President | Management Committee
Born and raised on the beautiful beaches of Virginia, Joe now proudly calls Fresno home since 1983. Joe is a retired Air Force veteran with 28 years of serving his country both near and far; but now is one of Fresno's most successful Real Estate Brokers. Joe raised a family in Fresno and is extremely proud of his two sons, Michael and Spencer, both of which followed in dad's footsteps and are now members in the active duty Air Force.
Joe loves Fresno's location, the people and the eainess of being able to do the things he loves. You can find Joe either sailing his 22 foot boat, the "Pending Sail", on one of our many local lakes, fishing from one of his favorite beaches, or having a great time with friends and family at Sunnyside Country Club. Golf has always been a large part of Joe's life and he feels he really found a home at Sunnyside. He feels the golf course design and its consistent great condition can hold its own in competitive play for top players, or host a weekend foursome of friends out for a $5,000 Nassau. It has something for every level of play. The Clubhouse is second to none, with by far the best food and service of any country club in the valley. Joe has been a board member since 2014 and was elected President of the Board of Directors in 2019.
Vice President | Men's Captain
Darren was born and raised in Madera, Ca. He attended Fresno State and graduated in 2003 with an Ag Business Degree. Since then he has been in the almond equipment business, currently with Flory Industries. Darren joined Sunnyside in 2008 and loves the course, especially all of the great members. He believes Sunnyside is on the right track to once again be the best club in the Central Valley. In 2015, he married Christine; they have a son Gavin and he has two stepsons, McKay and Garrett.
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Mark has lived in Fresno for over 40 years. Mark graduated from California State University with a BS degree in Plant Science. He has worked as a consulting agronomist and licensed PCA and CCA for 34 years. Mark is the owner of Blue Ocean Organics, Inc. He has worked on a wide variety of crops throughout the San Joaquin Valley. The scope of his work includes irrigation, fertility and pest management. Blue Ocean Organics is an organic fertilizer company started in 1995 that sells high-grade organic fertilizer throughout the US and Canada. Mark and his wife Colleen have been married for 23 years and have two grow board-of-directorsn sons. They have been members of Sunnyside Country Club since 2003. Together, Mark and Colleen own and farm oranges on the eastside.
Phil was born and raised in Fresno, CA and has been a member of Sunnyside Country Club since 2010. He graduated from California State University, Fresno with a Civil Engineer Degree in 1994. He will forever be a Fresno State Bulldog, as while he was in school he played baseball (1989-1992) and was a member of the team that went to the College World Series in 1991. Upon graduation of college, he started working for a private civil engineering firm and has been working with the same firm for the last 26 years. His dedication to the firm allowed him to become a Professional Engineer in 1998 and a Principal in 2004.
Phil has been married to his wife, Carole, since 2012. On most weekends, you will find him playing golf at Sunnyside as he believes our Club is one of the most challenging courses, while having one of the best memberships in the valley.
Phil shows incredible loyalty, one which is apparent through his past and one he will continue to demonstrate to Sunnyside Country Club. He accepted a position on the Board in 2019 as he believes it is a privilege and honor to continue making Sunnyside a better club for the membership.
Long Range Planning
Mike moved to Fresno, with his parents, in 1954. He attended Fresno Unified schools, Fresno City College and graduated from California State University Fresno in 1972 with a BS degree in accounting. Mike became a licensed real estate broker in 1982 and has been involved in real estate and development since that time. He was also a sports official for 25 years officiating high school football and high school and college basketball. Mike enjoys playing golf at Sunnyside and while grow board-of-directorsing has been fortunate to enjoy the amenities and camaraderie of the club since his father became a member in 1958. Mike has been married to Pam for 29 years and they share three sons, two daughters and seven grand children.
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Southern California born and raised, Steve arrived in Fresno in 2003 and became a member of Sunnyside Country Club in 2004. The first half of his working career was spent in the golf business as a PGA Member with stints in Palm Springs and the Central Coast. After leaving golf in 2001, he went to work for AmeriPride Uniform Services, where he ultimately became the General Manager of the Fresno branch. Recently, Steve has been involved with Allbritten Heating and Air as a Sales and Operations Manager.
Steve is married to his wife Laurie, an educator with Clovis Unified, and they have three children. Amanada, an Events Coordinator in Portland, Oregon; Andrew, a Civil Engineer in Denver, Colorado; and Madison, with husband Caleb Unruh, who are missionaries with Circuit Riders in Huntington Beach, California. Steve and Laurie currently have one grandchild, Azariah, with two more arriving shortly via twins for Madison and Caleb.
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Mike Der Manouel, Jr.
Michael Der Manouel, Jr. is President of Der Manouel Insurance Group, a division of HUB International, and Sunnyside member since 1993. He was elected to the Board of Directors in 2008, became a Sequoia member shortly thereafter. After four years as Treasurer, he just concluded his sixth year as Board President. Mike loves everything about Sunnyside, the golf course, tradition, membership, and atmosphere at the club. His top priority as a board member has always been to make sure Sunnyside's second hundred years are as rich as the first hundred, and to create a member experience so friendly and exceptional that the club will always be able to attract and retain like-minded members. He has been married to Melissa since 1987, they have two children, Grant, who resides in New York City, and Evie, a student at the University of Southern California.