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 Arizona, which allow us to offer excellent, responsive service to our clients nationwide.

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


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KemperLesnik is a national agency that works with recognized brands to tell compelling stories. The agency holds brand activation, events, public relations, social media, content and sports marketing at its core to deliver unique campaigns that help brands stand out and connect emotionally with audiences. Whether telling a broader brand story to drive sales leads, establish industry thought leadership, boost reservations, sell tickets or manage communications in a crisis, KemperLesnik brings together the power of experiences and strategic communications to deliver uniquely integrated campaigns that help brands come to life.

Sports Marketing and Brand Activation
KemperLesnik combines a blend of sponsorship, activation, experiential marketing, social media and PR to make events, mobile tours and sampling programs come to life. Clients include McDonald’s, Weber Grills, Whirlpool Corp., Allstate and more.

Content is king in marketing today, and KemperLesnik deploys a team of former broadcast journalists and creative storytellers to create measurable connections through content.

Public Relations and Social Media
B2B: KemperLesnik creates insightful thought-leadership campaigns that use a mix of content, social media, media relations, executive positioning and speaking platforms. Clients include: Aon, PwC, Argo Consulting, Aon Hewitt, Medline and more.

Consumer: The agency works hand-in-hand with a variety of leading brands to reach and engage with consumers to drive action. Clients include Allstate, Aon Affinity, Restore, Brunswick and more.

Destination Resorts: KemperLesnik helps destination resorts to build brand awareness campaigns that drive inbound bookings, repeat visits and new visitors from untapped markets. Clients include Big Cedar Lodge, Mossy Oak, Primland, Silvies Valley Ranch, Streamsong, Harbor Shores and more.

The agency owns, operates and promotes internationally televised sporting events that serve as platforms for brands to connect with core customers. Examples include Maui Jim Maui Invitational, NFL Draft, CBS Sports Classic, State Farm Chicago Legends, McDonald's All American Games, Jr. NBA Summit, Windy City Wine Festival and more.

For more information, visit www.kemperlesnik.com or email info@kemperlesnik.com.