Meet Our Executive Team
Rick Rainville, President
“My professional experience and my passion for golf made the formation of KOVA Golf Management, the next logical step, in my career. As a former GM for many years, I understand the challenges clubs are faced with. The need for resources and support, in all areas, is crucial as leaders are expected to wear multiple hats and perform responsibilities outside the scope of their job descriptions and areas of expertise. I know the struggles first-hand. I also know that KOVA Golf Management is the solution.”
As President, of KOVA Golf Management, Rick Rainville is responsible for KOVA’s nationwide business. Mr. Rainville and his team of industry leading Golf Management, Hospitality and Entertainment professionals deliver expertise in all areas of club operations to golf, sports, and dining clubs throughout the United States. He is involved in all aspects of managing KOVA’s operations and workforce: including leading efforts to develop and implement strategies to increase brand affinity and awareness, setting the company’s goals and growth strategy, building value for clients, and identifying emerging trends that will affect clients.
A respected authority and leader in the golf and hospitality industries for over two decades, Rainville has overseen operations for some of the country’s most successful properties including Tiburón Golf Club at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. He is recognized as an innovator among his peers, and he has received many awards and honors for his work and achievements. “I’m always striving to be exceptional in my professional and personal life.”
Mr. Rainville has played a central role in major strategic initiatives. He has overseen numerous clubhouse renovations, golf course renovations and club acquisitions. He has successfully hosted five PGA TOUR, three LPGA TOUR and two CHAMPIONS TOUR events during his career. He is a strategic thinker, strong leader, and project manager, that has successfully guided clubs and staff through good times, and the most difficult of times.
Mr. Rainville began his career with WCI Communities, Inc. working in high-end private golf clubs and spent 23 years as a leader in his organization, progressing and mentoring others throughout his career. He has excelled as a General Manager, Regional Manager, and Golf Professional. He has created a culture of excellence at every club where he has worked which has resulted in high performing, exceptional service-oriented organizations. “My best work as well as my best days have come from associating with people who have an extraordinary drive to better themselves and serve others.”
A native of Rhode Island, Mr. Rainville moved to Florida to pursue a career in golf. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and media studies from the University of Rhode Island and is a member of the PGA of America.
Bill Delayo, Strategic Advisor of Business Development
Inspirational leader, coach and team builder with more than 25 years of executive management expertise in the golf and hospitality business. Bill’s impressive resume includes tenure working for the PGA TOUR where he was honored to be appointed as the opening general manager and COO at two premier properties – TPC Louisiana just outside New Orleans and TPC Treviso Bay in Naples, Florida. Bill has demonstrated proficiency in all areas of club membership marketing and positioning, operations, financial and capital asset project management. He was most recently chief operating officer for PGA TOUR Experiences, a strategic partner of the PGA TOUR. Bill and his team were responsible for fulfilling unique vacation experiences, corporate events and VIP retreats for many of the PGA TOUR’s corporate partners. Prior to his tenure with PGA TOUR Experiences, Bill was the chief operating officer at two premier properties here in SW Florida, Wildcat Run Country Club and Shadow Wood Country Club. Bill’s early career experience included serving as regional director of operations for Billy Casper Golf, director of golf operations at Fiddler’s Elbow CC in New Jersey and senior financial analyst for Johnson and Johnson, Inc.
Bill is a class “A” member of the PGA of America and an accomplished PGA professional while also maintaining membership in the Club Manager’s Association of America (CMAA). Bill was born, on the marine base, in Camp Lejeune, NC. He moved to New Jersey when he was two years old where he spent all his childhood and early adult years until moving to Annapolis, Maryland in 1999…and has never looked back.
Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accountancy from Villanova University, where he was a scholarship member of the golf team. Bill enjoys reading, studying golf course architecture, financial investments and all outdoor activities especially paddle boarding, running, and simply spending time relaxing at the beach with his wife Jennifer and daughter Lindsay. Bill is an avid Villanova Wildcats, New York Yankees and New York Giants fan! Passionate about giving back, Bill and his wife Jennifer are avid supporters of the HEAL organization and other causes promoting awareness for Autism.