Newly Formed Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC to Provide Management and Turnaround Services for Public and Private Golf Courses

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Real estate turnaround expert Samuel M. Ekstein and seasoned PGA Golf Professional John F. Kiriakopoulos, both of Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, IL, are launching a specialized consultancy, Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC, to provide management and turnaround services to private and public golf courses. As golf courses around the country have increasingly struggled during the current economy, Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC was formed to provide solutions to critical challenges such as dwindling membership, low annual rounds and decreased revenues.

Real estate turnaround expert Samuel M. Ekstein and seasoned PGA Golf Professional John F. Kiriakopoulos, both of Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, IL, are launching a specialized consultancy, Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC, to provide management and turnaround services to private and public golf courses. As golf courses around the country have increasingly struggled during the current economy, Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC was formed to provide solutions to critical challenges such as dwindling membership, low annual rounds and decreased revenues.

Bittersweet Golf Club in the northern suburb of Gurnee, IL has bucked recent economic trends as it has increased annual rounds and revenue under the leadership of Samuel M. Ekstein and John F. Kiriakopoulos. Mr. Ekstein took over Bittersweet as receiver in January, 2009, and selected Mr. Kiriakopoulos as the Head Golf Professional and General Manager. Together, Ekstein and Kiriakopoulos have designed and implemented positive changes throughout the course and its operations that have put Bittersweet on track to become profitable within the next year. With their recent success at Bittersweet, Ekstein and Kiriakopoulos saw a clear need in the industry to offer assistance to other golf courses facing similar operational challenges and formed Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC.

Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC will provide an initial consultation with a golf course management team or board of directors to determine how the firm’s services could provide value to the course and help it return to sustainable profitability.

Samuel M. Ekstein has over 30 years of asset management experience and is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ekstein Asset Management, Inc., a Chicago based Asset/Property Management and Real Estate Corporation. Ekstein is considered an expert in his field and specializes in turnaround situations with troubled real estate assets. John F. Kiriakopoulos has more than ten years of experience in both private and public golf course operations. Kiriakopoulos is a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and is the recipient of the 2007 Illinois PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award. As the General Manager and Head Golf Professional at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, Illinois, Kiriakopoulos utilizes his private country club experience to offer upscale service and instruction to the public.

Ekstein said, “Starbird Links Golf Management [LLC], will accept clients only when we firmly believe we can add value and offer measurable assistance to a course’s operations. It has to be a win/win relationship.” Kiriakopoulos added, “We are looking forward to providing workable solutions to those golf courses that have been frustrated by the current trends in the economy. With our collective experience, Sam and I believe we can help lead golf courses through this difficult time in the industry.”

For additional information or to schedule a no-charge consultation with Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC, contact their Chicago office at (312) 332-8444.

About Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC

Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC is a golf consultancy that was founded in October, 2009 to manage and turnaround public and private golf courses. Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC is located in Chicago, Illinois and provides management services to public and private golf courses throughout the United States. The founding managers and CEOs are Samuel M. Ekstein and John F. Kiriakopoulos. Samuel M. Ekstein has over 30 years of asset management experience and is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ekstein Asset Management, Inc., a Chicago based Asset/Property Management and Real Estate Corporation. Ekstein is considered an expert in his field and specializes in turning around troubled real estate assets. John F. Kiriakopoulos has over ten years of experience in both private and public golf course management. John is a member of the Professional Golfers Association of America and is the recipient of the 2007 Illinois PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award. As the General Manager and Head Golf Professional at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee, Illinois John utilizes his private country club experience to offer upscale service and expert golf instruction to the public.

Contact Information:

Starbird Links Golf Management, LLC
39 S. LaSalle Street
Suite 1224
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 332-8444 phone
(312) 332-3626 fax
http://www.starbirdlinks.com

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