Role: General Manager Serving Since: 2016 Phone Number: 704.243.2433
Mary Claire Gaze joined Firethorne Country Club in December 2016 with 27 years of experience in the private club industry. Born and raised in Pittsburgh PA she was graduated from Miami University, Oxford Ohio and began her service industry career in Spring Lake NJ, and continued in Hilton Head, SC and most recently Raleigh NC. She strived to exceed expectations and is always seeking new and fun ideas to improve communication and consistency. She resides in Charlotte with her husband Dave and their two children, Matthew and Rebecca. Mary Claire enjoys meeting and serving all Members and their families and continuing Firethorne’s history of exceptional Member experiences!
A rare Charlotte native, Kelsey grew up in the Carolinas before attending school at the College of Charleston. Graduating in 2012, she received a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Before returning to the Queen City, Kelsey was selected to be a Traveling Leadership Consultant, Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity, which gave her the opportunity to visit 26 universities around the country. Since joining the team at Firethorne, Kelsey has enjoyed building relationships with the Club’s Members and has been very advantageous in growing its membership roster. She has made Club 100 each year since ClubCorp acquired Firethorne, received President's Club for her performance in 2016 and 2017, and was inducted into Diamond Club in 2017. She was also a national award winner in 2016 and 2017 and looks forward to continuing her career within ClubCorp. In her spare time, she enjoys relaxing with her husband, being a dog mom to their 3-year-old Labrador Cooper,and staying active in the community. She and her husband are looking forward to expecting their first child in early December.
Role: Private Events Director Serving Since: 2002 Phone Number: 704.243.2433
Pam brings to the team 27 years of experience in the Club industry and has been at Firethorne for 15 years serving multiple roles. Pam was born in New York, grew up in Pennsylvania and has lived in the Charlotte area with her husband, Jean for the last 26 years. Pam and Jean have three grandchildren and will also celebrate their 27th anniversary in April. In her free time, you’ll find Pam camping or out on her boat.
Role: Head Golf Professional Serving Since: 2011 Phone Number: 704.843.3111
We would like to introduce James our PGA Head Golf Professional. Coming up on 15 years in the business, his past experience includes TPC Piper Glen, Kennett Square Golf and Country Club, and 6 years instructing golf with ESPN golf schools. Originally from Minnesota, James is a graduate of Mississippi State University where he was surrounded by peers and industry experts in the Professional Golf Management program. This provided him with an extensive education for his chosen career. He enjoys spending time with his family, wife Amanda, and 6-year-old daughter Allie.
Teaching Philosophy: “I give my students the best possible chance to improve. I simplify a complex game by concentrating on two factors, swing plane and club face. Perfecting these factors will allow for more consistency, better control, and more distance.”
Role: Head Tennis Professional Serving Since: 1999 Phone Number: 704.843.5344
Wade has been a part of the Firethorne Management team since 1999. He was once ranked 8th in the nation in doubles at Methodist University. Currently, he is a USTA high performance coach and certified P-1 with the USPTA. When Wade is not on the court, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and 2 kids, enjoying Panthers football, and grilling when the weather is nice.
Role: Golf Course Superintendent Serving Since: 2004 Phone Number: 704.243.2433
Chad joined the Firethorne team as the Superintendent in January 2004. After growing up in the small town of Ayden in Eastern North Carolina, he became a graduate of North Carolina State University. Chad met his wife of 17 years in Ayden and they now reside in Concord with their dog Bella. His hobbies include hunting, archery, and golf.
Role: Executive Chef Serving Since: 2018
Andrew joins Firethorne from Indian Wells, California and has worked for Hyatt Regency Indian Wells. He worked for Hyatt Hotels for a total of 12 years between Indian Wells, San Diego, and Orlando. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu at International Culinary Academy in PA and has received a multitude of awards from Notter School of Pastry Arts. During Chef Andrew’s time in growing in the Hospitality Industry he also spent time with Ritz Carlton Orlando, Peabody Orlando Hotel, and Disney’s Swan and Dolphin Hotel. His passion for cooking started young with spending time in the kitchen with his dad and grandmother.
