Erik Anderson is a leader in global innovation. He is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WestRiver Group (WRG) since 2002. WRG is a collaboration of leading investment firms providing integrated capital solutions to the global innovation economy. In 2018, Anderson became Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a global community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.
Anderson is also the Executive Chairman of Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment company. In this role, he has received numerous honors, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2018 and 2017 he was honored by Goldman Sachs as one of their Top 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. In 2019 and 2018 he was ranked by Golf Inc.as the No. 3 most powerful person in the golf industry after being ranked No. 8 in 2017.
Anderson is Vice-Chairman of ONEHOPE, a cause-centric consumer brand and technology company, most commonly known for their award-winning wine and world-class vineyard in Napa, Calif. Additionally, Anderson is the founder of America’s Foundation for Chess, currently serving 160,000 children in the United States with its First Move curriculum. He serves on the Board of Play Magnus, an interactive chess app inspired by Magnus Carlsen, the reigning World Chess Champion.
In 2019, he became a Board member of Pro.com, a leader in the home improvement experience industry. His investment experience includes being Partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners, CEO of Matthew G Norton Co. and Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co. Anderson was recognized early in his career as one of the top “40 under 40” young achievers and emerging leaders by Seattle’s Puget Sound Business Journal.
He holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree (Cum Laude) in Management Engineering from Claremont McKenna College. Anderson lives in Kirkland, Wash., with his family, including his wife Deborah and children Natalie, Claire and Trevor.
Dolf Berle serves as Chief Executive Officer of Topgolf Entertainment Group where he leads the company’s overall vision, global growth strategies and the company P&L. A proven leader, Dolf has a passion for driving results through an enhanced guest experience and is highly regarded for his strategic thought leadership. With a focus on delivering unmatched experiences, championing technology innovations and creating communities of fans, Dolf is instrumental in rallying the entire Topgolf brand to connect people in meaningful ways.
Prior to joining Topgolf, Dolf’s career has included roles as President and COO of Dave & Buster’s, President of Lucky Strike Lanes, COO of House of Blues and Executive Vice President of Hospitality and Division Head at ClubCorp. Dolf earned his undergraduate degree and MBA from Harvard University, and a Master of Arts degree in African History from the University of Zimbabwe.
Dolf truly believes in helping people discover what connects them through friendly competition and fun. In his spare time, he is a dedicated athlete who has competed on American Ninja Warrior and is the reigning world champion in the pole vault for men 55-59 years old. He was recently named to the U.S.A. Track & Field Board of Directors and also serves on the National Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, one of Topgolf’s charitable partners. Dolf resides in Dallas with his wife Julia and their three children.
Eldridge Burns serves as Topgolf Entertainment Group General Counsel and oversees legal matters for all company departments. Eldridge is known for calm leadership and expertise while also providing strategic legal counsel for key initiatives throughout the organization.
Prior to joining Topgolf in 2016, Eldridge was with Santander Consumer USA Inc., where he served for 10 years as the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel. Before that, he spent nine years as the Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel at Blockbuster. Eldridge began his legal career as an associate at Vinson & Elkins Law Firm.
Eldridge is a graduate of Southern Methodist University and earned his Juris Doctor from The University of Texas. Eldridge is an avid San Antonio Spurs fan and even named his dog after George Gervin. He and his wife Paige currently reside in Dallas and are new empty nesters with both of their sons now in college.
Chris Callaway serves as Chief Development Officer for Topgolf Entertainment Group, leading the Real Estate Development, Design and Construction teams. Chris oversees the site selection for Topgolf venue expansion across the globe and works to ensure that the brand is a catalyst for local economic growth in the communities where Topgolf operates.
Chris joined Topgolf in 2017 after 25 years with Walmart, where he led the development of more than 500 new Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Clubs. Most recently, he served as the U.S. Vice President of Real Estate and Facilities Support for Sam’s Club. His main responsibilities included real estate, design, construction, remodeling and facilities maintenance.
Chris is a proud alumnus of the University of Arkansas and an avid Razorbacks fan. And while not related in any way to Callaway Golf Company, he enjoys playing golf frequently. Chris currently resides in Arkansas with his family.
