Paul Fireman is the Chairman of Fireman Capital Partners located in Boston, Massachusetts. Fireman Capital Partners is a platform for Mr. Fireman and his partners (which include his son Dan) to manage relationships and make investments in the consumer product and real estate sectors. Until 2006, when he led the sale to Adidas, Mr. Fireman was Chairman & CEO of Reebok International Ltd in Canton, Massachusetts. He introduced the first women’s athletic shoe in 1982 and throughout the years, began aggressive international expansion of his company. Such an expansion included not only creating and managing Reebok’s core brand, but also doing the same with many subsidiaries, including: Greg Norman, The Hockey Company, CCM, Boston Whaler, Ralph Lauren Footwear, and Rbk. Today, the company’s products are sold in more than 170 countries.
Considered a bold marketer but prudent financial manager, Fireman consistently espoused the idea that Reebok products must “make a difference” and “create excitement.” “To the extent that your brand makes a difference and stands for something special, people will recognize it and reward you for it,” Fireman says. Before founding Reebok, Mr. Fireman was an officer in an outdoor sports distributorship owned by his family. He attended Boston University and is a graduate of Tabor Academy. Mr. Fireman and his wife, Phyllis, reside in Palm Beach, Florida. As co-founders of the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Family Foundation, Paul and Phyllis, with their family manage one of Massachusetts’ largest private foundations. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Mr. Fireman also owns and manages world renowned assets, including, Liberty National Golf Course; a one of a kind, world class golf club in Jersey City, New Jersey, overlooking the skyline of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
Dan Fireman is the founding Managing Partner of Fireman Capital Partners (“FCP”). Previously Dan was CEO of Willowbend Development, LLC. In leading Willowbend for approximately 10 years, Dan oversaw approximately $500MM in invested capital throughout various real estate related projects including Westin Rio Mar (San Juan, Puerto Rico), J.W. Marriot Star Pass (Tucson, AZ), Willowbend Country Club (Mashpee, MA), and Liberty National (Jersey City, NJ). Prior to leading Willowbend, Dan worked various functions at Reebok, LTD, a company controlled by his family until its sale to Adidas in 2006. With Dan leading the successful sale of many of Willowbend’s more significant assets, in addition to Reebok being sold, Dan conceptualized and created FCP to exploit investment opportunities in the two sectors he knows best – consumer products and real estate.
Dan holds a BA from Emory University and an MBA from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Dan is on the Board of Overseers at Babson College, Founding Chairman of One Family, Inc., and Trustee of the Fireman Family Foundation.
Widely respected as one of the best golfers in the history of the game, Tom Kite has won 19 PGA Tour Victories, including the 1992 US Open at Pebble Beach. In addition, Tom has carried 7 Champions Tour victories, represented the United Stated in 7 Ryder Cup matches and was named Captain of the 1997 Ryder Cup Team. Throughout the course of his professional career, Tom has earned a host of prestigious honors, such as the 1979 Bob Jones Award given by the USGA for sportsmanship. A dynamic and tenacious player, Tom’s contributions to the game of golf have been as varied as they are valuable.
In 1991, Tom teamed up with world-class course designer Bob Cupp to produce the idyllic Baltimore C.C. West Course in Eastern Maryland. Since that time, the as employed his creative and conceptual talents, collaborating with other prominent architects to design over 13 national courses, such as the Eagle Ridge Golf Club in Raleigh, NC, the Comanche Trace Country Club in Kerrville, TX, and the Somersett Golf Club in Reno, NV. Tom’s current undertaking is his most ambitious to date. Working once again with Bob Cupp, Tom is co-designing Liberty National, a sweeping 7,400 yard showpiece overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline.
Liberty National is destined to become one of America’s most venerated courses and the sovereign achievement on Tom’s design resume. Tom lives in Austin, TX with his wife Christy and three children.
Bob Cupp has a BA and a Masters in Fine Arts. He was a golf professional in the South Florida Section of the PGA in the 60’s and found that golf course design provided a natural way to combine his interests. Inside five years he was a Senior Designer for Jack Nicklaus, where he remained for fifteen years. Bob had the good fortune to be involved in many of Jack’s courses that have achieved distinction and recognition in the world of golf. In 1984, and with Jack’s blessing, Cupp Design was born. From that point forward, his name, as Bob says, became “a four-letter word.” Bob has won the “Best New Course Award” in Golf Digest on numerous occasions. Additionally, his courses have hosted many events including the US Open, US Amateurs and various PGA Tour Events, as well as the European Open. A number of his courses provoke instant recognition, such as Pumpkin Ridge near Portland, Oregon; Crosswater at Sunriver, Oregon; Old Waverly in West Point, Mississippi; Settindown Creek in Roswell, Georgia and East Sussex National near London, England.
