Larry Ahlquist

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 1994
Phone Number: 213.633.8700

Email: larry.ahlquist@clubcorp.com

Larry Ahlquist is a man with a myriad of talents and interests. He attended Creighton University; Mr. Ahlquist has over 45 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Since his tenure began as General Manager for City Club on Bunker Hill in 1994 and Regional Manager for California, Hawaii and Washington ClubCorp Business Clubs. Mr. Ahlquist has established the City Club as the premiere meeting place for the Downtown Community's top executives. He and his Club have hosted civic leaders, international figureheads, top executives and other distinguished professionals in both the public and private sector.

Mr. Ahlquist was awarded the “Club Manager of the Year’ in 2000, Gold Circle of Excellence 2004, 2015 Silver Circle of Excellence 2005, 2010, 2014, 2016 Bronze Circle of Excellence 2002 and Super Star of the Year 2004 and 2005 and All-Star in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Mr. Ahlquist moved the City Club Bunker Hill from its original Location to 555 South Flower St, in 2013 and supervised an 11 million dollar build out of the New City Club Los Angeles.

Mr. Ahlquist’s other professional accomplishments include acting as a consultant for 28 City and Country Clubs in the Southern California region for ClubCorp, where he facilitated the implementation of action and marketing plans to ensure that Club Managers achieved revenue goals totaling $140 Million. Prior to that, Mr. Ahlquist served as Vice President of 23 theme Specialty Restaurants located throughout the East Coast, where he achieved over 73 Million in revenues.

Mr. Ahlquist has also served as Vice President (1982-1986) for the Hungry Tiger Restaurant chain, where he managed operations throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.

From 1986-1989, Mr. Ahlquist was also the President of Ahlquist Trading, which specialized in exporting produce to target markets in both Europe and Asia. During this time, Mr. Ahlquist's vast knowledge of international trade and taxation laws helped him successfully negotiate contracts between growers and international distributors, as well between various government agencies and airfreight companies.

Always an active civic participant, Mr. Ahlquist is a member of several Downtown Los Angeles organizations, most notably a Board Member of the Ketchum YMCA, Thomas & Ethel Bradley Foundation, Central City Association, and the Millennium Momentum.

In addition to his extensive list of professional and civic activities, Mr. Ahlquist's other passions include the Martial Arts, where he is a practicing Master of Anjing Banfa, SCUBA, International Travel and golf.

Mr. Ahlquist is the proud father of four and grandfather to five.

Lera Van Straatum

Role: Operations Director
Serving Since: 2010
Phone Number: 213.633.8711

Email: lera.vanstraatum@clubcorp.com

Lera relocated back to Southern California in 2014 to lead the Operations department at the City Club Los Angeles. Prior to City Club Los Angeles, Lera spent four years in Chicago managing Food & Beverage department at the Metropolitan Club in the Willis Tower.

Before joining ClubCorp team, Lera managed a club house at the Cordillera Country Club in Edwards, Colorado immediately after graduating Collins College of Hospitality Management in Pomona, CA. Beginning with her first club job at Hacienda Golf Club in La Habra Heights in 2004, Lera has been fascinated with club business. The act of connecting people, growing relationships, enriching Members’ & Employees’ lives is very close to Lera’s Russian soul and the most rewarding in her career.

Currently Lera resides in Los Angeles with her husband Sean, daughter Mila and two dogs, Mishka and Zaika.

Lera serves as President on the Collins College Alumni Board. When not working, Lera and Sean love to travel the world, study wine and food scenes, and relax with family and friends.

Jamie Ruiz

Role: Senior Membership Director
Serving Since: 2011
Phone Number: 213.633.8703

Email: jamie.ruiz@clubcorp.com

Jamie has served as the Director of Membership at the City Club since 2011. During this time, she has led the Membership team in positive growth every year, including the major relocation and reinvention of the club in 2013. Her strategic vision and leadership during this time promoted her to Senior Director of Membership.

Jamie holds both a bachelor's degree of Sociology from Cal State San Bernardino with a minor in Social Service. Her passion for helping people combined with her creative strategic vision, helps her in successfully collaborating with Members, colleagues and constituents. 

Prior to her role with ClubCorp, Jamie served as the Development Director of Hope House, Inc. and was responsible for developing, managing and implementing the fund development and public relations plan. 

Jamie was born and raised in Los Angeles and  currently resides in Manhattan Beach with her German Shepherd, Mikah, who she co-parents with her boyfriend, David. She spends her free time enjoying the outdoors, learning to surf, practicing yoga and listening to live music.

She loves traveling the world and learning experiencing other cultures. She is an active member & volunteer at her church and also serves on the Board of Managers for the Weingart YMCA Wellness and Aquatic Center.

Sandy Lee

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2013
Phone Number: 213.633.8706

Email: sandy.lee@clubcorp.com

Sandy Lee proudly serves as the Membership Director at City Club since 2013. She enjoys her role as an "informant" to benefits associated with the secret world of ClubCorp clubs. A great day is filled with happy Members connecting with one another and sharing the Club with family, friends and colleagues.

When she's not at City Club, you can find Sandy biking around the San Gabriel Valley with her life partner, Chris, or 90 feet under as an inquisitive mermaid. 

