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Kelly Lasseter Valentine

Recruiting Coordinator, Troon - Remote/Texas

Kelly Lasseter Valentine headshotQ: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up and please explain if there was a story around that.

A: I wanted to be a singer. I LOVED singing and had a natural ear for it. Just had a love for music in general. If I could make people smile listening to me sing it brought great joy to me knowing it made someone happy.

Q: What is one or two interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share with us?

A: I come from an exceptionally large family. My father is one of nineteen children. No twins. Same mom and dad. Yes, my grandmother gave birth to 19 children! I have many, many 1st cousins, 2nd cousins and 3rd cousins.

Q: What would you like to share with us about your battle with cancer?

A: Being a Christian I truly feel that me finding a lump was divine intervention. In January of this year I had my well women’s visit and all was well. Then the following February for no real reason, I felt I needed to do a self [breast] exam. And low and behold I found a tiny lump. I was promptly on the phone to by OBGYN and was able to schedule an appointment the following week. Two weeks later I was having a biopsy that proved to be cancer. Early detection is key!

Q: Was there a mentor that helped guide you along your current career path and was there a piece of advice that helped you along the way?

A: I have had the pleasure to have worked with a number of exceptional leaders that I directly and indirectly reported to who have influenced some of my career choices. My sisters and my brother have also been great influences and they fall in that category of exceptional leaders. May be a bit cheeky but my brother would always remind me of the old adage, “to thine own self be true”. Knowing that I have always enjoyed helping people has led me to my current career path.

Q: How long have you worked for Troon and what has been your career progression; what do you love most about your job?

A: January 1, 2022 is the official date with Troon but I had been originally hired by Cliff Drysdale as an HR Assistant. Having a background in transitioning and onboarding of new associates helped me get here, but recruiting is something different – I love learning new things, plus I knew I would be helping people.

Q: What do you do in your daily job or life to inspire other women or minorities to get them interested in the game of golf or into the golf business as a career? 

A: Presently my position is one of support, so I do not currently have direct contact with applicants or candidates. On a personal level, I live on a golf course and am part of a lady’s golf association for our club which supports local members. Although I do not golf, I enjoy watching the game.

Q: What is your dream foursome for golf (you and three others) or dream dinner (if you don’t golf)?

A: I’m going to go for dream dinner! Alaskan King crab legs IN Alaska with my husband, daughter and middle sister whom we lost suddenly last year to COVID-19.

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