Bob’s latest entry in Golf Digest’s “Top 100 Courses in America” is Hawk’s Ridge in Ball Ground, Georgia. In 1992, Bob was named the first ever ‘Designer of the Year’ in Golf World Magazine.
Bill Campbell is the newest addition to the Liberty National team commencing July 2010 as the Membership Sales Director. He is now the Executive Vice President & Director of Membership and he assists The Club with membership sales and the general marketing of the entire facility. Bill began his career as an educator and coach at both Rogers High School and Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1995, he was a Chairman of the U.S. Amateur held at Newport Country Club. Bill is a former President and current Executive Board Member of the Rhode Island Golf Association.
In 2000, he became the Membership/Marketing Director of all of Peter De Savary's properties including The Abaco Club in the Bahamas, Bovey Castle in England, The Carnegie Abbey Club in Rhode Island and Cherokee Plantation in South Carolina. Bill served briefly in the same capacity at The Ritz-Carlton Club in Jupiter, Florida before returning in 2008 to The Carnegie Abbey as Director of Public Relations for the O'Neill Properties Group.
Steve Napoli, General Manager & Director of Golf, has been a member of the PGA of America since 1979 and holds a degree in business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. His career in golf began with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he was an Assistant Golf Professional at the Dodgertown Golf Course located at their spring training facility in Vero Beach Florida. Prior to joining the golf staff at Liberty National in July of 2012, Steve has served as the Director of Golf at Wannamoisett Country Club and at the Carnegie Abbey Club.
Steve has been recognized by his peers in New England by being named the PGA Professional of the Year in 1992, the Bill Strausbaugh Award in 1998, and the Junior Golf Leader in 2010. He also received the National Bill Strausbaugh Award in 2003 and is currently the Chairman of the PGA of America Centennial Committee which will be celebrated in 2016. Steve also served on the Board of Control of the PGA of America from 2006 through 2010.
Steve and his wife Mary Ann were married in 1983 and have two grown children, Stephen Jr. and Sarah.
Greg came to Liberty National with over 20 years of golf course knowledge and experience, 14 of those years serving as a golf superintendent. Greg’s educational background consists of a degree in Turf Management from Penn State University, with emphasis on Turf Grass Management.
Greg began his career as an apprentice superintendent at Castle Pines Golf Club as well as Wilmington Country Club before becoming a golf course superintendent at Plainfield Country Club where he spent the past 15 years of his career. He has worked on numerous restoration work at Plainfield Country Club to help restore the course to its original Donald Ross design. In addition to his work at Plainfield Country Club, he has assisted in several tournament preparations throughout the country including: The Masters at Augusta National Golf Club, The US Senior Open and the US Open at the Congressional Country Club, The US Senior Open at Riviera Country Club, the US Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links and the PGA Championship at Oakhill Country Club.
Greg is extremely talented and highly respected in the golf industry and is eager to continue his career at Liberty National.
David Hefty, Controller, joined our team in July, 2008. David oversees all accounting operations of the Club. He is responsible for all aspects of accounting operations, including preparing and maintaining external financial reports, monitoring internal accounting controls, and establishing budgets.
David has over 30 years of experience in management and accounting. He received his certification as a CPA in 1985 and he has specialized in the areas of tax, investment, property management and real estate accounting. He has worked in various industries including public accounting, real estate development and hospitality.
David has a wife and 3 children.
Tanya Landry, F&B/Special Events Manager, a native New Yorker has had an extensive background in the Food and Beverage Industry, in particular, the New York City, South Beach, Miami and Hamptons, NY nightlife. She has been a part of Liberty National’s Management Team since slightly before its doors were opened in July of 2006. She began her time here at Liberty National as the Food and Beverage Manager and is now responsible for all events and outings held at its facilities. Tanya still resides in Brooklyn, New York and is the very proud mother of son, Massimo.