Director of Operations
Jim Schmid
Jim is originally from New York State where he graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a Bachelors degree in Economics. After returning to school to study turf, Jim moved to the desert in 2006 to take a job at PGA West. Jim directed the preparations of the Palmer Course at PGA West for the Bob Hope Classic from 2009-2011 before arriving at The Lakes. He lives in Palm Desert with his family and has been active in the industry and community teaching golf course management classes at the College of the Desert for the past three years. Jim is involved in several industry groups; sitting on the board of the HiLo Desert Golf Course Superintendents Association, is a member of the Coachella Valley Golf and Water Task Force and is a part of the SCGA volunteer program.
Facilities Manager
Angel Gonzalez
Angel is originally from the Imperial Valley. He moved to the Desert in 2001, where he began his 14 years of experience working for Sun City Palm Desert Community Association. He worked for the Golf Course maintenance department holding various positions over the years. He became the supervisor for the Landscape Maintenance department for a few years. He then transferred to Facilities Maintenance as an Assistant Director. In 2015, he joined The Lakes Country Club Team as an Assistant Facilities Maintenance Manager. After a year of service, he moved into the Facilities Maintenance Manager position. Angel resides in the Coachella Valley with his wife and three sons. In his spare time he volunteers as a Regional Commissioner for AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization) where his kids play soccer.
Lead Engineer
Albert Armstrong
Albert is a native of the Coachella valley. Although raised in Riverside CA, he always kept close ties to the desert visiting the valley to help in his father’s AC & Heating company. He learned the business at a young age and by the age of 18, he moved to the desert full time to help run the family business . After 10 years of successfully completing many large commercial projects, he landed a contract with Southern California Edison. Albert was responsible for the HVAC division of the SCE energy efficiency program, installing high efficient AC's for low income families across Southern California. In 2009, he took an offer from Sun City of Palm Desert as a Senior HVAC technician. Albert joined The Lakes in March of 2011 as the HVAC and refrigeration technician. In May of 2016, he was promoted to Lead Engineer. Albert resides in Indio with his wife and two sons. He spends his spare time taking family trips and coaching his boys in soccer and football.
Architectural Administrator
Susi Pulido
Susi has been with The Lakes Country Club since August 2015 as an Administrative Assistant, promoting to Architectural Administrator in 2019. She began her hospitality career at Lodgian Corporation in 2001 and was previously working for Flanders Painting. She became familiar with The Lakes' homeowners and staff through the painting project and took that opportunity to join the team. She is happily married and a mother of two boys.
Administrative Assistant
Gabriela Roque
Gabriela joined The Lakes team in 2017. She originally started in the Golf Shop as a Merchandise Assistant and was then promoted in 2019 to Facilities Administrative Assistant.
Landscape Coordinator
Francisco Vasquez
Francisco joined The Lakes' team in 2017. He grew up in the Coachella Valley and has been in the landscape maintenance industry since 2010 in a position with Hortech Landscape Company. Francisco enjoys interacting and helping Members and takes delight in the different tasks and challenges to his position. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and watching a good movie with his kids. His main hobby is hunting.