Steve began his career in hospitality after graduating from the University of New Hampshire. His early career experience included working in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He then joined ClubCorp in 2001 and has worked in Miami, Huntsville, Memphis and Boston. He and his wife moved to Orlando in 2008.
Avid runner and triathlete, has completed 3 Ironman distance races and ran the NY Marathon. Most recently has ventured into the world of obstacle course and adventure racing. He is an avid fan of all things Boston sports related.
Caroline Hubbard is the General Manager and came to ClubCorp after the 191 Club and the Commerce Club merged in 2010.
Prior to serving ClubCorp Caroline was the General Manager at the Commerce Club at Broad Street in Atlanta.
With more than 25 years in the hospitality industry she began as Hostess and used her affiliation with the Club Managers Association of America to rise from hostess, to Director of Services, Assistant General Manager and ultimately as General Manager at the Commerce Club, she will now serve as General Manager here at the Plaza Club.
If Caroline can ever be of service, please do not hesitate to call her.
Kira has been Membership Director of The Commerce Club (previously the 191 Club) since January of 2008 and she continues to enjoy meeting and building relationships with Members and prospective Members. Kira is grateful to be part of such a wonderful Club with great Members!
Kira is an Atlanta native has a Bachelor of Science degree in hospitality administration. Previously, Kira spent 7 years as Membership Director at another club in the ClubCorp family.
Kira has earned awards including Membership Director of the Year Award - SE Region, Rookie Membership Director of the Year Award, Rising Star Award, Team of Excellence Awards, numerous President's Club Awards, numerous Club 100 Awards and in 2015 the Hall of Fame Award.
She looks forward to helping make your Membership at The Commerce Club a memorable experience!
Tijuana is a native of Boston who has returned to her family’s roots and made Atlanta her new home. She began her career in event management in the hallow halls of the City of Boston’s Mayor’s Office, where she honed her skills for public and private events. After returning to school for event and conference management, she specialized in employee engagement and corporate planning in the casino industry and has worked on some extraordinary weddings over the last eight years, including an internship with the world renowned Preston Bailey. With over 20 years of experience, she is excited to join the Commerce Club family as the newest Private Events Director.
Originally from Southern California, Erika Goodman has been a Georgia resident since she was nine years old. After graduating from High School she attended Valdosta State University and earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Theater, with a Mass Media emphasis in Radio and Television Broadcasting.
In 2007, Erika moved to Savannah, GA and began working in the Private Club Industry as the Director of Events at The Ford Plantation. For over 6 years Erika managed and produced all of the Club programs, tournaments, private Member events, social events, community outreach initiatives and weddings.
Then, in 2004, she moved back to Atlanta to be closer to her family and began working at the Woodruff Arts Center as the Senior Catering Sales Manager In this role, she was responsible for producing the principal events for the High Museum, Alliance Theater, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and external events for many of the region’s leading corporations.
In her spare time, Erika enjoys spending time with her family, trips to Lake Tahoe and enjoying a nice French Rosé with dinner any time of the year! She is excited to bring her diverse experience to the Commerce Club and bring her client’s dream events and meetings to life.
Lily is a recent Kennesaw State University graduate from the School of Comminications and Anthropology. She was born in Eritrea (east Africa) but grew up in Amsterdam, London and Atlanta. Lily has been in the hospitality industry since 2013; servicing different clients all over Atlanta.
Her hobbies and interests consist of books, concerts, travel and pretty much anything outdoors. An interesting fact about Lily is that she has 47 first cousins and still counting! Lily’s learned and innate event planning skills have come in handy personally and professionally.
Born and educated in the United Kingdom, Ruth graduated with a B Ed (Hons) in Physical Education and Human Biology from the University of Sussex, England. During a student exchange at UMass in Amherst, she met her husband Matthew. Upon graduating, Ruth moved to be with Matt in The Woodlands, Texas. Deciding not to pursue a career in teaching and with having a childhood of experience in hospitality through family restaurants, she began her career with the Benchmark Hospitality Company at The Woodlands Inn and Country Club. Flourishing as a bartender and server, Benchmark promoted her to Bar Manager at The San Luis Hotel and Conference Center, Galveston, and later the Dining Room Manager. Two years later, Ruth was part of the opening team of the newly built Cheyenne Mountain Inn, in Colorado Springs, where she became the Director of Restaurants. Her final position with Benchmark was again as part of the opening Food & Beverage Team at Seabrook Island, South Carolina.After a whirlwind 5 years with Benchmark, Matt and Ruth decided to move back to the UK where, over the next 28 years, they owned and operated restaurants, fast food outlets, and small supermarkets. They were the recipients of the Service of Excellence award and received National Recognition for being outstanding employers.Tired of the rain of Wales and having sold the business, they decided on a lifestyle change and moved back to the US where they could play more golf and be closer to two of their three children.Ruth is delighted to be part of the team at The Commerce Club in Atlanta.
Role: Executive Chef Serving Since: 2017 Email Drew Kirkland
Drew Kirkland, a Florida native, has called Atlanta home for 14 years. With a diverse background ranging from fine dining to catering for 20,000, Drew has been fortunate to be able to mix his talents with some of the best companies in the culinary industry– Kevin Rathbun Steak (Chef de Cuisine), Rathbun’s, Levy Restaurants, PGA National Resort, to name a few.
Well-versed in many cuisines and styles, Chef Drew has always had an affinity for cooking Southern Foods and seafood. He believes in bringing out the true flavors of foods through using quality ingredients and a deep knowledge of culinary techniques.
As Member Relations Director for The Commerce Club, Atlanta, one of the most iconic private business clubs in the Southeast, Anna R. Chafen is responsible for planning and coordinating all of the programming for this historic institution. With a membership base of over 2,000 members, and whose Board of Directors is comprised of the top Fortune 500 CEOs in the state, the Club serves as the perfect venue to showcase her many events which frequently feature topics of social relevance.
With her extensive Public Relations education and background, coupled with early years spent living overseas in Quito, Ecuador, South America, Chafen has crafted a particular tenacity for tackling issues involving racial conflict. Striving for justice from a very young age, she fought to have her Montgomery County, GA, school proms integrated. By her college years, her activism was featured in SPIN Magazine. The story was later picked up by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the New York Times Magazine, and various other publications thereafter.
Anna R. Chafen’s most recent accomplishment includes her work spreading awareness about lingering racial conflicts and issues in Georgia. She has most recently been featured on Atlanta’s National Public Radio Station WABE 90.1 and in the documentary “SouthernRites”. The critically-acclaimed HBO film, which was the recipient of a song written and performed by John Legend, can be viewed on OnDemand.
Besides working for The Commerce Club, Anna plays an active role at Snellville Christian Church. She and her husband reside in Atlanta with their son, Christian, and daughter, Ryan.