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"Stepping onto a site for the first time never fails to elicit memories of past courses, ghosts of the great designers, anticipation of a new adventure, and the challenges of planning, personalities, rock, rain, and wind.


It is a tenet that the reward is a job well done, however there is undeniable satisfaction in having a hand in the creation and in the enjoyment that it will bring to players and onlookers alike.

In truth for me, to know a passion, to experience a passion like this; that is truly the reward"

- Sam Sakocius, President, Project Control International

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Sam Sakocius  /  President

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Sam Sakocius is an award winning Golf Development professional, mentor, author and executive. He is presently a principal owner of the consultancy, Project Control International LTD with 30+ years in the golf development industry

 

During the course of his career he has administered over 130 golf and resort development projects; several of these projects have won awards for top 10 best new developments in various publications including Golf Digest.

 

He has worked with all of the great designers working in the field today, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo (current), Gil Hanse (the Olympic Architect, current), Tom Fazio, to name a few.

 

Prior to establishing PCI, he successfully founded SAJO Construction, Inc. Sakocius built a company from two employees to over two hundred and fifty.  He also established his company as a Certified Golf Course Builder by the Golf Course Builders Association of America and led SAJO to win the “1996 National Golf Course Builder of the Year Award.” During his tenure at SAJO Construction he was also featured on the cover of the Houston Business Journal in 1997. Sakocius helped pioneer Digital Terrain Modeling for the Golf Industry as well as other technological advances.

He has contributed to numerous articles relating to golf course development and golf development management which have appeared in Destination Golf,  Golf Digest, Golf, Inc., Golf Course News, The Back 9 network and many other publications.

 

Sakocius has appeared on numerous panels and seminars discussing and teaching the principles of Golf Course Development and Construction Management, including the Golf, Inc. Show, the Golf Industry Show, American Society of Golf Course Architects seminars, and the Golf Course Builders Association of America.

 

He has worked with the University of Wisconsin as a guest lecturer and providing insight in the continued development of their Golf Enterprise Management Bachelor of Science Program.

 

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Sakocius served for seven years on the Board of Directors of the Golf Course Builders Association of America and spearheaded the development of the GCAA standards and practices guidelines still in use today.

Over the past several years he has been living in China-Thailand while Advising and Consulting to numerous Golf Projects in South East Asia.

 

“I have worked with Sam Sakocius on the construction of five eighteen hole championship golf courses during the past twelve years.  Three of those golf courses were ranked in the top ten by Golf Digest in the Best New Golf Course of the Year category.  I believe Sam to be preeminently qualified when it comes to taking a golf course from the drawing board to completion of construction in the most cost efficient manner possible.  Obviously, to be cost effective and still build a product which is rated in the top ten by Golf Digest is quite an accomplishment.  Sam has the technical knowledge, dedication, and work ethic required to bring golf course construction projects in under budget and with a higher level of quality than anyone I’ve worked with.”

 

"I have known Sam Sakocius since his first day in China.  In addition to being one of the most knowledgeable golf development professionals in the world, he has proven to be adept at learning and adapting this knowledge to Chinese business and culture. Because of his experience and professional awards over the course of his career, his qualifications are beyond compare.  Sam has won the respect and trust of many of the Chinese people he has worked with.  He has been an invaluable asset to the OCT Jack Nicklaus Signature golf development team…, Project Control International, is rapidly developing a reputation around China as the consulting company to use when the highest possible level in expert advice, integrity, and project management service is desired.  Without hesitation, I would recommend Sam and Project Control International."

 

“As someone who has worked on international projects in golf design and development for many years, I would like to recommend Sam Sakocius and Project Control International to any client who wants to achieve the best possible outcome on its project.  Providing the essential links between the client, the contractor, and the golf course architect, Sam and his team at PCI have the tools and experience to assure that the project team is working efficiently, communicating effectively, and staying on time and within budget.  I have observed Sam in meetings where he has acted as an effective bridge between the local contractor and the foreign consultants.   Sam understands how cultural differences can sometimes inhibit effective communication, and knows how to facilitate a meeting of the minds and overall agreement on a course of action.  We are pleased to recommend Sam and PCI to you without any reservations."

 

Ernie Deaton

P.E. Vice President, Engineering and Construction

Cooper Land Development, Inc.

