Recent industry hires and promotions include new General Managers at Hillendale Country Club in Baltimore, Md., Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota, Fla., and Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort; a new Tennis Director at The Woodstock (Vt.) Inn & Resort; a new Director of Food & Beverage at Westhaven Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn.; and the Fitness Director at the Club at Ibis in West Palm Beach, Fla. being honored.
Here are some of the recent new hires and promotions announced by club and resort properties and other companies in the club industry. Announcements and photos for this regular People on the Move report can be submitted at https://clubandresortbusiness.com/submit-industry-news/.
Hillendale Country Club in Baltimore, Md. named John L. Warnack, CCM, ECM, CFBE as General Manager. Warnack was most recently General Manager/COO of The Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C., where he was honored with The Mel Rex Award for Excellence in Club Management.
Sara Bay Country Club in Sarasota, Fla. named John Spiess, CCM as General Manager. Spiess, a PGA Master Professional, was previously the General Manager at Country Club of Roswell (Ga.). Previous positions include General Manager roles at The Heritage Club in Wake Forest, N.C.; Canyon Ridge Club (now McLemore) in Lookout Mountain, Ga, and TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn.
Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort named Sven Wiedenhaupt as General Manager. He most recently served as General Manager at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Prior to Zabeel Saray, Wiedenhaupt was the General Manager at Jumeirah Beach Hotel & Wild Wadi Waterpark.
The University Club of Milwaukee (Wis.) named Carl Granberg, CCM, CCE as General Manager/COO. Granberg was most recently General Manager/COO of Rochester (Minn.) Golf & Country Club.
MacGregor Downs Country Club in Cary, N.C. named Ed Hanley as General Manager. Hanley was most recently General Manager at The Clubs at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs, N.C.
The Country Club of Jackson (Miss.) named Clayton Stall as Assistant Manager. A recent graduate of the University of New Orleans, Stall got his start in the club business at the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club before joining the team at the CCJ.
Annandale Golf Club in Madison, Miss. named Jon Howell, PGA as Director of Golf. Howell has served as an assistant coach at the University of Alabama for the last seven years. He was also Director of the Alabama Golf Academy and the Crimson Tide Open. Prior to joining the Crimson Tide, Howell was the Director of Golf Instruction at the Country Club of Jackson (Miss.).
The Pinery Country Club in Parker, Colo. named Mike Fengler, PGA as Head Golf Professional. Fengler was most recently Golf Professional at Saddle Rack Golf Course in Aurora, Colo.
Charlotte (N.C.) Country Club named Eric Williamson, PGA, as Head Golf Professional. PGA of America Career Services partnered with the club to find Williamson through the ExecuSearch service.
Atlanta Athletic Club in Johns Creek, Ga. named Shawn Koch, PGA, has been named Director of Instruction. For the past 17 years, Koch served as Director of Instruction at The Country Club of the South, also in Johns Creek.
The Woodstock (Vt.) Inn & Resort named Toby Niles as Tennis Director at the Woodstock Athletic Club. Prior to joining the Woodstock Inn & Resort, Niles was a tennis professional at the Cedardale Club in Haverhill, Mass. He previously worked as the Head Tennis Professional at The Boathouse Club in Edgartown, Mass. and at the River Valley Club in Lebanon, N.H.
Desert Mountain Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. named Todd Bohn as Director of Agronomy. Bohn was most recently at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo. where he served as Director of Agronomy and oversaw conditioning of five golf courses, three of which he also managed during construction.
Fyre Lake Golf Club in Sherrard, Ill. named Kyle Wiebenga as Golf Course Superintendent. Wiebenga was most recently Head Superintendent at Deer Path Golf Course in Lake Forest, Ill. He’s also been Assistant Superintendent at Knollwood Club in Lake Forest.
Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club in Coral Gables, Fla., promoted Daniella Tosta to Director of Membership & Marketing. Tosta joined Deering Bay in 2006, working in food and beverage for three years before moving to the welcome desk. In 2010, she was promoted to Membership Manager and has been a part of the new member on-boarding process.
Nadine Moody, Fitness Director at the Club at Ibis was named the Best Personal Trainer in the 2021 Best of Palm Beach County Community Choice Awards. Moody started her career at the Club at Ibis in 2000 when she moved from Pennsylvania, where she was the Fitness Director at the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA.
Riverton Country Club in Cinaminson, N.J. hired Michael Kim as Executive Chef. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, the majority of Chef Kim’s professional career has been spent consulting or in Executive Chef positions at multiple gaming venues.
Westhaven Golf Club in Franklin, Tenn. named Laura Fieberg as Director of Food and Beverage. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Fieberg has worked for the Ritz Carlton Hotels, Fox Studios, the Hutton Hotel in Nashville, and the Sanctuary Hotel on Kiawah Island.
Boca Terry named David Bremer as Sales Account Executive. Bremer was previously engaged in spa, hotel and housekeeping management.
Dragonfly Golf named Hilton Hurst as Head of Operations. Most recently Hurst worked on several new set-up projects for Amazon and JLL across EMEA and prior to that worked with Cushman & Wakefield, Accenture and PWC to set up new organizational structures, finance systems and reporting.
Honma named Janeann Lanning as Chief Operating Officer of its North American operations. Lanning has spent the previous 20-plus years with Bridgestone Golf in various roles, most recently as Senior Director of Operations.