Meet the HJGT Staff

Mario Conte

Mario Conte

FOUNDER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mario Conte serves as the Executive Director and founder of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Mario started the HJGT back in 2007 due to his passion for junior golf and turned it into the largest junior tour in the country. In 2017 Mario announced one of the biggest partnerships in the history of junior golf bringing the Nexus group on board as a new partner of the HJGT. Lead partners in Nexus include Tiger Woods, Justin Timberlake, and the Tavistock Group.

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Mike Barbato

Mike Barbato

Chief Operating Officer

Mike joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as the Chief Operating Officer in March of 2018 based out of Orlando FL. In this role Mike is responsible for designing and implementing the day to day business operations of the tour, including establishing policies that promote company culture and vision, as well as drive performance and growth.

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Dan F. Crowther

Dan F. Crowther

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Dan joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as the Director of Marketing in March of 2013. Originally from the New York area Dan is a graduate of Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY.

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Chip Hoch

Chip Hoch

MARKETING MANAGER

Chip joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in January of 2017 as a Tournament Director based out of Orlando.

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Collin Elphic

Collin Elphic

MARKETING MANAGER

Collin joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as an intern in the fall of 2017 and is now the head of Human Resources, Course Scheduling Manager, and Director of Sponsorship's.

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Thomas Byrne

Thomas Byrne

Director of Operations

Thomas joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in 2015 as a Tournament Director based in Los Angeles and focused on the west coast of the United States .Thomas is now the Director of Operations for the HJGT and oversees all full time tournament directors and all 275 events from coast to coast.

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Sam Harris

Sam Harris

Marketing Manager

Sam joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as a Marketing intern in August of 2017 before being brought on full-time as a Marketing Manager in December.

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Chad Peters

Chad Peters

SENIOR TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

Chad joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour as an Ops Intern January of 2016 before being brought on full-time as a Tournament Director in May.

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Aaron Westlake

Aaron Westlake

Tournament Director

Aaron joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in February of 2018 as a Tournament Director based out of Orlando, Fl. Born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania, Aaron was a multi-sport athlete which included basketball, soccer, and motocross.

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Stephanie Bosdosh

Stephanie Bosdosh

Tournament Director

Stephanie joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in February of 2018 as a Tournament Director based out of Atlanta.

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Shena Yang

Shena Yang

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

Shena joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in February of 2017 as a Tournament Director based out of Jacksonville. She was born and raised in Tampa, Florida.

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Matt Paolucci

Matt Paolucci

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

Matt joined the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour in May of 2017 as a Tournament Director based out of Richmond Virginia.

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Dave Thomson

Dave Thomson

HJGT Certified Rules Official

Dave Thomson is a Rules Official for the South Carolina Golf Association. Dave generally works SCGA tournaments and USGA Qualifiers in the Upstate, north of Columbia.

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Brian Chafin

Brian Chafin

KENTUCKY DIRECTOR

After forty years in college athletics Brian Chafin retired from Centre College as the Director of Athletics and Director of Golf. Brian joined the HJGT in 2011.

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Steve Jones

Steve Jones

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

Steve Jones retired from Nationwide Insurance Companies in 2006 after 26 years and joined the HJGT in 2008.

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Paul Ellis

Paul Ellis

TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR

Paul Ellis joined the HJGT in 2015 as a Tournament Director after serving as President of the Plantations Junior Golf Tour.

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