Our Team

Craige Bennett

Role: General Manager
Serving Since: 2020
Phone Number: 714.662.1003
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Kristin Kuchyt

Role: Membership Director
Serving Since: 2012
Phone Number: 714.662.3414 x:6438

Kristin Kuchyt began her career with Center Club in May, 2012 as Member Relations Director. She became the Club’s Membership Director in November 2014 and was inducted into ClubCorp's Hall of Fame in 2019. Kristin enjoys getting to know each and every Member and making their experience at the Club memorable. Kristin’s passion has always been in customer service and hospitality with a combined 20 years in the industry. Prior to joining Center Club’s team, Kristin was a flight attendant and owned a sales and marketing firm working with major league sports teams, restaurants, hotels, and local attractions.

Kristin is originally from Alta Loma, California and now resides in Placentia. When she is not at the Club, Kristin enjoys all things fitness, shopping, traveling and karaoke. She also loves spending time with her husband, Adam, and two sons, Colton and Cade. They are adding one more boy to their family, due in September!

Kristin graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a degree in Psychology.

Chris Hartley

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2006
Phone Number: 714.438.3860

Chris has been with Center Club since July 2006. Prior to joining the ClubCorp family, he worked at the Jonathan Club, where he spent time as an Assistant Food and Beverage Director and close to 10 years as a Catering Director at both the Town Club and Beach Club locations.  

Born and raised in Southern California, primarily in the Los Angeles area, Chris currently resides in Costa Mesa with his Husband Daniel and our three feline children: Toeby, Zoe and Miss Kitty.

Chris enjoys traveling, scuba diving and fine wine.

Mari Garner

Role: Private Events Director
Serving Since: 2014
Phone Number: 714.438.3860

Mari Garner joined Center Club in March 2014 as a Member Services Representative. She loves interacting with Members and pretty much anyone who walks into the double doors. She’s great at making people feel welcomed! Mari has grown at Center Club and moved up pretty quickly from Administrative Assistant, Sales Assistant, Private Events Coordinator, and as of January 2019 she became the Private events Director.

Mari has an amazing son named Troy and spends all of her free time with him. Outside of all of that, Mari loves reggae music, being outdoors & active, and drinking craft beer.

Mari is known for going above and beyond for our Members and her clients. She is here to help you with any of your needs.

Lewis Butler

Role: Executive Chef
Serving Since: 2010
Phone Number: 714.662.5486

Chef Lewis Butler is the Club’s Executive Chef. Prior to Center Club, Chef Butler worked for JC Resorts at the Surf and Sand Hotel in Laguna Beach and the Rancho Bernardo Inn, in northern San Diego.

Chef Butler graduated from Summerset College of Applied Arts and Technology in England earning five diplomas in the Cooking for the Catering Industry.

After graduating, Chef Butler started a long history with The Four Seasons Hotels chain, for over 18 years. During this time, Chef Butler worked at eight different properties, ending up in Four Season’s Hotel Beverly Hills as the Executive Sous Chef, where the team catered to all of Hollywood’s elite.

As one of his culinary highlights, in May of 2005, Chef Butler had the opportunity to cook at the James Beard House with his restaurant Chef from Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Since he started cooking in the early 1980s, Chef Butler’s style has a dusting of some classic French cuisine, but he likes to push the envelope and make the items lighter and healthier. His is a fan of using local, fresh ingredients and supporting the farmers in Southern California. 

Joe De La Paz

Role: Banquet Captain
Serving Since: 2004
Phone Number: 714.662.3414 x:6446

Joe has been in the food and beverage business since 1991. He started in the hotel industry with Kempinsky, a well known chain hotel in Europe.  Within six months, Joe went from houseman in the house keeping department to server assistant and then a food expediter.

In 1995, Joe became the main bartender in the lobby Bar. He was awarded the best martini in the local downtown news from 1998 - 2000.

Joe’s hotel experience in downtown L.A. also includes: Kempinsky, Hilton, Wyndham, Omni and The Bonaventure.

After opening his own restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio in 2001, Joe returned and joined the team at Center Club in 2004.

Joe enjoys running marathons, working out 6 days a week and watching various sports. Joe resides in Los Angeles with his beautiful wife Selene and their children, Fabian, Adan and Leslie. 

Julia Flores

Role: Banquet Captain
Serving Since: 1986
Phone Number: 714.662.3414 x:6446

Julia was born in Argentina and raised in Houston, Texas. Julia first joined ClubCorp at the Plaza Club in 1972 as a pantry cook. She also worked at various hotels as a server.

In 1983, Julia rejoined ClubCorp on the team that opened the Greenspoint Club in Houston. In 1986, she transferred to the Center Club. 

Julia has been married for over 40 years and has one son.

Lauren Schaeffer

Role: Club Accountant
Serving Since: 2013
Phone Number: 714.438.3853 x:6436

Lauren joined the Center Club team in May 2017. Originally from Victorville, California, Lauren has been with ClubCorp since 2013. She started her career in clubs at Spring Valley Lake Country Club. Where passion to connect and engage with Members on a daily basis was a perfect fit for her role in Member Relations.

Keeping with her mission for Member satisfaction, Lauren transitioned into the club accounting position, bringing her to Center Club. During her free time, she enjoys practicing her golf swing and spending time with her daughters, Cayce and Cameran. She is here to help and serve all Members, so if you are in need of any assistance, please feel free to reach out to her.