Cohoat & O’Neal Golf Management
Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp. was established on January 1st, 2011 to provide a scope of services related to the golf and real estate industries.
The wealth of knowledge that Matt Cohoat and “Doc” O’Neal bring to this area of expertise is considerable and with outstanding success.
John “Doc” O’Neal
“Doc” O’Neal is a lifelong resident of Carmel, Indiana. Doc’s background includes the establishment of a private golf Club, The Bridgewater Club, the premier golf and residential community in the State of Indiana, including a 750 acre high end residential development. The Bridgewater Club includes an 80,000 square foot clubhouse, including fitness, swimming, food and beverage, large events including wedding receptions, a 9-hole executive golf course and an 18-hole Pete Dye-designed Championship golf course which was host to the 2005 Junior Solheim Cup.
In addition, “Doc” was President of Crooked Stick Golf Club, President of the Carmel Dads’ Club, and founding President of the Indiana Golf Foundation and was responsible for raising the necessary funds ($2,500,000) to build the Gongaware Golf Academy located in Franklin, Indiana. “Doc” was Chairman of the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open Championship played at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. “Doc” has been directly involved in assisting over 5,000 young people learn and understand all facets of the game of golf.
- Captain and MVP of the Purdue University Men’s Golf Team (1972-1975)
- 1987 Indiana Runner-Up Player of the Year
- 1997 Indiana State Amateur Runner Up
- Crooked Stick Club Champion (1980,1988)
- 1982 Northern Open Champion
- 1993 Indiana High School Hall of Fame Inductee
Doc is married to Carol Culp O’Neal and they have four children and four granddaughters.
Matt is Chief Financial Officer of Becknell Industrial Properties, a privately-held full-service real estate developer and owner of nearly 5 million square feet of industrial warehouse and distribution properties located in 30 states across the United States. Matt is responsible for strategic planning, accounting, finance, IT, HR and administrative services at Becknell Industrial.
Prior to joining Becknell, Matt was Chief Investment Officer of Estridge Homes assisting with development. Matt was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty Corporation, ($8.0 billion publicly traded real estate investment trust). Matt was named to that position in January 2003. He had had been with Duke since 1990, serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer before his 2003 promotion.
Before joining Duke, Matt spent eight years with Ernst & Young. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Purdue University in 1982 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
- United Way of Central Indiana
- Cathedral High School
- St. Mary’s Child Center
- Western Golf Association
Matt earned an Evans Scholarship to Purdue University through the Evans Scholars program as a caddy and was instrumental in bringing a caddy program to Wood Wind Golf Club in 2009 and Prairie View Golf Club in 2013. Matt and Doc together combined their efforts to bring Wood Wind Golf Club to a new standard, enhanced the bottom line results, and started the “Doc” O’Neal Golf Academy at Wood Wind in 2009. Cohoat and O’Neal established a new sense of pride that resulted in a wonderful golf experience for all golfers who played Wood Wind Golf Club in the past ten years.
Matt and his wife Jan have four children (Jimmy (Wife, Alli), Kelly, Joey and Bobby. They are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
Rich joined Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp. in January, 2015 as Controller and was promoted to Vice President – Finance and Administration in January, 2017. In his current role, Rich oversees all aspects of the company’s accounting, finance, I.T., H.R. and administrative functions.
Prior to joining Cohoat and O’Neal, Rich spent 30 years as a financial executive working with numerous companies in the areas of financial planning, transaction structuring, due diligence, asset management and accounting. Many of those years were spent in the senior housing and long-term care industries serving as the interface between finance and operations for some of the leading providers including Beverly Enterprises, Basic American Medical Inc., Marriot International, and Forum Group, Inc. Additionally, Rich has been involved in the structuring and oversight of many private equity transactions in several industries including senior housing, aviation, golf products and services, commercial and residential real estate, hospitality and entertainment.
Rich is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN and resides in Carmel, IN.
Rich is active in the Carmel United Methodist Church and serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Carmel Dads’ Club.
Rich and his wife, Jane, have three children (Brad, Mark and Kyle)
Colin joined Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp. in January 2017 after 3 years with Applied Golf, a Golf Management firm based in New Jersey. His experience with Applied Golf included 2 years as Club Manager for a 18 hole Semi-Private operation in Western Massachusetts (Hickory Ridge Golf Club).
