Ron has been with Pelican Marsh Golf Club since 2013 as the GM/COO. Ron and his team are dedicated to membership satisfaction and constant operational improvement. Prior to Pelican Marsh, he was the General Manager at The Legacy Club at Alaqua Lakes, a private club in Longwood, Florida. Ron graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and later earned his MBA from the University of Central Florida. He is an active member of both the PGA and the Club Manager’s Association (CMAA). Ron lives in Naples with his wife and daughter.
As Controller of Pelican Marsh Golf Club since 2006, Karen Gross was an integral part of the transition of ownership from the developer to the membership. A member of the local Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association (HFTP) since 2007, she has held many key HFTP positions, including Chapter President. A resident of Naples since 2002, Karen was born in New York City and raised in Costa Rica. A Notary Public, she is also fluent in Spanish.
Shea grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida and graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Prior to joining Pelican Marsh Golf Club as the Director of Membership & Communications, she worked in Brand Management & Marketing at Chico’s FAS Inc, and Retail Management at Kate Spade New York and Lilly Pulitzer. Shea lives in Naples with her husband and three daughters.
Liza grew up in Naples and has worked in the accounting field for over 17 years. Outside of work, she enjoys running, watching sports and spending time with family and friends.
Food & Beverage
Chef De Cuisine Chad Cruciotti has made service, quality, and commitment-to-members his top priority at Pelican Marsh Golf Club. A true lover of the culinary arts, this Savannah, GA, native has studied with some of the world’s finest chefs, including Italy’s Chef Simone Concas and our own Chef Messenger. Prior to coming to PMGC, he led world-class teams at two 5-star European hotels; worked under the president of the Portuguese culinary association; and helped open one of Lisbon, Portugal's most successful restaurants – Sea-me.
Kevin Mindley discovered his passion for food in his native Jamaica, where he attended the culinary academy at Runaway Bay, Saint Ann Parish located on Jamaica’s north coast. Kevin continued practicing his craft at Royal Plantation Resort by Sandals before accepting a position in 2004 located in Florida.
Since his arrival in the states, Kevin has continued to work in a variety of restaurants venues before realizing his true passion for cooking in the private club industry. Prior to his tenure at P.M.G.C. Kevin help lead teams at the Waldorf Astoria and Gulf Harbor Yacht & Country Club.
Kevin is currently an active member of the American Culinary Federation. He enjoys spending quality time with his family, learning new culinary traditions, and cultures.
Amy Warner joined Pelican Marsh Golf Club in 2016 as the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, and was promoted to Food & Beverage Director in September 2019. She has been in the Food & Beverage industry for over 25 years, with the last 18 years spent in private Clubs. Amy has earned her ANSI ServSafe Manager Certification from the National Restaurant Association and also acquired her Real Estate Associate License in 2006. Besides being in the Food & Beverage industry her other passions are playing/coaching softball, golf and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Amy has been in Southwest Florida for over 35 years, originally from Eaton Rapids, Michigan and currently lives in Fort Myers with her husband Jimmy. She has 4 grown daughters that are all married and is excited for the arrival of their first granddaughter.
Jessi is originally from Baltimore Maryland but grew up in South West Florida. In 2006 she graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She has over 20 years of hospitality experience in fine dining and private clubs. Jessi has been an active member in CMAA for many years. She currently lives in Naples and enjoys spending time with her family and 2 children.
Phil Pellerito has been with Pelican Marsh Golf Club since 2009, where he has been on a fast paced career track. He began as Assistant Golf Professional and was promoted to Head Golf Professional in 2013, and awarded the Director of Golf position in 2014. Phil is originally from Lighthouse Point, Florida and graduated from Barry University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management with a Minor in Business. A PGA Member since 2013, Phil currently lives in Naples with his wife and their daughter and son.
Nick Baumhart has been with Pelican Marsh Golf Club since 2009. He began as an Assistant Golf Professional and was promoted to Head Golf Professional in 2013. Nick is originally from Parkland, Florida and graduated from Lynn University (a.k.a University of Boca Raton) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management and a Minor in Sports and Recreation. He played 3 years for the L.U. Golf Team. Nick became a Class A PGA Professional August 2013. He plans to one day become a Master PGA Professional. Nick and his wife are enjoying their time in Naples with their son.
From Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Lindsey attended the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. She was an active member of the golf team while earning her degree in Business Administration and a minor in Communications within the PGA Golf Management program.
Upon graduating in May of 2015, Lindsey accepted her first seasonal job at Wilderness Country Club in Naples, Florida for the winter season. She then traveled to Blowing Rock Country Club in North Carolina for the summer season where she gained most of her teaching experience and became very involved in the ladies’ golf programs.
Lindsey has been a PGA member since fall of 2015, and has been playing golf most of her life. She initially learned to play golf alongside her two sisters under the instruction of her dad. Lindsey and her sisters still play golf together regularly and live in the North Naples area.
Assistant Golf Professional
Derek Smith joins us for the 2019 – 2020 season and comes from the Weymouth Club in Medina, Ohio as their 1st Assistant Golf Professional. Originally from Parma, Ohio, Derek graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Exercise Science. Derek initially played Strong Safety for his varsity football team in 2015, then competed on the Varsity Golf Team from 2016 -2019 and served as the team captain his final year. His aspirations are to continue to grow as a golf professional and work his way into being a Head Golf Professional at a private facility. When Derek is not playing golf, you can find him either watching the Cleveland Browns or Ohio State football.
Assistant Golf Professional
Eric Aguiar joins us for the 2019 – 2020 season and comes from the Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club in New Durham, New Hampshire. Originally from Plymouth, New Hampshire, Eric graduated from The University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Outdoor Recreation and Business Administration. Eric competed on the varsity golf team throughout his tenure, serving as the team captain for 3 years, earning 1st Team All-Conference, and compiling four collegiate wins. His aspirations are to continue to grow as a golf professional and work his way into being a Head Golf Professional at a private facility. When Eric is not playing golf, you can find him watching any New England sports team
Golf Course Maintenance
Since joining Pelican Marsh in 2009, Brook has helped ensure that Pelican Marsh remains a “must play” in SW Florida. Originally from Australia, he has dedicated his professional career to course perfection. A former Director of Course Operations and Course Superintendent at multiple East Coast Florida clubs – Bear Lakes, Aberdeen, Addison Reserve, and TPC Eagle Trace – Brook earned an Associate’s Degree in Turf grass Management and Soil Science, from the Brisbane Institute of Technology, Grovely, Queensland. He also completed an apprenticeship at the Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, and participated in the Ohio State University Turf grass Management Program.
Ben joined the Pelican Marsh Golf Club team in 2016 as the second Assistant Superintendent. Ben is a 2014 graduate of the Turfgrass Management program from The Ohio State University. He began his career in Ohio working at Yankee Run Golf Course and Youngstown Country Club, after which he relocated to Bonita Springs in 2014 to work at Shadow Wood Country Club, before coming to Naples.
Easton joined the Pelican Marsh Golf Club team in 2019 as the second Assistant golf course Superintendent. Easton is a 2019 graduate of the Horry-Georgetown technical college where he obtained an Associates degree in Turfgrass Management. A Tennessee native who moved to Florida in 2008 with his parents began his golf industry career in 2012 at Harder Hall Country in Sebring, Florida. Before joining Pelican Marsh, Easton completed several internships at such clubs as, Quail Hollow Club, Chevy Chase Club and Mountain Lake Golf Club.
Carlos is a native of Chicago, with a diverse background and skill set that integrated him perfectly into a Facilities Engineer position which he has held at several prestigious private Clubs in Naples since relocating here full time with his family.