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Mike Hoelzer Jr.

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General Manager / COO

Mike is a native Texan and long-time, Houston resident. He is a former General Manager with Club Corp, the leading Golf Course Management Firm in the industry. He brings a wealth of productive private club experience, spanning 25+ years. He is a highly visible, passionate, energetic, and ethical leader dedicated to its overall mission and vision. Mike develops, maintains, and promotes a management philosophy that culminates in member satisfaction and employee engagement and can inspire personnel while consistently achieving the mandates of long and short-term financial and strategic plans. Mike is a member of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) and the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA). He and his wife Natalie are the proud parents of three children, Bailee (22), Caleb (16), and Avreigh-Fay (11).

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Bryan Hawn

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Controller / CFO

Bryan was born and raised in Florida, but has also spent many years in Steamboat Springs, CO. Bryan joined River Strand Golf & Country Club in February 2020. Prior to River Strand, Bryan was the Controller/HR Director at TPC Prestancia. Bryan has also worked in the property management, banking, and golf/hospitality management fields during his 15+ year career. During this time, he has developed a diverse set of skills and knowledge that he looks forward to contributing towards the success of River Strand. Bryan is motivated, detail oriented, and dedicated to providing the very best experience to all he encounters. Bryan is a graduate with a degree in Accounting, Professional Golf Management, and Hospitality/Sports Management. He currently resides in Sarasota, FL with his wife, Danielle, son, Lucas, and dog, Bailey. When he is not busy working, you can find him traveling, following sports religiously, or on the golf course.

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Elaine Frederick

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Senior Community Association Manager

Elaine is a Florida Licensed Community Association Manager (CAM) with an impressive 15 years of experience managing high-rise condominiums, large scale HOA communities, and co-ops. She has helped management companies maneuver through association turnovers from the developer to the homeowners with great success. Elaine’s love for her career is evident in her professional approach and will only serve to supplement the positive vision we all have for River Strand. Elaine works with and assists the Board in accomplishing goals for the association.

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Ed Eaton

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Community Association Manager

Ed is a licensed CAM who lives in Bradenton with his wife Laura. He relocated from New York three years ago where he worked as a Maintenance Manager for the largest health care system on Long Island. Ed cut his teeth in property management as part of the management staff that built out a 550-unit retirement community in Manorville Long Island. From there he worked in the retail industry as a district manager in charge of multiple big box warehouses. Ed is skilled in Community Management, Operations and Budgeting, Compliance, Maintenance and Construction, Safety and Security to name a few. One of Eds biggest attributes is customer service. Ed believes he is here to facilitate the needs of the River Strand community with integrity while facilitating the needs of its residents and staff.

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Terry Stevens

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Maintenance Director

Responsible for overseeing maintenance, repair and upkeep operations of River Strand’s facilities. Terry provides day-to-day leadership to the maintenance team to ensure operations run smoothly and common areas are well-cared for. A hands-on problem solver, Terry optimizes the maintenance strategy to solve unique property maintenance issues. A United States Army veteran, Terry brings more than 15 years of experience in facilities maintenance, repairs and remodeling. He has worked for many different industries, such as non-profits, healthcare and residential properties. Terry was born in Texas and raised in Florida, and currently resides in Sarasota, FL, with his wife Alice, daughter Nina and a lucky rescued yellow lab named Leeroy.

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Marcelo Mercado

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Food & Beverage Manager

Originally born in Italy, raised in Mendoza, Argentina. Marcelo has made his way to River Strand bringing ongoing innovations and a dedication to improving operations. He has a 25+ year long career in management within the Food & Beverage industry mostly in Atlanta Georgia hotels, conference centers, and almost two decades of overseeing elaborate banquet events, multiple restaurants, and pool operations at one of the most prestigious private clubs in the heart of Midtown Atlanta’s Piedmont Driving Club, with membership being the city's most influential business leaders and prominent families. As well as more recently the Hawaii Convention Center “Where Business and Aloha Meet” providing organizations from around the globe with a setting that was distinctly Hawaii. On a personal note, Marcelo and his wife Melissa enjoy fishing and are proud parents of three, their first grandchild, and a beloved Pekingese.

