General Manager, Bloomingdale Golf Club
Founder and president, Catering with Elegance
Catering with Elegance’s founder Don Helmig has been working in food service since 1959. No event has ever been too large or too small for Don’s dedication, taste for excellence, and ability to anticipate every customer’s need—and, through food and celebration, he’s brought joy to thousands of Chicagoland guests.
Vice president and co-owner, Catering with Elegance
Jeff began his career in food service by working in the Helmig family restaurants as a young boy. Since 2008, he’s worked full-time for Catering with Elegance and is passionate about carrying on the legacy of event elegance and customer service his father built.
Event Manager, Bloomingdale Golf Club
Karen married Jeff at Bloomingdale Golf Club almost 30 years ago—so she knows firsthand how wonderful it is to be a bride here. Her background as a bridal consultant, combined with her experience working in a bakery and in other aspects of event management makes her perfectly suited to her role overseeing weddings at Bloomingdale Golf Club. Her leadership has reaped rewards: BGC has won the two most prestigious awards in the wedding industry, multiple years running.
PGA Head Golf Professional
David Shallcross has been the PGA Head Golf Professional at Bloomingdale Golf Club since the spring of 2001. Prior to this position, he was the Head Golf Professional at Nordic Hills Resort (Eaglewood Resort) for 5 years, and a PGA assistant golf professional at River Forest Country Club, Biltmore Country Club and Itasca Country Club.
David grew up in Bensenville, IL and played high school golf for Fenton High School. From there, he attended Murray State University obtaining a degree in engineering physics and played on the university’s golf team. Upon graduation, he went to work for Texas Instruments as a marketing engineer, but decided that his true passion was working in the golf industry. After two years living in Texas, David returned to Illinois and began his new career in 1986 as an assistant golf professional at Itasca Country Club. In 1991 he earned his membership into the Professional Golfer’s Association of America, and was recently recognized as a member of the Quarter Century Club of the PGA.
As a PGA member, David has had the privilege to work at private, resort and public facilities allowing him to understand, learn and build his knowledge on what it takes to run a successful operation. In doing so, he places an emphasis on making the golf experience “enjoyable” for customers of all skill levels as priority #1.
David and his wife Susan have two children Paige and Austin. Paige graduated with a degree in Marine Biology from the University of Tampa and works as an elephant care specialist at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fl. Austin recently graduated from Murray State University with a degree in engineering physics.
PGA Assistant Golf Professional
Paul Scheffert has been the Assistant Golf Professional at Bloomingdale Golf Club since the spring of 2002. He grew up in Addison, IL where he played for his High School golf team at Addison Trail. His passion for the game of golf started while he caddied for Butterfield Country Club at the age of fourteen.
Paul has experience in tournament operations, merchandising, and as an instructor has worked extensively with adult, ladies, and junior clinics. Paul’s philosophy is that no matter what level of golfer, “having fun” should be the #1 priority while learning and playing. “By getting the student(s) to be more aware of what they are doing, they can become their own golf coach”. A strong base of fundamentals is the process which can, and will, lead to desirable outcomes.
Paul and his wife Kelly have 3 children; Reese, Paulie, and Byron. When Paul is away from Bloomingdale Golf Club he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working out, and following all Chicago Sports.