Jeff Hokenson Co-Founder & CEO

Jeffrey Hokenson is a cofounder of Player Pursuits and the strategic vision and business development initiatives at the company. He is also founder and CEO of the Hokenson Group Inc., which creates, invests in, works with, and grows portfolio companies in multiple sectors, including Digital Technology, Finance, Clean/Green Technologies, and Active Lifestyle and Entertainment. Under the leadership of Jeff, the Hokenson Group has developed a proprietary, multi-phased process for establishing and growing portfolio companies by utilizing proven methodologies. Hokenson Group has co-founded several successful companies including Concentric Ag, 495 Digital, and Alpine-X.

Jeff resides in McLean, Virginia with his wife, daughter and son, and is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia

Golf Handicap: 9

Favorite Golf Course:
Laurel Hill, Lorton, VA

Favorite Golf Memory:
Hit the fairway with a tee shot once 

Hank Isaac, Co-Founder & Partner

Hank Isaac is a cofounder of Player Pursuits and leads technology, design, and branding initiatives at the company. He has been regarded as a leader in the branding and digital space in the Washington DC area for more than 20 years, leading teams at both large creative agencies and small boutique firms.  Hank has been involved in the successful launch of many digital and physical products and cross-media marketing campaigns. Hank has worked with National and global brands such as the Smithsonian Institute, Ford, The World Bank, Audi USA, and many others. 

Hank resides in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife and two daughters and is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. 

Golf Handicap: 10

Favorite Golf Course:
Teeth of the Dog, Casa de Campo, Dominican Republic

Favorite Golf Memory:
Five birdies in a row, Bull Run, VA 

Bart Kendall, COO

Bart Kendall leads B2B and strategic alliance efforts at Player Pursuits. He has been a golf enthusiast since he first started playing at age 14 and has spent most of his professional career working in the business of golf. Bart started his golf career working for sports marketing giant IMG in Cleveland, OH. During his 18 years at IMG, he served in various roles including event management, corporate sales, and ultimately creating and running IMG Golf’s consulting division where he worked with corporate partners to develop and execute golf marketing and sponsorship strategies. 

While at IMG, Bart worked with numerous key stakeholders in the golf business including Tour Pros, governing bodies, media partners, agencies, corporate brands, marquee events, and premium golf properties. He played an integral role in bringing new concepts and events to life, such as the primetime “Battle Series” featuring Tiger Woods, and the creation of the Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Tour event.

Following IMG, Bart joined Golf Channel in Orlando where he led the alternate event programming development team which included the creation of new televised events to the Golf Channel lineup. New programming included college golf, made-for-TV events, and the growth of the World Long Drive Tour. During his time at Golf Channel, the World Long Drive Tour grew from one televised event to six televised events and positioned Long Drive as a legitimate segment of the sport that continues to influence the game of golf at all levels.

Bart lives in Winter Park, Florida with his wife and three children, and is a graduate of Stanford University in  Stanford, California.

Golf Handicap: 10

Favorite Golf Course:
Turnberry, Scotland

Favorite Golf Memory:
Meeting Arnold Palmer 

Shashi Ranganath, Chief Technology Officer

Shashi Ranganath leads information technology strategy and tactics at Player Pursuits. Shashi is a certified golf junkie, and also has a consistent track record of fostering innovation and achieving business results with multiple fortune 500 firms. His experience in digital transformation, cloud services, software, consulting and managed services enable him to solve complex business challenges with a balanced blend of technology and business processes.

Shashi has held Director and Executive positions at both Google and Microsoft and has experience in Healthcare, Federal Government, and several private sector industries. 

Shashi resides in Chantilly, Virginia and holds an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, as well as a Masters in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University.

Golf Handicap: 10

Favorite Golf Course:
Cabot Links Golf Course

Favorite Golf Memory:
The 19th Hole