Five Questions for…Betsy Kemp, General Manager of the Goldman Tennis Center

Swupnil Sahai

Betsy Kemp is the new General Manager of the Goldman Tennis Center. She replaced Isabella Feinberg, who is now Lifetime’s Chief Facilities Operating Officer. Prior to her new role, Betsy had served as GTC’s Assistant General Manager since March. Before that, she worked in marketing and restaurant relations at OpenTable.

Betsy played tennis as a kid and re-found the game later in life at Lifetime’s Walnut Creek facility. With lessons from Coach Joe Noth, she rekindled her love of the game and has since played more than 300 USTA matches. A highlight of her adult recreational tennis career was going to Nationals with her Mixed 40+ 7.0 team in 2018!

1.What role has tennis played in your life?

I started playing tennis as a kid with my brother and picked the game back up later in life at a time when I needed a diversion and a new focus. It has brought out my fun and competitive spirit and has introduced me to a strong community of players who have now become lifelong friends.

2.You started working at the Goldman Tennis Center last year as a customer service rep, then Assistant General Manager before taking the GM job this month. What strikes you most about the facility and the community?

It’s a privilege to help support the community which is like none other! In addition, this is a gorgeous building with a fabulous indoor and outdoor space that provides an oasis for our busy and bustling lives. With my days in software technology in the rear view, I’m thrilled to be in a space that feeds my soul as I hope it does for everyone who visits.

3.You’ve only been GM for a short time, but what do you think is the most challenging part of the job?

It’s already been a few weeks but I think one of the biggest challenges is that I won’t be able to make everyone happy ALL the time. But I’m going to do my best to keep recreational tennis and pickleball fun!

4.The Goldman Tennis Center is nearing its second anniversary. Where does it go from here?

Great question! We will continue to refine and innovate our offerings to accommodate and continue to adapt to the community’s needs. I’m excited to be a part of this evolution.

5.Besides tennis, what do you like to do in your spare time?

When not at work, I spend as much time as possible with my fur babies, Frank (19 yr old cat) & Beans (2 yr old dog). I love being outside, soaking up the sun, and spending time in the beautiful hills around my hometown of Walnut Creek. I’m fortunate to have my Dad, my brother, and his wife nearby for weekly family dinners.