Team Bios

Mike Abbott

CEO, Operations

Recognized as an experienced senior-level executive with more than 25 years of proven success in the resort and hospitality industry. Mr. Abbott is one of the most recognizable names in golf course and hospitality development, management and operations. In addition, Mr. Abbott is a two-time “PGA Merchandiser of the Year,” a former ESPN golf commentator and a swing coach to such noted PGA TOUR players as Mark O’Meara, Paul Stankowski, Pat Perez, and others.

Gerald Whitley

Director of Sales

With 25 years of sales /marketing and sales management experience, Gerald began his real estate career as a top sales executive for Reynolds Plantation, a luxury lakefront resort and golf community on Lake Oconee, near Greensboro, Georgia. He later joined the sales team at St. James Plantation in Southport, North Carolina, where he enjoyed a successful selling career prior to moving into sales management. During his career, Gerald has held sales / marketing, sales management or consulting positions with some of the most successful recreational resort communities in America, while helping to generate over 1,750 sales and $950 million in revenues. He served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Reunion Resort & Club in Orlando, Florida where he was responsible for the start‐up and management of all marketing and sales programs, as well as recruiting and training a 21 person sales and marketing team. Gerald was responsible for directing the inaugural launch of the community that resulted in over $45 million in sales as well as managing the traditional sales programs that followed.

Gerald served as Director of Sales with Promontory Club in Park City, Utah where he managed all real estate operations for the developer. His responsibilities included recruiting and training a 25 person sales and administrative team that continuously exceeded developer sales goals and objectives, developing a cooperative broker program for Park City real estate brokers, and managing the company’s resale program. During Gerald’s three tenures at Promontory, he was directly responsible for leading the sales teams’ collective achievements of 453 sales for over $329 million, consistently dominating the market place. Brought back in 2013 to bring focus on developer sales, the sales team under his leadership increased developer sales by 64% in one year.

Gerald is a graduate of Mars Hill University (North Carolina) and is a licensed real estate broker. He was an avid athlete including college and minor league professional football. Today, he enjoys personal training, hiking, biking, backpacking and snowboarding with his three daughters. Also, has been a snowboard instructor for four seasons with Solitude Mountain Resort in Utah.

Randy Naylor

HOA Manager

Randy brings a wealth of experience to the position of HOA Manager including the oversight of management services, maintenance, capital improvements, insurance underwriting, tax appeals, budgeting, and financial reporting.

Randy was previously involved in major projects for luxury condominiums located in Charleston, SC. These properties are comprised of high-end, mid-rise properties containing hundreds of residential units. These HOA’s were successfully revitalized for financial and operational stability.

Daniel Sumerel

General Manager

With over 15 years in the golf industry, Daniel has worked in both private and public operations focusing on customer service and the customer experience. Daniel has led the golf operation at Scotch Hall since 2011 and had been on staff since 2010. Prior to 2010, he worked at notable courses close to his hometown of Four Oaks, North Carolina. One experience led him to interning for the PGA Tour at TPS Wakefield. He attended North Carolina State University and focused his studies on a degree in Business Management. Gaining valuable experience along the way, Daniel has applied his education and knowledge of golf course operations to grow Scotch Hall year over year during his tenure. In the summer of 2015, Daniel studied at the HPW Real Estate School and became a licensed Real Estate Broker for Scotch Hall Preserve Realty. Daniel is also a Realtor and a member of the National Association of of Realtors. With over five years experience in the resort and second home market, let Daniel find your next family home at Scotch Hall.

Laura Dorner

Director of Golf Tournament and Event Sales

Laura is Certified Project Manager with over 10 years of marketing experience at Cisco managing partner marketing programs, digital marketing, webinars, trade shows, customer events, sales incentives, and group travel. She has spent over 4 years managing golf events with Executive Women’s Golf Association, two of which she served as President. She also spent three years as an assistant teacher at Dona Lerner Junior Golf Academy.

Terry Forbes

The Shed Bar & Eatery Manager

Terry has over 17 years of experience in operating banquet facilities, gated communities, private parties and more.  She enjoys life and loves to bring fun to the table.  The Shed Bar & Eatery is her passion, and it shows in the food and entertainment that she brings to life at the establishment.  If you haven’t been to The Shed Bar & Eatery, it’s time to visit the team and say hi to Terry!

Stan Riddick

Executive Chef / Director of Food & Beverage

Stan has over 15 years experience with catering events of up to 500 people. During his 15 years, Stan’s specialty is weddings, party events and intimate social gatherings. He has a passion for food and fine wines and spirits at the highest professional standard.  Stan embodies all that is Scotch Hall Preserve and always delivers excellence.