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He is known for having founded, in 1973, Rent-A-Center, Inc., which, under his leadership as CEO, developed into the nation’s largest rent-to-own chain. The company went public in 1983 and subsequently sold to Thorn EMI in late 1987.
Devlin is further known as the developer and owner of Flint Hills National Golf Club, which opened in 1997. Located in Andover, KS, the development includes a nationally ranked, Tom Fazio-designed golf course surrounded by a high-end gated residential community.
Mr. Devlin is active in civic affairs as well as many philanthropic endeavors. Additionally, he has served on the boards of several private and publicly held companies, served as a frequent speaker on topics that include management and entrepreneurship, and participated in the publishing of a book written about his life and Rent-A-Center titled Playing Though.
A Kansas Golf Hall of Fame inductee, Devlin is a member of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews and Society of Seniors. Devlin, who is a Golf Digest panelist emeritus, is director of the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association.
Devlin, 69, attended Wichita State University. He and his wife of 44 years, Myra, have two sons, Tom Jr. and Tim, and four grandchildren.
Tom joined the Flint Hills National team before the course was even built. He worked with Tom Devlin in 1995 to develop this world-class golf course. He has been involved in many entrepreneurial ventures, and throughout all of them has fostered his love for golf.
Jeff originally joined Flint Hills National Golf Club as a member in 1997, and has been president of the club since 2003. Jeff’s involvement in the community includes sitting on the boards of the Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita Collegiate School, Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas (YEK), and Capitol Federal Bank. Jeff’s primary responsibilities at the club are membership recruitment and retention, as well as generating operating revenue.
Bobby was born in Oklahoma City and attended the University of Oklahoma. He has been the general manager of the club since 2000, performing day-to-day operations, financial management and long-range planning for the club. You can find him in all areas of the club on a daily basis.
David is a graduate of The Greenbrier apprenticeship program and started his professional career as a chef. He is experienced in managing fine dining, hotels and private clubs. David is also the 30th member of the hall of fame at the school of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Oklahoma State University where, as an alumnus, he serves on the Advisory board.
Paul began at Flint Hills National in January 1996 during construction of the course. He has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for 25 years and has been employed in the golf course maintenance industry for over 33 years. Paul is responsible for overseeing the playing conditions of the golf course and the 240 acres it encompasses.
Dave has been with Flint Hills National since 1996, and manages golf operation as the director of golf. Dave brings many years of golf experience to Flint Hills National. He was an assistant golf professional at Crestview Country Club from 1987 to 1996 and has been a PGA member since 1991.
Employed as the head golf professional since 2002, Rick has been with the club since its inception in 1997. As a second-generation golf professional with experience in the golf industry both on- and off-course, Rick brings many years of expertise to the club. He oversees all of the in-stock buying for the golf shop, and can assist you with any special order needs. Some of his other areas of expertise are individual/group instruction, event preparation, golf club design/alteration, and custom club fitting.
Andy graduated from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas, in 2002, and has been with Flint Hills National since 2003. Andy manages the caddies, service and sales staff, golf course play, and the driving range. He also gives individual and group lessons and manages the golf shop inventory.
Dylan joined the Flint Hills team in 2012. His passion for working on golf courses started at a very young age. In fact, his first job was here at Flint Hills National, caddying for members at age 14. Since then, Dylan has gone on to earn his bachelor’s degree in golf course management from Kansas State University. He has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America for over 12 years and has volunteered for several USGA tournaments, including the U.S. Open. Using his knowledge and experience, Dylan ensures daily playing conditions are of championship caliber.
Zack graduated from Rutgers University in 2017 and joined the Flint Hills National team in 2019. He has been employed in the Golf course industry since 2010 and has been a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America since 2016. With his drive and experience, Zack effectively and efficiently ensures day to day aesthetics and playability of the golf course.
Debbie began working with Flint Hills National in January 1997, and she and her team oversee landscaping and gardening of the golf course and residential area. She is also our floral designer for holidays and special events, and manages the interior decorating of the clubhouse and lodges.
Chef Dan Gary has been part of the Flint Hills National team since 2001. Chef Dan brings many years of experience in the hotel and club industry to our facility, previously working in Wichita as sous chef at Crestview Country Club and executive chef at El Dorado Country Club.
Damian Lehman has been in the culinary field for over 36 years, 27 of which he has been an Executive Chef. Chef Lehman graduated at the top of his class in 1992 from Johnson County Culinary program. He has worked extensively in the hotel field and spent 14 years as the executive chef at the Wichita Country Club. He is known for his Nouvelle cuisine which has a blend of regional, southwest and pacific rim influences. Chef Lehman also is a master ice sculptor with over 3,600 ice carvings under his belt. Damian has been an avid supporter in many local charities and fundraisers.