Role: Food and Beverage Service Director Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 704.243.2433 x: 1006
David Layne comes to us with over 25 years of food and beverage experience, previously working at Carmel Country Club in Charlotte where he was the Food and Beverage Manager for 4 and a half years. Prior to that, he was the Club Director at Keowee Key Country Club in Salem, South Carolina near Clemson, South Carolina which is also why he is a passionate Clemson Tiger. Starting as a server’s assistant at Keowee Key he worked his way up to Club Director by acting in almost every job available in the industry including the back of the house and golf. Along the way, he has also been a Realtor, Insurance Agent, and a Cardiology Technician. Food and beverage, however, has always held a special place for Dave in the Country Club world he says,” because you develop relationships with the members that you would not experience in a public restaurant. We also get to experience the special occasions in the membership’s lives from births to weddings and everything in between.”
In his personal time, Dave enjoys playing a little golf when time allows, but composing music is what he really loves to do. He has played the piano and guitar for the better part of his life and enjoys composing and working with mediums such as short films and commercial avenues to apply his compositions too. Dave is excited to be here at Firethorne Country Club and that he has been given this opportunity to make every day a special occasion.
Role: Assistant Food Service Director Serving Since: 2012
Sheila was born and raised in Hilton Head, South Carolina until she moved in 2011. She has worked at numerous Country Clubs on the coast and started with us at Firethorne in 2012. Sheila began her career as a Dining Room Server, and has since been promoted to Dining Room Manager. She also has expertise in bartending, banquets, and in the kitchen. Sheila has been noted as one of our biggest team players and is truly loved by all of our Members and staff. When she has free time, you can find her with her 3 daughters and spoiling her 3 grandchildren who call her “MiMa”, or decorating her new home that she closed on in November. Sheila is a very important part of our team, and is looking forward to continue building long lasting relationships and enriching lives here at the Club.
Role: Member Relations Coordinator Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 704.243.2433 x: 1010
Lara moved here from Long Island, NY in September of 2015. On Long Island, she worked as a medical assistant/medical manager for six years. After having her second child she decided to become a stay at home mom. During this time she still kept busy by helping outside the home as the treasurer of the Home School Association at her son’s school.
After moving to North Carolina she wanted to pursue a different career in hospitality and applied for a position at Carmel Country Club. She knew immediately after she began working there, that the club industry was where she was meant to be. Building relationships with Members and always treating them as though they were “family” Lara quickly became a familiar face that the Members came to know and love. In order to better her career and move forward in the club industry, she came on board here at Firethorne as the Member Relations Coordinator. She looks forward to fostering many great relationships with Members as well as ensuring they are enjoying their club experience to the fullest. When Lara isn’t working with Member’s she can be found enjoying her free time with her three boys’.
Role: Office Administrator Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 704.243.2433 x: 1005
Before becoming the Office Administrator at Firethorne, Bridget worked as the Staff Accountant for Timbers Resorts in Jupiter, FL. She has worked in various administrative and accounting capacities for over twenty years. During this time she has worked in the legal, transportation, television, hospitality and non-profit industries. Her most exciting role thus far was at the television show “America’s Most Wanted” where she worked behind the scenes as a Production Accountant for seven years. She was very proud to be a part of a team that assisted law enforcement officials with capturing criminals and was tickled every time she saw her name in the closing credits.
A native of northern Virginia, she has also lived in Texas, Michigan and most recently Florida. She attended Thomas Edison High School in Fairfax County, VA and studied Criminal Justice and Accounting at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) located in Adelphi, MD.
Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her extended family, her daughter Bria, and her beloved Yorkie, Sasha. She has always been a lover of books and is an avid reader. She enjoys music, art, cinema, shopping, and checking out different restaurants, particularly those with foreign cuisine.
Role: Member Relations Assistant Serving Since: 2017 Phone Number: 704.243.2433 x: 1000
Kim was raised in the small historic town of Pittsboro, North Carolina. She received a BSBA in Marketing with a concentration in Analytics from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Upon graduation in 2015, Kim joined River Hills Country Club as the Director of Membership and Marketing. In order to learn more aspects of the Club industry, Kim accepted the Member Relations Assistant position at Firethorne Country Club in Novemeber of 2017. A goal of hers is to create a memorable experience for our Members and to build lasting relationships. As an avid Equestrian, Kim spends the majority of her free time at her farm in Monroe, North Carolina, and training her two horses Deacon and Maisy for Eventing and Foxhunting. She also has two rescue dogs Chloe, a Brittany Spaniel and Benelli, a German Shorthaired Pointer.