Meet The Staff
Jason Sheffield, General Manager Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina
A native of Owasso, Oklahoma, Jason Sheffield was the natural selection for Eddy Gibbs as his choice to lead the challenge of rebuilding Oklahoma’s most storied golf resort. Following graduation from Owasso High School and finishing undergraduate studies at the top of his class at the University of Oklahoma College of Business, Jason returned to Owasso where, ironically, he declined a job offer at Gibbs’ Ameristar Fence Products, and chose an entrepreneurial career path instead. An information systems specialist by degree, Jason worked with a diversified operation that handled management of varied enterprises including real estate development, subdivision planning, home building, real estate law and title insurance. Before long, he was not only managing partnerships for multiple home building and real estate development operations, but was also heading a home building company of his own.
In fact, Jason had seven new homes nearing completion in January, 2010, when Eddy Gibbs caught him on his cell phone with an offer he couldn’t refuse. Gibbs, who had known Jason most of his entire life, asked him to partner with him to buy Shangri-La Resort and rebuild it to restore the property to its legendary greatness. By April of that year, Jason was on property at Shangri-La working out of a makeshift office with a skeleton staff. A little over a year later, the Shangri-La Golf Course was once again the talk of the golf community.
Jason describes himself as a “family, friends and community guy,” and he loves sports, “especially University of Oklahoma athletics.” He and his wife, Brenda, live in Grove with their three children, Nora, Isaac, and Katie Rae.
Assistant General Manager PGA Director of Golf, PGA Certified Instructor, Operations
A native of East Stroudsburg, PA, Rob is a second generation PGA Golf Professional with 20 years of Golf and Business experience under his belt. He has worked at some of the finest golf courses and clubs in America and prides himself on delivering premier products and first class services. With a BS in Business Management from Oral Roberts University and time as an owner and producer of Blue Yonder Films, Rob has a diverse background that enables him to wear the many hats that a Director of Golf must wear.
Rob is married to renowned Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Dr. Tammy Yanovitch, and has a son named Ilya who loves hockey almost as much as his dad does. Rob's love of the game of golf goes far beyond the business world. He is an accomplished player and teacher and enjoys conversations about the swing, golf course design, and has a great respect for the history of the game, taught to him by his father Vince, a 50 year PGA member. Along with his PGA Class A Membership, Rob has achieved PGA Special Certifications in both Instruction and Golf Operations.
Director of Communications
Mike Williams is both a longtime Grand Laker, a Shangri-La historical authority and a recognized advertising, communications, public relations and government relations expert. He has a broad base of radio, television and newspaper experience, having served during his career as Assistant News Director for KTOK Radio and the Oklahoma Radio News Network, Managing Editor of KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City and Managing Editor of The Chronicle of Grand Lake.
Williams and his wife, Cari, owned an advertising, public relations, government relations and political consulting firm in Oklahoma City for many years before moving to Grand Lake full time in 1993. Most recently, Mike operated his own consulting firm, C.M. Williams Consulting LLC. Mike and Cari were Grand Lake enthusiasts long before moving here full-time. They have owned boats and weekend Grand Lake residences since the 1970’s and were members of the original Shangri-La Resort.
Having worked as Manager of Cherokee Yacht Club Marina and as Director of Operations for Ugly John’s Custom Boats & RVs, Mike is also a valuable asset in the marketing of the wide variety of facilities at Shangri-La Marina. He supervises all communications and government relations efforts for the entire Shangri-La operation.
Mike and Cari live in the midst of Shangri-La Golf Club’s course, in Vista Towers. They are well known Monkey Islanders, having raised their four grown children, all graduates of Grove High School, on the Island.
Jon Davidson, Vice-President of Operations
Jon Davidson is Vice-President of Operations at Shangri-La, with responsibilities including oversight of design, construction, and operation of the Shangri-La Resort Hotel scheduled to open in the Spring of 2017.
With more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jon came to Shangri-La from Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa where he served as Senior Director of Hospitality Services for eight years. During that time, he focused primarily on expansion and new construction of casinos and hotels in both Tulsa and West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma.
Jon served a critical role throughout construction of the 50,000-square-foot casino in West Siloam Springs, which features multiple food and beverage venues and a 142-room hotel. He managed all furniture, fixtures and equipment selection, procurement and installation, as well as consulted on all design components and changes. He served in the same capacity for the expansion of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, which included a 20,000-square-foot casino, a 30,000-square-foot convention center, a 19-story tower with 208 new rooms and suites, several dining venues and a $20 million entertainment venue.
Prior to his tenure at Hard Rock, he served in several different capacities for a full-service hotel ownership and consultant group for nearly 20 years, working with a full spectrum of hotel properties, segments and multiple brands as Vice-President of Operations.
Dana Able, Director of Sales
Shangri-La’s Director of Sales Dana Able is a native of nearby Welch, Oklahoma. After graduating from Welch High School and Oklahoma State University, Dana moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked briefly for real estate development/investment giant Tramell Crowe Company.
After a year, she joined Bell Atlantic Telephone in a joint venture project with GTE. When Bell Atlantic bought out GTE the company became Verizon. Dana was with the company for 26 years serving as Director of Sales, then Area Vice President of Sales in the Pennsylvania/New York market before retiring in February 2014 as Area Vice President, Regional Strategy and Development for the northeastern region of the United States.
She returned home to Grand Lake in March, 2014 and spent a couple of years enjoying relaxation and well-deserved time with many members of her family who live in the area. With the development of Shangri-La’s new resort hotel well underway, Dana joined the Shangri-La team as Director of Sales in October, 2016. She lives in the nearby “Vintage” community on the shores of Grand Lake.