Board of Directors

Advocates CEO

Kenneth Bentley
Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth Bentley retired after 31 years as Vice President of community affairs and workforce diversity for Nestle USA in 2013.  He is currently Vice Chairman of the board of governors of Farmers Insurance Company’s Fire Exchange. Bentley received his B.A. in Comparative Cultures from the University of California, Irvine and a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands. Bentley  serves on the board of the Tiger Woods Foundation, Harold and Carole Pump Foundation, Arthur Ashe Learning Center and is a member of the World Golf Foundation Diversity Committee.

Advocates Vice President

Henry Brandon
Los Angeles, CA

Henry Brandon is the Director of Acquisition and Deal Structure for Nile Capital Group, a private equity investment firm. A former professional tennis player, Division 1 college head coach and private instructor, Henry has been involved in youth and professional sports for over 30 years.  Mr. Brandon serves on the boards of The Riordan Programs, Sound Body Sound Mind, Friends of Expo Center and the Stanford Athletic Board. Mr. Brandon graduated with a BA from Stanford University where he participated on two NCAA national champion tennis teams and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.

APGA President - Director of Tournament Operations

Michael Cooper
Tampa, FL

Michael Cooper is the Diversity & Inclusion Officer for OAI, a print design and visual branding company, and Adjunct Faculty member at Springfield College, Tampa Bay campus.  Dr. Cooper served over 30 years in the golf industry, including Director of Diversity for the World Golf Foundation, and Southeast Regional Director with The First Tee.  He is currently a member of the Golf 2020 Advisory Board and Diversity Task Force, board of directors for the National Black Golf Hall of Fame, and Women of Color Golf.

APGA Vice President - Director of Player Development

Adrian Stills
Pensacola, FL

Adrian Stills is General manager and Director of Golf at Osceola golf course in Pensacola Florida. Formally a member of the PGA Tour in 1986 and golf instructor at Grand Cypress Academy of Golf in Orlando Florida for 13 years. Adrian was also the founding executive director of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the First Tee.

Advocates Foundation President

Gene Boykins
Los Angeles, CA

Eugene J. Boykins is President of the Boykins Business Consulting Group. He has held senior executive positions at Nestle USA, and owned or managed entrepreneurial ventures in both the U.S. and Caribbean countries.   Boykins has served on the boards ofBusiness Development Center, Program Advisory for KCET-TV, Big Brothers of Los Angeles, LifeSteps and UCLA Foundations and is a co-founder ofthe African American Board Leadership Institute.  The marketing executive earned his B.S. in business administration from San Diego State University and his M.B.A. from UCLA’s Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Director at Large

Edward Barnett
Los Angeles, CA

Edward Barnett is a Principal at Newbury Capital Management, a privately held registered investment advisory and wealth management firm. He also  is a co-owner and multi-unit franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings.  Barnett received his B.A. from UCLA. He currently serves on the board of the National College Resources Foundation and Sports Resources Program.

Director at Large

Steve Temple
Los Angeles, CA

Steve is the CEO of Business Affairs Management Inc., (BAM) headquartered in Beverly Hills, California. BAM is a business management firm. Mr. Temple is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades. He serves as a Commissioner on the board of the Los Angeles County Small Business Commission.  He is also an appointed board member by Governor Brown to California State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business & Industrial Development Corporation. 

Director at Large

Greg Morrison
Atlanta, GA

Greg Morrison is senior vice president and chief information officer for Cox Enterprises, a leading communications, media and automotive services company. He oversees the technology service and strategy development for all corporate systems. He serves on the board of trustees for Clark Atlanta University and on the board of directors for United States Golf Association, Piedmont Healthcare Systems, Gwinnett Technical College and Presbyterian Homes of Georgia.

APGA Player Representative

Tim O’Neal
Savannah, GA

Tim O’Neal is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica where he has claimed three victories.  In 2015, O’Neal played his first PGA Tour event after qualifying for the 2015 U.S. Open. In 1997, O’Neal graduated from Jackson State University with a B.S. in Recreational Therapy. Tim’s dream foursome includes his two children and his mother.


APGA Player Representative

Doug Smith
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Doug Smith is a professional golfer on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica and global ambassador to diversification efforts in the game of golf.  In 2008, Doug graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Political Science. Smith has competed on the APGA Tour since 2011.