Cohoat and O’Neal Management was established in January 2011 to provide a scope of services related to the golf and real estate industries. The wealth of knowledge that Matt Cohoat and “Doc” O’Neal bring to this area of expertise is considerable and with outstanding success.
John “Doc” O’Neal
“Doc” O’Neal is a lifelong resident of Carmel, Indiana. Doc’s background includes the establishment of a private golf Club, The Bridgewater Club, the premier golf and residential community in the State of Indiana including a 750 acre high end residential development. The Bridgewater Club includes an 80,000 square foot clubhouse, including fitness, swimming, outstanding food and beverage, large events including wedding receptions, a 9-hole executive golf course and an 18-hole Pete Dye Championship golf course which was host to the 2005 Junior Solheim Cup.
In addition, Doc was President of Crooked Stick Golf Club, President of the Carmel Dads’ Club, and founding President of the Indiana Golf Foundation and was responsible for raising the necessary funds ($ 2,500,000) to build the Gongaware Golf Academy located in Franklin, Indiana. Doc was Chairman of the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open Championship played at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Indiana. He has been directly involved in assisting over 4,000 young people learn and understand all facets of the game of golf.
Over the past six years Doc O’Neal and Matt Cohoat have been responsible for the growth of a wonderful daily fee golf course, Wood Wind Golf Club located in Westfield, Indiana. In that time the rounds of golf increased approximately from just over 17,000 rounds to over 32,000.
Doc’s golf accomplishments include Captain and MVP of the Purdue University Men’s Golf Team, 1987 Indiana Runner-up Player of the Year, Indiana State Amateur Runner-up in 1997, Crooked Stick Club Champion in 1980 and 1988, the 1982 Northern Open Champion, and Doc was inducted into the Indiana High School Hall of Fame in 1993.
Doc is married to Carol Culp O’Neal and they have four children and four granddaughters.
Matt is Chief Financial Officer of Becknell Industrial Properties, a privately-held full-service real estate developer and owner of nearly 25 million square feet of industrial warehouse and distribution properties located in 30 states across the United States. Matt is responsible for strategic planning, accounting, finance, IT, HR and administrative services at Becknell.
Prior to joining Becknell, Matt was Chief Investment Officer of Estridge Homes assisting with development. Matt was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Duke Realty Corporation, ($8.0 billion publicly traded real estate investment trust). Matt was named to that position in January 2003. He had had been with Duke since 1990, serving as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer before his 2003 promotion.
Before joining Duke, Matt spent eight years with Ernst & Young. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Purdue University in 1982 and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Matt is a member of the Board of Directors for the following organizations:
- United Way of Central Indiana
- Cathedral High School
- St. Mary’s Child Center
- Western Golf Association
Matt earned an Evans Scholarship to Purdue University through the Evans Scholars program as a caddy and was instrumental in bringing a caddy program to Wood Wind Golf Club in 2009 and Praire View Golf Club in 2013. Matt and Doc together combined their efforts to bring Wood Wind Golf Club to a new standard, enhanced the bottom line results, and started the “Doc” O’Neal Golf Academy at Wood Wind in 2009. Cohoat and O’Neal established a new sense of pride that resulted in a wonderful golf experience for all golfers who played Wood Wind Golf Club in the past five years.
Matt and his wife Jan have four children, Jimmy (Wife Alli), Kelly, Joey and Bobby. They are active members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.
Rich joined Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp. in January, 2015 as Controller and was promoted to Vice President – Finance and Administration in January, 2017. As of April 2019, Rich now serves as the President and CFO. Rich oversees all aspects of the company’s accounting, finance, I.T., H.R. and administrative functions.
Prior to joining Cohoat and O’Neal, Rich spent 30 years as a financial executive working with numerous companies in the areas of financial planning, transaction structuring, due diligence, asset management and accounting. Many of those years were spent in the senior housing and long-term care industries serving as the interface between finance and operations for some of the leading providers including Beverly Enterprises, Basic American Medical Inc., Marriot International, and Forum Group, Inc. Additionally, Rich has been involved in there structuring and oversight of many private equity transactions in several industries including senior housing, aviation, golf products and services, commercial and residential real estate, hospitality and entertainment.
Rich is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN and resides in Carmel, IN. He and his wife, Jane, have three children, Brad, Mark and Kyle. Rich is active in the Carmel United Methodist Church and serves Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Carmel Dads’ Club.
Colin joined Cohoat and O’Neal Management Corp. in January 2017 as the Director of Operations, after 3 years with appliedgolf (Golf Management firm based in New Jersey). His experience with appliedgolf included 2 years as Club Manager for a 18 hole Semi-Private operation in Western Massachusetts (Hickory Ridge Golf Club). His biggest accomplishments included increased sales in Outing and Banquet Business, Community Involvement, and hosting State and National Golf Tournaments including a USGA event (U.S. Amateur Qualifier) and WGAM events (Junior Tri-State and Spring/Fall Team InterClub Matches). As of 2020, Colin now serves as the Vice President of Operations.
Colin is a graduate of Carmel High School (’03) and Purdue University (’07, B.S. Sales Management).
During Colin’s time at Purdue University, he was involved in the growth of his Major (Sales Management). His involvement in Pi Sigma Epsilon, a National Sales Fraternity (Events Chair-2006-2007), Purdue’s Corporate Sponsorship Program (Team Leader), and Purdue’s Regional Sales Team all assisted to the growth in numbers to the School and provided new opportunities for future students in this Major. Colin was selected by his Professors to be a Teaching Assistant and Group Leader in numerous course studies that pertained to the Sales Management Major at Purdue University.
His playing Career includes All-Conference accolades (Carmel H.S. 2002), State Championship participant (Carmel H.S. 2002 & 2003), Indiana State Amateur Championship participant (2012 & 2013), and Wood Wind Club Champion (2011 & 2012).
He takes pride in the relationships he has with family, friends, associates, and business partners. Colin’s primary business objective is to promote the Game of Golf within local, State, and National Markets and preserving and growing Golf Operations in those markets.