 

John Strawn

Vice General Manager OCT China

 

Yuan Tie Jian

Vice General Manager OCT China

 

Zenta Thomas  /  Managing Partner

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As the Managing Partner for Project Control International,  Thomas brings over 25 years of Business Development, Project Management, Branding, Marketing and television production experience to the organization.

 

Zenta has resided in SE Asia for over half a decade and has overseen the implementation and operations of Project Control International’s consulting and management programs spanning 4 countries in SE Asia.  In this period of time, She has also founded and overseen operations for Dragon Rock, LLC ,  a company dedicated to advising assisting Non-Asian Companies who wish to establish a presence in Asia without the expense, stress and steep learning curve that executive relocations bring.

 

In addition to program oversite for Project Control International, Ms Thomas’s mission is to identify and develop strategic alliances which are key to driving and maintaining long term business growth.  She supports the PCI new business initiatives with promotional, branding and marketing campaigns through PCI’s sister company Dragon Rock LLC.    www.dragonrockllc.com

In essence, by listening to what the client’s challenges and objectives are and then leading initiatives to accomplish those goals Zenta has become known throughout the industry as a consensus builder who succeeds in delivering consistently successful projects.

 

For the 20 years prior, she was the Executive Producer and New Business Director for Curt Crane Productions, Inc.   In that time she oversaw work generated out of both the New Jersey and Los Angeles offices and was involved in all phases of producing, line producing, and executive producing their diverse and award winning roster of TV Commercials, Advocacy and Issue Advertising, Long Form Corporate Films, Short Features and Feature Films.

 

Her two decades of developing strategic alliances with a wide range of advertising agencies and marketing firms throughout the western hemisphere, combined with 5 years living and working within the ever vibrant Asian business and cultural framework provides her with a unique foundation to develop interesting concepts and meaningful relationships with the very best of the Golf and Media Leaders in Asia.

 

She is currently in development with a golf related Asian Travel Show, “Breaking Ground”.

 

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"Zenta is an exceptionally talented marketing, development and production executive …Zenta combines creative problem-solving, marketing savvy and business smarts with intuitive relationship acumen - she builds long-lasting, solid relationships through which all parties benefit. Having worked with Zenta on projects for NBC and CBS…,she quickly assesses the needs and budgets and expedites the deadline process through script to screen with skill and grace. Zenta is a skillful negotiator and consensus-builder – she motivates those around her to do their best work, instilling excitement and dedication in both her teams and her clients. Zenta would enhance and strengthen any organization's team."

 

"More than an Executive Producer or Rep, Zenta was a hands-on trouble shooter on the set, ready with a solution no matter what the situation. A diplomat in dealing with difficult clients, she handled impossible demands with grace--and always that smile. I would hire Zenta again and again because she is a true creative partner, she brings the right people to the table, and she always delivers above and beyond.”

 

Adrianne Anderson

Vice President Marketing, Warner Brothers TV,
Los Angeles

 

"Driven, focused and always charming...Zenta's talents shine through to achieve astounding results on business partnerships for high-profile broadcast TV projects. Her level-headed approach to connecting  business people to creative services is supported with her production integrity. Better yet, Zenta's unaffected and honest style camoflauges her ninja-like tenacity to get multiple jobs done well."

Letiticia Martin

Creative Director, Prudential, NYC

 

"Exceptional. Zenta is a creative problem solver who consistently over delivers. Zenta has great interpersonal skills and quickly develops a rapport with a variety of clients with various needs from big budget to "shoe string". Zenta is versatile, seasoned, and ultimately hands on; always prepared and highly intuitive. From high end commercial to news worthy documentary film making this is the executive producer you want on your project. Zenta is adept at cutting thru the clutter and getting the job done on budget, on time with exceptional results. HIGHLY recommended."

Lisa Gillette

Sr VP Fox Sports, Los Angeles

Jim Burt

Marketing Consultant V Copious, NYC

Sun Jing  /  Business Coordinator

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Sun Jing comes to PCI with an International Business Degree from Yunnan University of Finance and Economics.

 

Sun Jing is experienced in the Chinese Banking Industry and with International Commerce. She has excellent English and analytical skills as well.  This coupled with her extensive on the ground experience doing humanitarian volunteer work as  well As research on a domestic and international level results in Jing being supremely qualified to adeptly handle the broad range of PCI, Qualitas, Beichen Kunming Consulting and Dragon Rock interests throughout SE Asia.

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