YuChiang Cheng serves as President of Topgolf Media following Topgolf Entertainment Group's successful acquisition of World Golf Tour (WGT), the world’s largest golf website and mobile golf game, which he co-founded in 2006. At Topgolf Media, YuChiang and his team tap their gaming, entertainment and tech expertise to create meaningful, shared digital moments for the Topgolf community. Through the use of technology, Topgolf Media further enhances in-venue golf games, apps and virtual experiences. In addition, the company supports the Topgolf experience with strategic partnerships, sponsorships and digital content.
Under YuChiang’s leadership, WGT grew from zero to nearly 30MM players, bringing console-quality graphics to web and mobile platforms. WGT was one of the first U.S. games to leverage free-to-play in-app purchases and in-game native advertising. Prior to WGT, YuChiang served on the executive team of WagerWorks (NYSE: IGT) as vice president of corporate development and product marketing. While at WagerWorks, he helped launch online gaming favorites Virgin Games, World Poker Tour and Hard Rock Casino before the company was acquired by IGT in 2005.
YuChiang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College. He lives in Silicon Valley and, when not playing golf, you’ll find him restoring classic cars, playing hockey and wrestling his dogs.
William Davenport joined Topgolf Entertainment Group as Chief Financial Officer in 2013, leading the brand’s bold, purposeful approach to growth through operational finance and strategic planning. William’s trusted leadership and influence has helped shape Topgolf’s accelerated and profitable growth across the business.
Prior to joining Topgolf, William spent 13 years with Brinker International where he led the finance department for the Maggiano’s brand before being named Senior Vice President of Finance for both Chili’s and On the Border restaurant brands. Additionally, William successfully evaluated new restaurant brands for acquisition into the Brinker portfolio.
He has also held the roles of Vice President of Finance for Neiman Marcus and Last Call, and CFO for Haggar Clothing Company.
William earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from Texas A&M University and currently resides in Dallas with his family.
Rebecca (Becky) Fine serves as Chief People Officer for Topgolf Entertainment Group, where she leads the strategy to connect and create meaningful experiences for the nearly 15,000 TG Associates across the globe.
Becky joined Topgolf in 2019 with more than 30 years of human resources and operations experience in the food and beverage industry. She has spent most of her career helping companies drive profitable growth, starting with company culture as the focal point.
Prior to joining Topgolf, Becky worked with Millstone Capital Advisors as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member of Lion’s Choice. She has also held roles including Chief Operating Officer of Honolulu Coffee Company in Hawaii and Chief People Officer of Panera Bread, where she was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Restaurants” by QSR Magazine.
Becky currently serves on the Board of Directors for Native Foods, a premier, fast-casual vegan restaurant group. For 10 years, she served as Chairwoman of Winning Women, a non-profit women’s foundation that focuses on mentoring women in business and politics to bridge gaps and remove barriers to success. Becky currently resides in Dallas with her family.
As Chief Customer Officer for Topgolf Entertainment Group, Lynda Firey-Oldroyd creates and leads the strategic vision and executional roadmap for Topgolf’s strategy, customer insights and marketing initiatives across all Topgolf business lines. With a heightened focus on the customer experience, Lynda’s team leverages the power of creating emotional connections combined with the power of insight-driven truths to drive visits and create long-term competitive advantages.
Lynda joined Topgolf in February 2019 as Vice President of Guest Insights and Strategy after an adventurous career that included senior roles at PepsiCo, Nordstrom, Gap and Starbucks. Her experience creating value through insights can be found from her work on tough business problems like Pepsi’s transformation from a soft drink company to a total beverage company, Taco Bell’s turnaround, and Nordstrom’s becoming a leading Millennial brand.
Lynda is passionate about leveraging people, culture, macro trends and analytics to build compelling stories. In addition, she is known for her talents in translating research and observations into clear insights and business implications.
Lynda earned her undergraduate degree and MBA from Virginia Tech. In her spare time, she swims, paddleboards, hikes and lovingly tends to her small, but impressive garden.
Craig Kessler serves as Chief Operating Officer for Topgolf U.S. venues and emerging concepts. As COO, Craig is responsible for the U.S. venue business P&L including leading the innovation pipeline for venue growth, revenue programming, menu design, and day-to-day operations for food & beverage, the guest experience, retail, and training.
Craig joined Topgolf in 2016 following a successful career in the global finance industry. At the time Craig joined Topgolf, the company had ~6,000 Associates and 14 venues. Since then, Topgolf has grown to more than 55 US venues with more than 20,000 Associates. Along the way, Craig has played a crucial role in shaping the deeply caring and edgy Topgolf culture, inspired by the idea of Creating Moments That Matter For Everyone.
