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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.
Mike joined the FHN team in March of 2020. He has been in the restaurant and club industry for over 30 years. Starting out bartending working through to Executive Chef into GM. Most recently he was the Clubhouse Manager for and Wichita Country Club and Crestview Country Club. You can find him throughout the club or checking on Lodges daily.
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.
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.
Seth was a golf standout at Winfield High School and Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He went on to win several individual tournaments, including back-to-back individual KCAC Conference Championships. His sophomore year was highlighted by being chosen as a NAIA All-American. Seth’s approach to instruction is to help players maximize their potential by treating every student as an individual, in which they have a unique development plan based off their strengths, weaknesses and physical abilities. Seth enjoys helping students of all ability levels achieve their goals through performance-based coaching.
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.
Corey grew up in Andover Kansas before attending a small school in central Kansas where he played baseball before heading to Kansas State University to receive his degree in Horticulture. Corey moved to Norman, Oklahoma after graduation for a position at Jimmie Austin Golf Club. In July of 2017 Corey started at Flint Hills National and has been responsible for chemical processes including application and budget management.
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.
Kristy started working in the floral industry in 1996. She spent 12 years as a Floral Manager before joining Flint Hills in 2010. During her time at Flint Hills she has managed and worked at cultivating the amazing landscaping around the grounds. Kristie manages a team continuous working on the designs of the flowers, centerpieces and decorations around the clubhouse and property.
Christina Gusella joined the Flint Hills National team in April 2022, having previously overseen the Food & Beverage Department at Capital City Club in Atlanta, Georgia. Christina is passionate about all things hospitality and, over the past decade, her private club experience has led her from the Washington DC Metro Area to Houston, Texas, to Georgia and now to the Midwest. Christina’s responsibilities at FHNGC include overseeing Clubhouse operations and managing the Food & Beverage team. You can find her throughout the Club or checking on lodges daily.
Matthew Prater is the Office Manager/Lodging Director here at Flint Hills National Golf Club. He joined the Flint Hills National team in August 2022, having previously worked in the Devlin Enterprises office. Matthew is the primary point of contact for lodging availability and reservations, as well as questions on dues, statements, and billing. You can find him throughout the Club or checking on lodges daily.