Executive Team



KemperSports was founded in 1978 by James Kemper, Jr. and Steven H. Lesnik. One of the company’s first projects was the development of Kemper Lakes Golf Course on the campus of Kemper Insurance in Long Grove, IL. Kemper Lakes received national acclaim as the host of the 1989 PGA Championship, the first public access course to do so in history.

From that successful beginning, our company steadily grew to become the most trusted name in golf by developing an award-winning portfolio that includes nationally-ranked courses and tournament venues. Today, we continue to develop and manage a broad range of private clubsgolf resortspublic golf courses and municipal golf courses, and we have expanded our management expertise to include conference centerslodging operations and recreational facilities.

Creating superior customer experiences and customized solutions for our clients is our mission, and we are proud of the success we've achieved for a wide range of clients which include public agencies, investors, real-estate developers and private owners. We achieve this success by employing the best people in the industry to provide our clients with operational excellence and deliver an exceptional customer experience. Throughout our nearly four decades in business, we've stayed true to our core values of tradition, honor and integrity.

KemperSports continues to be a family-owned business with over 6,500 staff members. We're based in Northbrook, Illinois and operate regional offices in Northern California, Southern California, Dallas, South Florida and Maryland which allow us to offer excellent, responsive service to our clients nationwide.

We invite you to get to know more about our company by taking a moment to browse our website and read about our recent  news and our awards and accolades, or better yet visit one of our properties and meet our people.


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KemperSports' sister company, KemperLesnik, is a communications agency specializing in creating unforgettable brand experiences that engage its clients' customers, motivate audiences and inspire industries. KemperLesnik drives business initiatives by identifying needs and producing the best equation for success - executed with precision.

KemperLesnik is an expert team of communication professionals, with an unrivaled dedication to deliver results - brand awareness, loyalty and growth.

Breakthrough communications that differentiate, engage and influence 

Powerful sports marketing sponsorship platforms and activations that put companies in the spotlight 

Event management, marketing and promotions that equal high impact experiences