Royal Oaks Staff

Tinker Richmond – Development/Owner

Tinker was one of the original developers that formed Royal Oaks Golf Course in 1990. He built over 100 homes and Villas that became the Royal Oaks Community. He then went to Rarity Bay where he was the Vice President of Marketing and Sales for that development, which he sold over $44 million in property.

He became a minority stock holder in New Royal Oaks, LLC in 2002, which was the group of individuals that became the management and Board of Royal Oaks Golf Course. In December of 2011, the Board decided that they were going to close down the golf course unless someone else wanted to “Step Up”. Of which Tinker did. He became the General Manager and sole stockholder for the Golf Course. Within the six months of his management, membership had quadrupled along with players attending and Royal Oaks was voted one of the best courses in the area, for two years running.

Marnice Richmond – Business Manager/Owner

Marnice has worked globally in London, New York, Seattle and Maui as an eclectic consultant helping companies and executives achieve their goals and make their lives easier. She has worked with some of the most elite companies in the country such as Donna Karan, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Starbucks, Microsoft, and the Four Seasons Maui.

She also has her real estate licenses in Tennessee and Hawaii. She has always loved real estate and has been involved in it most of her life, since her old man was in the game. While living in Maui, she worked with a Development Company to create and Project Manage renovation projects of the luxury resorts throughout the Hawaiian islands. She managed large hotel conversions for 15+ units at a time, and high-end residences that needed a complete Turn Key Renovation from Development, Architecture, Planning and Permits, Building, Installation, Appliance and Material upgrades, and Interior Design.

Other side passions have included building the art installations of Louis Vuitton window designs throughout the East coast; owning a glass studio where she created and etched glass labels for boutique vineyards in Washington state and glass etched a multi-million dollar beach home in Maui. This custom home’s glass roof spanned over 1,200 sq. feet with a large scale bamboo forest design that got statewide press for the scope of the project.

Now she has returned back to Tennessee, where she grew up, to help her father turn around Royal Oaks and make this course the “Augusta” of East Tennessee.

Kenny Hughett – Greens Superintendent