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Management Team


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


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.



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.



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.