A Cleveland native, Salanty spent time in Chicago, New York, and Calgary during a career in the crude oil business. He and his wife Sallie are parents of four children: Sheri, Tom, Jim, and their late son Bill.
In addition to having a wife supportive of his golf habit, Salanty points to three reasons for spending so much time playing the game. “One, you’re outside and it’s often beautiful,” he said. “Two, you do get a little bit of exercise. Three, you spend a lot of time with people you really enjoy. Those are the keys to why I keep playing. And there’s always hope on the first tee that you’re going to do a little better this time than the last time.”
He also enjoys the competition, and has regular rounds with the Terravita Men’s Golf Association, the Saturday Bandidos group, and other friends. “We usually have different games going on with multiple wagers, but not for a lot of money. It’s really not the amount that counts, it’s did you win or not? But the toughest competition I have is the one with myself every time I play.”