The Tekoa Team
Daniel Burack, Business Owner, President
Dan Burack has been the President and Owner of Tekoa Country Club since 2009. He and his leadership team bring a diverse background of golf-course and banquet management skills in their different roles. Each specialized in their field of expertise, adding valuable knowledge and successful personal management techniques to maximize customer satisfaction in today's changing market.
Dan has been a successful business owner and entrepreneur for more than 40 years having owned and operated several businesses. In the mid-eighties he co-founded Mr B’s Redstone Tavern a very successful restaurant and bar in East Longmeadow. That experience provided him with the knowledge and expertise of the food and beverage operation. Dan's father was an avid golfer who, over the years, belonged to three golf courses, providing Dan the opportunity to learn to play golf at an early age, as well as develop a love for the sport. In addition to Tekoa Country Club, Dan also has a thriving commercial real estate investment company.
Since purchasing Tekoa Country Club, Dan has become very active in the local community. He is past- president of the Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee. Serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for the Greater Westfield Boys and Girls Club, and in 2016 was the recipient of the President Award. He also serves on the Board of Directors of WestMass Area Development Corporation, the Forest Park Zoo and is very active in the East Longmeadow Rotary Club.
Rick Leal, Golf Professional
After spending 13 years at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, MA., Rick is excited to expand his career at Tekoa. He served as the Head Professional at Wyckoff Country Club last year and was Tony Kelley's Assistant Professional for twelve years prior. Rick is a fine player, and excellent teacher, and has played in two USGA Championships. He has won many local and regional events, which has expanded his knowledge and expertise in the field. His experience managing golf tournaments and outings will take him far. Rick is hoping to expand the public's golf knowledge and industry awareness through openly and excitedly teaching youth, and other interested individuals.
Allan Young Jr., Golf Course Superintendent
Allan is born and raised in Westfield, MA where he has thrived within the small town atmosphere. He went to Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) and received this Associates in Landscape Design and Management. Along with that, Allan attended Stockbridge School of Agriculture where he studied Turf Grass Management and received his Associates degree. To finish out his education, Allan attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (UMASS) and received this Bachelors in Plant and Soil Science. Allan has vast experience, including three years spent as the Assistant Superintendent at the Ranch, in Southwick. He also spent ten years as the Superintendent at Southwick Country Club and following that, a year at Springfield Country Club as the Assistant Superintendent.
Tori Abarno, Wedding Planner/Event Coordinator
Tori has 18 years of experience in the hospitality industry. She started at the young age of 15 and quickly moved between the various positions; including but not limited to, banquet server, banquet captain, event supervisor, bartender, and event rental coordinator. All of this experience has led Tori to excel in her career as a well-rounded wedding and event coordinator. She loves to connect with and get to know her clients values. The relationships she builds through this job are very important to her and she is beyond grateful for the opportunity to help be a part of your occasion to remember.
Anthony Padilla, Executive Chef
Anthony has been with Tekoa Country Club since 2012. He started as a 19th Hole Cook and Prep Cook, but after one short year, he was quickly promoted to the Sous Chef. He was the Sous Chef for five years and has been our Executive Chef for just about three years. He loves being a part of our clients occasions to remember and aspires to be as flexible as possible to accommodate their needs. He has a culinary arts degree from Brandford Hall (2011). Overall, his focus is on using the freshest ingredients to ensure a great dining experience for all of our clients.
Misty Dudley, Sous Chef
Misty started working at Tekoa Country Club in 2016. She started as a 19th Hole Cook, was promoted the following year to a Banquet Prep Cook, and then became our Sous Chef. She studied culinary arts during her four years at Keefe Technical/Regional High School. She says that hard-work, loyalty, and determination are the ingredients for her success story.
Brittany Kott, Bar Manager
Brittany has been with Tekoa since 2018. She started in the 19th hole Bar and Grill as a bartender/server and with her go-getter attitude and nearly ten years of experience she soon made her way to becoming the Bar Manager. A true people person, Brittany enjoys shaking up some delicious cocktails almost as much as chatting with the guests.
Jennifer Godaire, Event Supervisor
Jennifer has been working at Tekoa Country Club since August of 2014. She started as a Banquet Server, got promoted to the Lead Server, and then became the Event Supervisor. She is currently a Business Administration and Marketing major at Bay Path University and has high hopes for the potential she can achieve through her degree she is working toward and management position at Tekoa.