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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 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 became chief operating officer at 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.
     

 

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.

     

 

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.

     

 

William Hoferer

Assistant General Manager

With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Bill joined the staff of Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club in September 2011. He most recently served as General Manager of Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange, N.J.

Prior to that, Bill was General Manager/Chief Executive Officer at Arcola Country Club in Paramus, N.J.; Club Manager and, following a promotion, General Manager at Raritan Valley Country Club in Bridgewater, N.J.; and Food and Beverage Manager at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J.

Bill has been a longtime member of the Club Managers Association of America, and was president of the New Jersey Chapter for two years.

     

 

Brian Baldwin

Clubhouse 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.

     

 

Annette Ruiz

Director of Events
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 or 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 Hamburg.

     
   

Joe Galan

Director of Golf
Joe joined Fiddler’s Elbow in 2012 from Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J., where he was First Assistant for the two seasons. He serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey PGA Section and is a member of the PGA Presidents Council focused on growing the game. He is a two-time recipient of PGA’s New Jersey Merchandiser of the Year Award and winner of the PGA's President's Plaque Award for leadership in growing the game. Joe's career experience encompasses time spent as both a Head Golf Professional with Marriott Golf as well as a General Manager and Head Golf Professional at the Crystal Springs Resort.

     

 

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 regrassing 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.