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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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Jennifer Poole

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Senior Community Association Manager

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, Lifestyle Director and is now a part of the property management team as the Senior Community Association Manager.

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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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Tim Hmay

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Food & Beverage Director

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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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Robby Boyd

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Golf Course Superintendent

Robby Boyd, comes to us with over 12 years of experience in golf course maintenance. He is a class A member of the GCSAA. Robby came from TPC Prestancia where he did a complete turn around and worked very close with management and members. He truly cares what the member’s desire and exceeds beyond expectations every time. He came to Florida from Texas in 2019, Timarron Country Club and from there, Shady Valley Country Club, Hawks Creek Golf Club and did an internship at Boot Ranch Country Club. Through the years, he has overseen and grown in golf course renovations such as greens, fairway, tees and bunker renovations. Robby has volunteered at PGA tour events and hosted many USGA qualifiers. He had a love for golf at very young age and followed his dreams. Robby prides himself on consistent course conditions and developing strong golf course maintenance teams. He is happily married with two beautiful daughters and is very excited to join River Strand.

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Antonio Acosta

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Director of Racquet Sports

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Holly Hoffman

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Lifestyle Director

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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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Lisa Bean

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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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Administration

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Administrative Assistant