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.
Assistant General Manager
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.
Director of Golf
Fiddler’s Elbow is proud to welcome acclaimed golf professional George Deitz as our new Director of Golf. Perhaps George is best known for his long tenure as Director of Golf at Canoe Brook Country Club, but his resume includes a stint as Head Assistant Professional at Baltusrol, and Head Professional jobs at Bay Tree Golf Club in Winter Haven, Florida, Spring Brook Country Club in Morristown, and Cohasset Golf Club in Massachusetts. George’s journey to becoming an accomplished golf professional began when he discovered the game as a caddy at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Born and raised in the neighbouring town of Lewisburg, he taught himself how to play golf on the exceptional courses of the five-star resort, and discovered his passion for the game. He would later return to The Greenbrier as an Assistant Professional after college. George was mentored at Baltusrol by one of the great club pros of all time, the legendary Bob Ross. That experience included managing the corporate merchandising operations during Baltusrol’s hosting of the 1993 US Open Championship Tournament. Through the years, George has become one of the more well-known and respected professionals in the New Jersey PGA section. Under his directorship, Canoe Brook was named many times to the Platinum Clubs of America, an achievement we know well here at Fiddlers.
George attended Erskine College in South Carolina on a golf and academic scholarship. On the golf team, he earned the position as their captain and most valuable player his senior year. He graduated with a BS Degree in Business Management. George has two children including his 15-year-old daughter Kylie and 14-year-old son Ashby.
Allison Garber joined the staff of Fiddler's Elbow Country Club in Fall 2010, At the time of change and transition for Fiddler's, Allison brings with her an extensive and varied sales and marketing background. Previously, she was Director of Sales and Events at Cenergie, where she built and served the client base and consulted on the direction of this high-end spa and wellness centre, 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 buying program.
Michael was born in Eastern Europe – an even mix of Hungarian and Romanian heritage. He received a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University. During school, he realized the importance of doing what he loved and switched his major from Radiology to Hospitality Management. Michael started his career as a server and bartender, and quickly fell in love with the hospitality industry.
As a child and throughout college, Michael grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. Previously, Michael was The Clubhouse Manager at The Tuxedo Club in Tuxedo Park, NY. Prior to The Tuxedo Club, Michael was the General Manager at Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park, New York which he had the privilege of opening. His earlier career includes F&B Manager at Rumson Country Club and Restaurant Manager at The Cornerstone in Hillsdale, New Jersey.
He enjoys dining out, good wine and in his free time likes to play chess.
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, NJ.
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.
Golf Course Superintendent
Matt oversees the day-to-day conditions of our three golf courses. 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.
Director of Racquets
Rod grew up in nearby Morris County, playing the top spot at Mountain Lakes High School for three years, and then continuing on to Colgate University where we competed in Division 1 singles and doubles for the school. After graduation, it was all tennis, all the time, both as a profession and on the men's open circuit. Before arriving at Fiddler's Elbow, Rod was Director of Tennis at Trump National in Bedminster for eight years.