Jim Butler

Ph.D. Student

Phone: 239 253 9244

email:   jbutler@iastate.edu


  • BS  Alma College, Alma Michigan 
  • MBA  Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers Florida - emphasis in real estate development and finance

Research Interests

  • Country Clubs and Real Estate, Leadership, Processes

Industry Experience:

  • 30 years in the Real Estate development business focusing mainly on the businesses within private gated country club communities. 

Honors and Awards:

  • PGA golf professional of the Year 2014 for the South Florida Section
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award 2013 for the South Florida Section


  • Butler, J. & Lee, S. J. (2014, May). The development of a capital improvement program at a country club by measuring the interest of the members. Paper presented at Global Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference.  Clearwater Beach: Florida
  • Timur, A., Dew, K. & Butler, J. (2014). A case study of the Grey Oaks community and club:  Creation of a high-performance culture through the innovative use of a data driven business plan, The International Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Administration.
  • Butler, J., & Alexakis, G. (2014). The case of country club organizational culture and employee turnover. ICHRIE case studies, to be published. 
  • Butler, J., & Lee, S.J. (2014). A qualitative study of golf operations in a country club. Paper presented at the ICHRIE conference, San Diego, California.
  • Butler, J. & Lee, S.J. (2013, December). Age and gender differences in customer satisfaction of a country club. Paper presented at 2nd World Research Summit for Tourism and Hospitality. Orlando, Florida.
  • Butler, J., Alexakis, G., & Hall, M. (2012). Why women like golf. BoardRoom Magazine
  • Lewins, P., Shenk, J. S., & Butler, J. (2010). Sampling Success. Golf Course Industry, retrieved from  http://www.golfcourseindustry.com/gci-0910-tissue-sampling.aspx.
  • Butler, J.  (2009). Turnover the Grey Oaks way, The BoardRoom Magazine.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Club Managers Association of America
  • Professional Golfers Association of America
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association

Extracurricular Activities:

  • Golf, basketball, family