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Thomas Hurley

General Manager

A 30-year veteran of the golf and country club industry, Thomas Hurley was named General Manager of Fiddler's Elbow in July 2011.
Prior to Fiddler's Elbow, Hurley came from Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, N.J., where he was general manager/chief operating officer for the last seven years. Earlier in his career, he spent two years as club manager at Cherry Valley and executed the successful opening of its golf clubhouse. In 1998, he was recruited as chief operating officer by Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, N.J., where he served as the driving force behind the major development, reconstruction and renovation of the club's facilities. He left Spring Brook CC in 2004 to return to Cherry Valley CC, where he helped facilitate the club's transition to member ownership.
Hurley's first stint as a general manager occurred during his tenure at the Ashbourne Country Club in Cheltenham, Pa., which followed his promotion from food and beverage director.
While attending Fordham Preparatory School (Bronx, N.Y.), Hurley spent the summers working numerous positions at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. He went on to serve as the food and beverage steward at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y., and later accepted a steward position at Westchester Country Club in Rye, N.Y., where he was eventually promoted to beach club manager.

     
   

Brian Baldwin

Assistant General Manager

After positions at Trump National, Bedminster and Cherry Valley Country Club, Brian honed his hospitality skills at the prestigious Baltusrol Golf Club
Fairleigh Dickinson University, one of the top ranked hospitality programs in the nation, proved to be the perfect training ground for this up and coming club manager. Taking it one step further, following graduation, Brian expanded his kitchen knowledge through a comprehensive culinary school education. This intimate food and beverage knowledge paired with his approachable floor personality makes Brian a unique asset.

     

 

Mat Kent, PGA

Director of Golf 

Mat joined Fiddler’s in 2012 having come from Basking Ridge Country Club in Basking Ridge, NJ, where he served as Head Pro five years. He has worked at several of the most prestigious private clubs in the area, including The Ridge at Back Brook and Hamilton Farm Golf Club. Additionally, Mat is the creator of Swing FORE Life, LLC, established to introduce boys and girls to golf via a proprietary teaching strategy he developed. He also serves on multiple committees in the NJPGA, with a focus on growing the game.

           


     
    Kevin Gleason

Head Golf Professional 
Kevin was named Head Golf Professional in 2015. He began his career at Fiddler’s as an intern during his undergraduate years at Coastal Carolina University. He eventually earned a degree in Business Management with a specialization in Professional Golf Management. His other club experience includes stints at Wild Wing Plantation in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, The Bonita Bay Club in South Florida, and Grey Oaks Country Club in Naples, Florida. While it seems that he practically lives at the Club, Kevin actually lives in Morristown with Fiddler’s staff Assistant Pro Ryan Buckley and Assistant Superintendent form the Meadow Course, Matt Petro. Kevin escapes the all-consuming world of golf by playing in a volleyball league and participating in fantasy football leagues.

     
Allison Garber
Membership & Marketing Director

Allison Garber joined the staff of Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Fall 2010, bringing with her an extensive and varied sales background. Previously, she was Director of Sales and Event Coordinator at Cenergie, where she built and served the client base of this high-end spa and fitness center focused on the overall health and fitness lifestyle.
Allison has also held positions as Regional Sales Manager for Chelsea Sourcing International and in the retail arena for Liz Claiborne/Kayser Roth and Saks Fifth Avenue.

     

 

Annette Ruiz

Director of Events and Programming

With more than 25 years of experience within the hospitality industry, Annette joined Fiddler's Elbow in 2011 as an events coordinator and was quickly promoted to the Director of Events.  Annette most recently served positions as General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites in Palm Coast, Florida; Director of Sales & Marketing of the Hilton Garden Inn in Palm Coast, Florida; and Director of Sales & Marketing at The Four Points by Sheraton in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Prior to that, Annette was the Assistant Food & Beverage Manager at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, New Jersey and as a Catering Coordinator at the Ashbourne Country Club in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania
With her extensive background in catering, country clubs and hotels, Annette is an asset to Fiddler's Elbow.

     
   

Michael Weisshaupt

Executive Chef
Michael joined Fiddler’s Elbow as Executive Chef in October 2012. He comes to us as a well-known, highly regarded Executive Chef not only in the tri-state area, but internationally as well. His early career began in the Black Forest region of Germany where he attended culinary school before an apprenticeship in Switzerland.
After moving to the United States, Michael worked at many acclaimed restaurants including The Manor in West Orange, The View atop the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, the Bernards Inn in Bernardsville and Crystal Springs Resort in Hambur
We are truly delighted to have him on our team. His fresh take on traditional dishes and immaculate presentation will not disappoint. Please be sure to stop by the Club and enjoy one of his delicious creations.

     

 

Matt Willigan

Golf Course Superintendent

Matt oversees the day-to-day conditions of our three golf courses, working closely with Dick Bator. Prior to joining Fiddler's, Matt was the Assistant Superintendent at Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, PA where he helped oversee the successful development and implementation of their Master Plan which included fumigation and regressing of all playing areas and the reconstruction of all sand bunkers. Matt is a native of Albany, New York and a graduate of Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management program.

     
 

Brendon Steidle

Controller

At Fiddler's Elbow Country Club, Brendon Steidle manages the financial operations, along with information technology and human resources. He joined Fiddler's Elbow Country Club as assistant controller in 2000 and was promoted to controller in 2003
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Brendon earned his BA in business management from Gettysburg College. He has been an active member of the Mid-Jersey Chapter of the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) since 2000
Prior to joining Fiddler's Elbow, Brendon served as controller for a small military contractor in Pennsylvania.