Craig began his career with McKinsey & Company before moving into an operating partner role with the private equity firm KKR. Most recently, Craig worked for Providence Equity Partners in New York, where he provided strategic business counsel to media and education companies.
Craig is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Along with being an avid sports enthusiast, one of his most unique life experiences includes arguing a case on “Judge Judy.” Craig lives in Dallas with his wife Nicole and their three sons.
Steve Lane serves as Vice President, International Strategy & Franchise Management for Topgolf Entertainment Group, leading the International team and overseeing the company’s global expansion strategy for all U.K.-based Topgolf venues and franchise partnerships across the globe. Steve is a dynamic leader who brings a wealth of experience in franchise contract development and negotiations to support Topgolf Entertainment Group’s aggressive growth to new markets, including the U.A.E., Mexico, Asia and Central Europe.
Prior to joining Topgolf, Steve worked at Catalina Marketing Corp., a personalized media communications company, as Vice President for the U.K., Germany, Italy and Benelux regions for nine years. Additionally, Steve worked in a variety of leadership roles at Kimberly-Clark for 13 years in covering Trade Marketing, Category Management and Sales.
Steve resides near London with his wife Isabel and three sons, Tom, Eddie and George. Steve has a passion for cars and even is known for spinning one off a race track without doing any damage.
Andrew Macaulay serves as Chief Technology Officer for Topgolf Entertainment Group, where he leads the development of innovative ways to experience and grow the game of golf – in-person, virtually and digitally. As a self-proclaimed golf lover, Andrew works to introduce new audiences to the game through technology.
Prior to Topgolf, Andrew served as CIO at WesTower Communications, a leader in the cell tower construction and maintenance business. He is also the former CIO at Clearwire Communications, the company that built the first-ever 4G wireless network in the U.S. There, he transformed the cost, quality, engagement and output of the IT Department.
Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Operations Research from the University of Leeds in England, and an MBA from Baylor University in Texas. Andrew is from the U.K. near Watford, the home of the first Topgolf venue. Today, Andrew resides in Dallas with his wife and their three sons.
Ron Powers is President of the Topgolf Swing Suite social experience that features Topgolf simulators, comfortable lounge seating, HDTVs and food and beverage service in locations such as hotels, sports arenas, shopping centers, cruise liners and more.
Across his 30-year career in the gaming software industry, Ron has worked with the biggest brands in the business, including EA, Facebook, Google, Apple, Sony and Nintendo. Most recently, he served as president and chief executive officer of SportsWorld, Inc. His experience spans startups to large conglomerates, and he’s held senior leadership positions at Arkadium, Inc.; EA; PopCap Games; iPlay and GameHouse, Inc. Throughout his career, Ron has secured publishing rights for hundreds of games and led companies through the many stages of growth and rebirth.
A fan of the Pacific Northwest, Ron attended Oregon State University and currently resides in Seattle. In his free time, he volunteers with a local animal sanctuary and enjoys golf, cycling, snowboarding, and water sports with his family and friends.
As President of Toptracer, Ben Sharpe leads the innovation and expansion strategy for Toptracer technology and Toptracer Range to continue to revolutionize the way people experience the game of golf.
Prior to joining the Topgolf Entertainment Group family of brands, Ben spent nine years at TaylorMade-adidas Golf, starting as the Vice President of the EMEA/Pacific region. During that time, he increased the business from $100 million to $250 million in six years, making the region the best-performing one in the group. In 2012, he became Global President of Adidas Golf, delivering a record year in terms of sales and profit. He became CEO in 2014 and started the turnaround strategy, bringing in a new executive team before returning home to the UK in 2015. Ben also previously served as CEO of Lyle & Scott, repositioning the business from a knitwear manufacturer to one of the leading fashion labels in the UK and Scandinavia.
Ben graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, where he earned a degree in business studies. He lives with his wife, two children and a family dog in London. Ben is quite the athlete – he is a former British Olympian in field hockey and an avid golfer with a handicap of 4. Ben loves to cheer on the Aston Villa Football Club and is a lover of bad jokes.
Topgolf Entertainment Group’s leadership team has diverse backgrounds from a broad set of industries with a proven history of building scalable global operations and navigating the world of experiential sports entertainment, technology and culture.