Ernest Nicodemus

Role: Sr. Private Events Director
Serving Since: 1997
Phone Number: 213.633.8707

Email: ernest.nicodemus@clubcorp.com

Born and raised in the Philippines, Ernest graduated from the University of The Assumption, with degrees in education. He sought after the city life, moving from the Philippines to Downtown LA. Started as a server at City Club Los Angeles, moving quickly up the club ladder he landed the position of Senior Private Events Director. With his knowledge of the ins and outs of club life and business, he is leading the Private Event team to strive for excellence in every event they touch.

He has tight ties to his large family back home and all over the globe. He loves traveling to connect with each of them from Canada all the way back to the Philippines. Nothing is more important to him than family, including his ClubCorp Family!

Arianna Garibo

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 213.633.8712

Email: arianna.garibo@clubcorp.com

Arianna has over eight years of special event experience, working in multiple facets of the industry. With her passion and well-rounded background working with top notch vendors in the industry from videography, event coordination and a five star wedding venue in Rancho Palos Verdes she is prepared to help you make your event a huge success!

When Arianna is not at the club, she is with her daughter Laila and husband Jose. They are die hard Dodgers fans are usually out exploring LA, San Diego or roaming around Disneyland, soaking up all the relaxing family time that they can.

Nicole Simmons

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2017
Phone Number: 213.633.8710

Email: nicole.simmons@clubcorp.com

Nicole is a Private Events Director who works with Members and Non-Members to help with plan unsurpassed meetings and events. After working in this industry for over 10 years Nicole knows what drives successful meetings and events. 

Nicole has worked with diverse groups including, the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PBS, Urban Land Institute, The National Association of Professional Women, Harvard University, Ferrari, The LA Opera and the LA Phil. Nicole holds a MA in Political Science from the University of California Los Angeles.

Elena Tan

Role: Member Relations Coordinator
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 213.633.8705

Email: elena.tan@clubcorp.com

Elena was born and raised in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles in 2007. After graduating from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in hospitality management, she was immediately brought into the City Club LA as an intern.

Moving quickly through the ranks she became the Membership Assistant and now the Member Relations Coordinator. With her six years of hospitality experience and her passion to serve, she is the perfect fit to be every Member’s liaison and guide through all facets of club life.

When she’s not at the Club, you can find her spending time with her family, friends and boyfriend eating and exploring the city. When you need a pick me up, Elena always has a full drawer of candy and sweets waiting to share. 

Celine Ison

Role: Office Administrator
Serving Since: 2015
Phone Number: 213.633.8704

Email: celine.ison@clubcorp.com

Celine is the Office Administrator at City Club Los Angeles. In the two years Celine has worked for City Club Los Angeles, she has held various positions starting out as a banquet supervisor and transitioned into several other roles such as private events coordinator and the director of service. She now is in charge of the accounting and human resources department at the club and supports a team of 80 to create warm welcomes, magic moments, and fond farewells to the club members.

Prior to City Club LA, Celine worked as a teaching assistant at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch at her now Alma Mater, The Collins College at Cal Poly Pomona. As a teaching assistant she learned how to manage a team, work private events and network with other Alumni.  She now serves on the Board of the Collins College Alumni Society as a Director of Communications. 

In her spare time she enjoys going to theme parks, going on hikes and spending time with close friends, and family.

Sebastian Heil

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2013
Phone Number: 213.633.8702

Email:  sebastian.heil@clubcorp.com

Born and raises in Hannover, Germany, Sebastian developed "old world" flavors and his love for cooking at a young age spending countless hours with his mother, Ildikó, in the kitchen, watching her prepare traditional German and Hungarian dishes with love and passion.

Arriving in the United States in 2005, Sebastian followed his lifelong passion and enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program at The Arts Institute of Phoenix, graduating Summa Cum Laude at top of his class. His culinary journey has taken him across the country and back – with highlight destinations being The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, The Cliff’s Communities in South Carolina and South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida.

Now, being in the cultural & culinary melting pot that is Los Angeles, Sebastian takes pride in supporting local businesses and vendors by showcasing the diverse products and ingredients that California has to offer. To this day, he considers himself a student of the trade and finds personal evolution and growth to be a key to success in his journey. 

Voted top 5 ClubCorp Chef of 2017, he is proud to call City Club Los Angeles his culinary home and represented the Club and ClubCorp as one of the designated Chefs for the LA Food & Wine Festival 2017.

Alex Chan

Role: Service Manager
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 213.633.8713

Angie Hong

Role: Office Administrator Assistant
Serving Since: 2016
Phone Number: 213.633.8709

Email: angie.hong@clubcorp.com

Angie was born and raised in Glendale, California. She found a newfound passion for the industry working part-time at a restaurant. While studying hospitality management at Cal Poly Pomona, she was introduced to private clubs as an intern at City Club Los Angeles. 

Upon graduation, she transitioned into the Accounting Department as an Office Administrative Assistant where she now assists with all of our members' needs.

In her free time, she enjoys staying home with her Shih Tzu, Max, binge watching her favorite TV shows. When she is out and about, she loves to spend quality time with her family and friends trying new restaurants and exploring the city.