Meet the Team

  • Brian Dees - General Manager
    • Brian Dees brings over 25 years of club experience to the table. Brian comes to us from The Ridge Club in Sandwich, MA. before that he was with the University of Texas Golf Club as the Clubhouse Manager. Brian has also worked at The Caddie Group, Lakecliff Country Club and Barton Creek Resort & Club. In 2006, Brian was recognized as one of the Top 20 Most Admired Golf Operators by Golf, Inc. He is married with two boys; who both attend TCU. Brian and his family are very involved in the community and love the game of Golf.

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  • Brandy Smotts - Director of Sales
    • Brandy Smotts has been in marketing industry for several years, starting with Inside Sales and moving fast into managing large accounts. Right from the start, Brandy works with our members and outside customers to ensure their experience at the club is one to remember. 

      With her passion to serve the community, Brandy immersed herself in community projects starting in High School. She currently services as a Board Member for Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico and the McLeod YMCA. She has helped develop PTA programs for schools that had none, and currently serves on the APS Superintendents Cup golf committee as Logistics Chair. Brandy has two children who have both been raised with the understanding of giving back to the community and loves to watch them find the organizations that pulls at their heartstrings. With her passion and need to serve, she aligns well with The Canyon Club's "Why".

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  • Julie Dees - Director of Events / Wedding & Event Coordinator
    • Julie Dees has been an Event and Wedding Planner in the private country club and resort industry for 23 years. She enjoys creating special moments for clients and members. Sometimes, clients are not sure exactly what they want when they arrive but with a little prompting and guidance a vision starts to flow and a dream comes to life. Over the years, her passion has become coordinating a wide range of member events for a club that encompasses something for everyone. She is proud to have served on education and community foundations, helped her two teenage sons’ schools raise money through fundraisers and held PTA board leadership positions. Julie has served on non-profit Boards focused on disadvantaged children, designed and executed fundraisers that raised up to $400,000 in one day and served as the Executive Director of Cape Kid Meals, the Cape Cod Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack.

      Julie is proud to work where she gets to use her experience to assist local non-profits make a difference in our community.

      You can email Julie at

  • Don Yrene - Head Golf Professional
    • Don Yrene was born and raised in Albuquerque, attended Highland High where he played golf and basketball, then went to New Mexico State University where he was the #1 and #2 player on the golf team and graduated in 1989. Don has been a PGA of America Golf Professional since 1995 and has compiled quite a resume. Don's career highlight came at the 2006 PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club where he made the cut at -1 under par and earned low club professional honors.

      Don and his wife Rhonda of 29 years have three beautiful children. He started playing golf when he was six years old and has loved the game since. He competed in junior golf, high school, college and professional golf. Prior to coming to The Canyon Club he was Head Golf Professional at Kankakee CC in Illinois. Don has also spent time at The Golf Club at Osprey Cove GA, TPC of Scottsdale and the Golf Club of Scottsdale. As well as instructing at Gainey Ranch, Resort Golf Schools. He started his career in the Club business as an Assistant Golf Professional here in Albuquerque at Santa Ana Golf Club.

      You can email Don at

  • Open - Restaurant Manager
    • The Canyon Club will revamp the search for our new Food and Beverage Director after the first of the year. 

  • John "Hobo" Apodaca - Executive Chef
    • Chef John was born and raised in Albuquerque and started his culinary career very young as a dishwasher at the north valley staple, Murphy’s Mule Barn. He quickly worked his way through the ranks and had the itch to cook. Chef took what he already knew from standing beside his grandmother in the kitchen (and eating, of course!) and soon began traveling around and collecting many lessons and skills along the way.

      Chef John calls this portion of his culinary education "learning the art of the hobo". The term hobo is commonly misunderstood, but it originated as a reference to Civil War soldiers who were homeward bound and worked their way home after the war. It sometimes took years to make their way home as they earned a few dollars here and there going from job to job. Hobo’s are considered resourceful, self-reliant, and hardworking. These are the values that Chef has ascribed to in his career (and in life) as he travelled around gaining skills, knowledge and friends in this business. And so The Hobo Chef was born.

      You may have tasted Chef John’s creations in and around Albuquerque as the Executive Chef at the Indigo Crow, the Independence Grill and the Burger Basket, or most recently as Chef de Cuisine at Sunrise Springs Resort in Santa Fe.

      You can email Chef at

  • Open - Chef de Cuisine
    • The Canyon Club is currently seeking a new Chef De Cuisine. 

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