Before joining the Golfing Industry back in 2014, Colin managed businesses in the Insurance/Investment Fields and Medical Fields.
Colin is a graduate of Carmel High School (’03) and Purdue University (’07, B.S. Sales Management).
During Colin’s time at Purdue University, he was involved in the growth of his Major (Sales Management). His involvement in Pi Sigma Epsilon, a National Sales Fraternity (Events Chair-2006-2007), Purdue’s Corporate Sponsorship Program (Team Leader), and Purdue’s Regional Sales Team all assisted to the growth in numbers to the School and provided new opportunities for future students in this Major. Colin was selected by his Professors to be a Teaching Assistant and Group Leader in numerous course studies that pertained to the Sales Management Major at Purdue University.
- MIC All-Conference First Team (Carmel H.S. 2002)
- IHSAA State Championship Participant (Carmel H.S. 2002 & 2003)
- Indiana State Amateur Championship Participant (2012 & 2013)
- Wood Wind Club Champion (2011 & 2012)
Colin takes pride in the relationships he has with family, friends, associates, and business partners.
Colin’s primary business objective is to promote the Game of Golf within Local, State, and National Markets and preserving and growing Golf Operations in those markets.
SCOPE OF SERVICES FOR GOLF
- Organizational Structure
- Acquisitions and Lease Management Agreements
- Business Analysis
- Revenue Growth
- Expense Management
- Complete Financial Analysis and Labor Analysis
- Budgeting, Forecasting and Long Term Planning
- Monthly Reporting
- Service Training
- Golf Operations
- Caddie Program
- Food and Beverage/Event Management
- Maintenance Assessment Review and Procedures/Course Agronomics
- Meeting with Department Heads and Assistants
- Website, Social Network and Technology
- Equipment Lease Review
- Policies and Procedures
- Insurance Review
- Licenses and Permits
- Membership Analysis
- Amenities Study
- Capital Needs Review
- Revenue Enhancement
- ATC Training
- Prairie View Golf Club – Carmel, Indiana –
owned and operated/managed since 2013. Host site of the 2014-2024 IHSAA Girls and Boys State Championships and The 2018 Indiana Open Championship
- Wood Wind Golf Club – Westfield, Indiana –
leased and operated/managed since January, 2011. Host site of the 2018 Deem National Pro-Am
- Elwood Golf Links – Elwood, Indiana –
responsible for the complete restoration of the community golf course that had been closed for over two years. Grand re-opening occured May 13, 2017. One nine has been completed. The second nine is planned to re-open in early 2019. Cohoat and O’Neal has operated/managed the golf facility from September, 2016. Elwood HS Boys & Girls Golf Programs have been re-instated and Junior Golf Programs have become popular with the resurgance of Golf in Elwood!
- Old Oakland Golf Club – Indianapolis, Indiana – Currently manage/operate this 27 hole, private facility. Implemented renovation project which included new bunkers, new cart paths and new irrigation system, pump and pumphouse and some golf course re-design
- The Golf Preserve at Frankfort – Frankfort, Indiana –
operated/managed from December, 2011 through December, 2015
- Brookshire Golf Club – Carmel, Indiana –
provideda complete facility analysis and review conducted in 2011 the course is municipally owned by the City of Carmel, Indiana. Developed a “branding” plan/marketing concept in 2015
- Cattails Golf Club – Elwood, Indiana – provided maintenance consulting throughout the year of 2013 and 2014
- The Club at Chatham Hills – Westfield, Indiana –
new private residential golf course community development; started construction in the Summer of 2014 – provided consulting work for owner/developer through 2016 on golf course and golf operations
- Echo Farms Golf Club – Wilmington, North Carolina –
called in by Applied Golf, Inc. (the management company) to assist in consulting and marketing plans for three months in 2013
- Green Acres Golf Club – Kokomo, Indiana –
management and operations from November, 2014 through December, 2016
- Elbel Park Golf Course – South Bend, Indiana –
consulting and maintenance work in Fall of 2016 for Parks Director. Provided analysis of Elbel Park maintenance issues