Craig Kessler serves as Chief Operating Officer for Topgolf U.S. venues and Lounge by Topgolf. As COO, Craig is responsible for the US venue business p&l. This includes leading the innovation pipeline for venue growth, revenue programming, menu design, and day-to-day operations for food & beverage, the guest experience, retail, and training.
Craig joined Topgolf in 2016 following a successful career in the global finance industry. At the time Craig joined Topgolf, the company had ~6,000 Associates and 14 venues. Since then, Topgolf has grown to more than 55 US venues with more than 20,000 Associates. Along the way, Craig has played a crucial role in shaping the deeply caring and edgy Topgolf culture, inspired by the idea of Creating Moments That Matter For Everyone.
Craig began his career with McKinsey & Company before moving into an operating partner role with the private equity firm KKR. Most recently, Craig worked for Providence Equity Partners in New York, where he provided strategic business counsel to media and education companies.
Craig is a graduate of Georgetown University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Along with being an avid sports enthusiast, one of his most unique life experiences includes arguing a case on “Judge Judy.” Craig lives in Dallas with his wife Nicole and their three sons.