership.  Her background includes working closely with the surrounding real estate community to ensure the lifestyle experience of the club is well known.  She has a great interest in developing relationships and member event programming for a personalized member experience.



Todd Allison
Executive Chef

Todd joined us as Executive Chef in September 2018.  Todd has been the Chef at T. Cooks in the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale. Prior to his tenure at T. Cooks, Todd was at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego. His past experience also includes time at a number of California restaurants, including Anthology, a 13,000 square-foot live music venue and restaurant in San Diego, Hilton Checkers in Los Angeles, and Bollinger’s in Santa Barbara. 



Doug Westcott
Director of Golf

Doug joined Desert Highlands as Director of Golf in 2004. He has been a PGA Class A member since 1999 and is very involved in the local SWSPGA chapter where he has been a member of many committees as well as the 2001 and 2002 Tournament Chairman of the Arizona Open. 



Karen Nannen
Director of Golf Instruction

Karen is a wonderful instructor who works well with all golfers ranging from low to high handicappers. She offers a variety of programs to the members including video analysis, on-course instruction, private lessons and golf schools. Any program can be customized to fit your individual needs. Prior to joining Desert Highlands over 11 years ago, Karen was the Director of Instruction at the Jim McLean Golf Academy. She has trained personally with Hank Haney, Jim Hardy and Scott Sackett, three world ranked instructors who have contributed to her vast knowledge of the game.


Philip Shoemaker Jr.
Golf Course Superintendent

Phil holds a degree in Turfgrass Management from Rutgers University, plus over 30 years of practical experience in all facets of golf course maintenance. He first arrived at Desert Highlands in 1982 to assist with the construction of the first Jack Nicklaus signature championship desert golf course. 



Eric Anderson, USPTA
Director of Tennis

Eric Anderson has been directing the tennis program at Desert Highlands since 2004. With 140 active tennis players, he has established a program that includes seven weekly games for members of all levels, interclub teams, and a calendar of over 20 special events annually. Prior to joining the family at Desert Highlands, Eric was the Director of Tennis at Tucson Country Club for 16 years.



Tyler Mayer
Director of Fitness

Tyler has enjoyed a career in the health and fitness industry for over 18 years. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Exercise Science from Syracuse University, along with a Masters of Education in Sports Management from East Stroudsburg University and currently holds certifications as a NASM-CPT/GFS; Integrated Specialist, and Certified Les Mills Group Instructor.

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