The American Dunes Heroes

All great stories have a hero.  The American Dunes story was written by the heroic effort of an amazing group of Patriots.

The Partners

American Dunes salutes our partners for their patriotism and support of this noble mission.

(Dave North, LT COL Dan Rooney, Jack & Barbara Nicklaus, George Rusu, Nick Hentges, and Ryan Lewellyn)

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Lt Col Dan Rooney

Lt Col Dan Rooney. PGA Professional. F-16 pilot with three tours of duty in Iraq. Husband to one, father to five girls. A friend worth having.

And the founder of The Folds of Honor Foundation.

The beginnings were humble, created by a thunderous life-changing event on a flight to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The “mission video” recounts that night in storyteller’s detail, we invite you to watch it.

American Dunes stands as a living memorial to the birthplace of this remarkable organization. With a powerful keyword: living. Memorials, by themselves, do not fund scholarships. People do, which is the laser-focused mission of American Dunes — to fund The Folds of Honor Foundation.

Lt Col Dan Rooney. PGA Professional. F-16 pilot with three tours of duty in Iraq. Husband to one, father to five girls. A friend worth having.  And the founder of The Folds of Honor Foundation.  The beginnings were humble, created by a thunderous life-changing event on a flight to Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

The “mission video” recounts that night in storyteller’s detail, we invite you to watch it.  American Dunes stands as a living memorial to the birthplace of this remarkable organization. With a powerful keyword: living. Memorials, by themselves, do not fund scholarships. People do, which is the laser-focused mission of American Dunes — to fund The Folds of Honor Foundation.

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Jack Nicklaus

Often great stories have a crooked road. American Dunes is living proof. Fate brought Jack and Barbara Nicklaus to Grand Haven, Michigan, and with Lt. Colonel Rooney, the three of them cast their vision standing in the sands of what Mr. Nicklaus saw clearly in his heart and mind — American Dunes. 

We are humbled and blessed to have Mr. Nicklaus lead this team. His vision for American Dunes transcends golf, serving not only the mission of the Folds of Honor but a safe haven for veterans and their families to find rehabilitation through the greatest game ever played. Jack’s game. 

The Record

1
Masters
1
PGA Championships
1
U.S. Opens
1
British Opens

Nick Hentges

Mr. Hentges is the Co-CEO of Captive Resources, Inc.  He is responsible for the overall representation of CRI to its captive clients and shares direct responsibility for the day-to-day running of the company — including Production, Administration, Risk Control, Claims, Human Resources, Finance, Legal, Information Services, and Travel. Nick is also involved in strategic planning for CRI.

Mr. Hentges is invaluable asset to the American Dunes mission success.

Ryan Lewellyn

Mr. Lewellyn is best identified as a Jesus follower, husband, father of three, and energy industry leader. Mr. Lewellyn’s leadership guides the execution of Tall Oak Midstream’s distinctive vision. He and his partners formed Tall Oak Midstream I in early 2014. Their efforts drove the remarkable growth of the company which culminated in the $1.55 billion sale in January 2016, just two years after Tall Oak I was formed.

Mr. Lewellyn’s passion for the Folds of Honor serves as a beacon to our mission at American Dunes.

Dave North

As CEO of Sedgwick, Mr. North is responsible for providing overall corporate leadership in strategic development and growth. He joined Sedgwick in 1995. Under his leadership Sedgwick has grown to become the largest TPA in the industry.

As Mr. North explains his success,

…the people I work with have made this company what it is today and I am honored to have been part of the incredible transformation we have experienced together…

Mr. North’s patriotism has led him to the Folds of Honor and American Dunes.  His guidance and expertise has been imperative to our mission.

George Rusu

Mr. Rusu is the Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Captive Resources, Inc. Mr. Rusu has led the company’s growth for more than 35 years. He is responsible for the overall representation of Captive Resources to its captives and strategic oversight and direction of all CRI operations. He has served as a director of numerous companies, including an investment fund for CRI client captives and industry associations.

Mr. Rusu brings tremendous insight to the American Dunes team.

Mike & Dina Dargis

As with all success stories, there is always that someone who unexpectedly contributes support.  Mike & Dina Dargis are those people at American Dunes, our  Benevolent Patriots.  Their  support of the mission continues to inspire us at American Dunes.

American Dunes Hole Sponsors

Tom & Alison Beckmeyer

Mike & Jane Beltz

Steve & Lou Ann Caruthers

Mike & Dina Dargis

Bill & Rusty Duvall

Jim & Brenda Dykema

Matt & Beth Frauenshuh

Jeremy & Judith Freedman

Fred & Sue Hohman

Steve & Shawn Landstra

Dave North

Ryan &  Jenny Lewellyn

Jack & Barbara Nicklaus

Tommy & Avery O’Connor III

Dave & Jane Peacock

John & Sandy Rooney

George & Cindy Rusu

Dave & Teryl Schawk

Perry & Anne Schmidt

Tom & Lori Simoncic

Gary & Gabby Woodland

American Dunes Corporate Salutes

Brian Idle

C & I Electric

Cadillac Fabrication

Club Prophet

Custom Sheet Metal

Dykema Trucking

Event Pro 360

EZGO 

Ferguson Plumbing Supply

Frazzo Hydroseeding

Georgetown Pavement Services

Grand Haven Board of Light & Power

Granite Pro Counter Tops

Idea Ranch

Jon Scott

Mike McMaths Empty Canvas

Orshal Construction

Preferred Flooring Company

Profile Seed

Rainbird

Reith Reilly

Renaissance Golf Management Group, Inc.

Shaw Carpet

Site One

SOR Seed of Oregon

Stafford Smith Bar Equip

Straits Corporation

Superior Golf Construction

Tex-Net Range Netting

Up North Flag & Poles

Utility Supply and Const. Company