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Matthew Lewis

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Executive Chef

Chef Matthew Lewis discovered his passion for food and cooking at a very early age. He attended the Art Institute of Colorado for Hospitality and Culinary Supervision and worked his way through college at various Bistros, Cafes, Restaurants and hotels in Denver before landing his first Executive Chef position at the Carambola Golf Course in St. Croix, U.S.V.I. Prior to joining River Strand, Matthew was the Executive Chef at TPC Prestancia Golf and Social Club. Matthew is married to Nicole and they have two boys; ten-year-old Ethan and 9-year-old Evan. Matthew is excited to be a part of the River Strand team and looks forward to meeting you all.

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Brian Richter

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Head Golf Professional

Brian is a Class A Certified Professional in Golf Operations with the PGA of America. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience spanning 20+ years. He was born and raised in Cincinnati where he received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati while playing on the golf team. Brian moved to Florida in 1998 to live the dream of playing golf year-round and became the Head Golf Professional at Crescent Oaks Country Club. From there he went on to serve 9 years as the General Manager/Director of Golf at Plantation Palms Golf Club in Tampa, 4 years at Legacy Golf Club and most recently 6 ½ years at The Eagles Golf Club.

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Renze Berg

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Golf Course Superintendent

Renze is a Class A member of The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), born and raised in Bradenton. After graduating with an AS Degree in Golf Course Management in 1996, he began his career at University Park Country Club, later moving on to be the Assistant Golf Professional at The Links at Greenfield Plantation. Later, as an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Renze helped complete a successful renovation at Bradenton Country Club in 1998, after which he was promoted to Superintendent, a position he held from 2003 - 2015. While maintaining the historic private Club, he hosted the Florida State Amateur Championship in 2013 and the Women's U.S. Open Qualifier in May 2015. Renze is focused on maintaining a first class golf course for River Strand.

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Abdul Idi

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Director of Racquet Sports

Abdul began teaching tennis at River Strand in June 2011. Prior to River Strand, Abdul was a successful Tennis Professional and Head Tennis Professional for about 15 years at prominent tennis centers throughout Minnesota. As a former Junior Champion at the '85 National Sports Festival in Nigeria, Abdul has competed in and won countless tennis awards in the 1980’s; and he competed at the 2010 USTA 5.0 Nationals. With his rich tennis experience, he also holds a master’s degree in Community Health from Minnesota State University. Abdul certainly has an abundance to offer River Strand tennis players!

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Jennifer Poole

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Lifestyle Director

Jennifer was born and raised in South Eastern Massachusetts. She moved to Palmetto, Florida with her daughter, Savannah, in 2018 and joined River Strand shortly after. She started here as an Administrative Assistant and moved her way up to Front Office Supervisor and is now our Lifestyle Director. She oversees the front office activity, manages the newsletter, keeps the website updated and plans many of the River Strand events. She was an office manager for a busy construction company for 10 years and is also a Licensed Massage Therapist.

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Laura Simone

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Club Accounting/HR Admin.

Laura joined River Strand Golf and Country Club in March of 2020. Prior to that she was at TPC Prestancia as the Club Concierge. She received her Hospitality Management degree at Western Carolina University. After receiving her degree she worked for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company in many different roles. Laura resides in Sarasota, FL with her husband, Matt, and three children, Taylor (15), Ryan (12) and Emily (12). Laura loves to spend time with her family and cheer for her three children while they are playing soccer, basketball or flag football.

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Alma Hershberger

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Club Accounting/HR Admin. Assistant

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Lisa Bean

Title

Administrative Assistant

Lisa comes to us with a refreshing laugh & care for our office and community. She is finely tuned in providing excellent attention & patience to clients for over 20 years. Lisa is a large fan of her family, writing, avionics, and critters. Above any achievements, she is full of massive pride as a mom to 4 sons & daughter (& their friends & their appetites) & her rescue dog Loki, an Australian Shepherd. Having traveled to close to 40 countries brings a special flare as well as her vast experience to orchestrating countless events for both small & large venues. We welcome Lisa happily to our team.

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Cathy Shores

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Administrative Assistant