Tom brings to Centre Club more than 25 years of success and experience in the hospitality industry. Covering all facets of sales, customer service, food and beverage, club management, customer retention, and venue operations.
Tom began his professional career with the Golden State Warriors as the team’s Director of Tickets and Premium Services &Operations. There he was responsible for managing all of the team’s premium seating assets, franchise management, directing sales, marketing, and retention efforts, as well as the oversight and implementation of all aspects of customer service, food and beverage and building operations. As well as managing the buildings 100 million operation at Oracle Arena, Tom oversaw the development and execution of an operational plan for all arena events (NBA Basketball, Concerts, and Family Shows) for premium seating, luxury suites, premium restaurants, private clubs, over 25 concession stands, and premium food and beverage outlets throughout Oracle Arena.
While with the Golden State Warriors, Tom earned national recognition amongst his peers for his attention to detail and exemplary execution in creating unique customer service and marketing initiatives as well as VIP hospitality programs for premium seating patrons. He was named President of the Association of Luxury Suite Directors in 2002, where he served a four-year stint and has been a member of the Executive Board for the past 20 years.
In 2006, Tom followed his passion and took on a new challenge by joining Southern Wine & Spirits to launch its new National Sports and Entertainment Division. As the Southern Wine & Spirits Director of National/Regional Accounts, Tom developed a platform and portfolio that increased sales and vendor participation in 28 states. In this position, he was responsible for creating and marketing core beverage programming (on and off premise) with the top sports and entertainment food and beverage companies, arena venues, high-end restaurants, private clubs, and retail chain outlets throughout the country. With his outstanding knowledge of the wine and spirits industry, he was honored with the prestigious Southern Wine & Spirits Best of The Best Regional Sales and Service Award in 2010 and 2011 for his exemplary work. Tom is an educator in all areas of wine and spirits and has developed World Class mixology and wine service training for some of the top sports and entertainment facilities in the United States.
Tom’s passion for operations guided him to Levy Restaurants in 2015 as their Director of Operations at the Amway Center in Orlando FL. His responsibilities included directing a team of 22 managers and eight executive staff members in finance, premium/nightclubs, culinary, concessions, purchasing, human resources, and catering/sales. Tom was accountable for all P&L responsibilities including budgeting and forecasting. He worked closely with his leadership team to challenge them to implement new food and beverage trends. His main responsibility was to work alongside the Orlando Magic and The City of Orlando to create World-Class Premium Food and Beverage experiences. Tom received the prestigious Levy Restaurants Presidents Award in 2016 for excellence in venue operations.
In 2017 Tom joined Aramark Business Dining as their General Manager/Director of Operations of MacDill Air Force Base. Tom ran all Food and Beverage Operations and managed 150 staff members in five profit centers. (Catering, Golf Executive Club, Casual Restaurants, Fine Dining, and Airmen Dining) Tom worked closely with the Air Force to design and implement new value added services for our working military and their families.
Tom is an avid collector of fine wines and enjoys his free time with his family and friends.
Kris joined the Centre Club in October 2016. Originally from Cleveland, OH, Kris grew up a fan of everything Ohio. Although Kris has been a Florida resident for the past ten years, he stays loyal to his hometown/state supporting the Cleveland Browns, Cavs, Indians and the Ohio State Buckeyes! Kris graduated from the University of Mount Union in 2006 with a B.A. in Sport Business. Kris is a member of the 2002 Mount Union National Championship football team. He started his career in Bonita Springs, FL as the Recreation Manager for the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in 2006. He relocated to Tampa Bay in 2009 where he advanced his professional sales career with both AIG and the Tampa Bay Rays. He is a proud member of the USGA and when he is not working chances are you can find Kris on the golf course, somewhere on a beach or on a boat fishing! He is the proud owner of two dogs, Tyson, a black lab (14) and a rescue, Baylee, a Multi-Poo (3).
Elizabeth has been an employee partner with the ClubCorp family since 2002. She was first employed at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio then transferred to Countryside Country Club in 2007. In 2011, Elizabeth stepped in to the Private Events Director Position. What Elizabeth most enjoys about her position is planning many milestone events, from weddings to business meeting and so much more.
Selena graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Event Management and a minor in Marketing. After graduation she returned to her hometown, Saint Petersburg, Florida and joined the Centre Club team in October of 2016. She looks forward to assisting you in all your event planning needs!
Lorraine joined the Centre Club team in September 2017. A native of Ecuador, Lorraine graduated from Barton College in North Carolina, where she led the Women’s Tennis Team and achieved a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications: Public Relations and Sport Management. After living in different countries and states, she found her passion for people, building connections and service which led her to start her career in hospitality. Lorraine enjoys sports, reading and traveling in her spare time and is looking forward to make your Club experience remarkable!
Austin joined Centre Club in February 2019. Originally from the Cleveland, OH area, he graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Hospitality Management. He has spent over 15 years in professional kitchens. His journey has taken him from owning his own business, to working as the Tampa Bay Lightning's Players Chef, to spending over 5 years with Embassy Suites as both a Sous and Executive Chef. He is trained in Classical French cuisine but holds a passion for comfort foods and modern cuisine with a Floribbean flair.
Christian joined the Centre Club Team in 2018 as the Service Director. He brings to the Club over 15 years of hospitality experience and leadership. Besides his knowledge of the company and wish to be part of ClubCorp, Christian also has a special connection to Centre Club, which is where he held his wedding ceremony and reception in 2011! His goal is to provide each Member with memorable experiences; as well as to enforce our purpose of building relationships and enriching lives through service and magic moments.
Megan is a Florida Native born in Clearwater, FL. She joined the Centre Club team in October 2017 and is currently going to school full time to achieve her Bachelor’s degree in Finance. In her spare time, Megan enjoys dirt biking, reading, and trying new restaurants. Megan likes to bring an abundant amount of energy and dedication in both her personal and professional life.